Transformer Beta 3.6
4, 2017 at 15:15 in Amiga
You've might heard about this one, it's
been offered for sale online. I was planning to do a
comparison of the various Transformer versions, but I
haven't found the time to look into it so here it is so
you can ;-) From the ad:
"Disk is dated 12/24/1985 – approx. 4 monthsbefore
the release and is without the Commodore/Amiga
copyright notices (Showsonly Simile Research). This
version requires EXACTLY an Amiga 1000 NTSC (or
emulated)with 512k chip RAM, Kickstart 1.0, and
Transformer Beta v3.6 (1985)(Simile).adf
So far, I have been able to track down 6 different
versions of the Transformer; Beta 3.6, v1.0, v1.1,
v1.2a, v1.2b and v1.21. Some of them I have boxed,
they're all identified by a version sticker on the label
Here are the details of the Beta 3.6 version I acquired,
the Kryflux dump was 100% as you can see:
: Transformer beta.adf
: 901.120 bytes
File loaded as an ADF :
Possible Data disk [DOS filled]
- No bootable
- OFS (Original File System)
- Identification with ABR engine : Unknown
- Identification with DWP engine :
<Standard> DOS Progressive Filled Bootblock OFS
----------------- -------- -------- -- -- --
Content list |
Size | CRC32
----------------- -------- -------- -- -- --
----------------- -------- -------- -- -- --
All 7 file(s) were saved!
Suzo The Arcade
4, 2017 at 14:45 in Retro
As I couldn't find it easily on the web
and I was fixing some joysticks I'd figure to leave this
here for future reference. The cause most often causing
issues is simply broken wires right after the plastic
housing or just before the DB9 plug.
Diagnostic Kit from Commodore -- update
21, 2015 at 16:22 in Amiga
Lately I've been spending my time
researching the Amiga Diagnostic Kit and its behavior.
There currently are 2 ways of using the kit; by using
the boot disk (if you got a partly functional computer
to diagnose) or by using the builtin roms. I've been
working with the second method only so far.
In order to do this, you will need to hook up the kit to
your Amiga, connect a null modem cable and start your
terminal emulation (regular 8n1) and .. hey presto!
When the diagnostics find an error, it will exit into a
small menu with a descriptive error message:
Test #80 -
ROM CheckSum Checking
CheckSum found was: #3568
** ERROR **
Test: #80 ROM failure! Bad CheckSum!
** TRACE **
00003568 0002FFFF 0000FFFF 0DA0001D 000000FF
FFBF7BFF FFFF7FFF F7FFFFFF
01000000 00F43FF0 00F40115 00BFD000 00F0C438
00FC00FE 00F43FF4 00F43FF4
It seems the box is made for up to kickstart 1.3 as it
will complain about wrong checksums with anything
greater dan kick 1.3. This is pretty amazing as the box
was released a good half year before kick 1.3 was
released. This must mean 1.3 was ready internally a
great deal sooner. Below are some checksums I've
received by running the diagnostics:
#AEEB (Original Commodore 37.175)
#6153 (original Hyperion)
There is a small help builtin:
Clear Trace and Trap flags
Error Trap Mode Set
Flip NOLIST Mode
R - or
(CR), Retry the Current Test
Trace, Set the Program Trace Mode
X - or
Q, or A, or S, will abort HIMAX
Z - a NOP
just for DaveN
? - or H,
will print this menu
(space), Continue to Next Test
The interesting menu item is ofcourse Z, referring to
DaveN. It wasn't until later that I realised who DaveN
is, at first I just figured it to be a German Commodore
engineer as the box was made in Braunschweig.
The tests complete, when it is done it will show 2
screens alternating while showing the error codes on the
diagnostic box (don't mind the sparkles, these are from
my RGB to VGA box):
Later, when I made a backup of the eproms, merged the
ROMs and disassembled them* I found a nice easter egg (I
removed the last 2 digits to be nice to the person who
owns that number these days ;-) ). I guess we now know
who DaveN is..:
DC.B ">Disk Ground call Needle-san (ha ha ha
ha ha)! 408-522-73xx",0
In case you want a copy of the roms, you can find them
* = I used Ira from Aminet to disassemble the roms. You
can find it here. It will compile just fine under Cygwin
if you add the -ansi directive to the COPTS in the
Makefile. You should make it look like this:
CC = gcc
CCOUT = -o
COPTS = -c
LD = $(CC)
Now just run 'make' and you will get an ira.exe.
Diagnostic Kit from Commodore
13, 2015 at 0:26 in Amiga
"Da bin ich wiedah!"
