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Interview with (Daniel Ostman) Woise of Maniax

What is your alias? If you find the story interesting, then let us know how you came up with it?


When and where were you born and where do you live now?

I was born 22.07.77 in Solleftea/Sweden. Four years later, I moved to Örebro where I still live.

When did you get your first computer and which computers do/did you own? When did you get your C64?

I believe it was 1985, on christmas eve. Me and my sister got a C64 with a Leaderboard Golf tape-game.

I was stuck to it for a long time (ofcourse I bought diskdrives, cardridges and so on) but now I'm only using PCs. Unfortunately I sold my fist C64, and kept my C128 instead. I have owned a few Amigas aswell.

How did you get to know the scene? Who was your first contact (person you knew) on the scene?

(The dates are more or less guesses, because I don't remember exactly)

I don't remember the exact date, but I think I entered the scene back in 1989 or something like that. Cory and I formed a very lame group named Lakers. We didn't release nothing. 1990 I got in touch with Joker/Maniax trough an add in a Swedish computer magazine. We started to swap games for some months and somehow I guess I told him I was a coder too because he wanted me and Cory to show him our skill so that we eventually could join Maniax. We gave him a tiny demo/intro called DonManiax and he probably saw something good in it (or was it the long scrolltexts about our classmates?) because he asked us to join. I was searching for Maniax stuff on the Internet and the first thing I found was this demo DonManiax! I din't send it to anyone, Joker probably did..

I was also in Twilight for a while as a second group, but Maniax has always been the number one for me. Especially after 1992, when I became the leader of Maniax. I didn't want to kill it so I stayed in Maniax during my active scene-time.

1994 - left the scene.

Which scene do/did you consider best and why? If you have been only on the C64, then give us the reason(s)!

C64 was more or less the one and only for me although I joined an English Amiga demogroup for a very short time. The C64 scene was (and will be) the very best!

What do you think you gained by being a member of the scene?

I wrote a lot of English texts for my contacts and readers (I was the main editor for our magazine Miracle) so I learned some English, but since I didn't have any teacher pointing at the misspellings/bad grammar I'm still not good at it...

It was also very nice to get contacts all around the world.

What do you consider lost, wasted or meaningless during the years you have spent on the scene?

I was a swapper so I spent a lot of money on stamps and envelopes, and a lots of time copying disks, writing notes to my contacts and so on.

What did you do beside swapping?

I was the leader of Maniax, coder, main editor for Miracle and I also cracked a few games.

What are/were your greatest successes?

I think it was the diskmagazine Miracle. It was the number one in some Magazine charts and the response was great.

If you are not a C64 scener anymore, when and why did you leave the scene?

I left the scene in around 1994 I think. It took too much time and most of the fun was gone. The C64 productivity was also very low. Almost no gamecompanies for example.

What is your profession? What do you do for a living? Does it have to do anything with computers? Is there anything you do in real-life that is similar to what you have been doing on the scene?

I'm studying Computer Systems Analysis so I will probably be working as a programmer.

Are there moments when you feel nostalgic thinking back to the past years of the scene? If so what do you do when it happens?

Sometimes when I watch PC demos or when I receive e-mail from an old scener...

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