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compt.sys.editor.desk By: Jason Compton
I'm not sure I'd want to spend all of my weekends this way, but every now
and then it would really be nice.
WOA Toronto brought thousands of Amiga fans and users together over three
days, in what was a very positively charged atmosphere. Some veterans of
the '93 show pointed to the considerably more upbeat mood. In December
'93, Commodore was well on the road to collapse and many were simply hoping
the shoe wouldn't drop. Now, the dismal times are behind us and the focus
is on creating a better marketplace for the Amiga and Amiga products.
We (Katie and I) apparently brought the bad weather of Chicago with us to
Toronto, ruining everyone's beautiful Thursday with bitter cold and snow
Friday night. But the show went on anyway.
Here we are, December 1995. Last year at this time, we'd already missed
several "deadlines" for the Commodore resolution and were shaking our heads
at the "missed Christmas season." This year, the Christmas season has
Amiga 1200s being sold in quantity throughout Europe, as 4000Ts ship from
SMG to dealers across North America.
A much merrier Christmas, indeed.
Nope, Amiga Technologies won't break any Commodore sales records this year,
excepting the 4000T, a product Commodore never actually sold in appreciable
But they have done what many thought was impossible. They've rescued the
Amiga from Commodore and are taking it to a new processor.
Sure, people will continue to be critical of some of their policies. But
the opportunity never presented itself for me to shake the CEO of
Commodore's hand. But I've met Petro. The look in his eyes told me he
really does care about this Amiga thing that is important enough, for
whatever reason, for all of us to still be here, making a difference,
rather than a rank-and-file member of The Rest Of Computing. After all, it
had to take considerable courage to leave a job as head of production for a
large PC manufacturer to take on the Amiga gamble, but he did it.
Amiga Tech deserves to be told when they're making mistakes. But they also
deserve to be encouraged for what goes right, as do the other companies in
the Amiga market who make it the place it is.
For this Christmas season, why not call up your favorite Amiga dealer,
manufacturer, or distributor and thank them for their support?
I'd like to thank all of you thousands upon thousands of readers for yours.
Without your support and interest, there would be no Amiga Report worth
speaking of. Thanks for letting us make a difference.