Sunday, November 11, 2018

Episode 11 - What the #?$% is happening with the Amiga???

So wh all got excited with our shiny new AmigaOS 3.1.4 available from Hyperion - and then it is taken off of their website and some rumblings about a lawsuit or legal action start surfacing. Come on guys, this is so 1999! Cut it out and grow up! Pull up your big boy pants and get along!

In a nutshell, if you are a company that owns some rights to the AmigaOS and you want to make a few bucks off of it, great. Do that by actually making a product that we Amiga fans want to purchase. Don't do it by trying to file lawsuits against others who own some rights trying to do  a good thing for the community,

Nobody is going to get filthy rich off the 68K Amiga line and the software for it. That will never, ever happen. But some people can make a living off of supporting it. so take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

Please watch my rant on YouTube Here.

Or download the MPEG1 of my rant here.

Episode 10 - Upgrading AmigaOS 3.9 to AmigaOS 3.1.4

Funky numbering system aside, AmigaOS 3.1.4 is really an upgrade to AmigaOS 3.9 - 3.9 provided a lot of missing pieces 17 years ago for for sure, and provided so great enhanced utilities for playing sounds and watching videos. I also have to admit that the "Reaction" enhancements to the AmigaOS were pretty nice. 

I recently decided to upgrade my Warp Engine to an '060 card. I already own the '040 > '060 adapter, and it works great on my A3640 card, but my Warp Engine was lacking the socket to handle the upgrade, so I am shipping it off to a friend from the Commodore Amiga Facebook group for an upgrade. In the meantime I have to go back to plain vanilla IDE on my Amiga with my upgraded A3640 card. Why not do tackle the "Upgrade" from AmigaOS3.9 to AmigaOS 3.1.4 while I am at it!

I certainly ran into a few issues, which I cover in the video, but everything worked out just fine in the end. I am happy that I could keep the 3.9 enhancements like the great text editor and the reaction interface while still experiencing the power and performance of AmigaOS 3.1.4

Take a look at the YouTube Video here.

Download the MPEG1 to your real Amiga here.

Here are some helpful links mentioned in the video.

Links mentioned in this video include: Rapidroad USB Drivers: Hyperion Entertainment Amiga OS 3.1.4 Purchase site: AmigaOS 3,9 to 3.1.4 Upgrade Script:

Episode 9 - Amiga on the Internet

Why on earth would we put our 25+ year old Amiga's on the Internet? Well... because we can! THis week I cover a few ways to get your Amiga's online, what software we can use to do it, and some of the places you can go once you are online.

I will be the first to admit that it is not a pleasant browsing experience, but it is great for grabbing files off of Aminet and for exchanging files with your PC or Mac.

You can view the episode on YouTube Here.

You can download an MPEG1 version here for viewing on your real Amiga.

Helpful links:

Roadshow TCP/IP Stack AMISSL Releases - You can get 1.1, 2.2 and 3.6 here, as well as 4.2 - Remember, iBrowse does not really support 4.2, so load 3.6 first. iBrowse Web Browser (Demo)

Episode 8 - Amiga OS 3.1.4 and Best Workbench

In this weeks episode, I cover some of the details behind the newly released Amiga OS 3.1.4 - what enhancements it brings and how to install it on your real Amiga.
I have been an Amiga OS 3.9 user since it came out in 2002, and I have been fairly happy with the performance and capability of that OS, but all work really stopped on it after that. It was a breath of fresh air to see that Hyperion picked up the torch and started supporting the 3.1.X operating system again.
Some of the guys who were involved in the update also released "Best Workbench", whichs adds some additional enhancements and features to AmigaOS 3.1.4 or even your basic AmigaOS 3.1 installation.
I had some issues with the new OS seeing my hard drive, but I was able to resolve most of them my choosing "Direct SCSI" and removing long file name support from my drives. (I generally use the SCSI on my Warp Engine)

You can view the YouTube video here.

You can download the MPEG1 version here for viewing on your Amiga.