Showing posts with label Amiga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Amiga. Show all posts

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Portable Native Client Amiga 500 Emulator - An Amiga 500 in your Chrome

OS News - Amiga 500 emulator with Portable Native Client

This website runs an emulator of the Amiga 500 inside of Chrome by using Portable Native Client, a way to run existing C/C++ in the browser in a safe way across operating systems and across machine architectures. On the main page you can boot the Amiga, insert floppy disks, play the games, and generally pretend it's still the late 80s.

Amiga 500 Emulator 

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While I'm not a big fan of the PNC (Portable Native Client) idea, this is still pretty awesome...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Having your Amiga and Pi to... Using Raspberry Pi to Emulate an Amiga 500 Floppy Drive

Hack A Day - Raspberry Pi Emulates an Amiga 500 Floppy Drive

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[Maurizio] loves using his Amiga 500. His classic piece of hardware has been serving him well for years, except for the floppy drive, which recently gave out on him. No problem for [Maurizio], he just cracked his case open and added a Raspberry Pi as a real-time floppy emulator. [Maurizio] didn’t want to make any permanent changes to his A500 case, and more importantly he wanted to use the Amiga’s original floppy drive interface. The latter placed some rather stringent timing requirements on his design.

The interface hardware is relatively simple. Most of the circuit is dedicated to level shifting from the 5v Amiga 500 to the 3.3V Raspberry Pi. A 74LS06 Hex inverter converts the signals to the open collector outputs the A500 requires. [Maurizio] powered his Raspberry Pi from the floppy power connector of the Amiga. His model A Raspberry Pi works fine, but a model B would pull a bit more power (700ma) than the Amiga floppy power supply is capable of providing (550ma). The user interface side of the equation is simple: Two buttons, one used to switch disks, and one to “Write to SD”. Live disk images are stored in the Raspberry Pi’s ram, so the user needs to hit the “Write to SD” button to store any changes to disk before swapping floppies.

The software is perhaps the most interesting portion of this build. ...

My week is not complete unless I hunt down that off the wall Amiga news item, post or project. This is the top for the month. :)

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Amiga motherboard, updated AmigaOS... Who says the Amiga is dead! Long Live the Amiga!

OSNews - AmigaONE X1000 successor coming, AmigaOS to get SMP support

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A-EON Technology, the company behind the AmigaONE X1000, has not exactly been sitting still. They're hard at work developing the successor to the Nemo motherboard (which powers the X1000): it's called Cyrus, and is built around Freescale QorIQ processors, ranging from 32bit 1.5 Ghz (the P3) to 64bit 2.4 Ghz (the P5). Users have been invited to join the beta test programme for this new board, which will eventually power the successor to the X1000. On top of that, A-EON will invest $1.2 million in their partnership with Varisys, the company that builds the Amiga hardware.

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Hyperion, the company that develops AmigaOS, hasn't been twiddling their thumbs either. The biggest hurdle the AmigaOS 4 developers are facing right now is SMP, but work on this issue is progressing.

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While everyone else is whining about iOS and Android, the Amiga people are still doing their thing. You have to respect that.

Not sure what to say, but it's weird and cool at the same time seeing there's continued investment in the Amiga world.

Friday, September 13, 2013

[I Miss My Amiga - Way Back Post] AmigaHASP

CodeProject - How the AmigaHASP was born

Introduction

During 1989, while developing Rashumon, I found myself looking for a copy protection solution for Amiga software but there wasn’t any. The Amiga had a very non standard Parallel port, which made it impossible to just adopt a copy protection dongle from other platforms, and there was a need to develop a completely new system

Background

Hardware based copy protection systems are based on a hardware device which interact with the computer using the port assigned to it. Back then (1989), the USB wasn't invented yet, and the Parallel port was used. The Parallel port was the port used for printers for many years, and therefore any dongle would need to have “pass through” connector allowing the printer to be connected to it, instead to the port directly.

