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Desc:Takes me back
Category:Science & Technology, Business
Tags:Amiga, vic20, Commodore 64
Submitted:Pillager
Date:01/29/18
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boner
The early years of Jack Tramiel might be an interesting story. As for Commodore, I don't know - I grew up with their 8-bit machines and they were cheap & shoddy, and Amiga had no chance with the way the company was run.
Space Odin
Only Amiga made it possible

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
"Amiga had no chance with the way the company was run"

ehh. Amiga was *hugely* successful, Just not in the US.

From wikipedia
"
The best selling model, the Amiga 500, was introduced in 1987 and became one of the leading home computers of the late 1980s and early 1990s with four to six million sold.
"

http://www.amigahistory.plus.com/sales.html

56M people / 1.5M sales means (very crudely) in the UK about one in 37 people had an Amiga.

boner
I just meant from a business perspective, the company was totally mismanaged, they didn't have much to offer in the 90s and most of those units they sold were a cheap model from the 80s.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/01/a-history-of-the-amiga- part-10-the-downfall-of-commodore/

Mr. Purple Cat Esq.
@boner yeah I read that entire ars technica series or articles about Amiga too. Its really good!

John Holmes Motherfucker
I had a C64 in college. I used it almost exclusively for word processing, and sometimes for a crazy 8 bit game that was vaugely similar to GALAGA. It wasn't a great machine, but I miss those old school keyboard-driven word processing programs. With the G64, I used Speedscript, and later at my job, I used PCWrite for DOS. They weren't easy to learn, but once you learned them, the workflow was seamless. The closest thing I've been able to find is gnu-emacs, a text editor that I think may have been written by Richard Stallman that is almost perversely counter intuitive. The 21st Century word processing software programs, with their relentless WYSIWYG always have me thinking of the page instead of the words.

I ask myself now if this is why I stopped writing. And then I ask myself if I'm really that much of a pussy.
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