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Archive 03/2004

Christian Rosentreter (ANF)

MorphOS: statline 0.7 released
statline is a small utility which can show different status information about your MorphOS system. The output format is highly configurable.

Originally it was planned as CLI-only tool, but it got also a nice MUI GUI to use it as compensation for the missing information in Ambient titlebar (screenshot).

Grab the archive from here. (cg) (Translation: cg)

[News message: 21. Mar. 2004, 19:19] [Comments: 0]
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Ilkka Lehtoranta

MorphOS: new version of CD Player
Ilkka Lehtoranta has updated the CD Player (screenshot) for MorphOS.

The following improvements have been added in version 1.1:
  • new ARexx commands
  • function for random play
  • error fixes

Additionally, the archive contains some more tools:

CDDA ripper (screenshot)
Creates WAV files from audio tracks.

Controls the speed of CD/DVD drives and thus their noise when in use.

Simple "eject" tool for CD/DVD drives.

The archive can be downloaded under the title link. (cr) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 23:46] [Comments: 0]
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Law suit Thendic-Amiga: New petition by Amiga Inc.
In a new petition in the law suit with Thendic (we reported) demand the lawyers of Amiga a repeal of the verdict being enacted on February, 20th and slightly mopdified on March, 16th.

With several comments by Bill Bucks taken from various English forums and a screenshot of Genesi's website try the lawyers to proof that the plaintiffs...
  1. had tried to deceive the court by using a faked email (of an uninvolved person) as form of evidence
  2. had got the proceedings underway out of inappropriate reasons, namely the destruction of Amiga and/or the control over the intellectual property and trademarks
  3. had presented several times a distorted account of the actions and decisions of the court
  4. had presented the rights granted through the contract in a wrong way, obviously not accpeted that these rights are to a large extent restricted by the contract and that the plaintiff had misused Amiga's trademarks
  5. had threatened to but in Amiga's business relationships and contracts (e.g. with Hyperion)
  6. has not made any technical papers about the Pegasos made available until now despite the demanding by Amiga making a port of AmigaDE impossible

Asked is a repeal of the verdict, at least a revision demanding the plaintiffs to make the necessary papers available.

In a thread on can a first reaction of Bill Buck and Raquel Velasco ("BBRV") be found. (cg) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 20:57] [Comments: 0]
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Steffen Nitz (ANF)

SN-EuroArchiv v1.3 available
The SN-EuroArchiv is now available in version 1.3.

Next to the look (screenshot) the following changes have been made:
  • It is now possible to set images of both sides of the coins. The images can be displayed directly by the SN-EuroArchiv. The render.library and the guigfx.library are needed for this.
  • Pictures of all 15 countries have been added to the archive.
  • In the windows is now the background pattern "Bilder/0Hintergrund.ilbm" displayed.
  • When loading data of a predecessor version of the SN-EuroArchiv the images in the entries are set automatically, except for commemorative and special coins.
  • The collectors' value statistics is now more precise. Before, the values had only been added in the month of the entry creation. Now the date of single coins and roles are taken into account.
  • The entry list isn't being sorted by date of purchase anymore when calling the collection value statistics.
  • Now the number of all coins together is being listed in the statistics (blue).
  • The statistics have got some colours (red/green).
  • A bug in the quality statistics has been fixed. (The coins had been counted wrong, a too high number was the result.)
  • When opening a new window the main windows and the search list get blocked so the user knows that another window is active.
(snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 17:12] [Comments: 0]
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Thorty! (ANF)

CD³²-Allianz accessible under again
The CD³²-Allianz is again accessible under the URL Should the occasion arise please update changed links and bookmarks. The alliance is still accesssible under as the CD³²-Allianz is hosted by the Emubase. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 10:44] [Comments: 0]
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20.Mar.2004 (website)

Mai Logic: PowerPoint presentation of Articia I (Chinese)
A Chinese PowerPoint presentation introduces the Teron I as well as the Northbridges Articia I (page 16) and Articia Is (page 17) by Mai Logic that are developed for systems based on the PowerPC processor 970 by IBM. On page 33 appears the term OS4.

Also under the title link you can find a photo indicating that the original specifications (PDF file) of the Northbridge Articia P have been reworked as the latter still mentioned 333 MHz DDR memory instead of 400 MHz. The Articia-P chip is according to the speech of Alan Redhouse in Bath to be used on a future mATX board called AmigaOne-XC. (snx) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 07:49] [Comments: 0]
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Rupert Hausberger (ANF)

Software RAID: URD 0.3 beta released
Rupert Hausberger has made the beta release 0.3 of URD, a software RAID solution for AmigaOS, available for download.

