Pictures from AmiGBG 2004 in Gothenburg

These are my pictures from the AmiGBG 2004 Show in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This show had been one of the most eagerly expected events of the spring, partly because the previous events in Gothenburg had been so well arranged and nice, and partly because everybody was expecting OS4 to be almost ready any day now, and new announcements about both hardware and software had been abundant. Also, attendance by most of the main actors on the Amiga scene had been promised.

A couple of weeks before the show, half joking, I asked Justin (owner of, who sold me my AmigaOne last fall) if he would like me to help him out on the show by demoing my own machine with the latest OS4 beta version and some varied applications. And he said yes! We had already planned to drive up there together for the show like we did for some of the events the year before, so it was just a matter of preparing "a bit" and packing some gear in the back of the car.

We left Copenhagen early in the afternoon on the day before the show, and arrived in Gothenburg barely early enough to be able to set up all of our stuff, more or less ready for the following day, before we all went downstairs to have dinner together.

But even with all the hurry, we succeeded in getting everything up and running the next day, and we had a very nice, but busy, day at the show. There were quite a lot of people, and the event was very well arranged and managed. The arrangers were more or less the same people as previously, with some changes here and there. Most notably the Landskrona (Scania, Southern Sweden) based user group Syntax Society had joined their forces to the project. In particular, they had also contributed the very effective project manager Magnus Wedin, who seemed to have everything in view and under control all the time. Good job!

It was really interesting for me to be on the active side of such an event for once, and great to have lots of people coming over and take an interest in what I had to show. But I must admit I was tired when the day ended! I'm still wondering how I managed to take all these pictures; maybe the clue is I didn't have time to think about whether each picture really needed taking ;-). I didn't even have time to get any lunch either, so it was nice, after packing everything back in the car, to be able to sit down at the banquet and relax in good company for some hours before we headed back on the dark motorway towards Copenhagen.

By the way, some people seem to think I'm part of Justin's company or employed by him or something. This is not true; Justin is, and I just happen to be a friend of his, as well as his first AmigaOne customer, who thought it would be fun to be a part of the event. Of course I also want things to go well for him and his venture, but I want that for all dealers that support my favourite computer. If I want it "a little more" for Justin, it's just because he happens to be my local dealer.

I must finally apologize for delaying the publicizing of these pictures so much; I have had some other things to tend to with a higher priority, and also some hosting problems. These should be mostly sorted out now, though, apart from the connection to this server currently being a little on the slow side. This is supposed to change, though, so in the meantime, please have a little patience. And at least the URL is not expected to change any more, since I got my own domain name.

Enjoy! And once again, thanks to the arrangers AmiGBG, ACG, and Syntax Society), and greetings to everybody else I met. A special thank you to Shoe (Stefan Nordlander) who has supplied an extraordinary amount of much appreciated corrections and additions to my captions.

