Amiga Corp, and Commodore-Amiga together on stage, 30 years later.+ewhac
will undoubtedly have better pictures because his camera was nice compared to my phone. And we kept running into each other unintentionally because the venue was so small, but it was all good. It's funny because almost no one associates me with all of the Amiga products I've worked on, even though they've seen me at DevCons and AmiExpos and in pictures with the luminaries or in online discussions over the decades with them on technical issues with weird integration issues or hardware timing or just plain Amiga OS bugs. I've always been just kinda the weird guy in the background, but this time, not so much with my bright blue hair, a nice bright party shirt and surrounded by wonderful people I've met in the past and reconnected with (=RJ= was a damned riot and stole the show many many times). I was brought to tears as we gave Lorraine Morse a standing ovation, and silently mourned Jay, Dave, and Rob for not making it to see this wonderful event.
As much as they wanted to make people believe this was to continue, it was a wake to me, a final goodbye, and a fond farewell to 30 years of STILL getting email for some of the stuff I worked on. My path changed after the attempt to put together the 15th anniversary in Atlanta ended up not panning out, and by then, I was pretty much running solely under emulation for when I wanted to go back and revisit those heydays of the past. I realized that there's no formal list anywhere of the items I worked on, so I'll include it here:
Creative Microsystem, Inc (CMI) 14MHz 68000 Accelerator
Progressive Peripherals and Software (PP&S) 3-D Professional/Animation Station/Ray Tracer package
CMI Multiport Board - RS232 Serial/NCR5380 SCSI/Parallel/RS422
Supra A500 NCR5380 SCSI controller (CMI contract)
Preferred Technologies Nexus NCR5380 SCSI/Memory controller (DigiFeX contract)
DigiFeX Interact Appletalk RS422
California Access Compact Disc driver and GUI interface
Computer System Associates (CSA) A2000 40/4 Magnum MC68040 SRAM/Memory/NCR5380 SCSI/Parallel/RS422 single board computer
CSA 12 Gauge MC68030 33MHz or 50MHz/Memory/NCR5380 SCSI
Cryogenic Software SCSITools for standard RDB for CSA, Nexus, CMI SCSI
Macrosystem WarpEngine A3000/A4000 MC68040 33 or 40MHz/Memory/NCR53c710 SCSI
NetBSD-Amiga port code.
Then the Amiga died when Commodore went bankrupt, and was formally dead to me after we got the phone call that Jay had passed.
So today was a celebration of that past, and a solemn reminder of how a few individuals can make such a powerful impact on your life.
They gave us the platform, which we expanded and they continued to improve, creating an entire ecosystem for people like me to make a complete living off of developing products that others sold and made tons of money off of us, hiring people to build, package and distribute them to the computer stores and mail order houses to be bought by the wonderful users. Occasionally ending up in a magazine in ads and reviews, and even sometimes insanely successful or a complete failure.
Thank you CATS and Commodore people for the great work you did for us. All of our DNA lives in the various products today that took decades for the PC and Mac markets to finally catch up with and surpass. I can only hope that eventually what we learned from all of these years gets rid of the useless bloat of the current operating systems (this was ranted about and I agree with) and that we will soon end up with smooth and stable systems that are super-fast, easy to program, and help us become more productive in the future.