The first Bucket Weekly Christmas edition has arrived. I am actually putting it together on Christmas Eve. I suffered a bad cold this week and I am still sort of recovering from it. Sadly that meant I could not do much Amiga work this week. Hence the reason I am writing this column on Christmas Eve. Sitting next to the Christmas tree writing it makes if feel sort of magical.
A nice surprise was the release of Update 4 for Amiga OS4.1 this week.
The following new functionality and bug fixes are included in Update 4:
- Introducing the new Emulation drawer with official AmigaOS 3.x ROMs and Workbench files. AmigaOS ROMs are provided for all classic Amiga models and the CD32 platform.
- Added RunInUAE contribution to utilize the new Emulation drawer.
- New scsi.device patch for Classic installations which enables internal IDE drives to be used for memory paging (SWAP).
- Added NoDriveClick utility for Classic users.
- Added DefIcons support for RunInUAE.
- Updated TCP/IP stack with much improved DHCP support.
- Updated MUI with various fixes.
- Various Workbench fixes.
- Fixed several USB issues.
- Fixed elf.library that could cause programs using shared objects to misbehave when unloading (e.g. Timberwolf).
I am sure we will see some reviews popping up in the next couple of days. I certainly like the adding of the Amiga 3.x ROMs and Workbench files together with RunInUAE. Reading all this makes me really wish I had Amiga OS4.1 so I could enjoy all this. Especially with the holidays at the doorstep.
Thanks to my pal over at Old School Game Blog for his Christmas greetings. Below are some Christmas greetings from The Bucket Diary to you mate. And of course to everyone else as well. Merry Christmas!
It is December which means Christmas is almost near. Which Amiga fan does not have happy memories about the Christmas period and the other winter months using their Amiga? I certainly do. I usually was still playing games on my Amiga while the Christmas dinner already started. One example was Cannon Fodder. Just five more minutes mum.
Another only playing it during the holiday season game was Home Alone. Personally I don’t rate this game very high but because you usually watch the film you want to have a go at it yourself. It is more of a nostalgic feeling if you ask me.
The winter months are always a good time to play Amiga games and if you are in to it programming. And let’s not forget the Amiga demos. There are plenty of Amiga Christmas demos / intro’s out there. Another category are the disk magazines. Besides the paper magazines they provided another source of information.
Currently I am working on a top games list for Amiga games. My problem is that I can never come up with a permanent list. Once I would make one I would change my mind again at a later time. So I came up with variable top games list. It will change over time depending on various factors. For example I might play a game a lot and because of this it would go up in the list. Or a certain game I remember being really great is rather disappointing playing it after so many years.
I have also started work on the next article for The Bucket Programming Corner. This time it is about screens. I don’t have any experience with screens on the Amiga using the C programming language. Remember how easy it was in Amos? Well after reading the article you will also see that it is easy in C as well. The only difference is that we just need to type more code. My goal is to release the article this coming week.