Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Nov 2008 20:39 UTC
Windows Back in 1983, 25 years ago, the world was quite different. The market for the home computer - still a fairly new market - was wide open, but Apple was about to make a major splash with its Macintosh. It was also the year in which a company from Redmond first introduced its "Windows" operating system. What is this Windows you speak of?
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I miss my Amiga
by Zenja on Wed 12th Nov 2008 05:08 UTC
Zenja
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2005-07-06

As an Amiga user back in the day, I had a friend show me MS Windows. I promptly giggled, said something along the lines of 'how quaint', and then went back to my preemptive multitasked system with 4096 colours, a mouse with 2 buttons, and stereo sound.

Back in the late 80's, all the cool new games and apps were coming for the Amiga. How could Commodore screw the pooch so much? (and yes, I've purchased/read "Beyond the Edge").

*snif*

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RE: I miss my Amiga
by PJBonoVox on Wed 12th Nov 2008 16:52 in reply to "I miss my Amiga"
PJBonoVox Member since:
2006-08-14

Yes, and look how your 'beloved' Amiga turned out.

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RE: I miss my Amiga
by Almafeta on Wed 12th Nov 2008 21:27 in reply to "I miss my Amiga"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

As an Amiga user back in the day, I had a friend show me MS Windows. I promptly giggled, said something along the lines of 'how quaint', and then went back to my preemptive multitasked system with 4096 colours, a mouse with 2 buttons, and stereo sound.


What version of Windows did you see, do you remember? My reactions upon using Windows for the first time (Windows 3.1; I was 8 or so then... holy) were along the lines of "Wow! It's just like the Amiga!"

Back in the late 80's, all the cool new games and apps were coming for the Amiga. How could Commodore screw the pooch so much?


Microsoft of the late 90s reminds me of Commodore of the late 80s: Really creative, dedicated, and talented people underneath, but being run by people with little technical knowledge.

The only difference was that Commodore's inept leadership managed to stay around until the early 90s and demand millions from a company that needed those millions to develop actual product, eventually driving them into the ground. Microsoft, on the other hand, had a leader who still understood the business stick around through the turn of the millenium, long enough to clean out some of the deepest wounds and make sure some of the more talented and business-savvy people got promoted.

I think that if Tramiel had stuck around in Commodore, and Gates had retired when he originally planned on it, the fates of the two companies would have been reversed...

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RE[2]: I miss my Amiga
by Loki_999 on Thu 13th Nov 2008 10:39 in reply to "RE: I miss my Amiga"
Loki_999 Member since:
2008-05-06

Same as the first poster. I had a lowly A500 (later 600) and couldn't help laughing when i first saw Windows 3.x.

Games were better, graphics and sound were better, everything was better on the Amiga.

My mate had the A1200 with a build in hard drive (ooohhh!!) and it rocked. And we had some great link up games over serial cable.... man those were the days.

Shame a great piece of tech went under. Windows didnt catch up until Win95 and even then it wasnt any better.

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