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Old 12-17-2010, 12:48 AM   #1
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Smile Greetings from an odd person in the USA

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.






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Old 12-17-2010, 01:08 AM   #2
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Your emac may well run the MorphOS 2.7, for a slightly different and modern amiga
experience. You can dowload the CD iso from a google search. It runs in 30 minute
sessions, then slows until rebooted, or purchased. A great way to see lots of the latest software and interface developments.

Nice find, and a great hobby!
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:19 AM   #3
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I already looked into MorphOS. My eMac is NVidia based, so it won't work.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:10 AM   #4
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welcome aboard. You have no idea how deep the pond you stepped into, actually is
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:20 AM   #5
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another new amiga-user, how cool is that! there are 3 modern amiga-flavours: amigaos4.1.2, morphos2.7 and aros. every new user is very welcome! have fun
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:10 AM   #6
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AN ODD PERSON IN THE USA !!!

I thought all of you lot across the pond were odd...

Gawd... 20 Bucks for an A1000, here's $200, I'll take ten...

Welcome to The Land That Time Forgot...
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:48 AM   #7
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AN ODD PERSON IN THE USA !!!

I thought all of you lot across the pond were odd...

Gawd... 20 Bucks for an A1000, here's $200, I'll take ten...

Welcome to The Land That Time Forgot...
Perhaps he meant 'another odd person in the US'.

Welcome, RepoOne! Enjoy your stay!
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Old 12-17-2010, 03:57 AM   #8
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I used my first computer at age 3 (in 1996), a 33Mhz 486 with 8MB of RAM.
Oh God, you're making me feel old! I had been using PCs and various 8-bit machines up until then, and was introduced to the Amiga in 1995 - made the 486 DX2 I had been using feel like a total joke! Bought my first A1200 in '96 then, and that was it I was born in 1981 and was programming an Acorn BBC Micro before you were even born!

Welcome along, and enjoy the A1000 - it's a lovely old machine! You just have to remember that it was incredible for the time but even an A1200 from '94 will run rings around it...
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Old 12-17-2010, 04:37 AM   #9
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Old 12-17-2010, 05:03 AM   #10
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Welcome, Im originally from Indiana too.

Back when I was 17, the "brand new" computers were the Vic-20, Atari 800 and TI-99/4. The Commodore Pet, Apple II and TRS-80 had been around for a couple of years and folks were still trying to figure out all the things you could do with a computer. Cool times indeed.

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Old 12-17-2010, 07:07 AM   #11
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welcome aboard young dude! ah yes 17!! was rocking my c64 & playing pit stop & Archon all day & night...later that year I got my A500 and the great times kept rocking...enjoy the A1000 ..I'd lile to have one myself one day but alas in my parts they command BIG dollars
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:58 AM   #12
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Welcome,
I recall using my C-64 back in the day, and when my neighbour bought the 1st Amiga model (Amiga 1000) when it was 1st release ... I thought it was mind blowing! and I wanted one. Its great to see someone as young as you take interest in amiga, all the best.

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Welcome. We need young people like you to keep the faith. Maybe one day I'll send you my A2000.
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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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$20 for a working A1k in good cosmetic condition is a hell of a find. Normally, they've transformed into a horrible puke yellow color.

All I can say, retro-computers are a much nicer hobby than the soul draining Facebook/Myspace/Twitter routes.
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All I can say, retro-computers are a much nicer hobby than the soul draining Facebook/Myspace/Twitter routes.
YES!!! I can't believe how popular those are....
Funny I'm finally happy about not being very social! :-)

@RepoOne, I'd make sure you get some floppies and make some backups.
I got several copies of kickstart (same version) with my A1000, but only one of them was still any good (disk errors). So I copied it right away!!
If you have an Amiga with Workbench (and kickstart if it's an A1000), a null modem cable and a PC with a serial port, you can always get other disks to it.
But you need those (Workbench/Kickstart) and you can't "create" them with a PC floppy.
(OK, if you have a Catweasel, but that's cheating.. ;-)

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That's it really...
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I'm not sure this is THAT unusual. How old is Cammy? She looks like she must've been in diapers when Amiga was in it's heyday and she somehow became an Amiga nerd. I've met a few C=64 nerds who weren't even born when Commodore was selling them. I guess it's kinda like people born in the days of CDs and MP3s becoming record collectors.
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It's refreshing to see kids today show an interest in what really was the golden age of home computing.

I tend to think that today's generation of toddlers, growing up with everyday computing devices with power the likes of which we could barely imagine in our 8-bit youth are missing out, though I expect they'll see some revolutionary stuff in their lifetime too.
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It's refreshing to see kids today show an interest in what really was the golden age of home computing.

I tend to think that today's generation of toddlers, growing up with everyday computing devices with power the likes of which we could barely imagine in our 8-bit youth are missing out, though I expect they'll see some revolutionary stuff in their lifetime too.
I think the mobile / portable computer thing is really their counterpart to what the 80's were to us.
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I think the mobile / portable computer thing is really their counterpart to what the 80's were to us.
No doubt, but it's not quite the same. When I got my first computer, the second thing I wanted to do was grab my soldering iron and start operating. I don't see my kids with the same kind of interest in their gadgets.

Hey, can I take a look at that for you?

"No Dad, you're not taking my phone apart."

Drat.

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