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Applications for the 14th The Apprentice show with Lord Alan Michael Sugar till 29th January

01/21/2018 - 16:43 - genesis8

The reality show the Apprentice (UK) with Lord Alan Michael Sugar will open his 14th edition soon. Inscriptions will close on the 29th January 2018.

What are you waiting for ?

Source : Twitter

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Soon 50 years of history for the Amstrad company, related in Retro Gamer magazine

01/07/2018 - 15:21 - genesis8

The company Amstrad (Alan Michael Sugar TRADing) has been created the 8th December 1968. So at the end of this new year 2018, it will be 50 years of history, which are told in the last issue of the Retro Gamer magazine.

Retro Gamer magazine for the 50 years of history of the Amstrad company

Source : Twitter

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8-bit memoirs issue 1 by Mr_Lou, author of Sort'em (Amstrad CPC game)

12/13/2017 - 21:03 - genesis8

Mr_Lou is active on Amstrad CPC scene, he wrote the game Sort'Em in 2009 (LuBlu Entertainment), programmed with Z88dk and cpcrslib.

Today, he finished the first issue of his 8-Bit Memoirs, a free ebook of his personal 8bit experience (about for example the Philips Videopac G7000, the Amstrad CPC and the Amiga) with more than 5 hours of video, illustrations (by Marlene "BlueAngel" Johansen), screenshots... It's free, but you can buy the physical collector edition for 17 €.

Source : CPC Wiki

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Amstrad CPC written Memory (ACME) by Fr閐閞ic BELLEC

10/08/2017 - 23:21 - genesis8

Amstrad CPC M閙oire 閏rite is an Amstrad CPC web site by Fr閐閞ic BELLEC to preserve Amstrad CPC documents, programs, newspapers, etc...

There is also a facebook page for Amstrad CPC M閙oire 閏rite.

Source : System.cfg

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Furniture sold by Amstrad with a CT-1 radio and a MP-3 analogic TV tuner

08/27/2017 - 18:34 - genesis8

I just discovered on Amstrad.EU's facebook group that Amstrad sold a furniture with a bundled MP-3 analogic TV tuner and CT-1 radio. With the reference to X, the article is coming from the newspaper Amstrad 100%.

A quick internet search didnt permit to find other photos of this furniture, if you have any, I am interested.

Amstrad furniture for CPC, CT-1 and MP-3

Source : Amstrad.EU on Facebook

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One mug of coffee/tea a day ! But choose it wisely.

08/26/2017 - 15:24 - genesis8

May I suggest you to choose this mug to drink your coffee or tea each morning ? 10 pieces only.

Source : Twitter

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The story of Roland, the Amstrad CPC mascot by Edward on Youtube (french audio)

08/23/2017 - 21:06 - genesis8

Edward (JeuxVideo.com) is talking about the Amstrad CPC mascot : Roland in a french short video (about 7 minutes and 30 seconds).

Source : Youtube

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A nice image by Juanito Medina which you should take a look at

08/23/2017 - 22:09 - genesis8

Juanito Medina has drawn a nice graphic which you really should take a look at. Hint, check the bottom, no, not the girl...

Source : Amstrad.EU on Facebook

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Ruthless: The Story of Amstrad and Alan Sugar in the 80's and 90's by Kim Justice

08/06/2017 - 17:46 - genesis8

A 30 minutes video on Youtube by Kim Justice about Amstrad and Lord Alan Michael Sugar in english.

Source : Youtube

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Retro memories : the Amstrad CPC 464 by David Campbell on Youtube

05/08/2017 - 13:35 - genesis8

David Campbell's video is about the Amstrad CPC 464 which he received for Christmas 1985 with its twelve tapes pack.

Source : AMSTRAD CPC CLASSIC GAMING AND DEMOS on Facebook

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A Colecovision remake of Rick Dangerous by two dangerous unknown people

11/06/2016 - 22:12 - genesis8

Two unknown people going with the name of Fanoplusplus64k and TotOOnTheMoon have written a remake of Rick Dangerous for the game console Colecovision : Risky Rick in dangerous traps, already showed at the RGC 2015 and almost ready at 95% for the RGC 2016 at Meaux.

