Catweasel and MMC64: Christmas-updates, tUM-Sponsoring
Date 21-Dec-2006 22:23:21
Topic: Hardware News
|Just in time for Christmas, we have an update for our Catweasel-customers that fixes two small bugs and adds a lot of new disk formats. The list of formats would go beyond the scope of this news item, therefore we have chosen a few special formats:|
VERSAdos: Dr. Kümmerle of the department for safety and radiation protection of the Research Centre Jülich has sent sample disks of a Motorola VERSAdos computer, because the Research Centre had to comply with laws about archiving measurement data. More than 2000 disks have been archived and copied to up-to-date media using the Catweasel.
MHS Bootdisk: Douglas Tennant has sent a disk to us that is used to start an MHS machine. Since these disks cannot be copied using the original legacy equipment, the Catweasel now ensures that the machines can be operated in the future, using backup copies of the bootdisks.
Casio sampler disk: Casio has used disk drives in their samplers that spin at unusually high speeds. The Catweasel floppy controller has a variable bitrate, so it can read and write these disks in off-the-shelve drives. This is a good example that the topic of data recovery is not limited to computer technology. More floppy disk formats of music instruments will be implemented in future updates of the Catweasel driver software, such as the legendary synthesizer Emulator II.
If you have disks that are not yet supported by the Catweasel, please don't hesitate to contact us!
The new driver version has been reported to be stable since the last update, therefore it has left beta state. It can be downloaded for free from our support site.
Direct download: CWMK42200.zip
Planned formats for the next version of the driver are: Apple IIe, Macintosh 800K and 400K disks, and DEC RX01 and RX02 disks that have been requested by Mr. Axel Thiel of the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Investigation.
The new BIOS-version V1.04 and the recovery disk are available for free download from our support site. The MP3-plugin that enebales the MP3@64 module on the MMC64 has been improved: Playback on NTSC machines now works errorfree.
individual Computers sponsors tUM-Party
Once a year, the creative elite of the European demoscene meets at "The ultimate meeting". Find out more about the demoscene on the websites of the digitale Kultur e.V. (Digital Culture). We're proud to provide financial support once again for a party that has satisfied all expectations that visitors have in a demoparty for several years in a row. tUM takes place from december 27th until december 29th, 2006 in Karlsruhe-Durlach, Germany. Find out more on the official website.
We wish all our customers and partners merry christmas and a happy new year!