### Micro.Blog (Patrick H. Mullins)
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[Back] - Date: 2019-07-12 @ 10:08 AM EDT by PHM / Bridging Old and New Technology

I find the current hardware bridges from old to new technology to be absolutely fascinating. When Commodore released the Amiga line back in 1985 there were very few ways to upgrade your system. Sure, they provided at least two official expansion ports within each Amiga, but no one was taking advantage of those ports at the time. They did eventually come out with a variety of upgrades over the years, but nothing compared to what we have today. Fast forward thirty plus years and Amigans are upgrading their ancient systems using ports and sockets that were never intended to support hardware upgrades.

Over the past few days I spent some time upgrading the CPU, RAM, and storage in my old Amiga 500. Did I use an official expansion port to enable these upgrades? Nope. Instead, I managed to add 8MB of 60ns EDO Fast RAM, upgraded the CPU to a 20 MHz MC68HC000FN20, and added a 4 GB compact flash HD using nothing more than a small accelerator card (Wicher 500i Rev.2a) that I plugged into the old CPU socket. That's absolutely crazy to think about. The CPU socket? Back in the day no one ever messed with that thing, ever. Now we're using it to add and expand basic functionality. It's actually a testament to how well designed these computers actually are.

Twenty years from now my current MacBook Pro will likely have been melted down and recycled into something else. My old Amiga 500, however, will still most likely be quietly chugging along, upgraded beyond anything that Commodore could ever have imagined, using whatever crazy obscure hardware that I can manage to hack into it. I'm not sure what the future holds for the Amiga in general, but I do know for sure that now is a great time to be an Amiga fan.