The Amiga HASP is created

Hardware based copy protection requires interaction with the device through most of the connector pins, being able to read each pin’s value, and to change each pin’s value from 0 to 1 and vice versa. The Amiga didn't provide any API to do so, which made me look for undocumented features, and code directly to the hardware instead of using any existing SDK.

With the help of Shimon Groper, the founder of Eliashim, I have made many attempts to create a dongle compatible with the unique and undocumented hardware. I used to go from Tel-Aviv to Haifa, and after several hours, leave with a box, covered with many wires in all colors, which was supposed to be the prototype… Eventually I found the way to implement the first Amiga based copy protection dongle and instead of buying bulk dongles from Aladdin Knowledge Systems, I have accepted the kind offer of Yankee Margalit, their founder and CEO, to by the Amiga product from my small software house (HarmonySoft), and after a short period of negotiation, Aladdin paid me $12,000 and my product became the AmigaHASP.

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Not a long or in-depth article, but it's Amiga!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Amiga Forever!

PCWorld - Review: Amiga Forever makes retro gaming painless

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...Cloanto carefully sized up this common problem when putting together its Amiga Forever package, and the results are impressive. We looked at the $30 Plus edition ($10 Value and $50 Premium editions also available).

Rather than reinvent the wheel, Cloanto (which also makes the C64 Forever Commodore 64 emulator) uses the excellent WinUAE as the technical engine behind its Amiga suite. The main bulk of the package is a sizable collection of legal ROM images, games, classic demoscene releases, interviews, and more. An attractively designed multi-tabbed window, which resembles a media library more than an emulation interface, presents the information. There's a ton of Amiga-related stuff at your fingertips from the moment you install. Ratings, screenshots, and descriptive texts appear for each of the dozens of entries, and full social media support means everyone on Twitter will know when you're eaten by the giant ants.

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The DVD edition has a number of interviews that are must-watch for Amiga aficionados. In addition to some early promotional materials, the famous "Deathbed Vigil" is included on the disc, in which Dave Haynie (the creator of the Amiga 3000) documents the fall of Commodore on video as it happens around him. This is riveting stuff for those wondering what was going on behind the scenes at the time...

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Cloanto has a winning formula here that focuses on the softer side of the emulation equation and presents a package so authentic to the original experience that even old 3.5" disk drive sounds are reproduced with sound effects. At $30, the Plus edition is reasonably priced for the software library and ROM images it provides. The $50 Premium edition, which is on DVD, is a bigger stretch, but well worth it for fans for the extra video content. Either way it’s a small price to pay for the emulator you don't need to make excuses for when you show the kids how things used to be.

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I so need to buy this...Amiga Forever!  :)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Amiga netbook on the way?

OS News - AmigaOne X1000 To Ship by Year's End; Amiga Netbook Announced

"Big news from the Amiga world this weekend. That stubborn bunch are holding AmiWest 2011 this weekend, and it's been one heck of an eventful little, uh, event. Not only will the AmigaOne X1000 start shipping by year's end, Hyperion also announced something many in the Amiga world have been waiting for for a long time: an Amiga laptop.

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Amiga netbook

Good news, then, that something else lies on the horizon, something Amiga fans have been asking and hoping for for a long time now. Yes, At AmiWest, Hyperion, the company that develops AmigaOS, has announced a PowerPC netbook which is already running AmigaOS4. Sticker shock won't be an issue here - the netbook will cost between $300 and $500 (which includes AmigaOS4), which would make this the perfect entry-level Amiga machine. If they manage to hit the $300 price point, I'm pretty sure they'd be able to push quite a few of these (relative to the more expensive X1000 and various sam440-based Amigas).

So, what can we expect from this machine? Well, it's 'sourced in a special configuration from an OEM'. Current prototypes have an integrated graphics chip, 512 MB of RAM, a few gigabytes of storage, the usual array of USB/audio/ethernet ports, and a wireless chip. AmigaOS4 is already running on it, but in an early state. It is expected to be released somewhere in mid-2012.

