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31.Mär.1999
Oxygenic per eMail


TCounter Version 1.4 und IFF-SoundANIMs
Die neue Version des TCounters unterstützt die neuen TOnline®-Gebühren jetzt inclusive der Einwahlgebühr. Natürlich kann der TCounter nach wie vor auch für andere Provider konfiguriert werden.

Neu: IFF-SoundANIMs
Neu im Aminet finden sich ebenfalls die IFF-SoundANIMs "Sub" und "Voyager" die aus CDXL-Files generiert wurden. Dabei wurde der Sound natürlich verbessert und liegt statt in Mono jetzt in Stereo mit Dolby-Surround® kompatibler Codierung vor. Mit diesen SoundANIMs ist ein direkter Vergleich zwischen CDXL und dem erweiterten IFF-ANIM-Format möglich. (ps)

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In eigener Sache
Durch einen dummen Fehler habe ich gerade ca. 10 eMails gelöscht, die ich noch nicht beantwortet hatte. Wenn also jemand keine Antwort bekommt, bitte eMail nochmals schicken. Hoffentlich sind keine Logos dabei verloren gegangen. (ps)

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Paul Nolan


Photogenics 4.0 - neue Website online
Photogenics 4.0 ist auf der Amiga99 Show in St. Louis von Paul Nolan vorgestellt worden. In Kürze werden Sie es auch kaufen können. Es wird 59.99 UK Pounds, oder $99.99 US Dollars kosten. Ein Upgrade von älteren Versionen wird 45 UK Pounds, oder $75 US Dollars kosten. In Deutschland wird Photogenics 4.0 über Schatztruhe vertrieben werden. (ps)

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31.Mär.1999
CCC per eMail


Chaos Communication Camp
Subject: 6/7/8 august 1999: chaos communication camp
Date:    Wed, 31 Mar 1999 22:02:56 +0200
From:    Chaos Update <chaos-update-owner@lists.ccc.de>
To:      "Chaos Update" <chaos-update@lists.ccc.de>

Liebe Hacker,

vor einiger Zeit hat die intergalaktische Kontaktgruppe des CCC ein
Notsignal empfangen: im Raumschiff Herz Aus Gold ereignete sich an Bord
ein schwerwiegender Computerfehler und bedarf nun einer dringenden
Reparatur. Die Kontaktgruppe verständigte sich mit der Bordcrew auf eine
Reparatur unter Gravitationsbedingungen auf unserem Planeten. Die
Vorbereitungen laufen auf Hochtouren und im August wird das Raumschiff
nun endlich landen.

     http://www.ccc.de/camp/story.html

Anläßlich der Ankunft der Herz Aus Gold organisiert der Chaos Computer
Club eine Drei-Tage-Hack-Session im Freien für Nerds, Hacker und Phreaks
aus der ganzen Welt. Die Veranstaltung steht in der Tradition der HEU
(93) und HIP (97) in Holland und damit für viel Spaß am Gerät. Gemeinsam
werden wir die Herz Aus Gold schon wieder flott machen.

     http://www.ccc.de/camp/camp.html

Das Camp findet vom 6. bis 8. August 1999 auf einer Wiese in der Nähe von
Berlin statt. Wir werden die notwendige Infrastruktur für einen
angemessenen Hackerurlaub bereitstellen (Strom, Internet und
Möglichkeiten zur Nahrungsaufnahme) und die Aktivitäten auf dem Gelände
koordinieren.

Du bist eingeladen, Dein Zelt und Deinen Computer mitzubringen und Deine
Geräte an das Campnet und damit an das Internet anzuschließen. Die
Internetverbindung wird befriedigend breitbandig ausfallen. Mehr Details
zur Technik später.

Alle Informationen (zur Zeit nur in englisch) finden sich unter

     http://www.ccc.de/camp

Die deutsche Web Site und eine umfangreiche FAQ sind in Vorbereitung.
Weitere Informationen werden über die camp-announce Mailingliste
erhältlich sein. Wer alle Informationen zum Camp automatisch erhalten
will, kann sich durch eine leere Mail an

     camp-announce-subscribe@lists.ccc.de

auf der Liste eintragen lassen.

Wir hoffen auf eine rege und aktive Beteiligung auf dem Camp (das Camp
wird für 1500-2000 Leute ausgelegt). Wir erwarten eine Vielzahl von
Projekten zu den unterschiedlichsten Themen (Kryptographie, Free
Software, Chipcards, Astronomie, Meteorologie). Wer Lust hat, eigene
Projekte auf dem Camp zu realisieren, sollte sich mit der Orga-Crew in
Verbindung setzen: crew@camp.ccc.de.

Für die Presse wird es besondere Richtlinien geben, die derzeit noch
ausgearbeitet werden. Auch dazu später mehr.

Chaos Computer Club
März 1999
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Salva (Support Phase5) per eMail


Erfreuliche Nachrichten aus dem Phase5 Lager
Die nötigen Vorbestellungen sind in kürzester Zeit eingegangen. Lesen Sie die eMail von Salva, der im Support von phase5 arbeitet. Es kommt Bewegung in den Amiga-Markt :-).

Nachtrag: Aktualisierte G3/G4-Seite bei Phase5 nun auch in Deutsch.

From:    Salva <Salva.Fernandez@rhein-main.netsurf.de>
To:      Petra Struck <petra.struck@online-club.de>
Date:    Wed, 31 Mar 1999 20:54:22 +0000
Subject: G3/G4 Projekt

Hallo Petra,

es gibt erfreuliche Neuigkeiten aus dem phase 5 Lager !

Bitte setze doch diese Mail in Ihrer ursprünglichen Form
in das Netz. Danke

Nachdem ich heute ein ausführliches Gespräch mit Wolf Dietrich
hatte, haben sich folgende neue bzw. ergänzende Tatsachen
heraus kristallisiert.

Das Cyberstorm G3/G4 Projekt wird, nach den ja derart schon
massenhaften Vorbestellungen, die innerhalb kürzester Zeit aufgekommen
sind, in den nächsten 2-3 Wochen aufgegriffen und somit komplett
im Laufe der Zeit realisiert. Eine Vision wird somit wahr.
Wer hätte noch vor Kurzem an eine G3/G4 Beschleunigerkarte
von phase 5 gedacht.
Herr W. Dietrich ist auf Wünsche und Vorschläge der User, Händler,
Programmierer, sowie verschiedenen Entwicklern, eingegangen um
einen weiteren Meilenstein in der Geschichte des Amigas zu setzen.
Herr Dietrich hat die Zeichen der Zeit wahrgenommen um dadurch
auf eine verheissungsvolle Technologie des nächsten Jahrtausends
zu setzen.
Bestandteil des Gespräches war unter anderem auch die Frage nach
einer Grafikkarte. Die existierenden Grafikkarten verfügen derzeit über
einen sehr leistungsfähigen Permedia 2 Prozessor, welche
an einem dafür speziell angefertigten Hochleistungsbus an der
Cyberstorm PPC oder Blizzard PPC angeschlossen wird.
Auf der Cyberstorm G3/G4 soll dieser Grafikkartenanschluß aus
Platz- und kostenbedingten Gründen nicht vorhanden sein.
Deswegen wird derzeit über eine Grafikkarte mit z.B. einem high Speed
3D Grafikprozessor Permedia 3 von 3D Labs und Texas Instruments,
mit z.B. 32MB VideoRAM vehement nachgedacht.

Ein anderer wesentlicher Aspekt bzw. Gesichtspunkt trägt
offenbar die schon ehemals verkündigte Multiprozessor-Technologie.
Hier möchte man gegenüber anderen Computersystemem,
durch die Integration von 2 oder gar 4 ZIF Prozessorsockeln,
dem Amiga einen Vorsprung bieten können.
Man überlege sich z.B. eine Cyberstorm G4 mit zwei 300MHz G4 PPC
Prozessoren zu verwirklichen. Eine solche Karte würde nicht
die Verdopplung des Preises von 899 EURO heisen, sondern könnte z.B.
für ca. 1.199 EURO verwirklicht werden.
Bei vorhandener Software, die die Altivec Technologie der G4 Prozessoren
unterstützt, sind Geschwindigkeitssteigerungen gegenüber dem G3 Prozessor
um gar 4-5 mal schneller, durch aus realistisch. Durch Multiprocessing ist
der Rechner dann wahrhaftig nicht mehr zu "bremsen". ;-)

Hiervon abgesehen können Interessierte weiterhin Vorbestellungen
tätigen, da erst bei Beginn der Erstellung von den ersten Karten die Kunden
nochmals gefragt werden, welche Version Sie denn gerne hätten bzw.
bei zukünftigen Änderungen wird auf Kundenwünsche eingegangen.

Das natürlich jetzt auch noch die Amiga 1200 User unsere Unterstützung
erhalten, ist eine klare Entscheidung, der man nicht oder nur ungern aus-
weichen würden. Das Projekt der Blizzard G3/G4 Karten ist auch hiermit
eindeutig beschlossen und wird mit höchster Sorgfalt entwickelt werden.
Nichts desto trotz ist dies auch eine kleine Reaktion auf anderweitige
Vorankündigungen, die gerade kurz nach unserer plötzlich erscheinen.
Wodurch ein Mitbewerber hier versucht, auf bestimmter Art und Weise auf
dieses Projekt wie auch auf das Geschäft zu intervenieren.
Das ist also ganz meine persönliche Meinung bzw. mein persönlicher Eindruck.
Wie heisst es so schön......Konkurrenz belebt das Geschäft, obwohl
ich in der Hinsicht weniger an die Konkurrenz glaube, als an andere
Sachen....
Die Vergangenheit hat gegenteilige Fakten auf den Tisch gelegt, wie z.B.
das plötzliche nicht Erscheinen auf bestimmten Amiga Messen und so
ne..........

Zum Zeitpunkt sitzen seit 19 Uhr in Frankfurt die führenden und leitenden
Kräfte des Amiga Marktes zusammen, um der Zukunft des Amigas
mit höchster Kreativität und neuen Impulsen die genialen Innovationen
der Firma phase 5 digital products zu unterstützen.

Petro Tyschtschenko, Jürgen Haage sowie Wolf Dietrich beraten
derzeit die Situation des Amigas, um signifikante wie auch
effiziente Pläne für die Zukunft zu schmieden.

Bin gespannt mit welchen ereignisreichen Ergebnissen hierbei
zu rechnen ist.

Die neue, große und hoffnungsvolle Amiga Phase [5;)] hat hiermit begonnen.

Vorbestellungen meiner begeisterten Kumpels, sowie die meinerseits
sind schon längst abgegeben worden. Die Vorauskasse bezahle ich gern,
wenn die Vorankündigungen der Leistungen eingehalten wird. Dann
lohnt sich das Ganze sehr. Wer der Meinung ist, daß ca. 2.000,- DM zuviel
für eine G3/G4 Karte sei, der soll doch bitte sich eine aktuelle Macintosh
Zeitschrift holen und nach den Preisen von G3 ZIF Prozessor-Modulen
Ausschau halten. Er wird bemerken, daß das günstigste G3 400MHz Modul,
wo nur der Prozessor und der Backside-Level-Cache drauf ist, ca. 1.700,- DM
bezahlt. Übrigens ist das günstigste Angebot auch von phase 5. Wer sich
einen
G3 Prozessor-Modul von z.B. NewerTek holt, der wird dann locker noch ein
paar Scheinchen hinlegen müssen.
Somit erhält man für ca. 300,-DM eine Cyberstorm G3/G4 mit 1-4 ZIF Sockeln,
UW-SCSI onboard, zwei SD-RAM Bänke, zukunftsträchtige FireWire Ports,
PCI 2.1 Interface, 1 Direktslot für z.B. eine Permedia 3 GKarte sowie den
512KB FlashROM. Von der 68k Emulation mal abgesehen.
Also was wollt Ihr denn noch ?

In diesem Sinne...........

Where do you want to be tomorrow ?

Gruß

Salva


See you later .....
--

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                         |    »»»SALVAFACTORY©«««   |

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AMIGA POWER against monopolism ! Stop that lousy WINTEL-System !

REMEMBER: ITS NOT THE CHIPS OR MIPS......,THE OS IS THE BOSS!

AMIGA 4000T MICRONIK^CYBERSTORM PPC PHASE V DUALBOARD
    WITH MOTOROLA 604e 233MHZ & 68060 66MHZ PROCESSOR
 WITH ULTRA-WIDE SCSI CONTROLLER & IBM DCHS 9 GIG UW-SCSI
152MB-TOTAL-FAST-RAM^CYBERVISION PPC WITH T.I. PERMEDIA 2
`N` 8MB SG-RAM^SILICON GRAPHICS 20" MONITOR^YAMAHA SOUND
ITH ISDN-MASTER II REV.8^MACROSYSTEMS VLAB MOTION SVIDEO
NONLINEAR EDITING STATION WITH TOCCATA SOUND & MOVIESHOP
SOFTWARE^DIGITAL BROADCASTER 32 PROFESSIONAL NONLINEAR
EDITING STATION FROM DIGITAL MICRONIKS^FRAMEMACHINE AND
PRISM 24 S-VIDEO-GRABBER FROM ELECTRONIC DESIGN...........etc.
                                                ///
                                               ///
                                         \\\  ///
                                           \X//
...................and he`s still the SURVIVOR. Long live the Amiga
community.

