Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My Amiga sidekick of life

I've been an Amiga user since 1988. From 1994 I really got hooked and I am still an active Amiga user. Yes, I look at MorphOS as something Amiga related :)

I've met Herman brothers, Thomas Dellert, Petro Tysczhenko (never got how its spelled right), Jim Collas etc.

I've been to Amiga shows in England, Sweden and Norway. Been to dataparties in Norway and been on the net chatting since 1993. Yes, I really love Amigans. They are special. Everyone. But Special in a good way.

I just hope that Amiga Inc. comes back and that Genesi pays MorphOS Team members. We need these oses to fullfill the gap between Windows and Linux. I am sure there is room for them... They just need to see the potential.

At Amiga happenings, the feeling is so much different than on PC or MAC shows. You feel the passion in the air, people talking about 50MHz machines and the future. People who dosent need a PC or a Mac to go on with their lives :) That is something special. Well, for me it is!

People hugs on the stage. They shout out AMIGA when Amiga demos runs on Breakpoint and other scenerelated parties. There is no reiligic about it like Steve Jobs and Macs. Its more fanatism. A positive fanatism. Fanatism that believes and tells the world that AMIGA should not be forgotten. Neither the history or its people.

When you talk to an Amiga person. She or he will know the computing history from a very different perspective. Why? Well, I think its because Amiga users are more open-minded to other operating systems. Amiga people have suffered so much, but have the gutz to go on. Jobs and wifes forcing people to use other operating systems like Windows or MacOSX. Amiga users knows and loves AmigaOS/MorphOS so much that they really love what they use and cant understand why Microsoft and Apple have such popularity when their OS'es arent that special as they want people to think.

Amiga is something special that Commodore made popular. Now its us, the users left. And our task is still to revive the Amiga from the bottom to the top.

Mike 2008

Sunday, February 3, 2008

My Nokia E90! My best device ever!

My first ever device was Motorola cd930. Later on, I got myself a Nokia 3310 and later Nokia N-Gage, then Nokia N70 and now Nokia E90.

Nokia E90 must be the best PDA/Smartphone that I've tested. I really, cant live without it. Why? Because of its keyboard. I love it. Also its screen. Its so clear and so bright. 800x352 is fantastic on a mobile-phone!

I can browse the net with it. I also be able to go online with WirelessIRC (irc-client for Symbian that I am a beta tester of), msn-googletalk-aol clients, read pdf files, watch mp4 movies etc

Nokia E90 comes with 128mb ram as standard. But you really need a microsd card to be happy. A 512mb microsd card comes with the device, but if you want to keep lots of pics, mp3s, programs etc, then get a 2gb microsd card which helps a lot. By the end of this year, Ive heard that 32gb microsd cards will arrive. Thats insane, but great for E90 users I guess :)

My 3 favourite programs that supports E90's 800x352 screen:

Great irc program. Supports several servers at the same time. Connects to any irc server. Have tab alike name filling when writing, Nokia E90 name list support and quite cool text are typing box which is transparent!

Great messaging program. Supports msn, aol, yahoo and gtalk! Uses E90 screen at its best!

A Dopus alike program for Symbian phones. It adds full desktop enviroment. Alt+tab function to jump between programs. You can also create your own desktop with your own name and your icon of choice etc.

Amiga 4000T design from Commodore

The Amiga 4000T design is still great even in 2008!

In 1994, Commodore went bankrupt. But before that, they managed to release the most powerful Amiga computer ever made!

Amiga 4000T had this cool tower design. Its still unique in its design. I love it! After 14 years, the A4000T case is still looking amazing. It has this feeling over it. That Amiga should survive! Escom made a version of A4000T, but it was much more ugly. Commodore one is so damn cool!

What if Genesi or Acube could make it and get the Amiga feeling back? That would be so great!

How about Pegasos XL-Tower or Acube Akick4000 :) That would be fun!

Get this case back. Its still nice and modern in 2008. Ohh, yes it is!

Mike 2008

Saturday, February 2, 2008

2008 -: the year when computing will be fun again!

