Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Commodore Amiga 4000 (1992) - Using It In 2014 (Online, Internet Radio and Gaming)

I recently got my hands on my dream Amiga, the daddy of the range, the Commodore Amiga 4000!

It's upgraded with a Picasso IV RTG graphics card, BigRam+ 256mb RAM expansion, 68040 CPU at 25mhz, MAS Player MP3 decoder, X-Surf 100 Ethernet and USB 2.0 and Workbench 3.9.

Play Games From USB Stick On the Amiga! - Gotek Floppy Emulator

Some enterprising Amiga fans have modded the very cheap USB Floppy Drive emulator, the Cortex Gotek!

This nifty little device allows you to play Amiga games, software and more from USB sticks for a very low price.

Set up info: https://cortexamigafloppydrive.wordpress.com/

Revival 2014 Retro Gaming Show - Show Report & Pick Ups

I went to my first ever retro gaming/computing event this weekend, the amazing Revival 2014 in Wolverhampton.

Here's a few of the pickups, a bit of footage and a good old fashioned show report.

I was joined by Ravi, who you can find on Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/the4mula

More about Revival events: http://www.revivalretroevents.com/

Monday, 21 July 2014

The Dumbest Technology Moments on TV

Sometimes having a knowledge of technology can ruin your enjoyment for a mainstream TV series where computer usage is shown.

While showing endless lines of code would undoubtedly make for dull viewing, some of these examples are so ridiculous they have to be called out.

GUI interface using visual basic to track the killers IP address CSI

NCIS 2 Idiots, 1 Keyboard

Numb3rs' description of IRC

 NCIS Technical Writers Hard At Work Trolling PC Gamers


Castle Enhance!

Well done to the team behind Castle...

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Use SD Cards with Nintendo NES - Everdrive NES Review

How to download Nintendo Entertainment System ROMS and play them via an Everdrive N8 flashcart on the original console. (This is a re-upload with new material)

Buy Everdrive N8: http://www.retrotowers.co.uk/nes-ever...

Firmware/OS: http://krikzz.com/index.php?route=pro...

MorphOS 3.6 Review - Amiga on Mac G4 - What's New?

MorphOS is an Amiga-compatible computer operating system for a variety of PowerPC platforms, including many PPC Macs.

Here I take a look at some of the new features of the July 2014 release of version 3.6.  Video includes Wifi, Synergy, VNC and a new 3rd party DJ software called Soundbanker.

3.6 Release Notes: http://www.morphos-team.net/releasenotes/3.6

Find out more about MorphOS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MorphOS

Official Site: http://www.morphos-team.net/
Download Link: http://www.morphos-team.net/downloads
Supported Hardware List: http://www.morphos-team.net/hardware

The First Ever Apple iPod From 2001

I've always been a big music fan, so I take a look back at the early days of mp3 players, mini disc and cassette walkmans.

The Rio Diamond mp3 player, Sony Mini-Disc and the original 5gb  Apple iPod from 2001.

What's The Best Amiga / Commodore 64 Joystick?

I try out a few old-skool Joysticks in a totally unscientific test to see which stick performs best.

Included are legends like the Competition Pro and the Zipstick, and some more obscure classics like The Bug.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Flappy Bird on a Commodore 64

The biggest and most headline-grabbing mobile game of 2014 (so far) has been ported to the legendary Commodore 64!

The story of Flappy Bird: http://mashable.com/2014/02/10/flappy-bird-story/

Download Flappy Bird C64: http://sos.gd/flappy64/

Download/Play SNES Games From SD Card - Super Everdrive Review

How to download and play Super Nintento/Famicom games from the Internet and play them on the original system using an Everdrive flash cart.

You can buy them from Retro Towers: http://www.retrotowers.co.uk/

SD2SNES: http://www.retrotowers.co.uk/sd2snes-cartridge-form

Firmware Download: http://krikzz.com/

ROMS: http://www.emuparadise.me/

Commodore 64 Connects To The Internet! (How to)

How to connect a 1980's Commodore 64 8-Bit computer to the Internet, BBS, IRC, WWW and Warpcopy!

Using the 64NIC+ cartridge: http://www.go4retro.com/products/64nic/

Utilities Disk .d64: http://www.go4retro.com/downloads/64nic+/c64nic.d64

Contiki Software: http://contiki.cbm8bit.com/

Commodore 64 Web Server (running on a C64): http://www.c64web.com

20 Years Since Commodore Went Bust

It's been 20 years since pioneering computer company Commodore International declared bankruptcy on April 29th 1994 - but what were they planning on releasing next?  What were their plans for the Amiga product-line and which project lay unfinished in their labs?

In this video I also share my memories of Commodore as a life-long fan.

So long Commodore - and thanks for all the Amigas :)

Dave Haynie's Deathbed Vigil (clip used with permission) can be purchased here

Commodore: A Company On The Edge book

The Future Was Here: The Commodore Amiga book

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

A Really Easy Way To Connect to BBS With an Amiga

Fancy re-living the BBS days on your Amiga? The BBS scene still exists, but these days they all use telnet, so your old dial-up modem is not the best method in 2014.

Using a cheap null-modem cable and USB to Serial adapter you can use a PC as a virtual modem and re-live those heady BBS days again!


My USB To Serial uses the ch340 chipset and has the model name HL-340, they can be had on ebay for quite cheap, it's the same as this: http://www.gadgetvictims.com/2011/11/another-note-to-myself-hl-340.html

BoycoT Internet Modem download link: http://boycot.no-ip.com/software
NComm for Amiga: http://aminet.net/package/comm/term/ncomm306
NComm free licence key: http://aminet.net/package/comm/term/NComm306PubKey
Commodork: Sordid Tales from a BBS Junkie ebook: http://www.robohara.com/commodork/

Flappy Bird Comes to The Commodore 64

The biggest and most headline-grabbing mobile game of 2014 (so far) has been ported to the legendary Commodore 64!

The story of Flappy Bird has made the tech blogs and mainstream news outlets all around the world recently. It always had a bit of a retro feel to it, and some enterprising coder has done a superb port to the 8-bit giant.

Download Flappy Bird C64: http://sos.gd/flappy64/

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Are Games Consoles Dead?

A lot of people seem to be predicting that the days of dedicated video games consoles are numbered and the PS4, Xbox One and Wii-U will be the final systems.

Semi response to Adam Koralik: http://youtu.be/UVNSa0mSlME

Linustechtips: http://youtu.be/ZldMYYGJEhA

Xbox 360 Highs and Lows

Now that the 7th console generation is winding down, I take a look back at the highs and lows of my favourite console of this gen.

The great games, the forgotten failed HD-DVD format, the disappointments of the Kinect and what will the future hold for the Xbox 360 as a future retro-console?