Cross-platform? Heh. You can have my Macintosh when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

On the other hand, I'm flexible. These days, there is no other choice.

My first computer was a Texas Instruments TI-99/4A. 3.3 MHz, 48K RAM, 16 colors max. I used a cassette recorder to save my little TI-BASIC programs. I learned to translate bits to hex because that was the only way to do pixel level graphics. Wow.

Next stop: Amiga 1000. 7.2 MHz. 512k RAM. 4096 color palette. 10 years ahead of its time. 32-bit multitasking and multithreading, a microkernel, multimedia, long file names. Windows 95? This was in 1985. Wow again.


I loved that machine. My first real graphics were made on that thing. I had a hell of a time figuring out if I'd ever be able to touch that data ever again. I eventually found a nice person (on usenet) who sent me a utility to go from Amiga to DOS to the Mac. Pretty cool.

The future is cross-platform.

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