This year at the Buffalo Computer and Business Show, the AMIGA Users Group of Western New York ("C.H.I.P.S.") will be celebrating their 10th anniversary of supporting Amiga Computer Users. The Computer and Business Show will be taking place on October 15 and 16 at the Buffalo Convention Center on Franklin Street between Court and Huron Streets in Downtown Buffalo, New York.
Located in booth 418 at the show, C.H.I.P.S. will offer information about their organization and provide hands on demonstrations of several types of Amiga computers. C.H.I.P.S. will be displaying their Amiga 1200 computer system. In addition, there will also be on hand an Amiga 2000 which will be displaying many Amiga-specific Web pages from all over the world. These will be pages which were created by various people and organizations in support of the Amiga, including CHIPS own Award Winning pages.
At the end of the October 16th (Thursday night) show, C.H.I.P.S. will be having an anniversary dinner for its membership. Information will be available at the C.H.I.P.S. booth for anyone wishing to join them for the anniversary dinner.
History of CHIPS:
Founded in 1987 with 9 charter members, the Commodore Hobbyist's Instructors and Programmers Society ("C.H.I.P.S."), has supported members with systems ranging from early Amiga 500s to accelerated 4000s. Recently C.H.I.P.S. changed their name to "Computer Hobbyist's..." to better reflect Commodore's liquidation and the new ownership for the Amiga name.
Club meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM at The Cleveland Hill United Methodist Church, 546 Eggert Rd, Buffalo (except October when C.H.I.P.S. participates in the Computer and Business Show). The next general meeting will be held November 11th. Every month's meeting presents the members with a newsletter ( The Amiga Gazette ) and demonstrations of new hardware and software as presented by the members. The General Public is welcome to attend. More information about C.H.I.P.S. can be located via the World Wide Web at: http://www.bluemoon.net/~tronix/chips1.html . CHIPS is also a new member of ClickBoom's Amiga Web Ring organization and hopes to start an Amiga User's Groups Web Ring in the next few months.
E-mail links to the members are available from the CHIPS Web Pages.
About the Amiga:
The Amiga 1000 was the first AMIGA brand Computer released in 1985 by Commodore Business Machines. Sporting the Motorola 68000 CPU, it was a forerunner of later Windows-Like Operating systems and was regaled for its efficient multi-tasking operating system.
Commodore went into a court-ordered liquidation in 1994 and was sold to Escom GmbH who then acquired the rights to the Amiga Intellectual properties and Patents. Escom then formed Amiga Technologies to re-introduce AMIGA computers back into the marketplace. Later that year, Escom also went into bankruptcy thereby putting A.T. onto the auctioning block.
After several false starts, Amiga Technologies GmbH was acquired by Gateway 2000 on April 1, 1997. Changing its name after the sale, Amiga International GmbH is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Gateway 2000.