25 years ago today, Commodore International didn't open its doors for business in the morning, after filing for bankruptcy the day before. But without them, you might not be as attached to technology as you are today.
…Long form article of this thread: https://medium.com/@ToddVierling/an-epitaph-for-commodore-1dc1ab669dc7
The Amiga attracted celebrity talent including Andy Warhol, who created recently-rediscovered digital artwork on the system in 1985. It had graphics and sound capabilities not available on PCs or Macs until many years later. /c
Those sound capabilities are still popular today; the SID chip used in the C64 is a prized possession for analog music enthusiasts, and the Amiga is still used to do digital mixing and MIDI control. /c
(Link: Orchestral reimaginings of C64 game music.)
And there are still hardcore devotees to Commodore's products, who are still making software for them, to showcase just how much these machines were ahead of their time. The "demo scene" continues to live on in old and new geeks alike: /c
I was born in mid-1976 so I literally grew up alongside home computing. When I was still a lumbering child, so was the industry. I learned BASIC, then 6502 assembly, then Pascal, then C, then 68k assembly, then C++, and many other things first on Commodore computers. /c
Generalistic and moderated instance.