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(Gizmodo)   You remember that guy who had an Amiga. How they would always tell you how awesome it was? Or how many hours you would spend playing Beamrider and Smurf on your Commodore64? Now you can re-live those times   (gizmodo.com) divider line 26
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2013-01-09 03:47:44 PM  
2 votes:
As long as we're posting nostalgia pics:

i.imgur.com
2013-01-09 02:28:49 PM  
2 votes:
The Amiga was the greatest computing platform of all time.

OF ALL TIME

/ has an original Amiga autographed by the designers
// and a boing-ball decal autographed by RJ Mical
/// OF ALL TIME
2013-01-09 02:15:10 PM  
2 votes:
Couldn't a Raspberry Pi run an emulator at a cost $35 instead of $2500?
2013-01-09 02:05:21 PM  
2 votes:
The Amiga and C=64 were (and still are) awesome.

These are not Amigas nor C=64s.

What's your point?
2013-01-10 12:08:03 AM  
1 votes:

MadMonk: [QuantumLINK image 284x177]


QuantumLINK was the predecessor to AmericaOnline (later AOL). They licensed the software from PlayNET, which was virtually identical and truly innovated most of the features of Q-Link. PlayNET folded not long thereafter, being unable to compete against the much better-funded competitor they enabled.
2013-01-09 10:38:53 PM  
1 votes:

Kristoph57: They just want you to buy overpriced computers that have a familiar name on them.


Yep. Wouldn't touch them with a stick.

And this is from someone who had FormlesOne as a handle on QLink.
2013-01-09 08:24:04 PM  
1 votes:
I had an A1000 with a second disk drive. My friend had an A2000 with a 10MB hard drive. Although, his dad used to hook me up with pirated software...so, there's that.

My housemate recently found a mint condition A1000 with all the cabling AND the monitor still in the box. No idea why he hasn't done anything with it.
2013-01-09 06:31:37 PM  
1 votes:

pentomino: A Raspberry Pi could easily emulate a Commodore 64 at full speed; the first Pentium machines were already doing it in the 1990s.


If you're willing to compromise on the fidelity of emulating the SID chip's analog audio filtering.
2013-01-09 06:12:49 PM  
1 votes:
A-EON owns the Amiga trademark, not Commodore.

Also, they make the real Amiga, not some fake.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AmigaOne_X1000
2013-01-09 04:52:23 PM  
1 votes:
Man I lusted after the Amiga but as a starving college student couldn't afford one.

I could afford this now but as mentioned above, it's massively overpriced. They should build something that actually runs the AmigaOS, make the OS open source, and price it reasonably.
2013-01-09 04:36:04 PM  
1 votes:

Cerebral Knievel: I think that wallpaper is what's making it look so bad. other than that, it looks just like Ubuntu with some differnt Icons.


The wallpaper is the cherry on top. The colour scheme is hideous, the faux 'OS X' dock style launcher at the bottom just looks tacked on and the font (which I assume is the default) is some crappy techno thing that looks exceptionally naff.

Metacity (GNOME 2's UI) looks much better than this, is much more usable than this and frankly as I deeply suspect this is in fact GNOME 2 (and thus Metacity) someone had to go out of their way to break it that badly.

Even Canonical's Unity doesn't look that shiat and it's an unmitigated bag of hammers.
2013-01-09 04:23:29 PM  
1 votes:
I went with the Atari ST. My cousin had the Amiga. I remember laughing at him because the Amiga would crash if you moved the mouse too fast.
2013-01-09 04:17:21 PM  
1 votes:
What, nobody here has tried WinUAE? Works perfectly on every PC I've tried it on. For years now.

/LMGTFY
2013-01-09 03:54:58 PM  
1 votes:
If I wanted to play on my old Amiga, I would simply boot it up, because those suckers were built to last.

Not paying 2500 bucks for that

/though my A4000T with 68060 at 50 htz and 128 MB of Ram and a 36 GB Ultrawide SCSI HD and the Picasso 4 gfx card cost way more than 2500 bucks
2013-01-09 03:09:07 PM  
1 votes:

Vaneshi: ItachiNai: This is the OS that these things run.

[dl.dropbox.com image 850x679]

How is this in any way anything like the original Commodore "experience"? As mentioned already, emulators are free, and give that experience a heck of a lot better than some Mac Mini ripoff or C64 chassis stocked with modern components and running a (very crappy-looking) Ubuntu port.

