Diary of an Amiga fanatic

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I am really having a great time being on holiday. Only a couple of days have passed and there is still a lot of time left before it would end. So far we stayed in two hotels. In Bangkok we stayed in the Heritage Hotel Srinakarin and in Hua Hin in the Baan Pak I-Un hotel. Both hotels have free wifi which is great so I can be online and stay in touch with the home front and make sure every thing is still fine. We arrived on Wednesday and stayed in the Heritage Hotel Srinakarin and Friday we left Bangkok for Hua Hin and there we stayed in the Baan Pak I-Un hotel. Today (Sunday) we left Hua Hin again for Bangkok and now we are staying again in the Heritage Hotel Srinakarin.  The Heritage hotel is not in a tourist area which is one of the reasons we choose this hotel. It is located near some nice places we use to visit when we lived in Bangkok. A lot of travelling so far already but at least you get to places and see some nice places.  The wife is getting some rest so that gives me some time to check my mails and write this column. A nice cold beer is keeping me motivated to write about some interesting things.

I really don’t visit the Amiga portals that much any more like I use to do. There are three major Amiga portals: Amigans.net, Amigaworld.net and Amiga.org. If I would have to rank the sites they would also be in that order.

Mostly I check Amigans.net to see if there is any news or some interesting postings. There are not so many updates (both news and forum postings) which makes it easy to follow. Also I have not seen so much bitching on this site so with almost no chance of ending up reading flame war postings it is a pleasure to go to this site. Besides this site is Mikey_C’s place and being his biggest fan I naturally hang out here. 🙂

I still have the moderator status at Amigaworld.net but I don’t moderate anything any more. I rather use my precious time on reading Amiga information instead of moderating the flame war threads.

Recently I started to check Amiga.org more frequently. A long time ago they changed the site and you had to do something with your account to keep it on the new site. I never did this but since I did visit the site again and I like the blog section and maybe I wanted to leave a comment I decided to create a new account. I used my same nickname as last time but it said it was in use. I thought that maybe my old account (I could not login any more with that account) was still present so I contacted the web administrator about my problem. After some time I got a mail back asking if this problem still persists. I replied (it still was a problem) but so far no reply and this was early February. It really is a shame I did not get this resolved till this very day.

I stumbled today on a forum post at Amiga.org called What ever happened to Coder. A lot of people from the past that usually posted a lot have disappeared or are more or less just lurking around. Nice to see people still remember you and wonder what happened. Interesting was the interview with Trevor Dickinson at the Amigatronics site. I am still wondering what the price will be once the X1000 goes on sale.

I am catching up on Amiga news to see what I have missed during my moving period. I noticed Amiga Roundtable had 3 new shows released since the “Burnt Banana Bread” show. Just finished the last one which featured Trevor Dickinson from A-Eon Technology. Trevor seems to be a nice bloke and very passionate about what he is doing. I hope we will see the Amiga Roundtable shows on a regular basis.

If I was going to buy new Amiga I think I would purchase a SAM board first due to the price. Don’t get me wrong I would love to have the AmigaOne X1000 but at the moment money is more important. Maybe by the time I want to purchase a new Amiga money is no longer a problem. But at the moment I am still happy with my A1SE. Unbelievable, eh?

I saw OWB 3.30 was released for OS4.x. I was already happy with the improvement of the previous version so I can’t wait to try this new version. Nice to see we are finally getting some movement in the browser department. I tried NetSurf 2.5 also some time ago but it crashed sometimes. Just checked if there was a newer version out but it is still on version 2.5.

The other interesting bit is a Rebol 3 test version that is running on OS4. I gave Rebol a try back in the days but I left it alone for reasons I can’t really recall. I even purchased one of the first books that came out. Of course it has matured more over the years and the fact that it will run on OS4 makes it worth while to give it a try again. I wonder if there is going to be some sort of beta testing group for this? I sure would like to be on that.

Wednesday the latest I should have the Amiga up and running again. The computer room should be pretty much done by the end of tomorrow with a little bit of small work on Wednesday. At least it is going to look great.