The next one I see programming on something else than an Amstrad CPC, will copy with his and and pen 1000 times the following words : I must only programm on my lovely Amstrad CPC.

Source : MO5.com

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Coming to cinema, the cartoon Agents super z茅ro (Mortadelo y Filem贸n contra Jimmy el cachondo

10/31/2016 - 21:56 - genesis8

Buenos noche, C贸mo est谩 ? Me gusta Mortadelo y Filem贸n desde mi juventud, y usted ? Hello everyone, I like Mortadelo y Filem贸n since I am young, a spanish comics by Francisco Ib谩帽ez. A cartoon Agents super z茅ro will be out on the 2nd november 2016.

It also exists as Amstrad CPC games with youtube longplay by Jgonza :

Source : Allocin茅

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Gary Kildall's memoir (creator of CP/M) available for free

08/04/2016 - 23:01 - genesis8

One year before his death (1994), the creator of CP/M, Gary Kildall, had written his memoirs : Computer Connections: People, Places, and Events in the Evolution of the Personal Computer Industry, but only available for his family and friends. It's now available for all and for free (see link just above, at the end of the article).

Source : Slashdot

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CP/M Plus on ROM with utilities by TFM

06/30/2015 - 21:29 - genesis8

TFM, author of FutureOS (an Amstrad CPC operating system) has put CP/M plus with utilities on 10 ROMs at the moment. Click on source link below for download.

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Celebrating the 25 Years of the Amstrad GX4000 by Xyphoe on Youtube

06/27/2015 - 12:02 - genesis8

In this 25 minutes video, Xyphoe celebrates the 25 years Of the Amstrad GX4000 (released in 1990).

Source : Xyphoe's Youtube

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

12/03/2014 - 23:06 - genesis8

The following lines are directly taken from the Amstrad CPC Contiki port on Github.

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

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 1.x features a GUI, dynamic loading of executables with runtime relocation, and a cooperative multitasking event-driven kernel. It also includes an IPv4 network stack and a few other things.

This fork is focused on improving the Amstrad CPC port of Contiki. This version was done by Kevin Thacker, but he didn't get it much further than showing the desktop. At the time, problems with the SDCC compiler and lack of proper optimization support led to a Contiki kernel too big and slow to be useful for serious use.

Fast forward some years, and SDCC has improved a lot. While it's still not very good at generating fast code, at least the size is down a bit and we now can run several programs without running out of memory. The linker scripts you will find here were modified to work properly with the current version of SDCC.

However, the dynamic relocatable executables are generated with a patched version of the SDCC linker, as the existing linker doesn't allow output in a suitable format.

Compared to the binaries released by Kevin Thacker, this version has much improved drawing routines. While still using the CPC firmware, the following changes allow for a much better experience :

How to build it - Requirements

You will need a patched version of SDCC. The linker was modified to generate relocation information, so the PRG executables can be loaded anywhere in memory and relocated at runtime before starting them. Running Contiki without that on the CPC would be much less interesting, because it is nearly impossible to write position independant z80 code.

A patch for SDCC 3.4.1 (from the current SVN sources) is provided. Get the sources using SVN or a nightly snapshot and apply the patch, then configure SDCC as usual.

You can still use the generated version of SDCC for other projects. The only difference is the addition of the -h flag to the linker. When this flag is set, executables are generated with relocation information.

You will also need cpcgs from the cpctools project.

Steps

Once the patched SDCC is installed, the process is rather simple :

cd contiki-cpc make clean make cpc make programs

This will generate a dsk image with contiki and the various programs.

Be careful to always do things in this order. The "cpc" target compiles the contiki core, and generate a defines file which is then used to have the apps call contiki routines.

