|> Why does Pleasance want so save the company, I wonder. It really does seem a
|> dead loss, even in the UK, which has finally become PC mad. Turn on any TV
|> program, open any newspaper, read any textbook and plug into the Zeitgeist -
|> the Amiga is simply NOT there any more. This has happened in the last twelve
|> months. There are no Amigas in Dixons, the few CD32s (which only used to
|> display their load-up screens) have disappeared and the Amiga has slipped away
|> like a sigh on a cloud.
|> I come back to the original premise of this posting - what is Pleasance up to?
|> Is he making positive noises just to impress suitors from other companies - so
|> he can jump comfortably into some executive position elsewhere without having
|> the blame of a failed company on his hand - or does he genuinely believe he
|> can single-handedly revive the Amiga? Images of swords and windmills appear
|> before me.
[ Just like my internet account, the Amiga is not dead yet ;-) ]
You attribute the disappearence of the Amiga to PC craze. I attribute it to
the problems of C=. Indeed Dixon has only stopped selling Amigas some time
after C= (parent company) want into liquidation. It's quite difficult to
continue selling a machine when: a) it's future is in doubt; b) there are no
stocks. It's not easy to sell a machine when the company manufacturing it is
out of business for half a year.
Pleasance probably believes that the buyout will reinforce the belief in the
future of the Amiga. After all, C= UK actually made a bit of profit in the
last year, if I remember correctly. Of course the longer it takes to put the
Amiga back on the streets, the more difficult it will be to do it, but if
there is a chance of succeeding, then why not try?
I don't think that Pleasance is after anything other than saving the Amiga.
After all, he could have left to another company some time ago. It's not as
if he has to prove himself - he did that with C= UK. Staying is probably more
of a risk for him.