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Old 06 September 2017, 22:35   #41
roberthazelby
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South West Amiga Group Meeting No.5 - Sat 30th September 2017

About

The South West Amiga Group (SWAG) originally formed in December 1997. They met once a month in Bristol to discuss their favourite computer. The group continued in various forms until 2005 when the group disbanded.

In 2016, riding the wave of renewed interest in the platform, the group was resurrected, a new venue found and new events planned. The first meeting was held in May of that year, with follow-ups in September 16, January 17 and June 17. Following the success of these sessions, our next meeting is now planned.

SWAG embrace both classic and next generation machines, including all Amiga OS variants, MorphOS and AROS. This includes physical, emulated and FPGA based platforms. All are welcome – but remember … Only Amiga Makes it Possible


Meeting Details

We’ve arranged to hold our fifth SWAG meeting in the recently opened Swindon Makerspace - http://www.swindon-makerspace.org/ - a fully refurbished building perfect for those wishing to tinker with new and old Amiga hardware and software.

The date of the SWAG meeting is Saturday 30th September.

Although the meeting is due to begin at 12 noon, the pre-meet brunch has proved so popular at earlier sessions that it now forms part of the day itself.

11:00am - 12 noon - Brunch at the greasy spoon next door to the venue

12noon - 5:00pm - SWAG meeting at the Makerspace.

Cost - The costs of room hire for the first three meetings were paid for by a number of organisers. This couldn’t continue indefinitely, so from our fourth meeting onwards the costs have been set at £4 for adults. Under 18s are free. All room hire costs go back into the running and improvement of the venue.

The Swindon Makerspace can be found at Unit 34, BSS House, Cheyney Manor, Swindon

There is free parking on site, while the venue offers free Wifi plus tea and coffee making facilities.


Meeting Content - Amiga X5000 Demo

One of our members has been lucky enough to add a brand spanking new Amiga X5000 to his collection, and will be bringing it along to the meeting. If you wanted to see the fastest Amiga ever built now's your chance! We were hoping to run this session at the last meeting, but due to unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to delay it until this session.


Meeting Content - Amiga A3000 Video Toaster and AROS Demos

SWAG member Stephen Jones will be demonstrating these two pieces of kit over the course of the Saturday afternoon. If you wanted to see a Video Toaster in action, or to experience the delights of AROS, this will be right up your street.


Meeting Content - C64 Hardware Demonstrations

Mark Hewlett, C64 guru, will be running demonstrations of various bits of C64 hardware and software during the Saturday afternoon. Although Amiga makes it possible, we do like to give the C64 a bit of love when we get the chance.


Meeting Content - 5-Player Dynablaster Bomberman

It wouldn’t be a SWAG meet without Dynablaster. The 5 player deathmatches are now a staple part of our meetings!


For Further Information

If you’d like more information then please visit the official SWAG web site at http://www.southwestamiga.org.uk

You can also find us on:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/southwestamiga
Twitter - https://twitter.com/southwestamiga


And Finally

If you are planning on coming, please drop us an email to let us know. We need to get a rough idea of how many people to expect Also, if you’re planning on bringing any hardware (computers, screens etc.) then please detail that in your email.

SWAG can be contacted at: swag@southwestamiga.org.uk
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Old 14 September 2017, 10:05   #42
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Another SouthWest Amiga meet!

I've emailed. I'll be there.

I'll bring my Amiga 1200.

Since the last meet, I've purchased an Auto Joystick-Mouse switcher and an Iomega Parallel Zip Drive with the Amiga compatible dongle. And an 'Amiga' t-shirt from Amazon.
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Old 29 September 2017, 16:05   #43
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This is tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to it.

I'll take my camera along this time.
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Old 04 October 2017, 13:58   #44
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A quick unofficial rundown of meeting #5.

We had an Amiga 3000 there supporting the Video Toaster.

This was very well showcased with 2 cameras, 2 studio monitors and it was fun to use. I felt like I worked on an independent US TV Station in 1990.

We had 2 Amiga 1200s, An Amiga 1200 Tower, 2 Amiga 500s and an Amiga X5000.

I showcased a bit of Amiga Forever 2017 on a SFF PC

We has the engineer's station mending a BBC Micro, CDTV and almost giving Last Rites to an A500 Plus with battery leakage.

There was an Amiga Null Modem Hookup on Populous.

On my Amiga 1200, I had my joystick mouse switcher from Ebay that seemed to work rather well. You click the mouse button or joystick button to enable either. I showcased my Iomega Parallel Zip drive with the dongle which allows you to browse Zip disks as regular disks. And I had it hooked up to the internet via a PCMCIA - Ethernet card.

There was also some interest from outsiders that should have been taking their children to the nearby birthday party.

There was a great, enthusiastic crowd there and the event is more popular than ever.

I did take some photos. But there maybe official ones on the SWAG Facebook group.
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