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I wanted to play a bit with Amos and since I don’t have any room, actually table, to setup my A1200 I have to use emulation. Instead of using WinUAE I thought I would try to set it up on my A1SE with OS4.1. I got really excited about it and setting it all up using two hard drive files, one for the Workbench installation and the other to have Amos installed, was just great. Since I want to write some Amos tutorials I need to transfer the source code files to OS4.1. I was thinking about using a folder as hard drive but thought I would give the hard drive option a try. You can mount this as a drive in OS4.1 so that should enable me to get the source code files. I am not sure but I remember from last time that Amos would not let itself be installed in a folder that is being used as a hard drive. I was not sure but I thought I better go for the hard drive file option. I already mounted the file and it worked perfectly but about this more later on.

Amos Emulation

All this happened just a few days before the weekend that we would go to France. Not that I was not excited to go to France but being all worked up and everything worked the first time I tried I could not help thinking that I would have to wait till after the trip to continue. That was last week and the long weekend to France was absolutely marvelous. That great that I did not give much thought to my Amos emulation project.

Mount Amos HDF drive

At my first attempt I succeeded in mounting my hard drive file that contains the Amos installation. It was no fluke since each other attempt after this also worked. This will enable me to access the source code files I want to use for my tutorials. It just feels better and is more fun to emulate the classic Amiga on the new Amiga. There is just a lot of excitement doing it this way. Since I also have a partition on my OS4.1 installation called development I need to make sure I unmount the HDF file since rebooting will case some start-up errors. Mountdiskimage will also mount the HDF file again on the next boot of OS4.1. Since everything is up an running now it is time to start playing around with Amos. Hopefully I can do a new tutorial soon.

Leatherneck - Front

Leatherneck - Back

I was delighted to receive a gift from OldSchoolGameBlog. It is just the kind of game I love. I have some great memories playing Leatherneck as well in single player mode as two player mode. This game will be the next game I will do a review about. Looking forward to start on this. Thanks to OldSchoolGameBlog!

NetSurf 3.0

I also installed the latest NetSurf (version 3) version. I have to admit I use mostly OWB and it has been some time since I used NetSurf. From now on I will use NetSurf 3.0 to see how it behaves on my A1SE. Time to play some Leatherneck and do some coding.


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.

 

 


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!

Merry Christmas from The Bucket Diary


Did you also enjoy AmiWest 2011 as much as I did? Nothing like I expected it would be. I still have to watch all the videos from the show. I know they are already online but I prefer to download it. From all the announcements on the show there is one that grabbed everyone’s attention and came as a big surprise; new hardware in the form of a OS4 netbook.

AmigaOne Netbook (www.amigax.com)

The release is scheduled for mid-2012 with a price target of $300-$500 which includes the AmigaOS 4.1 license. I love the idea of being able to program anywhere in the house or even on the road instead of being confined to one place. This netbook is certainly something I would go for and with that price target it is entering the more affordable area. For more info on AmiWest 2011 jump over to OldSchoolGameBlog.

My plan of spending more time on my Amiga stuff is starting to work. The past week I did some substantial work and I am planning to do more and more. Most of my work is being done on my new project the file manager. My plan is also to write about this to give some insight in to creating such a utility. I should have the first article up in the next couple of days. I will also include example code to show how things are being done.


I was thinking about calling it the Bucket Monthly instead of the Bucket Weekly. Just kidding of course. Lately most of my time went in to the next article for The Bucket Programming Corner. I am pushing for a release this weekend. Besides that I am about to start on my next programming project. I thought it would be a good idea to also write about the progress of it here on my blog. Not just writing about the status but also dig a bit into the concepts and show some code with explanations.

This weekend is really exciting since AmiWest 2011 is happening. Usually good for some new exciting news and announcements. At the time of writing we have the below news items already.

– First Contact : AmigaOne X1000 Limited Edition
– Hyperion launches official AmigaOS website

For the X1000 limited edition the prices start from: £1699, USD $2682.56 (excluding AmigaOS4 license, shipping, handling and sales tax). That is a bit on the pricey side to say the least. It would be around the 2000 Euro and on top of that you will have the OS4 license, shipping, handling and sales tax. The hardware specifications: “The First Contact system includes the official AmigaOne X1000 Boing Ball case in either black or white and includes the Nemo rev 2.1 motherboard complete with 1GB of DDR2 RAM, a Radeon HD4650 graphics card, 500GB HDD,DVR R/W optical drive, Audio & Ethernet cards.” The price of it will certainly make it a dream only, including me, for a lot of Amiga fans. It is a fact that Amiga hardware will be more expensive compared to other PC hardware. But don’t forget we have cheaper hardware as well. Surely we will see some heated discussions about the price of the hardware.

I really love the new AmigaOS site that was launched by Hyperion. This was really needed especially for new people on the block or long lost Amiga fans having a peek at what we are doing now.

