Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 4th Aug 2012 00:54 UTC
Google This tweet from Tom Warren made me smile. So, it's 2012 and tablets are finally able to do what the Amiga did in 1985. Seems like a bit of a stretch to be excited about that, right? Sure, until I caught myself getting excited - only a bit, but still - by this piece of news. Update: removed me being an annoyed child.
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RE[3]: Random idea
by zima on Tue 7th Aug 2012 07:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Random idea"
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The only ones who had integrated displays were the piece of crap Macs that weren't even color in 1985.

Not the only ones, there were some other machines. Though yeah, none as prominent as Macs (OTOH there's also Commodore PET - from an earlier era, but still certainly used in quite large numbers in 1985).
But TBH I kinda preferred B&W in the machines from those times - 16 shades of grey (on a small B&W TV that was only mine, in my room) ultimately looked much better, more "refined" than the 16 colours of C64 (on the TV in a living room), IMHO.

The fact that Amiga and Be both died before their time, and that they still have a decent amount of fans after all this time, goes to show that they are extremely usable operating systems and the light weight approach does have advantages. I'd like to see anything Microsoft has made in the last ten years run with as little resources. Or even software written for a Microsoft operating system that isn't heavily bloated and requires at least 512MB of RAM within the last 10 years.

Windows Mobile, Windows Fundamentals. And there is quite a lot of such light software.
And I wouldn't be surprised if Windows 3.x or, particularly, Windows 95 have much more active users than BeOS and ~Amiga operating systems combined... does that mean you argue the worth of 3.x and 95 even more?

Anyway, requirements of Amiga OS or BeOS were also insane at some point. I certainly don't miss the software from the old days, much more craptastic than is the case now (sure, there's still a lot of crap around - but the point is, you have much greater chances of finding something decent at all, in a given software category; back then, that was less likely)

Edited 2012-08-07 07:47 UTC

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