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Editor's Notes

Greetings, all, and a belated welcome to 1998.

In addition, welcome to our special Amiga 4000 Tower review issue. As promised, I put together a multi-part story in an attempt to provide the most comprehensive look possible at the current top-of-the-line Amiga. This rather massive undertaking, which you'll see listed by section in the Table of Contents below, delayed this issue a bit, but I finally pulled it all together, and I hope you find the results worthwhile.

I'd like to make a few general notes about AM: contrary to appearances, we have not become a bimonthly magazine. That is, at least not permanently. Since late summer, I have not had a lot of extra time, and it has been difficult to maintain a fairly regular publishing schedule. I fully intend, however, to go back to single-month issues as soon as possible. In addition, for those who have attempted to contact me by e-mail, I apologize for the extremely long delay; I'm somewhat behind on that front, but if I received your message, I will reply accordingly. Please be patient, however, because I currently have to make an hour's trip every week just to access my primary mail account. I hope to change this in the near future.

But back on the subject of this issue, in addition to the A4000T review, I would like to draw your attention to a reader poll we are beginning this month. It concerns the subject of Amigas and America Online, an issue you may have seen raised periodically in AM in recent months. Contributing Editor Paul Somerfeldt thought it would be beneficial to get feedback from the Amiga community on this subject; if enough people respond, we might actually be able to influence things. For more information, see the poll below in the Table of Contents. It will run throughout the year, but prompt entries will help the most.

Anyway, without further delay, following are the contents of the December 1997-January 1998 issue of The Amiga Monitor: Volume 2, Issues 5 and 6.

Michael Webb
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief




The Sam Report: Amiga Online? - Revisited
By Sam Ormes
A look back at a recent editorial, and some reaction, on the subject of Amiga and AOL.

Life Is...
By Paul Somerfeldt
A message about simply finding what's suitable for the situation at hand, in computers and in life.

My Amiga Year
By Steve Duff
A look back over a year's time as a new member of the Amiga community, how things have changed, and what the future may bring.

AM Reader Poll: Amiga and America Online?
By Paul Somerfeldt
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!


By Michael Webb

Lists and Quantitative Reports

Summary and Conclusion


By Steve Duff
Steve Duff takes a look at Amiga journalism's latest foray into a new medium, in this case the video magazine from Jason Compton and company at Amiga Report.


Final Odyssey: Theseus Versus the Minotaur
By Anthony Becker
A well-done, traditional role-playing game that runs on nearly all Amigas.


Just For Fun
By Kyle Webb and Michael Webb
In reference (and deference) to a time-honored organization, we take a sarcastic, fun, and even somewhat sincere little stab at the world's largest online service, and, well, you'll see...

The Tone Byte
By Anthony Becker
Tone takes a quick looks at a number of current Amiga products and issues.

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.

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