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Carsten Siegner (ANF)

Analogue data capture for Amiga
For the recently by Carsten Siegner announced 3-wire bus interface to control different ICs (we reported) is now a circuit diagram as well as some pictures available as a PDF document.

To be able to use the interface has Carsten written a short measuring program that outputs the given voltage as integer byte number and as floating point number.

Before using the program the following ENV variables have to be set:
  • "Analog-device": (used serial device)
  • "Analog-unit": (used serial unit)
  • "Analog-volt": (maximum measured, permissible voltage and voltage to reach. Typical here are 5 V. Here you should measure again with a multimeter as you can get under circumstances values between 4.089 - 5.04 V.)

The program needs the following files:
  • Rexxtricks
  • tritonrexx
  • rexxserdev

The program and the mentioned circuit diagram and photos are available as LHA archives.

Direct download (190 KB)

For the future Carsten plans the data capture with several channels. For this he has already got a chip LTC 1293. This can collect and convert six different analogue measure data and forward them sequentially to the computer. (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 22. Nov. 2003, 18:50] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (website)

OpenPCI library 1.2 released
The OpenPCI library, a library offering a programming interface for different available PCI solutions (Amithlon, G-Rex, Pegasos, Prometheus), has been released in version 1.2.

The changes since the last version:
  • MorphOS: optimizations for faster processors (604e or better)
  • Amithlon: support for powerpci.library 2.x added (v2.x is now required)
  • Amithlon (bugfix): two register values had been exchanged
  • G-Rex (bugfix): pci_outw/l() and pci_write_config_word/long() hadn't worked until now
  • G-Rex (bugfix): error in the interrupt code removed

Direct download (13 KB) (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 22. Nov. 2003, 16:55] [Comments: 0]
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CCC (email)

CCC: central saving of biometrical data endangers constitutional rights
The approach of the "Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamten" (BDK) to save biometrical characteristics of all European citizens in a central data base causes hardest reservations at the Chaos Computer Club (CCC); the constitutional rights of informational self-determination would then be abolished in a fundamental area - while the use for the combating of crime isn't even proofed.

The CCC opposes especially against the idea of a central data saving as it has been last demanded by the speaker of the "Bund deutscher Kriminalbeamten", Holger Bernsee. In the view of the CCC the potential misuse and possible desires in the context of a central data tracking is out of all proportion to the possible gain in the combating of crime that (the possible gain) can be realized with a technically clearly less democracy endangering system. (nba) (Translation: wk)

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PNG icons: KDEView makes change easier
Pietro Ghizzoni has thought about how to help users who want to change their Workbench from classic Amiga icons to PNG icons. As you have to replace numerous icons by hand he has written a small program that shows all PNG icons of a directory in a window and makes the "picture exchange" possible via drag'n drop.

Direct download (68 KB) (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 22. Nov. 2003, 02:15] [Comments: 0]
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Genesi (E-Mail)

MorphOS Developer Connection welcomes 400th developer
As Genesi S..r.l. reported the MorphOS Developer Connection has now 400 officially registered MorphOS developer. The MDC members come from over 50 seperate countries.

Raquel Velasco and Bill Buck said: "Today the number of members has achieved 400. Congratulations to all of you. The Connection has been an useful tool for all members because you work together and help to push forward this platform. Special congratulations to the MorphOS developer team with Ralph Schmidt! :-D We take off our hat!

Thank also you to Felix Schwarz who has created the website. Felix works on the forthcoming MDC2 which will base on Callisto!

MorphOS is intended for running on a computer near to you!

Great work!" (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 21. Nov. 2003, 17:19] [Comments: 0]
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Icon-Patch: Powericons 1.05 published
"Powericons" is an icon-patch which allows to use 24bit icons under AmigaOS and was published in a new version. For the detailed changes please have a look at the Readme.

Direct Download (513 KB) (cg) (Translation: dr)

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21.Nov.2003 (Website)

Experimental version of LinuxUAE
Because the development of WinUAE has been faster forced than the Linux version and because the Linux version has been not updated for a long time Richard Drummond has ported a lot of the changes of WinUAE to Linux. For more detailed information have a look at the Changelog.

Under the title link you can find seperate versions LinuxUAE which he calls experimentally. (cg) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 21. Nov. 2003, 13:38] [Comments: 0]
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Amigaworld (ANF)

Interview with Alan Redhouse from Eyetech (Update)
The Amiga-portal AmigaWorld has interviewed Alan Redhouse who is the manager of the Eyetech Group.

