With the Amiga 1200 being hooked up to my home network and having had the opportunity to test it (and finding out it works wonderful) it is time to get started on my disk magazine project. Since I am going to use Amos Professional I really need to get back in to the world of Amos programming. I already installed Amos Professional on my Amiga 1200. Now I really regret I did not bring my Amos books and other reading material with me from Thailand last year.
But I still have some reading material here so I should not worry so much. My plan is to have my mother in-law ship the Amos Pro manual and also the Mastering Amiga Amos book to me. Spending time on Amos really brings back some great memories. There is really something special about Amos. Just reading the Amos The Creator manual or fire up some Amos disk magazines has me all emotional. I really miss those days.
I have also started work on my next OS4.x programming article in case you are wondering if I am still continuing with that. It could still take a bit before it is done but I will really do my best to get it done as soon as possible. In the next article I will explore the world of IDCMP. One problem I have now since I moved upstairs is that I don’t have any network access on my A1SE. I can’t get the cable upstairs to give it access to my network. And the network is the only way I can transfer files since the USB does not work on my A1SE. The only solution would be to use a repeater with a LAN connection port connected to my wireless router downstairs. I would plug the A1SE in to that LAN port so it has network access.
After installing the disk image device software I suddenly could not run my EasyNet software together with AmiTFP any more. It took a bit of memory which was the killer in this case. So I installed the Elbox 1200 4MB card to give it extra memory. I remember having problems with it before in which my Amiga 1200 would crash and not start any more. After I installed it I had no problems at first but after about 1 1/2 hours it happened. Even after switching it off I could not switch it back on any more. The lights would start flashing. The next day it started again but soon after about 10 minutes it happened again. I have placed another card in it at the moment with 8MB memory. At the time of writing this column it still works but I remember that this card had the same problem. If it fails I will try to remove the disk image device software to see if it frees enough up memory so I can transfer my files again.
It is now early Friday evening and this weekend will be all about programming in Amos. Time to get some work done on the disk magazine. I am really going to set some targets for this weekend. The plan for this weekend is to get some code done on displaying text on the screen. I would be really happy if I get some crude form of displaying text on the screen done so I can look back at a productive weekend. I will write all about in the column of next week. Happy weekend Amigans!
The weekend has arrived and I really hoped I would have received my EasyNet PCMCIA Wireless Card from AmigaKit by now. But it has not arrived and with the time being the afternoon while normally we get packages early in the morning I have given up hope it would still arrive today. Having had all the time in the weekend to play with it I could have really maximized it’s use but I would have to wait till next weekend since during the week I would not have any time for it. While waiting for it to arrive I dreamed up all the things that suddenly would be possible. With high on Nr. 1 the ability to get access to unlimited amounts of games and write them back to a floppy disk and play all those great games. This would also allow me to write massive amounts of game reviews. One review I wanted to do was about Lethal Weapon. I saw a review in a magazine the other day which said nothing but positive things. My recollection of it was that it was not a very good game. It is just stuck in my mind that it was not very good so I want to give it a good try again to see if I still feel the same about. I might have given it a quick try back in the day and it was not just my kind of game for that moment.
Coincidently Old School Game Blog did a review about this game just when I started writing this column. I suggest you head over there and read the review.
Currently I am laying the groundwork for the new disk magazine that I am going to create in Amos. I am depending on the network card so that I can move stuff to the Amiga that I will be needing for it. But for now I can brush up my knowledge about Amos. I have Amos Basic 1.3 installed on my Amiga 1200 so I already can try out some stuff. It surely brings back some great memories. While going through my huge amount of floppy disks I noticed Hudson Hawk and it suddenly hit me that I might have confused those horrible controls with Lethal Weapon. Did Hudson Hawk not have those horrible controls? That when you moved left or right it sort of kept going even when you wanted it to stop? Like being on an icy underground. Or did I confuse it with The Blues Brothers? I will dive deeper into this once I have the time for it. Let’s hope that when I write next week’s column I have the network card and can do a nice story on it.