                        ------AMIGA RULEZ-------

                   DON. SALVADOR FERNANDEZ GOMEZ

                            FON___+49 (0) 6101 500039
                            FAX___+49 (0) 6101 127579
                            BBS___+49 (0) 6101 127579
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                          http://www.aranea.net/~sfernand
                e-mail: Salva.Fernandez@rhein-main.netsurf.de
                       e-mail2: donjuan@stud.fh-frankfurt.de

                    AMIGA - THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE
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Village Tronic


Picasso96 rtg.library und NCR77C32 Quick-Fixes
rtg.lha Version 40.3515 vom 30.03.99, NCR.lha Version 6.270 vom 25.03.99, Änderungen siehe Picasso 96 Quick Fixes. (ps)

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Haage & Partner


Neue Bilder in der Tornado3D Galerie
In die Tornado3D-Galerie von Haage & Partner sind neue Bilder von exzellenter Qualität aufgenommen worden. Es ist wirklich einen Blick wert. (ps)

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31.Mär.1999
Martin Baute per eMail


Hilfe - ISDN?
Martin, unser Fachmann fürs Englische :-), hat sich eine Fritz!X-Box gekauft und braucht Hilfe (s.u.). Da ich die DataBox SpeedDragon von Hagenuk habe, kann ich leider nicht helfen. Vielleicht findet sich unter den Lesern ja ein Experte, der bereit ist, Martin zu helfen. Entweder per eMail an Martin direkt oder eine Nachricht im Amiga News Forum, denn vielleicht interessiert ja auch noch andere, ob und wie das funktioniert.

Nachtrag vom 01.04.1999:
Das Problem ist gelöst, Martin schreibt mir:
1&1 zeigt sich kulant: man schickt mir die SpeedDragon, und die Fritz!X muß ich erst bei Erhalt der SpeedDragon zurückschicken. Preislich lag wohl ein Mißverständnis vor (die Hotline hatte ja 100,- DM Aufpreis gennannt), der Versand berechnet nur 30,- DM. Man mailt sich demnächst mit ISDN...

From:    Martin Baute <solar@baud.de>
To:      Petra Struck <petra.struck@online-club.de>
Date:    Wed, 31 Mar 1999 12:46:37 +0100
Subject: Hilfe - ISDN?

Hallo,

soeben hat der Postbote mein ISDN-Paket gebracht. Enthalten ist u.a. eine
Fritz!X PC-Box (externes ISDN-Modem).

Nun spricht das Handbuch an allen Ecken von CAPI. Ich hatte bei der Hotline
vor der Bestellung extra gefragt, ob die Fritz!X auch per AT-Befehle an-
gesteuert werden kann, was bejaht wurde.

Nur, im Handbuch steht nix davon!

Du hast doch ISDN? Gibt es da irgendwelche Software, die ich mir besorgen
müßte, oder soll ich auf Teufel komm raus Miami auf die Fritz!X loslassen,
und zusehen, was passiert?

(Wenn's schiefgeht, wäre ich vom Internet abgeschnitten... :-( )

Mit freundlichen Grüssen
--
    Martin Baute          /// Amiga A1200 Towerhawk - PowerPC 603e / MC68060
 => solar@baud.de <=     /// Newsmaster & VersionWatch at http://www.baud.de
Member of Team AMIGA \\\/// Member of the Bielefeld Amiga Users & Developers
100% Microsoft free!  \XX/ "Move, and you're dead." "I am dead, and I move!"

Amiga, MS-DOS, Windows: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

Hier noch ein Ausschnitt aus einer zweiten Mail von Martin:

Allerdings habe ich gerade etwas herumexperimentiert, und Miami kann mit
der Fritz!X nicht das geringste anfangen. Sieht so aus, als hätte ich mich
zu früh auf die heile ISDN-Welt gefreut... :-(

Ich werde jetzt erst einmal versuchen, mein 33.6k Modem als Analoggerät
an die Fritz!X anzuschließen. Dann hätte ich immerhin schon mal ISDN-
Telefonie plus 33.6k Internet plus zwei Kanäle plus drei Rufnummern. Auf
die Voice-/Fax-Funktionen sowie den 64k-Zugang werde ich dann wohl
verzichten müssen. (Wozu, zum Henker, habe ich mir eigentlich so voreilig
STFax zugelegt? Gargl... :-( )

Na, vielleicht dann unter OS 5... :-/ Schade, die Fritz!X ist vom Funktions-
umfang her einfach klasse, günstig (149,- DM bei ISDN-Neuantrag) und sehr
leicht erhältlich (1&1, Conrad). Rennt da draußen evtl. irgendjemand rum,
der einen Fossil/CAPI-Treiber für die Fritz!X stricken könnte?

Und noch eine Message ist gerade eingegangen:


On 31-Mär-99, Petra Struck wrote:

> Martin Baute (solar@baud.de)
> schrieb am: 31-Mär-99 um 12:46:37
> zum Thema:  Hilfe - ISDN?

> Hallo Martin,

>> soeben hat der Postbote mein ISDN-Paket gebracht. Enthalten ist u.a. eine
>> Fritz!X PC-Box (externes ISDN-Modem).

Ein Anruf bei der 1&1 Hotline erbrachte folgendes:

Man entschuldigte sich zerknirscht für das Mißverständnis: AT-Befehle
verstünde die Fritz!X nur über einen (mitgelieferten) Spezialtreiber -
für Windows... :-/

Man bot mir an, die Fritz!X zum Differenzbetrag gegen eine Hagenuk
SpeedDragon umzutauschen.

Kurze Frage an die ISDN-Kenner: Taugt die SpeedDragon? Was ich gerne
hätte, wäre 64k-ISDN Datentransfer, Voice, AB, Fax (STFax vorhanden)
und eine Möglichkeit zum Anschluß eines analogen Telefons (letzteres
muß nicht unbedingt, wäre aber nett). Ach ja, und AT-Befehle sollte
sie beherrschen - aber da Miami Voreinstellungen für die SpeedDragon
hat, gehe ich davon mal aus. Bringt die SpeedDragon mir das?
Und was kriege ich an Mehrwert gegenüber der Fritz!X für die 100,- DM
Preisunterschied?

Dann höre ich auch auf zu nerven... ;-)

Regards

    Martin Baute          /// Amiga A1200 Towerhawk - PowerPC 603e / MC68060
 => solar@baud.de <=     /// Newsmaster & VersionWatch at http://www.baud.de
Member of Team AMIGA \\\/// Member of the Bielefeld Amiga Users & Developers
100% Microsoft free!  \XX/ "Move, and you're dead." "I am dead, and I move!"

"If you strike me down I shall become more powerful
than you can possibly imagine."
- Obi-Wan Kenobi

Nachtrag vom 01.04.1999

1&1 zeigt sich kulant: man schickt mir die SpeedDragon, und die Fritz!X
muß ich erst bei Erhalt der SpeedDragon zurückschicken. Preislich lag
wohl ein Mißverständnis vor (die Hotline hatte ja 100,- DM Aufpreis
gennannt), der Versand berechnet nur 30,- DM. Man mailt sich demnächst
mit ISDN...
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Logowettbewerb bei amiga-news.de
Ich bin schwer beeindruckt :-). Bastian Kinne hat sich wirklich was einfallen lassen! Nicht nur, daß er wunderschöne Logo kreiert hat, er hat sich Gedanken über das gesamte Layout gemacht (welches in der Tat zur Zeit nicht der Weisheit letzter Schluß ist). Das Ergebnis seiner Arbeit können Sie sich unter http://home.pages.de/~snakee/amiganews/index.html anschauen. Eine, wie ich finde, hervorragende Arbeit, echt genial :-). Hier ist ein Profi am Werk, was die Website von Bastian eindrucksvoll beweist.

Bastians Logo-Vorschlag:


300 x 65 (ps)

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Amiga.org


Siamese Status Amiga PCI-Karten
Siamese (ps)

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31.Mär.1999
Czech Amiga News


Phoenix Fighters neue Website und Demoversion
Phoenix Fighters von Alive Mediasoft Ltd. hat eine neue Website. Das neue Demo Version 1.1 (575 kb) können Sie hier downloaden, und hier das pf_demo.readme. (ps)

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Haage & Partner


SoftLogic zieht um
Die Firma SoftLogik (PageStream) zieht in diesen Tagen um. Daher ist sie weder telefonisch, noch per Fax oder E-Mail zu erreichen. Auch die Domaine www.softlogik.com ist nicht aktiv. In ca. 2 Wochen sollte alles wieder erreichbar sein. (ps)

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Aminet [New Uploads]


Aminet Uploads vom 31.03.1999
bulllister.lha       comm/cnet    5K+Bull Lister Version 1.0
KewlStory_12.lha     comm/maxs   49K+Let your callers make up a story, 1.2
MagicFile_46.lha     comm/maxs  178K+Automated file menus & more for MAXs, 4.
EMR-ResTito.lha      demo/aga   3.9M+"Restito" by Embora - 6th at Astrosyn`2
PHT-Schedule.lha     demo/aga   3.1M+"Schedule One" by Phase Truce - 7th at A
DKG-BreezeNow.lha    demo/intro   5K+5th place at Astrosyn'99!
noe_ppc_c2p.lha      dev/asm    195K+Ppc c2p converters (8bpp and 15bpp)
gtshape.lha          dev/basic    3K+Blitz2 - code for fixing GTShapes
FlashROM_11.lha      disk/cdrom  16K+Amiga tool to change the flash ROM of Pl
b5guide.lha          docs/hyper 102K+Babylon 5 Episode Guide
ovenbird_src.lha     game/misc   41K+Source codes for Ovenbird v0.50
RushHour_16a.lha     game/misc  344K+Switch trafficlights, like C64 Traffic
MortalKombat2H.lha   game/patch   5K+MortalKombat2_Hd {4 disks)
PowerView.lha        gfx/show    75K+JPEG Viewer (CGFX and AGA) for PPC-Amiga
PowerView.readme     gfx/show     2K+JPEG Viewer for AGA and PPC (BETA!)
imdbDiff990319.lha   misc/imdb  1.5M+Diffs for the Internet MovieDatabase
mw_trust.lha         mods/wmr   1.4M+IMM: "Trust" by wOOd/Acid Demons
MMULib.lha           util/libs  218K+Library to ctrl the MC68K MMUs, beta
ShowMem.lha          util/moni   15K+Shows memory fragmentation via gfx
BenchTrash.lha       util/wb    185K+Global trashcan for WB, with eject suppo
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Logowettbewerb bei amiga-news.de
Grandios, wieder sind neue Logos und Banner hier angekommen. Es ist übrigens überhaupt kein Problem, wenn jemand mehrere Sets einreicht. Je mehr Auswahl, umso besser :-). Nur weiter so, ich freue mich schon auf die nächsten Einsendungen. Was mir besonders gefällt: Die Logos fangen an, einen "Rand" zu bekommen :-).

