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Reading ebooks on Amstrad CPC with SymbOS par Prevtenet

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Prevtenet is the author of Zym an interpret of Infocom adventure games using the Z-machine for SymbOS. He has converted public domaine books (including the bible in different languages) to the .HLP format of SymbOS.



Dust-free protection for your Amstrad CPC by Frédéric BELLEC (ACME)

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Doh sorry for tonight but copy/paste the french text (hit the french flag up there to the right) in google translate if the photo below make you drool. Will try to translate it myself tomorrow, sorry.

To make it short, there are 7 models of the protection :

  • french, english and spanish CPC 464 (472 for the spanish one)
  • french and english CPC 664 (there is no Azerty 664, so the difference is just on the disk drive, both keyboards are Qwerty)
  • french and english CPC 6128

Price is 17 &euros; including shipping for France and 20 &euros; for Spain (shipping included too). For any other international shipping, contact him first.

Included in the packaging :

  • protection folded in its sealed cellophane
  • documentation for washing and ironing
  • protective bubble envelope
  • shipping with tracking number
  • a small gift to boost your happiness

For ordering, you must :

1) payment with Paypal of the good amount (number of order x price : 17 or 20) to fredisland at acpc dot me. You cant ask to reserve for later.

2) at the same time you pay on Papyal, you can leave a message, it's really important as you must leave your postal address, which protection you want and how many, or send these informations as a private message on Facebook or by email.

Frédéric will confirm your order (by PM or email) that your order will be processed (well if you leaved all the needed informations). As his original message was in August and as he has now the protections in stock, shipping should be quick but don't forget he is a one man show not Amazon, sometimes humans needs to eat, sleep, work too (Genesis8bit opinion, not a translation of Frédéric's words).

Dust-free protection for your Amstrad CPC by Frédéric BELLEC (ACME)



v1.4 of the Contiki v1.x fork (an operating system) for Amstrad CPC by Pulkomandy

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Pulkomandy has released a new version v1.4 of his fork of Contiki v1.x for Amstrad CPC. More informations on his Contiki page (with the download).

Contiki is a small operating system for embedded devices. While version 2 of the system is designed to run on embedded devices and has an IP and IPv6 stack as the main feature, the 1.x version of the system is better known for being ported to several 8-bit and 16-bit home computers.

Contiki's screenshot, an operating system ported on Amstrad CPC by Pulkomandy




CP/M is really open source now

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In 2001 a limited licence for using CP/M was given to Tim Olstead (The Unofficial CP/M Web site) by Bryan Sparks who was (and still is) CEO of Lineo (successor of Caldera).

This licence has been clarified by Brian Sparks, CP/M is now clearly under an open source licence.

Source code of CP/M (different versions) is available, also their respective manuals.

You will find more informations about CP/M on John Elliott's web page.



Two videos : history of Amstrad and of the Amstrad CPC

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Two very recent videos in french about the history of Amstrad :




Upgrade your Amstrad CPC disk drive with the ACME cover

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You are so used to it, but the cover of your Amstrad CPC disk drive has some informations. Why not getting an upgrade of these informations by getting the one made by Frédéric Bellec (ACME web site) ? It's available in azerty and qwerty, and in english.






Awesome Amstrad CPC screens by Eric Cubizolle and how he created them

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You can see many Amstrad CPC screens made by Eric Cubizolle (Titan) on CPCWiki and will learn how he creates them (french inside).





What you see is what you get, a biography by Lord Alan Michael Sugar

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It took me time before starting reading this book, but now it's done, the official biograhy of and by Lord Alan Michael Sugar.

I did read already his other biographies :

  • Alan Sugar, the Amstrad Story by David Thomas
  • Sir Alan Sugar, the biography by Charlie Burden

The first one gave insights about his childhoold but nothing about his football years. Whereas the second one was introducing his foootball years. WYSIWYG give a lot more details about his childhood, the first steps which made him the man we all know and also a lot more on his football years. Honestly, I did appreciate this book and I recommend its reading. The only regret and it's purely personal, the book has a part about the Amstrad CPC computers but nothing about the CPC 664 which was my first computer, not very important though.

What you see is why you get, Lord Alan Michael Sugar's biography



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