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    27 Jan 2023

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone. I know I'm a bit early this week but that would be a good thing. Update number 5. I'm starting to see a trend here. ;-)

      - Also I'm happy to report AmigaWorld.net is back up and running again. Good job everyone!

    Amiga Legal News Update
      - Is the case still going on???
    Today's Theme
      - Commodore History...

      New Links (29) YTD (107)

      • Who bought Commodore: Commodore International went out of business in 1994, after nearly a decade of declining revenue. But the company left a significant legacy, which leads to some logical questions. What became of Commodore? Who bought Commodore?
      • Commodore financial history, 1978-1994: Commodore’s rise and fall are legendary, at least to people like me who grew up using their computers. Putting numbers to that rise and fall was more difficult. I dug up the Commodore financial history from 1978-1994 to help quantify that spectacular rise and fall. It’s noteworthy that I had a hard time finding some of this information. I don’t think Irving Gould, Commodore’s chairman and largest shareholder, wanted people to know this stuff.
      • Mehdi Ali: Commodore spinmeister: I found the thumbnail biography of one Mehdi Ali recently. It reads, in part: “His prior experience includes serving as the President of Commodore International, where he accomplished a major operational turnaround.” I don’t think he and I share the same definition of “major operational turnaround.”
      • Commodore was more than a stock scam: From time to time, I see the phrase “Commodore stock scam” or something similar come up in discussion or in books. Commodore, in case you don’t know, was a high-flying computer company in the 1980s that was literally making computers as quickly as they could sell them while Apple struggled for its survival, and was in the enviable position of being the main supplier of chips for its competitors. Imagine if Intel sold computers at retail next to HP and Dell, while still selling chips to Dell. That was Commodore in 1984. I don’t have 1984 figures, but in 1985, Commodore had 38% of the computer market all to itself. IBM and its clones, combined, had 49%. Apple had 13%. But a decade later, Commodore had squandered all of that away and was out of business. That’s why Robert X. Cringely sums up Commodore as Irving Gould‘s stock scam, then goes back to writing about Apple. The real story is more complicated than that. More interesting, too.
      • The Home Computer Wars: I said that I have been cooperating with the exclusive-paper.com company for a long time. Once I had to write a report on the topic of who influenced my life. And actually, this page is about it. A Nose for the Future - the Legacy of Jack Tramiel- Jack Tramiel, the founder of Commodore, died in April (2012) in California, at the age of 83. He was my mentor and a great influence on my life. My first day with Commodore was April 1, 1980 - I had requested a meeting with Jack to ask him for a job. I was super confident because I already had job offers from Apple where I had been hanging out for a few months (I knew Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Mike Markula), and from Atari. In our first meeting, Jack asked me, "What do you know about Commodore?" and I replied, "I don't know much about Commodore but people who know you seem to think you're some kind of crook - but if you're not in prison, I figure you're not a crook but a shrewd businessman, and I'd like to learn to be shrewd like that." Those were my exact words because I practiced them for 45 minutes in front of a mirror. I wanted to shock Jack into hiring me and I had nothing to lose because I could always go to Apple.
      • The Home Computer Wars by Michael S. Tomczyk: An Insider's Account of Commodore and Jack Tramiel This book is dedicated to all the people who said I'd never make it, because they're the ones who made me try the hardest. MST
      • Irving Gould and Commodore: Irving Gould was a Canadian financier and chairman of Commodore International. Although it’s an oversimplification, journalist Robert X. Cringely dismissed the once high-flying computer company, which had 60% of the market in 1984, as Irving Gould’s stock scam. Gould was a bit of an odd fit to be running a computer company. He knew finance, but admitted in 1988 that he didn’t know how to use a computer. Gould never sought the spotlight, but with Commodore, the spotlight found him. Gould had other financial interests, including a shipping company called Interpool. He sold Interpool in 1978 and made $25 million. Michael S. Tomczyk, a former Commodore employee who wrote a book about Commodore in 1984, estimated Gould’s personal wealth at that time at $100-$250 million.
      • How the Commodore Amiga Powered Your Cable System in the ’90s: For cable providers, the Amiga’s capabilities for displaying content on a television were a bit of a godsend. Previous offerings, such as the Atari 800, were able to put messages onto a television screen, though not without much in the way of pizzazz. As a result, the Amiga quickly became the cable industry’s computer of choice in the pre-HDTV era, especially after the release of NewTek’s Video Toaster in 1990. Video Toaster, which at first was only compatible with the Amiga, made it possible to do complex video editing at a small fraction of the cost of specialized professional video-editing platforms, and that made it popular with public-access TV stations.
      • Should Amiga Be Resurrected: Based on research, Lenovo is the most popular computer brand in 2022, with 17.11 million personal computers sold within the third quarter. But long before Lenovo came into the picture, there was Amiga, which competed with IBM and Apple during the mid-80s. The name is a Spanish word meaning a female friend. It was chosen to bring home the message that the computer is user-friendly.
      • MAC OUI look up for Commodore International: {Ever wonder what MAC OUI numbers were assigned to Commodore International for network gear? Well wonder no more. 00:80:10:00:00:00 - 00:80:10:FF:FF:FF}
      • Kickstart - Amiga UK Show Digital Culture Festival: USER GROUPS: Gathering of UK Amiga user groups to help promote/grow and celebrate the Amiga. TRADERS: Get your Amiga upgraded or recapped with companies from around the world. LIVE MUSIC: Live music performance with Amigas open to the public in a brewery after the show. TALKS: Panels with developers such as Core Designs, DMA, Team 17 and Psygnosis. 23 Jul 23. Nottingham UK