The following has been added/updated:
  • "Blockencryption" implemented
  • updated the help text in the "New" window
  • many internal code fixing and updating
  • old RAID image replaced by a new one
The software can be downloaded under the title link. (cr) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 00:10] [Comments: 0]
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Dave Haynie

The "Margaritas" closes
As the owner Derek informed has the pub been sold and will be opened on March, 28th for the last time. He wrote: "We are having a big closing party, with a band and $2.00 all drinks starting at 2pm till the booze runs out."

Some of our readers may wonder why we publish such a piece of news, as the "Margaritas" is unknown to us and only experts of the Amiga history will already have heard about it or even know it.

Dave Haynie, who forwarded this news to known Amiga mailing lists, wrote:

"Hey All-
   I'm putting this one up as a new item, more than an invite, given the distances likely. But if you're in the area, we're working out a C= get-together, probably either Friday or Sunday. If you've seen "The Deathbed Vigil", or just followed C= lore (the Amiga 3000's first public debut, etc), this is part of the whole history. I haven't been back there in a while (meaning some months, not years)... Andy, Bob [Russell], and I were the last to "keep the faith" on a regular basis, when at Fortele (Greg Berlin, Mike Rivers, and Carolyn Scheppner were around, too). Anyway, that's the news. I'll have a box of DBVs with me, when I'm there... Margarita's wasn't just "Part 2" in my film, it was maybe the best view of us as people -- C= had become alien, but Margarita's was still "home"."
(cr) (Translation: wk)

[News message: 20. Mar. 2004, 00:01] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

NVIDIA-driver for AROS
For AROS the first accellerated 2d-driver has been completed. The NVIDIA-driver has been successfully tested with TNT2-, GeForce2/4- and nForce-based cards but should also work with many other versions.

The driver is to be found on Nightly Build.

Using the NVIDIA-driver AROS currently opens a screen of the size 640 x 480 which cannot be changed except by recompiling of AROS. This applies only for the standard size of the Workbench while programs can open screens of various size. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 19. Mar. 2004, 18:58] [Comments: 0]
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Steffen Nitz (ANF)

Game: New version of "Die Kleine Gilde II" also available for MorphOS
I have just published version 0.15 of Die Kleine Gilde II on my homepage.

The cross-bow competition has been added which can be played nearly each fifth year. Additionally a version for MorphOS has been added where the bug of the enter fields has been avoided by using ReqTools. This does not look very good but so the MorphOS users can also play this game.

The "Die Kleine Gilde II" is a round based economy simulation for the time of the Middle Ages of 1400 until 1600 but it is also a realtime strategy game and a life simulation. You have to found a whole family dynasty if you do not want to finish the game after your death but want to continue playing with one of your children.

You are a trader who first works as a smith, joiner, stone-mason, alchemist, innkeeper, thief or preacher. If you then have earned some money you can change your profession. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 19. Mar. 2004, 18:36] [Comments: 0]
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19.Mar.2004 editorial office Voluntary registration in comment-area (Update)
At the beginning of March Sven Drieling has extended the comment-script for a voluntary registration with access data. But with some browsers this login did not work. The new script should now work with all browsers but sometimes only if you accept cookies.

  • BUGFIX: If cookies are accepted the login could work with all browsers.

    Without cookies it does not work with all browsers: (Robin, mk, Sprocki, Wizek, tokai, Thilo Köhler, Gojira, TriMa, noch ein test, schluckebier)

    Site-effect if you do not logout:
    It can now happens that if you have not logged out during the next visit the login-requester appears continously. In this case:
    • Successfully login over the login-requester
    • Or delete the cookie 'cookie_comLogin' manually with the help of the cookie-management of the browser.

  • BUGFIX: Saving the preferences in the cookies should now work. (Chris Hodges, Holger and other)
  • CHANGE: Whole Nick/Name is displayed in thick font. (AP)
  • NEW: Login-Info is displayed in the survey. (Holger)
(ps) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 19. Mar. 2004, 18:24] [Comments: 0]
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Hammer (ANF)

Heise: YaST is to fall under GPL
As Heise Online reports Novell will release the Linux installation tool YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) of SuSE under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL) in order to increase its spread. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 19. Mar. 2004, 11:55] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

GTK-Amiga: SourceForge-Project to GUI-Toolkit-port
Already in December of the last year at a project for a port of the GTK-GUI-Toolkit for AmigaOS was started. Currently further steps are planned and files have not been published. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 19. Mar. 2004, 11:49] [Comments: 0]
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ANN (Website)

MorphOS: wget V1.9.1 ported
Christian Rosentreter has compiled version 1.9.1 of wget for MorphOS (358 KB).

The program wget which is also available for AmigaOS is a tool for downloading files via HTTP or FTP. It is also possible to continue aborted downloads or to make updates. (snx) (Translation: dr)

[News message: 19. Mar. 2004, 10:11] [Comments: 0]
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