Amiga News Week 39/2019

These are the Amiga News, I noticed this past week (September 23rd - 29th)

AmigaOS 3.2 preview announced

amiga-news.de shared that a new AmigaOS 3.2 is under way. It follows on from AmigaOS 3.1.4 (and its update 3.1.4.1) has a few enhancements. It is unknown if this a full release with a new Kickstart ROM or if will just be a software update. It is also unknown if it will be free to current 3.1.4 licensees or if it will require a new license.

Link to original story: Preview to AmigaOS 3.2 (from amiga-news-de)

Workbench 2.1 Productivity setup - part 2: Preparing the Floppy Disks

With modern computers we are used to have storage built into the device, sometimes even cloud-based storage. But back in 1985 when the Amiga was born, storage was usually on Floppy disks.

This is part two of this project where we will prepare the floppy disks that we are going to need to build ourselves a Productivity setup on a standard Amiga 500.

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Amiga News Week 36/2019

These are the Amiga News, I noticed this past week (September 2nd - 8th)

IBrowse 2.5 released. Stefan Burstrom has released IBrowse 2.5. IBrowse 2.5 is a web browser for the Amiga that supports HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.0 browsing, TLSv1.3 secure connections, FTP downloads and JavaScript 1.6. It has been released for both 68k PPC processors and is compatible with AmigaOS® 3.x, 3.1.4, 4.1FE and MorphOS. Minimum requirements are: Kickstart 3.0, MC68020 or higher, 5 MB free memory (6 MB for AmiSSLv2), MUI 3.8

Workbench 2.1 Productivity setup - part 3: Optimising the Boot floppy

With modern computers we are used to have storage built into the device, sometimes even cloud-based storage. But back in 1985 when the Amiga was born, storage was usually on Floppy disks.

This is part three of this project where we will look closer at the boot floppy and optimise that limited space while leaving room for saving settings, etc. 

Read more: Workbench 2.1 Productivity setup - part 3: Optimising the...

Workbench 2.1 Productivity setup - part 1: introduction

With modern computers we are used to have storage built into the device, sometimes even cloud-based storage. But back in 1985 when the Amiga was born, storage was usually on Floppy disks.

In this project we will explore how to build ourselves a Productivity setup on a standard Amiga 500, using the built-in floppy drive and if possible a 2nd, external floppy drive.

Read more: Workbench 2.1 Productivity setup - part 1: introduction

Amiga News Week 35/2019

These are the Amiga News, I noticed this past week (August 26th to September 1st)

27C400/27C800 EPROM emulator

Mid July an Exxos Forum regular cmorley posted a message with a picture of his prototype for a 27C400/27C800 EPROM emulator. It is programmable through a USB Serial connection while still sitting in the hardware it functions with.

This could be an Amiga or Atari ST, but also other 8-bit or 16-bit legacy gear that would use an EPROM for any use, like Drum machines.

This device would be able to store 2 x 27C800 images or 4 x 27C400 images (a total of 16 Mbit) that would be selectable through what he describes as a reset line or top side pads. Programming (or "flashing") the EPROM could be done "in place" but with the hardware it is used being switched off.

Mid August cmorley has posted a picture in the thread showing the emulator prototype in place in an A500 Rev 5 motherboard reporting a basic but functioning firmware. There are initial alpha testers, including the father of the TFxxx cards Stephen Leary aka terriblefire.

The thread for 27C400/27C800 EPROM emulator is available at exxoshost.co.uk

 

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This project will explore how to build a Productivity setup on a standard Amiga 500, using the built-in floppy drive and if possible a 2nd, external floppy drive.

The Productivity 2.1 project is based upon Kickstart 2.04/2.05 and Workbench 2.1

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