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Amiga 3000

The Commodore Amiga 3000, or A3000, is a personal computer released by Commodore in June 1990. It features improved processing speed, improved rendering of graphics, a new revision of the operating system, it is the successor to the Amiga 2000. Its predecessors, the Amiga 500, 1000 and 2000, share the same fundamental system architecture and perform without much variation in processing speed despite considerable variation in purchase price; the A3000 however, was reworked and rethought as a high-end workstation. The new Motorola 32-bit 68030 CPU, 68882 math co-processor, 32-bit system memory increase the integer processing speed by a factor of 5 to 18, the floating-point processing speed by a factor of 7 to 200 times; the new 32-bit Zorro III expansion slots provide for faster and more powerful expansion capabilities. In common with earlier Amigas the 3000 runs a 32-bit operating system called AmigaOS. Version 2.0 is considered to have a more ergonomic and attractive interface than previous versions, which were designed with television sets as a lowest common denominator display.

Access for application developers was simplified. The A3000UX is an A3000 variant bundled with the UNIX System V operating system. Commodore had a licensing agreement with AT&T to include a port of Unix System V. Commodore sold a towerized variant called the A3000T. An enhanced version, the Amiga 3000+, with the AGA chipset and an AT&T DSP3210 signal processing chip was produced to prototype stage in 1991. Although this system was never released, Commodore's negotiations with AT&T over the proper way to bundle their VCOS/VCAS operating system software in a personal computer environment helped Apple Computer deliver their Quadra 660 and Quadra 840 AV-series Macintosh systems, two years later. Instead of the Amiga 3000+, Commodore replaced the A3000 six months behind schedule, in the fall of 1992, with the A4000; the Amiga 3000 shipped with a Motorola 68030 at either 16 or 25 MHz and 2 MB of RAM. It includes the Enhanced Chip Set, a display enhancer for use with a VGA monitor, a DMA SCSI-II controller and hard disk drive."Fast RAM" can be increased by fitting DIP or ZIP DRAM chips available in two varieties, Page Mode or Static Column.

The A3000, unlike most Amiga models, supports both ROM-based Kickstarts and disk-based Kickstarts, although not simultaneously. Kickstart V1.4 is a beta version of Kickstart, loaded from disk. 68040 microprocessors require at least 2.0 ROMs. The A3000 has a number of Amiga-specific connectors including two DE-9 ports for joysticks and light pens, a standard 25-pin RS-232 serial port and a 25-pin Centronics parallel port; as a result, at launch the A3000 was compatible with many existing Amiga peripherals, such as MIDI devices, serial modems, sound samplers. The A3000 has four internal 32-bit Zorro III expansion slots; this expansion bus allows the use of devices which comply with the AutoConfig standard, such as graphic cards, audio cards, network cards, even USB controllers. The two passive ISA slots can be activated by use of a bridgeboard, which connects the Zorro and ISA buses; such bridgeboards feature on-board IBM-PC-compatible hardware, including Intel 80286, 80386 or 80486 microprocessors allowing emulation of an entire IBM-PC system in hardware.

A compatible ISA card may be installed in the remaining ISA slot. Amiga models and variants


The horneros are members of the genus Furnarius in the family Furnariidae, native to South America. Horneros are brown birds with rather short tails and long bills, they are known for building mud nests. These nests have a unique chambered construction. While many Furnariids have different nests, the hornero nest is the reason for the common name applied to the entire family; the size and exact shape of the hornero nest varies depending on the species. They lay two to four eggs, although the breeding behavior of the bay hornero is unknown. Adult horneros can be seen sitting on top of their nest. Disregarding the uncommon and shy bay hornero, horneros are fairly common and conspicuous birds, they are noisy. All horneros are terrestrial, seen walking on the ground with a upright posture; the rufous hornero is a national emblem of Argentina and Uruguay, two of the several countries it inhabits. The genus contains eight species: Band-tailed hornero Pale-legged hornero Pacific hornero – split from F. leucopus Caribbean hornero – split from F. leucopus Bay hornero Lesser hornero Rufous hornero Crested hornero "Furnarius".

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 13 March 2006

South Carolina State Bulldogs football

The South Carolina State Bulldogs football team represents South Carolina State University in college football. The Bulldogs play in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision as a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. A dominant football program, the Bulldogs lead the MEAC in conference championships; the school has produced three players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame including Harry Carson, Deacon Jones, Marion Motley. Other legendary Bulldog players include Donnie Shell. Legendary former SC State Coach Willie Jeffries became the first African American Head Coach of a predominantly white Division 1-A football program, when he was hired to coach the Wichita State football program in 1979. Jeffries is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. 1946–1972: NCAA College Division 1967–1969: NAIA 1970–1978: NAIA Division I 1973–1977: NCAA Division II 1978–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS 1907–1938: Independent 1939–1970: Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 1971–present: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1994, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2019 The Bulldogs have appeared in the I-AA/FCS playoffs six times with a record of 2–6.

The Bulldogs have appeared in thirteen bowl games, with a record of 6–7. Harry Carson Deacon Jones Marion MotleyClass of 2020 Donnie Shell-DB (Pittsburgh Steelers Harry Carson Willie Jeffries Donnie Shell Deacon Jones* Over 40 South Carolina State alumni have played in the NFL, including: SC State has maintained a heated rivalry with the North Carolina A&T Aggies, Florida A&M Rattlers, Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. On November 19, 2016, Joe Thomas, Sr. father of Green Bay Packers linebacker Joe Thomas, became the oldest player to play in a NCAA Division I game. At 55 years of age, Thomas Sr. had one carry for three yards as a running back in a contest versus Savannah State. List of black college football classics Official website

Thomas & Friends (series 9)

Thomas & Friends is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, is based on The Railway Series books written by the Rev. W. Awdry; this article lists and details episodes from the ninth Series of this show, first broadcast in 2005. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the U. K. audiences, while Michael Brandon narrated the episodes for the U. S. audiences. Some episodes in this series have two titles: the original titles from the U. K. broadcasts are shown on top. Starting in this series for the half-hour episodes that aired in the United States, at the beginning of each show, the characters' numbers would appear on each cab starting from Henry to Edward to Thomas as the countdown; the workmen would get Thomas ready for the new day and Thomas' driver would signal the workmen that Thomas is ready by blowing Thomas' whistle. Thomas would soon start his adventures. Towards the end of each show, the countdown would begin again, Thomas would return to the station.

The workmen would get Thomas ready for tomorrow, Thomas would go to sleep with a white sleeping cap with blue stripes on his funnel. In seasons in the U. S. they were shortened to accommodate a plug for Lego's Duplo line of toys. Sharon Miller began serving as script editor for this series; the format of 30-minute episode version was unchanged from Series 8

2011 FIVB Volleyball World Grand Prix

The 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix was a women's volleyball tournament played by 16 countries from 5 to 28 August 2011. The finals were held at the Macau East Asian Games Dome in China; the United States won the tournament defeating 3–0 to Brazil in the gold medal match and Destinee Hooker won the MVP award. The following national teams qualified: 1. Match points 2. Numbers of matches won 3. Sets ratio 4. Points ratio Match won 3–0 or 3–1: 3 match points for the winner, 0 match points for the loser Match won 3–2: 2 match points for the winner, 1 match point for the loser The host China and top seven teams in the preliminary round advanced to the Final round; the finals took place 24 -- 28 August at the Macau East Asian Games Dome in China. Official website of the 2011 FIVB World Grand Prix

John Barclay (rugby union)

John Adam Barclay is a Scottish rugby union player for Edinburgh Rugby in the Guinness Pro14, playing as a flanker or number eight. Between 2007 and 2019 he won 76 caps for Scotland. Barclay was born in Hong Kong, where he went to Bradbury School, discovering mini rugby at Stanley Fort RFC, he attended Dollar Academy in Scotland, where he captained the school's 1st XV to victory against the High School of Dundee in the Scottish Schools Cup final at Murrayfield in 2004. After leaving school, while still only 17, he was invited to train with the Scotland squad by then-coach Matt Williams. After Williams' departure Barclay was not picked for the Scotland squad again until the 2007 World Cup after a run of strong performances for club side Glasgow Warriors, he made his debut against New Zealand in the pool stages in a weakened team, losing 40–0. After the 2007 World Cup Barclay started to become involved with the Scotland squad more and became a permanent starter until the end of the 2011 World Cup.

He was man of the match in Scotland's win over South Africa at Murrayfield in 2010, became recognised for his skills at the breakdown, his role in the "Killer Bs" back row. He was selected in the Pro12 Dream Team at the end of the 2009/10 season. After Scotland's exit at the pool stages of the 2011 World Cup Barclay found himself dropped from the Scotland starting XV for Edinburgh flanker Ross Rennie during the 2012 6 Nations Championship. Barclay was picked for Scotland's summer tour to Australia and the Pacific Islands by Scotland coach Andy Robinson, he played in Scotland's victory over Australia in Newcastle but returned home for personal reasons, missing out on the following victory over Samoa. After overcoming a series of injuries at the start of the 2012–13 season Barclay regained his form for Glasgow at the end of the season and started most games whilst Chris Fusaro suffered with injury, it was announced in the second half of the season that Glasgow had controversially reneged on a contract offer and that Barclay would join the Scarlets on a three-year contract for the next season.

He helped Glasgow to a third-place finish in the Pro12 and a play-off spot away to Leinster, a game which the Warriors narrowly lost. Barclay missed Scotland's 2013 summer tour to South Africa due to requiring surgery, he started the 2013–14 season with the Scarlets and was part of the Scotland squad for the 2013 Autumn Internationals, winning a cap against South Africa at Murrayfield on 17 November 2013, when he came on as a substitute on 64 minutes. He missed inclusion for the 2014 Six Nations squad despite many believing Scotland lacked a traditional openside flanker. Following the appointment of Vern Cotter as Scotland coach, Barclay was not included in any of his Scotland squads in the first year, including Cotter's first Six Nations; however he was picked in the wider 2015 World Cup training squad and earned his first cap since 2013 in the second warm-up match against Italy in August 2015. Although omitted from the final World Cup squad, Barclay was once again included in the Scotland squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship and started the first four games at blindside flanker, scoring a try in the win over Italy.

In the opening match of the 2017 Six Nations Championship, Barclay was a second-half substitute in Scotland's victory over Ireland at Murrayfield. He started the following week in a game that saw captain Greig Laidlaw get injured. Barclay assumed the captaincy for the final three games of the championship, which included a win over Wales for the first time in ten years. Scotland ended the campaign with three wins from five. On 17 November 2017 it was announced that he had signed a two-year contract with Edinburgh Rugby from the start of the 2018-19 season, however a ruptured Achilles tendon delayed his debut until March 2019. On 4 December 2019 Barclay announced his retirement from international rugby, after winning 76 caps and playing in 3 World Cups. Glasgow profile Scotland profile