There's memory bandwidth and there's memory transaction t hruput

Kevin Fisher kfisher at
Tue Feb 16 15:58:00 UTC 1999

Ahhh, memories...I had one of those babies too.  An Amiga 1000, 256K RAM, no
hard-disk (of course).  I even had Workbench 1.1 and Kickstart 1.1, all on
floppy (the window title bars were different than in 1.2 and up).  Anyone
remember the old Juggler demo?  It blew me out of my seat back in those days...

Sadly, I sold it off, and only later learned about what was on the inside of
the case (the signatures of the engineers, including Michi the dog!).  I miss
that machine!  The little keyboard garage was one of my favourite things about
it.  And then there were the 'hidden' messages buried in Workbench 1.2 that
basically showed how the original Amiga folks felt about Commodore...

At the very least, I don't think the Wintel platform will ever evolve what the
Amiga had....a soul.

On a not-so-related-but-Xerox-related subject:

What was the final fate of the Alto?  I heard through the rumour mill
that the Altos were all buried in a secret landfill site somewhere.  Is that
true? :)

A friend of mine managed to acquire a Xerox Star not long ago.  I remeber
powering the thing didn't totally work, but something came up on the
display.  The monitor looked like it was out of sync.   Sadly I've lost touch
with the guy who owned the machine and never found out if he got it fully

On Tue, 16 Feb 1999, R. A. Harmon wrote:
>Almost cried when I read that as I too was a vintage 1984 A1000 Amiga
>I passed it on to my sister.  It still rocks and rolls Marble Madness.
>don't think the WinTel platform has caught up yet to the 1984 A1000
>I think Commodore shot themselves in the foot, and then decided the best
>next move was to get a bigger gun, and do it again.
>I's still and amazing machine, and my favorite.
>Richard A. Harmon          "The only good zombie is a dead zombie"
>harmonra at           E. G. McCarthy

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