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Amiga Story (Part 2)

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube was a time when the Amiga 500 was beginning to take off at a rapid rate, and where the powerful technology was finally being seen for the power house that it was. Given its superiority to almost everything else on the market, especially in terms of graphical power, its [...]

The Amiga Story (Part 1)

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube Of all the home computer stories, Amiga is probably the most interesting, diverse and long. One reason for that is the number of machines Commodore produced for the Amiga line in an attempt to diversify and capture the market throughout the 80s and 90s. For that reason and to [...]

The Dragon 32

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Subscribe to Nostalgia Nerd on Youtube Dragon. A legendary creature, typically scaled or fire-spewing, with serpentine, reptilian or avian traits. A mythical beast, rarely seen, but often talked about in folklore and tales of heroism. To all intents and purposes, the story isn't much different for the Dragon 32 home computer. Announced by Dragon Data [...]

The Atari ST

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Watch the Video The Atari ST is a machine which emerged in 1985 and immediately went head to head with the Amiga 1000. The Atari ST is known for Games, music, desktop publishing and in a lot of cases, being a poorer version of the Amiga, but that's not always the case, and to begin [...]

Centre for Computing History

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Watch the Video A few weeks ago I decided to take a trip down to Cambridge and check out the Centre for Computing History in all it's digital glory. In this video I explore the museum, gawp at hundreds of BBC Micros, play with lots of machines from both the 8 bit and 16 bit [...]

How PC Memory Evolved

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I'm pretty sure that some things I find utterly compelling, most people just couldn't give a nat's arse about, and this is one of those things. PC memory has followed a long and winding path, with numerous updates, revisions, speed increases and oddities, and it's all these things combined which make the story an interesting [...]

Atari Jaguar Inspection

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The Atari Jaguar was a console which I yearned for. It was something to do with those 64 bits. All that power. It seemed mind blowing. I was sitting around with my Commodore 64, an 8 bit machine and my Sega Mega drive, a 16 bit console. 32 bit machines like the 3DO had just [...]

How Does Plug & Play Work?

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It's another episode of Byte Size, and in this one I'm exploring the wonderful, wonderful world of Plug and Play.. or Plug and Pray, as it was known in the early 90s. I'm sure you can guess the reasons behind that. I had my fair share of plug and play misery and shenanigans, but in [...]

What is MMX Technology & Why Was it Flawed?

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MMX Technology sounds like a distant memory, and indeed it is. But it's actually still with us today - it has to be, to remain compatible with older software, something the x86 line tends to do, although not always completely successfully anymore. But the MMX story is an interesting one. MMX was kind of an [...]

FiFine USB Microphone vs. 90s Quickshot Mic

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I recently felt the need to purchase a new budget microphone for my Youtubing purposes. The requirement was to accompany my Doom 2016 PC which is located downstairs. I settled on the FiFine USB Condenser Microphone from Amazon. It offers a 20Hz to 20KHz range, so should be able to pick up all sounds audible [...]

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