Thursday, 23 July 2015

Commodore Amiga at 30 : reflective thoughts - where it all began

The Commodore Amiga what a computer. It is 30 years old today (23rd July 2015) having originally been released as the Amiga 1000 back 1985 (and that itself was a fantastic year for other reasons - Back to the Future possibly (probably) the most iconic, and arguably best films for a generation - but that's another story).

I had an Amiga, it wasn't my first computer - that honour went to the ZX Spectrum (a British classic) - however it was the most significant computer I owned and kick started my love of technology and create software in general.

My Amiga was one of the roughly 6 million Amiga 500's produced and it arrived in December 1990 a slick all in one computer not a unique form factor at the time but it was still clever in its concept and inside it approximately contained all the cleverness that was the Amiga 1000 (the one that's 30 years old today).

The Amiga introduced custom chips for graphics, sound and other activities that meant the rather limited 68000 processor from motorola could focus on other tasks, and with its "huge" 512k of RAM it was capable of at the time producing some outstanding games.