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25.Jun.2016 (Webseite)

Podcast: AMIcast 13 - Interview with Daniel 'Daytona' Müßener
In the latest issue of his podcast, Krzysztof Radzikowski talked to Daniel Müßener (GoldenCode) about his projects (Wings Remastered, Wings Battlefield, OpenGL ES). (cg) (Translation: dr)

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AROS: Results of user survey 2016
Under the title link Krzysztof 'deadwood' Śmiechowicz has published the result of a survey among AROS users, who weekly use the operating system. 54 persons participated.

The results of the survey show that 20 % uses AROS more than ten hours a week, mainly for browsing, programming and multimedia. All those who "spend less time with AROS, (you) spend it mostly on OS Tinkering but also, surprisingly, on Programming!". More than 60% use a "native x86 installation of AROS, either on real or virtualized hardware." (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Workshop: upgrade an Amiga 'Tank' mouse with microswitches
Commodore mice - especially the famous 'Tank' model - are decades old and their switches aren't getting any better with age. Even if the mouse buttons still work, it often takes a constantly increasing amount of force to activate them or you never know if the mouse will react to your click this time. Amiga user 'Redskull' has fixed this problem by replacing the switches in his mouse with new microswitches, the following is a step by step guide showing what he had to do to upgrade is input device:

Remove the two phillips head screws near the cable end. Turn the mouse over, lift the end near the cable slightly. The top half will then slide backwards. Warning: Take care not to snap the clips at the rear of the top half.

Remove the two phillips head screws securing the PCB to the bottom half. You may find it easier to work by removing the cable - to do that, desolder the ground strap (see big red circle in next picture) and unplug the 8 pin connector.

Desolder the offending switch(es). The following pictures only show the left mouse button being replaced, but the principle is identical for the right mouse button of course.

These are the suitable PCB mount microswitches. The metal levers are not required.

If your switches have the metal lever attached, remove it by squeezing the end with a pair of needle-noze pliers.

Clip the leg furthest from the switch actuator with a pair of clippers or a side cutter.

The switch is ready to install now.

Drill two 0.7-1.0mm holes as shown. With the type of switch used here, the hole furthest from the edge of the board should be roughly inline with two existing holes, the other hole should be slightly offset. This may vary depending on the brand of switch you buy. Measure the hole distance up to match your switch.

Make two trace cuts as shown, isolating the land around the hole that you just made furthest from the board edge.

Scrape away some of the insulation around both holes.

That's what the new holes look from the top side of the board.

Insert the new microswitch into the new holes as shown.

Make sure the sitch is quite flush against the board before you solder it in. Make a link as shown by the red oval, a simple solder blob should suffice.

The actuator of the microswitch is roughly about 3mm higher than the original when installed, so the plastic stem behind the mouse button will need to be shortened to match.

Remove only so much that you can close the mouse (with screws) without activating the switch. It's better to trim in small increments and test a few times, than take too much off in one go and ruin your mouse. (cg) (Translation: cg)

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AROS-Distribution: Icaros Desktop 2.1.2
Version 2.1.2 of Paolo Besser's AROS distribution Icaros Desktop (screenshot) is the first one which supports Windows 7 "shared folders" using the SMB-handler; additionally the DropBox-handler and an AmiCould client were integrated.

The AROS/68k system files including the RTG drivers were updated and the OpenStreetMap viewer Mapparium added.

  • Added DropBox cloud drive handler
    • Added easy DropBox configuration to Prefs
    • "Gdrive" has now been replaced by Prefs/CludDrives
  • Added AmiCloud client to extras/FileSystem
  • Updated SMB handler, now supporting shared folders from:
    • Windows 2008 Server/R2
    • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1/10
  • Updated AROS M68K environment
    • New RTG driver with enhanced performance
    • ROMs and system files updated to June 2016
  • Added Mapparium to applications
  • Updated SQLman in applications
  • Updated IndieGO! e-shop client
  • Updated FlexCat
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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20.Jun.2016 (Webseite)

Amiga Future: Issue 98 online
Issue 98 (September/October 2012) of the printed magazine Amiga Future is sold out, you can read the German and English edition of the magazine online.

