Commodore Amiga 1000 Prototype (development system)
The following is an Amiga 1000 prototype (well, a development system) donated by Michael Miller of Santa Cruz, CA (thanks Michael!). See Joe Cassara's tribute to the Amiga 1000 below.
To call the Amiga (Spanish for "girlfriend") revolutionary would be an understatement. It was 1985, and while PC owners were busy toying with 16 color EGA, the A1000 could display 4096 colors at a resolution of 640x400. (The Macintosh hadn't learned to use crayons yet, and wouldn't for about another two years.) Microsoft was gearing up to release Windows 1.0 in November, but the Amiga already sported a color GUI, a Unix stye command line system, and preemptive multitasking. Throw in four-channel 8-bit stereo sound to complete the picture, and it's no mystery why Jean-Louis Gassee, formerly of Apple Computer, was quoted as saying "When the Amiga came out, everyone [at Apple] was scared as hell." (Amazing Computing, Nov. 1996)
Curator: thanks Joe!
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