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Forum: Nostalgia & memories 07 December 2019, 11:50
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Only 1MB of main RAM and 256k video RAM (not...

Only 1MB of main RAM and 256k video RAM (not enough for 640x480 in 256 colors). Standard VGA monitor (not super VGA) with a poor resolution CRT. Adlib sound card with basic synth music only - no...
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 07 December 2019, 08:51
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By Bruce Abbott
I tried running your executable on my OS1.3 A500,...

I tried running your executable on my OS1.3 A500, but it crashed because the OS2.x function AllocVec() is called in bm_create(). I then tried compiling the source code but 'cop.o' is missing.

Can...
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 27 November 2019, 20:18
Replies: 21
Views: 914
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Fair enough. If you have to preserve the original...

Fair enough. If you have to preserve the original format then you don't have much choice.

What code are you trying to port?
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 26 November 2019, 06:48
Replies: 21
Views: 914
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Still less efficient than being word-aligned. And...

Still less efficient than being word-aligned. And a longword will be misaligned in 3 out of 4 cases.

Sounds like a fairly specific application. Why can't the alignment be set in advance?

I...
Forum: Coders. Asm / Hardware 25 November 2019, 04:28
Replies: 21
Views: 914
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Several reasons. 1. Not padding is less...

Several reasons.

1. Not padding is less efficient because it takes two memory cycles to access a word on a byte boundary.

2. You've got plenty of memory. Do you micromanage all your code to...
Forum: Hardware mods 14 November 2019, 11:05
Replies: 32
Views: 1,648
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Ordered.

Ordered.
Forum: Amiga scene 13 November 2019, 03:25
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Indeed, it's bad news when shit is popular, but...

Indeed, it's bad news when shit is popular, but we are used to that.

But look who's number 1 - Java! which everybody (https://www.google.com/search?q=Java+is+shit) agrees is shit. So perhaps the...
Forum: Amiga scene 08 November 2019, 13:55
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
You've never heard of Sturgeon's Law...

You've never heard of Sturgeon's Law (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sturgeon%27s_law)?

Oh come on. Even the developers of Python admit that it is shit - so shitty in fact that they had to release...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 07 November 2019, 23:30
Replies: 90
Views: 4,008
Posted By Bruce Abbott
I bought a 29" Sony Wega for $1, thinking it was...

I bought a 29" Sony Wega for $1, thinking it was a bargain. The component inputs work perfectly in PAL non-interlace (AKA 288p) unlike my LCD TV.

Only problem is it didn't come with a stand, and...
Forum: Amiga scene 07 November 2019, 23:08
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
You don't understand. 90% of everything is shit....

You don't understand. 90% of everything is shit. I have tried Python 2 and can confirm that it is shit. But Python 3 is supposed to be less shitty than Python 2. And it's incompatible, so why would I...
Forum: Amiga scene 07 November 2019, 10:17
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Download doesn't work. Where can we get it?

Download doesn't work. Where can we get it?
Forum: Amiga scene 05 November 2019, 06:15
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
It's ancient. So why don't we have it...

It's ancient.

So why don't we have it already?
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 04 November 2019, 21:32
Replies: 90
Views: 4,008
Posted By Bruce Abbott
True, but they are necessary to accurately...

True, but they are necessary to accurately reproduce the original look of retro games, which were designed around them. Scanlines make the picture darker and increase color contrast. Without them the...
Forum: Amiga scene 04 November 2019, 21:03
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Cython (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cython) ...

Cython (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cython)
Shit piled on top of shit.
Forum: Amiga scene 04 November 2019, 20:25
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Why not? Does Android or iOS run on the...

Why not?

Does Android or iOS run on the Amiga? If not then it's irrelevant.
Forum: Amiga scene 04 November 2019, 11:36
Replies: 99
Views: 6,261
Posted By Bruce Abbott
10 years ago it was the current version, but now...

10 years ago it was the current version, but now it's "too old to be useful"? In what way has the Amiga changed that Python 2.4 is no longer useful?

Perhaps the answer is:-
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 02 November 2019, 15:34
Replies: 74
Views: 3,403
Posted By Bruce Abbott
With no Zorro II bus slots, no accelerator or...

With no Zorro II bus slots, no accelerator or bridgeboard slots, no high wattage power supply, no 5.25" drive bay, etc.

Commodore goes to special effort to make the A500 cheaper, then gets accused...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 November 2019, 14:36
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Apple nearly went down the tubes despite...

Apple nearly went down the tubes despite continually releasing new models and being 'proud of the platform', and Intel doesn't even make computers.

Before Intel got lucky with the 8088 they were...
Forum: Amiga scene 02 November 2019, 13:31
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Not really. I remember playing Solitaire and it...

Not really. I remember playing Solitaire and it was pathetically slow.

Workbench is a bit sluggish in 256 colors on a stock A1200 for my tastes, though still better than a 16mHz 386SX with a...
Forum: Amiga scene 01 November 2019, 13:05
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
In 1993 I got a special deal on some 386-SX...

In 1993 I got a special deal on some 386-SX clones and was able to sell them in my shop for the same price as an equivalent A1200 package. The clone had 2MB of RAM, standard VGA (with a poor quality...
Forum: Amiga scene 01 November 2019, 12:30
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
That is a total lie. The A2000 was released at...

That is a total lie. The A2000 was released at the same time as the A500, and many expansions were produced for it including accelerator cards, hard drives, and high resolution video cards. In the UK...
Forum: Amiga scene 31 October 2019, 03:37
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
No, it wasn't ready to be shipped. Why not?...