However, when contiki is recompiled, stuff move in memory and all programs must be recompiled. This means you should always do a "make clean", until the dependencies are properly defined in the makefiles.

How to use it

Boot your CPC or emulator and insert the disk in drive A (drive B is currently not supported). Then from the BASIC prompt type

run"contiki

The Contiki desktop will start, and will load the "Welcome" program which shows a window with some hints about how to use the system. Once there, you can :

Using either Directory or the "Run program" menu, you can start more applications, such as the calculator, the command line shel, the about box, etc. You can start multiple instances of each application, and navigate between their windows using the "Desktop" menu.

Roadmap

This port of Contiki is running fairly well, but we can make it more awesome !

Current status

Contiki currently relies on the CPC firmware for screen drawing and on AMSDOS for disc access. It runs entirely in the 64K base memory and doesn't use the banks or other expansion ROMs.

Contiki uses the space usually reserved to BASIC, from &100 to &3700, for its kernel. Since the Firmware and AMSDOS reserve all memory from &A700 up, this leaves about 28K of free RAM for applications. Not bad, but we can do better.

Firmware-based CTK driver

The screen driver is using the standard "conio" driver from Contiki. This is a textmode based driver which is easily portable between different terminal types. However, the interface of this driver with the CPC firmware results in rather slow screen drawing. The main reason is that some operations (such as erasing or scrolling part of the screen) are done character by character, instead of using the firmware functions which are much faster. Moreover, the portable conio code is written in C, and replacing it with an assembler version would provide another speed boost.

Some extra features such as bitmap icons, a custom character set and more can be implemented here.

Make use of memory banks

We can put Contiki in bank C7 and map it in C1 mode. This would free all the low memory for apps. When calling the firmware, we can either use "far calls" so the bank can be unmapped while drawing, or use mode C3 and tell the firmware to draw at address 4000.

Note that the firmware calls are designed not to take direct memory pointers most of the time (eg you can print a single character, not a whole string) to make such schemes workable: The firmware would never need to directly access application memory in the range 4000-7fff. This would leave about 42K of RAM free for apps.

Remove dependencies on firmware

The next step is to completely remove the dependency on the firmware, and instead write our own screen drawing routines. A 4x8 or 6x8 font could be used, as the "80 column" version of Contiki for C64 is doing.

This could further speedup the screen display and allow for a nicer look.

Overscan display

A nice feature on the CPC is the ability to allocate 32K of RAM for the display and have a quite high resolution screen (380x272 or so). However, with the scheme exposed above this would lead to having only 32K of RAM free for applications.

To avoid this, we would run Contiki in C2 banking mode (all memory is mapped in banks) and have the application heap there. Contiki would still be in bank C7 leaving 48K of RAM for apps. When drawing to the screen is needed, Contiki can switch to mode C1 or C3 to access the main memory. A scheme similar to the one used by the firmware needs to be used here: the screen drawing routines must not do direct access to applications.

Pages 0 and 1 in main RAM would be used for the screen. Page 2 will have the screen drawing code. Page 3 can be used for the filesystem, and use the C4-C7 mapping mode to access the banks. When using these modes, converting a pointer to page number + pointer in 4000-7fff is easy. It may be a good idea to tweak malloc so it never allocates a chunk that crosses two banks. But that would mean we can't load apps bigger than 16K. So the disk system will probably have to figure out how to handle allocations that spans two or more banks.

Even more free RAM !

Going even further, Contiki should all be in main RAM, and leave the banks almost completely free for apps. This would need to use an RST (far call or so) to call Contiki methods from apps. Can SDCC handle this? We may need to generate syscall inlines or maybe we can do dirty tricks using the peephole to replace "CALL address" with "RST farcall ; dw address". This could leave 63+K of RAM for apps, and 32K of RAM for Contiki + screen drawing + FS. If space is scarce, it's probably time we try putting Contiki in one or two ROMs instead.

This is similar to the scheme used by CP/M+.

