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Archive 08/1999


31.Aug.1999
Alexandros Pourikas by eMail


amiga.gr online
Alexandros Pourikas has created an Amiga website in Greek language at www.amiga.gr. Aside from Amiga news and a forum in local language, there is an interesting picture gallery to be found here.

Since the website is completely written in Greek, I don't understand a word, but the graphics alone are worth a visit :-). (ps) (ps) (Translation: unk)

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31.Aug.1999
Heise [Newsticker]


Fast 3D gfx chip by nVidia
Heise writes, among other:
California gfx chip manufacturer nVidia presented the 3D chip for PC graphic gards previously dubbed "NV10" in Berlin. The GeForce 256 is the first graphic chip for consumer PCs that processes and displays 3D data mainly on its own.
With 23 million transistors, the GeForce 256 is more than twice as complex as a Pentium-III CPU (9 million transistors). Since it does geometry transformations and lighting calculations much faster than the PC CPU, it can create 3D objects and 3D virtual realities with much more detail and fluid moves. Thus, PC games can make use of curved and organic structures like in movies a la "Toy Story" and "A Bug's Life". (Full article - German - at the title link).
Here is another interesting link on the subject. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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31.Aug.1999
Heise [Newsticker]


StarOffice goes OpenSource
Heise writes, among other:
As expected, Sun Microsystems today confirmed the purchase of the software company Star Division based in Hamburg, Germany. At the same time, Sun announced the office package StarOffice to be available for Internet download. (Full article - German - at the title link).
Bernhard Kuhn in de.comp.os.unix.linux.misc posted more interesting details about the press conference, like StarOffice now being free for _commercial_ use, too. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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31.Aug.1999



Seybold Conference: First Macs with PowerPC G4 CPU
MacGadget, among others, writes:
As expected, Apple CEO Steve Jobs presented a new generation of Macintosh computers in his keynote to the Seybold Conference in San Francisco, which are powered for the first time by the top-performing PowerPC G4 CPU. Apple called the new Macs "supercomputers", offering significantly more speed than the current Power Macintosh G3 product line. Apple starts shipping the first 400 MHz G4 system today. Versions with 450 and 500 MHz are bound to follow in the next two weeks.
The main performance specs are a 2x AGP bus, integrated AirPort technology, an Ultra 66 ATA system and an accelerated PCI bus. Jobs spend special attention on the AltiVec technology. This especially speeds up operations heavy on numerical calculations, like graphic applications. A special AltiVec-optimised expansion to Photoshop is included with every G4 Mac. The new systems will cost between 1599 and 3499 USD. A PowerPC G4 with 500 MHz is said to be much faster than a Pentium III with 600 MHz. The Power Macintosh G4 will be shipped in the same casing as the current G3 line, but not in blue-white but silver-white.
The new configurations in overview:
Power Mac G4/400, 64 MB memory, 10 GByte-HD, 32speed CD-ROM; 1599 $
Power Mac G4/450, 128 MB memory, 20 GByte-HD, DVD-ROM; 2499 $
Power Mac G4/500, 256 MB memory, 27 GByte-HD, DVD-RAM; 3499 $
(More details at the title link - German -) (ps) (Translation: unk)

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31.Aug.1999
Amiga.org


Amiga filed a Patent
At Nr. US5935230, the following patent has been registered: "Multiprocessor arrangement including bus arbitration scheme involving plural CPU clusters that address each other as "phantom" CPUs". (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Audio Evolution


Audio Evolution PPC
New PPC RTFX:
  • 3-band equalizer with mid-sweep (includes new GUI when version v2.0829 or higher is used)
  • low shelving filter (bass control)
    - high shelving filter (treble control)
(ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
AER


A/NES 8-bit emulator for Amiga
A/NES CGFX Preview 2 released! Changes: bug fixes, and the emulator is much faster now. Download: anescgfx.lha (early beta). (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
VirusHelp Denmark


VirusExecutor new version 1.82e
Download: ve-182e.lha (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Hyperion


Hyperion brings "Smacker" to Amiga
"Smacker" is an industrial standard video codec, developed by RAD Game Tools and used in over 1400 games. Currently, Smacker is only available for MAC (68k and PPC), DOS, Windows 3.x, 95 and NT. At first, Hyperion considered developing an own video codec, but since Heretic 2 by Activision and Shogo:MAD by Monolith make use of Smacker, it was decided to save developing time and purchase the license for the port, since Smacker is really fast and efficient when used with only 256 colors. smacker.com. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
StrICQ-Support


