My Amiga 1200: Going Online

Hey guys,

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! πŸ™‚

Using Google Mobile (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Using Google Mobile to do some serious web crawling. πŸ˜‰ 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 (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)
Having a look at AmiBay (photo by Old School Game Blog)
Using AmiFTP to access ftp.aminet.net (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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ˜‰

30 comments

  1. Nice pictures! I mostly use (or used, to be honest) my A4000 for less graphic intensive internet protocols, like FTP and IRC. It feels almost surreal how fast I can transfer files from a server on the other side of the world, compared to the slow speed of copying files laying on my desk (in a floppy disk). πŸ™‚

        • That sounds good. πŸ™‚ May I recommend an Micromys Mouse Adapter for your Amiga? It is a great piece of hardware that makes it possible to use an optical mouse. I’m very happy with mine. πŸ™‚ It doesn’t cost a lot either. If you’re interested, AmigaKit or Vesalia might have them in stock.

              • Likewise. I used to have a Razer Boomlang ball mouse that I used for Unreal Tournament. It was an ace gaming mouse, but it’s one of the few retro things that I could never go back to.

                  • Never used a trackball.

                    I have Amiga question….When I load a game, the image isn’t centred – it’s to the right slightly. Is there a way of fixing this? It was the same in Workbench but I fixed it using the Overscan option in the Prefs.

                    • Hi mate,

                      When you run the games, they don’t (unless they are system friendly) use the settings of the overscan. What kind of resolution do you run on your TV? Is it 16:9 for example? Are there different modes you could try?

                    • It’s just a 4:3 CRT. I can use the “RGB centring” option on it to fix some games (moves the image left or right). There are a couple, like Turrican, which are still too far to the right though. Also, can the individual window settings in Workbench be saved? At the moment I keep having to re-size, re-sort everything. [/Amiganoob]

                    • The individual window settings can be saved. Move your mouse pointer to the menu-bar on the top of the screen, click the right mouse button (and keep it pressed), hoover over “Window” and the select “snapshot”. You can then choose “Window” or “All”. The difference between the two is that “All” remembers the positions of the icons as well. πŸ™‚ Hope this was of help.

                      I was thinking that the TV might have some options for centring the screen. I’m afraid I don’t know of any other solutions. Maybe some of the others here can be of help?

  2. cool stuff, makes me want a 1200 even more. A couple of years back I saw and used a zxspectrum at r3play event which had a twitter client running fine on it. Was able to login and send a twit, using 80s hardware connected πŸ™‚

    • Hi there,

      That is awesome! Thanks for the tip concerning the Twitter-client. I’m definitely going to have a look at that. Would be fun using Twitter on the Amiga. Hope you’ll find a nice 1200 out there.

  3. Hei, snakker du norsk? Perhaps one of the more difficult challenges is to get an Amiga ‘online’ – so I think you’ve successfully conquered that. AmFTP is a really nice client, great for transferring all those goodies. Don’t forget to visit Magix FTP server.

    If you install this ‘Sami http server’ http://www.karjasoft.com/old.php on a ‘Windows’ OS computer and share some files you can then browse and download them straight to the A1200 as a quick and simple network solution. (open port 80/or whatever you choose router if applicable). Obviously you could also setup an FTP server, makes transferring a lot less hassle.

    Ha en fin dag πŸ˜‰

    • Hei JetSetSkippy,

      Jeg snakker norsk ja. πŸ™‚ Ble overrasket da jeg sΓ₯ at du hadde skrevet pΓ₯ norsk. Hehe.

      Magix FTP rulez. So much cool stuff! Have downloaded quite a few MB’s to say the least..

      Thanks for the info concerning the server. I’m going to look into that.

      Ha en fin dag! πŸ™‚

  4. If I get the job I am interviewing for tomorrow, I am thinking of either getting the VIC-Slim or one of the Mini’s…not sure though since I have no way to really see either machine up close and in working order outside of videos from Youtube.

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