No, it wasn't ready to be shipped. Why not? Because they wanted it to be more than just a games console. But the OS wasn't finished and they had to get it out to developers, so they kludged in an...
Forum: Amiga scene 28 October 2019, 03:56
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
I recently acquired an Amstrad PC2086...

I recently acquired an Amstrad PC2086 (http://oldcomputer.info/pc/ams2086/index.htm). This is an 8MHz '16 bit' 8086 PC clone with VGA graphics. It came with a copy of 'Where in the World is Carmen...
Forum: support.Hardware 27 October 2019, 07:06
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By Bruce Abbott
The A500 has no resistance between PAULA and pin...

The A500 has no resistance between PAULA and pin 9 on the mouse port. I measured the short circuit current to ground on my A500 with 3 different Paula chips installed. The results were 19.5mA,...
Forum: Amiga scene 26 October 2019, 22:54
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
It's noticeable if the sample is recorded with...

It's noticeable if the sample is recorded with too low sample rate, or if samples are mixed at too low volume.

With samples recorded at full volume the dynamic range should be at least as good as...
Forum: Amiga scene 26 October 2019, 22:29
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
The A1200 can do the same resolution and frame...

The A1200 can do the same resolution and frame rate (640x400 at 72Hz) as the ST, but with a lot more colors.

So it boils down to simply that Atari had it first.

But I think think the key...
Forum: Amiga scene 25 October 2019, 10:36
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Which other platforms?

Which other platforms?
Forum: Amiga scene 25 October 2019, 00:37
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
But only because it was there first, not because...

But only because it was there first, not because it was a better machine for music.

Amiga did have that, but expecting it from an unexpanded A1200 (still at the same low price) is asking a bit...
Forum: Coders. General 22 October 2019, 22:48
Replies: 88
Views: 6,299
Posted By Bruce Abbott
A rather small screen yes, just like the...

A rather small screen yes, just like the original.

Pixel widths on the ZX spectrum and PAL Amigas are practically identical. PAL Amigas have a lowres pixel clock of 3.55MHz. The original ZX...
Forum: Amiga scene 22 October 2019, 02:07
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
One of the things I love about my Nissan Leaf is...

One of the things I love about my Nissan Leaf is that you can listen to music at a reasonable volume without being distracted by engine noise.

And what would a continuous rat-a-tat have added to...
Forum: Amiga scene 22 October 2019, 01:31
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
The Atari ST was very popular among musicians...

The Atari ST was very popular among musicians even though it only had a crappy AY sound chip. Why? Because it had MIDI ports. Real musicians had a synthesizer keyboard that they wanted to hook up to...
Forum: Amiga scene 21 October 2019, 08:14
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Computer Games World in October 1993 had this to...

Computer Games World in October 1993 had this to say about the Gravis Ultrasound:-
"Due to the need for many TSR's, lack of publisher support, and poor Sound Blaster emulation, we find it hard to...
Forum: Amiga scene 18 October 2019, 09:47
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
According to the Amiga History Guide...

According to the Amiga History Guide (http://www.amigahistory.plus.com/sales.html), 200,000 A600's were sold in 1992, and 144,000 A1200's in 1992-3.

But the suggestion that A1200 sales were poor...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 October 2019, 08:02
Replies: 44
Views: 1,961
Posted By Bruce Abbott
10 years ago I thought the Amiga was dead as a...

10 years ago I thought the Amiga was dead as a doornail. 5 years ago I threw away an accelerated A600 and two slightly faulty CD32s because I thought nobody would want that junk. I only kept the...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 15 October 2019, 07:43
Replies: 44
Views: 1,961
Posted By Bruce Abbott
My car is already electric, and utopia for me...

My car is already electric, and utopia for me (when I retire and will be able to play with my Amigas full time) is only 3 years away.

In 10 years time? I think classic Amigas will be even more...
Forum: Amiga scene 14 October 2019, 23:52
Replies: 390
Views: 33,884
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Not a shame, it's in the finest Amiga tradition! ...

Not a shame, it's in the finest Amiga tradition!

I bought an A1000 in 1987 and the firmware (V1.1) still wasn't finished 2 years after the machine was released. So it came with a huge (and...
Forum: Amiga scene 14 October 2019, 09:58
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
You had to unplug the mouse and keyboard and...

You had to unplug the mouse and keyboard and slide the case all the way to the front to get into it, whereas with the A2000 you could just leave the case screws out and sit it there. To access the...
Forum: Amiga scene 14 October 2019, 02:22
Replies: 970
Views: 56,779
Posted By Bruce Abbott
As a former A3000 owner myself, I agree - except...

As a former A3000 owner myself, I agree - except for the 'best-engineered' part.

The A3000 was a bitch to work on - from the lack of room to not being able to operate it with the case half...
Forum: Retrogaming General Discussion 12 October 2019, 00:02
Replies: 50
Views: 3,195
Posted By Bruce Abbott
They did continue 68k, with Coldfire. The problem...

They did continue 68k, with Coldfire. The problem was they couldn't make the 68k powerful enough to compete with Intel. Going RISC seemed like a good idea at the time... (and let's not forget that...
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 28 September 2019, 07:10
Replies: 19
Views: 970
Posted By Bruce Abbott
My first Amiga was an A1000 with 256k. Not for...

My first Amiga was an A1000 with 256k. Not for long though. Even 512k was barely enough to do anything useful. But with 2MB of FastRAM...

Back then we were acutely aware of code bloat and went to...
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