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.

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?

A new “classic”, MorphOS and the next NextGen from A-Eon

So, I haven’t posted much lately due to being busy but also not seeing much that I wanted to comment upon.

First off, the MorphOS team has already uploaded a new build (v3.9) less than 2 months after 3.8. I like this type of release schedule! While v3.8 added support for the SAM460 boards, among other things, v3.9 is mostly a bug-fix update. Always free to try, and high quality. There isn’t much not to like with MorphOS!

A-Eon has announced that the x3500, a lower-cost alternative to the x5000 (but probably still more expensive than anything from ACube) will not hit the market due to the cpu part being very close to price to the one in the x5000. Makes sense. Acube 460cr for the low cost (relatively) nextgen Amiga and the x5000 for the high end, high price-tag group.

Jens Schoenfeld, numero uno at Individual Computers, has announced a cool project called Amiga Reloaded. This will be custom motherboard using real AGA chips, but not include an onboard CPU. However, it will have an accelerator port for use with his company’s more recent A1231 and newer accelerators. He also said he’d try to get Phase5 accelerators to work too but no promises. Optional flicker fixer, USB host and other modernizing features make it cool.

So, you buy this motherboard, with accessories, then mount in an a500 case (a1200 case *may* work… no promises there either).

Now, that is cool! Just the main board is supposed to be under 200 Euros (not counting accessories).