If our 11-aspect sequence on the background of the Amiga and our (in-progress) seven-facet series on the history of the Apollo program do not provide it away, we take place to be unabashed fans of a specified computing platform and a detailed space software across the Ars Orbital HQ. So this week, a small submit at HotHardware inevitably caught our eye: an historic NASA-used Amiga evidently ended up on the market on eBay.
Seller vrus at present lists an Amiga 2500 used via NASA’s Telemetry Lab on the market. How can everyone be distinct this 1980s workhorse came from the US executive? Properly, the gadget is emblazoned with NASA property seals that seem to be to suit tags discovered on other decommissioned NASA hardware. vrus also consists of screenshots of applications on the laptop that look like registered to a Dave Brown (HotHardware notes Brown was a main programmer at Cape Canaveral’s telemetry lab inside the Nineteen Nineties as per a 1999 Q&A with NASA retiree Hal Greenlee and comments from Greenlee within the “Amigas at NASA” video lower than).
Ars sent a notice to NASA asking about favourite Amiga usage and the decommissioning procedure for hardware, and we will update this piece if we get hold of more information in the arriving days.
For now, vrus sent Ars a bit of additional historical past on the acquisition. The consumer has been keen on Commodore and Amiga on the grounds that 1982, proudly establishing with the C64 and fondly remembering time with the Amiga 100 later on. vrus now collects and trades Amiga/Commodore equipment, so the user chanced on this certain laptop by good fortune when procuring various containers of Amiga hardware and software in bulk.
“It had been in storage for various years so it changed into mainly bought when NASA decommissioned most of their Amigas in 2006,” vrus wrote. “As a rule I might keep something like this for my own collection on account that it really is so unique and pleasing, however I proposal it will be stronger in case it ended up someplace that different people may possibly see it / use it / and so forth… I’m glad I become equipped to save lots of it; I think the complete gadget would’ve ended up in a recycling plant.”
The Amiga 2500 was an generation of the Amiga 2000 that genuinely got here bundled with a Motorola 68020 or 68030-situated accelerator card based on the archivists at Ancient-Desktops.com. (The original Amiga 2000 debuted as a excessive-stop computing device for Commodore again in 1985, and that’s possibly most fondly remembered for enabling the famed Video Toaster app.) vrus information programming data relationship lower back to 1988 on the marketed Amiga 2500, so that will coincide nicely by the desktop’s heyday (Ancient-Computer systems.com lists the A2500 as a 1989 product).
Fees for an Amiga 2500 at the time appeared excessive—the Canadian PC Museum lists it as promoting for $3,800+ CAD ($3,000+) within the late Eighties. Excited by that, maybe this in-progress eBay auction’s surge earlier $5,000 is just not so absurd (both wear and tear and possibly distinct historical past besides the fact that).
Checklist snapshot by means of eBay vendor vrus---