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Forum: News 08 November 2015, 19:12
Replies: 721
Views: 133,598
Posted By iggybeans
Sorry, someone mentioned Gunnar and I saw red for...

Sorry, someone mentioned Gunnar and I saw red for a moment.
Yes, by all means, back to a project with a stated timeline and an likely end result.
Forum: Amiga scene 08 November 2015, 04:48
Replies: 24
Views: 2,362
Posted By iggybeans
I get that. I like the harder rock too, but a...

I get that. I like the harder rock too, but a well written, more laid back tune by competent rockers is always good.

Add to those you mentioned one I've been running through my rotation,...
Forum: News 08 November 2015, 04:04
Replies: 721
Views: 133,598
Posted By iggybeans
He can get carried away. It didn't help the...

He can get carried away.
It didn't help the Natami project when he would do that.

Does anyone else feel like PMing "Just finish the fuggin' CPU core, dude"?
Forum: News 07 November 2015, 17:40
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
An ARM port would make a lot of sense. Lots of...

An ARM port would make a lot of sense.
Lots of compact hardware that is very power efficient and more than powerful enough.
Before the ISA change for MorphOS was announced, I was pushing for a...
Forum: News 07 November 2015, 14:56
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Interesting point. It IS software that needs...

Interesting point.
It IS software that needs more focus, the OS' AND the available applications.
And to attract more developers for the latter, we need OS AND hardware evolution, not de-evolution.
Forum: News 07 November 2015, 03:14
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Because its evolutionary. If you already have...

Because its evolutionary.
If you already have 2D, 3D would be the natural progression.
Forum: News 06 November 2015, 17:14
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Understandable, if you are going this route you...

Understandable, if you are going this route you would still want 68K compatibility, but an Amiga core with improved graphics and two 500MHz PPC cores couldn't hurt.

The improved sprite functions...
Forum: News 06 November 2015, 16:30
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Interesting, ARM based with a planned successor...

Interesting, ARM based with a planned successor that used dual PowerPC 602 processor. Sounds a little too NG for you Crow.

Although, now that I think about it there are FPGAs that feature dual...
Forum: News 06 November 2015, 16:28
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Yes, its energy efficient. All recent PPCs are....

Yes, its energy efficient.
All recent PPCs are.
And it runs a variant of Linux that supports the spe fpu.

We have had this info for years.

Its still not compatible with current NG OS' and...
Forum: News 05 November 2015, 15:14
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
OR, we could do an FPGA system with PCI-e support...

OR, we could do an FPGA system with PCI-e support and offer RTG graphics as an upgrade option.
Forum: support.Hardware 04 November 2015, 23:45
Replies: 2,448
Views: 220,581
Posted By iggybeans
I guess that answers my question. Now, once...

I guess that answers my question.

Now, once its perfected, any plans to build a better PCI accelerator?
Forum: support.Hardware 04 November 2015, 23:23
Replies: 2,448
Views: 220,581
Posted By iggybeans
That is a Quake demo running under WarpOS on a...

That is a Quake demo running under WarpOS on a PPC accelerated 68K Amiga?
Not under OS4?
Forum: News 04 November 2015, 17:49
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Sorry, that WAS overboard, and I have my foolish...

Sorry, that WAS overboard, and I have my foolish moments too.
And yes, I was specifically thinking of the 4004 (which the 8088 IS descended from).
So referring to them as calculator processors...
Forum: News 03 November 2015, 19:54
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Brush up? I'm old enough to remember it. That...

Brush up? I'm old enough to remember it.
That was what TI and Intel initially produced.
And IBMs choice of the 8088 was particularly pathetic for a costly machine.
That gave the system an 8 bit...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 03 November 2015, 17:36
Replies: 17
Views: 3,033
Posted By iggybeans
A 1084 monitor to adapt to my Atari 130XE. ...

A 1084 monitor to adapt to my Atari 130XE.

And of course an X5000.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 03 November 2015, 15:23
Replies: 5,747
Views: 902,706
Posted By iggybeans
And this morning I ordered 3 NS16550 UARTs to...

And this morning I ordered 3 NS16550 UARTs to prototype a better serial board for 8 bit systems.
If I get it running, I'll look at the dual, quad, and octal derivatives (and Serial to USB adaption)....
Forum: News 03 November 2015, 15:17
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Yes, I found that offensive too. When IBM...

Yes, I found that offensive too.
When IBM settled for using CPUs from a company that was primarily focused on making calculator processors, Motorola was already way ahead of Intel.
And the 68K...
Forum: News 03 November 2015, 15:13
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
I can't imagine the cost of building an FPGA...

I can't imagine the cost of building an FPGA system that could clock an Amiga core to 600MHz (but the highest end FPGA models might be able to do that).
Forum: News 02 November 2015, 01:37
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Sir, you are quite mean spirited...and I like it....