There was also some news about OS4.1 and Timberwolf earlier this week. You can read some more about this over at OldSchoolGameBlog. For updates on AmiWest you should visit the AmiWest Weblog.


It has been a while since I posted a new column. Busy times but yet I managed to use my A1SE a bit. Your’s truly had, and still has, the great pleasure of beta testing AmiSystemRestore from Chris Handley. AmiSystemRestore will allow you to nearly undo any changes to the SYS: partition. Compare it to the Windows restore function. At first I ran in to some problems getting it started (error message) but Chris provided me with an updated version that works. To test it I used AmiUpdate from Simon Archer. AmiSystemRestore detects I am going to update and will do it’s job as you can see from the screenshots below. Of course I will do some more testing and leaving it running in the background for longer periods of time while I run other applications. But so far I am impressed by it.

AmiSystemRestore part 1

AmiSystemRestore part 2

Chris is also the author of another great utility called RunInUAE. Shame on you if you have not tried it yet. 🙂

RunInUAE is intended to make it incredibly easy to run old Amiga games on Amiga OS4, and it comes with an easy installer, so that you can:

  • Run almost any HD installed 68k game (or program) inside E-UAE, by simply double-clicking on it! Including WHDLoad & JOTD JST installed games.
  • Run ADF & DMS games by double-clicking them. (Needs a little bit of manual set-up if you don’t have at least OS4.1 Update 1.) Otherwise just drag & drop them onto RunInUAE’s icon in AmiDock or it’s AppIcon.
  • Run CD32 & CDTV games from real or virtual CDs. (Compatibility is not great.)
  • The installer can set-up E-UAE with full-speed Sam-optimised settings. But it can also use your existing E-UAE settings if you want.
  • The installer will copy the necessary Kickstart ROMs off an Amiga Forever CD, if you don’t already have them installed.
  • You do not need to set-up any assignments, nor create or edit any cryptic scripts or config files, for it to work! (Unlike alternative solutions.)

This week ACube Systems revealed their AmigaOne 500. It retails for about a 1000 Euro which is somewhat on the expensive side.

The AmigaOne 500 is the complete, ready to run solution for all Amiga users.

Built around the well known Sam460ex, the AmigaOne 500 will let you run AmigaOS 4.1 straight out of the box. No need to look for and install peripherals, no need to hassle with software installation procedure. Just plug your monitor, keyboard and mouse and press the power button to enter into the world of AmigaOS.

Over at OldSchoolGameBlog you care read some more about this. You can say what you want about it (the price tag for example) but the fact remains that there is hardware being released and development going on. As always there is fair comment and the always slashing of any Amiga news on the forums. I guess that (slashing of any Amiga news) is probably the main reason I don’t visit the forums so much any more and just get my news from Amiga blogs and just check the RSS news feeds I subscribe too. It is strange that you got a group of people complaining there is nothing new coming out and once there is new stuff coming out it is rubbish. It does seem that group is getting the overhand in getting as much postings on forums. Again, I am not referring to the fair comments being posted but just the intention of posting nothing but negative stuff on forums. It will not prevent me from enjoying my Amiga experience but it is very annoying to see. Talking about Amiga experience; I am off to play with my A1SE.


Something new I wanted to try for the The Bucket Weekly; a diary about my activities. After all my blog is called The Bucket Diary.

Monday 15-8-2011

I did plan to sit behind my A1SE and do a bit of programming. Sadly that did not happen due to lack of time. I did manage to gather a bit of programming info and put it together so I can print it later. I prefer reading paper instead of sitting behind a computer and read it on a screen. It suits me better with difficult cases since I can concentrate better with paper. Or is it just that I browse the internet instead of reading the programming info when using a computer? Reading Fire in the Valley certainly boosts my creative side again.

Fire in the Valley - The Making of the Personal Computer

Tuesday 16-8-2011

I was looking for it already (during the move things just get misplaced) but I finally found some backups back that contain some nice pictures and I also discovered some writings that I wrote years ago. I still need to go through it but some of it are reviews of my A1Se and also the Pre-Release of OS4. I will go through it and publish some of it (if it is suitable) here on my blog.

Wednesday 17-8-2011

After work we took a trip to the sea to enjoy the nice view and the sunset. We came back around 11:00pm which left me with no time to do anything but to prepare for bed. I had a really fantastic evening at the beach. Something we certainly will do again soon.

Thursday 18-8-2011

Today I picked up my new car. * YEAH! * I dropped by my parents and ended up talking with my dad about the day we bought the Amiga 500. I also found some old invoices from Amiga stuff I bought which are going to help me with future articles for my Amiga in the Attic section. To sum it up it was a very good day indeed.

Friday 19-8-2011

The day before the weekend! Friday evenings after work should be relaxing which is exactly what happened.