      • Revision: Revision is back in the E Werk! Join us on the world’s largest demoscene stage to enjoy digital art and connect with friends! It's global. The demoscene is beyond borders, distance and conflicts. If you cannot come to Saarbrücken, a Satellite event might be just near you! It's awesome. Revision is an event celebrating the Demoscene creativity. If you want to know more about the demoscene - look here! April 7th to 10th, Saarbrücken DE
      • Amiga-N2630: The N2630 is a 50MHz Motorolla 68030 CPU card with additional RAM and IDE device port for the Amiga 2000 family of computers. It is installed in the CPU slot where it immediately upgrades the system to a 68030 processor with FPU, up to 264 megabytes of Fast RAM, and an IDE port. The N2630 is intended to be an evolution of the A2630 card.
      • Amy Spellbound Original Amy-ITX boards: {6 Flicker images}
      • Amiga Hardware Database - Amiga Intuition Based Benchmarks: {89 different models of unexpanded and accelerator driven A500/1200/2000/3000/4000s and their AIBB results}
      • Commodore Amiga 1000 Teardown: {the 7 steps instructions w/pictures and instructions to take apart your trust A1000}
      • NDK - New Documentation Search Engine: So I have been trying to find some documentation on how to use the NDK and its tools but I have been having some trouble finding it. The only thing I found was in the NDK itself under Autodocs. Which was basically a list of .doc files that I had to open with a text editor to see the documentation. In AmigaOS 4 there is an application where you can search for things in the documentation but it is not available for AmigaOS 3. So I basically had 2 choices: 1. Use the Autodocs and open them with a text editor every single time. orrrr 2. Make a whole new website and use javascript make it check every 110 files and return the thing that I am searching for. So I decided to go with the second option :)
      • Search for Something in the NDK3.2 Autodocs!: {The title says it all}
      • docker4AmigaVBCC: docker4AmigaVBCC is a project that contains a few docker images with VBCC compiler, for cross compiling software for AmigaOS 3, AmigaOS 4 and MorphOS. It is based on Ubuntu OS and has everything needed (vbcc compiler, SDKs, libraries) for compiling your applications. The purpose of the project is to be an up to date, flexible and out of the box solution for cross compiling applications for Amiga environments, using the VBCC C/C++ compiler. Those images can be used on CI/CD solution for automatic testing, compiling, packaging and deployment.
      • Uae4arm: Amiga emulator with JIT and DispmanX: Uae4arm is a new Amiga emulator with JIT, which enable faster CPU emulation by compiling piece of code just in time instead of emulating each byte code independently. It has been tuned for Raspberry Pi, especially on display side by using Disp
      • Amiga Scene: Desert Dream: Desert Dream from the Danish Amiga group Kefrens is considered by many as one of the absolute all-time classic demos on any platform. At the time of writing, the two-disk Amiga 500 production is ranked at number 50 on the popular demoscene board Pouet.net. Many sceners remember fondly of this nearly 15 minute effects show, which just keeps throwing new things at the watcher at a steady pace. Still, it's the first four minutes which made probably the biggest impression at first viewing.
      • LinuxJedi's /dev/null: {The quick link for all pages tagged with PISTORM}
      • Event: Review of the Amiga Ireland 2023: {Amiga-News.de review of Amiga Ireland 2023}
      • Commodore Users Group of Ireland: Retro lovers unite for a not-for-profit, friendly annual meeting of enthusiasts of Commodore, Amiga and life in general. Active since 1983, we meet every January and anyone can book a ticket. There is something for everyone whether you are into games, hardware, software, demos or just meeting like-minded people.
      • A4091 SCSI II Host Controller : Welcome to the ReAmiga 4091 project. Fast SCSI-II (10MB/s max) controller for Amiga Computers. One of only two Zorro-III SCSI controllers ever designed. Full-length Zorro-III with DMA
      • Commodore Amiga 4000 Rev.B PCB replica: Commodore Amiga 4000 Rev.B PCB replica. This Eagle board-file has been generated in the early days of amigapcb.org from the polygon database for debugging and verification purposes. The export in its current state is not suitable for PCB manufacturing due to various issues, such as possibly wrong pad sizes or via diameters. A lot of work is probably required to get this board ready for production, but this should be a good starting point.
      • Amiga Replacement Project: "To make replacements for all the custom chips of the AMIGA, useable in any real AMIGA." All documentation is provided for the benefit of the community and the preservation of the original Amiga. The files herein are presented as a work-in-progress.
      • 68060 Turbocard for Amiga A3000(T) and A4000(T): This is a turbocard for for Amiga A3000 and A4000(T) with up to 128MB SDRAM, an 68060CPU running at 50/75/100MHz even a 68040 on 25MHz. The RAM is in the Amiga CPU-ram space and therefore autodetect. The RAM can handle move16-bursts and DMA from the Amiga. One nice feature is the LTC2990-voltage and temperature monitor, which can be accessed via an I²C board, e.g. IcyBoard. For now the card does NOT support vectored interrupts. There is no known card around, which needs it. The A4091 is supported! In a A4000T the Picasso 4 needs active bus termination, because of weak signal quality of the A4000T-Zorroplane. The A3000T is very picky and I couldn't test it, because I don't have one. It SHOULD work, but don't blame me if it doesn't! Even the A3640 is hardly working in an A3000T :( DISCLAIMER!!!! THIS IS A HOBBYIST PROJECT! I'M NOT RESPONSIBLE IF IT DOESN'T WORK OR DESTROYS YOUR VALUABLE DATA/HARDWARE!
      • Directory listing for /Datasheets/: {Lots of various datasheets and various docs: 390544-01_8375_Agnus_specification, Agnus_internal_schematic, Alice_internal_schematic, MC68000/20/30/40/60_datasheet, Zorro3_specifications, A3000CPUslotSpecification, 391380-01_Bridgette_specification, Zorro2_developers_manual, Amiga_Hardware_Reference_Manual, Amiga_Intuition_Reference_Manual, Amiga_A500_A2000_Technical_Reference_Manual, 390541-0x_Ramsey_specification, 390540-02_Gary_specification, 391010-01_Alice_specification, 252126-01_Denise_specification, ADV7120-VideoDAC and more.}

