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

Coding in a bedroom.

I haven’t been doing much with my Amiga and retro stuff recently. The reason being… I am simply too tired after hit home. Either work is getting harder, or I am getting old ;) Maybe both.

Commuting is part of my daily sickness, but public transportation has an advantage – you can read books. And I do. Kindle device is a great commute companion.

I am multitasking when reading. Or maybe I am multireading, but the spell checker says there is no such a word. Not sure it is a right way to read books, but it does work for me.

IT'S BEHIND YOU: the making of a computer game

One of the mobi files I’ve recently loaded onto my Kindle is “IT’S BEHIND YOU: the making of a computer game“. A book written by Bob Pape, a game coder from the golden era of bedroom-coders. It tells a great story about how games got developed back in the day, in times of Spectrum, C64 and BBC Micro. When Amiga and Atari ST were a high class machines. Highly recommended!

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.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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.

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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.