Events : : AmiWest 2010 Show - The MorphOS perspective
Posted By: amigadave. on 2010/11/4 11:10:15
Many people have asked me to write a show report about the recent AmiWest 2010 Show, from a MorphOS user's point of view, as I was one of the very few people that attended the show who primarily use MorphOS2.6 as my "Amiga" system of choice. (Please leave any arguments or flames about your opinion that MorphOS2.6 running on a Pegasos, Efika, or PPC Mac computer is not an "Amiga" for another time and place. Most members of THIS forum site regard any computer running MorphOS2.6 to be just as much an Amiga as any AmigaOne, SAM, AROS x86, or UAE x86 computer)

One of the many reasons I have not written an AmiWest 2010 Show report before today, is because there was so little to really tell that has not already been written on the many other Amiga forum sites...

The AmiWest show this year was very much an AmigaOS4.x event due to the guest speakers and display of both the SAM 460 and AmigaOne X1000 computers running AmigaOS4.1.2, plus the recent port of Rebol3.0 to AmigaOS4.1.2 and having it's author and member of the original Amiga team, Carl Sassanrath as well as another original Amiga team member, Dale Luck, present at the show and the banquet dinner.

I had originally thought of presenting the release of MorphOS2.6 in a more verbal and perhaps even competition sort of way during the show, sort of like standing up in the middle of the room and shouting that MorphOS2.5 & 2.6 had also made great progress over the last year since I had last shown 2.4 to the AmiWest attendees. Fortunately I realized that such an attitude and attempt at "show-boating" to steal attention away from the AmigaOS4.x announcements and displays would not only not work, it would make myself look like a troll and do more harm for MorphOS than good.

I did take 4 G4 PowerMac towers, 1 G4 eMac, 1 G4 MacMini, 1 Efika and my G4 1.67GHz, 17" PowerBook laptop to the show and set them up in a way so everyone at the show could come by and try them out. I donated the G4 eMac and an A500 as prizes for the Amiga Game Competition and made sure everyone knew that the MorphOS Development Team was donating the MorphOS2.6 License Keyfile for the G4 eMac to the winner. My friend, Tim Waite, had our own wireless network switch setup to serve all the MorphOS2.6 computers at our display table, so we probably had the best network connection at the show, which encouraged several show attendees to come visit our table and use OWB1.9 on MorphOS2.6 to write live show reports/forum messages and of course they were impressed with the smooth and fast performance of MorphOS2.6 when run on a 1.25GHz to 1.67GHz G4 Mac computer, compared to what most of them are used to on their AmigaOne's and SAM's. I also had Papiosaur's "Pack Ultimate" installed on a couple of the MorphOS2.6 computers, which several of the show attendees made note of. Thanks Papi for your work on the Pack Ultimate and to all the MorphOS software developers who contributed their programs for inclusion in the pack.

I also raffled off one of the three G4 PowerMac MDD towers, as a way to increase the show awareness of MorphOS2.6 being recently released with support for G4 PowerMac towers. This raffle had me worried at first, as the number of tickets for the raffle was very low, until the very last 5 minutes before the drawing. But then, with the help of a couple announcements over the SACC microphone & PA system, I was able to sell enough tickets to recover my purchase cost of the system and it was clear that everyone left in the room was aware of MorphOS2.6 for G4 PowerMac towers. The other two G4 PowerMac towers sold (at a great price for the buyers) as I was packing up everything to leave the show, so at least I did not have to pack them and cart them all the way back home.

A big thank you to one of our fellow MorphZone.org members, "pampers", for offering to donate a MorphOS2.6 license keyfile fee to the winner of the G4 PowerMac tower raffle. That was a very generous offer and is greatly appreciated by myself and the winner of the raffle. (he will be contacting me after he installs MorphOS2.6 demo and runs the RegTool)

As many of you already know, I have organized the Amiga Game Competition at the AmiWest 2009 & 2010 Shows. This year I gave most of the work of setting up the computers and choosing which games to play to my good friends, Tim Waite and Chris Chapman. I literally could not have done it without them, and more accurately should say that they did it this year, not me, as my involvement in the game competition was only a fraction of theirs. Thanks guys, it was another great trip up to AmiWest and the chance to hang out with a couple of Amiga friends is always one of the best parts of the show. Unfortunately, there were very few Amiga gamers at this year's AmiWest show and the number of game competition participants was very low. It did not lessen the amount of fun we all had in the playing of or watching the games and the exciting finale of the two top scorers going head to head playing Street Fighter II on the huge projector screen to determine who would win the G4 eMac w/MorphOS2.6 license donated by the MorphOS Dev. Team! In that regard (not number of participants), the Amiga Game Competition was even better this year than last year, and with the probability that SACC will choose the same hotel location for next year's show, I can anticipate that the Amiga Game Competition will be a fun part of the show again next year (though I think I will encourage someone else to take over the reigns of running it next year).