    22 Jan 2023

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone! Forth week... Forth update. I'm still impressed! Can I make it 5 for 5? Tune in next week and find out! ;-)

      - Today's funniest/depressing link? Amiga's new savior: Bill McEwen. Who then would have guessed we would STILL be in this CLUSTER 23 years later.... Absolutely UNBELIEVABLE!!!

    Amiga Legal News Update
      - Nothing new to report...
    Today's Theme
      - Random links...

      New Links (32) YTD (78)

      • Banana Jr. Series Computer: {How can you NOT think of the Amiga??} The Banana computer was first introduced in 1984, and was labeled as "Jr." to emphasize its affordability. This obscure computer system had a number of innovative hardware and software features. Many of these features were too far ahead of its time, and it had many shortcomings which ultimately doomed it to failure.
      • The Graphical User Interface Gallery - Amiga OS: Explore the history and evolution of the Graphical User Interface in my GUI Gallery.
      • Metacomco / Commodore Amiga Transputer Board: The Amiga Transputer was proposed by Tim King (who had previously ported TripOS to the 68k) and several others at Metacomco. The company had developed the custom OS, Helios to interact with the host operating system. The project was demonstrated at several Commodore Amiga shows, but the company never bought the technology. It was later sold as the Atari Transputer.
      • AMIGA TRANSPUTER PROJECT: If you were an Amiga owner during the late 1980s it is likely that you were excited by the mere mention of 'Transputer'. The Transputer was an 1980s term describing hardware that directly supported parallel processing. This enabled the transparent connection of multiple processors that would be used to work upon a single task. However, information on these boards has become increasingly elusive. On this page I attempt to catalogue every transputer card that has been sold or announced.
      • Amiga Future News Portal: {The latest Amiga news as reported on by Amiga Future}
      • Was the Amiga ever used by any U.S. Government agency?: {A good amount of replies from the good users at retrocomputing.stackexchange.com }
      • Newest Amiga Questions - Retrocomputing.Stackexchange.com: {I think the title says it all}
      • Weird Ones: 30 years of Brainfuck: Brainfuck (from now on BF) turns 30 this year. This puts it in the same league as Python (32), Java (28) and Haskell (33). I remember the first time I had heard about BF. It was in my college dorm while talking to my roommate. I was pre-med at the time, and had only the faintest idea about programming. So when I first laid eyes on its syntax I hadn’t the faintest idea why someone would ever subject themselves to it. Now many years later I’m a programmer in my own right, and I find myself writing about a programming language I once balked at. Funny how life happens that way
      • Family Tree of Operating SYstems: {An INCREDIBLE family tree list 810 different operating systems! WOW!!!}
      • Comparison of Operating Systems: {A very detailed breakdown of 15 different Operating Systems {Amiga included} and all their major features}
      • Zalman VF900-cu review: Another quick picture guide, This time about my experience mounting and using a Zalman VF900-cu VGA cooler as a CPU cooler for my AmigaOne-XE G4
      • x5000 emergency boot usb: {Thread @ Hyperion covering creating an x5000 emergency boot disk}}
      • Amiga's new savior: Bill McEwen: In rural Washington state, Amiga's latest rescue effort has set up shop. But can it finally pull the Amiga out of obscurity? East of Seattle, at the foot of the Cascade Mountains, the Amiga computer system with half a million loyal followers has found its latest would-be savior. "This is about unification and creating something that developers can build upon," said Bill McEwen, the 37-year-old president and CEO of the newly formed Amiga Inc., from his home set amongst 200-foot-tall trees of Maple Valley, Wash.
      • Libsmb2: Libsmb2 is a userspace client library for accessing SMB2/SMB3 shares on a network. It is high performance and fully async. It supports both zero-copy for SMB READ/WRITE commands as well as compounded commands.
      • I mapped all 30 of the levels in Fears!: I have also written an entire guide for the game, with level passwords and secrets;
      • HKvalhe's AmigaOne 500 Blog : My very own AmigaOne 500 Blog about my new Amiga-system and everything i do with it.
