Amiga Things

This blog has had many things dumped on it over the past few years, almost all of which have been geeky. So yeah, why break with tradition (as new as a given tradition may be).

I’m going to start posting stuff up here to do with my Amiga projects, as I’m learning a lot as I go (and these are things I fear I can easily forget again) – so why not document it!

My Amiga 1200 didn’t start out as mine, it arrived as part of a Desktop Dynamite pack in Christmas 1993, and was the family computer. Of course, at that point all my brother and I wanted to do with it was play games! Which we did, a lot.

My dad did use it as a computer however, typing up documents in Wordworth SE and printing them out on a Tandy Dot matrix printer (it was a noisy beast). And all this was done while using a Philips 21″ TV as a monitor!

Eventually the inevitable happened, and in late 1996 the Amiga’s days were numbered as the search had begun for a replacement, an IBM compatible PC.

In 1997 a PC Science machine arrived, running a Cyrix PR166+ processor at 133Mhz (yeah, we fell for the marketing, it was a learning experience to say the least).

Anyway, with the arrival of this new machine, the Amiga moved upstairs into my bedroom, where I pretty much ignored it as I wanted to play games on the shiny new PC downstairs. Sad times!

Eventually it dawned on me that I had a computer sitting right there, that no one else would fight me for a shot of, and that I’d never fully attempted to learn very much about.

I started prodding it a bit and then, well, that was it. The slippery slope was found, and here I am, almost 20 years later and the same machine is sitting right next to me.