September 5, 2002 - From the desk of Bill McEwen
Greetings to one and all:
I would first like to thank all of those that I had the
chance to meet in Sacramento. While a short trip it was indeed
great fun and real delight meeting with all of you and hearing
not only the encouraging words, but also sharing in your
concerns, desires, and dreams. We are looking forward to
deliver on what we discussed with you.
When we purchased Amiga from Gateway there were many out
there who said that we would fail. There were many out there
who have worked against our efforts, and others that have
misrepresented fact and manipulated privileged information in
order to further their obviously self serving goals. There
have been those who have wronged us, and caused us damage.
But, guess what? We are still here! We are still
delivering! We are going to stay here! Amiga is about people,
technology, excellence, we are a most tenacious people, and we
have the community to prove it. Has it always gone according
to plan? no. Have we made some adjustments to the plan? yes.
Are we delivering on the plan? yes. Will we allow others to
dictate our future? Absolutely not. Period..
Because of you, the Amiga dream lives, because of you,
Amiga's are still being used throughout the world performing
amazing tasks and activities, and because of you, we are still
here and moving forward.
Amiga is a giant resting for the day of the fight, and
gaining strength quietly, for, as we embark on this mission
together, nothing will tear us apart.
Thank you once again for supporting us, and showing to the
world that what was begun in 1985 was truly only the
Bill McEwen, and the Amiga Team
Amiga Club Members:
I would also like to take a
minute and say a special howdy to all of the club members. It
is really encouraging to see all of the activity and input
from you with regards to the shirt design and name for the
club. The "I am Amiga" name did not go over as well as I had
thought, but in the next couple of weeks (after we get the ok
from those who already have the name that was selected) we
will all have the name and shirt design with which an be happy
and proud to wear. Each member will receive their first
newsletter in the next two weeks, and there will be all sorts
of great announcements and information e, so look forward to
it in your inbox.
As a reminder we will be having a new drawing for an Amiga
Enabled Cell Phone in September, and we would encourage those
of you who have not joined yet, to get in here and do so. We
have many plans and activities coming up for the club, and
once again for only $ 50.00 you will receive the newsletter,
Shirt and other special promotions. The lifetime membership
offer has ended, but we would encourage you to be a part of
something really exciting as the members will continue to
receive special discounts and exclusive programs directed at
the membership. We will honor the "$50.00 off" certificate for
the next members who join through the end of September, at
which point we will hold the draw for the new cell phone.
September 1st, 2002:
As mentioned in Sacramento
at AmiWest, we had offered amnesty to those
people/companies/entities who have knowingly stolen our IP and
used it for their own gains, or who have shipped product
knowing that they are illegal had until the end of August in
order for them to comply and to get legal.
Now, I am not going to mention names nor am I going to get
into a public discourse on what is happening.. But legal
action has begun. In the next two weeks papers will be served.
We will target one violator at a time with the hope that we
will send a very clear signal that this is very serious, will
not be permitted and will be stopped.
This is a private action between Amiga Inc, and those who
wish to continue in this practice. While we announced publicly
our intentions, the actions will be private. I am sure that
everyone can understand this and I hope will support this.
Well, the amazing team of
Eyetech and Hyperion are doing a great job. Many of you
already have in your possession the AmigaOne boards, and many
more of you have seen the hardware in action. This is indeed
another major leap forward as we near the release of the new
hardware and OS 4.0. Eyetech and Alan Redhouse have been doing
a great job of keeping everyone informed of the progress, and
we look forward to the products release.
Hyperion and the team are making
amazing strides here. The screen shots that we all see and the
updates from Ben and the people working on it shows great
progress. I know that they are working hard with regard to the
integration into the AmigaOne, and I for one am looking
forward to seeing it all working together, and from what I
hear we are not too far off from making that happen. With this
stated we have received some more shots of the interface from
the OS 4.0 team. You can see the new AmiDock
PDA/Cell Phone Update:
As mentioned in
Sacramento the Amiga Anywhere Content Engine and associated
content will be shipping on the new Sendo™ SmartPhone™ when it
ships. Now, to answer the many e-mails that I have received
about the Sendo phone…. I do not know when the device will
ship commercially; it is out of our hands with regard to when
they will have the phone available. I will tell you that
before the end of the year we will be making at least two more
Cell Phone announcements and at least two more PDA
We are really starting to move on getting these business
deals done and there will be many more opportunities for our
developers to create new products for these cutting edge
A Possible New Product Offering - Let me know your
In recent dealings with one of our hardware
OEM's they offered an opportunity.
This opportunity is for
excellent laptop hardware at excellent prices. They would be
dual boot systems with Linux/UAE, and Bernie Meyers product
(formally known as Amithlon) pre-loaded on the device. Here is
a sample of some of the pricing that you could expect, all
prices quoted are in US$:
|Intel® 1.2GHz Celeron™ Processor
||15.0" TFT Active Matrix
||20GB Hard Drive
|Intel® 1.6GHz Pentium® 4 Processor
||15.0" XGA TFT Active Matrix
||20GB Hard Drive
||DVD/CDRW Combo Drive
|Intel® 1.6GHz Pentium® 4 Processor
||SXGA TFT Active Matrix
||30GB Hard Drive
||DVD/CDRW Combo Drive
These examples are notebook computers. There are other
options available, but I am trying to find out how many of you
would be interested in purchasing these through your local
Amiga dealer. Let us know by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are also desktops and other configurations but I think
that a notebook Amiga would be compelling. Let us know.
The Product Formally Know as Amithlo*:
mentioned before Bernie Meyers has a wonderful product, and we
expected it to be out by now. However there have been a couple
of delays, none of these are engineering driven, that has
delayed the release. I can tell you that the new product will
be out very soon, and will offer some new requested features,
and from what I understand is really going to knock your socks
off. We will have an update concerning the timing of this
release and the new name very shortly. So contrary to what you
may have heard, it will be available soon.
This message is an update for you.
You have created some of the greatest content that the world
has ever known. Your skill sets and your tenacity have
overwhelmed many, and everyday you become more and more
important to the future.
If you have been sitting on the sidelines I encourage you
to jump in. We are getting requests from many of our OEM
partners with regard to content that they are looking for on
While it has been a slow start (as is always the case in
developing a market), this next quarter is going to see major
movement, and distribution. We have many programs ready to
take place for the Holiday season and we want you to be a part
of it. So I encourage you to jump in make contact with us.
Join us in creating the future.
In closing I wish to thank each and every member of the
Amiga family for their support and good wishes in this amazing
journey that we have embarked upon together. We are closer
today than we were yesterday to the dreams and goals of Amiga.
Tomorrow we will be closer again, and soon we can all share in
Bill McEwen and the rest of the Amiga