      • Amiga: The TiNA Project (Tecnologia iNformatica Amica): TiNA is a new board that is being designed and developed in Italy by a team of Amiga enthusiasts. Their main goal is to make a complete implementation of the Amiga 500 and/or Amiga 1200 by the use of powerful FPGAs. They want to make this come true with a 68020 CPU that is even more powerful than any existing 68060 CPU. It’ll be able to execute 2 in-order instructions per clock cycle, but at 400 (!) MHz instead of 50. On their website they state that there is a lot of work to do when it comes to this and they need to investigate fully if the FPGA will allow such features.
      • Pandory Mod for the A500 Mini: The Pandory Mod is "sideloaded" firmware for the A500 mini which gives you full access to the machine and allows you to run native programs that enable many new game emulators, such as RetroArch. It comes in the form of a WHDLOAD package and exploits a hidden-feature of the A500 amiberry emulator to run native code. It runs completely from USB stick and is 100% removable.
      • Pandory and RetroArch Emulate other systems on your Amiga Mini: Pandory gives you full access to the Amiga 500 Mini allowing you to run native programs. One of those programs is RetroArch, a frontend for a huge number of emulators and game engines (as well as media players). Pandora runs from a USB stick and is completely removable.
      • You Can Now Bootstrap Your Amiga Without A Floppy With This One Weird Trick: Traditionally, most Amigas were intended to boot from a floppy disk. . An Amiga can readily make its own boot floppy, but only once it’s already booted up. If you don’t have a floppy ready to go, you’re out of luck, as PCs can’t readily make them for Amigas. [Roc] whipped up the amigaXfer bootstrapping method to solve this very problem.
      • https://wiki.amigaos.net/wiki/Tutorials:Main: {A MOJOR listing of various tutorials. Most at Amiga events: AmiWest, Amiga Ireland, General, Amiga Future programming articles and more}
      • Jimmy Johansson creating AMiNIMiga WorkBench Installation and community around: Hi, its me Jimmy Johansson or Ami-Jimmy. I dabble with Amiga :), I'm the author of the Workbench installation AMiNIMiga currently available for The A500 Mini, i also run the Discord community Server "A500 Mini/Maxi Users" Which is also Home of all AMiNIMiga duscussion and support! AMiNIMiga is a collection of old shareware and abandonware software and games that just isnt available anymore, think of it as a timemachine to the 90s! Re-live your youth/childhood with the games you played growing up using your A500Mini.
      • Retrocoding: Amiga, C, graphics.library und timer.device: {German: Good write up}
      • ADF View shell extension: {windows} The ADF View is a Shell Namespace extension, which opens up the .ADF file extension. ADF files are Amiga Disk Files, or image dumps of AmigaDOS formatted disks. These files are used by most Commodore Amiga emulator software.
      • AmigaDX : {windows: A plugin that allows you to access ADF or DMS from Total Commander}
      • EXTFS plugin for Midnight Commander V4.55 and above for reading ADF, DMS and HDF formated files: {windows: The title says it all}
      • ADFlib: A free, portable and open implementation of the Amiga filesystem
      • SSH for AmigaOS: {A BIG listing of various SSH projects for the Amiga}
      • A500-Tower-Power: A small ATX to Amiga 500 power adapter for towerized A500 builds. Includes 3 fan connectors.
      • RadeonHD: The RadeonHD driver software is an OS 4.x 2D graphics driver for RadeonHD graphics card. It also supports some Radeon Rx models. The RadeonHD driver version up to V3 supports the RadeonHD 2000-7000 series cards (and the older Radeon X1300-X1950). From Version 5, the RadeonHD driver only supports Southern Islands chipsets such as the RadeonHD 7770, R7-240 and R7-250. There are five versions of the RadeonHD driver commercially released:
      • Tutorial: Setting up a FTP server under MorphOS, connecting to devices : {AmigaNews.de} The MorphOS and AmigaOS 3 user 'emeck' has kindly taken the trouble to document how he sets up an FTP server under MorphOS in order to connect to the cell phone for data exchange, as in this case. But of course this is also possible from other devices like laptop or Raspberry Pi. Many thanks, 'emeck'.
      • BasiliskII: Basilisk II is an Open Source 68k Macintosh emulator. That is, it enables you to run 68k MacOS software on you computer, even if you are using a different operating system. However, you still need a copy of MacOS and a Macintosh ROM image to use Basilisk II.

    16 Jan 2023

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone! Third week... Third update. I'm impressed!

    Amiga Legal News Update
      - All quiet on the western front...
    Today's Theme
      - Random links...

