Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 22nd Jun 2010 12:46 UTC
Amiga & AROS The fabled Amiga X1000 has been spotted in the wild, in the homeliest of places--Station X, a.k.a Bletchley Park. "The AmigaOne X1000 is a custom dual core PowerPC board with plenty of modern ports and I/O interfaces. It runs AmigaOS 4, and is supported by Hyperion, a partner in the project. The most interesting bit, though, is the use of an 500Mhz XCore co-processor, which the X1000's hardware designer describes as a descendant of the transputer - once the great hope of British silicon." With thanks to Jason McGint, 'Richard' and Pascal Papara for submissions.
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I always had kind of a thing for the Amiga and the Sega Gen/MD.

When i was like... 4, 5... My father bought a Spectrum 48k to do his accounting. Needles to say my bro soon started playing games on the thing. I have vivid memories of the afternoons spent at the living room in my old house, my brother and their friends playing a ton of (pirated) games and Iron Maiden playing on the stereo.

Little did i know my parents would move in the summer of 89. When we settled in our new home, both me and my bro soon began making new friends. My front neighbor had a Sega Megadrive/Genesis. Damn, was i up for some shock and awe. In retrospect, i believe my brother was just as stunned as i was the first time we saw Sonic the Hedgehog, Revenge of Shinobi, and Michael Jackson's Moonwalker (yes, yes.. i know! But back in the day he was bigger than Jesus). 256 Colors, 16 bit Stereo Sound. It was like we jumped from the Playstation era straight to the PS3.

Latter that year I started playing with PCs. My aunt got me a second hand IBM/PS2 286. A beast of a machine:
- 20Mb HD ;) ,
- 1Mb Ram ;) ,
- VGA or Graphics,
- No sound board though ;)

I was quite happy playing games on the thing. Then I met this rich kid in 92/93. His parents had an Amiga 2000.

And once again I was up for a shock. The games for the thing where sick! And the sound?! I never knew computers could sound like that! (this was before the SoundBlaster became mainstream). We played Moonstone, Premier, and a bunch of other game which the name i don't recall.

I so wanted to trade my old clunky IBM for an Amiga. Seeing the gaming magazines and looking at screenshots of the latest Amiga games, the awesome looking interface, the fancy drawings that you could do on the thing. It fueled a fire.

Then, as the years went by, the Amiga... started lagging behind. People often say that Windows killed the Amiga. We "older" gents know different: Sound Blaster + Doom killed the Amiga.

Then the 3Dfx came along. The Windows powered PC has been the industry standard ever since. In all those years, the most fun I ever had with my PC was running BEOS 5, in the time Linux was a beast (I couldn't even do MP3 playback without sound drops back then) and Windows was brain dead.

Now this comes along. It's an expensive machine, and i'm really not the kind of guy that can afford to spend 1500+ € on a machine (f--king economy!). But I'm seriously tempted!!

But the PPC + XMOS is a thing of beauty and it baffles the mind how in the name of god doesn't the PC have something like this!

It's basically a reprogrammable chip. It can, for instance, be programed to decode the XBOX 360 function calls, thus enabling the development of a functional emulator running at native speeds under the Amiga. It allows you to make a program in C that tells the chip how to handle data, in any way shape or form you want it to.

The possibilities are endless and it's something truly revolutionary. I wouldn't be surprised if the PC has something similar by 2020.

This, in combination with the OS4 lack of memory protection (It's not a bug, it's a feature!) and direct access to the bare metal can enable the development of some wicked sick applications.

In a time when:

- The PC marked is getting stalled and many say the days of the home computer are numbered;
- Nothing truly revolutionary has happened on the PC for far to long;
- The OS landscape is limited to the big 3 and 2 of those 3 share the same fundamental design;
- Everybody uses Intel, even Apple;
- Programming languages are moving farther and farther away from the bare metal thus taking power away from the programmer...

I, for one, welcome this new Amiga with open arms. It's been far too long.

Let's have some fun now! I need it come with some of that sweet trippy Guru Medication! ;)

Edit: Syntax Error. ;p

Edited 2010-06-22 20:38 UTC

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