I really needed my own office for some of my projects and since the plans for the big office are on hold for the moment because of the cold I had use one of our rooms upstairs in to my new office. I took some negotiation with the missus but the deal was sealed with the agreement that she could decorate it. With the understanding that I could already set everything up a bit I was happy with the deal.
From the above picture you can see my AmigaOne A1SE and my Amiga 1200HD ready for action. The only thing still missing is my whiteboard which will be up once the decorating is done. One thing I did not mention yet regarding the negotiation is that I also got the go ahead to order the EasyNet PCMCIA Wireless Card from AmigaKit. I really need this so I can transfer files from and to my Amiga 1200. I decided to go for the wireless one since I don’t want get myself all worked up on how to get the network cables upstairs. Surely my wife would not allow me to start drilling holes at random (that is how it would look like) places in the house. With the approval for the card I checked the AmigaKit website and discovered it was no longer in stock. Go figure! I decided to e-mail them asking when they will be on stock again. Very quickly (always something that scores you extra points with me) I got a reply back that they have them in stock again. Yes! I just ordered the card and I am bursting with excitement.
Since I was ordering anyway why not get the (Full Colour Edition) of Amiga Future Issue 94? So that also got placed on my shopping basket. There was really no excuse not to order it.
What also happened is that I can’t stop playing Amiga games. I just had a go at (you can see it on the picture) Predator which is really addictive. This will open the door to do some game reviews which I am really looking forward to. The push to set up the Amiga 1200, and with it the office, was the disk magazine project. I will use Amos Basic for this project and currently I have Amos The Creator already installed on the hard drive. The disk magazine is a project I am really excited about. The plan is to start coding this coming week or anything else that would require me to get started. The wireless card should arrive this coming week and of course I will write about it as well as the Amiga Future magazine.
I have to admit I have not really followed the “First Contact” AmigaOne X1000 news a lot. I guess one of the reasons is that I won’t be getting one anyway and well I already have AmigaOne hardware to run OS4.x on. But none the less I thought it was time to check out some of the latest news about it and write about it here. At first the plan was to ship the AmigaOne X1000 to the customers together with Amiga OS4.2 but now instead of waiting for OS4.2 to be completed A-EON decided to ship it with a special version of AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 only for X1000 users. Hyperion announced it on there site that they would ship this and now we see some reports already from people that have received it.
Over at Old School Game Blog you can find some videos of a user unpacking his X1000 and setting it up. I am curious about the first reports on AmigaOS 4.1 Update 5 running on the X1000.
One of the things I always wanted to do, or make in this case, is creating a disk magazine. So this week I thought why not? Let’s have a crack at it and see what will come of it. It would be “old style” which means created on a classic Amiga which in this case will be my A1200. I am not sure what programming language I am going to use but it will be ACE Basic or Amos Basic. Since we are talking about Amos Basic I am also thinking of adding Amos Basic to The Bucket Programming Corner. That aside I am kind of excited about the disk magazine idea. I am no good at graphics but I will focus on the skeleton of the magazine and use some crude graphics just to get the layout done. If that would seem to work (I am pretty confident in my own abilities as you can see) I will try to found someone that can provide some good graphics. Of course it is not all about the graphics because the most important factor is the information on the disc.
Currently I am also working hard to get some new articles done and posted for The Bucket Programming Corner. Hopefully I will manage to get this done this coming week.
I noticed it has been some time since I posted a Bucket Weekly. Lately most of my time is being used on my new project the Redhouse File Manager. If you follow my articles you know what I am up to now. The last article was about me hunting for that bug. I found it which was a great relief. I will write some more about it later this week. Yesterday afternoon (Sunday) I played some Amiga games on my A1Se OS4 using RunInUAE. That was some great fun. I played License to Kill which is in my top 10 Amiga games of all time.
I was thinking that I maybe should do some game reviews. But for this I want to play them on a real Amiga and not using a emulator. Also I need to use the keyboard on my A1SE which is not really great. For the time being I might set up my Amiga 500 upstairs so I can play and review them. Another great thing are disk magazines. Currently I have The Vague running a lot. I love The Vague 2 the most because of the mod “Jakim – Clear Mind”. It just brings back all those wonderful memories. Making a disk magazine has always been high on my list. Would be really great if I ever get around making one.