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Forum: Amiga scene Today, 01:07
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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 Today, 00:31
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
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 Yesterday, 07:14
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
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, 08:47
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
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, 07:02
Replies: 43
Views: 1,354
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, 06:43
Replies: 43
Views: 1,354
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, 22:52
Replies: 378
Views: 29,696
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, 08:58
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
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, 01:22
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
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 11 October 2019, 23:02
Replies: 23
Views: 1,147
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, 06:10
Replies: 19
Views: 751
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...
Forum: Coders. C/C++ 23 September 2019, 00:33
Replies: 19
Views: 751
Posted By Bruce Abbott
And the problem is?

And the problem is?
Forum: News 21 September 2019, 05:19
Replies: 9
Views: 1,259
Posted By Bruce Abbott
The requirements are confusing. Does...

The requirements are confusing. Does 'AmigaOS3.5-3.9' mean that OS3.5 or 3.9 is required?
Forum: Amiga scene 21 September 2019, 05:04
Replies: 378
Views: 29,696
Posted By Bruce Abbott
I like the metal case - rugged and functional. ...

I like the metal case - rugged and functional.

More powerful than an 060 with real Amiga compatibility in hardware, and small enough to fit in your pocket!
Forum: Amiga scene 18 September 2019, 06:29
Replies: 13
Views: 730
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Excellent article. I pulled my A2000 keyboard out...

Excellent article. I pulled my A2000 keyboard out of storage just to see which one it is - a Hi-Tek! :)
Forum: Coders. System 17 September 2019, 06:35
Replies: 9
Views: 511
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Yes. So you shouldn't have to do anything...

Yes. So you shouldn't have to do anything special.

That's the easiest way to do it because Intuition will handle zooming the window for you.

All the gadgets can stay in place. You can't click...
Forum: News 07 September 2019, 03:03
Replies: 63
Views: 6,438
Posted By Bruce Abbott
So something did change in the HTML engine for...

So something did change in the HTML engine for this to happen ;)

It may seem like an insignificant change, but that bright yellow background was very annoying. Google looks much better with the...
Forum: News 31 August 2019, 13:23
Replies: 63
Views: 6,438
Posted By Bruce Abbott
8000000B is Line F exception (missing FPU...

8000000B is Line F exception (missing FPU emulation). Which CPU/FPU version are you running?
Forum: News 31 August 2019, 13:17
Replies: 63
Views: 6,438
Posted By Bruce Abbott
It now works with TLS1.3, which is a huge change...

It now works with TLS1.3, which is a huge change for all those websites we couldn't access before (that were getting more and more frequent).

There must be some rendering changes too, because...
Forum: News 31 August 2019, 13:04
Replies: 63
Views: 6,438
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Exactly what do you mean by 'doesn't work'? What...

Exactly what do you mean by 'doesn't work'? What does it do?
Forum: News 31 August 2019, 05:21
Replies: 63
Views: 6,438
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Posting from IBrowse 2.5 demo on my WB3.0 A1200,...

Posting from IBrowse 2.5 demo on my WB3.0 A1200, woohoo!

One small problem - IBrowse wanted to open keymap.library V39, but my machine only has V37. To get around this I changed the byte at file...
Forum: support.Hardware 26 August 2019, 23:37
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Which USB adapter do you have? Some are PS/2...

Which USB adapter do you have? Some are PS/2 internally, and only work with dual-mode USB/PS2 mice.
Forum: support.Hardware 23 August 2019, 05:49
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By Bruce Abbott
If the pointer doesn't move in any direction and...

If the pointer doesn't move in any direction and none of the buttons work then it probably has broken wires in the cable or loose receptacles in the plug. You can test the cable with a multimeter and...
Forum: support.Hardware 23 August 2019, 04:40
Replies: 1
Views: 207
Posted By Bruce Abbott
For comparison, here are my A1200 rev 1A, A1200...

For comparison, here are my A1200 rev 1A, A1200 Rev 1D, and A600 displaying the standard WB3.0 screen in composite. All are original with no capacitor replacements or other work done to them.

IMO...
Forum: Amiga scene 19 August 2019, 02:13
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
True, and it came at a cost - literally. ...

True, and it came at a cost - literally.

You Might Not Believe How Much Games Cost Back in the '90s (http://www.dorkly.com/post/85513/you-might-not-believe-how-much-games-cost-back-in-the-90s)
...
Forum: Amiga scene 17 August 2019, 14:15
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Agreed. Also, having too many sprites on screen...

