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1 Jun 2020
Today's Highlights
   - A site I like to see.
    - Focused on preserving Amiga related books and source code, Amiga Source Preservation has been busy finding and asking for permission to release them under the Creative Commons license for all of us to enjoy. They have currently liberated 16 books and over 100+ program source codes (Quarterback, Frodo, Hippoplayer, Shapeshifter just to name a few). With a name like "Amiga Source" they have my seal of approval!!


29 May 2020
Today's Highlights
   - Catching up on some interesting stories.
    - The INCREDIBLE developers over at CS Labs have finally launched the beta version of their accelerator for the A1200. Please welcome the Warp1260. Still in development is the Warp4060 for the A4000. I can't wait but until then here are a few videos for your viewing pleasure. (youtube)
      - Unboxing, Installing, Gameplay, Quake @ 105MHz


Looking good! (pic from website)

    - Next is Hese and his first batch of redesigned A4000 ATX form factor motherboards (rev 1.1). Some of the upgrades include
      - Onboard Fast RAM support up to 112MB (Meutoxo)
      - Kickstart ROM support up to 4MB (Romy)
      - PC PS/2 keyboard & mouse support
      - Support for native Amiga and PC floppy drives
      - Power connectors for two case fans


Very impressive! Now let me plug in a Warp4060 and I'm S-O-L-D!! (video from youtube) Click here for more pics.

    - Not to be outdone John "Chucky" Hertell over at ReAmiga has released rev 1.5 of his redesigned A1200 motherboard. Some of his latest upgrades include
      - Improvements to various video signal outputs
      - Improvements the mouse circuitry
      - Redesigned to allow all chips to be socketed and much more

    - An open source flicker fixer for Amiga 500/2000 is being developed. While it's currently in its initial state of development, the project looks very promising!

A work in progress. (pic from website)

    - While anything from Hyperion is always a surprise, I'm happy to see they released AmigaOS 3.1.4.(.1) release notes and locale extras (amiga-news.de). All I can say is "don't stop now!"


4 May 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Some good news to report.
    - SUCCESS! The AMIGA 2020 - A documentary film by Steven Fletcher has met its goal. Hope you reserved your copy!

    - After a few months of silence there's a thread over at www.amigascene.nl discussing some new developemts in CS-Lab s.c. line of '060 accelerators for the A500 & 1200. Personally I can't wait till the A4000 version is finished. Fingers crossed!

    - Say what you will about PDFs or ebooks but I'm always excited when I can get my hands on some real paper. Edwin Th. Van Den Oosterkamp has released a book called Classic AmigaOS Programming: An introduction. It covers the basics of programming with C and assembly language for those who have programmed before or need a refresher. This will look good on my bookshelf.

27 Apr 2020
Today's Highlights
  - This weekend the Amiga made the front page of Slashdot again. The incredible developer KK/Altair posted a new video of his progress on tis MIND BLOWING Doom clone for a stock A500. If you missed the beginings of this story from last year you can follow his progress on the EAB message board.
    - Youtube - Dread Ep 02 - "Doom" clone for Amiga 500 - Laying out the map...
    - Youtube - Dread Ep 01 - Making "Doom" clone for Amiga 500

  - Amitopia has a wonderful article about Amigastore.eu. An actual REAL physical Amiga parts and repair store located in Spain.


AmigaStore.eu - This is my dream business!!


20 Apr 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Software news & updates.
    - Hollywood Designer: The wonderful multimedia-orientated program language and presentation creator has just been updated to v5.0.
    - ImageFX 4.5 Studio: The folks at A-Eon have made ImageFX 4.5 for OS3.x available from either the AMIStore App Store or AmiSphere.
    - RNOXfer: A graphical FTP client with support for SSL/TLS protocols and lots of options is now at v1.0.
    - Abiword & Gnumeric: Both of these programs have been updated for use under AmiCygnix.

13 Apr 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Sad news. Computer pioneer John Conway has passed away at the age of 82. While his work in mathematics was very influential, he is best known for his program Game of Life.
    - ARS Techniac: John Conway, inventor of the Game of Life, has died of COVID-19.
    - The Guardian: John Horton Conway: the world's most charismatic mathematician .
    - Gamasutra: Obituary: Mathematician and Game of Life creator John Conway has passed away.
    - Slashdot: John Conway, Game of Life Author, Dies At 82 of COVID-19.
    - Numberphile (Youtube): Life, Death and the Monster (John Conway).
    - Or you can download an Amiga version and play it yourself.


In memoriam, John Conway (pic from Numberphile & video from youtube)


25 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Have you ever wanted to play Amiga games on-line with people from around the world but neither your Amiga OS or the game was ever designed to do this? Well want no more. The friendly people over at the AmigaLive Project have created a package called AmigaLive that is used in conjunction with FS-UAE software that will do just that. It supports up to 4 players and lots of games are available. Check it out!.


