The David Hunt Pages
Farewell 80-BUS News – Hello Scorpio News
So it’s the end of an era. 80-BUS News is coming to an end. That’s about
seven years of continuous (if erratic) publication under different guises; a far
better record than some computer mags that I could name.
As has been remarked to me by more than one 80-BUS News subscriber, “Is
this the end of Geminis support for the home user?”. Well I fear that it might
appear so, although the facts could be different. But then again, I don’t know!
My hesitation could be that I’m feeling distinctly uninformed and more than a
bit miffed by the way the decision to pull the plug was taken. Certainly I
wasn’t consulted, and the first I heard of it was by earwigging to a
conversation over lunch at a recent Gemini dealer meeting. Sketchy details were
then announced to the dealers at that meeting in the afternoon. It wasn’t until
I started receiving phone calls from subscribers that I learned about the letter
(which of course no-one had thought to send me), announcing the demise, after
the publication of volume 4.
So what course now, well certainly I shall subscribe to the CP/M Users’
Group, and if asked, may be pen the odd word or two (knowing me, the odd word or
6000), for them. As to keeping informed on Gemini products, updates, bugs and
other interesting snippets, I’ve no doubt that as a dealer I shall find out
What’s going on anyway. But I suspect that for the general reader, their
proposed Gemini Newsletter will not have the same irresistible tendency to
remain stuck in ones hand until every word has been read (twice) and then
lovingly kept for future reference. A brief scan end then chucked in the bin
will, guess, be more like it.
As for support of the existing user base for Gemini and Nascom products,
Gemini insist that the existing 80-BUS product range will continue well into the
1990’s with a vigorous process of development of new hardware, some being new
products, some being redesigns of earlier products to take advantage of newer
technology. However, the trend has been progressively up market of late, and
although the pockets of the more serious ‘computerphile’ are pretty lengthy, and
provided the product is the right product then price is of little consequence,
there must come a time when the bottom of the most lengthy pockets has been
reached for one consider the current Gemini developments to be in the wrong
direction, profitable for Gemini possibly, interesting for me – I doubt it......
This file was found unfinished on my 80-BUS disk, and today, the 12th
December I’ve decided to finish it.
Six months on and how things have changed I have been in a new and
different job for five months, still loosely attached to Gemini by merit of a
small Gemini dealership in the Amersham area, although that isn’t my main
concern. My new job has widened my perspective of the ‘serious’ computer world
and what is more they pay me more money!
Then a few days ago a green leaflet dropped through the letter box together
with a request for any unpublished 80-BUS material I might have. So I’ve blown
the dust off the incomplete 80-BUS material I’ve got lying around and have come
up with this amongst other things. As Scorpio sounded much like that other well
known sign of the Zodiac, I decided to investigate. A bit of digging soon
revealed its independence and that they have gone out and bought a blue pencil
of their very own. Just to test their independence
I’ll write something
contentious for the next issue and see if they print it – Watch this space. I
hasten to add that I have nothing to do with Scorpio except in the respect that
I hope to become a contributor. Perhaps after my forthcoming effort they won’t
print anything from me ever again.