Re: The amiga!
This reminds me of how shear random factors can change the world.
BT charged something like 10p a minute for a local call to a BBS in the UK. Crushingly expensive!
Local calls in the USA were free. BBS calls could therefore also be free.
And that, really, is why the USA dominants the Internet today - just that fact about the cost of having two machines warble at 14.4kbps across town was zero instead of extortion.
I recall making a huge special trip to Evesham Micros to buy a 52Mb hdd and RAM expansion to 5Mb. :-)
They thought I was a mad rockstar Elon Musk: "No way you'll ever fill that!", "Surely 20Mb would do?"
It was like going into a shop and asking for a petabyte of storage would be these days.
Shortly later it was all compressed, & I had an old SCSI chain set up for more space, of course!
Fond memories of school days.