AmigaLive


22 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Been a few days since the last post and I'm exited to share a new Amiga Kickstarter documentary called Amiga 2020 - A documentary film by Steven Fletcher. If his names seems familiar it's because it should. Back in 2018 he released the wonderful documentary called The Commodore Story. Since that time he has been attending events all across Europe and combined with celebrating the Amiga's 35th birthday he wants to document this magical moment in time.


Amiga 2020: Steven Fletcher - Director.


10 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - One of the things I have planned after I finish the site upgrade is to focus on bringing togeher the various bits of Amiga information scattered to the four winds and compiling them easy to find comprehensive sources of information. Take for example this list of 'all the Amiga custom chips & chipset names'. There are more than a dozen really good sources but none have all of them in one spot. Most of these names are found on your typical chip listing, but some are so 'rare' that I have added the specific link used. So for my first attempt here are all the names I could find compiled into one 'hopefully close to being' a complete list.

   Note: Use this Big Old List as a guide because I'm sure it's **NOT 100% accurate**, but hey it's a start. Let me know if you find any HUGE mistakes.


Who knew there were so many... Click the pic or view the text version. Enjoy!


9 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Two things today.
    - I can't belive that it's been 5 years since the Amiga's 30th Anniversary Event held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. The event was crowd founded on Kickstarter and was a GREAT success. While I didn't attend, I did get a T-Shirt. So if you were like me and missed out hopefully you can make it to the Silicon Valley Amiga 35th: A celebration of the Past for the Future event being held on June 6th and 7th in the heart of Silicon Valley. Several Amiga personalities are scheduled to attend including Dale Luck, RJ Mical, and Trevor Dickinson. The show floor will consist of "Before Commodore" Amiga artifacts (some of which have not been seen publicly for more than 30 years), displays of Commodore Amigas, and next-generation Amigas. Tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.

Long live the Amiga!

    - And while I'm slowly and quietly working on the complete rewrite of the site, I have updated the SEARCH module to give better results. Try it and see what you find. **NOTE** Quite a few of the links are dead so for now you'll have to manually search for them on Archive.org. Don't worry the new site will do this automatically for you. Happy searching!


8 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - I'm surprised I haven't see this news in more places.
    - Back in 2016 when I first came across the MNT VA2000 video card for Zorro based Amigas, I was impressed and I've kept an eye on it ever since. In August MNT Research talked about their successor called the MNT ZZ9000 which added a faster processor, 1GB of DDR3 ram, USB ports and a Enthernet port just to name a few. And now I'm excited to see some review videos finally being posted on youtube. Time to retire my old Retina BLT Z3 card.


MNT ZZ9900. WOW!!


5 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Evolution of a banner.
    -I know this is silly but I finally updated the old JPG banner with a modern vector based one. It's not perfect but it's close enough for me. I only wish I could remember who sent me the originial so I could give them credit.


20 years. 3 Banners


2 Mar 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Added a few *new* sites to the main link database and make some progress on the AmigaSource V2.0 site.


28 Feb 2020
Today's Highlights
  - From the: More is better department.
    - Exciting news for us here in the states. Rob posted on English Amiga Board that he has opened a new Amiga store called MyAmigaShop.com. Right now he is catering to the classic market and has a nice selection of books and Amiga accessories. I wish him all the best!!

    -And here's another interesting posting over at English Amiga Board about a new type of accelerator. Mike Sterling is designing a FPGA based accelerator that could be used on any type Amiga computer. The current protype is running on an Amiga 500 and is looking very impressive. You can read a bit more over at Amigaworld.net forums.


Phone Me NOW!!!


25 Feb 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Couple bits of interest
    - On a sad note former Amiga OS developer Daren Greenwald passed away earlier this month. While his name may not have been as recognizable as others, his work certainly was. Daren is credited for increasing the compatibility of software after OS 2.x was released, various hardware drivers, reworking the Console driver, getting the PCMCIA to work on the A600 and so much more. Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife and children.


In memoriam, Darren Greenwald (pic from reddit)

    -On a happier note, at least to me, GenerationAmiga.com is back *again* from oblivion. As reported back on 3 Feb, GenerationAmiga made its first updates in 7 months only to go dark again a few days later. Editor and founder, Jimmy Proost, tells of a massive DMCA attack launched by Phase 5 and Amiga technologies UG that took them completely off-line. After much rework on the back end he removed everything that could be considered a violation and the site is up and running again.

    -NEWS FLASH the TABOR is delayed! In his latest blog Trevor states that due to the coronovirus the anticipated shipping date could be pushed back to 3rd quarter 2020. Personally I like the discussion over at Amigaworld.net. Will they use this delay to offer the same bundle to more people?

Matthew Leaman informed me that, due to factory shutdowns, several of his new classic Amiga hardware products have not been shipped or are now greatly behind schedule. A-EON Technology's A1222 early Adopter development and release schedule has similarly been affected and Matthew thinks the delays could push production into the third quarter of this year
...Only two more weeks...


