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Title: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 09:12, 20 September 18
Good article:

https://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/gadgets-tech/computers-pcw-defies-silicon-snobs-roland-perry-designer-of-amstrads-million-selling-word-processor-1506799.html


Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: robcfg on 09:42, 20 September 18
Indeed!


But contrary to Mr. Perry’s belief, they also created a great computer!
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 10:12, 20 September 18
I'm pretty sure that he knew that Amstrad had created an excellent computer, probably just playing up the word processor angle for the article.
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: JonB on 19:13, 20 September 18
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Others may want one day to replace their PCW, even though they seem indestructible.

There's a few guys who might want to challenge that assertion round these parts (myself included)!  :D

Here's another question: If it's so good and so many people love it, why don't we see more PCW forum action?
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: tjohnson on 00:01, 21 September 18
There's a few guys who might want to challenge that assertion round these parts (myself included)!  :D

Here's another question: If it's so good and so many people love it, why don't we see more PCW forum action?



I reckon it's because the CPC was bought for kids to play games, or atleast those kids came to take over the CPC like I did, and those kids grew up to love computers.  The PCW was bought by the vicar to write his sermon and doesn't particularly care about computers and rarely became a true computer enthusiast, although I'm sure a few did, so the PCW ended up being a tool in the main.
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: JonB on 09:37, 23 September 18
I suppose you have to be a proper "old timer" to be interested in CP/M as I am.


I'm not an old timer myself, though. I grew up in the '80s listening to Duran Duran and Frankie goes to Hollywood like all these kids you mentioned. My first computer was a ZX81, but at college I had access to PETs and a CP/M computer. I loved the PET (have a couple here for old times sake) and wrote some of my first programs on it. However, I thought the CP/M was awful, having what to me were very arcane commands ("PIP A:=B:format.com" seemed counter intuitive to me, why not "copy [source] [destination]"?).


Now, of course, I am very fond of CP/M. There is something very elegant about the way it's been designed, and it's not hard to fully understand how it works or how to modify it.
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 09:56, 23 September 18
In the mid to late eighties I used MS-Dos machines in the office - Anyone remember that Apricot PC with the tiny green screen?
No Windows or even GEM back then, so when I bought my first 6128 in 88 and ran across CPM for the first time I thought "this looks familiar", this probably made it easier for me to use than someone encountering it for the first time.
Having said that, I ditched most of my CPM programs as soon as the better Amsdos equivalents became available.
But!
CPM on Rom was/is wonderful, if only a little too late for me - I didn't get a copy to about 1990.

Amstrad should have used the CPM Rom option with the PCW, probably didn't due to the extra cost involved.
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: JonB on 13:57, 28 September 18
Are you referring to the |CPM command of the 6128?


I think that is just the initial bootstrap. CP/M itself is loaded from the floppy from the EMS file (correct me if I'm wrong...)
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 14:03, 28 September 18
Hi JonB,

Sorry should have been clearer - CPM on Eprom from Graduate Software:

http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Graduate_Software (http://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/Graduate_Software)

Cheers,

Peter
Title: Re: PCW article from 1993 by Roland Perry
Post by: JonB on 14:34, 28 September 18
Oh, right.. nice..