Omega, Mico news archives unearthedBy Chris Williams. Published: 3rd Jul 2003, 07:32:32 | Permalink | Printable
"Pre-selling and vapourware whilst exciting kills markets, products and companies"A brave person decided yesterday to defiantly upload a mirror copy of MicroDigital's website after MicroDigital's recent withdrawal of their company and product news content from the microdigital.co.uk website.
We have very good reason to believe that UK Independence Party candidate for Norwich South, Tarquin Mills is behind the stunt although he really hasn't gone to great lengths to hide his anonymity - his meek announcement on usenet reveals a Norwich NTL cable IP and other pointers to his planet14.sonow4u.co.uk website.
Tarquin, get this, sadly isn't a fan of MicroDigital and in the past has relished stirring up rumours based on secrets whispered to him by his imaginary friend 'Ernie'.
Tracking the Omega
With the aid of Tarq's archive and the Wayback Machine, we can follow the progress of the Omega and Mico since 1999 by flicking through archived copies of the MicroDigital website. The Wayback Machine periodorically visits websites and keeps a copy of them for future reference and searching by people like us - it's a very handy online service. MicroDigital's website, like many, has evolved over the years and we actually prefer the original 1999 design to the current one.
MicroDigital have claimed that the Press is unable to competently report on shipping details of the Omega and the technical nature of the Omega.
So here we'll try to present to you everything from the horse's mouth in plain black and white. Now obviously there will be no confusion or misleading information because you can read it all on MicroDigital's website and get your facts direct. You'll probably remember all of these anyway:
- June 1999 - November 1999
- Nice clean cut design. News includes Mico hype plus USB card for the Mico; IDE interface for the RiscPC; and details of a portable backup system.
- December 2000 - July 2001
- New design, lots of news. Creation of Microdigital Europe and Microdigital Australia; difficulties sourcing custom MicroDigital designed chips (ASICs); decision to abandon ASICs and use more flexible FPGA chips that can be programmed 'in the field' like Flash memory; arrival of 600Mhz and 733Mhz XScales; Omega's with fitted, working XScales at Wakefield show; and various insights into the Omega's 26/32 bit qualities.
- October 2001 - November 2001
- New website, much like the current one. Insight into Omega graphics hardware; and a charity donation.
- May 2002 - May 2003
- Current site until MicroDigital removed their news items. Testing software on the Omega; Flaymz games group; Press day; Omega UK usergroup tour; insights into ARMTwister technology; and Omega packaging. (Update It appears Tarquin's website mirror has been deleted. Oh well.)
The Guardian last weekend ran a delightful however fairly contrived article on irony, which turns out to be well timed for this week's final find from the depths of the net.
"We are only prepared to discuss our own current products and that means what it says. Pre-selling and vapourware whilst exciting kills markets, products and companies. Remember Pheobe and the others since, the market needs products not hype", MicroDigital stressed way back in 1999. You know, that's a very good point - we'll keep it in mind.
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