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P R E V I E W :

Amiga Future issue 137 (March/April 2019)


Previews:
Playfield

Interviews:
Dirk Gottschling

Reviews:
#Amiga Forever 8, #C64 Forever 8, Trap Runner, Powerglove Reloaded, The Kiwi's Tale, TBfW-Südwacht, Sanctuary, Smbfs, PerCiMan, Neues aus dem Aminet, MorphOS Camp, Pagestream

Specials:
#CD32 Time, Trevors Soapbox

Show Reports:
Preview #Amiga34, #AmiWest

Workshops:
ignition part 4

Misc:
Editorial, Contents, News, Imprint, Cover CD Content, Letters to the Editor

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P R E V I E W :

Amiga Future issue 137 (March/April 2019)


Previews:
Playfield

Interviews:
Dirk Gottschling

Reviews:
#Amiga Forever 8, #C64 Forever 8, Trap Runner, Powerglove Reloaded, The Kiwi's Tale, TBfW-Südwacht, Sanctuary, Smbfs, PerCiMan, Neues aus dem Aminet, MorphOS Camp, Pagestream

Specials:
#CD32 Time, Trevors Soapbox

Show Reports:
Preview #Amiga34, #AmiWest

Workshops:
ignition part 4

Misc:
Editorial, Contents, News, Imprint, Cover CD Content, Letters to the Editor

[More]

 
The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time

Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing

 
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Or, just enjoy this photo of a pair of #Amiga 3000s. And the SGI Indy...
Introduced in 1993, (discontinued 1997) the SGI Indy, code-named "Guinness", was SGI’s attempt at garnering a share in the low-end CAD market, dominated by Apple. Like many other offerings from SGI, the price of the Indy was completely based on customer configuration, but the Indy was a low-end option with a budget configuration of around of around $5,000 (USD).

Contained in a small form factor, the Indy belongs to the group of colourful and iconic workstations meant to fit underneath a monitor. In an era ruled by beige, the Bondi Blue "pizza box” case of the Indy was definitely striking.

Processor R4000, R4400, R4600 or R5000
Frequency 100 MHz, 133 MHz, 150 MHz, 175 MHz, 180 MHz, or 200 MHz
Memory 16 or 32 MB - Upgradeable to a maximum configuration: 256 MB via 8 * 32 MB SIMMs

 

 
#debian dev Jonathan Dowland: glitched #Amiga video

 
Two new Fuzix ports, both for platforms that have been designed by the incredibly prolific Bill Shen (https://retrobrewcomputers.org/doku.php?id=builderpages:plasmo:start)

The first port is for the Z80SBC64 (plus an RTC) which is another Z80 design for RC2014 . It has some interesting quirks. Firstly the serial port does receive but transmit has to be bitbanged. Secondly it has no ROM. Instead the CPLD knows how to put 256 bytes of serial data into the bottom of RAM and fire up the Z80.

As the RAM is battery backed it's not quite toggling it in. Instead you can just run from the RAM boot loader on power up. The low 32K is banked so you can still use low memory for CP/M (or Fuzix) and all is good. This does also mean that the system supports suspend and resume and those are getting added to Fuzix too.

The second platform is rather more interesting. It's another of Bill's designs this one being a 68000 with 16MB of RAM (minus 32K for I/O), a 16bit wide CF adapter and... Show more...

 
Amazing. "Webbased old-school Amiga music tracker in plain old javascript - Plays and edits Amiga Mod files and FastTracker XM files". Via Hacker News [ https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19034690 ]

#RetroComputing #Emulation #Amiga #Music

 
#Amiga #tracker #Mod #FastTracker

 

Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 8 Released - the official Amiga emulator, preservation and support suite


Cloanto released today version 8 of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever, the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows. Amiga Forever is the official Amiga emulator, preservation and support suite brought to you by Cloanto, developers of Commodore/Amiga software since the 1980s.

More than three decades of uninterrupted ease of use, power, beauty and excellence: Amiga Forever 8 closes the circle between gaming, productivity and preservation of digital culture while adding new features and providing access to a universe of free and legal downloads.

