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In the meantime Medusa identified one part at the new boards, that seems - as already suspected - to be responsible for the problems. The communication with the assembling company and the producer, Texas Instruments, didn't lead to any hint yet for the exact causes of the behavior of the busdriver. The part behaves namely not as noted in the specifications, and in bizarre manner also not as the same ones of the 1. series. Especially aggravating is that the busdriver additionally changes his behavior after several minutes of usage. To fix this quickly, while we still will search for the true cause with the assembling company and the part manufacturer, Medusa ordered now extra identical constructed parts from NXP. We ...

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Delivery delay of the new series - the whole truth
The new FireBee series should already be delivered by now. Today we will ruthlessly uncover why this isn't the case yet. Read here exclusively what ACP has to fight with. Some already had a hunch; others were informed in personal mails about it. Now, the whole world will come to know. The new series of FireBee computers has a delivery delay.

It all began with the fact that the orders for the new series were processed in the new year - after the holidays. Unfortunately, the Swiss manufacturer could not meet the production period of 12 weeks that was agreed upon in 2015. Therefore, the new agreement was that the computers would arrive at MCS around the end of May 2016. But then there was another delay at the manufacturer, and the end of June was communicated to MSC as the new delivery date (including an apology for the delay). So far, everything was still just about OK, especially since we had decided to also produce the LED-/speaker-clips, which would have delayed the production by a few more weeks anyway.

In ...

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A GEM coding guide for AHCC
Peter Lane, the well-known developer, creates a very interesting coding guide.


Peter Lane has developed several applications running on the Firebee which we had mentioned before, like the Sokoban game, BibFind and many more. Lane mainly develops his GEM applications with the C programming language under AHCC. Today he provides all ...

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A new version of AHCC.
On the beginning of the June month, Henk Robbers has released an update of his well-known Pure C compatible compiler: AHCC v5.4. Although this version is not directly linked to the FireBee, it brings some bug fixes and improvement that gives extra comfort and significant to any developer.

The main improvement on the compiler consist in a bug fix on register health analysis where, in rare circumstances, too many operations were discarded.
On the Shell (not AHCCST) side, a new item has been added on menu: from folder. This addition is really interesting and useful to make new project file, like a kind of workspace area, by building a skeleton project from file names in a given folder (only one deep).
The Editor has been rechecked and a bug has been found, and fixed, on the risk to loose sync by the ^2 when searching for next unequal lines.

Please visit the Henk Robbers web site for more details and downloading files: http://members.chello.nl/h.robbers/


LED- and Speaker-Clip
The mini-cases of the FireBee are made by a metal-working company in Vienna in small batches. While we are very pleased with these high-quality aluminium casings, the small series still meant that we had to accept a certain reduction in quality due to the manual manufacturing finish.


This pertained to the final assembly of the speaker and LEDs in the case itself. Clearly, we had to get rid of the need to attach them with hot glue. In order to achieve this goal, shortly after the first case ...

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EmuTOS 0.9.6
EmuTOS is one of those projects that gets continously enhanced.

As a reminder; this Open Source Operating System is -emenating from the released sources of Digital Research- being developed further more or less since the turn of the millennium. Even if the development of the FireBee influenced EmuTOS in the last years, and if there is a certain personnel overlap of the developers and a mutual support, EmuTOS is a matter of a generally distinct and independent project.

This Operating System is our only completely free Open Source alternative and is flashed directly into the ROM, where it co-exists with FireTOS. At every reboot of the FireBee the desired Operating System can be choosen. For a permanent selection there are the small DIP switches at the board.

Probably, the ...

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GEM Sokoban Game
A GEM version of the classic puzzle game Sokoban has been released by Peter Lane.


The screenshot shows the program working under MINT+XaAES on a Firebee.


  • Contains the 50 classic levels from Thinking Rabbit
  • Additional levels can be loaded from a text file
  • Unlimited undo
  • Total moves and pushes per level recorded ...

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PH PDF Maker beta 3
PH PDF Maker is a new application that brings PDF-creation to your FireBees and Ataris.

You can use it from within you printer drivers and "print" PDFs" from various user applications. Now the Beta 3 is released. You can now use the PH PDF Maker on your Firebee as it is compatible with NVDI (see notes below). New Features in beta 3:

  1. Works with NVDI 3, 4, 5 & SpeedoGDos 5.0c, 5.7.
  2. True Colour 24-bits graphics support for real life colour reproduction in PDF.
  3. Selectable output resolution up to 300 dots per inch.
  4. Select from 12 standard PDF paper sizes for your PDF output.
  5. Compressed PDF for smaller file size.
  6. Secured PDF support with password encryption and read/open password.
  7. Protected PDF support by restriction control for copy, printing and editing.

Features from previous version: ...

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Chart Library for C Programmers


The author Peter Lane created a simple chart library for C programs. The library is designed to be included in other programs, simply by copying two files to your C project: chart.h and chart.c.

Three types of chart are supported: ...

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GFABASIC updated

Updated GFABASIC released, highlights are:

GFA-Basic Editor v1.68
Improved assembler file and include file management.

Compiler/Linker r27
Unchanged from previous release.

Library/Interpreter r16
Random crashes at startup fixed.
Not working from fast ram fixed.
Corrected two bugs in the DIM command.

GFA-Basic Compendium v2.88
Corrected various typos, reworded some pages, and added new information.

This update is particularly important for FireBee owners who use the interpreter.
For more precise information see the individual change logs in the documentation.

Lonny Pursell likes to thank Peter Lane for his bug report and detailed FireBee testing.

http://gfa.atari-users.com/at ... ml/gbe.htm


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