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Forum: Amiga scene 03 April 2021, 15:19
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Posted By Minuous
I'd disagree about a "smaller version of the A500...

I'd disagree about a "smaller version of the A500 was not needed". The A500 was grossly oversized.
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 03 April 2021, 13:26
Replies: 127
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Posted By Minuous
Here's the news item in full, from the Jan/Feb...

Here's the news item in full, from the Jan/Feb 1990 issue (#4) of Megacomp:

Xenon flotches [sic] on Amiga. UK trade weekly CTW says that the big-time Xenon II (Mirrorsoft) has produced loading...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 03 April 2021, 10:34
Replies: 127
Views: 22,172
Posted By Minuous
Presumably the initial version. My source is...

Presumably the initial version. My source is Megacomp #4, p. 11; it doesn't go into a lot of details.
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 03 April 2021, 04:06
Replies: 127
Views: 22,172
Posted By Minuous
According to Computer Trade Weekly, Xenon 2 had a...

According to Computer Trade Weekly, Xenon 2 had a failure rate of 80%. That's pretty atrocious copy protection when 4 out of 5 of your legitimate users are locked out :-(
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 02 April 2021, 14:22
Replies: 172
Views: 7,495
Posted By Minuous
Wrong, you can certainly play back sampled sounds...

Wrong, you can certainly play back sampled sounds on the IBM PC speaker; eg. the MS-DOS port of World Class Leaderboard plays sampled speech.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 28 March 2021, 20:49
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By Minuous
@phx: There are aspects of 3.1 which are...

@phx:

There are aspects of 3.1 which are accurately documented in the 3.1 NDK but which are not accurately documented in the 3.9 NDK? That is not the case; the reverse is in fact true.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 28 March 2021, 04:52
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By Minuous
Even for OS3.1 programming the 3.9 NDK is better....

Even for OS3.1 programming the 3.9 NDK is better. Not only is it free but some of the bugs of older versions such as 3.1 are documented.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 27 March 2021, 20:03
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By Minuous
The 3.9 NDK has never been sold, it has always...

The 3.9 NDK has never been sold, it has always been free. And it is not contained on the Developer CD anyway.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 27 March 2021, 05:22
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By Minuous
Yes, the header files are in the NDK.

Yes, the header files are in the NDK.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 27 March 2021, 03:05
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By Minuous
The libraries are part of the OS, not of the NDK,...

The libraries are part of the OS, not of the NDK, so you should already have them.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 25 March 2021, 15:55
Replies: 172
Views: 7,495
Posted By Minuous
The Elektor TV Games Computer had two in 1979...

The Elektor TV Games Computer had two in 1979 too. So it wouldn't have really been a monster sound machine for 1985, but better than what they ended up shipping with.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 25 March 2021, 10:50
Replies: 172
Views: 7,495
Posted By Minuous
No. Here is the datasheet:...

No. Here is the datasheet: http://amigan.yatho.com/AY-3-8910.pdf
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 25 March 2021, 10:30
Replies: 172
Views: 7,495
Posted By Minuous
There were computers in the 1970s that used a...

There were computers in the 1970s that used a pair of these chips, so it was certainly a backwards step to only include one.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 25 March 2021, 04:39
Replies: 19
Views: 1,218
Posted By Minuous
3.1 has been obsolete for over 20 years, why not...

3.1 has been obsolete for over 20 years, why not develop for a modern AmigaOS version? You can get the NDK here: https://os.amigaworld.de/index.php?lang=en&page=12
Forum: Amiga scene 24 March 2021, 10:21
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
There were also various computers available from...

There were also various computers available from Signetics (which was part of Philips at the time) such as the Instructor 50 and the Adaptable Board Computer.
Forum: Amiga scene 22 March 2021, 01:06
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
There are no reviews of any Scrabble games in...

There are no reviews of any Scrabble games in that issue.
Forum: Amiga scene 21 March 2021, 00:35
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By Minuous
Nice to see I am not the only one writing level...

Nice to see I am not the only one writing level editors :-)
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 18 March 2021, 23:08
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By Minuous
Street Sports Basketball and Barbarian 1...

Street Sports Basketball and Barbarian 1 (Psygnosis) are two that come immediately to mind.
Forum: Amiga scene 17 March 2021, 22:57
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
No, there are lots of games that benefit from a...

No, there are lots of games that benefit from a faster CPU.



4 colours is not even useful for many business purposes, let alone much else. Eg. most pie charts have more colours than that.


...
Forum: Amiga scene 16 March 2021, 23:42
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
I don't follow your logic: not bothering with ECS...

I don't follow your logic: not bothering with ECS would have meant the CPU couldn't be upgraded? How so? And I fail to see what the A4000 has to do with anything, it has AGA which was a much more...
Forum: Amiga scene 16 March 2021, 16:24
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
Exactly, there was no advantage for the vast...

