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18 Nov 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Two floppy disk related items.
    - A new project called Greaseweazle has popped up. It consists a USB interface and tool for reading and writing floppy disks in any format: PC, Amiga, Amstrad, all kinds of synths, and many more! Fully open source. Similar to the Kryoflux. Looks promising!
    - GoADF! This app allows even the beginner users of Amiga to acquire data from the ADF file in an easy and intuitive way. Supports reading a writing of several different formats: ADF, ADZ, DMS & HFE. Plus a BUNCH more functions to make your life easier!


10 Nov 2019
Today's Highlights
  - MARINE CORPS ORDERS
      No. 47 (Series 1921)
      HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS
      Washington, November 1, 1921
      759. The following will be read to the command on the 10th of November, 1921, and hereafter on the 10th of November of every year. Should the order not be received by the 10th of November, 1921, it will be read upon receipt.

  -1: On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name "Marine". In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.
  -2: The record of our corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world's history. During 90 of the 146 (now 244) years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation's foes. From the Battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home, generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.
  -3: In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our corps, Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term "Marine" has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.
  -4: This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we have also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of the Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as "Soldiers of the Sea" since the founding of the Corps.

General John A. Lejeune
13th Commandant USMC


Happy Birthday to some of the BEST Marines EVER!


1 Nov 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Two things to cover today. The first one has been around since 2017 and yet somehow I missed it. Nick of Nicks Labor has been continuously working on a hard/software project he calls ADF-Copy. Together with a board of his own design and a Teensy 3.2 microcontroller, it is able to read and write non copy protected disks to a connected 3.5" floppy drive. All the software and schematics are there for you to build your own. Very impressive!! The GUI reminds me of the one used by KryoFlux.


Adf-Copy

  - The second thing is a new Kickstarter project for replacement mechanical keyboards for the A500 & A1200. Only 2 days old and they are already 11% of the $48k goal. Designed to be 'plug and play' it uses standard compatible Cherry MX compatible switches and standard keycaps. All switches are socketed for easy replacement and you can chose what kind you want. (clicky, non clicky or gaming) You also get your choice a full set of modern ABS plastic keycaps. (German or US)

  
New A500 & A1200 Mechanical Kickstarter Campaign


31 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Here's a blast from the past... Happy Halloween!!


AmigaMan strikes again!!


29 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Well another successful Amiwest took place this weekend in northern California. While there was no earth shattering news, here are some of the more interesting tidbits I could dig up.
    - Pictures and videos (Amiga-News.de)
    - Further details on ExecSG kernel of AmigaOS 4 (AmigaWorld.net)
    - AmigaOne A1222-EA Edition (Early Adopter Edition) (AmigaWorld.net)


Behold the AmigaOne A1222-EA (Early Adapter) Slide


25 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Atten-Hut. Congratulations Daniel... You did it!! Semper Fi and welcome to the club!

    
One of the Few... The Proud... The Marines


22 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Something I have overlooked last week was the announcement by ACube that they are "...proud to announce the immediate availability of the boxed version of the game The Secret of Middle City (Archived)" on its online store. For those not familiar....

The game is an old-style point'n click graphical adventure settled in a mountain city in the western part of the United States. The exquisite Linda Patton, daughter of Mr. Patton, a respected engineer, has suddenly disappeared leaving no trace. The player, in the shoes of FBI agent Cox, will explore many locations and will meet the city's inhabitants to gather information and solve the case.

The box ships with AmigaOS 4, MorphOS and Aros version. If you own Windows or macOS systems, after buying the boxed version, you can send an email to the developer at the address gianluca@gdg-entertainment.it with a proof of purchase and you will be given a download link to get the executable for your system.

This game is a tribute to Stefano Buonocore, game designer and creator, that recently passed away shortly before seeing the fulfillment of his dream to publish a boxed version of the game on which he worked hard and tenaciously for so long.

Once the production costs are covered, the revenues will entirely go to Stefano's family for charity projects."

  I'm sure Steven would have been very proud to see the end results of his hard work and dedication.


The Secrets of Middle City


21 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Over the weekend the migration to HTTPS has been completed. The results leaves older versions of Ibrowse, haven't checked v2.5, and AWeb unable to load although Netsurf works. At some point in the future I will provide a link to a vanilla HTTP site for the older systems.

