About this website

Submitted by binaryvalue on Fri, 06/03/2022 - 14:33

About BinaryValue.com

A Tribute to Innovative Computers & their Engineers -

This website is a tribute to all these computers that inspired users and captivated their senses through their incredible innovations. A huge thanks to all those computer engineers that worked day and night to complete these amazing machines.

Engineers-vision
80 years of Computing Innovations

Special thanks go to:

  • Jay Glenn Miner (the Amiga's father and engineer on Atari 2600 & Atari 8-bit family)
  • Dave Haynie (chief engineer at Commodore International)
  • Clive Sinclair (inventor of the ZX Spectrum)
  • Steve Bosniak (the brains behind Apple computers)
  • Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web)
  • Linus Torvalds (main developer of the Linux kernel)

Also to:

  • The Greek Amiga Community on FB (for their support)

Computers included on this website

This website includes technical and general information about the following computers:


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About the Developer

Starting with a PC/XT and moving forward with an Acorn Archimedes 3000, I got involved with computers at an early age. Programming, graphic design, and computer games were always my hobbies. Since 2010, I develop financial websites, as I am an investment analyst who likes building WEB. Nevertheless, programming remains my hobby until today, mainly by creating TA indicators on Pine Script.

Don’t trust that PC Saleswoman

My short story from the early 1990s..

A500-Gods
Amiga 500 with a Commodore 1084 monitor running GODS on my desk...

In the dark alleys of Stournari street, in the center of Athens, a 14-year-old is searching for a decent computer shop. This kid is me, and I am trying to buy some software for a recently purchased 8088-PC (a gift from my parents).

The police were always present on Stournari street, as anarchists and the local police had (quite often) a fight there. I doubt if they even knew why. As a young kid, I could feel the tension in my bones.

Turning left on Patision Street, a computer shop appears and 3-4 kids come out with floppy disks in their hands. This is it, I thought, this is exactly what I'm looking for.

The front window of the computer shop is quite impressive, and you want to buy everything. Inside, there is a huge shelf loaded with original software. However, with a price tag of between 6,000-9,000 drachmas (something like $70-110 in today’s money), these titles were out of any kid’s budget.

«Choose, and I will copy,» says a guy in front of the cash register. Shortly after, I choose a couple of titles and get ready to pay.

But suddenly I turn my head to the left, and I can't believe my eyes.. an Amiga 500 with a Commodore 1084 monitor playing a demo of GODS. The world has changed in the blink of an eye. Incredible colors, fast scrolling, and stereo sound captivated all my senses. I had no idea that any computer of that time could do stuff like that.

Next, I realized how much I was fooled by that PC saleswoman who told me that a PC/XT with 2 drives is the best choice for a young man. Since then, I have never trusted any salesperson in my life.

 

■ Giorgos, Athens

BinaryValue.com  (2022)

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