Playing YouTube videos on Amiga 500 with new Netsurf 3.6 and plipbox (and Vampire 2)

So, I saw this video from a link about the latest version of Netsurf 3.6 (the 68k SDL version found –> here <–).  I’m a fan of this browser and encourage everyone with a classic machine to try it out.

The test video shows the author using this on an Amiga 500 that has the Vampire 2 accelerator and a plipbox (ethernet over parallel port).

Looks great to me for such an old machine.  It appears to do a lot of up-front communication, downloading and conversion to mpeg1 to get the job done, but hey, who would have thought a classic Amiga could do that?

Wow! Amiga Workbench 3.1 and Kickstart 3.1 with minor updates now for sale!

Hyperion announced yesterday that you can now purchase an official copy of Workbench 3.1 and Kickstart 3.1 without going through Cloanto (or less legal methods). And the most amazing part of this is that there ware updates, although minor.

Compared to the Boing Bag expansions for 3.9 that have been continued by Amiga Projects (–> here <–), it seems like not much of an update. The BetterWB is also a 3.1 update that is a great update too.

However, this is a way to get a fully licensed copy of WB 3.1 and Kickstart 3.1 without having to buy Amiga Forever if you didn’t need all of that.

Here are the updates:

Workbench 3.1 (40.43)

Kickstart 3.1 (40.72)

(I like the boing ball instead of the Checkmark. This supposedly came from the original boinb ball animation)

MorphOS + MiniMIG

I’ve not posted in a while but I did see this interesting project that combined the hardware for a MorphOS machine (I have the feeling it is one of the bPlan Efika boards, but it may be an apple product, combined with a minimig.

The builder has worked some software and hardware switching to cause a game floppy icon clicked to open on the minimig and switch the video over. The controller signalling is shared somehow as well. Very interesting project. I hope he explains more soon.

PicassoII+ graphics card clone available

It appears the search for RTG cards continue as the available supply on the market continues to shrink. A few years ago, I could find a PicassoII card on Ebay occasionally for $200USD or less. These days, if they ever show up, they are going for $300USD or more.

I posted recently about a DIY RTG card for Zorro slot boxes currently under development –> here <– But there is also another one now available for purchase on this link, but it is pricey: –> purchase page <–

Easy IDE for building apps for Amiga, MorphOS and AROS

So, with the fracturing of the Amiga community between Amiga (Classic), Amiga OS4.x, MorphOS and AROS, it seems that new programs need to be ready to provide a build of the code for each platform out there for best performance. Both OS4.x and MorphOS can run classic software as long as it doesn’t hit the old custom chipset (if it does, then emulation is in order). AROS also can run via emulation or needs a recompile for the target platform.

Anyway, making a cross-compatible development system has never been easy. The Hollywood development software was one popular way, but carries a lot of heavy software to run that older systems may not be able to handle well. I haven’t tested AmiDevCPP enough to comment on how easy it is to make multiple target binaries.

Just today, I saw something that is not only an easy way to build for multiple systems at once, but also provides a more modern-style IDE development environment. It seems to be based on the Pascal language so keep that in mind, but it does offer drag-and-drop GUI tools and easy property management.

Here’s a video of it in action:

This is done via a VMWare linux environment, fully setup and ready to download and start experimenting.

Take a look at the author’s page –> here <–

A trip back in time

I stumbled across this link to a page where someone recently found the original, UAE 0.1 version of source code and was able to get it working on Windows 10 just to see what it was like.

Read –> here <– to see their experience.

Can’t believe I ran the first UAE I could get hold of 21 years ago