robert bazley" < XXXX@XXXXX.COM > wrote in message news:<EUHRa.23682$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >...
I like the concept of open architecture. I have many troubles when
working with open architecture computer, but I know, that it is a good
idea. If, for example Apple will go bankrupt, it means the end of all
Macintosh lines. If the same will happen to IBM, that means nothing.
Computers with this concept are making many different firms! Every man
can get a motherboard, cpu, HDD, RAM and assemble it all in the box
from footwear. IMHO, that is the main reason, why PC has won.
Similiarly, I like Linux for open source concept! Couse it is a
system, made by humanity! And if a big meteorite will fall on the
microsoft's office, or if Linus Torvald will go to writing programs
for Microsoft as an ordinar programmer, Linux will alive and alive,
couse it made by people from all other a world, by humanity! More of
that, we have an OS, that reflects our thoughts and wishes, for
example I like "blackbox" window manager, and my friend using XPde.
So, Why I like Oric?
When has got my first PC, the same was when I got Spectrum, I made it
only for the compatibility! I wish to write program, that will work on
every computer around. I want to write texts not in the Oric's text
editor, couse I have no printer! So, I must work with even every DOS
editor, and then can go, spend money and print the typed text. That is
the reason, why I have bought PC.
That was a 286 machine with CGA adapter. In spite of more powerful
cpu (12 mhz), big HDD (40 mb), big resolution (640x350), this computer
was not such entertainable, as Oric! There was the ugly PC speaker,
and very bad sound in all programs, and every time, when I have runned
a game, I have recollected very interesting and nice programs on the
Oric! As I have mentioned later, 16 Spectrum colours IMHO has very bad
hues, or shades, and all Spectrum soft lost in the reasno of ugly
colors! First I have a satisfaction from playing PACMAN (Ms. Pacman)
on a PC only with a 486 machine with Win95, Svga adapter, and Sound
I think, that Oric versions, were more entertainable, that all DOS PC
versions, such Luxman, PAcman... etc...
I also liked 8 and 16bit Ataris. That was a great computers! When I
played Montesuma's Revenge at PC, I fell with all my skin how poor
CGA/EGA PC graphics instead of Atari's 256 colours and less
resolution, and poerful sound.
And I am awfully sorry, that the Oric was not become a compatibility
standart computer, such first computer with an open architecture -
IBM PC. I have read at Fabrices site a history of Oric, and noticed,
that many Oric compatible models were made in the different countries.
so, there was a chance, that Oric become a computer with an open
architecture, but it was too late! IBM with HDDs, 16 bit processors,
and 80x25 text resolution graphic adapters, many compatible printers,
driver concept, and even network adapters, was the obviously right
choice for every office and family.
But Why I don't like PC such as Oric, I don't understand at all.