Update: (cg, 21.11.2003, 14:25)

We have summarized the most important statements of Alan Redhouse in the following lines:
  • Alan Redhouse thinks that more AmigaOnes have been sold than other "open" (that means not Apple/IBM) PPC systems.
  • since AmigaOS4 has been officially demonstrated on the AmigaOne the amount of sold AmigaOnes has been increased
  • currently it is tried to deliver all "Earlybird"-customers a beta version of OS4 if possible before Christmas
  • the Onboard Graphic-chip of the Micro-A1 is still not certain but probably it will become a low-cost Radeon Chip
  • the "High-Tech" interfaces (RAID, Gigabit Ethernet, USB2, Firewire) will be implemented at the Micro-A1 probably on a seperate, optional platine. Because of that the board will become cheaper for customers.
  • Waiting peroid when ordering an AmigaOne motherboard: ca. two weeks (Complete system: Four weeks)
  • Until now there have been two problems refered to the DMA at the AmigaOne: The first is caused by VIA bug and has been fixed with the help of a software patch. The second problem is that the ArticiaS enables the simultaneous access of CPU and a of a PCI busmaster to the memory. In the x86-world this is not usual because of that the (of Linux-x86 ported) Linux drivers may not manage this. This oddity of the ArticiaS is supposed to be a included "turbo" which makes the computer "smarter". AmigaOS4 is not affected by these two problems
  • Exactly fitting boxes are not possible because of the costs but Eyetech works with Naya Design on some modifications which change the standard boxes to Amiga boxes in a cheap way.
  • Single-CPU-modules with faster G3/G4-processors already exists and have been presented officially, too. But there must be ca. 400 preorders to enable such a product. Because of that only dual-cpu modules has planned.
  • The AmigaOne in Micro-ATX format has planned only for the end of the next year.
(cg) (Translation: dr)

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IOSPIRIT: Various price reductions
From the 20th November 2003 to the 31th December 2003, you can buy many products at IOSPIRIT at special prices - up to 37 percent below regular price. Detailed information available under the title link. After the 31th December 2003, regular prices will return. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 21. Nov. 2003, 00:44] [Comments: 0]
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VHT-DK (E-Mail)

Antivirus Program: VirusExecutor Version 2.31
Jan Erik Olausen released a new update of the Antivirus software VirusExecutor today:

Name: VirusExecutor v2.31
Archive name: VirusExecutor.lha
Archive size: 317,926 Bytes
Date: 20th of November 2003
Programmer: Jan Erik Olausen - vht-dk
Requirements: xvs.library (inklusive), reqtools.library, xfdmaster.library, xadmaster.library, 68020+

Changes since the last version:
  • Removed requesters when checking from Shell...
    Thanks to Matthias Scheler.
  • Fixed bug when detecting custom chips...
    Thanks to Charlene.
  • Forgot to remove some debugging output...
    Thanks to Michel 'DMX' Bagmeijer.
  • Fixed bug if you try to use an old PatchBrain file...
  • You can now choose which volume to check on 'Check ALL valid volumes'
    Thanks to Michel 'DMX' Bagmeijer.
  • New catalog: Dutch by Michel 'DMX' Bagmeijer
  • Updated catalogs: French by Herve and Polish by Wojciech Pasiecznik

If you would like to contact the author, send him an email with the word "Amiga" in the subject line, because emails that do not contain this word are automatically deleted.

You'll find more information about VirusExecutor and you'll have the option to download it by clicking on the title link. (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 20. Nov. 2003, 23:19] [Comments: 0]
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Spiegel (Website)

Spiegel Online: - The End of a Short Era seemed to be ushering in the beginning of a new era in the music business: artists and consumers were to have been "emancipated" from the industry. Then was sued, and then it was sold. Now the website is changing hands agains - and being closed. Read the complete article at Spiegel Online under the title link. (nba) (Translation: dm)

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20.Nov.2003 (Website)

AmigaOne: Tips and Tricks for MacOnLinux
Under the title link an AmigaOne owner has collected and published some information about the AmigaOne and LinuxPPC. The majority of it concerns MOL (MacOnLinux): a short instruction guide, a few tips, as well as a list of compatible games, all there for your convenience. (cg) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 20. Nov. 2003, 21:40] [Comments: 0]
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Martin Rebentisch (DaFreak) (ANF)

Music: Liquid Skies Records #061
The scene group Liquid Skies released their 61st music pack yesterday. It contains the track "Da-Vexa 17on" from the musician Spectra, who unfortunately has left the group. The track was put together using DigiBoosterPro.

Title: Da-Vexa 17on
Musician: Spectra
Style: Drum'n'Bass
Play length: 4:52
Format: dbm
Size: 0.8 MB

The ZIPped file is available for download at no charge under the title link. (nba) (Translation: dm)

[News message: 20. Nov. 2003, 21:14] [Comments: 0]
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Amiga Flame (Website)

"Pirates!" Clone: Graphic Artists Sought for "Drake"
The ZeroVertex-team of Oliver Gantert has been working for some time on a 3D clone of the strategy classic "Pirates!." Now that big steps with the game engine have been taken in the last few months, and Oliver says this is "about 98% ready," the thing urgently needed now is 3D graphic artists.

ZeroVertex is looking for 3D artists and animators who make use of 3dsmax, Milkshape3D, or some other software that offers "bone animation" support. Further, they need 3D artists who can produce static models like houses, plants, and they need texture artists as well, who can come up with textures for the existing models.

Whoever wants to help should send an email to Oliver Gantert. (cg) (Translation: dm)

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