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/// From the Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!"
I want to apologize to everyone for not having an issue last week. Normally,
I try to announce a break in circulation at least a week ahead of time, but it
just didn't happen this time.
There were two main reasons why we didn't make it out last week... first,
I didn't have much to put in the issue -- it was a slow news week, and we've
been having some trouble getting people's submissions through Email intact.
The second reason is that I've been trying to assemble two PC systems over the
past two weeks. One for myself, one for a friend. Yes, I know... PC's suck.
Well, rather, MS DOS sucks. I've been battling with mail order vendors and
other people that just couldn't get things shipped on time, and when I did
get enough pieces to get one of them running, I had the ever so pleasureful
experience of trying put it all together and get it running.
In fact, I'm still working on getting these blasted things working. I have two
PC's on my desk, plus my A1200, and only two monitors. So I keep switching my
NEC 3D from my 1200 to the PC and back. It's really time to get an A/B switch-
Building a PC is NOT for the faint at heart. Had I not been doing one of them
for a friend, I would have given up in disgust and sent all the crap back.
But now that they're close to being usable, I might as well keep it. ;)
Now I'm sure you're wondering why I'm going on about PC's in an Amiga magazine.
Well, I had been starting to take my 1200 for granted, and had been tempted by
the PC. Especially that new game, Doom. It's wild. But after going to the
trouble of assembling one, I really came to miss my 1200. Especially the most
endearing quality of the Amiga: Preemptive Multitasking.
I tell ya, Windows can't multitask worth a crap. It's all cooperative, which
means applications have to voluntarily give up control so another application
can get CPU time. The best I've managed is playing Solitaire in Windows while
downloading at 14.4Kbps, without causing problems. And this is on a 40 MHz 486!
Sheesh. If I had the money, I'd add enough memory and run OS/2, but 4 meg
doesn't cut it.
To further complicate things, I think I'm coming down with the Flu. Wonderful.
I consider myself fortunate that I haven't had it yet, but the beginning of a
three day weekend is not the time one wants to get sick. I feel like dozing
off right now as a type this... Zzzzzzzzzzzz...
Rob @ AR |/