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From Denny Atkin in the Compute Vendor area on Portal...
Folks, I'm afraid I have some bad news about the Amiga Resource
section of COMPUTE. The following letter went out to subscribers this
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Dear Amiga Resource Subscriber,
Due to a general slowdown in the U.S. Amiga market, COMPUTE has had to
make the difficult decision to discontinue our Amiga coverage. The
September 1993 issue will be the last one containing the special Amiga
Of course, much of COMPUTE is of interest to owners of all computer
models. Every month, COMPUTE will continue to bring you the latest
computing news, home business management advice, and tips on the best
buys for peripherals and accessories -- many of which (such as
printers, hard drives, and monitors) are Amiga-compatible.
You may have access to IBM-compatible computers as well as your Amiga,
or perhaps you have a Bridgeboard or other IBM emulator. Or maybe
you've been considering investing a PC clone to supplement your Amiga
system. You'll find that COMPUTE is a must-have source of news,
technical advice, and product evaluations for the MS-DOS computing
As always, your satisfaction is guaranteed: If you're ever unhappy
with COMPUTE, simply let us know and we'll cancel your subscription
and send you a refund for all unmailed copies.
Sorry to be the bearer of such news, folks. Nobody is sorrier than I
am about this decision -- editing the Resource section was a dream
job. Imagine getting paid to have fun!
Now, before anyone flames COMPUTE for this decision, let me mention a
few things. First, the primary reason that this decision was made was
that the number of folks requesting the Resource section had dwindled
exponentially over the past couple of years. (I realize delivery
methods and problems had a lot to do with this.) Our subscription
numbers had dwindled considerably. Also, the general health of the
U.S. Amiga market meant that the amount of advertising -- where
almost all magazines make their money -- had dwindled significantly
as well. Most advertisers could only afford to put their ad money in
one magazine due to the current economy. In short, COMPUTE stuck with
Amiga Resource much longer than I had hoped for, and long after it
was profitable to do so.
The good news is that, if you read only the Resource section, you CAN
write in and request that your subscription be cancelled and ask for
a refund for all remaining issues. Selfishly, I hope that most of you
choose to at least let the subscription run out without cancelling
(you probably have <$9 invested in the rest of your subscription,
after all) and keep reading. When Resource was shut down, I was
offered the position of Entertainment Editor of the main section, and
I'll also be coordinating our review section. So you WILL see the
word Amiga mentioned occasionally, I promise. <grin> Frankly, I think
it's a good idea to read a PC magazine or two occasionally even if you
don't own one, just to see what the mainstream of computing is doing.
(And it usually makes you feel pretty good about buying an Amiga
instead, too. :)
So am I leaving the Amiga fold? Absolutely not! I'm still writing
monthly for the U.K. magazine Amiga Computing, and I'll be popping up
in one of the U.S. Amiga magazines soon as well (the one I had my
first review published in back in 1987!). Although I've had a 486DX2
machine for a while now, anticipating this eventuality, my A4000
still sits proudly next to it and will remain my primary productivity
machine, even for writing PC reviews. <g>
I really do hate to see Resource go -- it was like an adopted child
that I'd helped raise. It was a fun three years. In the meantime,
support your favorite Amiga magazine so it can stick around for many
years to come. I saw a listing of growth in circulation of about 50
magazines in an industry newsletter recently, and a major Amiga-only
magazine was one of only three magazines in the list that had
actually lost circulation. (They still have oodles, but this is a
trend we don't want to continue.)
I don't really know what to say, other than "bummer, eh?"
Harv Laser, AmigaZone sysop, agrees...
Well, all I can say is THIS STINKS! It was bad enough when
C's A-R was chopped down from a full magazine to 32 pages stuck
inside the regular Compute that folks found so hard to find, and
which so many people tried to subscribe to and got the wrong
edition sent to them. (None of which, of course, has anything to
do with Denny).
But now to remove all Amiga coverage entirely, especially when
Denny had assembled a wonderful staff of regular writers and
reviewers (I wrote many articles and reviews for the Amiga Resource
edition myself :-) ... well, this doesn't look good from many points
of view, which needn't be elaborated upon here since everyone can
figure out what they are for themselves.
But besides depriving Amiga users of a good source of well-written
reviews and articles, it speaks very poorly of Compute's management's
idiotic PC orientation and myopic view of the computing world.
