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The Retrobits Podcast

Nov 13, 2007

Amiga gives you a creative edge.  (From a 1985 ad...)

Welcome to Show #103!  This week's topic: The Commodore Amiga!

How did we view computers in the 1960s?  Not too much differently than today!  See for yourself in this YouTube video...(will start playing on launch of the URL).
The Computer History Museum will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Commodore 64 in December - the lineup includes Jack Tramiel, founder and CEO of Commodore.  More info here on the Museum's events page.
The full-blown, unabridged history of the Amiga can be found on the Amiga History Site...there's lots of material, ranging from the beginning years to fairly recently.
Emulate the Amiga in style with the Amiga Forever package from Cloanto!

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Our Theme Song is "Sweet" from the "Re-Think" album by Galigan.

Thanks for listening!

- Earl

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Arjen Schumacher
almost fifteen years ago

Hi Earl,

I was doing some back-catalogue listening and stumbled upon the Commodore Amiga episode.

You did wonder about some of the workings of the Amiga. I do realize that this episode is now 2 years old and you have probably found out a lot more about the ins and outs of an Amiga.

However, you can find a little program on aminet called noclick which you can place in, for instance, your C directory on your amiga harddisk. Then you alter the s/startup-sequence script and add the following line:


Now the clicking will stop after several seconds of all 3.5 drives. The fun part is that they still detect inserted disks:)

You also mentioned that it felt kinda awkward to shut down the Amiga by turning the powerswitch instead of some kind of proper shutdown command. The amiga OS however, can stand such a shutdown. The only thing you need to be sure of, is that all file saves which might be in progress, are finished first, so no disk activity is in place when turning off the power.

Kind regards,

Arjen Schumacher
the Netherlands