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MEGA_RJ_MICAL 
Your first day with an Amiga
Posted on 14-Nov-2022 22:43:23
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My friends!
As I wander aimlessly the countless corridors of my sprawling manor,
richly embroidered silk slippers treading the fine marbles,

suddenly the deepest sentiment of nostalgy engulfs this wrinkled
yet chiseled human shell of mine.

So, I bring you a question for yet another cold forlorn night on Earth:
CAN YOU REMEMBER YOU VERY, VERY FIRST DAY WITH AN AMIGA?

What Amiga was it,
what did you did with it,
what did you feel?

ELABORATE

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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

I recall it well, although I suspect, friend MEGA, you may not consider it a proper Amiga. My first day with an Amiga was when a gently used SAM440ep-flex arrived in late 2009. The very first thing was getting the OS installed and heading over to OS4Depot to download a few tools I read about in Amiga Future -- like HD-Rec.

It was terrific. I really enjoyed the GUI and exploring a (what was to me, at least) an entirely new computing platform. Thirteen years, and several new-generation Amigas later, I'm still here.

As an aside I suppose the *very* first time I saw an Amiga was at our local PBS station in the early 1990s. They used a converted, rack-mounted 4000 for their titling needs. But I wasn't allowed to do any more than look.

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Re: Your first day with an Amiga
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My first day with an Amiga was in 1985 at a friend´s house who bought an Amiga 1000 and as how I was impressed, he did moan about the Amiga 1000 that it was somehow overpriced crap.

Later I bought an Amiga 500 in 1986 or so, and I was a very satisfied Amiga User until my hormons made me look more for girls and weed! *lol* Later I got an Amiga 1200 and a friend of mine gifted me an Amiga 4000 which in 2008 or so I sold to a friend for 180 € . I thought he would keep it but he put it on ebay soon after I sold it and got a crappy 180 € for it, Well I was an WinUAE User already when I sold it and WinUAE seemed to be better than the real thing. Anyway.. somehow I miss the Amiga 4000. It could have been developed better but somehow it was a damn good machine, and if I would sell it today on ebay, I would make a fortune!
Now I am writing this from a Dual CPU each 14 Core Xeon Computer and I am hoping that one day there will be a WinUAE that could bang my 56 possible CPU Threads or an SMP Capable Version of AROS where I could use my Soundblaster X-Fi, my NVidia Quadro and all of this sheer CPU Power I have now!


The Amiga OS 4 machines never impressed me. I bought Amiga OS 4.1 FE for WinUAE but it never impressed me like AROS did!

If I was a Billionaire I would fund some people from the AROS Team to bring AROS to the next Level!

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May 1989 - Amiga 500 with WB 1.3.

Spent the first day(s) exploring Workbench and AmigaBasic.

One of my first endeavours (not the very first day, IIRC ) was to create a VERY simple "driver" in AmigaBasic to read incoming serial from my ZX Spectrum with Interface 2 (I think it was called) and a couple of Microdrives, so I could transfer all the data I had stored on those. It actually worked after some tweaking with the timing!

Best regards,

Niels

Edit: P.S. I was 36 years old in 1989 and working professionally in IT, although not (yet) as a programmer.

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@eliyahu

Your suspicions are well founded!
Of all people - I - , as you will certainly understand,
can in no way endorse the recognition of such junk as "Amiga".

But I am truly surprised that without owning a proper A until,
essentially, the 2010s - you have been consistently displaying a genuine Amigan's passion.

ONLY AMIGA MAKES IT POSSIBLE


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Re: Your first day with an Amiga
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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

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CAN YOU REMEMBER YOU VERY, VERY FIRST DAY WITH AN AMIGA?
Yes

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What Amiga was it,
Amiga 1000

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what did you did with it,
Cleaned the internals and the disk drive

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what did you feel?
felt lucky and happy.

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ELABORATE
I still have it and tinker with it somewhat regularly.

Here's a picture of it from the last CLASS event.

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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

Although I'd seen and used Amigas before then, the first one I owned was an A600, early 1992. I remember that distinct smell of freshly unboxed electronics. I got a few bits of coverdisk software and was hooked. By Xmas the same year I'd upgraded to the 1200, which, thanks to various expansions, remained my main machine for the next 10 years or so.

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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

It was the summer of 1987, the year I had graduated from high school in the small Bosnia & Herzegovina town of Teslić. In between considering which university entry exams I would sit, and attending the the occasional national service pre-admission tests, I was enjoying yet another lazy summer of swimming in the local river, going to the movies, just hanging out, enjoying ice-cream from one of the many sweets shops, the occasional pick-up game of basketball or street soccer, and playing games on the C64.

It was in this nirvana that a fellow graduate and C64 comrade had upgraded to an Amiga 500. Though I can't remember which exact day it was, I doubt I will ever forget how I felt when I saw F/A-18 Interceptor and Deluxe Paint running on it.