Some time ago I bought a rare piece of Commodore kit; an
A500/A2000 Diagnostic Kit made by Commodore.I haven't
been able to find much details about it, other than that
it is partnumber 380 568 and mine was made in
Braunschweig. It is a true dead-test kit sold to
official Commodore service companies. The cool part is,
it can check both the female slot Zorro based machines
(A2000) as the A500 male Zorro slot machine (A500) using
the same module.
There are two big modules and cables for every expansion
port, inclusing the floppy port! It comes with both an
amiga floppy and a PC disk containing a terminal
emulation program. Ha, they even added a C64 adapter..
Unfortunately, my original disk that came with it was
broken. However, my set also included a backup copy of
it and using my trusty Kryoflux and the
workshop I was able to restore a working copy. The
5.25"PC disk was curiously still very much intact!
Grab a copy of the Amiga disk, the PC disk and the
For those of you wondering about the German phrase
mentioned above.. check the various startup-sequences.
Also, I left the temporary files alone on the disk,
check them out for some source code :-)
Next Hackalong: November 7, 2014 /
September 16th, 2014 at 2:41PM in hackalong
Welcome back to our irregular schedule! Our next Hackalong will be
hosted by our friends from DearBytes on November 7 at
their Beverwijk offices.
As of yet, we already have 1 speaker: @Foobar_testing_,
demonstating his cute little #pownersheep. Pownersheep are
built from Teensy and a Bluetooth module; for details, the
page has them all.
Also, there is some action footage on Youtube
If you want one of those cute little sheep too, please let
us know upfront. We’ll have to order and do manual
3D-printing, so we do need some time to prepare. Any
profits (if any) will be donated to Room
See the DearBytes site for route information:
(Please don’t forget to pick the Beverwijk address, no
Hackalong will be in Germany… for now.. :) )
Kenner archief -- update
7, 2015 at 19:08 in KIM-1
KIM Kenner archief -- update
Dankzij Hans Otten is nummer #76 boven water! Verder heb
ik nu de PDF versies online kunnen zetten. Laten we
eerlijk zijn, dat leest toch wat prettiger op de tablet
voor het archief.
March 9, 2014 at 16:18 in KIM-1
In 1976 kwam MOS uit met de KIM-1,
de Keyboard Input Monitor. Het was een single board
computer gebaseerd op de MOS
6502 die veel succes had onder hobbyisten. Het
duurde dan ook niet lang voordat ook in Nederland de KIM
gebruikers club werd opgericht. Het clubblad van deze
vereniging heette de KIM Kenner. Vanaf 1981 werd deze
omgedoopt naarde 6502 Kenner om uiteindelijk te eindigen
als de uP Kenner. Het clubblad heeft het bijna 19
Sinds een jaar of wat heb ik een aantal KIM-1's op de
kop kunnen tikken. Helaas was er op internet weinig te
vinden buiten de standaard instructie manuals dus het
repareren of bedienen bleek een zware opgave zonder
gebruikersgroep. Het aantal serieuze KIM
enthousiastelingen is wereldwijd op handen (en een voet
misschien) te tellen.. Tot mijn plezier heb ik alle
(op nummer 76 na) van het
clubblad kunnen vinden.
Vooralsnog zijn de JPG's beschikbaar, middels OCR ben ik
bezig (zover de tijd het toelaat) ze stuk voor stuk ook
textueel aan te vullen.
Nummer 76 mist en van
nummer 55 staan momenteel alleen de oneven pagina's
NB: Mocht iemand vinden dat zijn oude textuele
inbreng ("jeugdzonde?") hier ongewenst online staat
hoor ik het graag en zal ik die artikelen direct
offline halen. Ik vermoed echter dat men het meer kan
waarderen dat dit stukje Nederlandse computerhistorie
niet verloren is gegaan. (Bent U een auteur die het
juist erg op prijs stelt, hoor ik het uiteraard ook
graag!) De voormalig hoofdredacteuren die ik heb
kunnen benaderen (Mijnheer Rinus Vleesch Dubois, mijnheer Hans Otten,
Tonny Schaeffer en mijnheer Stappers)
zagen er (net als ik) geen kwaad in deze hier
beschikbaar te stellen gezien de leeftijd van het
24th, 2014 at 4:37PM in hackalong
Hi all and thank you for yet again a great hackalong!
