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26th July 2008, 05:00
I just came across a great series of articles exploring the history of the Amiga, from idea to conception, and beyond. The articles are written by Jeremy Reimer and can be found on arstechnica.com. They are very interesting to read and contain a lot of incite into the internal goings on at Commodore and explain some of the reasons for the problems and successes seem by the company over the years.

Definitely worth reading.

The parts of this series of articles is as follows:

A history of the Amiga, part 1: Genesis (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/a-history-of-the-amiga-part-1.ars)

A history of the Amiga, part 2: The birth of Amiga (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/a-history-of-the-amiga-part-2.ars)

A history of the Amiga, part 3: The first prototype (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/a-history-of-the-amiga-part-3.ars)

A history of the Amiga, part 4: Enter Commodore (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/amiga-history-4-commodore-years.ars)

A history of the Amiga, part 5: postlaunch blues (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/amiga-history-part-5.ars)

A history of the Amiga, part 6: stopping the bleeding (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/amiga-history-part-6.ars)

A history of the Amiga, part 7: Game on! (http://arstechnica.com/articles/culture/amiga-history-part-7.ars)

And if you become a member of the site you are then permitted to download each of these articles as a PDF for safe keeping.

28th July 2008, 09:13
Outstanding, thanks for the link Harrison ^_-

burns flipper
28th July 2008, 12:35
Man, this brought a tear to my eye.

If only our favourite system wasn't so horribly, horribly dead!!

28th July 2008, 13:39
Sometimes, I think "what would be the latest amiga looking like if it would still be developped?" Would it be entirely black? With a tower or would they have another system? I would see it looking like those XPS towers of Dell, with a 22'' LCD and the little logo amiga on it and a blue light laser mouse, with a little "A" on the top of it. That would have been so awesome :(

Demon Cleaner
28th July 2008, 15:27
Nice link, although a lot too read :o

28th July 2008, 17:16
Nice link, although a lot too read :o

That's what the period we call 'working hours' are for, my friend :thumbs:

Demon Cleaner
28th July 2008, 17:36
Nice link, although a lot too read :o

That's what the period we call 'working hours' are for, my friend :thumbs:Guess you're right.

29th July 2008, 01:47
Yep. Definitely lots to read, that is true, but well worth it as these articles are very well written and very interesting. Unlike many others you find online, that just contain the same old facts that we all know, these actually contains things I didn't know before reading them, which is rare.

burns flipper
31st July 2008, 08:49
I wonder if the guy who wrote it watched the actual video Dave Haynie made on his last day?

31st July 2008, 10:57
Sounds like it. He describes it pretty well. The video is around for anyone to watch, it's on the DVD in the Amiga Forever Premium package for example. It's on youtube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRI7hHwiRxk) too, but I think a lot has been cut from it. It seems much too short and some things I remember like the AAA prototype isn't in it.

Great articles. Even though I know the story fairly well by now this wasn't a boring read. Will have to keep an eye out for new installments. :)

1st August 2008, 13:16
I've just found those videos on Youtube:

History of the Commodore Amiga

Part 1 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=VCREhVvHXL4)
Part 2 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=6I6cBcQWTGU)
Part 3 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=M0F56UN24DE)
Part 4 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=L43E6UT1Ipw)
Part 5 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=9M6qcyd95tQ)
Part 6 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=cZYpgHi59W0)
Part 7 (http://fr.youtube.com/watch?v=AX42ALczCQ0)

But i guess that everybody has already seen it...

1st August 2008, 17:01
Yes, those are parts of a very famous video. The whole video is included on DVD with the premium edition of Amiga Forever. :) Great that it is now on youtube for everyone else to see.