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compt.sys.editor.desk By: Jason Compton
What a year, eh? Where are we after all 365 days of 1995, which will be
remembered by us as the Great Buyout but will sadly probably not receive
the same treatment in the next Microsoft Encarta CD?
12 months ago I was hoping that someone would buy the Amiga before it was
too late. 6 months ago, I was hoping Amiga Technologies would build some
machines before it was too late. Now, I'm hoping Amiga Tech gets some
serious R&D done before it's too late.
It's been nothing but deadlines and time pressure, it seems, and the worst
part is there hasn't even been anything I can do about it.
But hey, we've made it this far with less to go on. The Amiga isn't quite
out of the pit of obscurity in North America, but showings in Europe have
been strong. Amiga Technologies didn't miss Christmas, but the 4000T sure
seems slow to surface, as do A1200s in Australia, North America, and let's
face it, any country other than one in Europe.
So, taking stock--yeah, things certainly could have been better. We could
be waiting for the millionth Amiga Tech machine, rather than the 100,000th.
We could be placing down-payments on PowerPC machines rather than waiting
another year for their unveiling. But it could be a hell of a lot worse,
It's been a tough year, keeping up with the dizzying months leading up to
the auction, then anxiously awaiting the plans of Amiga Technologies, who
we still hope will lead us to new heights for the platform. It's also been
a tiring year, for users, developers, and Amiga Tech staffers alike. Right
now, I'm paying for it with a big headache that's keeping me from finishing
the big stack of reviews here. Sorry, but the likes of Aminet 9, Meeting
Pearls III, TurboCalc 3.5 vs. Final Calc, Distant Suns 5.0 vs. Digital
Universe, and a slew of miscellaneous software and hardware reviews are
going to have to wait for year 4.
As the Amiga heads into its second decade, it's certainly doing a lot
better than most computer platforms its age. At the same time, Amiga
Report heads into its fourth year of publication, a lot better off than the
number of print magazines which have sadly folded over the past few years.
How can you celebrate something like that? Well, the obvious but somewhat
unexciting thing to do is say "Happy 4, AR" and re-dedicate ourselves to
putting together one of the world's most read online publications. We're
kicking around a lot of ideas for new features and possibilities for the
magazine, some of which will show up as soon as the rather
intimidating-sounding AR 4.01 surfaces next month.
A lot of legends have been written in the past 20 months since the collapse
of Commodore. And at this rate, many more are to come.