Amiwest Broadcast page



Hello Amiga Community!



Welcome to Amiwest 2020. This marks the 23rd year of the Amiwest show. 2020 has been an eventful year but the best event is happening Oct 24th. We have seen a number of Amiga shows cancel due to COVID-19 and rightly so for the health and safety of the attendees. Amiwest 2020 will have a show floor and a limited presence of Amigans. For everyone else there will be a greatly expanded broadcast featuring many of the familiar faces and many new folks as well. Scroll down to see the schedule and the speaker BIOs. Like years past we will broadcast using Youtube but this might change so check the page before the event to make sure you are all setup. For AmigaOS 4 users, see below for instructions on how to access.

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Schedule:

Last update 10/21

9:30  AM - Stream on
10:00 AM - Brian Deneen - Kickoff
10:15 AM - Trevor Dickinson - Amiwest Gold sponsor
10:45 AM - Amiga Bill - New Amiga Games
11:00 AM - Andy Broad - SketchBlock creator and A-Eon Enhancer developer 
11:30 AM - Jens Schönfeld - Indivision AGA MK3, A500/600/1200 power supplies, Making of (surprise product announcement), and Live Q&A
12:30 PM - Lunch Break - 30 minutes
1:00  PM - Francois Lionet - AMOS and AOZ Studio creator
1:30  PM - David John Pleasance - Commodore UK MD
2:30  PM - Samuel Crow - ARIX / Apollo OS 
2:45  PM - Doug Compton - Amiga Art contest 
3:45  PM - George Sokianos - Cross Platform Development
4:00  PM - Brian Deneen - Rebol Programming language
4:30  PM - Jamie Krueger - GUI Programming in Python on AmigaOS4
5:00  PM - Steven Solie - ExecSG Multicore and More
6:00  PM - Broadcast closing

The moderator and broadcaster for the event will be Bill "tekmage" Borsari Technical assistance and logistical work by Jerry Gray




Tuning in:

The plan is we will stream the event using Youtube live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsM-rDlxhi4. We encourage people to tune in and enage with our live speakers for Q and A. Engagement can happen on the youtube channel and via AmigaWorld IRC on channel #amiwest.




Speakers:

Brian Deneen

Brian has been an Amigan since 1986. He has been SACC President since 1999 and has organized the AmiWest show since 2001. He has an extensive collection of Amiga hardware, software and magazines. He is a REBOL enthusiast and is the proprietor of infocessories.com. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at AmiWest 2020, the 23rd AmiWest show.



Trevor Dickinson

Trevor is well known for his infectious enthusiasm for all things Amiga. Having purchased an Amiga 2000 in 1988, he developed his passion for the Amiga and AmigaOS. He is a co-founder of A-Eon technologies which continues the Amiga story with new PPC based systems running OS4.1. Trevor is also a part-time Amiga journalist through this blog, articles in Amiga Future, and his newest partnership with David John Pleasance on the new book "From Vultures to Vampires - Commodore Amiga". Trevor is a long time friend and sponsor of AmiWest and we are thrilled to welcome him to the virtual stage this year.



Amiga Bill

AmigaBill is the founder of the Westchester Amiga User Group, half of the Guru Meditation, and an Emmy Award winning Director of Photography. You may know AmigaBill from his weekly Sunday twitch cast featuring Amiga news, Demoscene, new products, Interviews, and game play.



Andy Broad

Andy is the creative mind for the Amiga computer. Andy is an accomplished musician and programmer. You can find his music accomplishment on his website. His Amiga accomplishments are equally extensive. He is the author of dozens of utilities, including MKShare, and the impressive sketch application, Sketchblock. When not making music or programming, he is probably sleeping.



Jens Schönfeld

Sinclair ZX81 @age 9 Jens has been into home computing and technology from a very young age. His systems include: Sinclair ZX81 at age 9, C64 at age 11, and Amiga at age 14. He took on his first hardware project at age 15! Jens studied electrical engineering at RWTH Aachen and started iComp in 1994. The first product was developed in 1995 and released 1996 (Graffiti). iComp was converted to a GmbH in late 2006, and licensed the Commodore brand in 2016. iComp now has a total of 9 employees in Germany and the Netherlands with customers in 67 countries. The USA represents over 13% of total revenue. You can find his wonderful products at https://icomp.de/shop-icomp/en/news.html



Francois Lionet

Francois has been programming home-computers since 1981... In 1987 he created STOS Basic on the Atari St, shortly followed by AMOS Basic on the Amiga. Both were very successful products in England and Europe between 1987 and 1993 but were never officially distributed in America. They were the first real game engines ever written, and allowed thousands of kids to learn how to program in a simple way and create their own computer games. In 1993 he wrote Klik and Play with his partner Yves, the first graphical game engine on Windows PC published by Maxis in the USA, and founded Clickteam SARL, still active today. Two years ago, Francois embarked on the creation of AMOS-2, later renamed AOZ Studio, a rewrite of AMOS Basic using modern technologies.