11 Feb 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Sorry in advance to being cynical but at this point I don't know why I even bother to get my hopes up in the slightest over anything that happens on the legal side of the Amiga world. The recent talks between Colanto and Hyperion collapsed into what I believe is shown by the picture below. I need to realize that *at this point* the possibility of any type of compromise or cooperation in the *epic cluster* that is the Amiga legal saga is utterly hopeless.

   It's hard to believe that it's been over 25 years since Commodore went bankrupt and people are still fighting tooth and nail for the a little slice of the pie while in the end there will be no one left to serve it to. I know I'll never find out what their motivation is but at least this much is clear... There's still no end in sight but I'm going to keep sticking around it if happens to show up!


Here we go again...


4 Feb 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Hats off to Swizpig for doing an OUTSTANDING job of porting the first person shooter Gloom to Linux and windows. The software is still a 'work in progress'. You can't yet change weapons or take damage but the game play is very smooth.


Gloom


3 Feb 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Lots of activity over the past two weeks but here are the three that stand out to me. The first one is from Amiga-News-de reporting a newly submitted joint request between Hyperion and Colanto asking the judge to extend a 7 Feb 2020 deadline due to "Business representatives of Hyperion, Cloanto, and C-A Acquisitions, Inc. have been engaged in several days of intensive face-to-face settlement discussions in Europe geared toward a global resolution of all claims [...]. Hyperion, Cloanto, and C-A Acquisitions, Inc. are finalizing changes to a negotiated term sheet, which they anticipate will soon be executed." Is it just me or should more people talking about this while being cautiously optimistic? Oh well, as always in Amigaland... Two more weeks.

  -The second one is an update to an Amiga specific package for the IDE Atom created by Alper Sonmez. For those not familiar, the package "provides complete syntax highlighting for the AmigaOS API symbols (also provides complete auto-complete snippets with links to online documentations for functions)." The latest update has a "menu that can create a full fetched, multi platform (thanks to SDI headers) and ready to compile Amiga library source code on the fly." You can read a bit more from Alper himself at Amigaworld.net. Very nice!!


The Amiga Package for Atom

  -And the third one is Generation Amiga.com is finally back after a 6 month hiatus. Don't know why the pause but I'm happy they're back!


18 Jan 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Well it has been a long time coming but I have finally thrown my hat back in the ring and hopped on the A1222 bandwagon, and to tell you the truth I'm actually really excited. Only time will tell how this system plays out. Fingers crossed!!.

  - And to make my life a bit simpler I added a new table on the left hand side just for Tabor/A1222 links. Hope this helps someone else out too.


16 Jan 2020
Today's Highlights
  - A few highlights to take note of.
    - After 2 long weeks AEON has finally launched their A1222 Early adopter program website. For a relatively small price you can pre-order the 'AAA Bundle' from AmiKit which consists of

      - ImageFX 4.5 Studio for OS3 (CD)
      - PPaint 7.3c OS3/OS4 (CD)
      - AmigaSYS (CD) for use on UAE **(requires licensed Kick ROM image-not included)
      - Amiga.org mouse (Black with logo/USB and PS2 compatible)
      - Amiga.org mouse mat
      - Viva Amiga Extended Remix movie (digital download available when movie released)
      - Serial key to register on AmiSphere.com for software updates

       This also gets you on the list for the first batch of 100 motherboards to be released at a reduced price. The expected ship date is 2nd Qtr 2020. Fingers crossed!

    - The source code for Horny, the midi sequencer, can be found here. Good to see there is some development still going on.


10 Jan 2020
Today's Highlights
  - More sad news to report. It was announced today that on 7 January Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist of the worlds BEST progressive rock band Rush, passed at the age of 67 due to brain cancer.

Friday, January 10th, 2020
Neil Peart

It is with broken hearts and the deepest sadness that we must share the terrible news that on Tuesday our friend, soul brother and band mate of over 45 years, Neil, has lost his incredibly brave three and a half year battle with brain cancer (Glioblastoma). We ask that friends, fans, and media alike understandably respect the family's need for privacy and peace at this extremely painful and difficult time. Those wishing to express their condolences can choose a cancer research group or charity of their choice and make a donation in Neil Peart's name. Rest in peace brother. Neil Peart September 12, 1952 - January 7, 2020
From Rush.com

   After the departure of the original drummer John Rutsey in 1974, Neil quickly changed the tone and direction of the band from a rock trio to progressive music legends. Along with bassist Geddy Lee and guitarist Alex Lifeson, they made the most incredible music for more than 40 years.

   As a young boy my discovery of Moving Pictures launched my life long love afair with the Bass guitar and countless hours trying to be like them. Their music was the sound track of my youth and has been with me ever since. Thank you for bringing so much joy to the lives of everyone who had the pleasure to embrace your lyrics and become one with the music!


The Professor.
(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


1 Jan 2020
Today's Highlights
  - Wishing everyone the BEST in 2020 from the whole AmigaSource family.


Happy New Year!


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