Classic Bytes

Visit to Aladdin’s cave After AmiWest 2012 I flew back to the UK with Matthew Leaman to visit AmigaKit’s new facility in Cardiff.  Earlier this year AmigaKit vacated the two industrial units they have occupied since 2005 and moved into much larger premises in West Cardiff which has enough additional space to support their continuing… Continue reading Classic Bytes

AmiWest Special (part 2)

Commodore memories I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to former Commodore employee Beth Richards who is a new member of the SACC user group, the organisers of AmiWest. Beth worked in Commodore’s special chip design group from 1990 until the bankruptcy in 1994. She worked on the Grace and Beauty chips for the… Continue reading AmiWest Special (part 2)

AmiWest Special (part 1)

Well I finally made it to Sacramento safe and sound. Clearing immigration in LAX (Los Angeles) was an interesting experience. After just over an hour queuing for passport inspection I received the usual (but not unfriendly) interrogation about the purpose of my visit to the USA. After informing the young passport official I was attending… Continue reading AmiWest Special (part 1)

Back to the Future

Westward Bound (travelling east ;-)) I’m writing this blog as I sit waiting in Wellington airport on my way to AmiWest. Only three flights away and almost a day back in time before I arrive in San Franciso tomorrow, before I take off today. Air travel across the International date-line can be so confusing. It’s… Continue reading Back to the Future


Pre-AmiWest Musings I’m writing this blog as I prepare for my annual trip to the AmiWest Amiga show in Sacramento. The tickets are booked but, unlike the song, my bags are not yet packed. 😉 I have to say I really enjoy AmiWest. It is always a professionally run show and the company, as you… Continue reading Breezin’

Something in the Air

Squashing Bugs For my sins I am an AmigaOS 4 beta tester, although I don’t have as much time these days to diligently test all the regular files and updates that the hardworking developers keep churning out. Obviously all of the kudos and plaudits go to the developers and rightly so, but spare a thought… Continue reading Something in the Air

Virtual Reality

Cyberspace I know the “Star Trek holosuite” will probably not be a reality in my lifetime (but hope springs eternal ;-)). It’s a pity because I’ve always wanted to explore strange new worlds, To seek out new life and new civilizations, To boldly go where no man has gone before……erm! Back on topic! As we… Continue reading Virtual Reality

Appreciating the Classics

Although most of my time is devoted to “Next-Generation Amiga” systems I still find time to power-up several of my Classic Amiga computers, particularly when I’m writing one of my Classic Reflections articles for Amiga Future magazine. Each article requires a lot of time consuming web-based research as I try to uncover the history and… Continue reading Appreciating the Classics

Just Browsing

A wolf in Sheep’s clothing? I normally write my blog on my AmigaONE X1000 using Firefox running under Ubuntu or MintPPC. However, with the release of Timberwolf RC1 I decided to write my blog using Timberwolf under AmigaOS4 for the very first time. I’ve always been a big fan of Firefox since I began using… Continue reading Just Browsing

Mixed Bag

Monday Blues I have to admit that some days I feel a bit like that “bloke” (man) in an old Derek and Clive comedy sketch. For younger and non British readers Derek and Clive were an irreverent comedy double act played by Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, based on their more sanitised mainstream “Pete and… Continue reading Mixed Bag