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Saku 2014: Petro Tyschtschenko (in English, with English subtitles, closeups)

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Published on Oct 13, 2014

Former Amiga International president Petro Tyschtschenko's speech (with Michael Battilana) at the Finnish Amiga Users Group's Saku 2014 retro and vintage computer event at the main library Metso in Tampere, Finland.

In this video, the amazingly youthful 71-year-old Petro is interviewed by Janne Sirén and shares his memories of Commodore and Amiga and his own history when he worked for an American company in Frankfurt, before his Commodore career. He began working at Commodore in the VIC-20 times and reminisces of Commodore's rather free working culture. Petro also describes the personalities of Jack Tramiel and Mehdi Ali. Petro explains how Commodore ended up changing Amiga's localized keyboard layouts to other languages with the help of students. He tells how he got to know about Commodore's bankruptcy and tells about court sessions in several countries. Petro tells which one was his favorite Commodore computer. He tells about his career at Escom and later on at Gateway and how A1200's and A4000T's production was continued. He also tells how the development of the Amiga Walker prototype began. Finally, Petro tells the story of how he almost bought the Amiga from Gateway with only one dollar.

Michael Battilana, from Cloanto, joins the interview. He is the developer of well-known emulation packages Amiga Forever and C64 Forever. He tells how he named his products. He also tells about Amiga's licensing, copyrighting and his possible future plans for the software.

Petro closes with memories from recent times when he imported Amigas from an Indian warehouse. He tells about his book, Meine Erinnerungen an Commodore und Amiga. Petro tells about promotional products e.g. AmiCola and boing ball underwear. At the end of the interview the Saku 2014 audience has a chance to ask questions and ask about the AAA chipset and Commodore 65. The audience also asks Petro's and Michael's thoughts about developing alternative Amiga operating systems and about Tramiel moving to Atari. Petro explains how Canadian investor Irving Gould's role affected Tramiel's decision.

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