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Alpha Microsystems

Alpha Microsystems is a computer company founded in 1977 by John French, Dick Wilcox and Bob Hitchcock. The first Alpha Micro computer was the S-100 AM-100, based upon the WD16 microprocessor chipset from Western Digital. Computers starting with the AM-100/L and the AM-1000 were based on the Motorola 68000 and succeeding processors, though Alpha Micro swapped several addressing lines to create byte-ordering compatibility with their earlier processor. Early peripherals included standard Computer terminals, Fortran punch card readers, 100 baud rate acoustic coupler modems, 10 MB CDC Hawk hard drives with removable disk packs; the company's primary claim to fame was selling inexpensive minicomputers that provided multi-user power using a proprietary operating system called AMOS. The operating system on the 68000 machines was called AMOS/L; the operating system had major similarities to the operating system of the DEC PDP-11. This may not be coincidental; as Motorola stopped developing their 68000 product, Alpha Micro started to move to the x86 CPU family, used in common PCs.

This was done with the Falcon cards, allowing standard DOS and Windows-based PCs to run AMOS applications on the 68000-series CPU on the Falcon card. The work done on AMPC became the foundation for AMOS 8.x, which runs natively on x86, but includes a 68K emulator to run older software in a method similar to Apple Inc.'s Mac 68k emulator for PowerPC. For application development, AMOS used a proprietary BASIC-like language called AlphaBASIC. Older versions interpreted a tokenized executable file. Versions translate the tokenized executable into x86 code for performance. Other programming languages included AlphaLisp and AlphaPascal. In the past, Alpha Micro bundled their operating system and tools such as BASIC and their ISAM implementation as part of the hardware sale providing patches and OS upgrades for free or at minimal cost. Alpha Micro has transitioned to charging for their software as hardware becomes more of a commodity item. Alpha Microsystems package included software that allow traditional multi-user systems, like AMOS and others such as Sun, DEC, HP and IBM mainframes to interface with Microsoft Windows graphical user interface and supported peripherals.

This software would function similar to the X Window System. The Alpha Micro computer has never achieved mainstream name recognition, though it has been traditionally popular in certain vertical markets medical and dental offices. There were two organizations which held annual meetings, it was at these annual meetings that the latest hardware and software products were announced by Alpha Microsystems and third party developers. An emulator for the WD16 based system is available; the Alpha Micro Phun Machine. Alpha Micro 1000 page on www.old-computers.com AMUS website

Voices from the FIFA World Cup

Voices from the FIFA World Cup is a collection of songs released at the time of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Disc 1 "The Time of Our Lives" - Il Divo and Toni Braxton "Hips Don't Lie" - Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean "Your Song" - Elton John "Thank You" - Dido "Woman in Love" - Barbra Streisand "Because Of You" - Kelly Clarkson "Truly Madly Deeply" - Savage Garden "Why" - Annie Lennox "Just the Way You Are" - Billy Joel "Hero" - Mariah Carey "I'll Stand By You" - The Pretenders "Reach" - Gloria EstefanDisc 2 "Will You Be There" - Michael Jackson "Free Your Mind" - En Vogue "By Your Side" - Sade "I Believe In You" - Il Divo and Celine Dion "Bridge Over Troubled Water" - Simon & Garfunkel "Un-Break My Heart" - Toni Braxton "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" - Rod Stewart "Bad Day" - Daniel Powter "Wind Beneath My Wings" - Bette Midler "One Moment in Time" - Whitney Houston "Always on My Mind" - Elvis Presley "Celebrate the Day FIFA World Cup 2006 Anthem" - Herbert Grönemeyer and Amadou et MariamBonus tracks: "Earth Song" - Michael Jackson "Praying for time" - George Michael "Wonderwall" - Oasis "You Raise Me Up" - Westlife "Born to Try" - Delta Goodrem "Here's to the Heroes" - Kane Alexander "One Day in Your Life" - Anastacia "Believer" - Rogue Traders "Learn to Fly" - Shannon Noll "I Believe I Can Fly" - R. Kelly "Another Day in Paradise" - Phil Collins "Private Emotion" - Ricky Martin "Rush" - Aly & AJ "Let's Do It Again" - TLC "Maria Maria" - Carlos Santana "Nessun dorma" - Amici Forever "Più bella cosa" - Eros Ramazzotti "You and Me" - Lifehouse "If I Ain't Got You" - Alicia Keys "Sunrise" - Simply Red "7 Seconds" - Youssou N'Dour feat Neneh Cherry "The Closest Thing to Crazy" - Katie Melua "Life" - Des'ree "Shiver" - Natalie Imbruglia "Your Game" - Will Young "Everyday" - Bon Jovi "Elevation" - U2 FIFA World Cup official anthems and songs