Logos von Stefan Keilwert

Logo 200 x 80
200 x 80
Logo 400 x 40
400 x 40
Logo 92 x 92
92 x 92
Logo 87 x 30
87 x 30
Logo 87 x 40
87 x 40


Logos Set 2 von Jochen Abitz

Logo 200 x 80
200 x 80
Logo 400 x 40
400 x 40
Logo 400 x 40
400 x 40
Logo 87 x 30
87 x 30
Logo 87 x 40
87 x 40
Logo 92 x 92
92 x 92
(ps)

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Oxygenic per eMail


WaveTracer DS Mark V
Die neue Version des WaveTracer DS bietet folgende Veränderungen: Sämtliche Lade- und Speichermodule sowie fast alle Effektmodule wurden komplett überarbeitet, beschleunigt, fehlerbereinigt und für den PPC vorbereitet. Somit ist diese Version des WaveTracer DS die letzte, die nur für den 680x0-Prozessor zu haben ist. Die erste WarpOS®- / PPC-Version wird in Kürze verfügbar sein.
     Weiterhin sind einige neue Speichermodule (AIFF 8, 16 und 32 Bit, RIFF-WAVE 8 und 16 Bit, URAW 8 und 16 Bit, jeweils für bis zu 6 Kanäle), Lademodule (AIFC bis 32 Bit, AIFF bis 32 Bit, Sun®- / DEC®- Audiofiles 8 bis 32 Bit bzw. bis IEEE64, URAW 8 und 16 Bit, jeweils für bis zu 6 Kanäle) sowie Effektmodule (Rectifier) hinzugekommen. Das Egalizer-Effektmodul wurde um einen Parameter erweitert, der auch komplizierte Offset-Ausgleiche ermöglicht. Der WaveTracer DS Mark V ist im Aminet und auf der VWP-Homepage erhältlich. (ps)

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Neue Flashupdates von Phase5 vom 30.03.1999 online
FlashUpdates-300399.lha, lesen Sie auch das entsprechende readme. Das Problem mit dem Endlos-Loop wurde beseitigt. (ps)

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Sunsite


Linux-Apus-Kernel 2.2.3pre1 (68k) vom 23.03.99
Hier gibt es den Linux-Apus-Kernel 2.2.3pre1 (68k) vom 23.03.99. (ps)

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Aminet [New Uploads]


Aminet Uploads vom 30.03.1999
sakkare.lha          biz/dopus  177K+Awesome theme for magellanII
sshnote.txt          comm/net     0K+Note regarding comm/net/SSH.lha.
GetAllHTML.lha       comm/tcp    13K+Auto-download entire web sites! (v0.61 )
MyHost.lha           comm/tcp     7K+Shows your host on one or all interfaces
FLP-Elthiag.lha      demo/aga   3.3M+"Elthiag" by Floppy - 3rd at Astrosyn`2
UDP_Chat.lha         dev/basic   94K+UDPfuncsV2.3 for Blitz-good for Net game
E-List9811.lha       dev/e      127K+All November 98 msgs on the AmigaE Maili
E-List9812.lha       dev/e       50K+All December 98 msgs on the AmigaE Maili
E-List9901.lha       dev/e       49K+All January 99 msgs on the AmigaE Mailin
E-List9902.lha       dev/e       53K+All February 99 msgs on the AmigaE Maili
AutodocV131.lha      dev/misc    28K+A really neat autodoc viewer v1.31 (OS3.
ReCatItProGRca.lha   dev/misc     5K+ReCatItPro v1.00 Greek catalog
MakeCDdeutschD.lha   disk/cdrom 322K+German documentation for MakeCD V3.2b
BUFF_Gde.lha         docs/hyper 100K+Buffy Vampire Slayer Episode Guide (51)
ACNews_9.lha         docs/mags   62K+E-zine focused on Amiga News: #9-Mar 99
SCSI_PCMCIA.lha      docs/misc  124K+Allows you to connect a SCSI PCMCIA read
startrekanm.lha      game/think 3.1M+Optional Anims My Star Trek Game
startrekprg.lha      game/think 998K+Updated Star Trek Game! Hires graphics!
Sezioni.lha          misc/misc  112K+Sezioni v2.0 DEMO (ITALIAN)
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lns15_stack.lha      mods/tranc 296K+Smoke stack - hardtrance
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lns17_light.lha      mods/tranc 346K+Let there be light - hardtrance
lns18_netto.lha      mods/tranc 405K+Nude in netto - hardtrance
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lns24_coin.lha       mods/tranc 515K+Co-incidence - softtrance remix
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bp_melt.lha          mods/wmr   553K+IMM: "Melt" by balistic/DiSC
ds-above.lha         mods/wmr   386K+IMM: "Above the Clouds" by Dawnstar
Sub.lha              pix/anim   844K+Sub anim with sonar sound in IFF-SoundAN
MODiskIcons12.lha    pix/icon   104K+Icons for 3.5" Magneto-Optical disks
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Czech Amiga News


Update SFS
Das Update zu SmartFileSystem Version 1.58 SFS_BETA.lha ist nicht kompatibel mit älteren Versionen von SFS, also Anleitung genau lesen! Mit SFSalv.lha von Jörg Strohmayer können defekte SFS-Partitionen wiederhergestellt werden. (ps)

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Übersicht über alle alten und neuen Amiga-Browser
Eine Übersicht über alle alten und neuen Amiga-Browser. (ps)

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AWD [News]


Siamese Systems bietet Multi-Board Computer System Gehäuse an
Do-it-yourself Fans können in diesem Gehäuse mehrere Systeme unterbringen. Weitere Einzelheiten unter http://www.siamese.co.uk/. (ps)

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Randomize bietet Bundle ScanQuix/Umax Scanner an
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Neue Flashupdates von Phase5 vom 29.03.1999 online
FlashUpdates-290399.lha, lesen Sie auch das entsprechende readme.
Auf der Powerup-ML lese ich, daß man dieses Update nicht auf der Blizzard 603e benutzen soll, da das System beim Startup in einen Endlos-Loop gerät und die BVision auch nicht arbeitet. Falls Sie schon geflasht haben, "S" drücken und wieder das Update vom 24.03.99 einspielen. (ps)

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KOSH summary Nr. 13
From:    "Colin-Stewart Bridge Deady" <csbdeady@mythicz.u-net.com>
Date:    29 Mar 99 23:33:47 +0000
Subject: Summary 13
To:      kosh-general@kosh.net

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Hi all

Summary 13 enclosed. Many thanks to Robert Wise and John Chandler who
helped out with writing it.

It's a long one - a very long one - and I decided to keep John's
excellent contribution in a separate file to reduce the size of the
main file - although admittedly this is a larger_than_average summary.

If we get this many contributions to the general mailing list in the
future I will need help summarising the ML on a regular basis -
alternatively -please- take a lot of topics to the appropriate other
lists as I can't summarise them for lack of time.

Regards
-Bridge


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KOSH [Kommunity Orientated Software Hardware]

Weekly Summary

Week Commencing: 20th March 1999

Number: 013

Mailing List: kosh-general

In the mailing list this week, the following items were discussed. Please do
not email the scribe regarding any of these topics, it is not his job to answer
these questions but merely to report  the topics of conversation. If you have
any queries about this summary, please email ben@kosh.net, stating the Summary
Number, and Mailing List Name, and he will try to answer your queries.

The Summary this week was completed jointly by myself, Bridge Deady, Robert
Wise and John Chandler. I have incorporated Robert's sections into the main
summary but I have enclosed John's separately to allow for different
pagination.

a)

Subject: Keyboard mapping

Summary of debate: An idea posted is that it would be useful if you could swap
                   keys of the keyboard in software. For example, if you wanted
                   to replace "x" with "y" you would just run the appropriate
                   mini application, specify the keys to swap and choose OK.
                   This would allow people who would like keys to be mapped
                   slightly differently to be able to accomplish this.

                   It was further suggested that this could later be
                   implemented in hardware by allowing physical hotswapping of
                   keys on a keyboard. Does USB have the bandwidth and features
                   to enable this?

                   Each key could have the character it represents embedded in
                   it, interfacing through a quick-connect/disconnect plug. An
                   advantage of this is that if a key stopped working you could
                   just buy a new key rather than a new keyboard. If you needed
                   more space for a larger alphabet you could just clip on a
                   new section to the board and populate it with your chosen
                   keys. Perhaps this interfacing could be achieved with PIC
                   chips cut down to size?

                   It was pointed out that this is all part of a larger picture
                   about the ability to input into a computer in a native
                   language. To this end it would be nice to get involvement
                   from people in Asia in KOSH. The system should support many
                   languages as standard (presumably via language objects).

                   Keyboards could be handled via a keyboard driver object. The
                   actual keyboard can be anything the user wants to use. A
                   stream of input messages come from the keyboard which could
                   be unicode characters or special events (eg: Help key)/ If
                   its a smart keyboard (like USB) it will automatically start
                   the correct driver.

                   Suggested that a lot of what has been said could be
                   accomplished by a configurable touch screen although it
                   would lack tactile feedback. Tactile feedback could possibly
                   be handled via a gell that becomes progressively harder as
                   an electric field is applied to it - at the points where it
                   is pressed.


                   Different keyboard input objects based on Unicode could
                   handle any input required. Alternatively have an intermediate
                   object between the keyboard input object and the input
                   handler object, which may translate.

                   The Dworak keyboard that maps the most used keys closest to
                   where one has ones fingers was mentioned.

                   Could each key have a LED like the one on the Amiga Caps
                   Lock key?




b)

Subject: Cooling KOSH (was Waterproofing KOSH)

Summary of debate: Perhaps by using conductive fluid pipes in the computer one
                   could cool it.

                   Another idea would be to have slots on top of the machine
                   (not the side where they currently are), but this would take
                   us back to the first problem - coffee spills and dust.
                   Therefore the slits could be at the top edges of the case
                   facing out of either side with a slight V-shape in the
                   inside top of the case directing hot air that rises to these
                   outlets. Any foreign bodies entering these outlets could be
                   made to fall down channels in the inner side of the machine
                   and hopefully not enter the fragile innards.


c)

Subject: Chunky pixel and bit plane graphics modes

Summary of debate: When we get around to designing KOSH graphics cards can we
                   try to use the advantages of both systems mentioned above?

                   By connecting the vsync signal from the graphics card to a
                   hardware interrupt pin on the CPU we can make real-time
                   window dragging look smooth and fluid.

                   KOSH should use the inbuilt interrupt feature of many
                   graphics cards to accomplish this.

                   KOSH graphics cards could contain some form of copper, maybe
                   a more advanced version that allows 2D operation (which
                   would speed up the GUI).

                   Further questions raised: do we want a graphics card at all
                   when instead we could use a modular design, keeping the RAM,
                   DAC and custom chips as separate, scalable and optional
                   modules?

                   Do we want shared memory for graphics, data and sound like
                   the Amiga's chip RAM?



d)

Subject: Memory protection

Summary of debate: Would it be possible with today's memory management units to
                   protect private members of a single object?

                   Dave Haynie has previously suggested a system using flexible
                   context objects, which can live in at least four different
                   protection levels (app, global, object, and system).

                   Only if you wanted to devote a large chunk of memory to each
                   such object. An MMU, for good reason, works in page-sized
                   increments.

                   Could there be a standard way to lock an object in memory
                   for reading and writing to prevent another task or person
                   from changing the object that is curently being used?

                   Only if you wanted to devote a large chunk of memory to each
                   such object. An MMU works in page-sized increments.

                   However from the Amiga we can see that a system can be
                   stable without protection - it also shows where protection
                   is needed.

                   Only write-protection is needed to avoid having
                   applications trash each other's memory. However security
                   reasons would mean that you may not want someone to scan all
                   your documents and therefore read-protection is also needed.

                   What mechanism might exist to identify methods that a given
                   object understands? How would it be possible to tell that a
                   particular subclass of text object manipulator understands
                   font styles or not, or some similar thing? Not necessarily
                   determining whether it responds to a specific method, but
                   whether it has an equivalent method.

                   To physically protect objects from being altered by
                   malfunctioning classes each object could have its own memory
                   space. Knowing when to protect the object is as important as
                   actually protecting it.


e)

Subject: Book recommendations

Summary of debate: Booch's book about Object Oriented Analysis and Design,
                   (Grady Booch. 0-8053-5340-2) comes recommended.
                   Also recommended is Software Inspection by Gilb and
                   Graham (0-201-19246-2, 0-201-63181-4), which gives good
                   ideas about how to increase the quality of software.

                   Scribe's note: Books are summarised on the kosh booklist
                   website - see a previous summary for the URL.



f)

Subject: KOSH training

Summary of debate: Many people involved with KOSH may not that well versed in
                   the technology behind the proposals. Mario Saitti is willing
                   to help set up a system for KOSH to teach structured
                   programming methodology/Data Structures/SSADM/computational
                   to anyone interested.

                   Suggested that we should be thinking about teaching OO, not
                   structured programming. Structure programming doesn't really
                   go well with the object sea.

                   OO Design could also be a very valuable skill for all KOSH
                   members.

                   Could such training "courses" actually be devised?
                   Supplementing such training with books was recommended.


g)

Subject: Against hosted

Summary of debate: One scribe-e pointed out that they are against running hosted
                   versions of KOSH. Their reasoning is that there may be little
                   point in redefining computing to use modern methodology if we
                   put it atop of a base that is at least 20 years old. While
                   ensuring market compatibility is the compromise worth it?


h)

Subject: Why there should be an Object Sea

Summary of debate: One scribe-e pointed out they currently view the object sea
                   as just a set of descriptors and protocols made up of sub
                   classes which determine how the system will handle the
                   object.

                   The advantages of this approach include the fact that it
                   promotes really serious, heavy use of code reuse and
                   polymorphism. Together, these can lead to both better
                   performance and far more reliable code. It is then easy to
                   add behaviours to the system.

                   why is there a need for a frozen form?

                   A datatype still needs to open the JPEG file, close it later,
                   perhaps committing or forgetting edits at the same point.


i)

Subject: COMAL, REBOL, JIT & Basic KOSH

Summary of debate: Should KOSH come with a BASIC-like interpreted language?

                   A COMAL interpreter included with KOSH as standard was also
                   suggested. COMAL is very widely supported.

                   How about REBOL which is a messaging based interpretive
                   language currently going towards version 2.0 and developed
                   by Carl Sassenrath? See: http://www.rebol.com <=Some like
                   REBOL, others are less impressed.

                   Why bother with an interpreted language when with KOSH we
                   are thinking of the possibility of programs compiling at
                   either install or run time from a slim binary type of
                   format? How about a JIT compiled language as we would not
                   lose significantly in time that way?

                   Suggested is making a computer language that is more like
                   the equations that scientists and people in general have
                   been using all their life. Pointed out that we may not want
                   to create a new language. Mentioned that instead of a
                   compiled language one that halts and hilighted errors would
                   be good.

