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Book: Status update and ordering option for 'From Vultures to Vampires', Volume
The first book of the two-volume "From Vultures to Vampires" by former Commodore UK manager David Pleasance and A-EON Technology co-founder Trevor Dickinson on Amiga history was delivered in the middle of last year. The Kickstarter campaign to fund the second volume, which Trevor Dickinson told us about in mid-January, failed. In the last update of the Kickstarter campaign David Pleasance admitted that the goal was a bit too ambitious (7.707 Euro out of 17.853 were reached), but at the same time he assured that "producing Volume 2 is most certainly still going ahead full steam".

Depending on the printer's workload, he estimated in the January 21 post that finished hardcovers would be delivered in bulk by mid-March. Since that time has arrived, we checked with David Pleasance to see what the current status of the project is: They had unfortunately fallen behind schedule with Volume 2 - the task of researching and communicating with so many people and companies, all of whom are part of the book, had become an enormous project that could not have been foreseen before. All the information would have been enough for 3 volumes.

This delay also meant that the deadline originally booked at a print shop in Turkey could not be met. This was compounded by the heavy snowfall, which prevented the workers from getting to the factory. He therefore asks all readers and interested parties for their understanding. He is now waiting for information from the print shop as to the extent to which printing will be delayed.

An "agreement in principal" had been reached with a company based in Germany, he said, which would take delivery of Volume 2 directly from Turkey and individually pack, address and ship each book. This company would deliver to all countries except the United Kingdom. Since the company is based in Germany and is therefore part of the EU, there would also be no problems with EU customs as there were with Volume 1.

Finally, he told how to pre-order Volume 2 currently:
  • If you have been a supporter of the Kickstarter campaign, just send him an email and he will explain how to order.
  • All others can pre-order directly on his website.
He asks that orders be placed as soon as possible so that he can place the print order with a better knowledge of the quantities needed. (dr)

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MorphOS 3.16 openssl3.library hotfix
The MorphOS development team has announced: "A vulnerability has been identified and fixed in the OpenSSL 3.0.1 included in MorphOS 3.16.

The vulnerability (CVE-2022-0778) allows malicious attackers to create TLS certificates that when connected to result in the client application hanging indefinitely.

A fixed openssl3.library (based on OpenSSL 3.0.2) will be released as the part of the future MorphOS 3.17 release. Meanwhile you can install the following replacement openssl3.library (1,6 MB) that fixes the problem for MorphOS 3.16." (dr)

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Hardware test: Building a serial/parallel loopback adapter
Adam Wilson is an electrical engineer who reworks old electronics in his spare time. In his blog he reports about his work with old computers, about the expansion of his collection and the repairs or restorations he has carried out.

In the latest blog entry, he documents building some serial/parallel loopback adapters for easy diagnostics using Keir Fraser's Amiga Test Kit Software. "Loopback testing" involves sending transmitted electrical signals back to the transmitter so that the transmitter can check its own output. In communication (e.g. parallel and serial modems) the output of the transceiver must be connected to its own input - if the device gets its own output signal back, this proves that it works. (dr)

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Thorsten Schölzel (ANF)

AmigaOS Development BLOG
The AmigaOS3.2 development team has set up the AmigaOS Development BLOG, the goal of which is not to provide insights into the current development of the OS, but rather to assist in getting started with AmigaOS programming. This blog is intended to provide a series of articles that will cover installation of development tools, programming examples, debugging issues, and other helpful tips.
The first two posts will deal with installing/using the NDK with the SAS/C and VBCC compilers. Guest articles are explicitly welcome! (dr)

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Robert Smith

Do-it-yourself: Adapter for connecting DB9 joysticks
Two weeks ago, we reported on Robert Smith's video showing how to 3D print your own retro-style joystick. In the new video that followed, he now shows how easy it is to build an adapter to connect vintage and retro joysticks to a modern system via USB. (dr)

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Review: The UniThor Joystick (video)
Just a few days ago, YouTuber 'Madija' aka 'Ms Mad Lemon' released her new album, and now she has published a test of the UniThor joystick on YouTube. (dr)

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RastPort: Mechanical keyboard replacement for Amiga 1200
Grzegorz Kraszewski's RastPort designs and manufactures accesories and expansions for Amiga computers. His current project KA 59 is a mechanical keyboard replacement for the Amiga 1200. It is a complete replacement, no parts of the original keyboard are needed. KA59 has been tested with original A1200 cases and those from the project. Details:
  • Complete replacement of original keyboard.
  • Kailh KH switches rated for 50 million cycles.
  • User adjustable CapsLock LED color.
  • Optional "Alt"↔"Cmd" key position swap for users accustomed to PC keyboards.
  • Weights less than original and takes less space.
  • Robust connection with the mainboard.
Furthermore, there are options to customize the keyboard to your own needs:
  • Keycap color set: There are two color sets available:
    • classic gray and white, black overprints
    • all keys black, white overprints

  • Switches: One of three different kinds of switches may be selected. Colors indicate mechanical characteristics of switches.
    • Blue switches are tactile, force versus movement characteristic is not linear. As a result, user feels the moment of switching. They are also clicky, thanks to additional element hitting the switch enclosure when pressed and making sound.
    • Brown switches are tactile (nonlinear) too, but have no clicking element, so are more silent.
    • Red switches are linear, moment of switching action has no tactile feedback. Noise level is a bit below brown ones.

  • Language layout: Customer can select one of 11 language layouts.
    • American
    • British
    • German
    • French
    • Italian
    • Spanish
    • Swiss
    • Danish
    • Swedish/Finnish
    • Norwegian
    • Icelandic
The keyboards are currently in production and will be available at various retailers. We will report. (dr)

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