I bought an Amiga 3000 for $1200. Three years later, I sold it for $1200.
I ran into a company selling floppy drive emulators some years ago.
Their main market were computerized looms and such. Basically an automatic loom with a desktop PC bolted to it.
We are talking 286 or even older generation CPUs and such.
What these emulators did was take some sort of input in the front (be it from floppy images stored on USB, a serial cable, or even wired or wireless networks on their newest models), and pretend to be a floppy in the back. Basically they were embedded computers that could fit in a 5.25 bay.
Similarly you will find old DOS installs running experiments in university labs the world over, because the sensors software etc only properly work when it has direct access to the serial port hardware or some such.
It is a crazy world out there once you get out of the valley.
I used a null modem cable connected to an RS232 to USB adaptor plugged into a Raspberry PI running pppd. I can't really justify the cost of a network card just now. I'm saving for a Vampire.
I was hoping to post this comment using the Amiga but the only browsers that will run on it don't support the required SSL version :)
On the 2000 I just have to put the 64Door term disk in df0: and flip on the power. Within ~30-45 seconds I'm on the 64 BBSes. But the null-modem cable is an awesome way to go as it literally costs nothing... besides the cost of the cable. I find the modem approach, though, is more seamless of an experience with most term software.
I bought the 1200 new when I was a teenager and had a 4000 in the late nineties but didn't know about the dangers of leaking batteries and it died. I've got interested in Amigas again in the last couple of years after a 15 year break.
I'm going to have to check out some BBSes - I do miss them, not that I got heavily into them before the Internet came along and didn't really get a chance to join the community.
The BBS scene - when you find the right boards - can be a ton of fun. I really enjoy it. The sad truth is, there are a ton out there that are just being ignored and are like digital ghost towns. If more people popped back in there it's be even more fun. Hope to see you around! (I go by 'intric8' or 'amigalove'
"Viva Amiga is a wonderful look at the the history of the platform, the people who built it, and the users who loved it. The opening title says it all: "One Amazing Computer. One chance to save the company. One chance to win the PC wars."
Good days. Back then, it was just us nerds.
The A500 had also a trapdoor port under the keyboard to double the 512KB of RAM that was on the motherboard already. The A1000 had a clumsy daughterboard you'd have to install inside the case to double the onboard 256KB. Its Agnus controller also had a different packaging from the one on the A500, so it couldn't accomodate the newer Fat Agnus and Super Agnus (1MB or 2MB of audio/video RAM). Without expensive hacks, that is.
The A1000 cost more to upgrade because the daughterboards had lower volume than on the A500. The external expansions cost more, for both computers, because they need a case, plus might need more logic. If 1MB was your target (and not just doubling what came with the machine), then on the A1000 the external port was the easiest. That, surprisingly enough, was also the solution with faster memory speeds. A silver lining. :-)
(To be fair, I played Commando on the C64 before, but, goddamn, Another World showed me what was possible.)
 I'd played with an Amstrad "Something", playing with mates who had a Vic20, and a C64.
 ... and Shadow of The Beast. Awful game, but what amazing sound and graphics!
EDIT: Oh, crap, didn't mention: I, along with a friend, programmed that Amstrad to play a basic Roulette game in some sort of BASIC variant -- Trust me, the ASCII graphics were amazing! On the Amiga, I started with a little draw-a-chart-type-thing based on reprogramming the on-screen characters (or was that actually the C64? Hard to remember at this point). Maybe I'm an absolute liar and I actually started out with a C64? I definitely remember programming my first ray-tracer in Turbo Pascal on a xNNN (N=digit) PC with a VGA card + grey-scale monitor. Memories are hard in both senses of the word :(.
Dialling in to the local BBS on my mates Amiga 1000 (or was it 500?) back in 1991 was a total revolution. We used to cycle to the BBS owners house to give him cash for access credits.
Not mentioned, that I saw, in the article, is the A1000 serial port carries 12v on Pin 23 - which if you are not careful can completely fry anything you connect to it!
 Running some sort of Serial<->Ethernet proxy/bridge software.
Looking forward to the VampireV4 Standalone (Or a MiST, it makes a nice 1200).
I remember using SLIP and PPP to get my Amiga 1200 onto the web with the Mosaic browser. Fun times!
I feel like a dial-up sound simulator is strongly required