> : I just browsed a Mac World magazine (they really fear Windows 95, it
> : seems - so maybe 95 isn't crap, after all..), and saw something pretty
> : disturbing.
> : It seems like you can have 68040 accelerators to Mac for as low as $300
> : (LC-version) ! Even full-sized 25..33 MHz 040 cards for Mac cost only
> : $400..$600.
> : Which raises one question:
> : WHY does Barracuda-040 cost twice as much ..?
> : and WHY does German Afterburner-040 cost 1500 DM (about as much)..???
> : If this pricing strategy goes on, I may finally decide to agree with
> : Mac-folks, and change the wagon. Owning an Atari should *not* mean
> : paying twice too much for everything, IMHO >=-( !!!
> : I also read that the accelerator market for Mac (68000-series) is
> : declining fast, as people move to PPC. So, if they can sell 040s for
> : $400, for example, I'd think a Falcon-accelerator might cost $600 at
> : most! Something is wrong here... And it hurts us all.
> : TH
> I have recently bought an Apple Performa 475, (68040), 200MB HD, 20MB
> RAM and double speed CD-ROM for around 1200 pounds sterling. ( is that
> around $1000 ). The equivalent Atari system ( if there is such a thing )
> would have cost me a lot more. I already have a Falcon030 which I paid
> 1000 pounds for ( about 2 years ago ), the Barracuda or Afterburner would
> put the price beyond the Apple anyway without even looking at the extra
> hard-disk space, RAM and CD-Rom.
> The Falcon is WAY to expensive for todays market .... Would you really
> buy one now when you could get a Mac or Pentium for the same money. ?
> I intend to use MagicMac on the Apple ( to preserve my Software base )
> and ditch the Falcon some time soon.
Boy, did you get took. I just purchased a Quadra 630, 250 meg HD, 4
meg of ram (which didn't run anything but Quick Mail) and a very slow
system 7.something for 1000.00 U.S. from Government Services Agency
( I work for the Navy, Civil Service). It was bright and shiny at
first, but wait until you start trying to do with it what you
did with the Falcon, providing you can afford the software. Even
the 040 seems slow while decompressing .Tiff's and .Jpg's. Sure, its
a little faster but not enough for me to run out an get one for
home use. Mabey, MagicC Mac will only keep you yearning for your
Falcon when you try to run Apex Media. Oh, and don't forget a lot
of the "old" ST software that we all love is 'specialized" and
probably give you fits running under a system in a system, or
whatever. I'm sure that its is a great piece of software, most
commercial Atari software is,(most shareware too) and probably
the cheapest thing you'll buy for you Mac. I also have a
Intel Pentium 90 with 16 megs of ram (it needs more)(the Qudra has 32)
for two reasons. Auto Cad and Z-Max Optical design software.
The processor rips through the thousands (millions?) of numbers
in no time. But I don't use Auto Cad at home, I use (or will purchase)
Lexicors fine products (I think I can buy their entire line
and the Baracuda for the price of Auto Cad R13) and Apex Media.
(Don't forget the Baracuda's Video Funnel and SOB (DOS) emmu).
Sure, the Intel machines are cheap and faster than Dave Smalls
assembler in TT-Ram, but..... get one and set it
up, video, midi, com ports, dos (sob?), windoez (:(), the list
goes on. The botton line is you are what you use. The users in this
area are interested in THEIR Ataris and not your Mac's or PC's. Take
them and your comments to those groups, or even the Jag area, there
is plenty of flame there for you people. This isn't personal, I
drive Chevy's while you probably drive a Ford, I race Kawasakis
and you probably race Hondas, but lets talk about it elsewhere.