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Entry 29th December 2018: Post 01: Amiga 1200 - Desktop Dynamite Reunion

Amiga 1200 - Desktop Dynamite Reunion

Having retrieved my original Desktop Dynamite box purchased back
in 1993 I decided to see if I could reassemble all the component
parts that went into the box. That way I can actually put the
original contents finally back in the box. Saving the computer.
I have featured the contents previously. However I never got round
to re-uniting box with stuff. 

Here goes.

A1200 Desktop Dynamite

It really is amazing how well this box
has lasted over the years.

It's not like I made extra effort
particularly in the earlier years.

Even the base has survived. Quite incredible.

The sticker identified the A1200 has being
fitted with an 80MB hard drive.

Two games and two applications came with
Desktop Dynamite. Plus Workbench 3.0 disks.

All held in this neat little presentation box.

Inside is the paperwork and the books.

The actual 80MB hard drive that was fitted
the day I brought the A1200 home.

She was replaced with a 350MB hard drive
a year later. Sadly the drive broke whilst
being used in someone else's computer.

Always carry a spare pack with you.

The very magical DeluxePaint IV.
Dunno where I would have been without
this particularly the animation software.

Wordworth was generally fine, though in
truth not my favourite word processor.

Can't play Oscar cus if I do that
blasted music just goes round in
my head all day long.

Dreadful game.. Sorry.

Books that mark the beginning of everything.

Disks that were copied and safely tucked away.

These are not the actual originals.

All my originals are in this disk box.

Note the little 'X' on the labels.

Dennis game 'leaflet'

And you need the booklet out all
the time cus of the code needed to
play the game. So annoying.

Wordworth... Which also needs the code.

I copied down the most important key
codes onto a handy bit of card I kept
next to the Amiga at all times.

The spine on these books is way too rigid.

I much prefer the earlier ring bound books.

You get the hard drive supplement if you
have the hard drive ready fitted.

Magical AGA.

Again the spine being too rigid makes
the book unusable to be honest.

Plethora of never ending leaflet updates.

Offers on sale.

The warranty.

I actually purchased the extra cover.

I also registered the Wordworth software.

My original receipt 29th October 1993.

My down payment for the 1942 monitor
which sadly never surfaced as Commodore
went bust before it arrived.

The cover was very useful cus I did
have to call them out once.

I do not have the DOS version for 3.1.

Just a comment really and it's about the world
of today. You just sense that all those guys
at Amiga wanted to share and celebrate their
product. So what we get is books on everything
plus all the disks etc.

Fast forward to today and the makers of the OS
couldn't care less and give you nothing. So sad.

Seem to have forgotten something... oh yes !!


My treasured Chantel from 1993
Blizzard 1230IV Turbo with SCSIKIT.
Kickstart 39.106 and WB 39.29 original.
The Blizzard SCSI KIT off the 32MB
Turbo RAM card supports Power Computing
CD ROM, 2 x external SCSI drives, Iomega
ZIP drive. Ethernet PCMCIA networked.
Power Computing HD external floppy.
Vidi Amiga and TechnoSoundTurbo
all running off the Microvitec.

Trinkets are like lucky charms and
if work for me never leave my side.
Lisa Loeb has been there since I
successfully installed my first
accelerator. The wrestler has been
there since day 1... No idea. Don't
know where it came from and I certainly
don't like wrestling. He's my Mr T
and tells me to get it together when
I'm flustered.

The games in the disk box are the best
cover disk games ever released.
Lisa Doig was the first Andromeda set
that I burned and was able to use on
the Amiga. Karen Mulder is a my GHOST
animation set.. the first. PPaint is on
that very tiny CD which works on the ROM.
And Clara Veiga needs no introduction.

Its a feng shui thing with me. When
everything is working in harmony then
you'd be a fool to move it around.

When the computer is idle I have a
DPaint animation running in the background.
I have hundreds of them. The one shown
is Clara Veiga. I just grab off the DVD
using VidiAmiga and edit in DPaint and
run from DOpus. Much better than seeing
a Workbench screen.

Essential DPaint commands.

I tend to only use ZIP disks. Mostly
cus I have so many Amigas with SCSI
and also I have a number of PCs with
ZIP disks. With FAT and CrossDOS I can
read PC format disks and so move stuff
around so quickly. Also.. Amiga files
are so small. I can copy my whole WB
to one ZIP as a back up. So easy.

I have all my essential reading material
located behind this Amiga.

When switching on the last thing I power
up is the Amiga. I have the Canon Bubblejet
there but never use it. Have never used it.

~ o ~

Well there you have it Desktop Dynamite. It would
have been the Saturday morning 30th October 1993
that I reversed my Mini into the lay-by outside of
Lansdowne Computers to pick up the A1200. The box
filled the back seat and man was I so excited.

I recall sitting on the lounge floor and plugging
the computer into the television and there in an
instant were the two icons Work and Workbench.

I don't recall much of what happened next. I remember
it being dark and I was still playing with DPaint.
Been like that pretty much ever since. Happy days.

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