As always, the time for the show goes by far too quickly and then it is over. Even with the two day format, there is not enough time to see everything I wanted to see and talk to everyone that I would like to meet during the show. I want to extend a huge thank you to the MorphOS Development Team for all of their assistance in getting me ready to show MorphOS2.6 AND a beta version of MorphOS2.x for the G4 PowerBook. Even though they were able to release MorphOS2.6 prior to the beginning of the AmiWest 2010 Show, the Team helped me to have the opportunity to install and test it before the official release and as always, I am more than happy to present MorphOS2.x at the AmiWest shows to make sure that they all know that they have another choice.

Sorry for the delay in getting this report written, but contrary to popular belief, I am not really a public relations type of person, I am just another satisfied MorphOS2.6 user.

Until next year,
AmigaDave

P.S. My offer to house and transport any MorphOS Developer Team members and/or MorphOS users to and from the AmiWest show next year is still open, as well as welcoming any of you at other times of the year. Enjoy your MorphOS2.6 and beyond experiences, and those that don't already know how, teach yourself how to write some apps or games for MorphOS2.x. If we don't do it, nobody else is going to for us!
 
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    Thanks for the report and your efforts at the show.
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    Sounds like you did a great job presenting MorphOS. Thanks for your report.
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    Thanks for the report.

    > made sure everyone knew that the MorphOS Development
    > Team was donating the MorphOS2.6 License Keyfile for
    > the G4 eMac to the winner.

    Who won it?

    > use OWB1.9 on MorphOS2.6

    Any reason for not using the newer 1.10 version that comes with MorphOS 2.6?

    > donate a MorphOS2.6 license keyfile fee to the
    > winner of the G4 PowerMac tower raffle.

    Who won that?

    > I can anticipate that the Amiga Game Competition
    > will be a fun part of the show again next year
    > (though I think I will encourage someone else to
    > take over the reigns of running it next year).

    To me that sounds somewhat more optimistic than this:

    "No matter what the show looks like next year, I will not be involved with the Amiga Game Competition in 2011. The number of participants this year was very dismal and without the interest, it is just not worth the time and effort to put it on."
    http://www.amiga.org/forums/showpost.php?p=588013
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    @Andreas_Wolf,

    I will have to look for the names of the winners of both the game competition and the raffle. All I can remember are their first names. Kevin won the game competition in the final against Bill Bosari. Kevin was a bit younger than the majority of show goers and said that his Dad, who he came to the show with, had introduced him to the Amiga when he was probably around 6 years old, but he did not learn to appreciate Amigas until much later in life. He had obviously played a great many Amiga games growing up and stills enjoys them.

    IIRC, Alan S. won the raffle for the G4 PowerMac MDD tower. I have not heard back from him yet, so I can assist him in having pampers pay for his MorphOS2.6 license keyfile fee. If the winner of the G4 PowerMac MDD tower raffle sees this message, please contact me here or via email, so I can help get your MorphOS2.6 license paid for you by pampers.

    As I wrote in the report, the show is very hectic for most of us people that try to display computers at a table, sell old gear and software that we have brought to the show, run the game competition, and still try to see the rest of the show and get a chance to talk to presenters and people displaying items at their own tables. This year's show seemed even more fast paced than last year, if that is possible. I spent too much time trying to figure out the problems with my installation of my Efika into a G3 iMac during the show (but it was good to have the help of others that had some good ideas about how to resolve the remaining issues, Amiga users are a great resource).

