Amiga: The Computer That Wouldn’t Die

Having outlived a number of its corporate owners, and spurred on by its passionate users, the Amiga computer is going back to market again—but this time, in very different forms

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In April 2000, a new computer architecture was introduced as the multimedia platform for the coming decade, a seamless link between television, DVD, video games, cellular phones, and the Internet. It could display your favorite movie on your big-screen TV, look up information about the actors, cue up selections from the sound track on your CD player, and send you e-mail confirming purchase of tickets for the sequel. Patented user-interface software could overlay computer information unobtrusively on your video screen or vice versa, popping up just the bits you needed to see. If all goes well, its backers expect it to be in millions of homes within a few years. It is called the Amiga.

Revolutionary new technology? You can call it this only if you consider something still new when its roots go back more than 20 years. Since it was first conceived, the Amiga has had five corporate owners and has helped bankrupt two major manufacturers. Yet hundreds of thousands of hardware aficionados and software developers swear by it. And now its glamor has seduced yet another group of engineers and programmers into putting their efforts behind the Amiga name.

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Video Friday: Drone in a Cage

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Remembering 1982 IEEE President Robert Larson

He was a supporter of several IEEE programs including Smart Village

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Robert Larson [left] with IEEE Life Fellow Eric Herz, who served as IEEE general manager and executive director.

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Robert E. Larson, 1982 IEEE president, died on 10 March at the age of 83.

An active volunteer who held many high-level positions throughout the organization, Larson was the 1975–1976 president of the IEEE Control Systems Society and also served as IEEE Foundation president.

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