So that you may have the opportunity to know more about my course, I leave here a summary of my experience with the Amiga until the creation of the Vamped Amiga Telegram channel.
My Introduction to the Amiga home computer
My interest in the Amiga started early, at the age of six, when I began to observe the captures of the screens of the games that appeared in a magazine of the time, Crash (zx spectrum).
The game screens in Amiga were almost always better graphically to the other platforms of the time (1987), and sometimes quite superior.
After a while I had the opportunity to listen to some K7 with recordings of songs from various games, when to my amazement the audio was atthe level of the best graphics I had observed in Crash.
The fascination began there…
That wonderful machine presented to the public in 1985, had come into contact with me, only through the photographs of a simple magazine and some K7 audio.
Never again was it the same, because even though my older brother owns a Timex 2048 (compatible Sinclair ZX Spectrum), I always compare Timex games with the Amiga.
The difference in some titles was abysmal either at the sound or graphic level.
When in 1991 we had the misfortune of the Timex 2048 crash while playing Robocop, one of the great titles for Timex.
Not everything was bad news, because after the storm comes always the bonanza. Amiga 600 introduced me to the Amiga
t was here that the opportunity to acquire a fabulous Amiga 600 appeared on Christmas 1992, by the way in one of the best Portuguese computer stores, 26 years ago.
Contact with the Amiga 600 was the beginning of a new stage, for the first time had come into contact with a serious personal computer, which exuded power and features never before seen.
Applications such as Deluxe Paint, Personal Paint, Final Writer, Final Calc, HippoPlayer, PowerPacker, Turbo Imploder, and X-Copy proved to be of great utility and efficiency.
Since then the Amiga has never stopped surprising me!
At that time, although it was a platform clearly superior to the rest, it was unimaginable for us to reach it, but with the passage of time we realized that the possibilities were almost limitless.
Amiga gave multitasking and Efficiency a totally new Meaning
The multitasking and multimedia capabilities, always carried out with great efficiency, still today are only surpassed by the brute force of the processing of more recent machines.
We did not know that we were in the presence of the “father” of modern computing. Intros, crackers, demos, games and applications, most of them consume relatively few resources.
Amiga 880 KB floppy’s introduced me to True Multimedia Wonders
The experience of inserting a 880 KB floppy disk into a computer with just 1 MB of RAM, which instantly brought true multimedia wonders (intros, crackers, demos, games, applications) to the monitor and speakers.
What other platform had in 1989 a compressor with ambient music?
Yes, the Amiga already had the Turbo Imploder.
Amiga Demoscene has brought us and continues to bring some of the best 2D, 3D and audio effects that a computer can offer.
In my computer classes some of the most powerful computers were 486 DX2 with 66 MHz. They had Windows 3.11 or some Linux distro installed, and their capabilities were markedly lower than Workbench 2.0.
My classmates who had the honor of attending some demos and games on our Amiga 600, they kept their mouths open.
How could a machine so small and relatively unknown to them, charge so much multimedia capability ?!
This was all at a time when most PCs still only knew how to whistle.
“Commodore’s high point was the Amiga 1000 (1985). The Amiga was so far ahead of its time that almost nobody – including Commodore’s marketing department – could fully articulate what it was all about. multimedia computer, but in those days it was given to a game machine because few people grasped the importance of advanced graphics, sound, and video. Nine years later, vendors are still struggling to make systems that work like 1985 Amigas.
–Byte Magazine, August 1994“
Amiga Clubs and Interest disappearing in 1994, but I kept my passion alive
In 1994, I was forced to buy a PC (Pentium), in order to use the software (Pascal, C compilers, etc.) that we used in the Computer Technology Course.
Amiga’s clubs and stores were disappearing little by little in the area where he lived over the years.
At the moment I only have the pleasure to have a store in my zone that owns a museum of retro computers. Here they got several Amiga home computers among other platforms.
In 2003, I acquired another PC (Pentium 4), which I used for several years to run the Fellow, WinFellow, FS-UAE, WinUAE among other things. The Amiga bug however always stayed. I’ve been trying to keep up with community news over the years, and that was one of the reasons that made me join social networks.
However to try to contribute in some way to our wonderful community (Amiga), I decided to create a Amiga News Channel on the Telegram, where everyone can follow the latest news that I share.
Joining Amitopia to provide the world with even more Amiga knowledge
I hope you like it!
Recently I was invited by Michal (a great Amigan), to participate in Amitopia with some articles of the specialty. This invitation I finally accepted (despite my lack of time) with all the pleasure, because the energy that Michal transmits when talking about the Amiga, is contagious!
At this moment I look forward to the arrival of the Apollo Vampire V4 standalone. There is nothing like a real Amiga and in this case updated with some of the more modern techniques.
I’m powered by the Amiga!