Volume 2, Issue 12
(July 1998)



Editor's Notes

Are we being negative?

Yes.

On the other hand, we also believe we are being realistic. Over the last couple of months, some AM staff members (myself among them) have done some pessimistic-sounding writing. Generally, we go to the trouble of backing up and explaining our ideas with facts.

We have received plenty of feedback, some criticizing us harshly, and some applauding us. To those who go on the offensive, a few ground rules:

Differentiate between news and editorial. We place them in the same part of our magazine (under the assumption that people can tell the difference) because editorials generally deal with news. But some have accused us of spiting the hallowed halls of journalism with our opinions. Folks, pure editorial and pure journalism are not the same thing.

I found it particularly entertaining that one reader referred to my "Amiga R.I.P." opening to last month's issue as "flame bait." That's ridiculous. "Flaming" and "Trolling" occur via Usenet and e-mail, not in a magazine. If I had wanted only to invite criticism, there are better places to do it. Additionally, realize that "Editor's Notes" is the column in which I express my opinions each month. Whether you agree or disagree is your choice, but the fact remains that this department is for my opinions. If you don't want them, skip this column. If you want to disagree, write to "Feedback." But don't try to say I'm passing my opinions off as "journalism."

There is a significant rift growing in the Amiga community. There are very strong opinions on both sides of the matter as to whether Amiga Inc. has revived or killed off the Amiga, and it just so happens that several of us here at AM are of the latter mindset. Several are of the former as well.

Deal with reality. If Amiga Inc. does what they seem to be saying they're going to do, the next Amiga will be an Amiga only in name. They appear to be removing every shred of familiarity. (I don't much care what hardware platform they use at this point; it's the OS that I like, but even that appears to be going to the wayside.) Far be it for me to judge the "morality" of such a decision; all I've been saying is that the Amiga as we know it was officially laid to rest at the World of Amiga in May. The next machine may be great, or it may be horrible; that is irrelevant in this context, because it will be vastly different. I think it's a shame that the Amiga is dead, but that's my opinion.

If you want sugar-coated facts, a magazine is not the place to look. Try www.amiga.com and www.amiga.de for starters.

For those who can't stomach opinions, we'll try to keep supplying interesting reviews, features, and press releases. For everybody else, The Amiga Monitor is what it is, like it or not.

Michael Webb
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief



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Lame Humor Department
By Kyle Webb
A satirical, sarcastic, sardonic, and sometimes downright silly look at affairs in the Amiga community, and life in general...also known as The Amiga Monitor's comic page.

SHOWTIME!
By Kyle Webb
The latest on the Amiga show scene, this month with extensive reporting on (and an IRC transcript from) AmiWest 98.

Just For Fun
Edited By Kyle Webb
And Just For Your Fun...here's that good old department again! This time, we've found an "oldie but goodie" for all multiplatform fans.

Feedback
By you, the readers
The readers speak out about the Amiga industry, Amiga community, and The Amiga Monitor.

NEWS AND EDITORIAL

McGigabytes
By Bill Graham
Bill Graham certainly knows the ropes when it comes to multiplatform work and heavy-duty multimedia computing, and he has some food for thought for anybody considering leaving the Amiga behind.

It Takes 400 MHz
By Steve Duff
We know it had to happen eventually, but it was hard to believe a PC under the weight of Windows and its software could ever keep up with an Amiga in nearly every way. With enough brute force power, however, almost anything can eventually be done. PC's reached a numerical milestone recently by hitting the 400-MHz mark, and it demands renewed perspective on Amiga users' part about the future direction of the platform.

MacroWords for Microsoft
By Patrick Cottingham
A diatribe for modern times -- or the true implications of Microsoft's growing power and control.

AM Reader Poll: Amiga and America Online?: Month 7
By Paul Somerfeldt, Introduction by Michael Webb
You've seen the editorials. Now it's your turn to offer your opinions on this subject. Should America Online be made available to Amiga users? Would Amiga users benefit, or even want to use AOL? Every vote counts, so if you have an opinion, please take a look at this survey!

So You Wanted Good News? Part One
By Kyle Webb
So you wanted good news?

So You Wanted Good News? Part Two
By Kyle Webb
So you wanted more good news?

So You Wanted Good News? Part Three
By Kyle Webb
So you wanted...never mind, this is getting ridiculous.

Miscellaneous Press Releases
Compiled By Kyle Webb
Various news items from the Amiga community.

FEATURES

"Software Hunt"
By Kyle Webb and Michael Webb
Out of necessity ("dod dab dumbputer boke"), we recently went right to the source and took a trip to Software Hut in Pennsylvania. "And the world shall never be the same..." This is a must-read if you've ever wondered what a real live (!) Amiga dealer is like, or simply would like confirmation that they do, in fact, exist..

REVIEWS

Amiga Newsreaders, Part One: New York & FFNews
By Steve Duff
Steve examines a notorious weak spot in the Amiga Internet software scene, and it looks like progress has indeed been made.

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