                   The standard compiler shipped with KOSH could be simple with
                   a more advanced highly optimised version available for
                   purchase.

                   In regard to OO rather than structured programming, see
                   Farenheit at http://www.sgi.com for some of the newest
                   declarative systems.


j)

Subject: CORBA links

Summary of debate: See:
                   http://www.corba.org ? Try searching for papers and AOOC.
                   http://www.cetus-links.org/ have some links that might be of
                   interest.

                   Also see: http://www.omg.org (or something similar) - the
                   parent organization is something like "Open Management
                   Group".




k)

Subject: Structured design methodology

Summary of debate: Suggested that we could all write a few lines on structured
                   design methodology and someone could summarize it for the
                   glossary.


l)

Subject: Accessing KOSH (continued)

Summary of debate: A completely aural interface for the system could be very
                   useful for those who are completely blind.

                   However this could have disadvantages such as if the
                   interface was left turned on next to a radio. Perhaps
                   preface commands to the computer with another word (aka Star
                   Trek).

                   Any audio control should be able to understand conceptual
                   terms - most likely via some AI.

                   A true 2-colour screen could be useful for someone who is
                   colourblind.

                   Avoiding colour clash (a form of colour blindness) when
                   certain colours are placed on other colours should be
                   paramount in KOSH.

                   Braille keyboards and a Braille screen were further
                   suggested.

                   Circular radar like pulses going to a mouse pointer when you
                   press a shortcut key could be used to help keep track of the
                   pointer.

                   The Amiga and Mac ability to flash the screen when there is
                   an error as well as provide a beep should be included.

                   We should also look at alternatives to keyboard + mouse
                   including joystick control amongst many possibilities.

                   Mario Saitti has suggested that issues like these would need
                   an entire working group of their own.



m)

Subject: DLL's

Summary of debate: Was mentioned by a number of people that we should stay away
                   from a system similar to Windows DLL files as these can
                   create severe problems when things go wrong.


n)

Subject: Garbage collection

Summary of debate: Garbage collection from LISP could be used. Object Seas
                   based on their existence are suggested as the way to go.


o)

Subject: Localised languages

Summary of debate: Locale on AmigaOS allowed easy adaptation to many languages.
                   By incorporating this in some form into KOSH the system as a
                   whole becomes even more inclusive.

                   To fully internationalise KOSH it was suggested that a
                   mixture of languages should be useable at once. An example
                   given was Swedish in a wordprocessor but something else in
                   the other applications.

                   KOSH from the ground up should be designed to be flexible
                   and powerful in respect to language implementation including
                   Kanji which appears to be very complex.


p)

Subject: Punch cards

Summary of debate: KOSH should support punch cards as there is a lot of data
                   stored on them which is currently difficult to access.

                   It was pointed out that this could be achieved by placing
                   the punch card in a scanner and then interpreting the
                   resulting picture.


q)

Subject: KOSH-OO-help ML

Summary of debate: A mailing list with the above title was suggested by John
                   Gustafsson so him, Dave and others can post a mail now and
                   then about something about OO and those interested could
                   talk about it.


r)

Subject: Get together

Summary of debate: Suggested we should all get together to celebrate the
                   release of KOSH 1.0 when it is out. Joel Newkirk wants to
                   know if we want to go to a party at his place? Such an
                   opportunity will give us all a chance to meet each other.
                   Dave Haynie then goes and invites us all to his place for a
                   Summer party in the year 2000 - what a nice gesture!. Mario
                   Saitti then makes further offers around the theme of a get
                   together.

                   Oh and ideas for the place to celebrate KOSH 2.0 are coming
                   in now as well:P


s)

Subject: Hardware Procurement WG

Summary of debate: Joel Newkirk suggests the above working group to establish
                   means of procuring hardware for testing, kommunity needs,
                   individual purposes, etc at the lowest available prices.
                   Maybe establish a specific physical/legal base in the state
                   of Delaware, which is conveniently free of sales tax, yet in
                   a convenient location at the heart of the US East Coast
                   Metro-Belt.


t)

Subject: Users as objects

Summary of debate: Suggested that we could tread users as objects or a set of
                   objects, with permissions for various things and levels
                   being objects or object-related as well.

u)

Subject: Multiuser systems

Summary of debate: Mentioned that would we need a multiuser system? With KOSH
                   being designed so that it is fast, easy and fun to use
                   rather than a mainframe OS with terminals and users perhaps
                   multiuser is unnecessary.

                   However multiuser systems may be a must for any connected
                   computer. File sharing would be hard and inefficient without
                   a multiuser system.

                   The multiuser model could be defined and then set the single
                   user model as the degenerate case.

                   By being able to boot the system into a configuration mode
                   that is free of user context software and hardware could be
                   easily added globally.

                   Data, applications and hardware could all be user-specific
                   (with the ability to add other users) or global in their
                   availability. Therefore we could have just one KOSH
                   distribution with many different levels of users. Sharing
                   like this could also be done over a network.

                   If every KOSH machine is fully multi-user it would mean that
                   identifying oneself to any machine would allow access to all
                   of that users resources and settings. Suggested that KOSH
                   should see multiuser as adding "personal" resources and
                   access privileges to the generic system.


v)

Subject: Resolving handles

Summary of debate:  Resolving handles and finding methods/interfaces is likely
                    to take at least some processor time. Suggested these
                    things could be cached.

                    Further suggested is that we could have some objects built
                    at install time and updated at runtime if applicable, to
                    handle the resolving, on the machine the application or
                    object's installed on. The OS then wouldn't have to do a
                    new complete resolve each time the object were to be
                    invoked.


w)

Subject: KOSH Vocabulary WG

Summary of debate: Ruward F. Leenstra has suggested that it is time to create
                   the above named working group. As this will help with
                   reading Dave's paper on the Object Sea by defining and
                   explaining the terms contained within it.

                   A lot of interest was shown in this idea.


x)

Subject: KOSH FAQ

Summary of debate: Suggested that for subjects covered by KOSH mailing lists we
                   could have a frequently asked questions section of the web
                   site.


y)

Subject: Object synchronization

Summary of debate: One of the concepts arising in the discussions is the ability
                   to synchronize object by transferring the events (methods)
                   from one system to another. If the objects in question are
                   identical then no problem exists. If they are different, but
                   significantly similar then the same effect could be achieved,
                   in a limited fashion. The question is how can we determine
                   what methods a given object will respond to, and if those
                   methods are globally standard or intrinsic to that object?

                   By looking at the objects class hierarchy, the class
                   definition will determine the methods an object will
                   understand.

                   Suggested that we let the object manager be responsible for
                   almost everything related to this.  Instead of calling an
                   object directly or using an object that pre-exists, we could
                   call the object manager to rebuild an appropriate object. All
                   calls to the object manager should be abstract under this.

                   Object Synchrony developed as an approach where two compatible
                   objects on different systems are synchronized by duplicating
                   the events therein or methods sent thereto between 2+ objects.

z)

Subject: Alternatives to the monitor

Summary of debate: Audio cues discussed in depth. They have advantages over
                   simply enlarging the text on screen, although having the
                   ability to work split at the OS level (not just in
                   applications) with one half at 100% magnification and the
                   other at anything you choose would be neat.

                   See http://www.cast.org - Center for Applied Special
                   Technology. Part of their purpose is to expand the
                   accessibility of computers. Their Blobby tool at
                   http://www.cast.org/blobby is very useful to check web pages
                   for accessibility.

                   Suggested KOSH could contact relevant organisations (eg:
                   Royal Society for the Blind in the UK) and tell them that we
                   are interested in getting opinions of our ideas from
                   experts in the field, and that we are eager to try to
                   incorporate capabilities they can show to be helpful.

                   It was stated by someone who is visually impaired that a
                   windowing system is useless for the blind and if you are
                   otherwise visually impaired such a system is poor.


1a)

Subject: Window shapes

Summary of debate: At the moment almost all windows are rectangular. If KOSH
                   implemented a form of masks from the outset the windows
                   could be any shape desired.


1b)

Subject: VB Problems

Summary of debate: See the following re Visual Basic and problems with it:
http://www.vb-zone.com/upload/free/features/vbpj/1999/mckinney/mckinney1.asp#1


1c)

Subject: Mouse movement

Summary of debate: The mouse pointer in KOSH must not be jerky, it must be
                   completely fluent.


1d)

Subject: More mouse control

Summary of debate: A small trackball under the finger on top of a mouse could
                   be used in addition to the mouse itself for panning and
                   zooming etc.

                   How about a horizontal wheel as well as the vertical one.

                   Mice that sense rotation were suggested.

                   Pointed out that if the drivers were written better the
                   support for the mouse could be automatic without an
                   application exactly having to support it.

                   A trackball or a trackpad in the center of a split keyboard
                   was suggested as an alternative.


1e)

Subject: Cartesian Coordinates

Summary of debate: Cartesian Coordinates were suggested to be used with the
                   Object Sea as 2D and 3D objects. However they can be
                   difficult to deal with a lot of non-rectilinear objects and
                   waveforms.


1f)

Subject: Alternative caching method

Summary of debate: Could we create a new 'protected' directory object that is
                   accessible only to the parent task and appears and
                   disapears along with it? This could be useable to get
                   around a new EU ruling that caching is against copyright
                   law.


1g)

Subject: Mutual NDA

Summary of debate: To protect KOSH work and the work of individuals involved it
                   may be necessary at some stage in the future to use mutual
                   non disclosure acts in some areas of the Kommunity - namely
                   in certain Working Groups set up for certain reasons. Anyone
                   could have access to this but they would have to sign a
                   mutual NDA with KOSH, Inc. to gain access.


1h)

Subject: High Performance Computing Users (HPCU) Group Annual Conference

Summary of debate: See: http://www.hpcu.org re the above, or the email posted
                   by Giorgio Gomelsky (gio1@interport.net) on the 26th March
                   entitled "Fwd: Computers/computation/standards" which is a
                   forwarded message calling for computer papers on an array of
                   topics.


1i)

Subject:  Using a new object model rather than an existing one.

Summary of Debate:  Several features were proposed for the KOSH object
                    model which do not exist in current object models
                    (specifically C++'s.)  One of these features is
                    method transparency/translucence.  Using this
                    feature it is possible to create a transparent/
                    translucent container class which receives methods
                    and passes those methods along to the objects the
                    class contains.  Method transparency/translucence
                    can be utilized by an object to "broadcast" a
                    method to many recieving objects.  There was some
                    concern that this would be wasteful, in that during
                    a broadcast many objects could receive methods they
                    do not implement, and be forced to ignore those
                    methods.  Used appropriately, however, the ability
                    to "broadcast" methods would be a powerful tool.
                    An example of a translucent container would be a
                    generic-disc-object-container.  This would be a
                    container class that held all the information
                    necessary to store an object that exists in memory
                    on the disc.  The advantage of this is that while
                    the object is in memory it is not burdened with the
                    information about how it is stored on disc, and the
                    information about how to store an object on disc
                    can be implemented once, rather than over and over
                    again for each class.

                    Another feature proposed for the KOSH object model
                    was bidirectional polymorphism.  Here methods can
                    be sent to a class which does not implement those
                    methods but may implement them at some point in the
                    future.


1j)

Subject:  "Model-View-Controller" GUI Implementations

Summary of Debate:  Under this common method for GUI implementation
                    each GUI component is broken into three pieces.
                    The Model consists of the logical representation of
                    the component, the View consists of the visible
                    representation of the component, and the Controller
                    consists of mechanisms to which the component
                    responds.  This model originated in Smalltalk and
                    is used in QNX and in modified form in Java
                    JFC (SWING)


1k)

Subject:  Polymorphism

Summary of Debate:  Polymorphism was described as a subclass being
                    functionally the same class as it's parent class.
                    It was noted that this would be useful when
                    attempting to synchronize heterogenous objects.  As
                    long as the objects shared a common ancestry they
                    would have a set of common methods.  C++ uses
                    "pure virtual methods" in it's handling of
                    polymorphism, which are methods that are left
                    unimplemented in a parent class and must be
                    implemented in all subclasses of the parent.


1l)

Subject:  Object Links

Summary of Debate:  Anyone wanting to read more about object
                    orientation should check out the following:
                    Very Introductory Stuff
                    http://www.soft-design.com/softinfo/objects.html
                    Smalltalk ("Squeak" is a popular free subset
                    implementation)
                    http://www2.ncsu.edu/eos/info/ece480_info/project/
                        spring96/proj63/www/index.html
                    http://squeak.cs.uiuc.edu/
                    http://www.ddj.com/articles/1999/9901/9901k/
                        9901k.htm (funny)
                    http://www.stic.org/

                    Eiffel
                    http://www.eiffel.com/doc/manuals/language/intro/
                        page.html

                    Java
                    http://128.95.4.112/homes/gjb/doc/java-lang/
                        index.htm
                    http://www.javasoft.com/docs/books/tutorial/
                    http://www.javasoft.com/beans/docs/spec.html


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Object Technology & Resources Summary

** Efficiency, Flexibility & Classes

The discussion mentioned the trade-offs required to balance efficiency and flexibility. Concerns about
making unnecessary calls to objects which may not implement a specified method was countered with the
fact that broadcasting requests can often be more efficient than implementing suitability tests.

