Look Into the Future...
Well, we finally got around to putting together the Anniversary Issue. This month, you can find retrospectives (and in some ways, introspectives) from both Anthony Becker and me. We started our second year of publication in August, but have only had the time more recently to actually put these thoughts together.
And if I haven't said it already, it's hard to believe it's been such a long time! AM got started in the middle of 1996; that year is now a memory, and its successor, 1997, is nearing its end as well. There is little doubt a great deal has happened since then.
On the other hand, in some ways, not so much has happened. In other words, we haven't heard much about the Amiga's future lately. Now, to be fair, I dislike empty promises as much as any of us, and we were subjected to far too many of them over the years. Under Gateway 2000's ownership, we have not borne witness to such deception, fortunately. But, some big Amiga events and shows have been occurring lately, and expected announcements were not made.
The last thing I want to do is to try to rush Amiga International into making hasty announcements. My fear, however, is that with no word forthcoming, some users and developers might mistake the platform for dead, and leave. Granted, AI should by all means wait until they have a good, concrete basis for making an announcement before actually doing so; the point, however, is that the Amiga community should not be misled, directly or indirectly, into expecting major news. I did not attend the Midwest Amiga Exposition, and I did not travel to Cologne, but the general consensus among those who did seems to be that this did occur.
But let's not get paranoid. We may have developed such a tendency, along with the doubt, pessimism, skepticism, cynicism, etc., over the years, and worrying too much won't help either. The important thing is that no such "uncertainty trend" develops. Overall, I would commend Amiga International for most of their handling of the situation so far. It's good to keep projects under wraps until they are ready to be publicized. Well, I'm assuming there are projects...
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