I will miss this special edition, I will miss the articles by
the regular columnists, I will miss the opportunities it gave
me to write for it, and perhaps most of all I will miss Denny's
Editorship of it.
From Portal's AmigaZone
From George Madison (Furr) about his letter to PC World...
.../General Q&A, Announcements, and Help!/PC Mag *Printed* *My* *Letter!*
16026.3.565.1 Shock And Amazement!
7/24/93 12:01 34/1366 Furr
When PC Magazine ran a cover feature on "The New PC's," including
such machines as the Mac Quadra, and Sun and Silicon Graphics
workstations -- but totally ignoring the Amiga, I got *pissed*.
I wrote them a letter and faxed it off, never expecting it to see
the light of day; as it happens, I was wrong! While it was rather
drastically edited for size, here it is as it appears in Volume
12, Number 14:
There you go again: your second issue comparing the PC platform
with others ("The New PC's"), and your second glaring omission of
the Amiga line. One can't help but wonder what your criteria for
inclusion are. I wouldn't be surprised if there are more Amigas
out there than $30,000 Silicon Graphics machines. The Amiga 4000
uses the same Motorola 68040 CPU that the Macintosh Quadra
systems do. AmigaDOS/WorkBench allows such features as
multitasking and interprocess communication, and in far less
memory. After using my Amiga 3000, I find Windows 3.1 sluggish
and clumsy, even on a VL-Bus based 50-MHz 486DX2.
No editorial comment addressing my question of what their
criteria are/were, of course.... ;-( And if you take issue with
the way anything is phrased in the above, blame it on their
editor, not me.
Below is his actual letter to PC World...
To borrow a phrase, "there you go again." Your second issue
comparing the PC platform with others available on the market,
and your second glaring omission of the Amiga line.
One can't help but wonder what your criteria for inclusion
actually are. If it's installed base, I'd not be surprised if
there were more Amigas out in the world than $30,000 Silicon
Graphics machines. If it's comparable hardware, the Amiga 4000
uses the same Motorola 68040 CPU that the Mac Quadra systems do.
If it's being the leader in a particular application field, the
Amiga is the first choice of people doing video -- from the
recently aired SF movie Babylon 5 to the upcoming SeaQuest, from
Stephen Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. All of the major
effects for both of these were/are created on Video
And if it's sophisticated operating systems you're looking at,
AmigaDOS/WorkBench allows multitasking, interprocess
communication and the like -- and has been doing so longer than
either PC's or Macs, and in FAR less memory. [An Amiga can boot
up in a mere 512k. Compare that to the multiple megabytes needed
simply to boot Windows, OS/2 or System 7.1.] After using my Amiga
3000, Windows 3.1 -- even on one of my office's 486-DX2/50's with
VESA accelerated video cards -- seems sluggish and clumsy.
This is not to claim the Amiga is perfect; there is no such thing
as the perfect all-purpose personal computer, as you do wisely
note. Given that the Amiga line generally and in particular the
new 4000 series has strengths that might be of interest to your
readership, I cannot help but wonder why it is that these
machines have been flatly ignored two years running.
George D. Madison
A question about making Portal and Baud Bandit work in harmony from
.../Message Bases/General Q&A, Announcements, and Help!/BB and Portal
16026.3.567.1 BB and Portal
7/26/93 21:39 20/650 Nervid
Hello Fellow Amiga Portalites,
Does anyone know the key to using Baud Bandit in perfect harmony with
Portal while using the page (vs line) interface format? My screens
frequently leave garbage from previous screens. And also when I am typing
in a message like this one, the backspace function goes a little awry when
near the left side of the page.
What Portal selections (I've tried both Generic ANSI and Amiga ANSI)
help correct this problem? What BB selections correct this problem?
Basically if someone has had good success with BB and Portal, could you
tell me what your settings are?
Thank You Very Much,
Harv Laser, AmigaZone sysop, responds...
.../Message Bases/General Q&A, Announcements, and Help!/BB and Portal
16026.3.567.2 Bandit + Portal
7/27/93 09:37 28/1144 Harv
To use Baud Bandit successfully with Portal do these things:
1) Set your Portal screen mode y_size (# of vertical lines on screen)
setting to 23 if you're using Bandit in non-lace mode. Bandit can't
display 24 or 25 lines cuz the strip of icons across the top eats
a couple lines on screen.
