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Archive 01/2001


07.Jan.2001
CyberGFX


CGX auf Voodoo5
On the 4. January 2001 there was a screenshot released on the CyberGFX site showing CGX running on a Voodoo5.

The driver can use the complete 64 MB of the Voodoo5 and is aware of the duel VSA-100 chips on the Voodoo5 5500 PCI card. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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07.Jan.2001
Black_Amiga News on ANF


Black_Amiga Gives In
Black_Amiga wrote:
After days of considering hither and thither I have decided to abandon the Amiga. That means that ATP will be released in its momentarily development state (version 0.9 beta) and also that I offer my Amiga for sale. More about this on the homepage.

ATP is a address book/organizer software. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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07.Jan.2001
Infomedia Network


CES: Infomedia Network
TVision recognized as Industry's first Open JavaTM Programmable Set-top Box

LAS VEGAS-Infomedia Network was recognized today at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas as being the first TV set-top box manufacturer to provide an open JavaTM Programmable Set-top box.

Utilizing a true real time operating system and JavaTM Virtual Machine, Infomedia's TVision set-top box provides features and functionality that content developers and service providers have been looking for in programmable consumer electronics devices. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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07.Jan.2001
BlitzEnginners ML


SMSEngineer Update
The software SMSEngineer, that is used to send short mails to cell phones, has been released in version 1.0.9 (SMS = Short Message Service).

New in this version:
  • Window is now re-sizeable
  • Fixed Bug! Little things on code
  • Fixed Bug! About Requestor for Mroocheck and Serial Mouse
  • Added one new German Gateway
  • Added library check for Main and Register executable

Download: SMSEngineerMUI.lha (unk) (Translation: unk)

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07.Jan.2001
Martin Merz on ANF


Update of OpusMI
The 7. release of OpusMI is now available on Aminet and on the MasonIcons homepage. The complete OpusMI archive contains meanwhile more than 450 GlowIcons for use in DirectoryOpus Magellan. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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07.Jan.2001
Richard H. Poser via eMail


AmigAIM Beta Version 0.9407 Released
The new beta version 0.9407 of AmigAIM, the AOL Instant Messenger compatible messaging software for Amiga is now available and can be downloaded from the usual places.

New in AmigAIM 0.9407 beta:
  • Modified network connection routines slightly, increased socket connection timeout. Seems to have fixed the problems I was having with "Socket Connection" errors.
  • IO Packet Window shows a couple errors if problems occur during initial Auth connection.(Host not found, etc...)
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06.Jan.2001
Maxime Doyen on ANF


HomeBank 1.8 Update
Version 1.8 of 'HomeBank', the MUI Account-Manager has been released.

The fresh new release of this MUI account manager !! :-)
New features are:
  • multi accounts in a same file (now called a wallet)
  • transfer between accounts
  • automatic cheque numbering
  • security password for locking a wallet (file)
  • print for statistics (numeric only)
  • every images is now external and user configurable
  • progression gauge for loads & saves
  • a logo for about and at launching
  • and so on...

(unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
Christoph Dietz


CES: Interview with TAO's CEO Francis Charig
As already reported, Christoph Dietz flew to Las Vegas for amiga-news.de to attend and report directly from the CES. Here's the interview he had with the CEO of TAO, the software partner of Amiga Inc.:


Francis Charig (Chairman TAO)

Francis Charig (Chairman TAO)
Patrice Haftmann (Chairman/CEO Infomedia)
J.D. Ray (Präsident/COO Infomedia)


Amiga-News: Good morning Francis and thank you for the opportunity of this interview.

Francis Charig: It's a pleasure for me either!

Amiga-News: Let's start with some basic questions. How old are you and where are you born?

Francis Charig: Unfortunately I'm 40 years old. I was born in Oxted by London.

Amiga-News: Sure you are married and have children?

Francis Charig: Yes, my wife is Japanese and we have two boys. One is six and the other will be three in February.

Amiga-News: When and where was TAO (pronounced: DAO) founded?

Francis Charig: TAO was founded in 1992 in Bracknell nearby Reading, England. Until 1995 it was a virtual company, located in a bedroom.

Amiga-News: How many people are working for TAO?

Francis Charig: About 70 people. More then 50 of them are in the software department. They are coming from three major groups: the Video games industry, the Blue Chip Industry and we selected the best directly from the universities, Stanford for example.

Amiga-News: What's your position at TAO?

Francis Charig: I'm the chairman of TAO. TAO is not a public company. Sony and Motorola together own 30% of TAO. If TAO would be a public company, its market value would be about $100.000.000. Nowadays Amiga Inc. is our most important partner.

Amiga-News: Do you remember your greatest success?