An Amstrad PCW port

The amstrad PCW has a similar, but more flexible, RAM bank system. However, it comes with 256 or 512K of memory, and we must support this!. This means reworking Contiki to handle apps in the different banks, which is not an easy task and may need compiler specific support. But then again, it could be useful for a Thomson MO6/TO8 port...

Source :

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Celebrating the 30 Years of the Amstrad CPC 464 by Xyphoe on Youtube (and guests)

08/17/2014 - 17:36 - genesis8

In this special hour long video Xyphoe celebrates the 30 years Of the Amstrad CPC 464 (released to the public on the 21st June 1984). You will find everything you ever needed to know about the Amstrad CPC 464 !

From its development history, success and sales, (most importantly) gaming and to it's lasting legacy! With some additional help, insight and reminiscing from special guests and friends of Xyphoe where they remember their first memories of the machine, how successful it was in comparison to it's competitors, most memorable and favourite games and finally their lasting impression of this plucky underdog !

Source : Xyphoe's Youtube

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Welcome to Amsoft : the Amstrad CPC 464 Welcome Demonstration Cassette

07/06/2014 - 12:43 - genesis8

If you are the proud owner of an Amstrad CPC 464, you have already seend the Amstrad CPC 464 Welcome Demonstration Cassette. Otherwise, it's time to see the extraordinary features of a computer which is only 30 years old.

The programs of this tape have been programmed by Roland Perry, concepteur de l'Amstrad CPC et du GX4000.

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The Amstrad CPC database GameBase CPC v27 is available

06/16/2013 - 17:24 - genesis8

GameBase CPC v27 is available since the 10th May 2013.

Only available as a full version, please download only 1 file at a time.

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A wink : Happy Birthday to Eliot

10/11/2012 - 23:21 - genesis8

As a wink, lets celebrate a happy birthday to Eliot, I hope you will be able to organize many more meetings in the years to come.

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Amstrad CPC on a french radio (France Info) : familles tout prix

08/28/2012 - 22:52 - genesis8

The 24th August 2012, we could listen to a french radio for 2 minutes and 26 seconds on France info talking about Amstrad CPC : familles tout prix with Jean Zeid and 2 other people : Guillaume Delalande, journalist at LCI and Philippe Dubois, pr閟ident of the mo5.com association.

Source : CPCRulez's forum

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CPC G閚閞ation, a nice video by Tau Ceti about Amstrad CPC 464

08/12/2012 - 21:44 - genesis8

CPC G閚閞ation is a nice video (no need to understand french) by Tau Ceti about Amstrad CPC. I invite you to see it. The video is quite dark, the effect is intented.

The music of CPC G閚閞ation is available on SoundCloud.

Source : Tau Ceti

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Fight : Amstrad CPC 28 - Commodore64 30 !

08/07/2012 - 00:43 - genesis8

No no, I don't suggest that the Commodore 64 is 2 points better than our beloved Amstrad CPC. Far from my mind, the C64 is just ... different, I was never interested in the war between machines.

In fact the Commodore 64 celebrates its 30th birthday, whereas we have to wait until September 2012 for the Amstrad CPC 464 to celebrate its 28th birthday.

Two old men who still looks good and healthly.

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Interview of Alain Massoumipour (alias Poum) on Phenix Informatique

06/23/2012 - 14:08 - genesis8

You will find on Phenix Informatique an interview of Alain Massoumipour (alias Poum) who wrote for the french Amstrad CPC magazine Amstrad 100%.

If you throwed all your issues of Amstrad 100%, you will find them on le site des anciennes revues informatiques.

Source : Phenix Informatique

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Amstar issue 1 and 3 sold on Ebay, ouch...

03/22/2012 - 21:18 - genesis8

You really have to love your Amstrad CPC to pay 180 € for the issue 1 of the french magazine Amstar and 159 € for the issue 3 of the same Amstar.

200 € for an Amstrad CPC 664 without its screen on Ebay, it's another nice sum of money.