It was also pointed out that it is better to build an object in runtime from appropriate classes using
predefined methods. An 'upgrade flag' would be present in the system: objects could be 'frozen' to assist
with performance, but re-built by the object manager during each upgrade. Classes unable to fulfil a
functional requirement are ignored - this leaves a missing function, but is highly unlikely to cause
anything to fail.

Properties of objects shouldn't be restricted in general - UI characteristics, for example, could
legitimately be inherited by 'non-UI' objects in order to, say, provide display and user-interaction
parameters. Developing hybrid weirdity (great term!) is another reason for being able to want methods
mutating, but without the object code changing. A functional flow interface with user interaction provides
an example of this: streaming data and live interaction with adaption being performed - methods adapting
to the quality and quantity of data to change the visualisation. Dynamic artwork is also mentioned, as is
being able to change colour representation or whatever. To quote Paula Lieberman:

	"let's add some purple dye up there at time N, and at time N+1 change the dye to yellow, and
	when I press the Escape key, make it violent chartreuse with an A minor chord on a organ sample
	at fff....."

In essence, you need to be able to ensure the flexibility is there to cope with the things we didn't
originally anticipate. [John's note: truly creative stuff comes from really bending things totally out of
shape - if you can't do that, creativity is limited]. The needs of users can often be different from the needs
of programmers, which suggests we must make it easy for developers to create the software the users
want, and not their own 'toy pet'.

** Selfmodifying Code

Comments on selfmodifying code spawned some interesting points. Experience of LISP has given a sour
opinion of selfmodifying code to many, and it is indeed a bad idea in most cases (selfmodifying code, that
is - not LISP!). Modern computers, with varying cache capabilities, can easily have performance
degraded by selfmodifying code. Well, if you do it wrongly it can - but if you do it right it can improve
things quite considerably. [John's note: compare to the issue of 'goto' - while a bad thing for almost all
situations, it does have its uses when handled properly].

The cache problem can be handled sufficiently by flushing the first level cache. However, as cache sizes
get bigger and more processors are added you have more caches to flush. The Intel Merced, for example,
will probably have an 8 MB cache, and be present in multiple-CPU configurations.

Furthermore, it's important not to get confused about what selfmodifying code is:  it's code directly
changed during execution. However, if this code is actually rewritten to cover different cases as multiple
sections of code accessed through conditional branching you can develop alternatives for most uses of
selfmodification without cache problems and the like which can degrade performance. Of course, you
could create versions of functions/methods for a given system and just swap a pointer to direct code to the
right method - selfmodification would then only occur at the moment code is first loaded up. It was
mentioned that selfmodification should even be physically forbidden through techniques such as write-
protection of memory.

Are some of us trying to out-optimise modern optimising compilers by any means necessary? Apart from
keeping code compact (not really much of a necessity these days and still achievable through other means)
selfmodification can be replaced by more considered, structured programming approaches.

** Structured Programming

Ah, structured programming... In particular, criticism about universities and other institutions
(particularly in the west) not placing enough emphasis on structured design and programming techniques.
[John's note: Oxford Brookes University, UK taught me structured programming and design with great
emphasis, so not all universities are bad].

Good languages mentioned for teaching structured programming included Pascal and Modula-2 (praise to
Wirth!) as well as Java, while C and C++ came under fire for being unnecessarily complex,
unstructured and unfriendly. C++ has also helped destroy some companies, apparently! [John's note:
Sounds like C++ and ISO 9000 are related...]


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Microsoft -- gefünftelt zu neuen Visionen
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Amiga News & Stories


Interview mit Dave Haynie (News vom 17.03.99) nun auch in Deutsch
Martin Baute hat das Interview von Sharon Cleary mit Dave Haynie übersetzt. Das Original-Interview finden Sie hier. (ps)

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Umfrage: Tornado3D für WarpUp
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WOA 99
Laut SEAL wird die World of Amiga 99 definitiv am Wochenende des 24./25. Juli 1999 in London stattfinden. (ps)

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YAM2NN wird open source
Der Autor von YAM2NN (macht aus YAM auch einen Newsreader) Karol Bryd stellt den Sourcecode interessierten Programmierern unter GNU-Lizenz zur Verfügung. Wer das Programm ausprobieren möchte, kann es hier downloaden, yam2nn.lha. Es ist die Version 0.85 vom 26.03.1999. (ps)

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Foundation Support


Foundation News
Am 01.04.1999 wird die Version 1.24 veröffentlicht. Dieses Update wird die größten "sichtbaren" Änderungen enthalten, da alle Texturen der Gebäude mit einem flexibleren System gerendert werden. Ab Version 1.24 wird man auch die Möglichkeit haben, die alten "flat shade effect" zu nutzen, um dadurch nochmals die Geschwindigkeit zu steigern. Dieses Update braucht außerdem nochmals 2MB weniger auf der Festplatte und aufgrund des neuen real-time texture mapping ist der Memory-Verbrauch auch kleiner. (ps)

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Czech Amiga News


AmTelnet 1.20beta
Diese Version funktioniert nur mit Keyfile. (ps)

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ANN


G3 Umfrage von ANN und Czech Amiga News

Welche G3 Karte (wenn überhaupt) würden Sie für Ihren Amiga kaufen?

 Escena G3 Karte
 Phase5 CyberStorm G3/G4
 met@box joeCARD
 Unentschlossen (will aber kaufen)
 Kaufe keine
 Nur Resultate ansehen (nicht wählen)

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IRC-Log Digital Images
IRC-Log von einem Chat mit Digital Images. (ps)

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Amiga Aktuell


Phase 5 mit Änderungen, Preissenkungen und A1200-G3/G4-Boards
(Originaltext von Phase5)

AMIGA-aktuell-Special +++ AMIGA-aktuell-Special +++ AMIGA-aktuell-Special

Phase 5 mit Aenderungen, Preissenkungen und A1200-G3/G4-Boards (29.03.99)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Die Ereignisse ueberschlagen sich: Nachdem vor wenigen Tagen auch die Firma
Metabox G3-Boards angekuendigt hat, zieht nun Phase 5 mit einer Reihe von
Aenderungen nach. So soll es nun auch G3/G4-Karten fuer den A1200 geben.
Desweiteren wurden die Preise der A3000/4000-Boards gesenkt, bei
gleichzeitiger Integration neuer technischer Features.
Hier die englischsprachige Ankuendigung, die deutsche wird, wenn sie
rechtzeitig erscheint, in AMIGA aktuell 4/99 zu finden sein:

»Note for german readers / Hinweis fuer deutsche Leser: Die deutsche
Version dieser erweiterten Ankuendigung wird am 31.03.99 ins Web gesetzt.
Wir bitten um Ihr Verstaendnis, dass wir derzeit einen kurzen Vorlauf fuer
englische Ankuendigungen haben.

phase 5 digital products is excited to announce that the next step in
ground-breaking technological progress will take place soon. Since we
first announced the Cyberstorm G3/G4 project just 10 days ago, the
overwhelming response by the Amiga Community has not only convinced us to
extend the original Cyberstorm G3/G4 project to an extended Amiga G3/G4
product line. Driven by the excitement of so many Amiga users, we have
spent many hours of additional consideration meanwhile, discussing the
requests and demands by the user community, and going into technical
details and cost optimization. Today we can present some exciting news,
which also make some of the statements of the original announcement and
the update obsolete already. However, if you had not informed yourself
about this development before, please read these original announcements
which contain information about conditions and time frames for this new
product generation.

Following the history of world's most established processor upgrade
technology for Amiga computers, and implementing the experience of the
innovator who made the PowerPC technology for the Amiga a reality, we at
phase 5 digital products have also decided to make this new technology
available to a much larger user base, and doing what we always did in the
past years with our stunning products: Offer more value for less money!
And that's what we will be doing again - so go ahead and read about the
new additional features at the new lower prices!

New models: By introducing a second product, the Blizzard G3/G4, we will
also provide the stunning G3/G4 technology and performance to the users of
A1200 Tower systems. Two models - one with G3 and one with G4 processors -
can be ordered now. We are also now taking orders for the 300MHz G4
version of the Cyberstorm G3/G4.

New features: All G3/G4 boards from phase 5 digital products come with SCSI
on board - UltraSCSI on the A1200 versions, UltraWide SCSI on the
A3000/A4000 version. Our proven SCSI technology, which has been providing
unmatched performance since seven years, will provide full backwards
compatibility with existing SCSI devices. But even more than that: With
the integration of 400Mbit/s FireWire ports, all our G3/G4 boards open the
door to this future industry standard, including the world of digital video
devices

New prices: By proceeding with the related projections and calculations,
and going into the details, we have been able to determine new and
improved pricings which will make these stunning products even more
attractive. Plus, we have changed the pricing to EURO (for Europe) and US$
(for outside Europe).

New Order & Prepayment conditions: In order to proceed quickly with the
finalization and production of this new product line, we still require the
originally announced quantity of back orders with a prepayment deposit. All
customers who support our development will receive a major discount, as
announced before (please see below for the new prices and discounts for
the different models). But phase 5 digital products is also ready to take
orders now without prepayment, for the suggested retail prices listed for
the different products. These orders will not be shipped by phase 5
digital products directly, but forwarded to local dealers and
distributors.

So far the overview of the major changes in the project. Now here comes the
list of the extended and updated new G3/G4 product line for the AMIGA by
phase 5 digital products. Right now, users can choose out of the following
four models:

BLIZZARD G3/300 for A1200 Tower systems

   o 300 MHz PowerPC750 processor with 1MB fast Backside-Cache

   o Ultra SCSI on board for backwards compatibility with a large number of
     existing SCSI devices, providing a performance of up to 20MB/s

   o Three 400MBit FireWire ports (IEEE-1394), allowing the connection of
     up to 63 devices, and opening the world of digital video to the AMIGA

   o up to 1 GB SDRAM

   o PCI-Bridge-Connector: This interface, a fully PCI 2.1 compliant
     implementation, allows the connection of PCI devices or PCI
     backplanes, thus allowing the expansion of the Amiga with all kinds
     of industry standard hardware products

   o suggested retail price of EURO 669.00 (Europe) or US$ 729.00 (outside
     Europe)

   o Customers who are ready to pay a prepayment deposit of EURO 125 / US$
     140 will take advantage of the discounted prepaid price of EURO
     589.00 or US$ 639.00 including worldwide free postal delivery - and,
     of course, will be among the first to receive their Cyberstorm G4
     board!

BLIZZARD G4/300 for A1200 Tower systems

   o 300 MHz PowerPC7400 processor (G4 with Altivec) with 1MB fast
     Backside-Cache

   o The breathtaking multimedia performance of the 128-Bit Altivec vector
     processing unit will open new dimensions to all kind of applications
     which are optimized on the G4 chip

   o Ultra SCSI on board for backwards compatibility with a large number of
     existing SCSI devices, providing a performance of up to 20MB/s

   o Three 400MBit FireWire ports (IEEE-1394), allowing the connection of
     up to 63 devices, and opening the world of digital video to the AMIGA

   o up to 1 GB SDRAM

   o PCI-Bridge-Connector: This interface, a fully PCI 2.1 compliant
     implementation, allows the connection of PCI devices or PCI
     backplanes, thus allowing the expansion of the Amiga with all kinds
     of industry standard hardware products

   o suggested retail price of EURO 749.00 (Europe) or US$ 829.00 (outside
     Europe)

   o Customers who are ready to pay a prepayment deposit of EURO 125 / US$
     140 will take advantage of the discounted prepaid price of EURO
     659.00 or US$ 729.00 including worldwide free postal delivery - and,
     of course, will be among the first to receive their Cyberstorm G4
     board!

CYBERSTORM G3/400 for A3000/A4000 systems

   o 400 MHz PowerPC750 processor with 1MB fast Backside-Cache

   o UW-SCSI on board, providing a performance of up to 40MB/s and
     backwards compatibility with a large number of existing SCSI devices

   o Three 400MBit FireWire ports (IEEE-1394), allowing the connection of
     up to 63 devices, and opening the world of digital video to the AMIGA

   o up to 1 GB SDRAM

   o PCI-Bridge-Connector: This interface, a fully PCI 2.1 compliant
     implementation, allows the connection of PCI devices or PCI
     backplanes, thus allowing the expansion of the Amiga with all kinds
     of industry standard hardware products

   o suggested retail price of EURO 949.00 (Europe) or US$ 1049.00 (outside
     Europe)

   o Customers who are ready to pay a prepayment deposit of EURO 125 / US$
     140 will take advantage of the discounted prepaid price of EURO
     829.00 or US$ 919.00 including worldwide free postal delivery - and,
     of course, will be among the first to receive their Cyberstorm G3
     board!