David John Pleasance

With a truly International career spanning more than 45 years, which began as a professional Flamenco guitarist, then moved into Sales & Marketing in a variety of "Blue Chip" companies David made his mark on the immensely loyal fans and followers of the Commodore range of products by producing ground breaking "Bundles" with award winning software. Forming long term partnerships with some of the best Games and Productivity software publishers around the globe he managed to always keep ahead of the competition and set the bar in marketing that others were barely able to come close to matching. His success in the UK market is legendary and David himself is estimated to have personally sold approximately 2.25 million home computers. His first book, "Commodore -- The Inside Story" detailing the internal workings of Commodore, was met with critical acclaim. He is now teaming up with industry figurehead Trevor Dickinson for an expose of the Amiga years after Commodore.



Samuel Crow

Sam Crow was a late comer to the Amiga scene, having bought his first, an Amiga 1200, in 1993 as he started his college training in electronic engineering technology. Halfway through his 2-year degree Commodore met its demise in 1994. Since then he has become an advocate of all things Amiga. Having also completed his 4-year degree in computer science his knowledge envelops both hardware and software. Sam has had at least one of each of the Next-Gen Amiga operating systems at some point and has high hopes for AROS derivatives to deliver the most cost-effective Amiga experience. Well known on Amiga forums as Samurai Crow he recognizes the general failure of Next-Gen Amiga-likes to win over the 68k Amiga owners in general. With dedication to a convergence of FPGA technologies and the Commodore Classic models he envisions the third generation of Amiga-likes as being a blend of old and new such that the lines become blurred between the generations.



Doug Compton

Doug started the 10 Minute Amiga Retro Cast in 2018. To date he has produced 69 videoes and has attended a number of Amiga shows. You can follow his work on www.10marc.com.



George Sokianos

George is a Software Engineer from Greece, living and working in Dublin, Ireland for the last 2 years. His nickname on Amiga forums is "walkero". He is a beta tester of AmigaOS 3 and AmigaOS 4, A-Eon's X1000, X5000 and A1222, and the Enhancer Package. George is the administrator and developer of a few Amiga websites, like amigans.net, os4coding.net, amiga-look.org, amigablogs.net, amiga.gr and others. He contributed to Amiga scene with a few applications like Comicami and aiostreams scripts. He is also one of the organizers of the AmiCamp event in Greece. You may have seen articles Goerge had published on Retro Planet and K&A Plus magazines.



Jamie Krueger

I started programming about 34 years ago (at the age of 12), and have been programming professionally now for more than 26 years. When asked, I often refer to myself as an "Old School, Self-Taught" programmer, since I never stopped programming long enough to get any "formal" higher level education. Over the years I have worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Best Power, Powerware, Eaton Corporation, and even Amiga Inc. However, I have operated my own company exclusively now for several years.



Steven Solie

Steven Solie has been on the AmigaOS development team for over a decade and has been the lead for most of that time. Most recently he has been working as the ExecSG lead developer. He is an expert C++ developer who is highly respected by his peers. Steve leads the DevCon days at AmiWest (which were sadly removed from the schedule this year). He has a passion for the AmigaOS and vision for the future of the platform.



Bill "tekmage" Borsari

Bill has not missed an Amiwest yet. In addition to broadcasting the show in some form or another for the last 23 years, he organized the incredible Amiga 30th at the Computer History Museum. Work has begun on an Amiga 35th event when COVID struck. The Amiga 35th will happen, just a year or two late. When not planning, attending, or broadcasting Amiga events, Bill like to play golf and spend time with his family.



Jerry Gray

Jerry is the SACC VP and has taken a larger role in organizing the Amiwest event, including the games competition. Jerry is a development manager for the county of Sacramento working on a broad spectrum of projects. Jerry is an avid Amiga user and has instilled the love of technology in his two boys. Amiwest has become a family affair with his sons using 3D printing to create amazing trophy's for the Amiwest game competition winners. Keep an eye out for this years virtual competition





Watching via AmigaOS4

For AmigaOS4 users there are two options: YT.rexx and AIOStreams.

For YT.rexx download and install the YT.rexx tool and FFMPEG to watch youtube live steams. We have posted the YT.rexx docs to help folks get set up.

For AIOStream, developed by Amiwest 2020 speaker George Sokianos, the package can be found here on OS4Depot and uses the built in Amiga Python, python ssl, Mplayer, and FFplayer from FFmpeg. Once installed execution is simple:

  1. Open a shell
  2. Navigate to the aiostream directory
  3. Execute: python youtube.py -u https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsM-rDlxhi4