Be original, for the 2012 St Valentin, offer an Amstrad CPC to the person you love, seing the current price, it seems to be a beautiful gift that make her jump into your arms for a lovely ambrace (or not, just try it and let me know if it works. I wont reimburse you if the gift isnt appreciated).

For the end, a special prize : the Amstrad CPC game Meurtre en s閞ie by Cobra Soft again on Ebay for 329 €, with its physical clues).

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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No less than about 4000 Amstrad CPC tape games being sold on Ebay

09/11/2011 - 19:30 - genesis8

Check this Ebay auction of 4000 Amstrad CPC tape games.

Ebay auction of 4000 Amstrad CPC tape games

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Alan Michael Sugar on Facebook and Twitter, and his autobiography

09/04/2011 - 14:58 - genesis8

I only discovered that Alan Michael Sugar is on Facebook and Twitter.

By the way his autobiography is available in paperback since the 1st August. I already read his previous biographies, one more to go !

Alan Michael Sugar autobiography : What you see is what you get  Alan Michael Sugar biography : The Amstrad story by David Thomas  Sir Alan Sugar (the biography) by Charlie Burden

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Kangaroo is blowing out &28 candles today

07/29/2011 - 23:15 - genesis8

Kangaroo is today blowing out &28 candles. For my part, due to my light dyslexia, I never felt so young at 24 years old. By the way, you can also find Kangaroo on Jamendo

Source : CPCWiki's forum

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Upscaling retro 8bit pixel art to vector graphics

05/25/2011 - 12:59 - genesis8

A new algorythm able to transform bitmap graphics such as on an Amstrad CPC to vector graphics, has been created. It can create smooth, curved contour lines from only-connected-on-the-diagonal single pixels. That would mean playing games on a big screen without big ugly pixels. See below for the link.

Source : Slashdot

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Happy new year 2011

01/01/2011 - 01:53 - genesis8

I wish you a happy new year 2011, and a lot of Amstrad CPC meetings

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Merry Christmas 2010

12/24/2010 - 00:21 - genesis8

Merry Christmas 2010

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Mode 1 pictures by Jill Lawson

06/27/2010 - 12:12 - genesis8

Thanks to Papy CPC (at the Amstrad Expo 2010 meeting) who knows this site better than me, this picture gallery file which was credited to an unknown artist has found its rightful author : Jill lawson. Below you will see her beautiful mode 1 pictures. Enjoy them (last 2 pictures comes from les sucres en morceaux).

Abbey by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Alan Michael Sugar by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Cacti by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Dog by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Flamingo by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Frog by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Jet by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Max by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Mona Lisa by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Penguins by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Steam boat by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Stonehenge by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Swans by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Tiger by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Toutankhamon's mask by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Train by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Another train by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Boat and bridge by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

Cliff by Jill Lawson, mode 1 picture on an Amstrad CPC

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Windows XP on an Amstrad CPC 464, yes you can !

06/26/2010 - 13:02 - genesis8

It just needs a lot of tapes...

fist tape to install windows XP on an Amstrad CPC 464

Source : CPC Wiki's forum

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8-bit trip by Rymdreglage, a video with a 8bit theme and music

05/09/2010 - 20:58 - genesis8

Another nice video with a 8bit theme and music : Rymdreglage - 8-bit trip by Rymdreglage.

Source : CPC Wiki's forum

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Pixels by Patrick Jean, an interesting video about 8bit games

04/11/2010 - 16:44 - genesis8

If you have time, go see Pixels by Patrick Jean.

Source : CPC Rulez's forum

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03/02/2010 - 20:25 - genesis8

Source :

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Contiki v2.40 available

02/27/2010 - 23:19 - genesis8

Contiki v2.40 (a small but modern operating system) is available since 16th February 2010. A previous version has been compiled for Amstrad CPC with the Small Device C Compiler.