      New Links (10) YTD (46)

      • Amiga "Classic" USB mechanical PC keyboard: The Amiga "Classic" USB mechanical PC keyboard is a brand new officially licensed Amiga product manufactured by Simulant Systems Ltd. The keyboard is built to last, with a sturdy construction and quality components. Enjoy the ultimate typing experience with genuine Brown Cherry MX key switches. Now you can use your PC, Mac or Linux computer with an Amiga keyboard that mixes traditional style with modern usability and comfort.
      • Dual graphics cards - a couple of noob questions :-): {Thread @ Hyperion covering using 2 video cards in a X5000}
      • My X5000 with AMD RX570 and HD5450 graphics: As you could have read in one of my previous posts is my AmigaOne X5000 equipped with an AMD RX570 graphics card. The use of the RX line of cards allows us to use the VA library. The Video Acceleration Library has been created to support hardware video decoding on Radeon Polaris (RX) cards. For us AmigaOS4.x users this is a very welcome addition to the use of our beloved OS and X5000. The downside to switching to an RX based graphics card is not having support in the Linux kernel for this. This results in losing the ability to use LInux on the X5000. The only option I could think of was adding a second graphics card to bring Linux back to the machine. As there are some posts on the hyperion forum referring to the setup of two graphics cards in the X5000 I thought it would be nice to write about my own setup.
      • Tutorial: Using two graphics cards in the AmigaOne X5000: {Amiga-News.de: Another summary on using 2 video cards with the X5000}
      • SKATEMANSWORD On a Strick need To know Basis...: {A nicely done website by long time Amiga user Skateman covering Amiga news, reviews and more}
      • ProTracker 2.3F for Amiga: Continuation of the ProTracker 2 series for Amiga 68k, based on a disassembly and re-source of ProTracker 2.3D.
      • Amiga First personal computer to be used for digital video creation. {archived}: The Amiga is a family of personal computers introduced by Commodore in 1985. The original model was part of a wave of 16- and 32-bit computers that featured 256 KB or more of RAM, mouse-based GUIs, and significantly improved graphics and audio over 8-bit systems. This wave included the Atari ST—released the same year—Apple's Macintosh, and later the Apple IIGS. Based on the Motorola 68000 microprocessor, the Amiga differed from its contemporaries through the inclusion of custom hardware to accelerate graphics and sound, including sprites and a blitter, and a pre-emptive multitasking operating system called AmigaOS.
      • Archive for the ‘Commodore Amiga family’ Category: {A nice site with quite a few Amiga articles and lots of pictures: Commodore Amiga A570 CD Interface (Boxed), Commodore Amiga 601 Expansion Memory Module (Boxed), Commodore Amiga A501+ (Boxed), Cleaning Commodore CDTV Keyboard, Restoration Commodore Amiga 500 (ASSY 312512 – REV 3), Amiga 1050 Memory Expansion Cartridge (Boxed/Unwrapped), Brand New Commodore Amiga 1200 Keyboard (UK), Commodore CDTV / Floppy Drive / Remote Control & Mouse, Amiga 2000 PAL REV4.5 Kick v2.05 & 4MB of FastRAM Upgrade and more}
      • Amiga Explorer: PC to Amiga Data Transfer without a GoTek or Compact Flash!: Lets say you don’t have a GoTek drive or Compact Flash card, how on Earth do you transfer data between your Amiga and a PC? In the days before the GoTek there was another go-to tool for transferring data between an Amiga and PC: Amiga Explorer by Cloanto. Using this application it was possible to transfer not only data between the systems but also create Amiga Disk Format (ADF) images from Amiga floppies, apply ADF images to Amiga floppies, and even copy the Amiga Kickstart ROM. In this article I’ll run you through how to install and use Amiga Explorer with a standard Amiga 500 (512MB of RAM) connected to a Windows 10 PC using a null-modem cable over the serial ports of each system.
      • PiStorm32-lite: An Opensource, Raspberry Pi based, Amiga A1200 Accelerator. This repository holds all hardware design and fabrication files

    9 Jan 2023

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone! My two New Years resolutions are

    1: More consistent site updates and

    2: Finally finishing up site 2.0

    But regardless of where I end up I am excited that this year I will be able to spend more time on the site.

    Amiga Legal News Update
      - -------------
    Today's Theme
      - Random links...

      New Links (16) YTD (36)

