Pay your hacks more!
...so Guy can afford the Alzheimer's treatment.
I just read Guy's valediction for AMS on The Register, and it looks like that bloke from News 24 is at it again, masquerading as the real Kewney we know and love. Starting with...
"He'd put this together with Bob Watkins, a technical expert in electronics"
Bob was/is a technical draftsperson - happily admited to knowing very little about electronics. Currently successfully running a fast growing office furniture manufacturing business in Essex.
"It was nearly two years later that the man who could have been Watkins's replacement, Roland Perry, approached Sugar with a project to build a world-beating microcomputer, "
It was actually me, and Roland was working for Ambit with me at the time. In those days, Ambit dealt with Amstrad in various electronics ways - including design of CB radio (remember that?) - and I heard from Bob that their "secret" home computer project had got stuck when the designer ran and hid from the wrath of AMS.
But they had all the plastic moulding done, so what they needed was a commodore 64 ish thing that fitted inside.
"To promote him would have been a slap in the face for Watkins who stayed on as CEO until, finally, the Amstrad eMailer showed that he really didn't have Perry's genius for designing to a spec."
Oh dear. Watkins left to work for Binatone for a period after Amstrad sold out of their successful diversion into the Dancall cellphone business where Bob pretty much drive through the creation of the first multiband GSM phone, but returned from Hong Kong to do AMS bidding with the emailer; had Bob been allowed to do what he (and I) wanted it could have been the Minitel 2000 terminal it was screaming out to become but wasn't.
Sir Alan's "Arkwright-esque" and ferociously omniscient proprietorial behaviour was a great asset at the beginning, but clearly become less appropriate towards the end when a company with a £23m cash mountain could not think up what to do with any of it.
I could go on at greater length, but I value my kneecaps. Especially where Guy's remarks on nepotism are concerned, although I don't think he was alluding to nephews ... Perhaps AMS should have used his £23m and instincts to create the self-closing cash register ..?
Love to all