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The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time

Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing

 

 
I got a bunch of old #Commodore Datasettes a while back and one of them had the plug cut off for unknown reasons. So I'm playing. 😁

I'm not reading sensible data yet (need parts), but I have control of the motor and button sense lines. #c64 #retrocomputing

 
, familiar to fans of Commodore computers as the author of the “An Introduction to BASIC” guides.
On 25 September 2018 Andrew Colin passed away. He was known to the fans of old Commodore computers as the author of the “An Introduction to BASIC” guides.

While I was working on my VIC 20 book in 2016, I managed to contact him through a page on the Glasgow University site. I told him about the book I was developing, asking him if he was willing to share a memory about the creation of his guides distributed by Commodore. He kindly replied to my request by writing the few paragraphs that I put in the book
#ComputerHistory #RetroComputing #Authors #Books #Programming #BASIC #Commodore #CommodoreVic20 #Computers

 
Two CPUs in one SuperPET for your #retrocomputing needs!
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(Image from Robert Ferguson's detailed history of the #SuperPET)

The machine - a 64k RAM #6809 daughter board in a #6502-based Commodore PET - was sponsored by University of Waterloo's Computer Systems Group, originally touted to IBM and eventually licensed to #Commodore.

André Fachat explores the insides of the SuperPET here.

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The machine was for university teaching purposes, and had some sophisticated software and an active user group. Mike Naberezny catalogues some of the software here and mentions the copy protection dongle here.

There were some high level languages too: Basic, of course, but also #Fortral, #Pascal, and, always the winner, #APL.

Oh, and if #mos6502+#mc6809 isn't enough for you, there were also two 6502s in the CBM 8050 dual floppy drive.

(Post idea from Thomas Fuchs on mastodon)

 
I'm not going to get much admin stuff done for the next week, but I kinda want to play with #Friendica soon, mainly for somewhere to post stuff about my #Commodore adventures that's a little more flexible than Mastodon, but a lot more casual than my blog.

I have a pretty neat domain name that'd make a good #retrogaming and/or #retrocomputing forum - is anyone interested if such a place came into existence? If it's just me, I dunno if it's worth it.

 
Visual Defragmenter for the #Commodore #64 in Basic https://nerdcore.de/2018/12/12/visual-defragmenter-for-the-commodore-64-in-basic/
#C64

 
Visual Defragmenter for the #Commodore #C64 in Basic https://nerdcore.de/2018/12/12/visual-defragmenter-for-the-commodore-64-in-basic/
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C64-WLAN-Modem ausprobiert: Mit dem C64 ins Netz #C64 #Commodore #Dropbox #E-Mail #Ergonomie #HuaweiP9 #PC #Test #VoIP #WLAN

 
Commodore CDTV (1991): Als die Zukunft das Commodore-Logo trug #golemretro_ #AgeofEmpires #AmigaOS #BladeRunner #C64 #Command&Conquer #Commodore #DayoftheTentacle #Lüfter #Metroid

 
The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time

Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing

 

The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time


Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB_UZsJUbwQ

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing

 
The TV report has just a glimpse of the #commodore #amiga in question:
https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/1980s-computer-controls-grps-heat-and-ac_20180329064517550/1086705524
The computer is responsible for turning the heat and the air conditioners on and off for 19 school buildings.

"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it]monitors space temperatures, and so on," Hopkins explained.

A Kentwood High School student programmed it when it was installed in the 1980s. Whenever the district has a problem with it, they go back to the original programmer who still lives in the area.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

"It's a very un
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The TV report has just a glimpse of the #commodore #amiga in question:
https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/1980s-computer-controls-grps-heat-and-ac_20180329064517550/1086705524
The computer is responsible for turning the heat and the air conditioners on and off for 19 school buildings.

"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it]monitors space temperatures, and so on," Hopkins explained.

A Kentwood High School student programmed it when it was installed in the 1980s. Whenever the district has a problem with it, they go back to the original programmer who still lives in the area.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

"It's a very un
... Show more...

 
The TV report has just a glimpse of the #commodore #amiga in question:
https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/1980s-computer-controls-grps-heat-and-ac_20180329064517550/1086705524
The computer is responsible for turning the heat and the air conditioners on and off for 19 school buildings.

"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it]monitors space temperatures, and so on," Hopkins explained.

A Kentwood High School student programmed it when it was installed in the 1980s. Whenever the district has a problem with it, they go back to the original programmer who still lives in the area.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

"It's a very un
... Show more...

 
This is cool. The original C64 Kernal source disc (compiled on a PET). Link also shows the mechanical drawing used to create the Commodore Logo.


On Twitter, Chorlton’s Wheelies (@8bitdac) posts:
Whilst we are at it, behold the *original C64 Kernal source disc (compiled on a PET) from Dennis Jarvis (software engineer at CBM). All your C64s are based on this disc.*

#RetroComputing #VintageComputing #ComputerHistory #Commodore #Commodore64 #CommodorePet

 
This is cool. The original C64 Kernal source disc (compiled on a PET). Link also shows the mechanical drawing used to create the Commodore Logo.


On Twitter, Chorlton’s Wheelies (@8bitdac) posts:
Whilst we are at it, behold the *original C64 Kernal source disc (compiled on a PET) from Dennis Jarvis (software engineer at CBM). All your C64s are based on this disc.*

#RetroComputing #VintageComputing #ComputerHistory #Commodore #Commodore64 #CommodorePet

 
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New product:

Micromys V5


PS/2 Mouse Interface for Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64/128

Micromys V5 is the long-awaited successor to Micromys V4. The new version now supports more computers than ever before: #Amiga, #Atari ST/STe/Falcon, #Commodore VIC-20, #C64 and the Atari 8-bit series. With a total of nine different modes of operation, Micromys V5 is probably the most versatile mouse adapter on the market.

Micromys V5 uses the proven automatic computer recognition of its predecessor without the need for DIP switches. The adapter figures out most computer environments automatically, and choosing a mode of operation is done by holding down one or more mouse buttons during power-up.

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New product:

Micromys V5


PS/2 Mouse Interface for Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64/128

Micromys V5 is the long-awaited successor to Micromys V4. The new version now supports more computers than ever before: #Amiga, #Atari ST/STe/Falcon, #Commodore VIC-20, #C64 and the Atari 8-bit series. With a total of nine different modes of operation, Micromys V5 is probably the most versatile mouse adapter on the market.

Micromys V5 uses the proven automatic computer recognition of its predecessor without the need for DIP switches. The adapter figures out most computer environments automatically, and choosing a mode of operation is done by holding down one or more mouse buttons during power-up.

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C64, ZX Spectrum, Apple II ... die Heimcomputer lösten eine IT-Revolution in den Kinderzimmern aus. Wie viel ist aus der Zeit bei Ihnen hängen geblieben? #tgiqf #Commodore #Heimcomputer #Homecomputer #Quiz #Retro #ZXSpectrum