The Amigo is not an Amiga, but it is a good initiative from Nuts & Volts December 2015.

The Amigo is not an Amiga, but it is a good initiative from Nuts & Volts December 2015.

First time I’ve noticed that Nuts & Volts has a retro computing column was when I’ve spotted the paper describing how to add color to your PET. In the December issue, although it is not literally retro-computing, the article “Build the Amigo” (yet another reference to Commodore), proposes to build a BASIC powered computer, a-la 80’s. This spin of the not so new idea uses the propeller chip. If you know this micro-controller – and its cogs running in parallel – you might know that a BASIC interpreter was available for a while. Nonetheless, the idea is good and it may give to kids the same experience we used to have in the early ages or personal computing: switch it on, and BASIC is awaiting for you!