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Amiga. The computer that changed the Galaxy…

The story of the Commodore Amiga is the story of highs and lows. Like a Hollywood star burning out in front of our eyes. The Amiga built on Commodore’s momentum, the C64′s success and managed to go from the lofty heights of the being the number one selling computer in 1990 to being a part of a bankrupt company by 1994. The life of the Amiga had many twists and turns.

If you walked through the Myers department store – electronics department – in Australia during the late 80′s you would have seen a Commodore Amiga, chances are it was running one of the Boing Ball graphics demonstrations. These simple animations of a chequered ball rotating and bouncing around a window or three boing balls being juggled on the desktop was one of the great wow moments of computers in the 80′s. It was also one of the greatest pieces of marketing ever, these demo’s alone sold millions of Amiga’s.

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The Commodor 64, the Computer That Changed the Galaxy…

The Commodore 64 sold in excess of 17 million units in its lifetime, still the largest selling single model of computer in history. Introduced in 1982 this computer more than any other made computers available to the average joe on the street, who proceeded to cut their teeth on this new beast.

The attraction for us nerds was purely based around its graphics and sound capabilities, it was technically the best machine at the time. This alone doesn’t explain it’s success though.

After it’s release in 1982 Commodore began selling the machine through main street retail stores instead of through specialist electronics stores. Computers sold through electronics parts stores had the stigma of build you own computer kits, this locked most people out. Even in the nerd world at the time the kids that had the funds, tools and ability to build their own computer were a tiny subset of this community.

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