Exactly, there was no advantage for the vast majority of users. Commodore should have realized that no one was likely to go and buy a new Amiga and an expensive new monitor just to get a 4-colour...
Forum: Coders. System 16 March 2021, 14:10
Replies: 3
Views: 3,399
Posted By Minuous
The AmiArcadia emulator also uses the features...

The AmiArcadia emulator also uses the features you listed, so its source code may be helpful: http://amigan.1emu.net/releases/AmiArcadia.lha
Forum: Amiga scene 16 March 2021, 07:11
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
@Frogs: ECS was the most crap "upgrade"...

@Frogs:

ECS was the most crap "upgrade" ever, Commodore should not have bothered with it at all.

As for word processors and spreadsheets, there has never been a shortage of those on the Amiga,...
Forum: Amiga scene 11 March 2021, 21:55
Replies: 1,081
Views: 188,927
Posted By Minuous
I do not think there are any plans for this. It...

I do not think there are any plans for this. It is part of the OS, and parts of the OS are not normally sold separately.



That's standard behaviour for any BOOPSI class.
Forum: Amiga scene 10 March 2021, 17:28
Replies: 1,081
Views: 188,927
Posted By Minuous
>Will updated ReAction classes be released with...

>Will updated ReAction classes be released with 3.2?

Yes.

>If so, what ReAction gadgets/classes will be available?

There are several dozen, basically everything from OS3.9 plus several extra...
Forum: Amiga scene 04 March 2021, 06:54
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
It's enough for 80*25 text, the same as what an...

It's enough for 80*25 text, the same as what an IBM-PC could do, but that somehow isn't "practical" for word processing or spreadsheets? What nonsense.
Forum: Amiga scene 27 February 2021, 14:55
Replies: 191
Views: 6,496
Posted By Minuous
If something like a DraCo or Vampire is...

If something like a DraCo or Vampire is incompatible with a real Amiga the fault is with those, surely.
Forum: Amiga scene 27 February 2021, 14:24
Replies: 191
Views: 6,496
Posted By Minuous
Can you give an example?

Can you give an example?
Forum: Amiga scene 27 February 2021, 14:07
Replies: 191
Views: 6,496
Posted By Minuous
@roondar: How so?

@roondar:

How so?
Forum: Amiga scene 27 February 2021, 13:41
Replies: 191
Views: 6,496
Posted By Minuous
Not really, it is only a few pages in Chapter 1...

Not really, it is only a few pages in Chapter 1 of the Libraries RKRM. There are also a few Amiga Mail articles on the subject but they mostly just repeat the same guidelines.
Forum: Amiga scene 27 February 2021, 05:58
Replies: 191
Views: 6,496
Posted By Minuous
A minimum requirement is generally in place...

A minimum requirement is generally in place because the capabilities of that hardware are required. A maximum requirement is quite different and is generally due to lazy coding.

Poorly written...
Forum: Amiga scene 27 February 2021, 05:36
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
Amiga could do 640 pixels across (more if using...

Amiga could do 640 pixels across (more if using overscan), whereas a Mac was limited to 512 pixels.
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 26 February 2021, 01:28
Replies: 15
Views: 850
Posted By Minuous
This is not generally the case on AmigaOS, are...

This is not generally the case on AmigaOS, are you sure it is being freed?
Forum: AMR contributions 25 February 2021, 20:39
Replies: 11
Views: 6,637
Posted By Minuous
Issue #4 is here: ...

Issue #4 is here:

https://archive.org/search.php?query=creator%3A%22MegaZone%22&sort=titleSorter
Forum: Amiga scene 25 February 2021, 05:49
Replies: 46
Views: 2,143
Posted By Minuous
Intelligent algorithmic gadget layouting/sizing.

Intelligent algorithmic gadget layouting/sizing.
Forum: Amiga scene 24 February 2021, 03:48
Replies: 474
Views: 28,548
Posted By Minuous
640*400 non-interlaced is beyond the...

640*400 non-interlaced is beyond the specifications of NTSC, so there's nothing that could have been done on the Amiga side about that. And character mode (which the Mac doesn't have either, BTW) is...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 17 February 2021, 18:27
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By Minuous
Nope, 10 quid according to the back cover. ...

Nope, 10 quid according to the back cover.

Also worth noting about the back cover is how they brag about their single one-line non-working Bard's Tale 3 tip, "and of course THE ULTIMA II series",...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 17 February 2021, 00:40
Replies: 7
Views: 990
Posted By Minuous
Worst Amiga books

There are lots of "worst Amiga games" threads but nothing about "Worst Amiga books", so I thought I would start one.

This book is really dreadfully bad:...
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 08 February 2021, 05:32
Replies: 21
Views: 1,122
Posted By Minuous
V46 is 3.1.4 and 3.1.4.1, V47 is 3.2.

V46 is 3.1.4 and 3.1.4.1, V47 is 3.2.
Forum: support.Apps 03 February 2021, 02:30
Replies: 4
Views: 447
Posted By Minuous
Sounds like it might be a bug. I would suggest...

Sounds like it might be a bug. I would suggest using the proper OS3.9 IconEdit instead, it works very well.
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