    Edit: Yes, it was OWB1.10, not 1.9 and as far as me being involved with the game competition next year, I did not want to write my determination NOT to be involved in running it next year as harshly as I had previously put it in any forum posts, in the report, but my mind has not changed and I will not be running the game competition next year. I am confident that someone else will pick up the responsibility and continue the game competition at the show next year, as there are still several people that are interested in making sure it happens.

    [ Edited by amigadave On 2010/11/4 12:12 ]
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    To boldly go where no man has gone before :-) Thanks for the report. Why not post it to amiga.org and AWN also, you have got lot of information missing from other show reports.
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    Great work and effort Dave! Sounds like it was a good time. Having been a vendor/exhibitor at many trade shows of all sizes in my life I know how you probably must feel being at a show that you are not only an attendee but an exhibitor - it certainly takes some of fun out of it - or at least adds chaos. :)

    Regardless thanks for the report.
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    Quote:

    Why not post it to amiga.org and AWN also, you have got lot of information missing from other show reports.


    Just fyi, I linked to his report here in my AmiWest news thread on AW soon after he posted.

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    @Debaser,

    I have found that attending the AmiWest shows are always a "good time"!

    The show would be even better if more MorphOS users would attend them. Even if we do not make it a MorphOS2.x user priority every year, I think the MorphOS user community should make a special effort to attend one of the AmiWest shows in the future and really show off everything that MorphOS2.6 has to offer former and current Amiga users. Complete with real world performance test results, demonstrations of all kinds of programs, MorphOS2.x programming tips, compiling Linux apps and games for use on MorphOS2.x, etc.

    Although there are many AmigaOS4.x and even some AROS and AmigaOS3.x users that attend the show that will never change their minds and consider using MorphOS as their primary Amiga type of OS, there are some that can be convinced to switch, if the attempt to convert them is handled properly and they can finally see the advantages within MorphOS2.6 over other choices.
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    Thanks for that report. I myself was kinda wondering the same thing about how it would be like for a MorphOS user's perspective. The whole "That isn't an Amiga" talk really doesn't make sense to me. Honestly, I was all out for Amiga many years back. This being around 18 years old. Now im 24 years old, and the purchase of MorphOS was probably the best ive done for myself. I missed Amiga OS 3.0 and the way it worked and the way I had it set up.

    MorphOS brings that one step further and makes it possible for me to use my banking, play back my favorite shows, and also do other tasks at once. No more Prayer MP3 Player 2.0 and having it downsample to 11khz on my 68030 50mhz and that being the ONLY thing i do on my Amiga 1200.

    Don't get me wrong. I love the Amiga as it is. MorphOS just makes things great! :)

    (This is from a once hardcore Amiga user growing up....to now a new MorphOS user.)
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    Thanks for the report!
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    Way to go, amigadave!

    I think you were right not to be loud and competitive and salesman-like. That would have been obnoxious. It's enough that MorphOS was there where people could easily learn about it. I guess it is still the best, though OS4 does have a lot of users and developers and some good things must be happening there.

    It seems you are saying you loaded demo MorphOS 2.6 on those G4 PowerMac towers and raffled or sold them. Very cool thing to do. May I ask who was the lucky winner of the eMac w. registered 2.6?
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    Would the winners of the G4 eMac and raffled G4 PowerMac at the AmiWest 2010 Show please introduce yourselves here at MorphZone.org.

    I appear to have misplaced your contact info and cannot remember the spelling of Kevin's last name without it (the winner of the Amiga Game Competition and the G4 eMac).

    I think the name of the raffle winner was Alan, but I might be confusing him with someone else at the show. The raffle was one of the very last things that happened at the show and the winner of the G4 PowerMac raffle came by to pick it up from me as I was packing everything up. The game competition also finished around the same time.

    I want to make sure that the winner of the G4 PowerMac gets his registration paid for by pampers, who offered to donate the registration fee to the winner (thanks again). So, please introduce yourselves here and contact me regarding the registration of MorphOS2.6 on the G4 PowerMac.

    To the rest of the members here, I hope that you will consider attending AmiWest 2011 Show next year, or visiting me any time of the year at my home in Southern California. In addition to sharing MorphOS experiences, I would be glad to show any of you around to the many entertaining attractions within a few hours drive of my home. These attractions include amusement parks, like Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm, Magic Mountain, Sea World, Universal Studios, and others, plus the beaches of Southern California, the Colorado River in the other direction, snow and water skiing in my own area of Big Bear Lake, and the bright lights and evil distractions of Las Vegas to the North-West of my home. Living at 7,000ft above Sea Level keeps me above the pollution in the air of Los Angeles and the surrounding cities and also gives me the four seasons to enjoy (though shoveling snow is not as much fun as it was when I was younger).

