4 thoughts on “Amigo Labs – The House Amiga 500 Gets a makeover!

  • July 14, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Thanks for the great video and a nice review of the DataFlyer Express! I have to say, it’s quite awesome to see it still in use after almost 22 years. I worked for Expansion Systems between 1991 and 1995, covering pretty much every aspect from manufacturing, testing, packaging, shipping, and customer service… I may have written an instruction manual or two in there as well. I’ve always considered the DataFlyer product line to be the Volkswagen Beetle of Amiga peripherals. Maybe not the most sleek or the fastest, but it was inexpensive, reliable, and got the job done. 🙂

  • July 14, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Hiya Brian,

    Wow, you worked there eh ?!?! That’s so awesome! I’d love to talk to you some time about your experiences at Expansion Systems. I bet that was an interesting gig! Did you have a history in the Amiga hardware industry? Hell, you don’t know where I can get documentation on the Dataflyer Express do you?

    I’ll have to agree with your Beetle reference..my experiences with Expansion System hardware have always been positive. Sturdy and dependable stuff!

    • July 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Sure, hit me up anytime, I’d love to talk shop! As a Commodore computer fan since the 7th grade, working for Expansion Systems was a dream-come-true job in itself… it was great working in a shop that exclusively used Amigas, down to the accounting department. To date, it was my best job ever, but that’s as far as my short-lived history with the industry goes.

      In hindsight, I wish I had hung onto my notebook that had my copies of all the manuals and troubleshooting info, but sadly it’s been lost to time. The DataFlyer Express came in pretty late as focus started shifting towards the 600/1200/4000 products, and not too many were sold, IIRC. Google doesn’t turn up much in the way of manuals, but more importantly DMS images of the DataFlyer 500 install/driver disk (3.7e was the last release) are still floating around, which is good news.

      If you can grab some detailed photos of the circuit board, I’ll see if it jogs my memory any.


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