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    compt.sys.editor.desk                          By:  Jason Compton 

Innovation...that's one of the things we're supposed to look for in our
computers, right?

For a while, we seemed to be stagnating a bit.  Sure, there was a lot of
talk, but not too many developments shot out.  Software development
similarly seemed to be caught in a bit of a rut, with existing publishers
putting out upgrades, but not too many totally new products poking their
heads out into the world.  All eyes watched the auction, waiting.

Now, for some reason, dealers and manufacturers are reporting record sales,
dealership chains are having banner months, new products are emerging in
new forms, and the gears are in motion once more.  Even new hardware
products (and sorely needed ones, I might add) are in the design and
prototyping stages, including new I/O cards and graphics solutions.

And in the midst of all this, what do we hear?  That Petro will be telling
the world, in just a few short days, that Amiga Technologies is going to
announce the new processor for Amigas.

You know, I've given Escom and AmiTech a hard time since the beginning, and
they're not going to get off the hook just yet.  But it is heartening to
see that, finally, distribution details on 3 continents have been nailed
out (although I know that AR readers in Brazil, South Africa, and Russia
will hardly be excited to learn that Australia and North Americans will be
receiving Amigas soon), and the new technology direction will be upon us.

Unfortunately, I won't be able to give AmiTech a hard time in person, as my
plans to attend Cologne have been derailed.  Assistant Editor Katherine
Nelson and myself will both be at the WOA Toronto, but sadly AmiTech has
declined to attend and will send new distributors SMG in their place.

There's always innovation somewhere in any computer market.  In the PC
market, raw horsepower innovations come out seemingly every week.  In
California, Be, Inc. has put together what looks to be a very capable
PowerPC box using standard parts and a clever OS.  In the 64 market,
inventive software and hardware engineering is providing 20 mhz machines
with stunning capabilities.  And here we are, plugging along--and finally
getting our turn at the innovation wheel.

Keep it up, guys.