In the first of a new regular series, the world's most renowned Amiga expert, Wally Dug, shows you how to improve your Amiga's performance for minimal cost.
|Over the next few months, I'll be
showing you how to make the most out of your Amiga with the minimum of outlay by making
that peripheral which you crave so much. A word of warning though - by creating some of
the devices, you might just damage your warranty and invalidate yourself.
Ever since computers were invented, man has had the continual problem of lack of storage.
I remember that within two weeks of getting my first 4-bit computer (the predecessors to 8-bit machines) I had used up all my spare punch cards and it was so vital that I saved this particular program that I cut up a kitchen towel roll to use instead. Desperate measures indeed!
The 8-bit machines were no different - many a good music tape was lost in frenzied desperation! However, a good tip for all you 8-bitters is to send away for a free Linguaphone demonstration cassette (you know, "How To Speak French in Thirty Easy Lessons With Absolutely No Outlay Whatsoever (Apart From The £10.00 Per Cassette Per Lesson Per Course Fee)"). Obviously, you don't need to buy the whole course unless you are going to Italy for your summer holidays (in which case it might just be a good idea to choose the Italian course instead of the French one), but these little cassettes are ideal for emergencies when you really do have to save a program and you've run out of blank cassettes.
(On the subject of cassettes, can you still buy those wee C-15 tapes? They are perfect for recording 12" singles.)
With the coming of the Amiga and other computers of it's ilk, things are just as bad. To prove my point, just ask yourself a simple question: How many floppy disks do I have? The simple solution is easy - buy a hard drive. However, hard drives cost a lot of money, especially for the A500 (and for the A600, it is nigh-on impossible to buy an external hard drive), and this money could be better spent on games and buying the only decent computer magazine available (JAM, of course!).
So what do you do?
Again, the answer is very simple - you make your own storage media. WAIT! STOP! Please don't turn the page yet! It really is very easy to make your own removable hard drive as you'll soon find out if you follow this easy step-by-step guide.
That's all for the now. Next month, I'll tell all you budding desktop publishing barons how to save an absolute packet by making your very own A4 flat-bed scanner.
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