Sir, you are quite mean spirited...and I like it.
"being able to argument implies intelligence", that is a great summation.
Forum: News 02 November 2015, 00:08
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Yeah, the old "you can just recompile it"...

Yeah, the old "you can just recompile it" argument is pretty telling.
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 01 November 2015, 23:31
Replies: 5,747
Views: 902,706
Posted By iggybeans
80 column cards for an old 8 bit computer

I placed an order for another ten PCBs from a company in China called TingRiver.
A friend of mine designed these.
Because the old V9958 MSX VDP makes almost any 8 bit computer look better.
...
Forum: News 01 November 2015, 23:26
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
I first learned to use assembly code in the...

I first learned to use assembly code in the '80's, and with the 68K it still produces tighter, faster code than C (so I still use it).

Conversely, I would never try to figure out PPC machine code....
Forum: News 01 November 2015, 20:17
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
That does seem likely. I moved from 6809, to...

That does seem likely.
I moved from 6809, to 680XX, and now to PPC.

The first was pretty easy, the second somewhat different but with some great advantages, and the third is a real bitch.

So,...
Forum: Amiga scene 01 November 2015, 19:26
Replies: 13
Views: 1,328
Posted By iggybeans
Well, he certainly LOOKED like Elvis. So it had...

Well, he certainly LOOKED like Elvis.
So it had to be him, right? :)

Unless it WAS an alien!
Forum: News 01 November 2015, 19:24
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Yes, a valid question, I am a PPC fanatic and I...

Yes, a valid question, I am a PPC fanatic and I still write code for my own amusement, but I don't consider myself a developer.

So...an answer to OlafSch's question does seem in order.
Forum: News 01 November 2015, 16:16
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
PPC do help with the endian issue, but I still...

PPC do help with the endian issue, but I still rather like using 68K assembly code.
I wish there was better support for 68K code under NG systems.
Forum: Amiga scene 01 November 2015, 03:10
Replies: 13
Views: 1,328
Posted By iggybeans
You know, I just saw Elvis walking out of my...

You know, I just saw Elvis walking out of my local Post Office, so this must be true.
Forum: News 01 November 2015, 02:45
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Yes, its starts with things like "MorphOS isn't...

Yes, its starts with things like "MorphOS isn't AmigaOS" and deteriorates from there.
Personally, I'm not sure anything is AmigaOS after 3.1.

But if McBill had had his way originally, MorphOS...
Forum: Amiga scene 31 October 2015, 18:01
Replies: 13
Views: 1,328
Posted By iggybeans
I was so convinced this was going to be a...

I was so convinced this was going to be a discussion of alien life.
What a relief.
Forum: News 31 October 2015, 02:34
Replies: 540
Views: 117,262
Posted By iggybeans
I obviously don't agree with Jens about...

I obviously don't agree with Jens about everything, BUT what he has pointed out to you is critical.
If you don't like it, don't buy it.
Its the decision of the entire marketplace as to whether a...
Forum: News 30 October 2015, 17:32
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Er, sorry. I was feeling vulnerable and...

Er, sorry.
I was feeling vulnerable and defensive.

And, btw, all you OS4 flat earthers, two things.

First my car is better than yours.
And second, my Dad can beat up your Dad.

So there!...
Forum: News 30 October 2015, 16:37
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Interesting. I get a page with a Window that...

Interesting. I get a page with a Window that reads "bugfix Release', when I click on that.

That would about sum up my experience with OS4.
Buggy hardware, buggy software, slowly delivered, with...
Forum: News 30 October 2015, 16:11
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
"didnt do wonders for MorphOS. AFAIK active user...

"didnt do wonders for MorphOS. AFAIK active user numbers are just sad"

Really? have you LOOKED at the actual numbers?
It has greatly increased the number who have bought licenses.

And there is...
Forum: News 29 October 2015, 16:24
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
I'd settle for a Mac Mini. :) Or some other low...

I'd settle for a Mac Mini. :)
Or some other low cost solution, if I have to accept this much reduction in capability.

OR pay the premium for a X5000.
Forum: News 28 October 2015, 20:06
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Yep, that DOES look problematic, doesn't it. So...

Yep, that DOES look problematic, doesn't it.
So the alternative is playing down the flaw and continuing with this design even after the first 1000 are sold.
Because you don't want to upset the...
Forum: News 28 October 2015, 14:36
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Not nearly as bad as $2K for the X5000, and I am...

Not nearly as bad as $2K for the X5000, and I am considering that one.

If they dropped the idea of fpu emulation for Tabor, and just recompiled software for the spe fpu, then some of the penalty...
Forum: News 28 October 2015, 00:40
Replies: 128
Views: 17,347
Posted By iggybeans
Jens, since the trapping will occur on the...

Jens, since the trapping will occur on the primary cpu, halting it, using the second core to execute the translation stage will not produce an increase in speed.



Unfortunately, no one seems to...
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