The author’s delusions about the Amiga

Debunking How Jack Tramiel and his former company Commodore killed the Amiga computer!

Your correspondent notes that the author is back to the ridiculously long post titles again, and that there have been four posts in the same day; your correspondent is a little more sensible as a blogger and will spread his responses out a little. The author’s stated topic of “explaining why the Commodore 64’s BASIC V2 was crap and how some people managed to program the C64” is once more being ignored with his latest emission dear reader, as is his often mentioned 1984 to 1985 time window since the Amiga’s demise came several years after that. This makes the entire post both off topic and hypocritical but, since we’re not bound by the author’s rules here, there’s time for a quick flit through to laugh at what he’s written.

Jack Tramiel bought Atari, the company which was supposed to buy the Lorraine Amiga computer from Amiga Inc

Strictly speaking Tramiel didn’t buy Atari, his company Tramel Technology Ltd purchased assets for the consumer division of Atari from Warner and then renamed into Atari Corporation. Of course we’re all used to the author not being factually accurate in his posts…

Commodore’s own engineers didn’t really understand the Amiga

Your correspondent wonders who the author feels redesigned the Amiga throughout it’s lifespan if it wasn’t Commodore’s engineers; perhaps he believes the new blueprints for a revised machine with an IDE interface were left during the night by engineering fairies or perhaps the original Amiga team climbed down the chimney to leave behind the AGA chipset?

I think this proves conclusively that Jack Tramiel is responsible for killing the Amiga, leading to the rise of the big business IBM PC compatible computers (now just called PCs) and Apple Macs with home users, but with business software at business prices. You can thank Jack Tramiel for all of that.

Except of course it doesn’t prove anything of the sort dear reader because, even if all the bullet pointed facts were actually correct or in some cases even relevant, it’s still ridiculous to string together some events in the 1980s and claim that they’re somehow directly responsible for something that occurred in the 1990s! IBM’s PC and the myriad compatibles didn’t “rise” to take over after the Amiga came to market as the author states, they already had a foothold before the machine was even launched. Post-Tramiel Commodore should have done more to advance the Amiga, but those decisions had nothing to do with Jack Tramiel regardless of how much the author is foaming at the mouth with irrational conviction whilst writing about it.

It’s also worth pointing out once again how the author blatantly ignores every other businessperson making similar decisions during that era; where’s the ire over Alan Sugar cancelling the author’s beloved CPC664 a mere half a year after launch or the disgust at Warner-owned Atari for essentially pushing the Amiga team away in the first place because they were too busy milking their existing cash cows rather than planning ahead?

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