The Constantly updated Boing Bags

As many Amiga users know, After OS 3.9 was released around 2000, we were treated with two updates to it, Boing Bag #1 and Boing Bag #2.

While the community and other developers continued updating individual packages, drivers, libraries, etc, you had to piecemeal these together on your own.

Well for the past several years now, there has been a group attempting to take the hard work out of that process for users. The results were the unofficial Boing Bag 3 and 4.

These packages are constantly being upgraded. The current versions now combine 3 an 4 and were updated as recently as just a few months ago (as of this writing in 2017).

You can find their work here: –> link <–

Their website is also the home for BetterWB, a prepackaged Workbench set of tools and utilities, as well as the latest version of Picasso96 software.

It's worth the time to look into it.

IBrowse Development continues

Well, anyone around in the late 90’s remembers that there were many web browsers coming out for the Amiga at the time. The big one I recall was IBrowse, and it was very Amiga-centric. For a long time, v2.4 was the last big one that I used. I mistakenly thought that it was abandoned, but I was wrong.

Development has been continuing over the years and while it isn’t up to the specs of some of the HTML 5 JS/CSS current browsers (like OWB and NetSurf), it’s still a good browser. Check out the latest updates as of last month (April 2017):

–> history <–

EZHomeX10 Amiga software released

Jim Hines, author of EZHome X10 for Amiga, has released it and is no longer actively supporting it.  For those that don’t know, X10 is a communication protocol for home automation that has been around for a couple of decades.  They communicate through the powerlines in a house or building.  Many devices have been built to use this protocol.  Long before ZigBee and ZWave wireless home automation protocols were invented, x10 was THE way to control lights, thermostats, alarms, sprinklers, etc in your home.  Since the 90’s we’ve seen many PC and Mac based x10 software packages. Well, in the late 90’s, one was made for Amiga called EZHomeX10.

You can read an in-depth analysis of the many pieces, including EZHome, EZCron (cron-jobs, scheduled tasks), EZCID (caller ID) and control of infrared remotes and integration with the GVP PhonePAK card if you have it. And it is AREXX scriptable.  Very cool stuff!

Read the released with download links here:

software link

And an article by Jim Hines here:

EZHomeX10 – Amiga