Merry Christmas with 880 Gamer Issue Number 5!

It’s been another long pause in blogging, but this is how things work on my end. Wish to do better next year ;)

880 Gamer Issue 5

 

To make Christmas even more merry, go ahead and download the new issue of 880 Gamer. Mark did it again. And this is splendid. Even if you are not a gamer, and more fond of demoscene or anything, go and check it out. It really does have that vibe! Click on the picture or use the following link: http://www.users.on.net/~stanners/

 

Merry Christmas to all!

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Making dots.

Like Lemmings used to say “Oh no!”. It’s mid-February, and I haven’t came up with anything new for this a <coming back> blog… This is embarrassing.
I did not bury the idea though. I have been continuously reading code, trying to understand code and practice. The steps are tiny however and progress is hardly visible. Stamina is shaking.

The one thing that keeps me busy since a long time, is a nice stars routine I found at Legacy SCAT webpage: Dots, dots...
This is the rightmost one.

Yes, dots. I love dots. Star dots in particular. The source code lacks of good comments, and it is rather hard for 30+ years old rookie to understand the flow, data structures and tricks. Interruptions do not make the learning process easier too. I still don’t know how to debug and play with that code in a right way.

starsintro.sWhat keeps me smiling still and make that effort worthwhile, even though you can not monetize that, are the emotions and fun when another brick in that hecking wall is coming crashing down. A brick of ignorance. Hell yeah!

 

Auto zoom hurts…

Auto zoom hurts. At least in FS-UAE. The story is short, but actually it took me (it hurts…) a week or so to find the guilty.

I was playing with totally basic Copper stuff. Two bars moving up and down, up and down. And up and down. Until you press LMB.

That simple code worked but the bars were extremely slow, freeze actually, when moving through middle of the screen. I still did not buy a new computer, and still using that T60 with core solo crappy Intel, but come on! Two copper bars?

I was playing a bit with fs-use performance settings – video_sync, accuracy, A500 instead of A1200. To no avail. Is this really that hard to emulate Copper?

By an accident, and somehow inspired by that “auto” lines printed to the FS-USE stdout, I pressed F11 and zoom mode was changed to full what… made a huge difference. It was like a boost ;)

And I can go to bed now. Thank you F11.

Auto zoom is evil

Amiga assembler setup.

Aside from other projects I’ve been trying to move forward, back to Amiga coding is one of the most important ones. You may ask why… It is hard to explain (since English is not my 1st language as you might have noticed ;) but in short, this is simply something I want to push beyond level I “achieved” in 90s (I have to refresh all that stuff first!). The road to hell is paved with good intentions, some say. Usually they are right.

Since a month or so, I’ve been moving step by step, using the following setup:

  • FS-UAE running 3.0 Kickstart, booted up with Trash’m One 2.0 floppy disk.
  • A Linux path mounted in FS-UAE as an Amiga hard drive, to store source files.
  • gVim as an editor.

My current Amiga asm dev setup.

All the editing is done in gVim (it has 680×0 syntax coloring). Don’t know yet how to trigger a quick reread of the source file in Trash’m One once I modified it in editor, but will get to that :)

With my current hardware, I am not able to run two Amiga emulators in parallel as vikke does, but for now it is not a problem to me. I am playing with simple stuff that is not crashing so often yet.

Speaking of stuff. I came across a very nice video tutorial being developed by Photon/Scoopex. It is hosted on ScoopexUs youtube profile. What is important, the tutorial is not a gem from the ancient times. The most recent part is dated for September this year! Highly recommended.

Amiga Forever DVDs.

A package awaited for me at home. I was little puzzled because it has been sent out from US. Didn’t I order it at Cloanto, Italy? No single word about content on the envelope made me wondering what the hell is that…

Do you like to unpack postal packages? I do :) Let’s do it.

Amiga Forever 2013 - coverAlright! This is my Amiga Forever Premium Edition copy. A low quality cover (I am not a pedant, but hey, it should look better!), 3 DVDs in the box as promised. Wait… what’s that smell? Burned DVDs? Come on.

Anyway, my laptop’s old DVD drive did not have any problems with reading them thus far. This is the most important thing. A nasty taste has not vanished yet though…

Amiga Forever 2013 DVDs

Cloanto makes this possible.

I was planning to buy Amiga Forever a year ago. It is not a heck lot of money, but you always find something more important you really need to spend that 50 euros on (fifty, because the Premium speaks to me louder than Value or Plus editions).

Another obstacle was Windows as the primary OS for the Amiga Forever platform. As I am a Linux user, I don’t consider Cloanto doing right thing investing so much in M$ software. Spending €50 on soft I won’t be able to run on my Linux based laptop, is not necessarily the best use of that money. Yeah, I know I can boot from DVD, I can extract Amiga stuff easily, but the player and all these utilities will be useless.

There are another important aspects, however. Respect to heritage, so called legal aspects, and something called convenience :) I do have A1200. It is not fully usable, and I have to use emulator instead. I do have images of my A1200 ROMs and rights to use them. I do have images of my Workbench 3.0 disks. If I wanted to use WB 3.1, it wouldn’t be legitimate anymore. Moreover, I would have to “pirate” all the additional stuff to make my system as usable as my original system back in the day. Which in fact died along with my Amiga hard drive…

I know, it may not sound convincingly to everyone, but it is how I feel about it anyway. The Cloanto offer looks great for people who needs an Amiga emulator environment ready to use, without additional hassle. And I know who I pay to.

Last click in the Cloanto shop, and I could download the Windows installer. DVDs will be shipped soon. MSI file… What I can do with it? My Linux is an Ubuntu based distro – OS/4 OpenLinux (another Amiga motive :) I decided to install Wine, 1.7.2. Without much hope I ran the installer. It started. The license key and ‘next’. Progressing… Few minutes later it is done. I felt little embarrassed. Does it work? :)

TBC…

Goodbye Patrick.

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This is a first post after another long pause, but I would really prefer to keep quiet.

This post is a farewell to Patrick , the guy who was one of the first guys I met on this blogosphere. Always kind, friendly, full of energy and so dedicated to his Amiga and programming passion.

Patrick passed away in an accident. My deepest condolences to his family.

I will miss you, Coder.

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I hope his Coder’s Blog will be preserved. Here is more info his wife, Jinnie, shared with the Amigaworld community.

I am done for today. No more bad news please.