Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Another Computer AD
I saw this AD and it tripped me out! It's the Commodore Amiga 2000 computer. This looks like one of the first computers to offer a Photoshop type of tool. It's from 1988 and if I remember correctly, magazines were still using photostats and rubber cement to paste-up their magazines. The monitor looks about 12 inches wide and the mouse looks like it would be uncomfortable to use. Can anyone tell me what happened to the Commodore Amiga? Did you own one and how much memory did it come with?
Posted by Don Hudson at 6:42 AM
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We had one at my college. It was an incredible machine, basically a Photoshop and animation machine ahead of its time. Of course, it's nothing compared to today's possibilities... and I don't remember the memory size or how fast it was. Oh and this would have been prior to 1988 that I saw my first Amiga. Somewhere between '86-'87.
Marie, Did you have a scanner or some way to import images? Did you have a network that shared files together?
Oh, I'm sure we didn't have a network. There was only one Amiga and nothing else to network it too.
I don't recollect if we had a scanner either, but we definitely could import video images. I think it was straight in from S-video, or does that sound totally impossible? The old memory is pretty vague.
I had an Amiga. Its operating system was similar to Macs, so some software worked but not much and the Amiga software was a bit sparse. We did have an early modem but returned it because we didn't know anyone to contact. Best of all was the scanner! A B&W security camera that you attached to an arm that pointed straight down at the image. It was basically a poor quality video scan. If you wanted color you used a color wheel and scanned the image three times through the red, green and blue filters. It actually did a decent job capturing the color. The computer is pretty much gone but there is a dedicated fan base still using them.
"A dedicated fan base using them"? Are you kidding? using them for what? They must be a bunch of nostalgic techno-geeks mooning over the good old days of 16 bit video games.
Dude, I know people who use Commodore 64s as part of their rock and roll set up. It can be used as a simple sequencer for some pretty interesting sounds and samples. It even had a voice simulator and could be made to sing (after a fashion.) There's a fan base for every old computer there ever was, I would suspect.
Oh, and I once used a friend's Amiga to draw an entire comic book, a'la Shatter.
Remember Shatter? I remember thinking that was the coolest comic book ever when it came out. I saw it recentlhile crude to modern eyes, I still think it worthy.
Allen, Check out the latest PREVIEWS and you'll find that Ait/PlanetLar is reprinting Shatter! Bonus!
Bonus indeed! Of course I already own the original printing. It's not exactly hard to come by.
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