The story of the Amiga family of microcomputers is akin to that of a musical band that breaks up after one incandescent, groundbreaking album: the band may be forgotten by many, but the cognoscenti can discern its impact on work produced decades later.
So the Amiga 30 event held at Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum in late July was more than a commemoration of some interesting technology of the past. It was also a celebration of the Amiga’s persistent influence on personal computing.
The Amiga was easily 10 years ahead of its time. Too bad the good ones rarely win. This is also a good moment to repost the 8-part series on the Amiga at Ars.