I use mine for tinkering, a bit of coding, and whatever else I can do reasonably, such as:
- Web browsing
- Web development
- Playing music
- Messing with MIDI stuff
- Playing the odd game (classic and OTTD / Zelda type ports)
While I try to do as much as I can on my Amigas, there are plenty of things I still need a PC for. It's mostly photography stuff, but there are other everyday things I need it for too... Reasons I can't use any of my Amiga systems for that:
- Speed. Browsing and previewing thousands of 12MP JPEG files needs some decent performance. My 3GHz/4GB/SATA-2 based PC can handle it easily using Picasa. My 0.8GHz/0.5GB/IDE A1 would take hours to do what the PC can do in seconds.
- Raw image support. While GIMP can handle raw (on Linux anyway, haven't tried it on AmiCygnix), the ability to see a preview of a raw file by clicking on it is almost essential for me.
- Decent printer support. I have a top-end printer which produces fabulous results. Unfortunately, Linux doesn't fully support it, meaning it can't take advantage of the full quality of the printer, so Windows or Mac are my only option for that.
- Colour calibration. This is essential for anyone who is serious about editing and printing photographs. Colour spaces have to be matched and correctly interpreted, and while this is possible in theory in Linux, I've never managed to get it to work. It "just works" on Windows and Mac, and it completely non-existent on Amiga-likes.
- Phone connectivity. I like to be able to sync my phone, back up its contents, do software updates, and even develop apps using the official SDK. Mass storage works for transferring music on my Amiga, but that's it...
- PIC chip coding. While it might be possible using some trickery and old serial programming hardware, it's much easier/faster to be able to use the official SDK and USB programmer.
(And yes Franko, it is a choice - I could choose not to do these things, but why deny myself my hobbies just to make a point nobody cares about?)