Way, way back when, in ancient history, when I was a boy, a mere pup growing up on the east coast, I was completely and utterly mesmerized by the new-fangled contraptions known as personal computers.
There was a million of the little suckers floating around, and in every conceivable size, shape and form, and most of which, by the way, I heaped scorn on.
On the other hand, however, there were some fine-and-dandy box's out there too that really peaked my interest. There was the venerable Apple II, the Commodore Pet, which I actually purchased for $1,200 complete with its huge and glorious 8K of memory! Of course, other ancient relics at the time, included the IBM PC, the CompuColor and one or two models from the 'put-them-together-by-yourself' electronics firm of Heath Kit which also sent my lusts to ever dizzying heights, as did the original Lisa and Macintosh computers.... oh man, like all of these boyhood memories seam just like yesterday to me.
As much as I lusted and coveted many of the above machines, there was one more particular box that I particularly coveted more than the others.... the AMIGA!.
For one thing, the Amiga was much better looking, in my humble opinion, then most of the other box's of the day, and it was fast and powerful to boot, and with the best dang tooting graphics a boy could possibly ever hope to dream of.
Naturally, to say the least I was rather sadden when the company of my lusts finally hit the skids and was no more, thrown into the proverbial garbage heaps of history along with the DoDo bird. Even though several attempts by several groups have tried to revive this great brand, none have thus so far succeeded the way they would have hoped.
Now, hopefully, however, according to a recent post by Gizmodo, Commodore USA has just informed that great particular web site that they are yet going to attempt to revive this old classic from the dust bins of history once more. According to Commodore USA's news release (available on Giz's post), they have recently acquired all of the worldwide licensing rights to the Amiga brand. They are now planning to shortly produce a new line of all-in-one AMIGA branded computers using AROS - an open source variant of AmigaOS.
Even thought they haven't released any photos of the new machines as of yet, I can only say, in conclusion, that I really hope that they are more successful this time around in reviving the spirit of the old AMIGA in this new age of smartphones and tablet PC's then the many others of the past.
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Ancient Amiga photo via: Wikipedia