The Amiga is a family of personal computers introduced by Commodore in The original model was part of a wave of and bit computers that featured KB or more of RAM, mouse-based GUIs, and significantly improved graphics and audio over 8-bit systems. Based on the Motorola microprocessorthe Amiga differed from its contemporaries through the inclusion of custom hardware to accelerate graphics and sound, including sprites and a blitterand a pre-emptive multitasking operating system called AmigaOS.
But why this special fondness for the decades-old device? This freed up the CPU for other tasks, giving Amiga a competitive edge over its rivals. Reportedly, onlywere sold in North America — roughly the same number sold in Italy.
It's no secret that the breakneck pace of technological process in the computer industry—which churns out newer, faster models every year—leaves behind more than a few orphan platforms in its wake. Within only a few years of each machine's release, it runs the risk of becoming obsolete and therefore redundant. A trip to the recycling center soon follows.
Simulant CUP to RS Adaptor is designed mainly for the Commodore 64 to take advantage of the UP software terminal drivers such as StrikeTerm includes that allow a faster baud speed. This adaptor does also work with C machines but has incompatibility with some external disk drives. UP interferes with Burst Mode on the Commodore So if you choose this adaptor to allow faster speeds you won't be able to use any disk drives with the C that have Burst Mode, such as the, or CMD drives etc.
Panelists: Earl Evans hostingJack Nutting, and Carrington Vanston Topic: Ancient languages and modern usage What "old" programming language will you still be using this year? Topic and feedback notes: What "old" programming language will you still be using this year? Mountain View, CA.
Since the dawn of the PC market, most consumer users have been able to get by with the bare minimum of computing power. Typical low- or mid-range PCs could handle those tasks with aplomb. But not long after the first personal computers launched in the s, manufacturers began to target businesses, universities, and government institutions with beefier machines.
I frequently hear from computer history enthusiasts and collectors who want to know where they can see, touch, and acquire vintage computers in person. Lucky for them, summer is a fine time for carbon-based exploration of our favorite silicon-based toys. There's something for everyone, from weekend-long history carnivals to machine-specific conferences to fascinating lectures. Kicking off the summer technology history tour is the Vintage Computer Festival East 7.
They were marketed to consumers as affordable and accessible computers that, for the first time, were intended for the use of a single nontechnical user. These computers were a distinct market segment that typically cost much less than business, scientific or engineering-oriented computers of the time such as the IBM PC and were generally less powerful in terms of memory and expandability. However, a home computer often had better graphics and sound than contemporary business computers.