    My offer is not totally without ulterior motives, as I would hope to have some MorphOS users around the World reciprocate the offer and allow me to visit their homes in return, so I can see places I have never visited before.
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    AmigaDave, your commitment makes one feel proud of being part of this community. That dedication and spirit is something I thought was lost forever long ago, and I'm not talking only about the MorphOS and Amiga scene, but for the entire industry. I just have that warm feeling for the times of old, when computers were more hobby and science, and less of an industry.

    A brilliant report overall, with many interesting touches. But let me choose this favourite:

    "Even with the two day format, there is not enough time to see everything I wanted to see and talk to everyone that I would like to meet during the show"

    That is GREAT to see!
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    Dave bug me more next year. I will make the time to go with you. I wanted to do it this year and forgot all about it.
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    Quote:

    Would the winners of the G4 eMac and raffled G4 PowerMac at the AmiWest 2010 Show please introduce yourselves here at MorphZone.org.

    I appear to have misplaced your contact info and cannot remember the spelling of Kevin's last name without it (the winner of the Amiga Game Competition and the G4 eMac).


    Could that have been James and Kevin Nakakihara?
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    [ Edited by number6 On 2010/11/10 23:30 ]
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    @number6,

    Yes, thanks for remembering the name of James and his Son Kevin Nakakihara. Kevin was the winner of the Amiga Game Competition and should already have his license key for MorphOS2.6 donated by the MorphOS Development Team, as he sent me a copy of the registration email he received after running the RegTool and I forwarded it back to the Dev. Team with a message telling them that this was the winner of the Amiga Game Competition who should get their license for free from the Team.

    I finally found Alan Swithenbank's email address and contacted him regarding his free MorphOS2.6 license to be paid for by pampers (thanks again) who had offered to donate a license to the winner of the G4 PowerMac raffle. He has been busy and hasn't had time to install a second hard drive inside his G4 PowerMac, as he wants to keep the MacOS9.2.2 & 10.2.6 installation untouched and use a completely separate hard drive for his MorphOS2.6 installation. He and pampers should be working out the details of getting him registered very shortly.

    Congratulations again to both winners, Kevin for his talented game play was able to become the proud owner of the 1.25GHz G4 eMac w/registered MorphOS2.6, MacOSX, Airport card, Bluetooth module, 2gb RAM, all for the grand price of his $5 game competition entry fee. Quite a bargain! Kevin, if you visit this site and see this message, please introduce yourself and let us know how you are enjoying your eMac and MorphOS2.6. I want to make sure you get the most out of your new experience.

    Alan Swithenbank was the last buyer of any raffle tickets and purchased 5 tickets for $20 (instead of 1 ticket for $5) and minutes later was the new owner of the Dual 1.25GHz G4 PowerMac tower w/ATI 9000Pro 64mb VRAM video card, 120gb hdd, 2gb RAM, Avid Meridian audio/video editing software and breakout boxes & PCI cards and cables. Again at a great bargain price of his $20 worth of raffle tickets.

    @jmarcos & Papiosaur,

    Thanks for the kind words, but don't make too much of anything I have done. I am just trying to support the MorphOS2.x community in any way that I can and wish I could do more. Maybe next year I will improve my programming skills enough to actually contribute some code.

    @Aciil,

    I will try to talk you into going again (like I have for the past two years), but I get tired of hearing NO after a while and didn't want to bother you more than I thought I already had. It would be great if you could make it to next year's show and we always have a good time, even during the drive up and back. So, keep your schedule open for next year and save up what ever money you think you will need for the trip there and back. Then surprise me next year and start bugging me some time in late August or early September, about going to the show, and you, myself, Tim, Chris and maybe Thomas and one or two others, will all make the trip up there together. The hotel where the show was held this year was 1000% better than where they held the show the last few years and the Hampton Suites Inn next door has very nice rooms too, so that is encouraging that we should have the same nice place for the show next year.

    [ Edited by amigadave On 2010/11/12 13:17 ]
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