Generation Amiga: Hello Krzysztof. Can you introduce yourself to our readers? How did you discover the Amiga platform?
Krzysztof Radzikowski: Hello, thank for an opportunity to talk with you and community. I have discovered Amiga in 1996. Of course, before I had some contact to the Amiga (model 500 and 1200), but my first Amiga was 1200 with hard disk (60 MB!). The beginning was like always: games, especially my beloved game – Detroit. After some time, I don’t know why and how I have started using Amiga with some cool graphics software. I have learned how to use and do something on Imagine 3D, LightWave 3D, Cinema 4D and Scala MM. Until something like 2001, Amiga was my main work station. At that time mostly I was using Amiga 1200 with 68040 for creating 3D graphics and multimedia (also semi-professional).
Generation Amiga: When did you started AMIcast and what motivated you?
Krzysztof Radzikowski: First of all, I’m Pole living in Germany. Before this time, living in Poland I have made some Amiga parties, but since I’m not living there anymore it is hard to organize party remotely. A few years ago, I have discovered BoingsWorld podcast – a great german podcast about Amiga. I already have listened to tones of another podcast. In my opinion, podcasts are much more friendly for recipients than YouTube. That’s why I decided: I will do something for polish community. I have created AmiWigilia in 2014. After few months it was so successful, that I made a second decision – go outside of Poland with AMIcast. It was s beginning of 2015 and I think it was first (broken) English Amiga podcast since sometime in our world.
Generation Amiga: What is your favorite programming language and why?
Krzysztof Radzikowski: I’m not a developer. I have just only created one simply player for polish version of Amiga Podcast in Hollywood Designer. In my opionion Hollywood should be promoted and widely use on all Amiga platforms. We need software above our red-blue-black camps. Hollywood is option, but there is one big but… End user, or beginer has zero informations and tutorials or books. Documentation is not a solution, Hollywood shoud have tutorial book with example programs and games: How to become a developer from nobody. I understand the author has no time to do this. I think, for example A-EON could and should sponsore somebody to write book about Hollywood. We must have new developeres, to have new software, to use our Amiga NG every day!
Generation Amiga: Can you tell us more about future Amiga projects?
Krzysztof Radzikowski: Of course, I have a lot of plans and no so much time. But Amiga Podcast (both versions AmiWigilia and AMIcast) will be continued. I have written the book about AmigaOS 4.1 Emulation. I would be nice to write another book. I was thinking about the topic – “Tabor in everyday use”. But, now I have the plan to buy only one hardware and it will be AmigaOne X5000. This means probably if I write something, it will go in direction X5000. Also, it would be great to make YouTube channel about Amiga. I will also continue to write articles to polish Amiga magazine: Amigazyn and polish retro magazine: Retrokomp.
Generation Amiga: What are your Amiga configurations?
Krzysztof Radzikowski: Today my main Amiga NG is Pegasos II with AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition. I have also my beloved Amiga 2000 with 68060 and hot stuff: Amiga 600 with Vampire II. In near future, as I mentioned I want to move to X5000 to have powerful NG setup. To do it I have already sold my A1200 with BlizzardPPC and BVision. If Vampire will get FPU core then I will decide to have only one classic Amiga: or A2000 or A600. The reason is simple, I have no time to play with my Amigas. Second, I’m a big fun of future, that’s why NG is my main focus.
Generation Amiga: What is your opinion about upcoming Amiga systems ? (X5000, A1222)
Krzysztof Radzikowski: Of course, it’s great, but the main problem is a price. AmigaOne X5000 is something like 2500 Euros, in my opinion, is a little bit too high. Target price should be 2000 Euros. On other side is Tabor, with quite a good price (complete system should be about 800 Euros, as I suppose). The big problem is a release date, the system should be available now, but again we must wait “two more weeks”…
Generation Amiga: What are your prefered modern AmigaOS4 games and programs?
Krzysztof Radzikowski: I’m not playing on Amiga… no time. I try to play on my Nintendo systems, but of course, again, time is my problem. Programs… for me the most important stuff is modern and updated web browser. Odyssey is great, after some fixes made by kas1e (thanks to deadwood), it is quite usable now. But nevertheless, we need to have something that is actively developed. Amiga NG without modern internet technology is only retro stuff. I love retro, but I want to have modern Amiga to use it every day. In my opinion, A-EON should be focused on this problem not on Libre Office. Actively developed browser and some good rendition of cult Amiga software should give us satisfaction.
Generation Amiga: Thanks for the interview Krzysztof and good luck with future Amiga projects
Krzysztof Radzikowski: Thank you. It was very nice to talk with you. I have hope that my work will be useful for our community and AmigaOS 4 will be in better shape in near future. There is only one truly survivor from old good companies – Amiga. Why shouldn’t we use a legend and retro trend to give her chance to be still alive in modern form? Amiga NG can be a connection between retro and modern days. Just use it!