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From the Amiga RT on GEnie

From Sahib (A.SAHIBZADA) about his new accelerator...

Hi All!

I received the CSA 1250 (Twelve Guage) SCSI/Accelerator/Ram unit yesterday.

Here is my initial impression of it:

When I opened the box, I found the following :

A board with all the necessary electronics, a 25-pin SCSI plug (looks just
like a parallel port plug) with an attached cable, four sheets of photocopied
docs, a disk and a brochure.

The documentation is adequate, with all relevant information, though one
extremely important fact is missing : There is no mention of how to connect
the board end of the SCSI cable to the board. There is also no ReadMe file on
the disk though it has a number of utility programs.

I therefore have not connected the SCSI cable as yet, but will do so on Monday
after giving CSA tech support a call to find out the correct orientation of
the cable (one edge of it is red).

The 25-pin plug needs to be screwed into the empty socket on the back of the
1200. There is already a hole in the casing of the computer for the holding

The board itself is not difficult to install, and only takes a few seconds to
push into place. On one side is the CPU and FPU, etc. and on the other side is
a connector for a SIMM module. I have at the moment installed a 4 Mb SIMM in
this socket, though you can upgrade to 32 Mb.

System performance has improved remarkably. My computer is really flying now!

There is a program on the disk called T3 that copies ROM to RAM. This
increases performance even more, but at the expense of the loss of some Ram.

AIBB however reports that the MMU is disabled. No mention in the docs on how
to enable it. Any ideas? I'll upload an AIBB module for it in a day or two.

My overall impression of the board : Very, very good, but could do with much
better documentation.


From FidoNet's Amiga International Echo

Area: AMIGA                            (MAIL:Fido/AMIGA/)
From: Erik V. Petersen                 To: All                           
Subj: Good Amiga Press!                                                     
Date: 22 Jun 93  06:38:05

     Canada has a tabloid computer paper that I've always thought of as
a beemer rag with token Mac coverage to satisfy a couple of adverti-
sers.  It is published monthly on the West Coast (Vancouver) and the
Alberta edition generally runs 52 to 56 pages.  Circulation is pegged
at 125,000 in Western Canada and 80,000 in Ontario.  It is a freebie
paper that you pick up to browse when you've idle time on your hands. 
It has just bowled me over with GREAT Amiga coverage in the last two
editions!  This good happening may have gone on for longer but I've
only recently picked up the May and June issues.  Last time I looked
previous to then, it was pretty solid clone fare.

     Good Amiga coverage in a horizontal computer publication is a pure
act of courage.  Both magazines and the pulps are advertorial in natu-
re.  Advertising pays the shot and has been known to dictate contents. 
Editorial purity is rare.  The guys paying the bills have no ideologi-
cal generosity.  I didn't see ANY Amiga advertising in either the May
or June issues but I was only exposed to the Calgary editions.  One
must assume other regional Ami dealers pick up the slack.

     The Canadian Computer Paper is independently published.  It is
edited by Kirtan Singh Khalsa.  In the May issue, Graeme Bennett, mana-
ging editor ran the mine field with a 10,000-word article on operating
systems.  "Oh Yeah!" We say as we see OS/2v2.1; MS-DOSv6.0; Windows NT;
Windows v3.1; NextStep; Unix and Mac v7.1, but wait! Here's AmigaDOS
v3.0x, and what's more, we are getting a fair shake!

     Early on, Bennett proves he is historically up to date when he
says "The Amiga 1000 was the first computer to bring the power of a
true multitasking operating system into the hands of 'mere mortals'...
The fact that it could run on a 256K machine with no hard disk was
nothing short of amazing." 

     Under "Network Services" he could have crucified us since this is
a current weak spot but instead, Bennett generously comments: "Amiga
users might do well to consider adding a PC-emulating 'Bridgeboard' in
order to use IBM-compatible network cards and software..."

     Under printers, Bennett also is informed when he points out that
AmigaDos v2.1 and 3.0 provide direct support for PostScript.  The high-
ly detailed comparison chart also shows Ami support for Compugraphic
fonts,  and is generally correct and extremely fair to our favorite
pile of switches.

     Look and rejoice at Bennett's Miggy remarks under "Conclusion":

     "If you own or are considering an Amiga, I advise running AmigaDOS
2.1 or later.  Earlier releases of AmigaDOS were not as stable or fea-
ture rich.  AmigaDOs has more in common with Unix than DOS or Macintosh
operating systems.  Although it can be used without a hard drive, I
strongly recommend one.  The Amiga makes a good choice for a home com-
puter.  Kids and novice adult users can use it with a mouse at first
and move into the more complex world of command-line prompts and the
subtleties of true multitasking as their expertise grows."

     Some Mac types were spitting nails in the following June issue
because aspects of their OS had been termed mediocre.  That issue had
nothing short of a rave review (3,000 words) on the A1200; and a 3,500
word story on the Toaster 4000 with no attempt to hide the fact that an
Amiga 4000 is at the heart of this system.  More about that in a fol-
lowing post.

     Good Amiga press has been rare in recent years.  It is truly
heart-warming to see objective, knowledgeable reporting from what I
would have sworn was a clone bastion.