Mindthreat wrote:While it's been talked about elsewhere and just my 2-cents in.... it still would have been greatly fascinating had they actually implemented the Jaguar chipset with the Falcon together as planned and we would've had an amazingly capable system.
This is exactly what I was expecting! ... and although Flare seems to be unrelated to Blossom, I did think that something cool in terms of unparalleled video and audio processing power was just around the corner.
My 2 cents is that I really hate the "Jack Tramel is the father of the ST" type stuff. I work in business, run a business, and I really don't think Jack understood the 16/32 technology, its upgrade path, nor how to brand and market machines. Similarly with the C64, there was a team, or indeed one or more expectational individuals who thought way beyond others/the curve.
An example of this type of individual is Gary Kildall, who created GEM. Kildall was ripped off by MS-DOS, and hence when Microsoft copied his code, the PC Contemptables became FAT compatable with the Atari; not the other way round. Hence Atari would read PC disks and vice versa.
Kildall was a genius, in the truest sense of the world. Similarly, look at Chuck Pedal, Shiraz, and perhaps some other luminaries that worked at Atari. Atari was a mecca for these types of people, and remember all types of hardware and software gurus worked there once, including Steve Jobs.
Gem certainly, in my view, was always superior to Microsofts buggy and (in my view) still beta Windows 'Gui For DOS'. A dreadfull kudge by any standard, in which they tried to hide DOS in ME edition, and I suppose NT did start to have some of the trappings of a real operating system. But again much of NT was ripped off code, including the boot-loader which is still in use, highly buggy and I forget what its ripped from, but look into it.
GEM however, is a truely elegant OS, and it is a shame that Atari did not continue to develop ... Gary died, but the system he created is truely a wonderful, lightweight, fast OS that is modular, suitable for platform change, and tight. Hence the near perfect MIDI timing, and you know, I dont think I have experienced many OS crashes in 25 years ... and then only from software that does not stick to the rules.
I am sure that engineers wanted to update TOS, and create new hardware. Its clear that in 86-87 they were wanting to do this, and yes the 020 was crap. But where was the hardware. Sure, there was enough profits for capital expenditure. Why, even on the forum, people are creating accelerators, using the IDE tos loader code in 2.06, and look at what Dave Small did. Did he have Atari's budget.
To this day, Atari sticks out as a company that was badly managed, and the hardware idea (ST) was so great, that it took the Tramels nearly 10 years to finally kill it. The ST was the golden egg. A computer that beat the PC many times over, and as pointed out, even the crippled Falcon (aka Sparrow) was ahead of the PC.
I dont buy the lack of market for Atari computers. CLab found one, and Atari computers were purloined for industry (I got my TT from a knitting factory, where it ran an industrial machine), in the automotive industry they ran the show. I've always been frustrated into being effectively forced to use a Intel chip, sucking my electricity and pumping out heat, and an OS (Windows) that I hate. I really cant understand how a computer monopoly formed, and I've always thought that something lightweight and accessible may one day return, when the madness ends!
We have some good accounts of the ST's development, from dadhacker, and the new info is very interesting. However, I suspect that wheras, Jack 'flew in' to annoy the hell out of the ST dev team, and threaten them. That once Jack and sons had complete authoritarian control, it was fairly easy to kill hardware projects, or cripple them. If not, then lawsuits, arguments and direct war with US distributors, insanely poor marketing, communication and killing the US market dead would help some. You can hear it in the voice of employee's on the old BBS threads. These guys were smart!
Jags faults, I sure were fixable. But, no, I don't want to hear any more. I am paying for this. Lets ship it. Again, what must it have been like to be a developer? ... To be honest, I would like to hear from developers that met the company / a Tramel. I'd be curious, as I would image that they would not be under same NDA or compromise agreements?