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30 years ago not only was history made, but the future was changed

The Amiga was so truly innovative that those using the word in their marketing today should be ashamed. Young people looking back at the Amiga are often unimpressed because so many of the features and capabilities of the Amiga platform are standard in computing devices today that the system seems unremarkable. It's only on realizing that this system had those features thirty years ago that the appreciation for the accomplishment sets in. So many of the features we take for granted today originated or were perfected in the Amiga. Its impact was profound even if its place in our collective memory is not.

You only have to look at the Amiga's contemporaries to realize just how advanced it was. Remember that the industry was still in the early days of the transition from 8bit computing and the Apple II series and Commodore 64 were still huge sellers.
Apple had just released the first update to the original Macintosh, the only real difference being an upgrade from 128k RAM to 512k.
The screen was black and white and the OS ran 1bit colour (ie black and white). The Mac's CPU did everything including draw all the bitmapped graphics. There was no multi-tasking and only basic sound.
The PC was just transitioning to the 16 bit 286 processor, running DOS with it's text interface and 640k RAM limit, most with CGA graphics and no mouse. A few had soundcards that were a nightmare to configure and only really worked in games that supported your specific brand and model of soundcard.
Then along came the Amiga. Expandable to 8.5MB of RAM, all of which it could use and address. Full Colour, graphical, windowed, multi-tasking operating system and 4 channel, stereo sound. Independent co-processors for most functions (sound, graphics, I/O) leaving the CPU free to run software. You could say, the Amiga was the first personal computer with a GPU. It's high speed blitter making the UI fast and smooth and enabling high performance gaming and business applications. The System was fully multi-tasking, even allowing multiple screens. Mac's wouldn't get real multitasking until the release of OS-X!  PC's wouldn't see it until Windows 95.
Because the standard configuration of the Amiga included so much, applications and games were far more advanced given that developers code to the lowest common hardware denominator.
Overall it would take decades for the rest of the industry to finally and fully catch up. Heck, Windows only just got multiple desktops with Windows 10.
So next time you use your fancy computer or mobile device, thank the Amiga developers who pushed the limits of technology and moved the industry forward so that we could be where we are today.

#Amiga   #PersonalComputers   #Mac   #Windows  
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A beautiful paragraph you must read. 
Wow. This is simply a beautiful ending to today's historic decision.
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United States Vice President Joe Biden lost his son to cancer today. He lost his wife and daughter in a car crash previously.

Life is so fragile. President Obama's eloquent comments really touched me. I believe they are worth reading:

"Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family – Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter – are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get.

Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts.

But for all that Beau Biden achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family.

Just like his dad.

Joe is one of the strongest men we’ve ever known. He’s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It’s one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill – to who they are – that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.

The Bidens have more family than they know. In the Delaware they love. In the Senate Joe reveres. Across this country that he has served for more than forty years. And they have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight – for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau’s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley, and for the entire Biden clan.

“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.

Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth."
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Calls to friends and loved ones in Nepal are now free via Google Voice, Hangouts and Gmail, and Person Finder is available for those trying to locate loved ones following this second powerful quake → goo.gl/t0hhO5 +Google Crisis Response
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What an awesome morning. 6 AM is awfully early for a hike! But we did it! Thanks to +Rigo Ovalle and Astrid!
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Great pictures, +Joshua Duncker.
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Next time a relative asks "Which phone should I get?"

I'm pointing them here -> https://www.android.com/phones/whichphone/#/

Great tool, +Google 

For the record, it recommended Galaxy S6 Edge and LG G4 for me. Not bad haha
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You can now donate on Facebook to help Nepal earthquake survivors http://tnw.me/KKq5cYW
You will be able to support those affected by the earthquake in Nepal through Facebook from today. The social network announced that it is rolling out a banner message on news feeds ...
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Very interesting article.
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Google is preparing to make some big changes to their presence in Mountain View sooner than later. Today the company has submitted plans to the Mountain View City Council that propose a significant expansion of their Mountain View headquarters in a very "Googly" way.  The plan is to redevelop four areas in Mountain View where Google has previously owned office space. These four areas will be completely built from scratch from the gro...
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