Once again, the new editions are the result of 18 months of development since the previous major version, and now encompass more than 600K lines of code written by Cloanto, seamlessly integrating with a collaborative effort of emulation plugins and content preservation.

"Virtual machines, virtual keyboards, virtual joysticks, virtual mice... real enjoyment! Whether you always wanted to move a PET/CBM text cursor with a click, or pop up an accurate and fully reconfigurable onscreen keyboard... Show more...

 
Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 8 Released - the official Amiga emulator, preservation and support suite

Cloanto released today version 8 of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever, the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows. Amiga Forever is the official Amiga emulator, preservation and support suite brought to you by Cloanto, developers of Commodore/Amiga software since the 1980s.

More than three decades of uninterrupted ease of use, power, beauty and excellence: Amiga Forever 8 closes the circle between gaming, productivity and preservation of digital culture while adding new features and providing access to a universe of free and legal downloads.

Once again, the new editions are the result of 18 months of development since the previous major version, and now encompass more than 600K lines of code written by Cloanto, seamlessly integrating with a collaborative effort of emulation plugins and content preservation.

"Virtual machines, virtual keyboards, virtual joysticks, virtual mice... real enjoyment! Whether... Show more...

 
Amiga Forever and C64 Forever 8 Released - the official Amiga emulator, preservation and support suite

Cloanto released today version 8 of Amiga Forever and C64 Forever, the official Commodore/Amiga preservation, emulation and support suites for Windows. Amiga Forever is the official Amiga emulator, preservation and support suite brought to you by Cloanto, developers of Commodore/Amiga software since the 1980s.

More than three decades of uninterrupted ease of use, power, beauty and excellence: Amiga Forever 8 closes the circle between gaming, productivity and preservation of digital culture while adding new features and providing access to a universe of free and legal downloads.

Once again, the new editions are the result of 18 months of development since the previous major version, and now encompass more than 600K lines of code written by Cloanto, seamlessly integrating with a collaborative effort of emulation plugins and content preservation.

"Virtual machines, virtual keyboards, virtual joysticks, virtual mice... real enjoyment! Whether... Show more...

 
Emulatoren-Nachschub: Amiga Forever und C64 Forever in Version 8 erschienen #Amiga #AmigaForever #C64 #C64Forever #Cloanto #Emulator

 
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SLIP to Wifi Adapter using ESP8266

I have many quests to complete, and one of them is to make a Ethernet adapter for an #Amiga and #Acorn #Archimedes A3020 Computer. Starting with the simple, a SLIP interface that is quick and dirty; this should allow some slow IP communications on my Amiga 500 as a test-bed.

Using an #ESP8266 #NodeMCU module and a TTL→RS232 level shifter, I got SLIP comms running on my Linux box. 115200 is really slow, but its the start of a journey in to #retrocomputing.

#retro

 
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Parallel Port IP (PLIP) Adapter

Using the diagram from http://lallafa.de/blog/amiga-projects/plipbox/ - The device is built. Untested though. Connecting an #arduino Nano to an ethernet PHY over SPI, the data is then converted to parallel for transmission to the Amiga. Once I understand how this runs, I plan to replace with an #ESP32 controller that has built in WiFi.

#retrocomputing #amiga #acorn #retrocomputers

 
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Parallel Port IP (PLIP) Adapter

Using the diagram from http://lallafa.de/blog/amiga-projects/plipbox/ - The device is built. Untested though. Connecting an #arduino Nano to an ethernet PHY over SPI, the data is then converted to parallel for transmission to the Amiga. Once I understand how this runs, I plan to replace with an #ESP32 controller that has built in WiFi.

#retrocomputing #amiga #acorn #retrocomputers

 
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SLIP to Wifi Adapter using ESP8266

I have many quests to complete, and one of them is to make a Ethernet adapter for an #Amiga and #Acorn #Archimedes A3020 Computer. Starting with the simple, a SLIP interface that is quick and dirty; this should allow some slow IP communications on my Amiga 500 as a test-bed.