Francis Charig: Of course, it was to bring this exiting engineering team together. These people are incredible. We only had a fluctuation of two people in the last 2 1/2 years.

Amiga-News: What was the worst day in TAO's history?

Francis Charig: [Thinks long] it was to loose business with our investor from the blue chip industry in 1995 while we had no customers.

Amiga-News: When did you had "First contact" with Bill McEwen?

Francis Charig: It was in October 1999. We introduced him to investors after he decided to use our software for the new Amiga. In fact: TAO saved Amiga.

Amiga-News: Are you familiar with Amiga's history?

Francis Charig: Yes, I know about it all. I know about Commodore, Escom, VisCorp, Gateway and all these things. I still have my Amiga, but unfortunately it's standing in the attic. Also my nephew used the Amiga. I loved gaming on it, e.g. BrakeOut.

Amiga-News: Can you describe the new OS with only three words?

Francis Charig: Consumer Multimedia Stack

Amiga-News: When will the new Amiga-OS be ready, in Q3/2001?

Francis Charig: Of course not! Someone in the next half year!

Amiga-News: We are just a few days in the New Year. Do you have a wish for this year?

Francis Charig: *Joking* Retirement. No, I wish that TAO would be successful in all of the key markets.

Amiga-News: Is the existing Amiga community important for you?

Francis Charig: Yes. The Amiga community provides ones of the best engineers and artist. There is more multimedia skill in the Amiga community than in the PC-World. But there is a discussion if memory protection is needed or not. I want to explain TAO's point of view. For what is memory protection needed? To prevent bad programmed software from crashing the computer. That means that it leads into bad programming. But the software for AmigaDE will run on your desktop but also on your mobile or in your car. Mobiles for example don't have memory protection. Are they crashing? No, the software for them is well programmed. If we add memory protection we have to have a very, very good reason. Because it slows down the operating system. Our goal is to deliver the best multimedia-operating stack. This also means speed!

Amiga-News: Some words to the community?

Francis Charig: We can make Amiga great together. To be great we have to lead the world. Amiga is delivering the best content to the mass market. If we always remember that, we can achieve.

Amiga-News: Thank you for this interview and have a successful stay at the CES.

Francis Charig: It was a pleasure to me. Thank you!

Contact Information TAO Group

North American Sales Queries

Tao Group US Office
POBox 668
Solana Beach, CA 92075

Tel. +1 858 793 1453
Fax. +1 858 259 1389
sales_northamerica@tao-group.com
WWW

Japanese Sales Queries

sales_japan@tao-group.com

Asia (excluding Japan) Sales Queries

sales_asia@tao-group.com
European Sales Queries

Tao Group Europe
62/63 Suttons Business Park
Earley
READING
RG6 1AZ
United Kingdom

Telephone
0118 901 2999 (United Kingdom)
+44 118 901 2999 (International)

Fax
0118 901 2963 (United Kingdom)
+44 118 901 2963 (International)

sales_europe@tao-group.com
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06.Jan.2001
Dirk Baeyens via eMail


amiga-news.de now also at amiga.nl
The dutch-flemish translation of amiga-news.de by Dirk Baeyens has now been intergrated to one more dutch Amiga-Site.

We are very delighted and heartily great our new readers :-). (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
Amiga Flame


Amiga Flame: Election of the Top 10 Amiga-games 2000
The poll to elect the 10 best Amiga-games of 2000 at Amiga Flame is still active. If you haven't voted yet, you can do it by following the title link. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
Matthias Muench on ANF


First meeting of the Amiga User Group 99 of the new year
The AUG99 is meeting on January 19th in Sinsheim at the Shooters (Citydom). More infos as well as a city map can be found on our homepage. Everybody who is interested in dropping by is invited. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
AmiDog


AmiDog's Movie Player Update to Version 2.01
AmiDog's Movie Player 'AMP' has been updated to version 2.01.

Changes since AMP v2.00:
  • AMP used to free two never allocated signals, fixed.
  • GUI: Now works when started from a partition with a space in the name.
  • GUI: Added a version string to the .cfg file and placed it in S:.
  • GUI: Added DEVS: as default path for the device drivers.
  • GUI: Bumped version to v1.01 due to the changes.

Download: AMP201.lha (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
Greg Donner


OS3.9 FAQ by Greg Donner Updated
Greg Donner created an extensive FAQ , which he updates regularly,in English about the new Amiga OS3.9 on his homepage. His compatibility-page, the page with known bugs, and the installation tips have been updated also. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
Heise Newsticker


Heise: CES: The Computer Sector Deals in Entertainment Electronics
«On Saturday at 19 o'clock MET the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the world's biggest annual entertainment electronics fair is opening its doors in Las Vegas. One and a half hour before, Bill Gates will hold his keynote, which he will - as known by now - change on the birth hour of his new favourite, the game console XBox.

