April 24th, 2007  |  Tags: , ,  |  2 Comments

Rolf sends a link to this gizmodo article about some company that calls itself “Amiga” and is introducing new computers next week. Sadly, instead of fondly remembering the machine that made computing fun (and, notably, introduced me to emacs in the mid-1980s), I was instead reminded of when I bought the “Amiga SDK” in 2000, which was a hosted, VM-based development environment that ran on Linux. (It also had some bizarre copy protection scheme that didn’t work on machines with more than one ethernet interface.) I don’t know if this soon-to-be-not-vaporware “Amiga” hardware uses the same SDK or not.

After browsing, though, I was reminded of the original bearer of the Amiga name. In the heady days of the mid-to-late 1980s, I used many applications that were way ahead of their time: a real shell on a personal computer, the trackers, Deluxe Music, Deluxe Video, and a wide range of other tools that didn’t have competitors in the rest of the computer world for years.

Fittingly, the current Amiga is also a source for software that has no peers elsewhere, like 2006 Arena Football League Word Search. (I’d be willing to bet that isn’t licensed and would be running the risk of an instant cease-and-desist if it weren’t so far under the radar.)