AUI to report on RECURSION 2018

Part of RECURSION 2015 from above – general view
Part of RECURSION 2015 from above – general view

Amiga User International’s new web editor and publisher Stuart Williams will be visiting the school where William Shakespeare was educated this Saturday – to attend a computer science fair!

RECURSION 2018, which takes place on 17 February at King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, will be the first event reported upon in AUI’s name for more than twenty years.

King Edward VI School
King Edward VI School

Stuart will be attending the popular show, which mixes equal parts of computer education, retro computing and maker activities such as robotics, firstly to cover the traditionally strong Amiga presence and secondly to look at the fair in general, which includes retro computing/gaming from the Retro Computer Museum, Risc OS related exhibitors, Raspberry Pi, educational exhibitors and activities from schools, as well as maker exhibits including robotics.  Such events are uncommon in post-home-computer UK, and are well worth supporting.

The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School
The Levi Fox Hall, King Edward VI School

The event itself, which offers computing fun and education for all ages, is open to the general public in the school’s large, modern Levi Fox Hall, between 11am – 3pm, and admission is free.  The address is: King Edward VI School, Church Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6HB.

If you attend the fair, do watch out for Stuart, who will be wearing an Amiga User International t-shirt and carrying a camera – and say hi!

An AUI report with photos will be published on this website early next week.

Event details

In the meantime, for details of RECURSION 2018, including parking etc, click on this link.

For pictures of last year’s Amiga section of RECURSION, check out this page.

The Amiga Dimension – March 1988


A commentary on AmiExpo in Los Angeles, USA.

First published in Amiga User International magazine, March 1988

AUI cover March 1988The AmiExpo hit the West Coast of the U.S.A with an impact equalling its highly successful debut in New York, bringing some new and very exciting products. It also provided a focus that unquestionably strengthened and should encourage the whole Amiga community. With now over seven hundred software and hardware products available to Amiga users, the machine is clearly carving out a place for itself in the computer world that many believed would never happen.

The Amiga now offers an enormously wide range of possibilities from budget games to the highest technical applications — a range that probably no other comparable computer has ever achieved and which is allowing the fulfilment of its tremendous potential. We hear that the Mount Palomar telescope is now using an Amiga in its astronomical work and among the fast increasing and extra-ordinarily broad spectrum of subscribers to this magazine, we have just received a subscription request from one of the top scientific governmental departments in the U.K.

Yes, the AmiExpo reinforced the sense that the Amiga dimension has grown to a full international scale. And there is a growing feeling that Europe is beginning to challenge the American leadership, as U.S. companies are becoming aware of the opportunities that Europe, and the rest of the world, presents and as Amiga products of European origin start to make an impact in the U.S.

We saw some interesting examples of transatlantic collaboration. The U.S. company, Aegis, used the show to launch a German-written game. Abacus, another American company, was showing Germany’s Databecker products which it has published in English — and shipped over to the U.K. And in the U.K. itself a games house, Grand Slam, bought the rights to the U.S. written novel ‘The Hunt for Red October’, created the computer game and is now successfully exporting the game back to the U.S.A.

It is also encouraging to find that the readership of Commodore Amiga User International Magazine already stretches from the U.K. to Brazil, from Finland to New Zealand, yet more support for the view that – with approaching 500,000 Amiga users worldwide, the Amiga is already one of the few computers to have created for itself a global dimension.

Antony H. Jacobson, Managing Editor and Publisher, AUI

Amiga Dimension – January 2018

Stuart Williams on the Commodore UK stand at the PCW show, c1988
Stuart Williams on the Commodore UK stand at the PCW show, c1988

Welcome to the regenerated Amiga User International, an online magazine and tribute website dedicated to the original, first ever European magazine which focused on the Commodore Amiga home computer.  Amiga User International (fondly known to many simply as AUI) was first published as a supplement in Commodore Computing International from 1986. In January 1988, it was re-launched as a full independent newsstand magazine, published by Croftward Ltd. The launch of this website in January 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of that independence.

This Amiga User International site is published and edited in tribute to that much-missed magazine, its staff and its contributors, by myself, AUI’s former freelance communications guru, PD software specialist and occasional reviewer. At the moment I am something of a one-man band. I would welcome the help of past staff and fellow contributors, or indeed new contributors, if any would like to come forward.

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The original Managing Editor and Publisher of AUI, Mr Antony H. Jacobson (previously of Croftward Ltd), has kindly granted me permission for the republication of all original content from the printed AUI, plus Commodore Computing International, on this site.

My aim is to select and reproduce interesting and relevant content from past issues, to look at the history of AUI and its people, and to publish new posts and content reporting on Amiga news and the present-day Amiga community and scene in general, plus reviews of books, magazines, hardware, software and websites, as time permits.

Amiga StuThe Amiga User International website is presently under construction, and it will take time to evolve and to build up extensive content both old and new – so please keep coming back.  You have now entered the Amiga dimension.  Remember – only Amiga makes it possible!

Stuart Williams, Editor and Publisher

January, 2018 (or is it 1988?)

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