Niels Bache ( Niels Bache

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After arriving in Gothenburg and quickly unpacking and setting up our gear, we all went downstairs to have dinner together. Adam Chodorowsky, Magnus Wedin, Shoe (Stefan Nordlander), PedeFup (Peter Jensen), Juzz (Justin Veggerby Kristensen), Reflect (Andreas Loong).Slide 1 Still at the dinner table Friday evening. PedeFup, Mattias Karlsson (, Robert Kihl, Björn, James, and that's Jens Schönfeld in the blue shirt at the next table.Slide 2 Dinner table. PedeFup, Juzz, Reflect, Mattias.Slide 3 The guys safely gathered together at their own table.Slide 4 Rigo: "Quick, let me swap my empty beer bottle for Paul's while he's looking at the camera". MikeB (Mike Bouma), AmigaOneProductions (Paul Townsend), Rigo (Simon Archer), L8X (James Kelly).Slide 5 Paul, MikeB, Jens SchönfeldSlide 6 Rigo: "I'll trap him inside my coat, and then we'll sell him into Swedish white slavery and use the gains to buy AmigaOnes at the show tomorrow". Paul, Rigo, L8X, Jens Schönfeld across from Paul.Slide 7 Some Swedish Amigans from SUA (Swedish User group of Amiga).Slide 8 More Swedish Amigans, among them Brian from SyntaxSociety in the grey T-shirt at the farthest table, and coopdot (Peter Eriksson) studying his plate in the foreground, while Jonas looks at him in admiration. Coopdot brought his video gear as usual and made a video of the AROS presentation the next day, among other things.Slide 9 Even more Swedish Amigans (well, mostly the same ones again). The closest table is occupied by Syntax Society, the two next ones by SUA.Slide 10 Evening outside the venue, Navet. View towards the city centre. Tolken, where previous AmiGBGs were held, is hidden just behind the dark red building in the right edge of the picture.Slide 11 The venue, Navet. Restaurant Tres in the foreground, where we had dinner the night before the show, and where the banquet after the show was also held.Slide 12 Navet and Restaurant Tres from another angle.Slide 13 View towards Tolken and the city centre again.Slide 14 The morning of the show, before opening for the public. Juzz is helping out Michael Battilana of Cloanto getting his MicroAOne flashed with the latest, OS4-able UBoot firmware.Slide 15 The Amiga team. Since Rigo is in this picture, the security system on my camera turned off the flash so it wouldn't get too scary (hey, I did warn you I'd get you for this: ;-). Left to right: MikeyC, AmigaOneProductions, Rigo, L8x, DaveyD (David Doyle), MikeB.Slide 16 First visitors eyeing the stand.Slide 17 Lotta Bergström's art at the cafeteria table also caught many eyes.Slide 18 Some of Lotta's paintings with Elena's fractal art in the foreground.Slide 19 Some more of Lotta's paintings; these two ended up being sold, I believe for 450 and 600 SEK, respectively.Slide 20 Visitors had to print out their own name tags.Slide 21 The ticket counter.Slide 22 Shoe opening the show officially, Sharakmir adjusting the PA.Slide 23 Magnus Wedin, project manager.Slide 24 The other Wedin.Slide 25 The third Wedin. Well, how else could he be everywhere at the same time?Slide 26 AROS presentation. Adam Chodorowski and Johan Grip. Sharakmir in the background.Slide 27 Lotta Bergström with some of her art.Slide 28 MikeB demoing OS4 for the TV crew on my A1.Slide 29 MikeB still demoing for 3Sat TV.Slide 30 Some Danish Amigans: Luc, Trez, AC, ?, Juzz.Slide 31 Michael Battilana demoing Amiga Forever 6.Slide 32 Martin Blom getting hungry.Slide 33 OnyxSoft, just about the only "blueish" stand of the show. To the right behind them are the demo crew Underscore, showing some classical Amiga demos.Slide 34 Individual Computers were hosted at the stand of Sweden's new dealer, Guru Meditation (reflect).Slide 35 Brian of Syntax Society.Slide 36 Luc working his way to winning his A1 by comparing notes with AC.Slide 37 SUGA's stand.Slide 38 Some of the Atari people.Slide 39 The retro room. That's Oscar from ACGGbg playing, probably some shoot-em-up, in the left background. On the big screen there was a Roketz competition with an A1200 as first prize.Slide 40 SUGA, Adam Chodorowski.Slide 41 FractalArts' (Elena Navarotti's) beautiful exhibition.Slide 42 Mikael Haglund, IBM, telling us all about the PowerPC past, present and future.Slide 43 Sharakmir manning the reception desk while the monitor-head guy walks by. Rumour has it it was Walder of Syntax Society, BTW.Slide 44 Lottery among the pre-bookers. Mattias handing out the prize DVDs.Slide 45 PedeFup also won one, he chose Tron. Shoe, PedeFup, MikeyC, Mattias, Sharakmir, Christer Beskow, Student_K (Peter Bergström).Slide 46 Sharakmir announcing the result of the A1 quiz. MikeyC, Shoe, Sharakmir, Mattias, Christer, Student_K.Slide 47 PedeFup and Luc, the two finalists, are briefed by Mattias. MikeyC faithfully holding the mike in the background for worldwide broadcast over Amigaworld Radio.Slide 48 And the winner is ... Peter! Yeah, but which one of them?Slide 49 Well, this one, Luc, aka Peter Bo Nielsen. At least it went to a Dane ;-)Slide 50 Congratulations, Luc! Nice prize. I'm sure I was almost as close.Slide 51 Tommy Strand from NAF handing out prizes for their own quiz, while Johan "Malmökillen" Wahlström in the blue Amiga shirt is getting ready to get his.Slide 52 Kjell "Sharakmir" Breding won the Swedish AmiGBG award for his pioneering work with the previous shows.Slide 53 team, MikeyC trying to offload their remaining stock of magazines etc. Behind the table are DaveyD, L8x, and Rigo trying to hide behind MikeyC's hands.Slide 54 MikeyC, leaving no potential buyer any rest.Slide 55 AmiDog (Mathias Roslund).Slide 56 Trez and Juzz with AC looking on.Slide 57 A tired group of Danes waiting for dinnertime. Luc, Allan, ?, AC, Juzz, PedeFup, Trez.Slide 58 At the banquet. ?, PedeFup, Trez, Allan, Juzz.Slide 59 At the banquet. ?, Luc, AC.Slide 60 Foreground: Juzz and Marcus Comstedt.Slide 61 Swedes (of whom I don't know any, sorry; well, some of them were from SUA, at least).Slide 62 More swedes. CoopDot to the far right of the picture.Slide 63 Wedin at the window facing right, talking to Tommy Strand and Emanuel Steen. In the foreground are Walder (next to Wedin) and Fredrik, also both from Syntax Society.Slide 64 AmiDelf from Norway, some more Swedes: Martin Blom and Erik, and an Italian: Michael Battilana. I wonder if Cloanto sponsored the flowers on the tables?Slide 65 Various people from all around, among them Jens Schönfeld, Skeb from UniversalSpace, and Erlend Kristiansen from NAF.Slide 66 Oh, good; some Swedes of whom I know at least most of the names: Robert Kihl, Student_K, Erik, Kjell "Sharakmir" Breding, and across from him Lars "Vigil" Breding, Lotta Bergström, and finally Shoe from yet another new angle.Slide 67 Mattias, Vigil, Lotta, Shoe, ?Slide 68 Troels Ersking, Guyver (Brian Mortensen), ?.Slide 69 Mmm, the OS4 cakes!Slide 70

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