CYBERSTORM G4/300 for A3000/A4000 systems

   o 300 MHz PowerPC7400 processor (G4 with Altivec) with 1MB fast
     Backside-Cache

   o The breathtaking multimedia performance of the 128-Bit Altivec vector
     processing unit will open new dimensions to all kind of applications
     which are optimized on the G4 chip

   o UW-SCSI on board, providing a performance of up to 40MB/s and
     backwards compatibility with a large number of existing SCSI devices

   o Three 400MBit FireWire ports (IEEE-1394), allowing the connection of
     up to 63 devices, and opening the world of digital video to the AMIGA

   o up to 1 GB SDRAM

   o PCI-Bridge-Connector: This interface, a fully PCI 2.1 compliant
     implementation, allows the connection of PCI devices or PCI
     backplanes, thus allowing the expansion of the Amiga with all kinds
     of industry standard hardware products

   o suggested retail price of EURO 899.00 (Europe) or US$ 989.00 (outside
     Europe)

   o Customers who are ready to pay a prepayment deposit of EURO 125 / US$
     140 will take advantage of the discounted prepaid price of EURO
     779.00 or US$ 859.00 and worldwide free postal delivery - and, of
     course, will be among the first to receive their Cyberstorm G4 board!

All prices do not include VAT / MwSt. or any other local taxes or duties
which may apply. Specifications and prices are subject to change.

A note about Software: For the add-on features such as the SCSI interfaces
or the FireWire ports, phase 5 digital products will provide the necessary
software tools and drivers, and also cooperate with other developers.
Additionally, we are in negotiations about licensing useful software to
ship with our G3/G4 boards, and will take care that support of the
upcoming AmigaOS developments is realized.

Another note on the prepayment & discount: Remember, the prepayment which
enables you to take advantage of the discounted price, will go on a
special notary account as announced earlier. The amounts collected there
will not become available to us before we actually ship the products; they
are a deposit which support our efforts to bring out the new products for
the Amiga which the users have been asking for, thus representing a
partnership between the Amiga community and us in realizing this stunning
new technology for the Amiga.

If this new list of stunning product offerings includes the G3/G4 model
which you want for your Amiga 1200 Tower/3000 (T)/4000(T), then do not
hesitate but go ahead and support us in supporting the future of the Amiga
by placing

Your CYBERSTORM G3/G4 or BLIZZARD G3/G4 preorder NOW!

IMPORTANT: If you have already placed an order during the last 10 days,
please DO NOT place a new order! We will email or mail you in the next
days, to verify if your order may be changed to a different model.«

(Quelle: Phase 5 digital products)

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© 1999 Carsten Schroeder - Der Inhalt dieser Mail darf nur vollstaendig
und ohne Aenderungen weiterverbreitet werden.

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AMIGA Update Newsletter von Brad Webb #990328
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990328

         A M I G A   R C 5   T E A M   N E E D S   H E L P 

       C O R R E L   R U M O R   S P O T T E D   O N   N E T 

         P U R E   P P C   F R O M   P H A S E   5   . . .

               . . .A N D   F R O M   M E T @ B O X 

              U G N   T A P S   H E N R Y   C H U N G 

               P A L M B A C K U P   R E L E A S E D 

              N E W S   F R O M   D V S   D I R E C T 

           B E T T E R W E B   F R O M   P A N T H E O N 

                 T W O   N E W   F R O M   A T E O 

         C L I C K B O O M   A U C T I O N   F O R   A L L 

                  A M I G A   R A D I O   N E W S 

            N E W I C O N S   4 . 5   A V A I L A B L E

           A N O T H E R   M O Z I L L A   P R O J E C T 

                 T H O R   2 . 6   R E L E A S E D

       W I L D F I R E   7   F R O M   N O V A   D E S I G N 

 
Editor's Thoughts and Introduction:
 This must be the PPC issue. Just as we were sending the last issue
off, we learned of a very interesting PPC board from Phase 5 but
weren't able to get a good story for that issue. We do have a story in
this one. Then, as we were preparing this issue, we learned that
another similar board had also been announced. This one is from
met@box, formerly known as Pios. We've information on both boards
below. We sure hope there's room in the market for both.
 News is always a bit slow after a major show such as the Amiga 99
show which just ended, but despite that we have many interesting items
for you to read. Just about all of it positive; the sort of news we
most enjoy sending your way.
 Brad Webb,
 Editor
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E-mail to the E-ditor:

20 Mar '99

Hello Brad,

In regards to the guy that asked about a printer
driver for a HP 690C. If that is a DeskJet 690C
TurboPrint which is the finest print package I've
seen has a driver for it.

regards,

Lee
~~~~~~
Lee,
 Several people wrote in to point that out. Thanks for being one of
them, and further thanks to all the AU readers who did so. Amigans
have always responded well to requests for help and information, and
clearly the readers of AU are on the top of the list.
 Brad
======

19 Mar 1999 

Hello Brad,

 I just recieved your newsletter, I am suprised you didn't recieve
more feed back about the show. Maybe it's because the community is
still taking it all in. I attended the show with my parents and my
brother (who is a programmer and made an announcement of his own :-) )
and we felt a sense of excitement and hope for the future. I would
have to admit some of Jim Collas' speech could be called political by
the doubters (and was) but I felt a sincere atmosphere.
 
 It always impresses me how a regular Joe can talk so freely with any
of these powerful people at the head of Amiga Inc./Amiga
International. Every one seemed to be receptive to any input and
sincerely listened. I don't think I'd be too far out on a limb to say
you wouldn't walk up to the likes of Bill Gates and get a glance and a
nod let alone listening and asking pertinent questions.
 
 My brother and I spent some time with a group of revellers in one of
the suites after the pub closed on Saturday night. Among this group
were Jim Collas, Jeff Schindler, and Joe Torre. My feeling was that
Jim Collas is much like a 'regular' guy and he really has a grasp of
what we feel as an Amiga community. He asked us in his speech to give
him a chance and I don't think we will have to wait long, but we will
have to wait. What's a little longer.
 
 Some changes can already be noted. We were told Amiga.com and
Amiga.de would be integrated and that has already happened. An
agressive time-line has been announced for the release of OS3.5 and
AmigaSoft4.0OE. BTW: the distinction between OE and OS is an operating
environment encompasses an operating system and operator experience.
Sounds like the Amiga feeling to me.
 
 My brother was talking from a developers point of view w¡th some
users at the show. These users seemed to have a common point of view I
heard expressed: "why should I pay for an OS3.5 upgrade when I already
have Miami/Ibrowse/NewIcons/etc." My brother's point was that the
enhanced functionality from a programmers point of view made the
likelyhood of greater development for Amiga Classic very real and the
users would naturally migrate to 3.5, 3.6, 3.7...
 
 Overall I came away from St. Louis w¡th some great Amiga hardware, a
feeling of greater excitement than I have felt in a long time, and a
chance to meet and greet with the new President/CEO of Amiga Inc.

We're BACK!  Can you feel it???

Jody 
~~~~~~
Jody,
 Thanks for your take on the show, and especially a programmer's
perspective on the upgrades to the Classic OS. Web users will probably
have noted that the two Amiga web sites are now unified in content as
you point out.
 We just got the official count of attendees from the show: 1,142. Not
bad for an Amiga show, especially on a weekend when Mother Nature
aimed a snowstorm at St. Louis.
 Brad
======

21 Mar 1999 

Hi.

 I've been reading your March 19th edition. I was disturbed by part of
Dr. Havemose's open letter. He said --
 
 "I know that the MMC speculation has been fun, but there
unfortunately isn't much to speculate about. We just have not had to
make a decision yet, so we haven't !"
 
 How in the name of sweet reason does Amiga Inc expect QNX to write a
version of Neutron for the MMC if they don't know which chip it is?
Look, I appreciate that ol' "Visa Bill" Gates doesn't need to know
what Amiga Inc is up to, but their partners had better!
 
 Be afraid. Be very afraid.
 
 Allan
~~~~~~
Allan,
 Your letter makes a nice counterpoint to the mostly upbeat mail we've
had since Amiga 99 ended. Unfortunately, you raise a very good
question. Even more unfortunately, I don't have any kind of an answer
for it. I hope someone somewhere does, preferably at Amiga.
 Brad
======

20 Mar 1999 

Dear Brad, 
 Do you know of any reason as to why AMIGA SHOWS are not held in
N.Y.C.? Also since Gateway is the BIG DADDY why don't they advertise
the NEW AMIGA'S on T.V. Fact is, there are still many people that have
never even heard of the AMIGA.Leastwise not here on the East coast. If
a prson walks into an appliance or computer store(RADIO SHACK) and
asks for AMIGA software, they look at you like your"re an alien.


GOOD LUCK AND GOOD HEALTH-JIM
~~~~~~
Jim,
 I've been amazed myself there are no shows in New York or Chicago.
There used to be some good ones in both cities. Anyone out there want
to organize one, especially since the good folks in Ohio won't be
having theirs this year?
 As for advertising the new Amigas, that's probably premature at this
point. It's usually a bad idea to sell "futures" so until the next
models are ready to ship, ads will have to wait. However, when we get
to that point I hope Amiga Inc. will do a better job than the former
Amiga owners did. Wouldn't take much.
 Brad
======

20 Mar 1999 

Hi Brad,
 Thanks for the great newsletter and supporting the amiga. One reason
for this E-mail is the article I read in the March 10 issue of TV
Technology on page 4. the article talks about Echostar's set-top Dish
Network and names Gateway as a partner and custom-builder of these
machines. Is this part of Amiga future?

Ron 
~~~~~~
Ron,
 Hadn't heard of that but it's most interesting. I don't know if the
Amiga plays into this or not, but we'll be keeping our eyes open for
further information. Thanks for sending this along.
 Brad
======

25 Mar 1999 

Just found your Web Site and I'm very impressed.
Had put my Amiga2000 in the closet a few years
ago and just recently dusted it off. Now I'm even
on the WWW with A L L Amiga hardware/software.
But... that's another story.

I'm writing regarding Tony's e-mail to you on
12/18/98 regarding replacement of old battery in
Amiga.

I bought a new battery at the Amiga99 show in St.
Louis recently.

Maybe you could publish the steps (exactly for be-
ginners) on how to remove old battery and install
the new one. Looks like some soldering involved.
Called local computer store. They want $65 per hr
with 1/2 hr minimum.

Thanks.

gary
~~~~~~
Gary,
 You raise a good topic. However, don't have a set of instructions for
replacing batteries. Does anyone know of a goos site on the web or a
text docment that covers this?
 Brad
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        A M I G A   R C 5   T E A M   N E E D S    H E L P 

7 Mar 99 

Hello Amigans,

 The Amiga RC5 team could sure use your help. The rc5 contest is a
worldwide experiment in distributed computing. The goal is to crack a
heavily encrypted code using the spare crunching power from computers
being used in all walks of life. Its a pretty noble cause--after all
who knows when this technology might really come in handy to quickly
solve a real world crises--but more importantly, its a cut throat down
and dirty fight to prove which platform has the user loyalty and
computing power it takes to find the winning key.
 
 Out of 5,854 registered teams, the Amiga RC5 team is currently in a
dogfight for third place daily. However, ever since the rc5 stats page
exploded early this year, the team hasn't grown as quickly. The daily
stats are back up now, so we can check progress once again...
 
http://stats.distributed.net/rc5-64/tlist.php3?low=1&
limit=100&source=y

 Please consider downloading the rc5 client from the link below, and
adding Myzar to your WBStartup drawer. Its just that simple to join
the team. The Amiga's excellent priority driven preemptive
multitasking OS will allow you to crunch keys in the background
without denting your daily performance, no matter what processor your
Amiga uses. Everything you need to be up and crunching in a few
minutes is on the Amiga RC5 homepage, in the download and misc
sections.

http://distributed.amiga.org/

Thank you for considering joining the team,

-Steve.
-http://www.amigapro.com
-The website for the Amiga performance enthusiast. 
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       C O R R E L   R U M O R   S P O T T E D   O N   N E T 

23-Mar-99

 {Found the following fascinating item in the Amiga Newsgroups. For
now, best regarded as a rumor ... I think. Brad}

 Apparently Corel (the makers of CorelDRAW and WordPerfect among
others) have announced in Com-Digit Journal, that they will port their
Corel-Office package for the next generation Amiga. The magazine
comments: "If the Amiga was supplied with this software at a
competitive price, it could be a real threat to PCs."
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         P U R E   P P C   F R O M   P H A S E   5   . . .


 Oberursel, March 19, 1999: Once again phase 5 digital products is
happy to announce a groundbreaking new development, which will
represent an extract of phase 5's leading-edge technologies and the
many years of expertise in designing upgrade products for Amiga
computers. After a long time of evaluating the market, we have decided
to support the existing Amiga user base and the new developments at
Amiga Inc. with a next generation product, which will offer highest
performance, future compatibility and a bridge to industry standards.
This product will be a powerful PPC accelerator for A3000/A4000
systems (and other Amiga systems expanded with an A4000 compatible CPU
slot) and the upcoming Amiga OS 3.5, as well as future versions of the
Amiga OS.
 
