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Old 14 August 2015, 21:53   #1
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Photos of Amiga Prototypes Exhibited at Silicon Valley Amiga 30th Birthday Event

I'm surprised there was no mention of a couple of Techradar articles showing photos of some early Amiga prototypes:

- the D-44 Amiga development system (used by EA, Activision etc. prior to the release of the A1000)

- The Lorraine (A1000 prototype)

- The Ranger (Commodore USA's "failed" A2000 prototype) <------- I thought this was most interesting!


http://www.techradar.com/au/news/gam...otypes-1299744

http://www.techradar.com/au/news/com...otypes-1299687

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Old 15 August 2015, 03:15   #2
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COOOOL stuff DrBong.. Thanks for sharing!
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Great interview and nice pictures. These masses of cables and wires are impressive.
Thanks for sharing!
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It was great to have the opportunity to see them all in person, the whole show was a real treat and goes to show there's still a lot to discover and plenty of life in the scene.
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In this video [ Show youtube player ] from the Amiga 30 UK event, from around 2 minutes 30 in there's a brief glimpse of what is said to be a prototype of the ill fated Amiga PPC netbook.
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It was great to have the opportunity to see them all in person, the whole show was a real treat and goes to show there's still a lot to discover and plenty of life in the scene.
Wow, you went to the Computer History Museum in the Silicon Valley for this event!?! Was Dale Luck on-hand to answer questions about the prototypes from his collection?

What other gems from computing history did you see at the museum?

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Glad you liked the articles. Methinks Dale Luck deserves an awful lot of kudos for allowing those rare prototypes to be showcased at the 30th birthday show.

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Yeah, Cammy and I flew over there and stayed for a week. RJ Mical showed us around Google which made us want to work there so much. Dale Luck was there at the convention answering questions about his collection and there was heaps I have never seen before, like the SX500, a portable A500 inside an SX64 case. Also a CDTV with a floppy drive built into the front of it which looked pretty neat.
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Very cool! That wire wrapped stuff looks...terrifying!
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Old 29 August 2015, 20:36   #9
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Yeah, Cammy and I flew over there and stayed for a week. RJ Mical showed us around Google which made us want to work there so much. Dale Luck was there at the convention answering questions about his collection and there was heaps I have never seen before, like the SX500, a portable A500 inside an SX64 case. Also a CDTV with a floppy drive built into the front of it which looked pretty neat.
RJ Mical, Google, Dale Luck and rare Amiga prototypes.......sounds like you lived the Silicon Valley dream!

Funnily enough, I've read about and seen pics of the SX500 and CDTV with built-in floppy before, but what I'd never seen pics of before was C= USA's failed A2000 prototype.

Not sure if people know the webpage or not, but Cameron Kaiser's "The Secret Weapons of Commodore" has been around for the longest time and is a crackerjack read if you're into C= 8-bit prototypes and other rarities. Interestingly, he wrote a bit on the SX-500 on his website back in 2001/02, which is where I first read about and saw pics of it.

http://www.floodgap.com/retrobits/ckb/secret/exec.html


Sadly, the "Secret Weapons of C=" webpage hasn't been updated since 2007, even though Cameron Kaiser has actively updated other parts of his website. Anyone have any idea why?

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