We at Amitopia wants to deliver quality articles and here I go on with a yet another one, where I have interviewed Gilbert Tan, which is a huge Amiga user in Philippines, Asia. How many Amiga users there are left on Philippines we don’t know, but here is one that is really passionated about Amiga. Read on for our exclusive interview with a very active Amiga user on Philippines.
1) Can you introduce yourself? What do you do on Philippines?
2) How did you get to know Amiga? Who introduced you to the platform etc?
3) How did the Philippines Amiga marked go? Did you have Amiga stores or communities?
It was a real golden age of the Amiga, before April in 1992.
4) You said you started to do code on Amiga. What else kept your Amiga interest, after 1992 until now?
With the pc hardware got improved, I had no choice but to use a PC (Dell 220) in 2010. Which introduced me to AROS -Icaros Desktop. So I stick through Amiga like glue from 1992 ~ 2010.
I still code using AMOS Pro. Thats something that Ive been doing after graduation in 2000 until 2013. I managed to keep my Amiga 1200 alive. I did some expanding of it. Remember that the last store, that shifted to PC, I went back and talk to the owner who became a great friend and told me to haul as much Amiga Hardware I can carry!
So that happed around 2012. In a small time of period, I had an Amiga 600, 2x Amiga 2000, 1 Amiga 3000 and one Amiga 4000. Later around 2 years. I sold them to good friends.
Anyway, In 2014, I had health issues and forced to stop working.
..Health problems isnt fun for sure! You wrote.. Now “she” has ohh, you meant the Amiga?
Yes.. my Amiga i prefer to call it as “She” hehe
5) Do you have AmigaOS4, MorphOS or AROS machine today?
6) What do you develope on Amiga? You talked a lot about AMOS Pro usage. What other programming tools do you use?
7) What do you think that A-EON should do to make Amiga more popular in your part of Asia?
Of all the people in this part of the world, that hardly knew what Amiga was/is. In order for A-EON to be competitive, I would encourage cross compiling to multiple platforms.
I mean if I made “GAME A” on the Amiga 68k. I will just use a cross compiler to export “GAME A” to AROS, AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, i386 (Windows Linux and MacOS) and probably even PS4/ Xbox etc…
8 ) What programs have you made?
On the AROS side, WIP is a RPG/TEXT adventure style game. I will finish it hopefully this year, if time and money permits..
End of Interview…
It was really nice to be able to interview Gilbert Tan from Philippines. I really wish him all the best in the future and may the health be good for him. Now I hope that A-EON or others in the Amiga community reads this and see that there are Amiga users in Asia also. Most of the Amiga products are very expensive, especially for people outside of Europe and USA. The Amiga status is still pretty much underground worldwide, but that shouldnt prevent some to not get the hardware. It is however nice to see that AROS which is open source AmigaOS, can actually do something about this.
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Gilbert Tan interview by Michal Bergseth, editor of Amitopia Amiga magazine worldwide