I’ve received the slides from our presenters. You
can find the Minemu
slides from @brainsmoke
and the slides in regards to ‘yanking apart mobile
applications’ from @markos1979
As promised, brainsmoke
has given us the credentials for the Minemu
virtual machines so you can get your hands
21: Hackalong event
3rd, 2014 at 3:29PM in hackalong
Here are the details of the first Hackalong of
In 3 weeks we’ll have another meet and we’re quite
happy with the line-up:
We’ve found @markos1979
ready, able and willing to present us ’how to rip
mobile applications apart’ as he endearingly puts
it himself. This will be a handson talk so please
come prepared: Mac and Linux folks can get their
hands dirty. If you want to tinker with iOS please
make sure to bring your Mac!
will present us ’Minemu:
Using dynamic taint analysis to protect buggy
binaries’. Dynamic taint analysis is a very
effective way of detecting and defending against
memory corruption attacks, yet large performance
penalties prevent its widespread use.
For a change, this Hackalong will be held at
Teleportboulevard 121 in Amsterdam, a building
with a big XS4ALL logo on it. You will all be
welcome as of 12:30h CET, we plan to kick off at
13:00. You are advised to come by public transport
as parking is limited (and the building is across
You can find travel directions here.
Please note: It is an open event, kindly hosted by
from KPN - please let us know beforehand if you
want to join as we have a 30 people limit!
PS: As a cherry on the cake, we’re working hard to
get some swag this time so you might want to bring
17th, 2014 at 2:27PM in hackalong
it’s been a while, 2014 has just started, we’ve
just finished digesting most of the holiday food
and combed the remains of the fireworks out of our
hair and we are already working on the new hackalong
For some reason, last week a lot of ideas and
initiatives came up. The first hackalong of
2014 is currently actively being planned and plans
are in the making for the second and even third
Keep an eye on this page and our twitter
feed to be informed.
In the meantime, enjoy our newly designed logo
done by Philipp
Raytracer 1.0 (plus source)
January 8, 2014 at 9:43 in Amiga
Back in 1987 Eric Graham was the person responsible for
one of the most iconic demo's of the modern computer
age, the Juggler. You can describe this remarkable small
yet impressive piece of software as one of the killer
apps for the Amiga platform and it was 'just' a demo!
The impact at the time comparable to what Halo did for
the Xbox and what Mario is to Nintendo.
This demo itself drove the sales of hardware and even
Commodore itself had to be convinced it was no hoax.
Eric made the Juggler demo himself by coding a raytracer
named ssg, a pieco of software that would evolve into
Wright has a great page describing the importance
of the Juggler demo, it's inner workings and has taken
the effort to preserve it for future generations.
Unfortunately, it seemed the sources were lost, even
to Mr. Graham himself, which was a bit odd as the
disk was sent around to people interested. There must
have been more than one copy!
After a patient search I was able to find a copy, albeit
with one or two errors unfortunately. Most files were
intact, except for the file 'Movie2' which is merely the
Juggler demo with a different background.
able to repair the disk and now this second movie
UPDATE: The KryoFlux hardware I used to dump the ADF was
able to read the original disk flawlessly. I removed the
link to the DiskSalv repaired ADF. Thanks mark_k and
Crashdisk for informing me.
You can download the
original disk disk here
and the repaired
disk here. On request I also have the
KryoFlux raw stream files available.
3000 Vs. Raspberry Pi
13, 2013 at 11:20 in retro
I've ran bonnie
CPU and disk performance comparison tests between a
Raspberry Pi and an Amiga 3000 running Amix. You can
find the results (pretty graphs) at the Amix
site of Failure. It's kind of awesome to see a €50
gadget and a 25 year old $5000 workstation!
AFFF Night of Terror 2008
October 12, 2013 at 14:38 in zombie
I had removed the photo's from the index, but
from the Google results it showed people kept visiting
frequently (pretty amazing after 5 years!) so
here they are again.
21 year old cool dude Erik
Hillenbrink of Rob's Prop Shop
turned me into a real Tom Savini-style zombie for the AFFF Night of Terror
My friend Arjen Wolfs and I noticed some cute Vampire
queens during the NOT2007. Although we loved the idea,
we figured it could be done... messier! We quickly
realised we would need the help of real professionals
and Erik wanted to help us! His dad is a special FX
legend, it's quite possible you watched a movie using
special FX from Rob's
Prop Shop (Zwartboek, Phileine zegt sorry,
Mindhunters, The Discovery of Heaven, TBS, Erik of het
klein insectenboek, Griezelbus, Deuce Bigalow: European
Gigolo.. Pretty impressive eh?)!
