Must. Link. To. This… Ars Technica’s eight-part series on the history of the Amiga.
Backstory: Back in the late eighties one of my cool older brothers (the one who was co-oping at IBM and later worked on a multi-media TV set top box at Philips in the nineties) convinced me and my parents to get me an Amiga 500 computer. My computer stood out from my friend’s in its speech recognition, graphics, and all-around “wow” factor capabilities. It was responsible for fomenting my life-long interest in computers.
Bonus link: If you’re really into the Amiga, you’ll appreciate this Kickstarter for a hardcover book chronicling the groundbreaking PC.