14 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - In case you missed it here are some highlights from Amiga34 show held in Neuss, Germany over the weekend. Looked like one HECK of a good time! Wish I could have attended.
    - Review - Event: Pictures of Amiga34 in Neuss (amiga-news.de)
    - An Even BETTER Review - Amiga34: Announcements, videos and further pictures (amiga-news.de)
    - Finally More Info On - Tabor/A1222, LibreOffice, Enhancer & a few other things... (amiga-news.de)
    - Pics - From the Apollo team's stand
    - Pic - Congratulations Apollo team on winning the A34 community award!
    - Pic - Interesting... AmigaOne A1222-EA Edition (Early Adopter Edition) (skateman.nl)
    - Pic - MorphOS developer version, natively on AMD64 (Ryzen 5, RadeonHD) More info
    - Pic - MorphOS running on a 420Mhz CyberStorm PPC! More info
    - Video - Amiga 34 Germany in Neuss - All Exhibitors - 12.10.2019
    - Video - Amiga 34 in Neuss - Classic-Videogames.de on tour


Dave is still looking good!

9 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Stumbled across some really good publications by AmigaJay of the UK over at Issue.com. Currently he has 18 PDF books covering various different systems from the Amiga to Atari Falcon/Jaguar/Lynx to the Gizmondo. Most are compilations of historical magazine adverts and game list but these two below are worth a further look. Check out
    - 101 Amiga Games This book isn't any random 101 games that was on the Amiga, this book demonstrates 101 reasons why the Amiga was a great games machine, had a massive influence around the world.
    - Lemmings - The Ports Lemmings - one of the most ported videogames in history, is now documented in this 300+ page full colour book. Now in it's 27th year, this book covers it all. We look at every official (and unofficial) ports, with detailed Information from release dates, pricing, review scores and more.


101 Amiga Games & Lemmings The Ports


8 Oct 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Had not seen this one before. Over a year ago HotHardware.com had a small article about an Amiga enthusiast getting Quake to run on the Killer NIC PowerPC CPU Core. The Killer M1 was manufactured by KillerNetworks and has a Freescale MPC8343E PPC processor on board. The card goes back to 2008 but is no longer supported or documented. The best I could dig up is some old links and reviews.


Killer M1 NIC

  Not practical but clever and interesting nevertheless. Just the way we like it in the lovely world of the Amiga! Expensive, outdated and a complete HACK!


26 Sep 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Previously I mentioned that I somehow overlooked a new '060 accelerator project for the A1200. Well that's not all I missed. CS LAB s.c. has kicked into high gear and now has two new models for the A500 & A3000/4000. Amitopia.com has two great article on the Warp 1260 and the new Warp 560 for the A500.

  Features
    - Capable of to be overclocked to 100MHz.
    - 256MB RAM.
    - RTG (Video).
    - Sound.
    - WiFi.


Beautiful!


25 Sep 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Well it's finally here. From the creators of the Vampire line of accelerators comes their first stand alone product: The Vampire V4. From their forum.

Ladies and gentlemen,
     
I'm very proud and honored to have the opportunity to unveil tonight details regarding Vampire V4 Standalone sales.
     
As disclosed some weeks ago, first batch will be sold at Amiga34 directly to people attending the event. Next batches will be sold indirectly only by our resellers listed in our WiKi.
     
The Vampire V4 Standalone comes in standard with aluminium case, corresponding PSU and shipped with AROS kickstart.
     
For A34, a special bundle will be made available with free "give-aways" add-ons like compatible Mouse, compatible Keyboard, CF-Adapter a 32GB CF card and an USB Blaster. Later, resellers will have the opportunity to sell their own bundles.
     
Terms & conditions
      * Payment will be accepted in cash or via PayPal.
      * Limitation of one unit per person
      * Offer is available until stock remains, even regarding accessories
      * No support is offered on accessories/give-aways
      * Complete warranty terms are available on our WiKi on EXTERNAL LINK     
Information regarding current state of the standalone core
      * Ethernet: work is in progress, driver is being written.
      * USB: support for some input devices like USB mice and keyboards. Support
      for more is in progress. Compatibility list available on WiKi ( EXTERNAL LINK )
      * Joystick : Status support of AMIGA Joy (like Competition Pro)
      * OCS/AGA: Many games and demos work perfectly, but not 100%.
      * Boot drives: boot from IDE/CF, microSD card for data exchange. Bootable
      microSD is in roadmap.
     
Price of that special A34 bundle is 549 euros
     
All details are available here :
EXTERNAL LINK

  -And even more details...
    - The Vampire V4 Standalone - Details and Price thread on the Apollo Forum.
    - The Apollo Accelerator Public Wiki. Great source of information.
    - How to install AmigaOS 3.1.4 ROM on a Vampire.