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Come on all you old time Amiga fans, you know that's kind of awesome...  :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3 now available (Think "Way back machine entry" or "I miss my Amiga")

AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3 Released

" Hyperion Entertainment CVBA and the AmigaOS development team announce the immediate availability for download of AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3 for registered users of AmigaOS 4.1 on the following platforms:

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Update 3, painstakingly assembled by AmigaOS’ project lead Steven Solie after extensive beta testing by our dedicated team of beta testers, contains a substantial part of the new functionality and a wide variety of bug fixes and improvements developed over the last 16 months.

Please note that some new applications (including Timberwolf) will rely on the feature-set of AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3.

An incomplete list of features in Update 3 includes:

  • Updated Installation Utility program;
  • Updated PATA and SATA drivers;
  • Improved DOS stability and speed;
  • Fixed Amiga shared object issues;
  • Support for AmigaOne keyboards including boing key swap feature; Set keymap_swapaltamiga to "on" in your firmware to enable;
  • Updated Intuition and GUI components;
  • New consistent full release string including update number;
  • Updated AmiSSL certificates;
  • Updated USB stack with USB 2.0 (EHCI) support;
  • Improved Sam460ex support including sound driver;
  • I2C support for the Sam440ep and Sam460ex platforms;
  • Updated and improved Warp3D support;
  • Faster 2D graphics support;
  • Various kernel fixes for increased stability;
  • Updated MUI with many new features to make porting MUI 4.0 based applications simpler;
  • Improved notifications support.

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There's some cute about this. Amiga still brings back some fond memories... [sniff... miss you... sniff]

(via OS News - AmigaOS 4.1 Update 3 Released)

Friday, March 31, 2006

Finally a Use for my Amgia?


MAKE: - HOW TO - Turn an Amiga 500 into a lamp


"MAKE pal Mark shows how to turn an Amiga 500 into a lamp, it’s gorgeous! - Link"

Something about that just makes me sad... I was just looking at my 500 the other day wondering if I should fire it up, just for kicks. And then sighed and put it back in the box.

Poor Amiga.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2005

eBay: Classic Vintage PC Collection

eBay: Classic Vintage PC Collection (item 8706273723 end time Oct-15-05 10:00:00 PDT)

"... Includes over 430 vintage computers. From Altair to Zenith!

Includes over 40 vintage printers including early Epson, Apple, IBM models and more.

Includes Several hundred hardware items including vintage terminals, monitors, modems, acoustic couplers, mice, joysticks, accessories, S-100 computer boards and more.

Includes countless books, software, marketing brochures and accessories.

Includes set of Byte Magazines plus many duplicates. 100's more Magazines for TRS-80, Commodore, Popular Electronics, Radio Electronics, Osborne, Amiga, Texas Instruments, DEC, Sinclair, Microsystems CP/M Journal, Dr. Dobbs and more. Copy of all photos are included in the sale. Does not include the website. ...

WINNING BIDDER WILL PAY FOR ALL SHIPPING COST, HANDLING AND PACKAGING FEES! TOTAL COST WILL BE DETERMINED AT THE END OF AUCTION. APPROXIMATE WEIGHT ON THIS LOT IS 6,000 LBS. ..."


Oh I so want this... Talk about being #1 in any geek one-up-man-ship fest! Since they are pretty much local, I can rent a truck and pick it up myself! What a deal!

Now to ask my wife...

[No honey... not "THE LOOK"! Anything but "THE LOOK"... ]

Monday, November 29, 2004

IBM Releases Object Rexx as Open Source

IBM Releases Object Rexx as Open Source

For some reason REXX has a special place in my heart. I've only used it on my Amiga about a million years ago, but each time I see a reference to the language sigh and think back...

Anyway to get off the Way Back Train, it seems IBM is releasing their Object Rexx as open source. The Open Object REXX SourceForge site is up, but not much is there yet.

Something for me to monitor in the coming months.

On a similar note, I find it interesting how companies are releasing their old/low revenue/low volume products are OSS.... I wonder if we'll see MS Bob released as OSS? :|