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Forest, an Amstrad CPC picture by Marlene Johansen (LuBlu Entertainment)

10/04/2009 - 11:35 - genesis8

Marlene Johansen, one of the 2 members of LuBlu Entertainment (authors of the Amstrad CPC game Sort'Em), has drawn a nice picture on Amstrad CPC (mode 1, 4 colors) that you can see below, you will also find 2 others Amstrad CPC pictures on her web site.

screenshot of a forest by Marlene Johansen

Source : CPC Wiki's forum

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Old news, still good news

08/04/2009 - 21:33 - genesis8

Following news arent exactly new (2007 and 2008 when I wasnt very active). I am still doing them for those who wouldnt know it, and to add the files on the site. It's also a prelude for new features on this site.

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Institut national de l'Audiovisuel

06/28/2009 - 17:41 - genesis8

The web site of Institut national de l'Audiovisuel (its goal is to keep archives of french television and radio) got a lifting. They also now have 200.000 televsion ads from 1968 to today. I invite you to go see ads about Amstrad products.

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PcW16ers - Reloaded -

05/20/2009 - 23:08 - genesis8

I just added a new PCW link : PcW16ers - Reloaded - which is of course about the PcW16.

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Amstrad CPC is 25 years old in 2009

05/07/2009 - 23:54 - genesis8

For the 25 years of the Amstrad CPC in 2009, Amstradeus (bilingual site, choose language at upper left of the page) is organizing a graphic contest till the 30th May 2009. You must send an image about the quarter of century of the Amstrad CPC in JPG or PNG to win a CPC 464 firmware book (in english).

Source : Amstradeus

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The Real Sir Alan (Michael Sugar)

05/01/2009 - 12:25 - genesis8

The Real Sir Alan is a 60 minute show by Fiona bruce shown on BBC Two (11th January 2009) and BBC One (24th January 2009). It cant be seen anymore with the BBC iPlayer, but it seems to be on Youtube :

Also for the 5th year in a row, The apprentice show with Alan Michael Sugar is on the waves.

And for the end, if you still dont have read Alan Michael Sugar biography, I recommend it personally, I did read it and liked it.

Alan Michael Sugar biography : The Amstrad story by David Thomas

Source : Phenix Informatique

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a RSS flux to let you know when there is some news

04/01/2009 - 00:25 - genesis8

As news doesnt appear as often as before, you now have a RSS flux to be informed when the site is updated.

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Happy Christmas 2008 and happy new year 2009 !

03/31/2009 - 22:38 - genesis8

It's never too late, well I hope.

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Spanish FAQ v1.32 of comp.sys.amstrad.8bit

01/21/2008 - 13:16 - genesis8

Thanks to MiguelSky, the spanish FAQ has been updated to the latest version (from 2005, some updating work needing to be done).

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Late for Xmas, so happy good year 2008

12/27/2007 - 22:48 - genesis8

It's a bit late for wishing you a merry christmas, so I will wish you a happy good year 2008 instead, and much CPCing.

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FutureOS documentation in english and german

11/03/2007 - 17:14 - genesis8

FutureOS documentation (new OS for the Amstrad CPC) is available now in german AND english on the web site.

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SymbOS v2.0 is out, for Amstrad PCW too

09/01/2007 - 19:44 - genesis8

Symbos v2.0 is out :

Read allnews here, and PCW/Joyce screenshots here.

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BSkyB is buying Amstrad company

08/04/2007 - 18:31 - genesis8

Rupert Murdoch owner of the U.K. media group BskyB has launched an amical OPA on Amstrad for 185 millions €, it will permit to BskyB to lower its costs, as it was buying satellit numerical video decoders from Amstrad. Alan Michael Sugar will stil be the manager at Amstrad, and will still keep 28% Amstrad actions d'Amstrad after selling a part of his actions for 34,5 millions of pounds. Alan Michael Sugar is now 60 years old.

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Forever, a slovakian 8bit meeting

01/30/2006 - 13:40 - genesis8

The Forever meeting will take place in slovakia from 17th to 19th march 2006. There will be an Amstrad CPC competition

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