Official Launch & The Amiga34 Bundle


24 Sep 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Two programming tibits for today...
    - While reading this thread about getting outside programmers interested over at Amigaworld.net I stumbled across an exciting program project called API2. While still in the developmental stages, it looks very promising. Directly from the website "The goal of the API2 project is to provide these modern solutions to Amiga programmers, which will allow them to create better and more advanced programs quicker. Maybe it can also encourage people from outside the community to program for Amiga systems." Very cool!
    - Every wish you could try Hollywood but didn't know where to start? Well wish no more. Over at MorphZone is a very good Crash Course to Hollywood Programming. Enjoy!


10 Sep 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Stumbled across this thread on EAB discussing a programmer by the name of KK/Altair who coded a Doom Clone on a stock A500 (512MB & OCS) running 160x100 at ~12fps. You can red more about it from the man himself. Check out the video on Twitter. Absolutely impressive!


Amiga Doom Clone


1 Sep 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Good things come for those who wait and boy did we wait. After 10 years Ibrowse 2.5 has been finally released. With more features than you can shake a stick at, it's certainly worth the money spent.


29 Aug 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Check out this interesting project for the A500. Niklas Ekstrom has created a trapdoor expansion that lets you use a Raspberry Pi as a co-processor to an Amiga 500 called the A314. The project is still in its infancy but looks promising. I would love to see a version for the big box Amigas someday. Here's the official thread over at the English Amiga Board Forum.


A314: Would you like a side of Pi to go with your Miggy?


23 Aug 2019
Today's Highlights
  - I love when I stumble across sites like this. The Amiga Museum is a wonderful 'virtual' little place for the Amiga range of computers and game consoles. Plenty of info and links PLUS the whole site is rendered in OS 1.X glory. (Blue background, white Topaz font and a period perfect red mouse pointer. Check it out!


The Amiga Museum


19 Aug 2019
Today's Highlights
  - This was to good to pass up. A thread on Amigaworld.net links to a video and a short discussion of a tour of the Amiga Inc's offices in taken back in 2001. Definitely worth a view.

29 Jul 2019
Today's Highlights
  - It has been a few weeks but this time I'm going to mainly focus on these INCREDIBLE hardware projects!
     - Generation Amiga - The Vampire 1200 V2 card: The fastest Amiga 1200 ever made and it will be released in the next coming weeks.
     - English Amiga Board - The AA3000+ Motherboard is an Amiga 3000 AGA motherboard based on the Commodore AA3000 schematics with some improvements and extra features that were missing from the original AA3000 motherboard, such as the scandoubler / flicker fixer.
     - Amigaclub.be - The A1200+ is a re-implementation of the Amiga 1200 board started from the schematics. This project also made the front page of Hackaday.

27 Jun 2019
Today's Highlights
  - A couple of things to catch up on...
    - Let's get this elephant out of the way... The 25th anniversary of the bankruptcy of Commodore (translated). (Original German)
    - Have you ever needed an OS rescue disk? Well need no more. Amiga911 Maker is a boot disk which contains various drivers and tools. It is mainly intended for people who wants to set up a harddisk to their Amiga in a quick and easy way, or who wants to boot up a system in order to fix a broken Workbench installation, or maybe even restore files from a system backup.
    - While not Amiga related this is definitely a fun turn of events! From the company that brought you the C64 Mini, now comes a FULL SIZE Commodore 64. Maybe if you're good Santa will put one under your Christmas Tree this year!

1 May 2019
Today's Highlights
  - From a few days ago... AmigaLove (aka Eric K. Hill) tells the tale of his acquisition of "...one of the rarest Amigas ever made - one that was never sold to the consumer market. And this one appears to be entirely unique from its brethren, which I shall soon explain, priceless and nearly one of a kind prototype". Behold the Amiga Development System. WOW!!


Amiga Development System

  - And another user pointed out that one more of these INCREDIBLE systems has managed to survived. The Computer Collection Vienna (currently offline) have their own Amiga Development System. "I want to share a piece of history, let me explain it that way: It is an Amiga before there was an Amiga. Commodore Amiga VELVET REV03, ICs mostly from early 1985, thus six month before official presentation in Lincoln Center!" Behold the Amiga 1000 VELVET (currently offline) DOUBLE WOW!!


Amiga VELVET Rev03


24 Apr 2019
Today's Highlights
  - HOLY CRAP!! Another 060 accelerator but this time its for the CD32. Stephen Leary (aka terriblefire) Behold the "TF630 is announced... not working well yet but boots to Workbench". It appears the project started off as an 030. The YouTube title describes it as a "68030 50Mhz Accelerator + 64MB RAM + IDE - New Accelerator 2019!"