New beta version 0.1485 StrICQ
Download: STRICQ.lha (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Amigart


MAME new version PPC 3.6b2
Download: mameppc36b2.lha (3.8 MB) (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Amiga Flame


Amiga Flame News
Michael Carillo Interviews Andrew Reed of Crystal Interactive Software
Delsyd Software Announce More Games
Alive Mediasoft Go Serious
Amiga Downunder Show (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
FutureZone


Hotmail cracked completely
FutureZone writes:
Mail of every user readable | no password needed | details unknown so far | FutureZone has tested Exploit
The free mail service Hotmail has been cracked heavily today. With a web form it is possible to read any user's mail - without password. FutureZone has a corresponding link, first tests revealed: Every Hotmail account is readable. (Full article - German - at the title link.)
August 31st, 1999:
Heise writes, among others: Hotmail hole fixed for now
About twelve hours after the Hotmail hack became public, Microsoft reported the bug has been fixed. In the meantime, the Hotmail server was offline. Our editors however recieved messages until late in the night that readers were able to scan Hotmail accounts without the need for a password. After the Microsoft announcement at 2:00 AM local time, this seems to be impossible. Microsoft has not yet commented about the technical background making the attack possibe.
Spiegel Netzwelt, among others, writes: Hacker group claims responsibility for Hotmail hack
According to informations of the online news service "Wired", a so far unknown hacker group claimed responsibility for the move on Monday. The online magazine cites a Swedish spokesman that is reported to have made contact with "Wired". According to him, the group named "Hackers Unite" consists of a Swedish and seven US-Americans. The hackers made the backdoor public to bring attention to the insufficient security of Microsoft's products: "We didn't make this hack to destroy, but to show the world how bad the security really is at Microsoft, and that the company nearly has a monopoly on computer software", a 21-year-old group member is cited. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
BGUI


New BGUI version 41.10
Download: bgui.lha (333077 bytes) of August 30th, 1999. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
PPCRulez


AmigaOS 3.5 preview with pictures
Steve Zoneff has attended the presentation of AmigaOS 3.5 at the Amiga Downunder in Canberra, and created this little preview with pictures. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
V3-Portal


V³ image decoder and VFlash update
Download: v3_imgdecoders_73.lzx and v3_vflash_014.lzx (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Czech Amiga News


Imagine Update
A new update for Imagine version 5.16 Amiga Constant Upgrade Programm (ACUP) is available. Download page. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
HiSoft


iBrowse 2.1 to come this week
The beta test results have all arrived, and Stefan will remove the final bugs. If everything runs smoothly, iBrowse will be released this week. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Andreas Küssner by eMail


New Wildfire pricing and Wildfire for Movieshop Video!
Starting immediately, the recommended retail price for the award-winning special effects software Wildfire, version 7PPC, is cut back. This includes the bundle "Wildfire for Movieshop".
Additionally, the example video "Wildfire for Movieshop" will be released early September. In this video, all special effects offered for the Wildfire-Movieshop combination are shown. The video runs for approx. 100 minutes. For the new pricing and distributor pricing please directly contact Andreas Küssner. All programs can be ordered directly from the Wildfire support:
Andreas Küssner
Marrinksweg 5
48531 Nordhorn
Germany
EMail: eksec@eure.de
Phone: +49 - (0)5921 / 330420 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, working days
Andreas Küssner, Wildfire Project Manager. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Andreas Kleinert by eMail


GIF licence for Webmasters?
Are you a webmaster and want to get a web licence from Unisys for your GIF pictures? No problem, Unisys offers a licence for webmasters for a meager 5,000.00 USD ;-).
Heise writes: Unisys wants to rip of websites for GIF pictures. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Guvenc Kaplan by eMail


Free Amiga postcard service
Amigart started a free postcard service. Send your friends Amiga greetings. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Marc Albrecht by eMail


A.C.T. new address
Finally, A.C.T. has completed its move and is from now on available at the following address only:
Albrecht Computer Technik
Glinder Str. 2
27432 Ebersdorf
Phone Hotlines:
Amiga and Web Service: 0700-ACT-AMIGA (numerical: 0700-228-26442)
Apple/Be/QNX: 0700-ACT-PHONE (numerically: 0700-228-74663)
(Presumably available starting September 10th, 1999)
Office: +49-(0)-4765-8300-60
Fax: +49-(0)-4765-8300-64
Note: The old phone numbers will be redirected for some more weeks.
EMail: info@act-net.com and WWW offers: support@level-2.com. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Torsten Dudai