2) Open Bandit's config window and make sure the "True CR/LF" option
is set to ON.
Resave your configuration to make it stay that way.
3) Don't hold down your backspace key for a long time. Just tap
the backspace key. If you need to ersae the entire current (but un-sent)
line then type a control-u instead.
4) Set your Portal terminal type to VT100 generic which will also
select ANSI - i.e., they will both be selected.
5) Bandit will still get a bit squirrely in the vi editor from time
to time 'cuz it doesn't emulate VT100 very well, if at all. In that
case, use a control-l to refresh the screen when necessary (make
sure you're in vi's command mode, not in entry mode when you do this).
I use Bandit *exclusively* on Portal and I'm online for many hours
every day and all my stuff is set per above and it's fine for me.
From firstname.lastname@example.org (Jose Elias)
If you work for C=, and have something to do with the CD-32 machine, PLEASE
read this, I wrote it in good faith, because I LOVE Commodore machines!!!
First, I think this is a nice thing to come out from C=, and it looks like
something "new", NOT like the CDTV, based in old A500 and slow CD-ROM
technology. Second, I guess you and we all know why CDTV was never a
success: no software to take advantage of it, and no avilability in stores
other than the ones who carried the Amiga. Why don't you make deals with
the "big papa" delers that sell to smaller dealers? Why not making deals
with Sears, Macy's, Lechmere, etc...? Third, have Microcosm, Defender of
the Crown II, and the awesome Flight Simulator included in the Lemmings
disk been released together with the CDTV it would have been a much bigger
hit. PLEASE make sure there's "cool" software available for it at the time
of its release, stuff that you cannot find anywhere else. Fourth, have you
seen screenshots from the upcomming 3D0?, they look FANTASTIC!!!. But the
CD-32 still has a chance to compete with such a machine: If it's sold in the
neightborhood of 300 dollars at street price, it would take LOTS of sale
away from 3DO's 700 dollars tag price, BUT people might consider saving
instead if they think that what they will get on 3DO is MUCH better than
CD-32, and this is where software plays the "big selling point" game. I
only HOPE that you guys at C= have killer software ready at the time of the
machine, not just Amiga conversions, if this is not so, then I'm very sorry
for this machine, specialy since I know it has potential, BUT will it be
used to its advantage???
From Delphi's Amiga Forum
16842 24-JUL 01:31 General Information
From: LMCCLURE To: ALL
According to a post on another network, here is a list of CPU's Motorola is
expected to announce in the next 6 months:
I assume the "LP" in 68LP040 stands for "low power". Hmmm..wasn't one of the
problems cited with putting a 68040 accelerator in an A1200 the heat factor?
BTW, the same message noted the big M has already started sampling the 50Mhz
version of the 68060, and claims they have a history of shipping in volume 3
months after sampling begins.
From FidoNet's Amiga International echo
Area: AMIGA Date: 21 Jul 93 2:10:37
From: Todd Vierling (1:371/46.0)
To : All
Subj: US News & World Report
If you have not yet read the US News and World Report article on "The
Computer Price Wars" in the July 26, 1993 issue, don't bother. No mention
of Amiga anywhere - the attitude was the same as the Popular Science
article (the Mac is the only computer in existence that uses Motorola
chips, etc). After being utterly fed up with the article, I wrote a no
shorter than six page letter to the editing supervisor of US News & World
Report, and faxed it in today. Hopefully, portions of this letter will
appear in a future issue. In it is a condensed history of the Amiga
computer, the real "quiet revolution" that CAUSED the computer price wars.
Miucrosoft did not do it. Apple did not do it. IBM did not do it. Intel did
not do it. COMMODORE did it! It also advertises the September 1 Amiga
T-Shirt day and I am hoping that at least that part will appear in the
magazine. I pleaded (well nowadays for Amiga coverage you have to plead)
for the letter to be published, but I cannot guarantee anything. Now I wait
for the next few issues and find out.
From FidoNet's Amiga Tech echo
Area: AMY_TECH Date: 26 Jul 93 8:25:29
From: Joe Hobson (1:362/508.0)
To : Brian Bonner
Subj: Re: 14.4K Modems
I have a ZyXEL and can vouch for the noise handling! This sucker
ignores call-waiting signals even at high sensitive baud rates.