Saturday 20-8-2011

What was set out to be a productive week regarding my programming has ended in the complete opposite. This week I did made some visits to the #amigans and #amigaworld chat rooms. Actually I am there right now when I am writing this. I really should visit more often since it is a great way of getting the latest news and stay in touch with fellow Amigans. This evening I read the North & South review on Old School Game Blog. That brought back some pleasant memories.


My second week of work after the holiday has already ended and suddenly the lack of time is back. I was unable to release a column last week due to not having enough time. The bit of time I did have I used to write for my The Bucket Programming Corner section. I should be able to publish the first tutorial (introduction) this weekend. I still need to test my Pegasos Phreeboard to see if it still works. I got this planned for this weekend. No excuses just get it done attitude is what I need for this. I will borrow the A1SE components for this so that I can confirm it still works. If it does I can go hunting for the components needed to get my Pegasos Phreeboard running again.

Lately I read a lot about the NatAmi project. I recommend reading “Natami: The Testing of the MX Board” at Oldschoolgameblog. I could not help thinking how Amos might get a second life so to speak on the NatAmi. It certainly would be my choice to play with Amos on the NatAmi if I had such a board of course. If they could get the price to be really attractive (read cheap) I am sure demand would surpass supply. My guess is that the price would be between the 500 and 1000 Euro.


It took a good 4 months but finally ART episode 49 – That Windows Guy has been released. Paul Thurrott was the guest on the show. I just hope the next episode will not take that long like this one to be released. I loved the show and it was great to hear Paul Thurrott talk about his Amiga experience. Rich Lawrence comments on the episode at the Amiga Roundtable section of the AmiZed Studios website. Would be nice to see some NatAmi attention on the show in the form of having some key people of the project on the show.

For the last two weeks or so I visit MorphZone frequent. I am trying to brush up my MorphOS knowledge since I missed out on a lot after being away for such a long time. What I really love is that you can test the latest MorphOS version before buying it. It will slow down after 30 minutes until you reboot. This will give you the opportunity to test it before you purchase it. The cost for MorphOS is 111.11 Euros. If my Phreeboard works I would purchase the latest MorphOS first before I would go for Os4.1 or higher.

A bit of a short column for this week but I will compensate it with one or two articles that I will release this weekend.


This coming Tuesday we are going to leave for Thailand which will be our holiday destination. Two things I am going to bring back which I left when we moved from Thailand to Holland are “Mastering Amiga AMOS” from Phil South and “Fire in the Valley: The Making of The Personal Computer” from Paul Freiberger and Michael Swaine. Since I still have not found my Amos Professional manual I will also have a look around to see if maybe I left it in Thailand. I am almost sure I brought it back with us when we moved to Holland but since I still have not found it I better check while I am in Thailand anyway. For the first week we will stay in Bangkok and for that time I have internet access in the two hotels we will be staying. It will become a problem when we are going to stay on the north. I would have to us a dial-up connection to gain internet access. It is no problem for me when it comes to the speed since it is only for browsing the net a bit and retrieve my e-mails. I just need to have a modem for this and I had one before which was external and connects through usb. Up till last evening I was unable to find it at my parents place. It seems I should have let my wife look for it the several times I tried looking for it before since she just walked upstairs grabs a box out a hundred other boxes and says it must be in here. And of course it is. I will try the modem later today to see if it works. The problem is that I run Windows 7 on my laptop and the modem is from a time when Windows 98 was the standard. Let’s hope it works so I can save a bit of money for not having to go out and buy one.

Can you imagine going to a computer shop and ask one of the sales people if they have a modem? It would take you at least one hour, if not more, to explain what a modem is. Last year I walked into one of those shops looking for a IDE hard drive. Of course I already looked and did not see it but I thought maybe they have one in the back. After walking up to the sales person and asked if they had a IDE hard drive I was told that all computers today have a SATA connection for the hard drive so I should buy a SATA drive. After explaining to him I want a IDE hard drive he walked to the display with the drives and pulled out a SATA drive and said to me that I was better for me to use a SATA drive in my computer. Remember the times when the sales people in the shop actually knew it all? Clearly that was something from the past. After explaining once more to the sales person I really can’t use a SATA drive since I only have IDE connectors on my board we parted our ways. I went to another shop and walked up to the sales person and said I need the cheapest IDE drive you have after which he pulled one out of stock which I paid for and left the shop. You see it is possible but you just got to find one of those rare shops which knows what they are selling and actually know something about computers.

Thanks to oldschoolgameblog I got to know The Company which created easy to run Amiga games on your Windows machine. Just download the file and double-click on it to start the game. I had a quick try and it works really great. Certainly worth to have a look at the site and give it a try.

For once it is not a problem for me to post the column on a Sunday evening since I don’t go to work tomorrow so the weekend really does not end so to speak.