Think of this. Genesi getting better contact with MorphOS-Team. Genesi gets more companies interested in MorphOS. Then its up to the users where this will go.

But will this happend? Will we see a new Pegasos? Will Genesi work closer with the community?

If so.. We can have:
- Efika butterfly by June
- Efika Home Center by August
- Pegasos Multimedia Center by September 2008
- Pegasos High-End by October

With this timescale. I think that people would come to MorphOS and by December 2008, I would think that our little family would have grown double.

People are tired of Windows and MacOS. Especially x-Amiga users. MorphOS would have them in no time if Genesi just pulled some strings. I know its difficult keeping companies alive, especially those with not so good economy. But as bbrv says. Community creates Pegasos, then they know exactly what they have to do.

Pay MorphOS developers, getting contacts arround the globe and showing that MorphOS is here.

I really want to see Genesi being able to do something this year. I really do!

Mike 2008

What is Amiga Inc doing?

I just dont understand. What is Amiga Inc doing? Why is people sitting without doing any protest?

This is one of my reasons for jumping over to the blue side. The blue people demands more, which makes Genesi turn to where the community want it to go.

I am reading AmigaWorld.net a lot. I feel sad, I feel that I should do something! I mean.. If I lived in the states. I would have gone to the local tv-station or media where Amiga is and made a huge case out of it. I would gather people to protest outside or something that would kick them a bit.

Amiga people wants AmigaOS4 to come out, Amiga people want hardware and they want a community. They are a strong community, but a controlled one. I hope that they will do something one day. Learning from the blue side of this continues boingboing drama is a right step. Though, the blue side have their problems aswell.

I just hope that some day. Someone will gather people and tell USA people what this company is doing. Hurting it so badly that they understand it. Yes, I am a bit harsh. I know. But .. gah! Amiga people dosent deserve this treatment. Amiga people have been here waiting since Commodore passed away back in 1994.

Amiga Inc. I am SICKO of waiting! I mean it!

Mike 2008

Genesi should go on

Life is hard. But it is something that have to be alive! Killing is not the way to go on. Enjoy and engagement is the key to survive. To be a part of something, to form friendships etc. That is so important.

Well, I am writing this blogg about what I think etc.. and today its come to Genesi.

Genesi was my frightened enemy back in 1999/2000. Yes. I was an huge fan of AmigaOS4. I waited, waited.. but nothing happened. So here I am in 2008 still waiting for something to happend on that side.

While Amiga had it's problems, MorphOS started up. I didnt thought about it in the start though. Mostly because several OS`es before failed, like Pre-pOS thingy. Also DCE was the case of dissliking MorphOS in the start. But that changed when bbrv finally got Thomas and others at DCE to send back repaired CyberstormPPC cards (which I will be writing about later on!).

Genesi seems to be the only company left, which really cares. I feel that bbrv understands more and more how important our community is. Now he starts to write about Pegasos stuff again. I really hope that he can deliver now! And I think he will do, but at the same time. I feel that bbrv gets to many inputs which would hurt this community so much.

Genesi must continue with PPC and not x86. Why? Well! PPC is smaller. It gives the impression of beeing more important, which it really is. PPC is another format, another country, another competitor that just waits for something like MorphOS to let it grow by itself.
Going x86 wont do anything good! Let AROS be there and invite people to this small but genius community! x86 would destroy MorphOS more than it would be rebuilt.

MorphOS needs a platform that is different, that is Amiga-ish! That shows that competition can be done by a community!

Genesi needs MorphOS - MorphOS needs its community - community needs its hardware! This is a good circle. The community would vanish if Genesi went for x86. The x86 marked is so big that MorphOS would just die in front of AROS etc. So, Genesi! You should really go PPC marked wise. Make MorphOS as special as MacOSX was on PPC. Make it world's best ever home computer platform and let Linux, BSD, Solaris and others fill other ares.

PPC is your future. MorphOS needs you! Genesi! Be there.. You are loved and we will take care of the marketing for you.. You will see that we will make this an example on how a product like MorphOS can keep people tougether!

Mike 2008