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Old 14 May 2007, 12:12   #1
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We owe the amiga

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It is a BBC computer programme from 1985 showing the launch of the Amiga. They are careful to explain what the mouse is and the pricipal of windows and Icons - it was also a 32 bit machine - way ahead of it's time!!!
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Wasn't the Atari ST ahead of the Amiga with regards a Windows based operating system.
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Wasn't the Atari ST ahead of the Amiga with regards a Windows based operating system.
Possibly because I had the Atari first. The Amiga was a lot better though and then when the 1200 came out - wow!!! We still use our 1200 for cetain specialist applications.
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I don't think the Amiga was better. It just had better games and more of them. So in that sense maybe it was better. Both were better than the PC of its day.

I used to look at IBM Pc's in them days and feel sorry for the owners of the very expensive machines that were'nt as good as the Atari or Amiga. Now look where we are.
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Just spotted this alongside it:-

Is that Alan Sugar I see?!
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God that song is awful - especially as the Amiga and the Atari started the rave/techno scene. Doubt that would be Sugar - he was peddling his own crap!!!
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A little known fact is that the concept of windows/ icons/mouse was developed by PARC ( Palo Alto Reseach Center) which was the primary research establishment for Xerox. Xerox management turned the idea down as it was not part of their core business; whoops. The idea leaked and the Mac. boys picked up on it; and the rest is history. Xerox failed to patent the idea!!!
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They must have felt like the chap who turned down the Beatles!!!

I just wonder how different the world would have been if people had paid attention to Charles Babbage back in the early 1800s.
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