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/// The Emulation Rambler
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    By Jason Compton
    (jcompton@tcity.com)




Aaargh!

It's getting difficult to keep up with all of the CSAE conversation
these days.  In a nutshell:  nobody seems to know exactly what patents
Readysoft may or may not have been or are infringing upon, lots of
people are mad at Jim Drew for either no discernable reason or because
he believes in putting patents on software, and I STILL don't know what
happened to  A-Max III.

So I'll move on to other things...

You may have read about the Quadra 610 DOS-Compatible rumor two weeks
ago in CPU Status Report.  Maybe you read the full-feature article
confirming it last week.  In case you didn't, Apple has announced a
Quadra with a full 486/VGA board installed.  It allegedly has a shared
clipboard (we'll see just how practical that is) and both sides are
accessable with a dual keypress (Left Amiga-M?).  Ever since I read the
first file two weeks ago, it set me to thinking.  Now, with the
confirmation, I'm thinking even more.  Why would Apple do something like
this? Why would they release a dual-platform machine after all that
work on PowerPC?  PowerPC, the chip that was supposed to do all of this
wonderful cross-platforming, right?  In my estimation, Apple Computer is
doing one of two things:  1. It is either  trying to soak its customer
base for every penny it can get, selling a cross-platforming computer
now so they can turn around and sell a PowerPC cross-platformer in a
year, claim it's something that everyone needs, and take more thousands
from people who just bought the Quadra 610.  Nasty and un-Commodorelike
though it be, it's good business sense for Apple, and a distinct
possibility. The other possibility is that PowerPC simply isn't
everything that it's been hyped up to be, and Apple knows it, and has
released a 486/VGA board as a sort of apology.  After all, we've been
hearing about PowerPC for a year, but the first word about this computer
came to me two weeks ago. (Oh, just as a note: the 486/VGA board is
said to be "under $500", meaning $499.99, no doubt.  I have to admit:
that's less than the current Amiga solution.)

Like I've said, this is the time for Amiga cross-platforming to take
center stage...it's obviously something the computer community wants to
hear about.  We've been doing it since the first XT bridgeboard came
out. Let's remind them.

A quick benchmark for ya:

Yep, we lose.  Actually, some of the other benchmarks aren't as bad...
Centris 040/20                                Amiga 3000 (030/25)
   SoftPC                                            PC-Task
 SI: 16.1                                          SI: 1.6

Yep, we lose this one.  Not all of the benchmarks turned out with this
much difference, which I attribute to the difference in speed as well as
SoftPC's 286 emulation.  It IS faster.