Chowaniec on the history of the Amiga

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I know that few AA regulars will want to miss this interview with Adam Chowaniec, a PC pioneer who was responsible for creating the Amiga (probably my favorite computer platform of all time). Chowaniec talks about the history of Commodore as well as what made the Amiga unique, but my favorite part of the interview is this part:

Do you think there's the same kind of excitement in the computer industry today? No, I don't think so. In many ways, the computers we have today have remained unchanged for the past decade except for a faster processor and more memory.

Ah, yes. So many of the pioneers seem to share this view! However, he doesn't think we'll be stuck in this rut forever; communication and computer technology will come together for the next big burst.

This topic has been on my mind lately as I think about how much I'd like a new computer. Still, I'd just be buying a faster processor and better graphics card; it would in no way compare to the amazing experience of upgrading from a Commodore 64 to a Commodore Amiga. In those days, you really made a leap when you bought an upgrade. Today? Well, we've just lost that loving feeling...!

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Matt Barton
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Amiga 1000 Explained

I was so impressed with this video that I had to post it here. ;-) The host here is so smart he even realizes that Commodore's marketing "strategy" isn't going to work...Just great stuff.

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Mark Vergeer
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Yes, that presenter Fred Harris knew what he was talking about. I watched that show on the BBC when I was a kid. Even remember the awkward tune that is actually a little too short for the leader so they let it kick in a number of times - a bit shitty actually compared to today's standards.



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