May 17, 2012
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I know that some of you were interested in seeing a video of my Amiga 1200 being connected to the Internet. I’ve therefore recorded a video for you today.
I’ve embedded it below, so please have a look and tell me what you think. Sorry about the flickering on the CRT-screen during the video, but I don’t know how to avoid this.
I’d also like to send a special greeting to The Heretic for the nice logo he made for my blog. I’ve used it as the intro-picture in my video. Thanks a lot mate!!
Without further ado, here’s the video of my Amiga 1200 on the Internet:
April 19, 2012
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Some of you asked me if I could upload a some pictures of my Amiga 1200 in action on the Internet. I’ve therefore taken a few photos that I’d like to share with you. Hope you’ll enjoy them!
Using Google Mobile to do some serious web crawling. Visiting pages meant for mobile devices is nice on the Amiga, as they aren't crammed to the limits with gigantic pictures and such. On the top of the machine, you can spot a WLAN card that is not in use at the moment. (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Visiting Amigaworld.net, the well-known Amiga discussion forum (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Having a look at AmiBay (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Using AmiFTP to access ftp.aminet.net. This program is very handy for downloading files. There are several Amiga orientated FTP's out there that contains all kinds of cool stuff. I remember buying those Aminet CD's back in the 90's. Much easier to download the files straight from the FTP. Still, I love my old Aminet CD's. (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Is your Amiga hooked up to the Internet? Or maybe you have another kind of retro machine that you’ve gotten Online? Would love to hear about it.
Before I stop writing, I must say that using an Amiga 1200 with a 68030 CPU and some Fast-RAM works well with the Internet. I can run several programs at the same time, downloading from FTP, playing music, watch pictures and so forth. Browsing is of course limited, but it works.
March 29, 2012
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Timberwolf and AmigaOS.net (picture taken from Amigaos.net)
Yesterday I received an interesting message from an Amiga user that goes by the name Djrikki. He had some news concerning AmigaOS 4.x and the second beta release of Timberwolf. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Timberwolf, it is basically a port of Firefox to the AmigaOS 4.x operative system.
Here’s the message from Djrikki:
Hot on the heels of last month’s news that the Timberwolf (Firefox) Browser for AmigaOS had reached Beta status, we hear of yet another update for the AmigaOS platform (www.amigaos.net) – this is exciting news for the platform as a whole as it edges towards AmigaOS 4.2 and the promise of full Gallium/Mesa support to coincide with the release of the AmigaOS NetBook later this year.
That sounds good to me. I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the netbook and I know that many others are too. Let’s hope we’ll get some news concerning this from Hyperion Entertainment before the start of the summer.
Now, what has changed since Timberwolf entered the beta stage? Let’s have a look.
The main improvements are as follows:
- Splash-screen during startup
- Crash fixes. Clicking the ZIP-box no longer causes a crash.
- Right-click pop-up menus work properly
- Downloads works
- Timberwolf now uses a native ASL file requester instead of the alien file picker
The latest version of Timberwolf is available for download at the OS4 Depot:
You can also find more information concerning the browser by visiting AmigaBounty.net through the link below:
Here’s a video created by Djrikki that shows Timberwolf running on an AmigaOS 4.x system. Please keep in mind that everything in the video is drawn using software rendering and that screen capturing software is running in the background. This has affected the performance. Enjoy!
March 24, 2012
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My 3Com ethernet card hooked up to the Amiga 1200 (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Just a quick update today, as I’ve successfully connected my Amiga 1200 to the Internet. Woo hoo! I’m very happy now and look forward to do some exploring.
MiamiDX connected to the Internet (photo by Old School Game Blog)
I decided to go for the cabled solution, as it was much easier to set up. I inserted my 3Com PCMCIA ethernet card, hooked it up to my D-Link router and installed MiamiDX to the hard drive. The beauty of MiamiDX is that it has an “init” feature, which more or less sets up everything for you. I then rebooted the computer and ran MiamiDX from Workbench. I chose my wanted network connection and clicked on the “Online” button. The program then connected to the Internet.
Now that the Internet connection is in order, I’m facing another problem. Yes, you guessed it, it is the limited amount of RAM available. When I’m Online, I’ve got almost no memory to play around with. Not good at all, since no browsers I’ve got can function with so little memory. So far I’ve only had time to give NCFTP a go. Tried it with Aminet and it worked fine.
If some of you have some tips for optimizing my Workbench installation and my system in general, I’d be very grateful. Every KB of memory saved will aid in my quest to do stuff Online with 2MB of RAM. Is there perhaps an edition of Miami for low-spec machines?
I’m also on the lookout for small, non-memory hungry utilities for the Internet. AMosaic, for example, is a browser I really like to get my hands on. Thanks in advance for your help.
Have a good weekend folks and thanks for reading.