Agreed. Also, having too many sprites on screen makes a game suck.

R-Type was a crap game, period.
Forum: Amiga scene 17 August 2019, 13:55
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Seems to be trivial today, but apparently not...

Seems to be trivial today, but apparently not back in the day.[/quote]From your link:-



Anybody who developed games for earlier home computers such as the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC knew...
Forum: Amiga scene 17 August 2019, 13:03
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
That's just silly. The A1200's higher price is...

That's just silly. The A1200's higher price is fully justified by the extra things in it.

For a fair comparison you would have to rip out the keyboard, PCMCIA slot, IDE interface, floppy disk...
Forum: Amiga scene 17 August 2019, 11:58
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
For developers who were already producing for the...

For developers who were already producing for the Megadrive yes - plus the game wouldn't be pirated to hell so they could actually make some money out of it! And with 30-50 million more potential...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 04 August 2019, 12:32
Replies: 39
Views: 2,740
Posted By Bruce Abbott
No it wasn't, and nobody (apart from developers...

No it wasn't, and nobody (apart from developers with NDAs) knew what was coming.

Amiga Format October 1992:-

"A600 price cut shocker"

"Monday August 10th saw the official retail price of the...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 03 August 2019, 10:47
Replies: 39
Views: 2,740
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Never had one, but looking at the specs I would...

Never had one, but looking at the specs I would say that as a 2D games console it may have been the greatest, but as a system it sucked compared to any Amiga.

In the 1980's Sega had a strong...
Forum: Nostalgia & memories 03 August 2019, 10:03
Replies: 39
Views: 2,740
Posted By Bruce Abbott
I was a vendor, and was given no advance warning...

I was a vendor, and was given no advance warning of either machine. We just got a wholesale price list from Commodore NZ which had a new model on it. I also remember ordering A500s and getting...
Forum: support.Hardware 31 July 2019, 07:53
Replies: 35
Views: 2,000
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Yes. I don't use gmail, facebook or...

Yes.

I don't use gmail, facebook or netflix, I don't listen to mp3s and rarely bother with YouTube. I do watch TVNZ 'On-Demand' tv programs over the net, but for that I have a dedicated PC in the...
Forum: support.Hardware 28 July 2019, 11:23
Replies: 20
Views: 790
Posted By Bruce Abbott
I have the Vampire and it is perfectly stable. I...

I have the Vampire and it is perfectly stable. I even soak tested it for over 12 hours and it still worked perfectly. This was a pleasant surprise compared to previous experiences I had with A600...
Forum: Amiga scene 28 July 2019, 10:51
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
But the PC wouldn't be Amiga compatible! At...

But the PC wouldn't be Amiga compatible!

At release the A4000 was competitively priced compared to name-brand PCs. So if you thought it would have been 'much better' to spend the money on a PC...
Forum: Amiga scene 27 July 2019, 22:06
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Agreed. They were in trouble even before the...

Agreed. They were in trouble even before the A1000 was released.

How do we know? They pushed the A1000 out long before it was finished. It was another 2 years before they were able to provide a...
Forum: News 26 July 2019, 07:16
Replies: 12
Views: 1,784
Posted By Bruce Abbott
On my A1200 with 68030, WB3.0 and MUI 3.8 it...

On my A1200 with 68030, WB3.0 and MUI 3.8 it brings up enforcer hits when trying to access the menu, then locks up. I can't tell what the enforcer hits are because Leu opens a full-screen window that...
Forum: Amiga scene 25 July 2019, 04:54
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Interesting. My memory may be faulty, but I...

Interesting.

My memory may be faulty, but I seem to remember UK hard drive prices being a bit higher than I thought they should have been. We were selling A1200's with the built-in 40MB hard...
Forum: Amiga scene 24 July 2019, 03:12
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
Depending on when this was that may be true, but...

Depending on when this was that may be true, but when the 486DX2-66 CPU came out it was very expensive. The advert below is from the January 1993 issue of PC Magazine.

"QTech. the Best PC Values...
Forum: Amiga scene 24 July 2019, 02:41
Replies: 821
Views: 43,342
Posted By Bruce Abbott
A bit more expensive yes, but the Amiga's OS is...

A bit more expensive yes, but the Amiga's OS is ROM based and most games can run from floppy disk, so a suitable drive didn't cost more.

Unless you had a serious case of PC envy and just had to...
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