Christmas 1999 / Year 2000 greetings
English Version / Deutsche Version
Finally I want to wish you a little delayed a merry christmas and a happy new year 2000!
Dear Friends and users of my programs!
Once again, a further year is almost over and I want to write you what
happened interesting from my point of view.
First of all, my studies go on well so far (I'm now in the 5. semester)
but it consumes more time than I want. This causes sometimes a
signifficantly time-delay for programming works and/or writing eMails.
I have to apologize for this, but my studies must have top-prioritiy.
This summers semester holidays I wanted to use every free hour for
programming - I did so and had a great progress with my programming
First of all, my WizardClasses, a C++ object oriented development
system got a major update allowing me to develop my other programs
in a more efficient way.
I have planned to release this system in the middle of next year to
the public to allow also other programmers to use this system.
The first remarkable release of this year was my new FrameMachine
driver-system "FMdriver", which was accepted very well by users of
the FrameMachine video board.
With FMdriver it is now possible to watch TV on the Workbench, full
PowerPC-support for superfast color-conversion included.
After this, I planned to finish ArtecScan 2.0 - the scanner-driver
for Artec scanners. Because of my just updated WizardClasses it was
possible to do this with more speed than usual.
But then happened the worst-case for every programmer: my system-
harddrive got defective and I lost all of my data (source-codes,
eMails, all other data).
With the help of Petra Struck from the German "AmigaNews" who
posted my search for an identical harddrive and of Hendrik Hanke
who borrowd me his harddrive I restored all my lost data by
replacing my defective harddrive controller board. Thanks again!!
Well, this event had cost me about two weeks of programming work
and my semester holidays were over. ArtecScan once again could not
be finished... :(
Well, of course I tried to go on with ArtecScan-development but
because of this I needed some weeks longer to finish this work.
The results of my work I demonstrated on a small computershow
named "Computronika" at the end of october in Germany.
After this I made the alpha version of ArtecScan available to the
public over my homepage.
After releasing ArtecScan, I wrote also a FrameMachine driver for
the indepentent video-driver system (VHI) of Felix Schwarz.
Two weeks later, there was the most important Amiga event of this
year, the HomeElectronicsWorld'99 in Cologne. I was there of course,
too and met there with a lot of people. It was a great show and
it is clear that the Amiga is still alive!
I will go on using/programming the Amiga, I hope you too!
If Haage&Partner and AmigaInc. do the right thing, we could have
a very good computer at the end of next year.