      • Because Amiga: So, you know I’m a sucker for vintage computing. I’ve been a proud owner of an original C64, an Amiga 1200, an Atari 130 XE, and a ZX-81, and a bunch of old peripherals and hacks that connect to them all in working condition. But today I got in the mail one very special rarity. It’s an original, unopened, white, brand new, from the warehouse, Amiga 1200 Magic edition sold to me directly by no less than the legendary ex president of Amiga Technologies Petro Tyschtschenko.
      • PC CGA / EGA On A Commodore 1084 Monitor?: The oldest video connector most people have seen on a PC is VGA: Although it has largely been phased out now and replaced with HDMI/Displayport and/or DVI, some devices, such as projectors and TVs, can afford to include it where space is not at a premium. Another connector you may have seen on laptops or some PCs is composite video, using an RCA connector. This provides a low-quality connection, which is rubbish for something like word processing, but may be acceptable for watching DVDs.
      • A guide to Guru Meditation Error Codes {archive.org}: Format of Guru Meditation messages: If the first digit of the subsystem ID is greater than 3, there is no way to recover from the error. In these cases, subtract 8 from the first digit to get the subsystem ID number.
      • Amiga CD32 Pictures: {Several good pictures of the CD32}
      • AGABlaster - 68K Commodore Amiga CDXL Video Player: Overview. GABlaster is a video player for the Amiga Commodore computer. It uses a customized version of the CDXL format supporting the AGA chipset with 24 bit colors and variable length frames. Customized CDXL files can be generated with AGAConv. AGABlaster is written in 68K Assembly and runs on native Amiga hardware (no gfx card or sound card required). It is currently in alpha testing stage.
      • The Amiga 1000 Parceiro: It provides the following features: 8MB of Autoconfig Fast RAM. Coin-cell battery backed Real Time Clock (RTC), which comes with its own clock software that gets put into your startup sequence. SD Card Reader with 2GB MicroSD.
      • The Best Amiga 1000 Upgrade in 30 Years: Parceiro II: New Features: Fully Autoconfig, Fully Autobooting And the SD card is REMOVABLE, User-flashable ROM, 2X Faster, SDToolBox & Better Ergonomics
      • Top 100 Amiga Games: This toplist shows 100 Amiga games, based on your choice of model and number of needed votes. The higher number of votes you choose, the more trusty this list gets.
      • Worst 100 Amiga Games: This worst-list shows 100 Amiga games, based on your choice of model and number of needed votes. Feel free to adjust the number of required votes, poor games tend to get voted less than good ones.
      • What is DMA? What does it do? and Why is it Important? {youtube.com}: In a previous video I mentioned DMA, so in this video we're going to learn what it is, how it works, and why it's so important.
      • Video Toaster with NewTek Founder Tim Jenison - The Retro Hour EP342: We're joined by a legend this week, NewTek founder and the 'father of desktop video', Tim Jenison, to hear the story of how the Commodore Amiga changed the movie and TV industry.
      • Qt 6.2.0 for AmigaOS 4.1 with OpenGLES2 : Qt 6.2.0 for AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition - with optional support for OpenGLES2
      • AmigaNation News {archive.org}: {Old Amiga News site}
      • Amiga Mozilla {archive.org}: PROJECT STATUS: NONE There is no status of the project at this point, it's still in the future to my knowledge. If there ever is a beta version, you'll hear about it here, for now there is no such thing and doesn't look like there will be for some time, particularly for Classic Amiga, simply because no Amiga developers want to devote any real attention to the effort. I do hope this changes.
      • MUI-Vim: Vim with a MUI GUI. Running on AmigaOS 4, AROS and MorphOS.
      • guideml: AmigaGuide to HTML file converter, with lots of features

    2 Jan 2023

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone! Well another year has come and gone and I'm just happy to still be here! While I could easily highlight the multiple successes and continuing failures of our small community, all I would like to do is wish everyone the best for a happy and healthy 2023. The world is crazy enough place. Let's ALL do our best to not add to it!

      - Also I would like to reaffirm my perpetual new years resolution of spending more time working on the site. 2023 is the year I FINALLY finish the site!

    Amiga Legal News Update
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      New Links (20) YTD (20)

