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The topic of this post is “From 1200 to Mist?”. For people not into the Amiga it probably looks pretty cryptic. What is this number 1200 and what does MIST have to do with it?
1200 is short for the Amiga 1200 computer. MIST is an FPGA computer that can run and operate just like a normal Amiga.
The reason I’m writing, is that I’m thinking of letting my Amiga 1200 enter the age of retirement. This means it’ll end up on the shelf or in the cupboard. I don’t have the stomach to sell it, because it has been like a friend to me for about 16 years.
As a replacement, I’ll get a MIST FPGA computer that can behave just like an Amiga 1200. It’s small (which means that it has high WAF = wife acceptancy factor), you can hook up USB keyboards or mice to it, it can connect to modern screens, and it is very quiet while running. It is worth mentioning that you can make the MIST behave like a Nintendo NES or Atari ST for example. There are many cores available.
My usage for the Amiga is coding (AMOS), graphics (Deluxe Paint), music (Protracker) and of course some gaming and demo-watching. The MIST will work fine for this.
One of the reasons I’m not that interested in using the 1200 is because of the lack of proper screen, but also that it needs many upgrades to do what the MIST does right out of the box. It’ll be very expensive to get it in good shape and it’ll also take up more space.
It is also the question of waiting for the Vampire II. Although it is a superb card, I can’t see myself needing all that speed in the near future.
As I’m writing this, I think I’ve settled for the MIST. Sometimes it’s good just to empty ones thoughts and see what comes of it. Now I only need to raise some funds for this machine, hehe. 😉
PS: Here’s a video giving you a great look at the MIST FPGA computer: