### Micro.Blog (Patrick H. Mullins)
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[Back] - Date: 2019-07-12 @ 01:37 AM EDT by PHM / Amiga 500 Project: GoTek

Next on my list of never ending list of A500 updates and upgrades is the installation of the new Glow icons system wide and the configuration and installation of an external floppy drive emulator called a GoTek drive. This is where things get really cool. The Glow icons were introduced in AmigaOS v3.1.4 and really help modernize the overall look of the Amiga operating system. The floppy drive emulator is neat because it gives me the ability to store all of my old Amiga .ADF files onto a USB thumb drive and then access those files on the Amiga itself.

I suppose you could think of an .ADF file as nothing more than a fancy .ZIP file. You're probably wondering why I would want to do this. Well, the GoTek comes in handy because my options for getting files to and from the Amiga are extremely limited. No USB ports, SD card reader, and no Ethernet and/or WiFi means I have to get creative. Yes, the A500 does indeed have a 3.5" floppy drive that I could use. The problem, however, is that the Amiga uses special floppy diskettes and formats them in such a way that makes them incompatible with normal floppy drives. The floppy emulator will allow me to download Amiga mod files, drivers, applications, etc. on my MacBook Pro and then use them on the Amiga itself.