July 23, 2010

Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the Commodore Amiga.

Ahh, childhood memories.  Never owned the original 1000 pictured below.  The 500 which came out shortly after was an all-in-one unit and was exponentially more popular, it was my 1st Amiga.  She was my entertainment center, my friend, my sidekick, my love and passion for as long as I can remember.  This computer was the center of my life when I was growing up.

Amiga 1000.

The Amiga 500

Coupled with the 1084S (S stood for stereo) Hi Res monitor this thing was a beast of a machine, it was a multimedia powerhouse capable of displaying 4096 colors, stereo sound, multitasking and games that even today remain unmatched.

The Commodore Amiga 501 expansion.

This little add-in card that fit into a “bay door” below the computer would double the computer’s RAM from 512 to a whopping 1MB RAM, it was the 1st hardware purchase after the unit itself.  It would enable richer content in games, speech synthesis, allow for running more applications at once and sped up the machine considerably.  Since the computer, at first, did not have a hard disk all of the information was loaded from 880kB floppy diskettes, certain games and applications required the tedious swapping of multiple diskettes, at times more than 20.  Workbench, the operating system, was fully graphical and required a mouse,  it was eons ahead of what the PC and the “black DOS screen”  used at that time.  The machine used the Motorola 68K series microprocessor (the 500 used the original 6800 running at 7.14MHz) with subsequent models getting upgraded and faster chips.

More fascinating info on the Amiga 500 here, and it’s other popular cousin the Amiga 2000 here, well worth the nerdy read.

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Another amazing day.

I should get into modeling.

I’m on a boat, I’m on a boat again.

Lake Shawnigan.

Chompy.

He was eying us the whole time we were there.

CF-18 crashed at an Alberta airport today.

The pilot ejected safely, no one yet knows what happened.  I have been reading quite a bit about Canada’s upcoming purchase of a flock of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets.  The Canadian government is planning to spend about 9 Billion dollars on the airplanes which could go as high as 18 Billion when you include the service contract.  This would be one of the largest equipment purchases in Canada’s history and would replace the aging fleet of CF-18’s purchased ages ago.  I’m all for cool new toys but do we really need them?  I don’t think so, this money could be better spent in my opinion.  I think the future is in unmanned vehicles as they would be better suited for protecting our great white north from a non-existent enemy.

Andy Moor’s Trance Nation 2010 CD release is days away.

Ministry Of Sound’s famous Trance Nation series is back, this time with no other than Mr. Andy Moor.  Here is the track listing. I’m actually thinking of buying this, my first CD purchase in about 8+ years.  Three days to go.

Straight from the Moor Room.

CD 01
01. Melodia – The Way (Clarks & Setrise Remix)
02. Yuri Kane – Whirlpool
03. The Thrillseekers – Savanna
04. Reeves – Call Of Loneliness (Mat Zo Remix)
05. Temple One Feat. Hannah Ray – Autumn Leaves (Estiva Remix)
06. Ben Nicky Feat. Linnea Schossow – Tears –
07. Markus Schulz Feat. Khaz – Dark Heart Waiting (Jochen Miller Remix)
08. Super8 & Tab – Black Is The New Yellow
09. Matt Darey Presents Urban Astronauts Feat. Kate Louise Smith – See The Sun (Aurosonic Mix)
10. Trilucid – Departures (Skytech Remix)
11. Mat Zo – Near The End
12. Delerium Feat. Miranda Lee Richards – Send Me An Angel (Andy Moor Remix)
13. Bent – As You Fall (Kyau & Albert Remix)
14. Pulstate & Juventa – Somnia (Yuri Kane Remix)

CD 02
01. Susana Feat. Omnia & The Blizzard – Closer
02. Andy Moor Feat. Carrie Skipper – She Moves
03. Lange Feat. Emma Hewitt – Live Forever
04. Mike Shiver Vs Fandy – Sique
05. Mark Eteson – Blackboard
06. DJ Eco Presents Pacheco – Staring At The Sea (Masoud Remix)
07. Yenn – Monzen (Stoneface & Terminal Remix)
08. Nitrous Oxide Feat. Aneym – Far Away (Ronski Speed Remix)
09. Guiseppe Ottaviani Feat. Faith – Angel (Mark Eteson & Ben Nicky Remix)
10. Max Graham Feat. Neev Kennedy – Sun In The Winter
11. Motionchild & Will Holland Feat. Tiff Lacey – Arctic Kiss (Andy Blueman Remix)
12. DJ Eco – People (Rafaël Frost Remix)
13. Ben Preston Feat. Susie – Remember Me
14. Ben Gold – Sapphire
15. Rafaël Frost – Flashback

#8  When I heard that track at the Above and Beyond show @Commodore I thought I was going to die.
#14  I played as my closing track at Sunset Room last weekend.  Yarrrr.