 The new accelerator, the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 board, is a pure
PowerPC-based processor card. It will ship with a fast PowerPC750 or
PowerPC7400 (G4 with Altivec), which is installed in a ZIF socket.
This ZIF socket is fully compliant with the Interposer standard from
IBM and Motorola, which is also used in PowerMacs and other systems,
what will allow easy upgrading, if required by the user in the future.
In the base version with a 400MHz PowerPC750 processor and 1MB
backside Cache @ 200MHz, the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 will provide an
impressing peak performance of up to 19.2 SPECint95 and 13.1 SPECfp95
(source: IBM website 03/18/99). In real-world applications, this
allows incredible application performance, which is estimated to reach
15 -20 times the performance of a 50MHz 68060 processor (with native
PowerPC coded or PowerPC optimized applications). The CYBERSTORM G3/G4
will use standard SDRAM running at 100MHz, providing a peak memory
transfer rate of 582 MB/s, and has two DIMM sockets which will support
up to 1 GB main memory. An on-board PCI 2.1 interface will allow the
connection of all kind of industry standard devices and cards. The
on-board Flash ROM with 512kB size can be used to install software
necessary for system-startup and other functionalities. By default,
this Flash ROM will only contain a basic boot-strap functionality
(hardware write protected) which will allow to install any kind of
system software from disks; this functionality will be fully
documented and freely available to everybody.
 
 By it's design concept, the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 is the perfect solution
for running native PowerPC coded Operating Systems as well as emulated
68k OS segments. As a processor card which fits into the A4000
compatible fast slot, it allows to run 100% native PowerPC code, and
has full access to all system hardware functionalities and interrupts
which is not the case with add-ons that are not installed in the fast
slot, but e.g. in a Zorro slot. With it's ability to be the master
system CPU, the PowerPC on the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 does not need an
additional 68k processor which is the case in other designs. Beside
the technical advantages of this approach, it offers the user the
opportunity to e.g sell an existing 68060 processor card in the
second-hand market, thus lowering the cost of the upgrade to the
PowerPC G3/G4 generation.
 
 phase 5 digital products will NOT built or deliver any software or
hardware add-ons for the CYBERSTORM G3/G4. The CYBERSTORM G3/G4 will
be open to third party developers in a wide way:

 o Software support will be realized with the new developments from
Amiga Inc. and Haage&Partner, especially with the upcoming Amiga OS3.5
with PowerPC support, and upcoming 68k emulator products.
Additionally, the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 is perfectly suited for the
implementation of other Operating Systems such as Linux, which have
already been realized on earlier PowerUp boards.
 
 o For hardware add-ons, the implemented PCI 2.1 interface will allow
third-party vendors to design PCI bus backplanes, and write drivers
for any common PCI card on the market. The interface is implemented as
a single connector, to which other vendors can connects e.g. PCI cards
or PCI backplanes, or design a physical link to PCI slots on bus
expansion boards.
 
 However, due to the current market status, we can only justify the
realization of this project with a significant number of preorders. We
will therefore have to collect a total of 1,000 orders from customers
(end users, dealers, or distributors). For each of these orders, we
will also ask for a down-payment of DM 250, which will be collected on
a notary account and will only be made available to us at the time we
deliver the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 product to the customers. This gives
security to all customers who want to support this exiting new project
and get stunning G3/G4 performance for their Amiga, and will give
security to us when we make the necessary investments.
 
 What will be the cost of this product, and are there benefits for
preordering?
 
 The regular list price for the CYBERSTORM G3/G4, including
 
 o the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 mainboard with an Interposer ZIF socket for
G3/G4 processor modules, 2 SDRAM DIMM sockets for up to 1 GB memory,
512 kB Flash ROM for system software (system software not provided
with the board), a fully implemented PCI 2.1 interface with one
connector (for PCI backplanes provided by third party vendors)
 
 o one G3 CPU module, with a PowerPC750 processor with 400MHz and one
Megabyte Backside Cache with 200MHz clock rate
 
 will be DM 1,995 plus local taxes (in Germany: DM 2.299,- incl.
MwSt). This price is based on the current price projections for
components and parts for the 3rd quarter 1999, and will be updated
whenever major components such as the CPUs fall in price.
 
 A price for a CYBERSTORM G3/G4 model with the new XPC7400 (G4 with
Altivec) processor is not yet determined, and will depend on the
pricing of these new processors. As soon as we have these pricings, we
will determine a list price for this product.
 
 For those Amigans who are ready to support this major technological
step forward by placing one of the necessary preorders, we offer a
special benefit: Customers who are ready to order this board in
advance, at the conditions mentioned herein, will get this stunning
product for a special discounted preorder price of DM 1,750 plus local
taxes, including world-wide free delivery by economy postal service.
And even more: If the regular list price drops before the preordered
CYBERSTORM G3/G4 boards start to ship, the discounted preorder price
will be reduced by the same amount.

How will the whole project proceed, and be finalized?

 First of all, we will now be looking forward to the response of the
Amiga community to this project. The basic concepts of the CYBERSTORM
G3/G4, as well as major parts of the design (such as the SDRAM
controller and the PCI bridge) have been developed at phase 5 digital
products during the past year, as building blocks of other projects
that we are working on; in other words, most of the product is already
"in the drawer". From the day we can make the decision to start the
project finalization, we estimate roughly four months until the
product can be shipped to the customers. Therefore, the shipping date
will largely depend on the time which we need to collect the
preorders.

The project has four stages:

 1. Announcement and preorder phase.
 
 We now collect preorders from customers all over the world. Please
only place a preorder - which is not yet legally binding - if you are
really ready to buy the CYBERSTORM G3/G4, and if you are ready to
later pay the prepayment. If many users place preorders now, but then
cancel or refuse to prepay, this will hurt the project flow
significantly. If you are not definitely interested in this stunning
new technology, please don't place an order.
 
 2. Notification phase.
 
 Once we have received the necessary 1,000 preorders - the sooner, the
 better, of course - we will open the notary account, and send
 notifications to all customers which will include a proforma invoice
 and the terms of the contract, as well as information about the usage
 of the prepayments. At the same time, we will also release updated
 product information and updated pricing, if available. All customers
 will be asked to pay the prepayment with 3 weeks to the notary
account.
 
 Important: The prepaid amounts will not become available to phase 5
digital products before we actually ship the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 boards
to the customers who have ordered. If we fail to deliver the product
within a certain time from date of notification, the prepaid money
will be reimbursed. The prepaid money will not be reimbursed if the
customer cancels his order for any reason.
 
 3. Development phase

 Design finalization and verification, including rapid prototyping and
full in-system test will require appx. 3 months. During this time, we
will also work in close contact with other developers, and support
software development on the new boards.
 
 4. Release & Shipment
 
 Once the CYBERSTORM G3/G4 is released for production, we will go into
the assembly, and start to fullfill the preorders. The first boards
will ship appx. 4 weeks after the start of the production. We will
fullfill the preorders in the order we have received them. After the
preorders are fullfilled, we will decide if we continue to built
CYBERSTORM G3/G4 boards for the regular market, what will depend on
the market situation and the demand forecasts at this time.
 
 If you want to take part in this stunning new development for the
AMIGA, which finally will bring the latest G3/G4 technology to the
AMIGA and support the new developments by AMIGA Inc. and their
partners, then go ahead and PLACE YOUR CYBERSTORM G3/G4 PREORDER NOW!
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             . . .   A N D   F R O M   M E T @ B O X 


PRESS ANNOUNCEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hildesheim/ Germany, March 26, 1999

JoeCard G 3 goes AMIGA !

 met@box AG (formerly known as PIOS Computer AG) is proud to announce
the newest member of it´s award-winning JoeCard family: the AmiJOE.
 
 The AmiJOE will be the first pure PowerPC solution for the existing
Amiga platform. AmiJOE will implement the powerful G3 PowerPC
architecture which will enable the Amiga to outperform today´s
personal computers.
 
 The met@box engineering team decided to make the AmiJOE available not
only to users of the high end Amiga Systems, but also to the many
people being committed to their A 1200. The basic specifications of
the AmiJOE products are:
 
 o PowerPC 750 (Lonestar) G3 Processor
 o 333 or 400 MHz
 o 1.024 Kbyte Backside Cache
 o 66 MHz Local Bus Speed (A 1200)
 o 100 MHz Local Bus Speed (A 2000/ A 3000/ A 4000)
 o Universal Serial Bus (USB)
 o Realtime Clock (RTC) (A 1200 only)
 o PCI compatible Connector for future expansion (A 2000/ A 3000/ A
4000 only) - Socket für SDRAM Modules - Flash ROM for easy Software
upgrade
 
 The AmiJOE for the A 1200 is clocked at 333 Mhz at a recommended
street price of 599 EUR, while the AmiJOE for the A 2000/ A 3000/ A
4000 is clocked at 400 Mhz with a recommended street price of 899 EUR.
Prices do not include VAT/MWSt.
 
 met@box AG is ready to take orders without any prepayments. First
product shipments are planned for the beginning of Q3 1999. Purchase
orders please send to sales@joecard.com

http://www.joecard.com
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             U G N   T A P S   H E N R Y   C H U N G 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
25th March 1999

 The User Group Network (UGN) is pleased to announce the selection of
Henry Chung as the Asia Coordinator for the UGN. Henry will help
represent user groups located from Pakistan to the Far East. Henry,
like the other Worldwide Coordintators, will collect information from
user groups in his area when needed, as well as forward on to them
information from the UGN, Amiga Inc., and developers.
 
 Henry is one of the many Coordinators who represent the UGN's
Worldwide committment to supporting Amiga User Groups everywhere. The
UGN Area Coordinators function as the Board of Directors. Their
decisions make sure that the UGN goals and plans are beneficial to
all. They will do their best to ensure that all Amiga User Groups are
supported. The UGN is not about one person, or one country. It's about
all of us!

 The User Group Network is an organization dedicated to the
advancement of the Amiga oriented User Groups worldwide. The UGN will
work cooperatively with all to establish a valuable resource to share
and dissemminate information to Amiga User Groups. See what the UGN
can offer your User Group at http://ugn.amiga.org.
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             P A L M B A C K U P   R E L E A S E D 

2 Mar '99

W.F.M.H. is happy to announce that PalmBackup has been released.

 If you own an Amiga and 3Com's Palm Pilot Personal, Palm Pilot
Professional, Palm III organizer, IBM's WorkPad or derivatives, this
software is for you!.

INTRODUCTION

 During the development of our PalmSuite for Amiga software, the
PalmLink library was released. As we needed to find out if that
library gives us any gain compared to our connection stack, we quickly
adapted some tools we got here, to use PalmLink library. The
PalmBackup is the result of that.

FUNCTIONALITY

PalmBackup features:

   o backup of user preselected organiser databases
   o restore
   o configurability of almost any option it offers.
   o multi user support
   o internal cache system (once you list your unit, PalmBackup will
   o keep the list of the remote files).
   o advanced manager for installing, removing, purging etc
   o fully system compatible
   o quick, fast and efficient code
   o fully localized
   o and more...

AVAILABILITY

W.F.M.H. home site:

http://amiga.com.pl/

Aminet mirrors: comm/misc/PalmBackup.lha
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             N E W S   F R O M   D V S   D I R E C T 

5 Mar '99

 DVS Direct to Handle Assembly and Distribution of RBM Digitaltechnik
Products in the US
 
 RBM Digitaltechnik of Eschwege Germany is the maker of several
innovative products for the Amiga Computer including the TowerHawk
expansion chassis. The TowerHawk expansion chassis is design to
convert the Amiga 1200 and Amiga 4000 desktop computers into a full
tower configuration. The TowerHawk 1200ex is the world's first Amiga
1200 expansion system that fully supports Newtek's Video Toaster Flyer
system. Other RBM products include IOBlix Multi - I/O - interfacecard:
4 serial ports and optional 10base/100base ethernet modules.
 
 DVS Direct will also be integrating Complete Amiga Based systems
using the TowerHawk and A1200 . This will ensure an abundant supply of
Amiga Host systems for the Video toaster Flyer as well as other Amiga
specific applications using The Amiga 1200 Motherboard and TowerHawk.
DVS Direct will be stocking TowerHawk components here in the US thus
eliminating lead time for shipping. DVS Direct is also manufacturing
an ISA adapter card to allow use of ISA power devices in the
TowerHawk. For more information the TowerHawk go to our website at
http://www.dvsdirect.com/

DVS Direct
69 Beaver Dr. Suite 110
DuBois PA 15801
PH 814 371 5640
FAX 814 371 2033
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            B E T T E R W E B   F R O M   P A N T H E O N 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 8, 1999

 Pantheon Systems LLC today announced its BetterWeb web publishing hub
service, which includes free home page publishing, great web
publishing hints and tips, and a unique set of commentaries and news
items for the web-savvy and web-beginner alike.
 
 Users with free web sites on BetterWeb are granted access to
BetterWeb's ultra-easy web-based site management tool, which makes
publishing and managing your web site a breeze. No clumsy FTP
programs, just view and manage your site completely within your web
browser!
 