They could of at least TRIED to make it look like Workbench, besides which my god that looks fugly.


Heck, they could have even made an effort to reach a deal with the community that has obviously been working hard to keep AmigaOS alive!
Link

Instead, no. They'll have their 12 year-old kids develop a custom theme for Mint and turn on every Compiz effect they can find. Sad to see that Commodore has been reduced to Apple's interpretation of the word "innovative". Heck, that Mac Mini clone case is pretty much making the point for me before it even gets switched on.
2013-01-09 03:06:00 PM  
1 votes:

mccallcl:
An Amiga emulator? Probably not, since Amiga is built for PPC processors. You can buy a new board that will run actual AmigaOS for like $600.


Not so much, the miggy most people remember fondly was a m68k based machine.

And erm... well if you can get the Pi to run Android then yes, you can emulate an Amiga on it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ab.uae&hl=en

Because there's an ARM based Amiga emulator.
2013-01-09 02:59:26 PM  
1 votes:

ItachiNai: This is the OS that these things run.

[dl.dropbox.com image 850x679]

How is this in any way anything like the original Commodore "experience"? As mentioned already, emulators are free, and give that experience a heck of a lot better than some Mac Mini ripoff or C64 chassis stocked with modern components and running a (very crappy-looking) Ubuntu port.


They could of at least TRIED to make it look like Workbench, besides which my god that looks fugly.
2013-01-09 02:56:19 PM  
1 votes:
This is the OS that these things run.

dl.dropbox.com

How is this in any way anything like the original Commodore "experience"? As mentioned already, emulators are free, and give that experience a heck of a lot better than some Mac Mini ripoff or C64 chassis stocked with modern components and running a (very crappy-looking) Ubuntu port.
2013-01-09 02:52:40 PM  
1 votes:

Big_Fat_Liar: Huge money to spend on such a thing back when minimum wage was $3.35 and gas was under a buck a gallon. Us poor kids/kids of low-life smelly hippies that pissed their money away on weed had to get by with a $99 Ti99/4A, Aquarius, Timex Sinclair, or just maybe an Atari 400 or Vic-20. Walked to school uphill and ate a handful of hot gravel, etc.


Agreed. Son of a small-acreage farmer, even my self-absorbed 12-year old self knew what an investment this was. I guess it paid off, as that experience helps employ me today. Can't remember if it was an especially good year on the farm or a really bad year (paid by crop insurance). :)
2013-01-09 02:29:38 PM  
1 votes:

Dorf11: I see the prices of the Amiga and C64 haven't changed in 20ish years.

/paid ~$1000 for a full C64 setup


Huge money to spend on such a thing back when minimum wage was $3.35 and gas was under a buck a gallon. Us poor kids/kids of low-life smelly hippies that pissed their money away on weed had to get by with a $99 Ti99/4A, Aquarius, Timex Sinclair, or just maybe an Atari 400 or Vic-20. Walked to school uphill and ate a handful of hot gravel, etc.
2013-01-09 02:24:38 PM  
1 votes:

Frozboz: Parents sold my Amiga 500 at a yard sale after I moved out. Still bitter about that. Yeah, I know, "you should have taken all that crap with you if you wanted it" - that's just what dad said too.


My C64 and all the disks are the only thing I've kept since childhood. I don't know if it still works and I don't care.
2013-01-09 02:21:58 PM  
1 votes:

EngineerAU: Couldn't a Raspberry Pi run an emulator at a cost $35 instead of $2500?


Not Raspberry Pi, you probably need at least Core2 strength to successfully emulate everything. Hell, the browser-based emulators need i7 horsepower to play most games due to massive inefficiency.
2013-01-09 02:16:07 PM  
1 votes:
Parents sold my Amiga 500 at a yard sale after I moved out. Still bitter about that. Yeah, I know, "you should have taken all that crap with you if you wanted it" - that's just what dad said too.
2013-01-09 02:11:48 PM  
1 votes:
You can relive those times for free with emulators.
2013-01-09 02:10:52 PM  
1 votes:
Hey apple... Amiga's power button is on the FRONT.
2013-01-09 02:07:34 PM  
1 votes:
They just want you to buy overpriced computers that have a familiar name on them.

*reads the article*

Scratch that, massively overpriced computers.
 
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