      • Had Commodore not gone bust, and continued their line of Amiga computers, fast forward today. What innovation would we have, how would their machines differ from mainstream Windows desktop's and laptops of the 2020s and beyond? {Dave Haynie}: I can tell you what we had been working on prior to Commodore changing management, and extrapolate that, had they not hired the managers who bankrupted Commodore, and had they spent money more wisely, investing in technology instead of manager’s salaries, where things were likely to go.
      • Brute Force Colors!: I want to share some of my recent findings when having fun with a very old and not really known graphics mode from the 80s called “HAM”. Everything started when I wanted to add HAM support in the bitmap converter tool I made to create my oldskool demos.
      • Directory Opus - King of the Dual Panes : Everyday workhorses just expected to be there and do their thing so that you can get on with your life. On the Amiga, one such program is Directory Opus. The biggest irony of AmigaOS is that even though it shipped with a complete desktop environment called Workbench, its mouse-driven file management always felt a bit clumsy. This is where Directory Opus comes in - but it's much more than just a small tool for shuffling files to and fro.
      • fontanin.net {FRENCH}: Personal website of Alain FONTANIN, presenting certain achievements and passions! {Nice write up about the Amiga}
      • Blast from the past: Payback native for AmigaOS4. : {Thread on Amigaworld.net covering the subject}
      • SMB2 file system client: smb2-handler is a filesystem for accessing files remotely using the SMB2/3 protocols. The protocol implementation is based on the currently latest git version of libsmb2
      • CommodoreOS: Commodore OS Vision was a publicly available linux distribution created by Leo Nigro, on behalf of Commodore USA, LLC in 2010, to be used as a default install for their new Commodore branded line of computers including the Commodore C64x
      • name: {An INCREDIBLE implementation of the Amiga 4.0 OS running in a browser. Also highlights the events and sponsors of Amiga37 in Germany}
      • WebkitOnDocker: This is the development environment for compiling Webkit for AmigaOS 4
      • Beneath a Steel Sky Trivia (Amiga): {Trivia about BASS}
      • A Love Letter To My Lost Amiga: My first love was a black wedge. It was 1982, and I had saved up to buy a Sinclair ZX81. That little computer remains the only one of the huge number that I have owned over the years about which I can truly say that I understood its workings completely; while I know how the i7 laptop on which this is being written works I can only say so in a loose way as it is an immensely complex device.
      • German AMIGA Podcast: What can you expect from the GAP? The podcast focuses on Amiga computers and the AmigaOS, both the "classic" from 3.1 and "NextGen" with the AmigaOS 4.1. A well upgraded Amiga 1200 and an AmigaOne X5000 are available for testing.
      • wiki.amigaos.net UserDoc:BIOS: When your Amiga computer system is powered on or reset, the BIOS or firmware's job is to initialize the hardware and to start the booting process of the operating system. It also enables you to define some settings that you may want to use either for the next boot or for every time you use your computer.
      • AmigaOne XE - PCI bus hardware interrupt {CZECH}: the article is a free continuation of the previous two parts about AmigaOne XE: AmigaOne XE - easy and fast, AmigaOne XE - AGP and PCIe graphics cards, and discusses hardware interrupts in this Amiga. There will be more theory and more technique here. Since I didn't really understand the PCI interrupt system in XE, I had to look it up and you can find it here. And I must say that it is much more complicated compared to today's PCIe system. So this article will be more of a small textbook for beginners and intermediates on the topic of "PCI legacy interrupts". And textbooks tend to be boring, be prepared for that.
      • Upgrade Pegasos II {CZECH}: Everyone who has a powerpc computer at home, be it historical or "modern" (X1000) or modern (Power9) is limited by the compatibility of components. This is especially striking in the case of a combination of several operating systems on one computer. While, for example, disk controllers can be selected for all three OSes, the overall problem is in the issue of graphics cards. Since I recently upgraded an Amigaone X1000 with optimization to AmigaOS - i.e. HD7970, I wanted a faster computer for MorphOS. But the wait for MorphOS for Powermac G5 Quad or IMac G5 is still endless, and I didn't want to buy another white elephant - i.e. AmigaOne X5000 - so I decided to refurbish my Pegasos and optimize it for MorphOS.
      • Amigans: {Amigans.net on Discord}
      • Emu68: M68K emulation for AArch64/AArch32
      • Amiga's new saviour: Bill McEwen: In rural Washington state, Amiga's latest rescue effort has set up shop. But can it finally pull the Amiga out of obscurity? {Think we know the answer to this question...}
      • The 68000 Wars, Part 1: Lorraine: The Amiga was a great computer when it made its debut in 1985, better by far than anything else on the market. At its heart was the wonderchip of the era, the Motorola 68000, the same CPU found in the Apple Macintosh and the Atari ST. But what made the Amiga special was the stuff found around the 68000: three custom chips with the unforgettable names of Paula, Denise, and Agnus. Together they gave the Amiga the best graphics and sound in the industry by a veritable order of magnitude. {5 parts}
      • Stranger Things and the Amiga 1000: About a year ago, I cancelled by Netflix subscription. One of the few shows listed on the "plus" side when I made my decision was Stranger Things: an entertaining series with an excellent first and good second season. In short, I'm a fan of the show - though my appreciation of it doesn't come near my fanatical passion for the Amiga home computer.

    1 Jan 23

    Today's Highlights
      - Another year in the bag! All I can wish for is a better 2023!!


    Wishing everyone a safe and productive New Year from the whole AmigaSource family.


    26 Dec 2022

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone! Hope everyone had a good Christmas. Only 5 more days until 2023. Now as much as I wish for the Amiga to take over the world in 2023 what I really want is for everyone to have a happy, safe and prosperous New Year! And if the A1222 ever ships then that will be the 'cherry on top!'

    Amiga Legal News Update
      - S-I-L-E-N-C-E....
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    17 Dec 2022

    Today's Highlights
      - Greetings and salutations everyone! Another quick update with a bunch of links...

    Amiga Legal News Update
      - Nothing to see here....
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      New Links (20) YTD (270)

