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The future was here : the Commodore Amiga, Jimmy Maher

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The future was here : the Commodore Amiga
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The future was here
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the Commodore Amiga
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Jimmy Maher
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Future was here : the Commodore Amiga
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eng
Summary
Long ago, in 1985, personal computers came in two general categories: the friendly, childish game machine used for fun (exemplified by Atari and Commodore products); and the boring, beige adult box used for business (exemplified by products from IBM). The game machines became fascinating technical and artistic platforms that were of limited real-world utility. The IBM products were all utility, with little emphasis on aesthetics and no emphasis on fun. Into this bifurcated computing environment came the Commodore Amiga 1000. This personal computer featured a palette of 4,096 colors, unprecedented animation capabilities, four-channel stereo sound, the capacity to run multiple applications simultaneously, a graphical user interface, and powerful processing potential. It was, Jimmy Maher writes in The Future Was Here, the world's first true multimedia personal computer. Maher argues that the Amiga's capacity to store and display color photographs, manipulate video (giving amateurs access to professional tools), and use recordings of real-world sound were the seeds of the digital media future: digital cameras, Photoshop, MP3 players, and even YouTube, Flickr, and the blogosphere. He examines different facets of the platform--from Deluxe Paint to AmigaOS to Cinemaware--in each chapter, creating a portrait of the platform and the communities of practice that surrounded it. Of course, Maher acknowledges, the Amiga was not perfect: the DOS component of the operating systems was clunky and ill-matched, for example, and crashes often accompanied multitasking attempts. And Commodore went bankrupt in 1994. But for a few years, the Amiga's technical qualities were harnessed by engineers, programmers, artists, and others to push back boundaries and transform the culture of computing
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1972-
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Maher, Jimmy
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006.7
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index present
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QA76.8.A177
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M35 2012eb
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Platform studies
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  • Multimedia systems
  • Amiga (Computer)
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The future was here : the Commodore Amiga, Jimmy Maher
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1 PDF (344 pages).
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9780262301510
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The future was here : the Commodore Amiga, Jimmy Maher
Link
http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/bkabstractplus.jsp?bkn=6267546
Publication
Distribution
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 PDF (344 pages).
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Restricted to subscribers or individual electronic text purchasers
Isbn
9780262301510
Media category
electronic
Media MARC source
isbdmedia
Specific material designation
remote
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  • (CaBNVSL)mat06267546
  • (IDAMS)0b000064818b45aa
  • (IEEE)6267546
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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