October 2013

AmiWest 2013 Banquet Reservations Still Open!

Our caterer has agreed to a short extension for the AmiWest 2013 banquet deadline.  We are able to accept continuing reservations for banquet tickets until further notice


PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS ALWAYS, NO BANQUET TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR!  This is a catered event and each meal is reserved in advance.  We don't want to turn anyone away, so please reserve your tickets now.


We are expecting a large number of attendees this year due to selling out the hotel.  Don't be left out of the banquet!  RESERVE NOW!






The Hotel Next Door. . .

In an AmiWest first, our Holiday Inn Express hotel has sold out of rooms due to our event .  The hotel next door is holding another 25 rooms open next door (across the parking lot) at the Hampton Inn & Suites Sacramento-Cal Expo, 2230 Auburn Blvd., Sacramento, California, 95821, USA TEL: 1-916-927-2222 FAX: 1-916-927-2014. 


Five days until the Second AmiWest Programming Conference commences

On October 16, 2013, AmigaOS Developer Team Lead Steven Solie and his crew will start the second AmiWest Programming Conference at 5 PM.  Dinner will be served.  The venue is the Holiday Inn Express Cal Expo, 2224 Auburn Blvd., Scramento, CA, 95821. 


There is still time to sign up at amiwest.net/aosps. The cost is $50.00 per person and includes dinner on Wednesday and lunches on Thursday and Friday.  All those who signed up before today have already been invoiced for their conference fee.


We hope to see you there!

first night wiring progress

Now I remember why I like FPGAs so much, no freakin’ wiring!@!#

Here’s a start to what the monster looks like.  I think I’ll like the PCB form factor a little better. :)

I thought a little bit about how I lay this out, but I didn’t come to any great solution.  Almost seems like the traveling salesman problem!

ISSI memory chip mounted

So I can’t believe how freakin’ tiny those pins are coming off the memory chip.  The pads on the surfboard were huge by comparison.  I actually thought there was a manufacturing defect on the memory chip and they forgot to include the pins or something.

I am totally lacking any type of magnification…..I’m gonna place a few orders and get some stuff in here for the future.  I’ve been looking for a good high quality 10x loupe and a lighted magnifier for a long time.  Most of what I see out there is total crap.