      • AMIGA68K.COM: New and old stock components for your vintage computers. {Parts for ALL stock Amigas. CPUs, cables, memory, Ethernet, Diag Roms and much more}
      • The polygons of Another World: Amiga 500: This article is part of a study about the ports of Another World. It is highly recommended to read Another World 101 before reading this.
      • The polygons of Another World: There is a playful way to study the architecture of computers of the past. Find a piece of software you know well and try to find out how it was ported to these machine you don't. An other choice would be Eric Chahi's 1991 critically acclaimed[1]" title "Another World", better known in North America as "Out Of This World" which also happens to be ubiquitous.
      • Breathless and Map Editor: Breathless and Map Editor sources can be used from Anyone as long as he does not derive any profit, direct or indirect.
      • FleaFPGA OHM: Welcome to my technical support page for the FleaFPGA Ohm project. This repo contains all necessary support files referenced by the FleaFPGA Ohm user guide are held in this repo.
      • Welcome to Fleasystems!: This site is dedicated to my crazy embedded projects! FleaFPGA 'Ohm', FleaFPGA 'Uno', FleaFPGA 'Classic', Fleatiny & Flea86. leaFPGA 'Ohm' provides a low-cost FPGA development platfrom in a Raspberry Pi zero-style form factor. FleaFPGA Ohm was designed for users to explore the wonders of programmable logic and hardware-oriented languages i.e. VHDL and Verilog. FleaFPGA 'Ohm' is suited for professional and hobbyist uses alike.
      • FleaFPGA 'Ohm' FPGA Experimenter Board: Introducing my FleaFPGA 'Ohm' Experimenter board! Flea Ohm is described as a compact, powerful yet easy-to-use FPGA development board built around a variation of the raspberry pi zero form factor. Flea Ohm is useful in applications ranging from robotics to retro gaming. Flea Ohm can operate standalone or as a co-processor 'hat' for a raspberry pi computer.
      • 'Flea Ohm' FPGA Project: My attempt at making an FPGA experimenters board in a popular form factor :)
      • Yami: YAMI is a mouse interface that enables serial PC mice to be used on AMIGA or ATARI ST computers. YAMI is released under GPL v3. Features: Allows to connect a serial PC mouse to the Amiga or Atari ST mouse connector, Supports Logitech and Microsoft protocol, Supports up to three mouse buttons and more
      • Design of the GoFloppy Drive: A couple of months ago I released a product called the GoFloppy Drive. It is the result of a long development process and I’m quite happy with the result. I typically design things that I would use myself, in the hope that it will also help others.
      • PdaLink: PdaLink is an Amiga library that connects a Palm PDA with your Amiga. It's a full-featured stack that helps you to install new software, backup your PDA and use conduits. Features: Connect your Palm PDA with your Amiga using a serial or USB connector, Comes with an ARexx interface so you can connect your PDA using ARexx scripts, With all include files (for Assembler, Basic, C and E), LGPL licensed, open source, Source Code available at GitHub.
      • Commodore Amiga MIDI Myth Busting: This video, by RetroManCave, takes a look at music making with MIDI on the Commodore Amiga. The Commodore Amiga was released in 1985. It didn’t have built-in MIDI support, but the video covers hardware and software options for using the Amiga with vintage and modern MIDI gear.
      • Minimig: Minimig (short for Mini Amiga) is an open source re-implementation of an Amiga 500 using a field-programmable gate array (FPGA). Minimig started around January 2005 as a proof of concept by Dutch electrical engineer Dennis van Weeren. He intended Minimig as the answer to the ongoing discussions within the Amiga community on implementing the Amiga custom chipset using an FPGA. The project’s source code and schematics were released under version 3 of the GNU General Public Licence on 25 July 2007.
      • Amiga Magazines - Past and present: Amiga has a long history back to 1985 with some amazing Amiga magazines released every year since then, right up to 2022. I wanted to take a quick look at that history as so much was released.
      • Cloanto should be doing more: So Cloanto has secured the rights to the Amiga brand for nearly three years now, since 2019, so far the biggest project I see them involved with (well simply licensing the Roms) to Retro Games LTD to allow them to make The A500 Mini. But what else are they doing, are they simply going to become a simple licensing business. Yes they do fund WinUAE development and keep providing Amiga Forever updates, but I feel they should and could be doing much more.
      • shred.zone>name: {Articles on: Amiga 1000 restoration, Amiga 1200 Mouse Button Fix, Amiga Assigns, Open-Sourcing old Amiga software, MaestroPro Internal and more}
      • MaestroPro Internal: In the mid 1990s, MacroSystem Germany released the Maestro Professional sound card for the Amiga. It was a special sound card because it was fully digital, having only optical and coaxial digital connectors. It was suited for lossless recording from CD and DAT, as well as generating lossless audio output for DAT recordings. With tools like Samplitude, the Amiga became a studio quality digital audio workstation. There was also a tool for doing backups on DAT. At that time, these tapes were the cheapest way to backup entire harddisks (a 90 minutes DAT tape could backup almost 1 GB of data, which was a lot in the 1990s).
      • X1000 AmigaOS 4 Updates in 2022: I learnt a great deal, even having to build a new AmigaOS 4.1 Final Edition Update 2 setup for the AmigaOne X1000 along the way (something I have not had to do before), so there is plenty of new configuration information to share with you here!
      • ham_convert 1.8.7: New in this version: resizing fixes, clearer ham8 output in non-CIE94 color mode. Improved resizing during fakemode conversion. Fixed resizing of transparent images. HAM8: cleaner output in non-CIE94 color mode. Atari8 mode now uses RGB888 instead of RGB444 for internal processing.
      • The Gigahertz-Amiga that never (really) was: It was called UltimatePPC, and... yes. And yes. And yes. It is what it sounds like. No strings attached. It's the thing only few dared to imagine, because it was just too... outrageous. And it actually got built.

    1 Dec 2022

    Today's Highlights
       - Greetings and salutations everyone! Well it's that time of year again to start 'decking those halls and trimming those trees'.

       This year, like the past 20+, I'm wishing for Santa to bring closure to Amiga's legal issues. Let's see if he can finally deliver the goods! lol...


    From everyone here at AmigaSource we want to wish you, your family and friends good health, prosperity and safe travels in the coming year.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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