Though this will be no more surprise to anybody, but there are a lot more things to discover at the CES: After all there are 1800 exhibitors at the start this year and in addition to this there is a "frame program" at the fair with over 100 presentations with about 300 experts. 110.000 visitors are expected from over 100 countries. The fair was first held back 1967 with some modest 200 exhibitors and 17.500 visitors.»

Christoph Dietz of amiga-news.de has flown to Las Vegas to report to our readers from the fair and to cover us with pictures. In addition he has arranged for some interesting interviews. You can expect interesting news. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
FTW


Fun Time World: New forum in testing process
FTW writes:
«Nearly every Amiga-site has a forum, so why create one more? All of the forums that are working at our place currently are based on very simple technology can can hardly be expanded. The new forum is based on the Yet Another Bulletin Board' in short 'YaBB' and is offering every imaginable comfort. The forum will now be tested for some weeks and later on we will decide whether we stick to the system or remove it. The design is only partly adapted to out page. It will change during testing. To participate you need to register during which you can choose an appearance for yourself. If you wish so, your data will be stored in Cookies, so you will register automatically on your next visit. The new forum is really fun. We would be happy to find as many participants as possible. We will the create more special forums on request.» (unk) (Translation: unk)

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06.Jan.2001
Stefan Instinske on ANF


New Layout in the Amiga-Section of alternative-games.de
From today on the new layout of Alternative-Games.de is also online in the Amiga-Section. Now we want to know what you think of the new design and therefor we have started a poll which will be available until 02-01-2001. We are looking forward to your visit! (unk) (Translation: unk)

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05.Jan.2001



New Scripts Online and Move Completed
Dear reader,

we have finished our move to the new server and if everything works as we expect, you can now see the scripts programmed by Sven Drieling in action on our German page.

The main change is that the entire news are now administrated in a database, you can comment on every single news and can send individual news to friends by e-mail. Also, you can view a printing and an ASCII version. If you prefer to see the start page with titles only, you can control this with the menu above.

We are looking forward to your comments. Write us what you like and what we could still improve. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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05.Jan.2001
Alfred Sturm


New Aminet uploads
Videomanage.lha      biz/dbase  398K+A Videodatabase
HomeBank.lha         biz/misc   198K+V1.8 The personal account manager (MUI)
Cit_Docs_BA01.lha    comm/bbs   571K+Citadel 68K Documenation
Cit_exec_BA01.lha    comm/bbs   247K+Citadel 68K BBS Program
cit_src_BA01.lha     comm/bbs   544K+Citadel 68K BBS Program Source
Cit_Util_BA01.lha    comm/bbs   464K+Citadel 68K BBS Program Utilities
DalHelper.lha        comm/irc    37K+Interface to Dalnet Services: (Chan/Memo
TaskiSMS_HU.lha      comm/tcp     3K+Hungarian catalog for TaskiSMS 2.0
clockita.lha         dev/basic   67K+Italian clock+alarm+source code (bugfix)
Aakt0101GFX.lha      docs/mags  526K+AMIGA aktuell - German infotainment maga
Aakt0101GUIDE.lha    docs/mags   92K+AMIGA aktuell - German infotainment maga
AaktInt1200GFX.lha   docs/mags  336K+International infotainment magazine (gra
Onkelz.lha           docs/mags   72K+German Boehse Onkelz guide AG
starmag25_ht.lha     docs/mags  1.3M+German Amiga-Online-Magazine HTML-Versio
RivaAudio.lha        gfx/show    11K+Script for fast Mpeg-1 video+sound playb
TestGear-Notes.lha   hard/hack    4K+Test equipment projects, general notes.
anescgfx.lha         misc/emu   100K+A/NES CGFX v1.22 - Nintendo emulator
BD-MLBreath.lha      mods/bladr 109K+"My Last Breath" by Black Dragon/Honoo+L
32bc_drunk.mpg       mods/mpg   6.9M+8 drunk Gods
AmiDoPat.lha         pix/back    22K+Nice Images for AmiDock OS3.9
TinyGICollectn.lha   pix/gicon   49K+GlowIcons - size doesn't matter ;-)
OFS028.jpg           pix/wfm    758K+What Hubble might see in Fractal Space
OFS029.jpg           pix/wfm    536K+What Hubble might see in Fractal Space
OFS030.jpg           pix/wfm    320K+What Hubble might see in Fractal Space
OFS031.jpg           pix/wfm    485K+What Hubble might see in Fractal Space
OFS032.jpg           pix/wfm    578K+What Hubble might see in Fractal Space
sndfile.lha          util/libs  296K+Library for reading/writing various samp
PowerTools.lha       util/moni   12K+Power failure logger
TMPlus.lha           util/wb     87K+AddOnMenus to ToolsAppMenu(With-GUI-Pref
WB2000-Ger.lha       util/wb      5K+German Locale for Workbench2000 1.8
WB2000_18.lha        util/wb    673K+Win98 Menu & Task bar (MUI)
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05.Jan.2001
MooBunny Forum