Using an #ESP8266 #NodeMCU module and a TTL→RS232 level shifter, I got SLIP comms running on my Linux box. 115200 is really slow, but its the start of a journey in to #retrocomputing.

#retro

 
@ij

> #Amiga 3000

Thats long ago.

 
Pimping my #Amiga 3000 with USB, thanks to RapidRoad #retrocomputing
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MiSTer: Run Amiga, SNES, NES and Genesis on an FPGA


Main MiSTer binary and Wiki. Contribute to MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer development by creating an account on GitHub.
Article word count: 49

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18721594
Posted by alexyoung (karma: 493)
Post stats: Points: 121 - Comments: 20 - 2018-12-20T00:58:51Z

\#HackerNews #amiga #and #fpga #genesis #mister #... Show more...

 
The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time

Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing

 

The Commodore Amiga Was A Computer Ahead Of Its Time


Despite being ahead of its time when it was unveiled in 1985, the Commodore Amiga didn't survive past 1996. The machine, which went up against with the likes of the IBM PC and the Macintosh, offered far superior hardware than its competitors. But it just wasn't enough, as this video from Ahoy's Stuart Brown explains.

While the Amiga had other 16-bit computers beat on technology, it didn't really have anything compelling to do with that hardware... It's colour graphics (yes IBM PC's were green or orange monochrome) and stereo sound meant it played really great games, but it had no serious word processor spreadsheet. Anyone Deluxe Paint - the Photoshop of its day? I remember Defender of the Crown, Gunship, Ports of Call, X-Copy... and the dial-up access bulletin boards.

Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zB_UZsJUbwQ

#commodore #amiga #retrocomputing

 
The TV report has just a glimpse of the #commodore #amiga in question:
https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/1980s-computer-controls-grps-heat-and-ac_20180329064517550/1086705524
The computer is responsible for turning the heat and the air conditioners on and off for 19 school buildings.

"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it]monitors space temperatures, and so on," Hopkins explained.

A Kentwood High School student programmed it when it was installed in the 1980s. Whenever the district has a problem with it, they go back to the original programmer who still lives in the area.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

"It's a very un
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The TV report has just a glimpse of the #commodore #amiga in question:
https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/1980s-computer-controls-grps-heat-and-ac_20180329064517550/1086705524
The computer is responsible for turning the heat and the air conditioners on and off for 19 school buildings.

"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it]monitors space temperatures, and so on," Hopkins explained.

A Kentwood High School student programmed it when it was installed in the 1980s. Whenever the district has a problem with it, they go back to the original programmer who still lives in the area.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

"It's a very un
... Show more...

 
The TV report has just a glimpse of the #commodore #amiga in question:
https://www.woodtv.com/news/grand-rapids/1980s-computer-controls-grps-heat-and-ac_20180329064517550/1086705524
The computer is responsible for turning the heat and the air conditioners on and off for 19 school buildings.

"The system controls the start/stop of boilers, the start/stop of fans, pumps, [it]monitors space temperatures, and so on," Hopkins explained.

A Kentwood High School student programmed it when it was installed in the 1980s. Whenever the district has a problem with it, they go back to the original programmer who still lives in the area.

Parts for the computer are difficult to find, Hopkins said. It is on its second mouse and third monitor.

"It's a very un
... Show more...

 

1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years


The Grand Rapids Public School district took a big step into the future back in the 1980s when it used money from an energy bond to purchase a Commodore Amiga computer. The Amiga, …

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18692918
Posted by flippyhead (karma: 2245)
Post stats: Points: 124 - Comments: 89 - 2018-12-16T13:12:30Z

\#HackerNews #1980s #amiga #and #been #for #has #heat #running #schools #the #years
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1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years

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1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years


The Grand Rapids Public School district took a big step into the future back in the 1980s when it used money from an energy bond to purchase a Commodore Amiga computer. The Amiga, …

HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18692918
Posted by flippyhead (karma: 2245)
Post stats: Points: 124 - Comments: 89 - 2018-12-16T13:12:30Z

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Geek.com: 1980s Amiga has been running the AC and heat in 19 schools for 30 years - Geek.com (Ryan Whitwam)


 

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (April 1992)


https://megalextoria.blogspot.com/2018/11/videogames-computer-entertainment-april.html

#retrogaming #Nintendo #NES #Sega #Genesis #SegaGenesis #TTI #TurboGrafx16 #TG16 #SNK #NeoGeo #Atari #Lynx #AtariLynx #DOS #Apple #Amiga

 
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New product:

Micromys V5


PS/2 Mouse Interface for Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64/128

Micromys V5 is the long-awaited successor to Micromys V4. The new version now supports more computers than ever before: #Amiga, #Atari ST/STe/Falcon, #Commodore VIC-20, #C64 and the Atari 8-bit series. With a total of nine different modes of operation, Micromys V5 is probably the most versatile mouse adapter on the market.

Micromys V5 uses the proven automatic computer recognition of its predecessor without the need for DIP switches. The adapter figures out most computer environments automatically, and choosing a mode of operation is done by holding down one or more mouse buttons during power-up.

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New product:

Micromys V5


PS/2 Mouse Interface for Amiga, Atari ST and Commodore 64/128

Micromys V5 is the long-awaited successor to Micromys V4. The new version now supports more computers than ever before: #Amiga, #Atari ST/STe/Falcon, #Commodore VIC-20, #C64 and the Atari 8-bit series. With a total of nine different modes of operation, Micromys V5 is probably the most versatile mouse adapter on the market.

Micromys V5 uses the proven automatic computer recognition of its predecessor without the need for DIP switches. The adapter figures out most computer environments automatically, and choosing a mode of operation is done by holding down one or more mouse buttons during power-up.

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Have a Helping of 8-bit Halloween Horrors!


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Some 8-bit and 16-bit Halloween themed demos (mostly C64 and Amiga), shared by Blake Patterson

http://www.bytecellar.com/2018/10/28/have-a-helping-of-8-bit-halloween-horrors/

\#retrocomputing #c64 #amiga

 
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Preview:

Amiga Future issue 135 (November/December 2018)


Previews:
Playfield

Reviews:
Rocket Ranger, Sir Ababol, Wolfen, Zerosphere, WHDLOpener, Art Effect, #MorphOS, #Workbench Explorer, News from #Aminet, MorphOS Camp, #CDTV IR-Adapter

Specials:
Trevors Soapbox

Workshops:
ignition part 3, FreePascal part 6, Blitz Basic part 14

Show Reports:
Classic Computing, Retrothek, #Gamescom

Misc:
#Amiga News, Editorial, Table of Contents, Imprint, Cover CD Contents, Letters to the Editor

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Hot off the press:

Amiga Future 134 (September/October 2018)


Previews:
Playfield, AGA on the #Amiga 600 (Gold3 AGA Core)

Reviews:
The Puzzle Gallery - At the Carnival, Bomb Jack Beer Edition, Worthy, Alco-Copter, Pac Mania, Manhatten Dealers, Teresa, WinUAE 4.0.1, News from #Aminet, #MorphOS Camp, A3640 2017 Edition, A1500

Specials:
Trevors Soapbox, Wallow in Those Retro Memories: Reading Amiga Magazines, Historical City Tram Simulator, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Demo Scene

Workshops:
ignition part 2, FreePascal part 5, Blitz Basic part 13

Misc:
Editorial, Contents, News, Imprint, Cover CD Contents, Letters to the Editor

[More]

 
Archivierung alter #SCSI-Platten auf dem #Amiga ist auch eher so ein spezielles Erlebnis, aber recht notwendig. So nach 20-25 Jahren kann man den alten Platten auch nicht mehr ewig über den Weg trauen. Zum Glück sind die ca. 20 Platten so zwischen 105 MB bis 72 GB klein... das passt locker auf die heutigen Platten drauf. 🙂

#retrocomputing