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It's taken me a lot longer than I first expected to try and answer this. I know at the time that I believed a gap was left in the Home Computing market without the Amiga's /ST's etc and the PC was a clunky replacement at best. I wanted something that was fun to use that appealed to game players/coders/ content creators and so did a lot of others. Looking back problems were many: 1. Funding - the balance between running a computer business/part-time lecturing and funding a start-up was too much to achieve. Investment was next to impossible to find and what was particularly frustrating was the lack of believe many of the funding gatekeepers had (you'll never compete against Microsoft etc) 2. The Phoenix Consortium - Nice idea but too many hobbyists and not enough really committed developers - Next to impossible to tell the difference. Credibility was a problem - at the time QNX was supposed to be on board yet QNX UK had heard nothing about the consortium which didn’t help credibility 3. Focus - too much time spent discussing and negotiating with the community rather than just getting the prototype complete 4. Developers - Applications, Games etc - not enough done to work with Developers on what they wanted and needed I'm sure there were lots of other problems and I'd be interested in comments from anyone who was around the Amiga Market at the time (or part of the phoenix consortium) Barnie
It's been sometime since a previous start-up Company I owned had been involved with something called the phoenix platform consortium - the idea behind the consortium was to bring together users, developers, Amiga Companies and investors to create the next generation of computing to replace the void that was been created by the Curse of the Amiga . I always see the Amiga as been the successor to the Atari 8-bit's and in some repects the Amiga 500's and Atari ST's were the game consoles of that time i.e 1 floppy disk to load and play was very similar to inserting a cartridge and turning on. I would say that a large percentage of owners of these systems only had them to play games. Over the next few ramblings from me I want to look at what went wrong with our attempts at creating a new system, why I don't think computing particular for fun with games doesnt have to be windows and whether its too late to have a new system in the market (I remember reading an interview with Nolan Bushnell sometime ago that at some point games consoles will be open source - with the developments in open hardware and "hobbyists" creating new systems that time may be arriving soon) As to this blogs name? its taken from an article by John Chandler sometime ago about the RealityStation : This is Reality Control the system ideas2reality were developing at the time. Barnie