DevOps and the future of system
October 4, 2013 at 13:28 in devops
I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but here at
Schuberg Philis more and more of us are DevOps-ing,
Chef-ing and Git-ing the cloud way of working. Even
though, like us, you might not see direct results
porting mostly legacy code, the end result will be
staggering. Maybe not for customer 1 or 2, but
definitely for the builds in 2014. Some of you still
might haven’t found the right cause to try this way of
working, the truth of the matter is that, sooner or
later, it’s coming all our ways.
There are too many convincing reasons for me that DevOps
is here to stay: it’s faster, more flexible, less risky
– and it makes it possible to cut costs by eliminating
the system administrator role (and the CIO too). So if
you’re a systems administrator (or a CIO), prepare
yourself for the next step, before someone else does it
What should you do? First of all, don’t fight it and
don’t treat it as a bit of industry buzz that will blow
over. You can’t afford to, because one day soon
you’regoing to be on pager duty and find yourself
confronted with a DevOps environment. And what are you
going to do then? The new way of designing and deploying
environments is here to stay. The learning curve is
short yet very steep (f-ing vertical perhaps) but the
results are worth it.
Get with the program
You know how fast the pace of change is in the IT
industry. You know how quickly the cloud, SaaS, PaaS and
other developments have gone from shiny new toys to
mainstream offering – and how they are now cannibalizing
the on-premise software model. What makes you think it
won’t affect (read: eliminate) your job? I believe that
the adoption of DevOps is being driven by four “big
The rise of agile development processes and
Demand by application and business unit stakeholders for
more production releases;
The wide availability of virtual and cloud
infrastructure from internal and external providers;
Increased usage of datacenter automation and
configuration management tools.
Any one of those alone would be a threat to the old
development-administration duopoly. But together they
form a knockout blow. The transfer to DevOps makes it
pretty easy for any reasonably competent generalist to
do what once took a team of specialists.
In, out, or shake it all about?
So what are your options as a system administrator?
First up, accept that the sysadmin role in it’s current
shape is going to disappear. Some people will exit IT
completely because of this. Some will find a more
specialist niche within the industry. Some will
freelance for multiple clients, replacing other sysadmin
people who have specialized or quit. And some will, if
they can, reinvent themselves as, let’s call them
“system masters” – (part sysadmin, part CIO, replacing
both). These people will find the best mix of in-house
and hosted solutions to meet the business’s needs.
Managing data flows rather than infrastructure.
In every case, the future scenario involves big changes.
At the same time, one thing is clear: if you’re a
systems administrator and you want to continue doing
something that looks vaguely like what you do today, you
need to be into DevOps. Future IT solutions are going to
be dynamic situations driven by responses rather than
pre-determined conditions. And that requires a systems
master, not a systems administrator. Enjoy the ride.
(blog reprinted from http://www.cupfighter.net/index.php/2013/09/devops-and-the-future-of-system-administrators/)
2, 2013 at 10:20 in Amiga
Now the days are getting shorter it's time
to find some projects to get through those long dark
Back in the old days a friend of mine build a 14MHz
accelerator for me, a hack designed by Livio Plos from
Italy. As this design has proven to be stable and
lasting, I've looked up the original design on Aminet in
order to rebuild it. Obviously it would be easier to buy
a cool new product from Jens suck as the upcoming ACA500
but it wouldn't be as much fun :-)
Fortunately (for me) my friend still had his mod still
lying around somewhere which makes it a little easier to
For those interested, you can find the original archive
with the IFF pictures converted to JPG here.
September 13: Hackalong event
August 21st, 2013 at 8:31PM
The third Hackalong
is finally on its way!
It took a while, but in 3 weeks we’ll have another Hackalong:
Leon van der Eijk (Twitter,
will present us how to build your own Kippo SSH
Honeypot and show us all kinds of nifty things you
can do with the output, especially kippo-graph.
You’re more than welcome to participate - bring along
your portable computer with an SSH client installed
for Windows) - we’ll supply a number of (CentOS 6)
Linux servers to run a real-life honeypot.
We’ll have a few CACert
Assurers walking around, so if you want to be
assured, bring along 1 (or preferably 2) forms of ID.
We’ll have some forms ready!
Oscar Koeroo (Twitter),
currently employed with the KPN Red Team, has confirmed
giving a presentation/workshop on “intercepting Ziggo
WiFi passwords in about 15 minutes”. Bring along your
own rogue AP if you have one, together with a copy of
Backtrack or Kali Linux (there will be a limited supply
if you do forget yours :) )
The hackalong will be held at Boeing Avenue 271 in
Schiphol-Rijk. We will be kicking off around 10:00h CET.