I'm so JEALOUS! My A4000 only has an over clocked 040@35MHz.


23 Apr 2019
Today's Highlights
  - It finally arrived. Brian Bagnall's last chapter of the saga. Commodore: The Final Years

   
I guess I know what I'm doing this weekend!


20 Apr 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Two interesting things today.
    -The first is a VERY informative interview conducted by the Polish news site www.exec.pl with A-Eon Technology co-counder Trevor Dickinson covering the current situation and some GREAT insight into the future of the Amiga.
    -Don't know how I missed this one but the second one is a new '060' accelerator called the Warp-1260 by a company called CS-LAB for the A1200. Here's a short video of it in action. I wish them luck and I hope it makes it out of the prototype phase.

   
Impressive!


11 Apr 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Sad news. Fellow Amiga user and CEO of DreamArtStudio Stefano Buonocore has passed away. He founded the company back in 2008 and was know for the point and click adventure The Secret of Middle City (Archived). Close friend and founder of GDG Entertainment, Gianluca Girelli has written a beautiful and touching tribute to him and his memory.


The Secrets of Middle City


5 Mar 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Once again I'm 'blown away' by the creativity and sheer determination of my fellow Amiga users. Projects like this give me hope that the Amiga will be around for years to come. And 'how did I not stumble across this project sooner???'

   - Jeroen Vandezande from the Belgian Amiga Club has thrown his hat into the ring of redesigned A1200 motherboards. Behold the Amiga1200+. This project is a re-implementation of the Amiga 1200 board started from the schematics. Changes and enhancements were made to the original schematics.

  Features
    - All Original AA chips are needed and can be put into the sockets. These include Lisa, Paula, Alice, The two CIA chips and the Keyboard controller.
    - Gayle, Budgie and the DRAM have been removed and the functionality has been moved to a daughterboard. This board can also contain a CPU.
    - Video output has been moved to a seperate output board. This board get all Lisa output signals and also all the typical Zorro signals. This means that an RTG card can be developed.
    - The PCMCIA slot has been removed and in the free space a power switch, boot selector switch (DF0:/DF1:) and a uSD card slot have been added.
    - A single supply universal power input has been added. (15V - 36V) From this the following voltages are created:
      - 5 Volts: main power rail 5 Amp capable
      - 12 Volts: 1 Amp capable
      - 3.3 Volts: 0.5 Amp capable (for daughter boards)
      - 1.2 Volts: 0.5 Amp capable (for daughter boards)
      - Two PC standard 3 Pin fan headers are added to the board.
      - Terrible Fire compatible SPI port for network chip
      - Extension board connector for mouse/joystick. (one is in development that has USB Mouse and two classic DB-9 connectors and autoswitches when fire button is pressed)
   - This project is Open Source: more on Bitbucket


A1200 & A1200+ with ramboard. (More pics on the site)


10 Feb 2019
Today's Highlights
  - Somebody likes me! ;-)


I still have the BEST WIFE ever!!
Get your own at Elle's Crafty Cookies


5 Feb 18
Today's Highlights
  What is going on here? Has Colanto gained an upper hand its drama vs. Hyperion? From one of the latest court docuemnts comes this little tidbit...

  "On Friday, February 1, 2019, Plaintiff Amiga, Inc. transferred to C-A Acquisition Corp., which is under common ownership with Plaintiff Cloanto Corp.,1 all worldwide rights, title and interest in and to all AMIGA-formative trademarks, including but not limited to the 'Exclusive Licensed Marks' as that term is defined in the 2009 Settlement Agreement (the 'Settlement Agreement'), and the 'Boing Ball' design mark.

    - Directly from AmigaDocuments Twitter "Cloanto buys Amiga (sort of overshadows the rest of the motion):"
    - Or read the full Plaintiffs Opposition court filing dated 4 Feb 19.

24 Jan 18
Today's Highlights
  I wish I was still on the west coast... Not just one but two Commodore shows coming to a neighborhood near you. (or not)
    - The First Commodore Los Angeles Super Show being held April 27-28. In the meantime visit the shows forum. Presented by the Southern California Commodore & Amiga Network and the Fresno Commodore User Group.
    - Pacific Commodore Expo NW v3 being held June 8-9. Presented by the Fresno Commodore User Group, Puget Sound Commodore Users Group, Seattle Retro-Computing Society and the Commodore 64 Enthusiasts of Greater Victoria.

2 Jan 18
Today's Highlights
  Nice way to kick off the New Year with one last gift from Santa!


Mmmmm coffee... Now where did I leave my Epyx Fast Load cartridge?


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