Pictures from Home Electronics World 1999 in Cologne

These are some slides I took on the Home Electronics World 99 show in Cologne.

A bit of background info: After having attended the C98 show last year (pics here) and the WoA99 show in London this summer (pics not (yet?) online), and after having been involved in the OS3.5 project as a translator, I had to get back to Cologne again this year. Not only to see the show and whatever news and stuff would be there, but at least as much to meet some of the people behind OS3.5; developers, beta-testers, other translators, and the organizational workhorses behind it all at H&P.

Like the previous year, I went there together with Ole Friis Østergaard, who is the administrator of the Danish department of ATO (of which I am a member myself) and one of the original initiators of ATO, and Allan Odgaard, the developer of fine Amiga software such as Daywatch, TextEditor.mcc, BetterString.mcc and the mythical, yet-to-be-released web browser IProbe. Ole had also been involved in OS3.5 as a translator, and Allan as a developer (TextEditor.gadget, a version of TextEditor.mcc for Reaction, used in EditPad).

The three of us drove down from Denmark Thursday (Nov. 11th), arriving in Cologne that evening, went to the show all day Friday and Saturday, and returned home Sunday.

This year's show was notably less interesting than last year's. For one thing, there were of course no sensational announcements from Amiga Inc. (seeing as they weren't there at all, only Petro). We also missed several of the people we met last year, among them Holger Kruse. But we did get to meet a number of the people we had communicated with on the OS3.5 beta mailing list, which was really nice. It was also good to see a lot of people buying Amiga stuff as if there was no tomorrow (hopefully not true); both hardware and software, among the latter a lot of OS3.5 packages were seen wander over the counter. And the new British magazine AmigActive also had a strong presence and seemed to get a lot of subscribers. There's still some life left in our platform!

Enjoy! And greetings to everybody we met there - and those we missed!

Niels Bache ( Niels Bache

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