A preview and some excerpts for the upcoming issue 121 are available as well. Topics of this issues include an interview with Matthias 'Mazze' Rustler and reviews of the USB adaptor Rys MkII and Sqrxz 4. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Diagnostic tool: DiagROM 0.6
DiagROM is a diagnostic software which is meant to be burned in an EPROM by the user and replaces the regular Kickstart-ROMs of an Amiga. The software does not require any timer, IRQs or something like that and therefore can be launched on very broke computers and there can check the hardware to identify problems. DiagROM uses the serial port to export information or menus.

Currently DiagROM is available for free. Later there will be also programmed ROMs for a little fee. The source code will be released as well. (cg) (Translation: dr)

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Pictograms: AISS 4.21
Martin Merz has released an update of his "Amiga Image Storage System" (AISS), which is a system for managing toolbar graphics under AmigaOS and alternative systems.

AISS 4.21 provides more than 8.700 graphics. Due to compatibility reasons all pictures and animations of previous versions are included as well. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Spidi (ANF)

Retro 7-bit: Sum-Firmware-Update
Sum developed by Retro 7-bit is a family of USB-devices for connecting keyboards to diverse Amiga models including the CDTV ( reported). Due to the integrated USB-stack it "enables USB HID keyboards support without the need for installing additional AmigaOS software drivers."

Now a firmware update has been released which provides bug fixes and minor improvements. Additionally, it introduces saving LED states for Capslock, Numlock and ScrollLock keys.

Download: Sum_20160619.7z (27 KB) (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Aminet-Uploads until 18.06.2016
The following archives have been added to Aminet until June 18th, 2016:
Legs_Intro_Colly.adz     demo/disk  499K  68k Legionarys Intro Collection
cflow-mos.lha            dev/c      1.3M  MOS Generate a program flowgraph
AfricaMOS.lha            game/board 326K  MOS Conversion of 3W board game
bmp2dhr.lha              gfx/conv   807K  MOS Modern Graphics to Apple II G...
optipng-ppc-morphos.lha  gfx/misc   161K  MOS Advanced PNG optimizer
ZXLive.lha               misc/emu   110K  68k ZX-Spectrum 48/128k/Pentagon1...
GoatTracker-morphos.lha  mus/edit   1.2M  MOS Official tracker-like C64 mus...
NewFilemaster.lha        util/dir   610K  68k FileMaster with fixes, Filema...
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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OS4Depot-Uploads until 18.06.2016
The following archives have been added to OS4Depot until June 18th, 2016:
vsp.lha                  aud/pla 2Mb   4.0 An easy mod, mp3, ogg and wav Vi...               emu/gam 170Mb 4.1 Super Nintendo / Super Famicom e...
africa.lha               gam/boa 326kb 4.0 Conversion of 3W board game
mapparium.lha            uti/sci 3Mb   4.0 OpenStreetMap Viewer
ffmpeg.lha               vid/con 22Mb  4.0 Video and audio converter
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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AROS-Archives-Uploads until 18.06.2016
The following archives have been added to AROS-Archives until June 18th, 2016:
grafx2-2.4.2035.i386-aros... gra/edi 1Mb   The Ultimate 256-color bitmap pa...     uti/mis 333kb Ncurses based ASCII analog clock.
(snx) (Translation: dr)

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WHDLoad: New installers until 18.06.2016
Using WHDLoad, you can install games, scene demos and intros from cracking groups to your harddisk that were only working from floppy disks previously. The following installers have been added until June 18th, 2016: (snx) (Translation: dr)

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18.Jun.2016 (Webseite)

Magazine: Commodore Free, issue 93
"Commodore Free" is a free, English-language magazine about Commodore and Amiga computers, which is available in different formats - among others as HTML-version and as C64-Diskmag. (snx) (Translation: dr)

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Coffee table book : "The Master of Pixel Art - Volume 1" available
Last year, "The Masters of Pixel Art" was successfully financed by crowdfunding. The coffee table book "presents a selection of the very best pixel artwork in an exclusive production." If you place your order before June 27th, you will get a discount of 10% by using the code "nicepixel". (cg) (Translation: dr)

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