 In addition, all BetterWeb users are automatically enrolled in the
BetterWeb search engine, and have access to a set of excellent tools,
including a hit counter and online discussion forums. Moreover,
BetterWeb's servers are connected to the fastest Internet backbones,
so you'll never have a delay calling up your free home page.
 
 Since the BetterWeb site management tool is completely CGI-driven, it
is compatible with all Amiga browsers, including A-Web II 3.2, IBrowse
1.2, and Voyager 2.9x. To get started publishing your own, free home
page, point your browser to: http://www.betterweb.net
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                 T W O   N E W   F R O M   A T E O 

12 Mar '99

Two product announcements from Atéo Concepts.

Pixel64 ZorroIII

 Atéo Concepts is designing a new version of the Pixel64 named Pixel64
ZIII.
 
 This new version of the Pixel64 will plug on a ZIII slot of the A3000
or A4000 (Sorry, no ZII support...)
 
 3D features for the Pixel64!!!
 
 Atéo Concepts is working on a 3D expansion for the Pixel64. This
expansion will be based on the Voodoo chip (version 2 or 3). The 3D
expansion will be available for all the Pixel64 version. The release
date is not yet available.
 
 Full information about these news on
http://www.ateo-concepts.com/amiga/eproj.html

----

AteoNet

 The cheaper Ethernet card for the Amiga are now available. Two models
exists, a simple Ethernet with RJ45 output and a full version with
RJ45, BNC and AUI output.
 
 More information and order on
http://www.ateo-concepts.com/amiga/eateocards.html

ATEO CONCEPTS
Le Plessis
44220 COUERON
FRANCE

Tel : +33 (0)2 40 85 30 85

Fax : +33 (0)2 40 38 33 21
E-mail : info@ateo-concepts.com
Web : http://www.ateo-concepts.com/
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         C L I C K B O O M   A U C T I O N   F O R   A L L 

 Toronto, March 20, 1999: clickBOOM announces a fully automatic
real-time online Auction place now open to all Amiga users.
 
 After a month of successful operation at The Portal and due to a high
demand, clickBOOM has taken the next step, making Amiga Auctions
available to everyone.
 
 This is where all the action is -- you can bid on or sell
Amiga-related items at the one and only place of its kind on Amiga.
Finally there is a place for Amiga users to be able to trade their
hardware in a simple and absolutely private manner.
 
 1. Amiga Auctions is the place where you will find the best Amiga
deals, guaranteed.
 
 2. Bidding is absolutely free.
 
 3. If you have an Amiga-related item to sell, Amiga Auctions is the
place - hold an auction and have other Amiga users bid on it. It's
fully automatic - create a new auction in less than 5 minutes, and
don't worry about it until you make a sale at the highest offered
price. Best of all, it's free if your item doesn't sell!
 
 4. Advanced options such as Automatic Bidder, three types of
Auctions, notification, etc.
 
 5. English and German, with more languages coming soon.
 
 To see all of the Auctions just visit
http://clickboom.com/auctions
 
 If you wish to bid on, or sell items, fill out a simple form to
register yourself, and you will automatically receive access within
seconds.
 
 Portal users should continue accessing Auctions through The Portal.
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                  A M I G A   R A D I O   N E W S 

March 20, 1999

 The User Group Network (UGN) is pleased to announce the arrival of
Amiga Radio News. Amiga Radio News the first Amiga news source to
broadcast live to the Internet using streaming audio! Amiga User
Groups can download and playback this weekly Amiga news update. Every
Friday, a new update will uploaded to Amiga Radio News. Amiga Radio
News is located at http://ugn.amiga.org/arn/.
 
 In order to listen to the Amiga Radio News you will need to download
an Amiga compatible streaming audio player that supports either ADPCM
or GSM 6.10. Fortunately two such players exist and are available off
Aminet. ADPCM_Package.lha is needed for the ADPCM file, and GIR06.lha
is needed for listening to the GSM encoded file. In the future Real
Audio, MP3, and 8SVX file formats may be added.
 
 The User Group Network is an organization dedicated to the
advancement of the Amiga computing platform and the fostering of Amiga
oriented User Groups worldwide. The UGN will work co-operatively with
the owners, licensees, user groups, and the users to establish and
expand a customer support base for licensed Amiga computer products.
The UGN will endeavor to provide a single, centralized resource for
the promotion and assistance of User Groups and users world-wide. The
UGN Web Page is located at "http://ugn.amiga.org".
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             N E W I C O N S   4 . 5   A V A I L A B L E

NewIcons 4.5 is now available for download. See below for the list of
feature
changes and fixes.

Now the bad news. If you haven't heard already, Eric Sauvageau, our
programmer, has ceased further development of NewIcons. While he still has
his A1200, he is now spending most of his time on his new PC.
Unfortunately,
this is the second time I've had to annnounce the loss of our main coder to
another platform (Nicola left the project after version 2). Eric has been
kind enough to do one last version to optimize things further and fix some
minor bugs.

Fortunately, after nearly seven years of updating, the NewIcons System is
highly optimized, and as stable as ever, and there are thousands of you out
there using it every day. As was the case with Nicola, the NewIcons System
has been a labor of love, rather than a commercial enterprise. Neither
Eric,
nor Nicola asked for one dime for all their hard efforts. I'm glad I've
been
a part of this project from the start, as it really exemplifies the spirit
of the Amiga community. Eric still hangs out as an IRC operator on the
Amiganet IRC network, and you can still catch him there often.

You may be worried that this is the end of NewIcons...NOT SO! I will
continue
to pump out more icon sets and other NewIcons related graphics, and I'm
sure
many others will also. AmigaOS 3.5 is still in development (it's true), and
I have a good feeling that the NewIcons concept of dynamically remapped,
palette independent icons will, in some form, be integrated into the 3.5
operating system. When that happens, you can be assured that the images
you're using today will still be usable, NewIcons patches or not.


Overview of version 4.5:

   o 4.5 is mostly meant to be an housekeeping version. It mostly consists
of
     fixes and minor improvements. It also denotes the departure from 2.04
     support. We'll keep the low-end version of the library so that
     applications can still use it to display/remap icons, but the patch
     itself will now require V39 (Kickstart 3.0).

   o Most of the patch code was rewritten, speeding them up and making them
     smaller (some patches are now fully in ASM rather than a mixture of E
     and ASM).
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9 Mar '99

 MOZZAM is a project to port the Mozilla OpenSource browser to the
Amiga platform. It used to be called AMozilla, but has recently been
renamed to avoid confusion with another ongoing project with a
similiar goal (but different approach).
 
 MOZZAM utilizes the MXlib, my own X server library which utilizes MUI
to provide a native X client API to applications. The ultimate goal
behind MOZZAM is to be in sync with the Unix source tree of Mozilla
and, on the long run, to simply do
  ./configure
  make
  make install


 with any new Mozilla source release on a gcc equipped Amiga. MXLib
will be made public later on as an OpenSource resource to ease porting
of other well known applications from the Linux world to AmigaOS.
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                  T H O R   2 . 6   R E L E A S E D

28 Feb 99 

 Ultima Thule Software is happy to announce that THOR 2.6 (finally)
has been released.


                                - THOR -

                               Release 2.6

            Copyright (C) 1993-1999 Ultima Thule Software,
                         All Rights Reserved.

 THOR 2.6 is an advanced multi-format offline reader, supporting the
QWK, Fido, UUCP, SOUP, Bluewave, Omen, ABBS, MBBS and Hippo (BBBS)
message formats. It will also handle TCP-connections with NNTP, SMTP
and POP3, with extensive MIME support.

Changes from 2.5a to 2.6:
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
THOR:

 - New Save window added.
 
 - The main listview has complete support for proportional fonts now.
There's a slight speed penalty involved with using proportional fonts
due to some extra calculations required for the wrap code, but it
shouldn't be too bad.
 
 - Fixed so that GETCURRENTSYSTEM from an ARexx enter/leave script
will report the correct conference at all times.
 
 - SAVEMESSAGE from ARexx has several new arguments.
 
 - The conferences window now has a tree-view layout, with
configurable folder setup etc.
 
 - Trippled the minimum stack size due to reports of a possible
problem with the stack on advanced multipart messages.
 
 - You will now be allowed to Edit Data on a Forward Msg event and add
a text comment, or remove the previous text comment.
 
 - Previous search results will now be cleared in all conferences and
not just those that matches the current result.
 
 - The TAB key or the small gadget marked 'S' can now be used to
toggle selection of all enties in all requesters where multiple
entries can be selected from a list (eg. To Name/Address when sending
mail, joining groups, etc).
 
 - Added FilterThor to the external menu. FilterThor is a new MUI
based tool to configure sortmail triggers.
 
 - Added conferences field in the attachment listview in the
pack/purge window.

+ many bug fixes and improvements

 QUESTIONS?
 ~~~~~~~~~~
 There is a newsgroup for Thor with the name of alt.sys.amiga.thor. If
the group is not available at your newsserver, ask for it by sending a
mail to your system admin.
 
Mailing Lists:

 The old THOR mailing list has be resurrected. To subscribe to this
list, send a mail to majordomo@thule.no with "subscribe thor-ml <email
address>" in the body.

 There is a mailing list for developers of programs and ARexx scripts
related to THOR. To subscribe to this list, send a mail to
majordomo@thule.no with "subscribe thor-dev <email address>" in the
body. If you have no interest in making scripts or programs related to
THOR, you do not need to join this mailing list.

--
    Petter Nilsen

    EMail THOR Team: thor@thule.no
    WWW site:        http://www.thule.no/
    EMail:           pettern@thule.no
    IRC:             Mitchman
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        W I L D F I R E   7   F R O M   N O V A   D E S I G N 

17 Mar 1999 

Wildfire 7 - Animation Sequencing and 3D Effects

 Nova Design, Inc., producers of the award winning ImageFX package and
the highly received Aladdin 4D package, are proud to announce that
they have arranged to be the exclusive distributors of the Wildfire 3D
effects package for North America -- now in version 7!
 
 Wildfire is an exciting new animation sequencing, 3D effects,
transitions, and animation package by Andreas Maschke published in
Germany by Oberland Computer. It can be compared to SGI Flint or Flame
systems and it is capable of creating amazing 3D effects by mapping
video sequences into Wildfire's intuitive storyboard animation
sequencing system.
 
 Wildfire is perfect for the animation hobbyist, Toaster/Flyer
professional, Movieshop/Draco editor and all others who use their
Amigas for animation and video.
 
 Highlights of Wildfire
 
 Wildfire is a professional animation sequencer that allows you to
create and process animations in several formats, to generate
time-dependant 3D special-effects and design large projects containing
several animations and frame-synchronized sound-effects. Wildfire's
animation sequencing allows you to combine animations on a timeline
and output the results as a YAFA animation with synchronized sound.
 
 Wildfire is able to perform basic non-linear editing of animation
sequences and can import or export frame sequences, Amiga ANIMs,
YAFAs, MPEGs, Windows AVI, and Macintosh Quicktime formats!
 
 The 3D effects included in Wildfire include height-field deforms,
cubes that automatically unfold and fold again, Lightwave object
support, 3D magnet effects, 3D transitional morphing, unlimited
mathematical deformations, twists, sphere mapping, twirling, water
transitions, perspective transforms and more!
 
o Full CyberGraphX Support 
o Font Sensitive GUI
o Full PowerPC Support 
o Storyboard editor Interface 
o Convert using MPEG, AVI and Quicktime movie formats 
o Timecodes Editor 
o Envelope Controls for Effects 
o Filmstrip Interfaces 
o Real-time Feedback 
o Transition Maker
o Preview for almost any Operation 
o Animation with Sound 
o Post Processing Tools 
o Color correction Tools 
o 24-bit Animation Player with Sound

 Wildfire is an open development platform, like Nova Design, Inc.'s
own products, with a complete plug-in development system and a full
Arexx interface (with over 400 commands) is included.
 
Ordering Wildfire

 Wildfire works on your standard Amiga 68k models as well as the
PowerPC and it is only $199.95. You'll find it's available at your
favorite Amiga dealer or mail order firm.
 
 Wildfire comes on CDROM and requires an Amiga 68k series or PowerPC
system.
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Verein deutscher Online-Nutzer fordert Gebührensenkung
Zur besseren Interessenvertretung gegenüber den Telekommunikationsgesellschaften ist der Verein deutscher Online- Nutzer (VdON) gegründet worden. Hauptziele sind niedrigere Gebühren und technische Erleichterungen beim Online-Zugang. Der Verein ist aus dem Internet-Streik im November 1998 entstanden, und er rechnet mit einem regen Zulauf. Der Verein tritt auch für einen Schutz vor staatlicher Überregulierung, etwa beim Verbot von Verschlüsselungen, sowie für die Förderung von Selbstkontrolle und Rechtsbewußtsein im Internet ein. Strikt wendet sich der Verein gegen Überlegungen der EU, im eMail-Verkehr das Versenden von unerbetener Werbung in die elektronischen Briefkästen zuzulassen. Der Verein, unterstützt auch die Aktion "Netz gegen Kinderporno". (ps)

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