Ashton Kutcher captures it well with this performance:
https://youtu.be/U_HjE9VawBM?t=82

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Ashton Kutcher captures it well with this performance:
https://youtu.be/U_HjE9VawBM?t=82


@agami

Oh friend agami, have I been there, have I!

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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

I think it was 1990, when my wife and I bought our first family friendly computer. It was an Amiga A2000HD, with OS 1.3, and a suite of software, including software and games for our young son.

Amiga was cool and we all enjoyed using it.

Over the years, we upgraded to OS 3.1, added some more memory, a CD-ROM drive and a flicker-fixer card. I found lots of interesting software on Fred Fish CDs and purchased Final Copy, Final Writer and other software. I also used this computer online over dialup to our internet provider, using ppp, AmiTCP/IP, AMosaic, and AWeb.


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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

Wow! I remember the first time Violent Ken posted about the Amiga computer in a relevant and productive way, it was 14th November 2022

As for the first day with the Amiga it was my friend's A500 in 1991. Rainbow Islands, Lemmings, Xenon 2 all stand out! It was another friend with It Came from the Desert! and Aliens Breed SE that really sold the machine though in 1992. Then a third friend in my street got a A1200 in 1993 and made my Atari ST look very mediocre! Paula sound was the key! Hearing kids talk about using Deluxe Paint during football training was an eye opener too! Canvas on the ST wasn't the same!

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A1k in 1986
Played games. If I recall correctly Defender Of The Crown, Marble Madness, Bard's Tale, MindWalker, Bratacass, and Insanity Fight. I believe Insanity Fight was yet to be officially released with the version I played being incomplete according to the pre title screen text.

As how I felt, in awe, so in tandem with my brother we hassled my Mum to get us one incessantly until she caved in.

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It should be somewhere mid 1989. My dad, advised by me, by then 16 years old, brought home a nice Amiga 500 setup with kickstart/Workbench 1.3. With it came a Commodore 1084S and a Star NX1000 Rainbow printer.

There were only 3 floppies; Workbench, Extra's and a 'Step by Step'. So the first few days were filled with exploring these floppies and getting the printer to print in all beautiful collors.

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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

It's just a shame virtually the same was discussed on Amiga.org 5 years ago! I gave a slightly different answer probably because the question wasn't about a full day with the Amiga but your Amiga 'moment'!

We're just stuck in a temporal time loop!

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Seeing a demo of the game Walker in a computer shop sold me on the A1200. I'd had a Atari 1040ST until that point and yeah it had 1Mb of Ram but it was increasing obvious by 1992/93 that is had had its day! The most obvious evidence of this was the awful lack of channels and tinny music on Lemmings 2 on the ST and the fact there was no intro cartoon Seriously, having the music actually cut out so that you could have a sound sample of a Lemming saying "yippee" was unbearable! It makes me shudder to this day. To think that most people fondly remember the Atari ST for music and MIDI and yet it had a pitiful sound chip makes be yearn for a time line where the ST and Amiga were a point project under Jay Miner / Jack Tramiel at Atari. Atari might hav been able to beat Apple in that time line with the name and video game pedigree in the USA with a proper games capable computer like the Amiga being marketed as a multimedia / gaming platform to smash the NES. The cost reduced A500 would have been a priority under Jack and may mave come out in 1986! That could have worked out ok?

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BigD wrote:

It's just a shame virtually the same was discussed on Amiga.org 5 years ago!


Why

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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

You are engaging on Amiga issues which is commendable. It's just a bit of a bolt from the blue from you, a safe tried and tested thread topic and it's not like you've actually shared your own experiences presumably because we're meant to believe you're Los Gatos RJ?

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BigD wrote:

it's not like you've actually shared your own experiences


You know my experiences with it.
You all know.




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@MEGA_RJ_MICAL

We don't even really know who or what you are! Such a strange state of things and you're encouraging other copycat Franko/Violent Ken wannabees now!

Please tell us your favourite game was Rodland and that your a closet Final Calc lover! I can see that.

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you're encouraging other copycat Franko/Violent Ken wannabees now!

Please tell us your favourite game was Rodland and that your a closet Final Calc lover! I can see that.


I am encouraging no one.

And if there are oh so many MEGA_RJ_MICAL wannabes and no BigD wannabes,
MEGA_RJ_MICAL must be doing something right, and BigD mustn't.
Don't you think, my friend?

My favorite games was, uhm, Hunter - if I have to pick one.
My favorite non-gaming application was, unoriginally, Deluxe Paint.

/MEGA!



ps. "Wannebees", lol. You're going to be BigBee from now on.

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My favorite games was, uhm, Hunter - if I have to pick one.
My favorite non-gaming application was, unoriginally, Deluxe Paint.


Great! Hunter was a good early 3D game!
Deluxe Paint; an oldie but a goldie!

Yeah, wannabee a good name for the Zool bad guy! Whoops!

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