Amiga.

I have a pretty “yellish” Amiga 1200. I’ve been trying to resurrect my old girlfriend since two years or so, but with no success. Her hard drive is dead, keyboard does not work well  (that horrible tape…) and the PSU not so healthy anymore. I cleaned the floppy and besides the mainboard and expansion card (full 68030 with 10MB RAM) it is the most shiny part. I’ve promised to myself to spend some more time on that stuff during the upcoming vacations…

Truth be told, this is an old stuff (sorry dear Amiga) anyway. It may work for some time but who knows for how long. I love the stuff people have done for that hardware, especially the demoscene productions (I used to collect even the cractros…) and need a way to watch them from time to time. I don’t plan to expend big money for a new one too.  Emulation then.

I am a Linux user, and unfortunately I suffer a bit from lack of WinUAE (I know, there are options…). However, even WinUAE on a native Windows, not mentioning WINE, behaves strange (did you see the fullscreen mode? this is a bad joke) and I don’t like it much. Another hardware I possibly could make an Amiga is Playstation 3. This is not so easy anymore though. You jailbreak it and Sony says Game Over to you. Even though I use PS3 once in a blue moon, I don’t want to hack it. So what’s then…

Looks like Nintendo Wii could be the best candidate. I am not familiar with that console, but it’s cheap and has some great looking emulators. I would have to buy a keyboard (yes, coding in AsmOne :) also, but this is an acceptable cost. Maybe the emulation is not so sexy, but it is more likely to get some fun with less effort and money that way. I’ve just started to research about it and I am not sure if Wii wouldn’t require a hardware hack to install 3rd party software, but from what I saw, it does not look so. Maybe I miss something, we’ll see. The real Amiga is waiting anyways.

Resources to investigate more:

WiiBrew

uae-wii 

Back to blogging…

Today is May 26th, 2012. 6 months passed away, relatively in peace, since the last post here. I am not sure whether I had no time to write something new here, or it was just a lack of motivation. Or maybe I just forgot about this blog ;)

Things have changed. Again. Hooray! I switched to a new role! This is not a promotion, but a big win to me anyway. Although in the same company, this is something completely different than I was doing over the last 4 years. I have some, rather high, expectations towards the change. I hope I am prepared, ready and I will do this right. I’ve been doing all my best, but a cup of tasty luck would be more than welcomed. Finger crossed, but still on the keyboard.

It is worth to mention here that the application I was developing in Grails, finally has landed in the realm of… Lotus Notes :) (I think you can make a guess who pays my bills then…). It came out that it fits best in company’s security and deploy policies and… Lotus Notes technology has everything to do the tool well. A lesson for me – judge more thoroughly and consider more options before you go. It is a high risk to choose a not-so-well-known-to-you technology, to deliver a product to your customer. Even though the customer is internal. It does not mean you are allowed to move the GA week by week, just because you are learning. Practice at home, do the job at work (I am too cruel…).

I do believe I’ve just started a new paragraph, and at least every week I will have something worth to write down here. Did I say “finger crossed” somewhere above?