New Cartoon: Iwin, part two




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30.Aug.1999
Arne Hinrichsen by eMail


userfriendly.org: Amiga logo in good company?
Aside from Arne, several other visitors have pointed to this cartoon in userfriendly.org; as always in these cases, the first one is cited as "source". (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Stefan Robl by eMail


VMdriver new version 1.10
Stefan Robl writes:
The new version 1.10 of the FMdriver packet contains numerous innovations; e.g. the limitation to graphic cards has been removed, programms are now running in satisfactory quality in 2-256 colors (!!). New are the programms FMInit, FMGrab (great for WebCams!), FMRecord/FMRecordDec and FMRecorder.
FMRecorder makes it possible to comfortably record videos with the FrameMachine. The program contains, aside from an anim viewer, a converter to encode the video as MPEG later on. You can download screenshots from the programs, and a MPEG animation recorded with FMRecord (and encoded with CreateMPEG) from my homepage. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Robert Niessner by eMail


PFS3 finished
The most important new features:
  • PFS Doctor, a repair program for the difficult case
  • expansion of the delete directory to up to 992 entries!
  • extra long filenames, (optionally) up to 100 characters!
  • HDInsttools for easy installation
  • own PFS format command
  • miscellaneous bugfixes

Available from Schatztruhe and other distributors. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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30.Aug.1999
Patrick Beerhorst by eMail


Prelude library bug
Patrick Beerhorst writes:
Version 4.52 of prelude.library causes problems with the Prelude 1200 (card is not initialised in certain circumstances). A fixed version v4.55 for both cards (Prelude 1200 and Prelude Z-II) solves these problems. Download: PrlLib455.lha. Additionally, there is a new Mixer v2.1 available from the homepage. Download: PreludeMixer21.lha. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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28.Aug.1999
Carsten Schröder by eMail


Tyschtschenko: No more Executive Updates for competition reasons
+++ AMIGA-aktuell-Special +++
Tyschtschenko: No more Executive Updates for competition reasons (27.08.99)
AMIGA Vice President Petro Tyschtschenko explained on request of AMIGA aktuell, that Amiga decided to change information politics to avoid too many details of the AmigaNG development reaching competitors, which would be a burden for the whole project. The head of the German Amiga office stressed that other companies don't handle new developments any differently. (ps) (Translation: unk)

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28.Aug.1999
Olaf Köbnik


Amiga Arena News
Olaf Köbnik writes:
Complete full version on Amiga Arena!
The Amiga Arena reports back after the summer break directly with the highlight for 1999! Exclusively and only at Amiga Arena, the best shareware space economy simulation Imperium Terranum 2 is available as full version for download!
Info about the game and the archive for Imperium Terranum 2 (3.2 MB) are only available from Amiga Arena! This one-time offer is only available for the next 21 days! (Note: Message dates from August 28th). Amiga Arena says thank you to the team of Virtual Worlds Productions, who made this offer possible!

TaskForce Version 0.38 online!
The latest version of the strategy game TaskForce is, as always - before Aminet - available on the TaskForce homepage (title link). (ps) (Translation: unk)

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28.Aug.1999
Thomas Lorenz by eMail


FusionPPC: Only 380 of the needed 500 preorders recieved
Thomas Lorenz writes:
There are still many preorders missing. Here the latest news from the Fusion mailinglist:
From: Jim Drew msdei@ctaz.com
Subject: [FUSION]: PPC upgrade status
This is an official announcement from Microcode Solutions...
As many of you know, Microcode Solutions has been trying to establish a base market for its new emulations. We presented the public with a test marketting idea of pre-paying for a PowerPC emulation. We reached our base goal of 500 units (actually we reached nearly 700), and then we announced that we were now accepting the pre-payments. To date we have only 380 pre-payments (none of which have been processed), meaning that we are still short 120 units before we can commit to producing this product. It has been several months since we have been collecting actual pre-payments. We are spending an incredible amount of time and resources on this project (which is 1/1000th the revenue of our PC market), and we hope that we are not wasting our time by doing so. We ask that if you have not placed your order yet, please do so now. If we do not reach the 500 unit goal, we will not release the product, no matter how much we have completed so far... we will use some of the work for our PC version. x (ps) (Translation: unk)

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