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The Amiga situation

My all time favorite line of computers is still the Amiga, best known as a series of home computers made by Commodore. It’s still very much alive, with people creating software, firmware (‘Kickstart’), hardware add-ons and emulators (both purely in software and re-created in FPGA hardware).

However, unfortunately there’s also quite a few discussions about who owns what (trade marks, copyrights, …) and about what makes a ‘true’ Amiga or Amiga ‘experience’.

I will not try to answer these questions, or give legal advice, but would like to list some key players, products and useful terms. That way, I hope to make it all a bit clearer to myself and possibly other people as well.

For now, I’ll just make an alphabetically sorted list.

Amiga Forever

Software emulation suite by Cloanto, including tools and disk images. A good source for legal copies of Kickstart ROMs and WorkBench disk images.

Cloanto

Creators of the Amiga Forever software emulation suite who also appear to have the right to distribute the classic Amiga ROMs up to version 3.X and matching Workbench disk images. Also includes a tool called Amiga Explorer to copy files between an emulated and a real Amiga over serial port or TCP/IP. Some Amiga retailers (shops) also sell Kickstart ROM chips with a license from Cloanto which should make them legal copies. Cloanto did NOT make AmigaOS 3.1.4, see Hyperion . I think they also have no rights for AmigaOS 3.5 and 3.9 (Haage & Partner) and the 4.x versions for NG/PowerPC Amiga systems. (Hyperion)

Haage & Partner

Created AmigaOS 3.5 and 3.9, which are updates to the last Commodore version of Workbench (3.1) and require Kickstart 3.1, as well as a minimum of a 68020 CPU and at least 6MB of ‘Fast’ RAM. Still being sold by stores like Vesalia.

Hyperion

Hyperion Entertainment is a Belgian company who claim to have the right to AmigaOS (disputed by Cloanto), and made the new version 3.1.4

They also released AmigaOS 4.0 and 4.1 which is for several PowerPC-based systems, but not for ‘stock’ classic Amigas (e.g. A500, A1200 without PowerPC accelerator board…)

Individual Computers

The company of Jens Schönfeld, who makes some great hardware for C64 and Amiga, and now also claims to have the right to the P96 (formerly Picasso 96) software, used for bigger screens with newer graphic chips (aka RTG). In the press release of december 22nd, 2018, he speaks of (only) one licensee which is Hyperion for their AmigaOS 4.1. However, in 2001 Cloanto claimed to have licensed Picasso96 for Amiga Forever. Meanwhile, there’s also a shareware version (version 2.0) on aminet

How to pronounce female cyclists’ names

This page is just about names. Names of female cyclists from around the world. I often wonder what the proper pronunciation is, and I notice many mistakes are being made, even by professional commentators. So here’s some help in finding the right pronunciation!

Fortitude Pro Cycling

Today the new female pro cycling team around Marianne Vos was announced: Fortitude Pro Cycling. In a way, this is the successor of the Rabobank-Liv team but there are some new names and some riders left #RaboLiv for other teams.

News articles:

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/09/riders-and-name-announced-for-marianne-vos-2017-team/ 

http://www.wielerrevue.nl/2016/09/29/opvolger-raboliv-fortitude-pro-cycling/

http://www.mariannevos.nl/media?mediaId=24486275

Fortitude Pro Cycling, nieuwe ploeg voor Yara Kastelijn

 

The official website is at http://fortitudeprocycling.com

The official Twitter account looks to be https://twitter.com/fortitudeprocyc

Controlling Marantz (and Denon) AVR’s

I have created an app for the Homey by Athom to control Marantz AVR’s over ethernet (I have the NR1604 model myself). See https://apps.athom.com/app/nl.marcovandenhout.marantz (version 0.0.1 has been published, 0.0.2 is in review)

This page is meant to provide some generic links and information about the protocol used. Bugs or feature requests for the app itself can be added at https://github.com/hilvarenbeek/nl.marcovandenhout.marantz/issues

PDF with possible commands (written for Denon AVR’s): http://www.awe-europe.com/documents/Control%20Docs/Denon/Archive/AVR3311CI_AVR3311_991_PROTOCOL_V7.1.0.pdf

Found out that Marantz has quite extensive documentation on their own website, for example go to http://us.marantz.com/us/Support/Pages/Manuals.aspx and you can download Excel sheets with the command lists, and also which model supports which command 🙂

Models to add:

Kringloopwinkelen

Kringloopwinkels zijn altijd leuk om even rond te neuzen en om spullen te kopen die iemand anders niet meer nodig had, maar die nog bruikbaar zijn.

De volgende kringloopwinkels heb ik bezocht:

Rotterdam 2015/01/18

Today I had a great day, seeing Marike Jager perform at ‘Kantine Walhalla’ in Rotterdam. The show was amazing, not only Marike’s awesome songs and voice, and Henk Jan Heuvelink’s expressive piano playing, but also because of the addition of a live ‘projectionist’. Visuals were not done simply using an LCD projector, but using real ‘analog’ items on an overhead projector or by actual shadow play. Just like with Audiomachinist’s machines on the ‘Here comes the night’ tour, the additions work very well.

At the show I didn’t take any pictures, but afterwards I took some while walking through the city of Rotterdam. Have a look at the slideshow!

Happy new year!

Happy 2015!
Happy 2015!

And some photos I took with my iPhone 5S at the “Regte Heide”.

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Good company, bad company

Quite often you read about companies or shops doing ‘good’ and ‘bad’ things, like recycling materials or using sweatshops. It’s quite hard to keep track of this. So for myself I decided to make a list of products I care about and what I learn about the companies that sell them. It’s a personal list that will never be complete, but that’s not the goal.

The accident

On July 7th, 2013 I was photographing the FIA GT Series race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, when the number 14 Audi R8 LMS Ultra of Portuguese driver César Campaniço had a problem braking for the Tarzan corner and smashed right into the guardrail behind which I was crouching. The car bounced back, spinning across the track and ended up badly damaged in the gravel on the outside of the corner. Luckily no other cars were hit and the driver walked away from the car on his own.

I wasn’t so lucky myself. When the car hit the guardrail, it flexed just enough to send me flying. I ended up on the grass a few meters away, noticed I couldn’t stand up and waved for the marshalls. Right away help came, and being at a circuit the medical staff was very quick to arrive as well. I had a neck brace put on and was taken to the circuit’s medical room. Another ambulance brought me to hospital for surgery. I have had surgery to the knee and hip again at another hospital. Recovery will take months but luckily my other leg and upper body are fine. For those who don’t know, I was not a spectator but an accredited photographer and it was a relatively safe spot but anything can happen in motorsports with ‘only’ a barrier inbetween you and a fast car.

There’s plenty of news articles and YouTube clips if you want to see the crash and me flying. Needless to say I won’t be leaving home a lot in the coming months…

update 2013/11/03: I can now walk with crutches and stand on two feet, which is a relief. Still a long way to go for full recovery, but getting better in little steps…

update 2016/01/09: A lot has changed since the last update, I can walk, ride my bicycle, climb and go down stairs without aids. I’m working full-time again. I still have ‘drop foot’ but I’m not afraid of tripping. Still need physiotherapy twice a week and can’t go running but I pretty much lead a normal life again 🙂

Bavaria City Racing Dublin 2012

I was lucky enough to be invited to go to Dublin for the Bavaria City Race and take pictures for Dutch web site FOK!

See the reports: http://sport.fok.nl/special/546136/1/1/100/foto-s-bavaria-city-racing-dublin-deel-1.html and http://sport.fok.nl/special/546245/1/1/100/foto-s-bavaria-city-racing-dublin-deel-2.html