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[#] Sun Jul 26 2020 08:14:00 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Well, it took me all weekend, but I've got the Amiga 500 up and running reliably on the network and I am writing this message on one. It was pissing me off that my C=128 had a more reliable Ethernet connection than my Amiga.

[#] Tue Jul 28 2020 15:22:43 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Well, I finally have the Amiga 500 all dialed in. I've got a new keyboard that is working, well, keyboard membrane, a Gotek floppy emulator set up as DF1: with a DF0: switch so I can boot from it and disable the internal floppy, that uses a USB thumb disk and .adf disk images, a Classic 520 accelerator that has a 68ec020 on it, 8mb of fast ram, CF and SD, and a 40 pin IDE 2.5" connector. Oh, and a Parallel to Ethernet adapter to hook to the network. I've got 16gb of hard storage on the CF. This Amiga, in all ways, smokes my $3500 Amiga 2000 with 4mb of RAM and two 20mb SCSI hard drives. It is amazing. But still, with all this time, effort and money invested - the MiSTer FPGA is still a faster, more powerful, more flexible Amiga than the A500 will ever be, for only $350. It is just cool being able to do this on genuine original hardware - but damn is it an expensive and tempermental way to do it. I ended up with 3 Amiga 500s just getting to this point too... because it made more sense to have entire spares than just to look for replacement parts. An Amiga 500 will go for $150 to $175 all by itself in fairly decent condition - a good, tested keyboard by itself, when you can find it, might go for $100.

My advice to people with more brains than money - just buy a MiSTer.

[#] Wed Jul 29 2020 14:02:29 MST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The thing I miss most about Amiga is the filesystem.

I know, that's a weird assertion.  Amiga had so much going for it in terms of graphics, sound, video, etc.  You could call it "ahead of its time" but it was right on time; the market dominance of the crap made by IBM and Apple was behind the times.

The filesystem, though ... no one else did such a good multi-root filesystem.  DOS/Windows "drive letters" didn't, and still don't, get this right.

I loved how you could reference a pathname like "volume:/path/to/file" and if "volume:" wasn't mounted, it would simply prompt the operator to resolve it, either by mounting the volume or by aliasing it to something else.  I only had floppy disks on my Amiga, but I dreamed of being able to attach hard disks and even network filesystems that way.



[#] Wed Jul 29 2020 20:53:32 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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You should pick up a MiSTer, if only for the experience of having a fully loaded 68ec020/100mhz 384mb Hard Drive based Amiga with ethernet. 

You think you love the file system now. Yeah... I also like how you can access the device by Volumename: or VolumeAssignment: 

So, DH0: may be Workbench: and DH0: Basically, drive label and drive assignment. Likewise, System: will take you right to the /System directory on the boot drive... so System: takes you generally to DH0:System. If there is a /bin folder in system, "System:bin" will take you right to DH0:System/bin... 

It is pretty awesome. The GUI Windowed system shows a little dated. You can't click to maximize or minimize windows. You can send to the back... they didn't really have OLE cut and paste in windows, between windows. But overall - it set the stage for the modern GUI on a CLI paradigm of Linux, Mac and Windows and all the key components are there. 

I'll cover MiSTer on the FPGA room in some detail at some point here. I would like to start attracting a retro-gaming clientele as users. 



[#] Mon Dec 14 2020 18:36:37 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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What kind of Amiga did you have, Ig? 

I owned an Amiga 2000. Today I've got several accelerated A500s and an A600. 

 

Wed Jul 29 2020 14:02:29 MST from IGnatius T Foobar

The thing I miss most about Amiga is the filesystem.

I know, that's a weird assertion.  Amiga had so much going for it in terms of graphics, sound, video, etc.  You could call it "ahead of its time" but it was right on time; the market dominance of the crap made by IBM and Apple was behind the times.

The filesystem, though ... no one else did such a good multi-root filesystem.  DOS/Windows "drive letters" didn't, and still don't, get this right.

I loved how you could reference a pathname like "volume:/path/to/file" and if "volume:" wasn't mounted, it would simply prompt the operator to resolve it, either by mounting the volume or by aliasing it to something else.  I only had floppy disks on my Amiga, but I dreamed of being able to attach hard disks and even network filesystems that way.



 



[#] Thu Dec 17 2020 22:35:07 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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I've got to remember about this device if I have keyboard problems with my Amiga 500 that has the Panasonic keyboard that doesn't have a replacement membrane. 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Connect-favourite-wired-or-wireless-USB-keyboard-to-Amiga-500-500-and-other/232364977565



[#] Fri Dec 18 2020 11:53:28 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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About:
This is version 4.7 of the open-source based AmiSSL library for Amiga based operating systems. Version 4.x is a new major release which comes with full compatibility to the OpenSSL 1.1.x line which includes important security related fixes and comes with new encryption ciphers which are required nowadays to connect to modern SSL-based services (e.g. HTTPS).

https://github.com/jens-maus/amissl/releases/4.7





[#] Fri Dec 18 2020 18:01:36 MST from ParanoidDelusions

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Syco - this is my retro collection