I've been an Atari ST owner since around '86, but have just recently
stumbled onto this little niche in the net woods. Not much Atari action
out here in the 'burgh, so it's good to hear from other users! I post
this for the following reason. I am interested in getting any
information any of you may have available on any interesting
hardware/software, especially in the area of graphics enhancement. I
tried to read all the past post, back from about the middle of January,
but I got about as far as the Amiga/Atari flame war, and just couldn't
deal anymore (I've used both, and don't care). I would really like to
upgrade to better graphics, though, and the STE/TT really does not cut
it. I'll believe Lexicor when I have their product in my hands, and not
until. How about the Automatic overscan box? How about increased
resolution? Colours? I guess I should mention that I have the STacy4,
and a RF mod for colour, Spectre GCR, SuperCharger, Neodesk, etc.. I am
also interested in programming reference material, a decent word
processor (I have both WordFlair II and WordUp, which is lousy) DTP,
DTVid, and anything else you are just dieing to tell me about. I want to
know what else is out there, and why I shouldn't just jump ship and go
to another platform. I have been faithful for a long 5 years now, and my
patience is wearing thin. Sure, we have one of the best hardware buys,
but where the hell is the software base? Help!
What the Atari TT should be (IMHO):
Just thought I'd add my late $.02.
1) Minimum 2 Meg, expandable to full 32 bit address path.
2) at LEAST 3 expansion slot, preferable a standard (VME!:-))
3) decent graphics resolution (min 1024x768x4096)
4) SCSI ((2!) not 2 ports, but the new standard)
7) Power on, volume control, screen control from keyboard
8) composite RF out
9) true multitasking, not an add on
10) 32 bit support in the OS (so we can have some sorta standard, ala
11) overscan (essential, and a "no cost" addition)
12) support for NTSC video in the OS
13) Better support for audio in the OS
14) interprocess command language ala reXX/Mach
15) if you'r gonna do a "cartridge" port, at least address more than 128k
16) a much better GUI (NeXTStep!)
17) ability for multiple workscreens
18) Upgradable Processor Design, and built in file compression
19) Real support from a real company (Yes, apratt is doing a much better
20) and put it all in a nice case, not that horror of a shell the TT is in.
I know that this is very close to a NeXT, but don't you all think that
Atari could make something like the above as well? As other posters
cried, Dave Small, where are you? I also know that this would be
expensive, and would stretch Atari's Power without the Price stance,
but, what power, at what price? Why can I not get more power if I want
it? Why is the Atari designed to lock you into one path? The TT was a
move in the right direction, but not really all that close. What kind of
joke is trying to foist VGA on us, and calling it enhanced, when a
SuperVGA card can be had for under $200 dollars, with twice the TT
resolution)? It is old, obsolete, and will not cut it for a Unix
workstation (if Atari ever gets their Unix out (March 13?)). One
expansion slot is not enough, especially since it will go directly to
the display card that will have to replace the standard video toad. Give
TOS emulation in a window, and give us Mach. Not all this need to be
hardware implemented, as it would be ridiculous to expect people to pay
for what they don't need, but the room and the possibility should be
reserved, in both the OS and the harware.
At whom is the TT aimed? Schools, ha, they'll buy Mac IILC's at the
bargain ba*t prices for which apple will sell them to schools, to
get the name out. Unix workstation buyers? They'll get a SPARC, or a
NeXT, which are not very much more, and are *much* faster. Businesses?
You think you'll get them away from tried and true software standards in
the PC, or at least a wide software base in the Mac? Not at the TT's
price point. The TT is a GREAT machine, with good software, and really
great potential, for $1,000 less! If NeXT can market a very similar
machine, for $4995, Why can't Atari, an established complany, make some
of these things into option, and cut this by half?
And the MEGA STe should be right behind!
Dave Small, where is HyperWeb?!!!
Go ahead and say I am unrealistic, say I should be happy with what I can
do, tell me to go over to comp.sys.amiga, but Do SOMETHING.
One last thing. There have been several articles in reputable computer
mags (well, I guess since ...Shopper dropped Atari and Amiga coverage,
they are not really all that reputable!) about a company that has come
out with a chip that will allow standard VGA monitors to display 765,000
colour onscreen, in standard VGA modes up to 1024x768. It will
supposedly market for less that $100. I want this in the STe! Allan
Pratt, David Small, SAM TRAMIEL, can you hear me?