Arrow / Arrow Software,
Fred & Fred,
Added on May 1st, 2004 (7477 views)
Tell us something about yourself.
My name is Fredrik Pihl and I was born in Gothenburg in 1970. I have a 14 year old daughter and a 12 year old son. I work as project manager/IT-architect with mobile datacommunication (GPRS, TETRA, 3G etc.) and IT-security (PKI, crypto, smart cards etc.). During the summer I like to take a ride on my motorcycle (a Yamaha Vmax), sail, go fishing and water ski with my friends.
What handle(s) did you use and how did you come up with it/them?
My handle was The Arrow and later just Arrow. Arrow is the English word for "Pi(h)l" (my surname).
What group(s) were you in?
Arrow Software – me and myself programming some adventure games and learning the basics of the C64. Fred & Fred – a swapperorganisation that lasted only a few months until we founded... Triad.
What roles have you fulfilled?
Swapper, organizer of the Gothenburg section and I was mainly in contact with Ixion, RND and Lucifer. I used to write scrolltexts, I painted graphics and snatched music for a few demos and I did a simple crack once.
How long were you active for?
Tell us about those years and how you got into the scene in the first place.
I got my C64 in 1984 (I had a Vic 20 before that). When I got my 1541, I became really interested in the machine and later I got addicted. There were much to learn and discover. I got to know some fellows in Gothenburg who later became members of West Coast Crackers. By this time Fred and I already knew Ixion, Lucifer and Skydive. For some reason we felt that it was more fun to build up a new group with them instead of joining WCC. We all wanted to build up The Winning Team, and so RND and Mr. Z was recruited by Ixion.
Describe a typical day for you in front of the computer.
I got home at 4-5 PM after spending the day in school, had dinner, did my homework in an hour and then turned on my C64. I started to check out the disks that had arrived in my mail, copied them and sent them to Ixion and RND plus other groups that didn't have that software yet.
Did you personally invent any special techniques or tools to make things easier for you?
When you look at what you did back then, what are you most proud of?
Being a founder member of Triad (my ego :-)) and for fast distribution of US software.
Who were your heroes on the scene and why?
What, for you, was the coolest thing ever invented on the C64?
The German cruncher we used for distribution. It was a program that we didn't distribute because it gave us an advantage over other groups.
Did you go to any copy-parties, meetings or tradeshows?
I went to WCC's copy-party in Gothenburg in 1986.
In your opinion, what was the scene all about?
What were the particular highlights for you?
WCC's copy-party in 1986, when we invited SCC. When Triad was able to deliver Soldier One (I think) three days before it was supposed to be in the stores.
Any cool stories to share with us?
A friend in Norway, who had a modem, helped us speed up delivery from the US with up to three-four days (which was rare in those days).
Are you still in contact with any old C64 people today?
No, none of those I got to know in the 80's.
When did you get your C64 and do you still have it lying around somewhere?
I got it in 1984 but I sold it.
Was the C64 really as special as we like to think it was?
No, but the things around it was.
When can we expect to see some new C64 output from you? :)
Not in a near future. I mean, who wants to see a boring scroll and a picture these days? ;)
Do you have a message for your old contacts and/or anyone reading this?
Shine on you crazy diamonds!
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