Corinna Cohn. Interviewed Bill McEwen
Corinna Cohn. called up Bill McEwen, to clear up some rumors as much as possible. McEwen answered her some questions. Here a summary of what Bill McEwen answered:
  • AmigaOS 3.9 has upgraded Internet functionality that was missing from 3.5, and it has multimedia players. Otherwise, most of the functionality is similar to 3.5. Users will have to evaluate the features of 3.9 for themselves to see if there's any value added.
  • The last months were tight for Amiga Inc. from a financial point of view. They are looking for more investors. McEwen named several sources, among them a tier one company that would be interested in investing.
  • Bill McEwen is sure to have a product that hopefully impresses investors more than some of the ephemeral properties that other startups failed to sell.
  • Money is low. Will Amiga Inc. become insolvent? McEwen replied to this question that this is not true.
  • Amiga Inc. will only exhibit at Amiga trade shows. Products will be made available through vendors.
  • Bill McEwen named some manufacturers of set-top boxes which should be available soon. He is excited about other products appearing, especially something that should please Amiga users.
  • He reiterated that they (this being vendors using Amiga technology) had some products ready to debut and that we should stick around to see them.
Corinna Cohn. analyzes Bill McEwens statements as follows:
"Amiga does not have a product that I as an Amiga user would necessarily want, but that I as a computer geek might dig. We Amiga users are a technological launching platform for a new, possibly cool technology, and Amiga wants us to continue to pay attention to them until its ready. This explains 3.5 and 3.9, and it explains the early appearance of the developers kit. Amiga is going to continue to blow us kisses until they have something to impress us with or until they run out of money."

The computer industry is in an extremely hard competition. Even if it may be difficult for us at times not to lose our faith that Amiga Inc. will achieve what they have planned. It is worth acknowledging that they are obviously not willed to throw in the towel even though it would be easier and more promising to develop tools for another famous OS ... (unk) (Translation: unk)

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05.Jan.2001
MorphOS


MorphOS: sndfile.library
Sigbjørn Skjæret has released version 1.22 of sndfile.library for MorphOS. The library allows the reading and writing of different sample formats which are used for example by AmigaAMP, DelfSF, Frogger and Lame. More information here.

Download: sndfile1_22.lha - 252 KB (unk) (Translation: unk)

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05.Jan.2001
Dennis Lohr via eMail


Music: Psyria
Dennis Lohr 'Psyria' has been making music as a hobby for six years. he started with an A500 and Protracker 2.3a. Currently, he still creates his music mainly on the Amiga, but he uses the Digibooster today. He expresses his enthusiasm about the Digibooster like this: "For all Amigans who make music as well: have a look at that thing! There probably is no better tracker for the Amiga!"

Many of his songs (trance, techno, dancefloor, and pop) are available for download on his website at the title link. The website was entirely reworked lately. (unk) (Translation: unk)

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05.Jan.2001
Jan Andersen via eMail


VirusHelp Denmark: Update of xvs.library
Yesterday, an update to the xvs.library was released which can recognize the trojans "4kIntro Trojan" and Dkg-Blum Trojan. If you're using VirusChecker, VirusExecutor or VirusZ, make sure to update the library.
Some information on the release:

Name...: xvs.library v33.24
Archive name: xvslibrary.lha
Archiv size: 52.734 Bytes
Date: January 4th, 2001
Programmer: Alex van Niel

News for 33.24:
- 4kIntro Trojan added
Thanks to Ryben Kozlak and Jan Andersen
- Dkg-Blum Trojan added
Thanks to Peter Gordon, Urban Müller and Jan Andersen

NOTE:
This trojan also replaces/deletes or adds a file called asi.library XVS will not (yet) be able to detect this file because as far as I could analyze it, it looked like a normal VideoTracker file. If XVS would have to see this as a virus, more VideoTracker files will be fake detected. If you have problems or want this added anyway let me know.

STILL TO DO: - Add Neurotic Death 2 and Neurotic Death 4. These two linkviruses are polymorphic, but crash on my system if I try to infect some test files. It seems that they haven't been spread to the public, I received them anonymously from the author. So it's not that BIG danger at the moment. - Try to get and add GlobVec linkvirus. The only one who has it is Heiner Schneegold (author of VT-Schutz) and VTC Hamburg, but Heiner doesn't give his permission to the VTC to send me the virus :( (unk) (Translation: unk)

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