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Old 12-17-2010, 12:31 PM   #21
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I think you might be looking at it through rosin colored glasses. There are plenty of kids who want to take things apart, and put them back together again. My son has far more interest in playing Populous on my MiniMig than he does on his computer. Mostly because he watched me take a motherboard, and with the handy dandy soldering iron, I removed plugs, rewired them to different places, and made it fit into a case that it was never intended for.

This can be seen all the time. The thing to remember is that just as that kind of curiosity is rare today, it was just as rare when the heyday of home computers was in full swing. The reason it seems to be less now, is that everyone has computers. So, while the percentage of computer owners that want really explore tech is less among tech owners, it is the same as it ever was among the population.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:36 PM   #22
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Welcome to the Wacky World of Amiga. ;-) When I was 17, the idea of owning a computer was sci-fi. I was using a mainframe Burroughs b5500 via timesharing over a mod33 teletype and acoustic modem. A National Science Foundation grant got this for our High School.
Fun stuff indeed. ;-)
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:40 PM   #23
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Welcome to Amigaland, man! I am too, happy to see young fellow become fascinated about this BEAUTIFUL machine, called Amiga. You'll see much of great stuff in this hobby and hopefully new evolution of Amiga hardware. I have used Amiga since 1992 (I was 12 at that time), but wasn't active user all this time. But my passion for it never died, so I returned, in some degree anyway. I have some nice collection of Amiga models, but for now only 2 of them are on the table, A1000 (signature case) and A1200 w/Indivision AGA & accelerator board. I love this setup. So have fun with yours man and be proud!
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:30 PM   #24
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Welcome...

I hate you..

And I mean that in the nicest way.. :-)

I paid a "bit" more for my A1000 and you're looks cosmetically much nicer!!!

Congrats!!!

I remember 17... I think.. Good times..
When I'd sit around playing games and writing code and drinking too much soda and..
hmm.. er...

Not much has changed actually... ;-)

If you have any questions, just ask.. Lots of great help around here...

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Haha. You'll really hate this: I got a lot more than just the Amiga for $20.

I got the complete set, pretty much, and in the original Amiga box, too.

Loads of disks:



External floppy drive:


A 2400 baud modem:


I have no idea what this is:


And a dot-matrix printer:


Also, I already have Amiga Explorer set up and on a backup Workbench diskette, and there is a null-modem cable connecting my main PC to my Amiga.

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Old 12-17-2010, 02:11 PM   #25
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welcome great to have young people to love amiga very cool
know just got get my 8 month son intrested he plays on Ee pc at the moment
when starts walking am sure he scoped out my amigas already
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:13 PM   #26
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greetings, I too am odd and from IN. At age 17 I had to get a job so I could buy my own C64, which I did, loved programming it! had to buy my A1000 when it came out too, I musta been 19 or 20, dropped a LOT more than a $20, great find!
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:24 PM   #27
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I'll chime in and say that I'm also from that era, but a few years before...I'm 24 now, born in 1986. My earliest computer experience was probably with an IBM PC 5150, which ran the 8088 microprocessor, and I'd have been exposed to it maybe 87 or 88. I grew up using and gaming on PCs...definitely no Macs, no gaming consoles, one computer running OS/2 as a novelty, and I've never even seen an Amiga. My father was into gaming, and he'd give me his old computers, even as a five year old, and we'd upgrade every year to two years, building the gaming PCs together. I had 286s, 386s, a Toshiba laptop, and then--towards 486s and beyond, my own computers. It may be nostalgia and childhood, but it felt like a magical time for computing.

There were computer games that literally invented genres, and hardware that no one had ever seen before. I fondly remember upgrades from CGA, EVA, VGA, and SVGA, and all the expensive hardware we had to buy to play the latest and greatest games.

These kinds of memories have led me to find an Amiga 500 online, which I recently bought and am expecting any day now.

Edit: From the US, too; grew up in NJ.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:40 PM   #28
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AN ODD PERSON IN THE USA !!!

I thought all of you lot across the pond were odd...
Says the Very Odd Scottsman!
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:21 PM   #29
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Haha. You'll really hate this: I got a lot more than just the Amiga for $20.


I have no idea what this is:

It's a MIDI interface for musical instruments. It does the electrical conversion from the RS232 serial port voltage interface to the MIDI current loop interface.
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:39 PM   #30
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welcome to the amiga! hopefully you get yourself an a1200 with a blizzard1230 with 16/32mb of ram and a ide2flashcard thingy then you will have alot of fun...
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:05 PM   #31
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I'll echo the welcome. I too, use an Amiga A1000 - pretty much like yours but with a 2Mb RAM expansion.
It's always good to have new blood here.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:29 PM   #32
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Welcome! You're never odd compare to me.

I'm a kind of person who wants to promote the Amiga scene across South Korea and I only used AROS in my whole life.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:31 PM   #33
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Welcome to Amiga.org. I was about 35 when I purchased my first Amiga.

All the best with your new system.
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Old 12-17-2010, 06:38 PM   #34
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Obviously then, the next person to join from the US will be an even one...
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:51 AM   #35
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I'm probably a bit of an odd case. I'm only 17 years old, from Indiana, USA, and had never used an Amiga in my life until a few months ago.

I used my first computer at age 3 (in 1996), a 33Mhz 486 with 8MB of RAM. I was instantly hooked, and used that computer up until 1999, when my family moved to a new HP Pavilion with a 500Mhz AMD K6-2. So, I've been into computers my entire life.

Some of the things that really stuck with me were chiptunes, 2D games, and some awesome productions of the demoscene. After looking into it, I found that many of these things were strongest in the Amiga scene. This made me interested in the Amiga, and perhaps getting a hold of one.

I've always had a strong feeling that I should have been alive (i.e. born ten years earlier) and active during the days where computing still had the "magic" that it did in the late 80s and early 90s. Because I can't teleport to 1990, I have to live the fantasy by collecting old computers.

So I've started a nice collection, I have a Commodore 128, eMac (not that old, but is PowerPC and can run OS Classic), and a variety of 90s PCs. However, the newest addition is the one that I am the most proud of. It is the cornerstone of my collection.

Behold, my Amiga 1000. Got it for $20 after posting a Craigslist ad looking for Commodore stuff. I promised to take of it, and I shall.





Welcome to the Amiga community!...tried sending you "PM" but for some reason I cannot receive or send "P.M's"...also located in Indiana & might have some excess Amiga stuff for sale or swap...drop me an e-mail when you get a chance!
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Old 12-18-2010, 02:12 PM   #36
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17 YO - you got an Amiga and you shoulda been born 10 years earlier; this warms the heart. If you like old Tom Waits records I will adopt you.

I have that same A1000 midi interface and I'm using it on an A3000 with an adapter.
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