Philis on Google Maps
Please note: It is an open event, kindly hosted by
SBP - please let us know beforehand if you want to
April 3rd, 2013 at 3:00PM in hackalong
@m0n0sapiens has put a blogentry online about the
hackalong, check it out here.
You can grab a PDF
of the presentation slides there aswell. Highly
Hackalong -- Update
March 14th, 2013 at 2:38PM in
As the next hackalong
is only a week away (Friday, March 22nd), here’s
a small update. We still have some (free!) spaces
available if you’re interested!
Next week m0n0sapiens
will give us a presentation regarding
reverse-engineering. As it’s a one day thing, the
focus will be put on ‘building’. We will be given an
overview of tools of the trade available and get our
hands dirty. He will be teaching us how to approach
typical reversing issues and we’ll look at various
malware examples. Depending on the brilliance level
of attendees the training will be more or less
You will need a small download as course material.
This will be put online here when it’s available.
Also, I’ve received some questions regarding the
address. The hackalong
will be held at Boeing Avenue 271 in
Schiphol-Rijk. We will be kicking off around 09:30.
PS: there will be
10, 2013 at 15:36 in retro
Het zal geen geheim (meer) zijn dat er
naast een ethical hacker ook een retrohacker in
ondergetekende schuilt. Gezien mijn liefde (obsessie?)
voor Commodore hardware (C=64, wie is er niet groot mee
geworden?) ben ik begonnen aan een C=64 hardware
projectje: het maken van een eigen cartridge! Tuurlijk,
is een fantastisch ding, maar om het écht te snappen
wilde ik aan de gang met een eprommer en soldeerbout :-)
Online vond ik de
site van Arjen Vellekoop die de printplaatjes te
koop heeft. Het lijkt op het eerste gezicht misschien
wat oneconomisch om dat te doen, maar tegenwoordig hoeft
het niet duur meer te zijn!
Voor twee tientjes vind je de eproms,
wisser op eBay. Het restant van de
onderdelen (wat weerstandjes, condensatoren en een
IC-tje) zijn goedkoop te vinden bij Dick Best.
Je kan natuurlijk ook altijd in je lokale #hackerspace
Arjen heeft goede instructies (nederlands- en
engelstalig) op de site staan, dus na een klein
kwartiertje solderen zat de boel in elkaar! Het meeste
werk was nog eigenlijk om de binary files te maken om in
de eprommer te branden! Met het tooltje mcart
Brenner is dat zo gepiept! Met mcart zet je .crt
bestanden om in .bin bestanden die met de eprommer te
Project geslaagd! H.E.R.O, Jumpman Junior, Cynthcart
en C64Anabalt werken
als een zonnetje. Ik ben bang dat ik aan de 5 printjes
die ik besteld had te kort ga hebben..
Great start of the new year!
14th, 2013 at 1:47PM in hackalong
I’ve been asked about the lack of updates. We've
definitely not been slacking, a lot of going on (just
not all on the hackalong front). Let me give you the
First of all, we’re very busy getting ready for the
DevOps meetup here in the Netherlands on January the
16th. The purpose of this meetup is to see if we do a
full size DevOps Days Amsterdam this year. It’s a busy
DevOps year, and a lot of DevOps days are planned
throughout Europe, we figured the Netherlands could use
one too! We’re looking for people to help and this
meetup is a start. For those of you not aware, check
here for attending: http://www.meetup.com/DevOpsAmsterdam/events/95445882/
As a result, we’re very busy preparing for the DevOps
Days (date to be determined).
As most of you likely already know, Alt/S is coming up!
Even though we don’t have anything to do with preparing
this event (@Seccubus is doing a workshop or two, but
that hardly counts) we do like to point it out. mark
your calendar: January 22nd, 09:00 in the Koninklijke
Bibliotheek in The Hague! Registration is free but
mandatory: http://www.alt-s.nl/ We wish
@yafsec, @alcyonsecurity, @legosteentje, @pyrobatnl,
@gitaar_gevaar, @annejanbrouwer, @mrkoot, @meneer,
@seccubus and everyone else a lot of fun and success!
Check the FAQ here: http://www.alt-s.nl/faq
and registration here: http://www.alt-s.nl/register
Finally, we _are_ planning a new hackalong soon! But
with all the other engagements we need to find the right
moment. If you have any suggestions for a new topic, or
would like to volounteer as a speaker, let me
3rd, 2012 at 6:05PM in hackalong
Oscar Koeroo (@okoeroo) kindly provided us with a pdf of
the presentation he gave at the first hackalong! The
title is ‘Public Key Infrastructure, a cheezy
Man-in-the-Middle attack hack’ and it can be found here: