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Website Simulates Amiga OS

Unknown Lamer posted about 5 months ago | from the neat-hack dept.

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cyclomedia writes "The Decibel Kid — the "AudioVisual Artist" responsible for last summer's Ipswich Zelda Map — has unveiled his new website. Modeled on Amiga OS it supports changing the wallpaper, window dragging, resizing, minimizing, and that z-index shuffle button. The mobile site is a completely different beast, modeling itself as a low-res LCD." There's even a drum machine. If you're pining for the "real" thing, there's always UAE (if you can find a ROM). Update: 03/05 15:45 GMT by U L : polyp2000 pointed out a better simulation, and a simulation of Workbench 1.5.

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45 comments

Woah! (2)

Joce640k (829181) | about 5 months ago | (#46408395)

That's Inception, right there.

Re:Woah! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46408473)

All we need is a version of AWeb or iBrowse and we're all set.

Can you play (1)

rossdee (243626) | about 5 months ago | (#46408423)

Can you play Pete Wisemans Klondike on it?

Say did you know that Jonathan Potter and Greg Perry are still developing Directory OPus (for windows, now up to version 11.
It started off as Shareware for the Amiga (V2 was on Fish Disk 212)

Re:Can you play (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46408539)

The last Amiga version was GPL'd too. Source is on Aminet.

Re:Can you play (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 5 months ago | (#46413251)

Can you play Pete Wisemans Klondike on it?

Say did you know that Jonathan Potter and Greg Perry are still developing Directory OPus (for windows, now up to version 11.
It started off as Shareware for the Amiga (V2 was on Fish Disk 212)

Because of DOpus on the Amiga, I own a copy of it on my windows. Very much used piece of software. In fact, probably the only piece of software I've used for over 20 years on various machines (and of course, various versions).

That's cool (1)

tatman (1076111) | about 5 months ago | (#46408439)

I started on a similar project using silverlight as the technology. I got bored with it. Nice to see someone make it working :)

Maybe someday... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46408479)

All old technologies will exist emulated as websites (old computers, old video game systems, etc)

This is new ? (4, Informative)

polyp2000 (444682) | about 5 months ago | (#46408569)

Been done before !
http://www.taws.ch/WB.html [www.taws.ch]
http://www.chiptune.com/?again... [chiptune.com]

Re:This is new ? (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 5 months ago | (#46408951)

Uh and do not forget a somewhat accurate emulator of the early Amiga OS, source below:
<h1>Guru meditation #000001321.8378471<\h1>

Re:This is new ? (1)

SQLGuru (980662) | about 5 months ago | (#46409397)

Where's the CSS to make it black/red? Your emulation is foobar'ed.

Re:This is new ? (3, Funny)

marcello_dl (667940) | about 5 months ago | (#46409641)

Black/red is my default browser theme, is it not the same over there? Try reformatting.

Re:This is new ? (1)

asylumx (881307) | about 5 months ago | (#46409913)

Where's the CSS to make it black/red? Your emulation is foobar'ed.

I've noticed a lot of software guys who love to type "foobar" where they apparently mean "FUBAR" the military slang. I've not figured out if this is intentional, or if they've been so ingrained with "foo" and "bar" from their college days that they just can't tear themselves away from it?

Re:This is new ? (2)

SQLGuru (980662) | about 5 months ago | (#46410109)

In my case, it was the K&R C books with foo and bar. But I'm also aware of FUBAR and what the acronym means......but I find foobar to be more "friendly", so when I don't want to insult someone per se, I'll use the foobar version. If I want to lambast someone, I'll use FUBAR (I also capitalize them as I've done in this post, so FUBAR is akin to yelling, too).

Re:This is new ? (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 5 months ago | (#46410603)

I've not figured out if this is intentional, or if they've been so ingrained with "foo" and "bar" from their college days that they just can't tear themselves away from it?

I've noticed a lot of people who write statements, but then put question marks on the end. It's a bit confusing?

Re:This is new ? (1)

asylumx (881307) | about 4 months ago | (#46429151)

You must have a hard time dealing with intonation in spoken words.

Re:This is new ? (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 4 months ago | (#46429429)

Ah, I see how you've got confused, but no, because what I was doing there was deliberately overstating the problem for comic effect and to draw attention to the admittedly tenuous irony inherent in your post.

Re:This is new ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46409403)

And there it is. The first and last time I found an appropriate use for the html blink tag.

Re:This is new ? (1)

Bugamn (1769722) | about 5 months ago | (#46418543)

The first link does have the Guru meditation if you disable Javascript.

Re:This is new ? (1)

Hsien-Ko (1090623) | about 5 months ago | (#46410147)

Also Exotica [exotica.org.uk] to a milder degree.

similar site (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46408577)

Ytcracker's website has a similar idea behind it. Love it.
You can play Ski Free!!! Could you ever really do that on OS/2?
http://www.ytcracker.com/

I'm waiting till 2055 (2)

Blaskowicz (634489) | about 5 months ago | (#46408681)

.. so I can obtain a public domain ROM and use UAE legally. Or maybe I have to wait for 70 years after the last author of the ROM is dead, I dont know much how copyright on software expires.

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (3, Informative)

The Rizz (1319) | about 5 months ago | (#46408705)

Or maybe I have to wait for 70 years after the last author of the ROM is dead, I dont know much how copyright on software expires.

It doesn't. New legislation will ensure it.

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (1)

seebs (15766) | about 5 months ago | (#46408807)

Or spend a few bucks on Amiga Forever and not have that problem?

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (0)

H0p313ss (811249) | about 5 months ago | (#46409927)

Or spend a few bucks on Amiga Forever and not have that problem?

Or you could stop fucking around with a dead platform and move on with your life.

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46410115)

Feeling better about yourself now, troll?

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (1)

H0p313ss (811249) | about 5 months ago | (#46410609)

Not really, no.

Perhaps I'm just jealous that I don't have enough time to fuck around with dead platforms, but I doubt it.

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46411153)

You haven't had any pussy in awhile. That much is obvious.

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (2)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 5 months ago | (#46410685)

move on with your life.

Move on to what? Berating strangers on the internet for having hobbies?

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46414933)

Some of the games are still fun and many of them are split-screen or hotseat multiplayer. Most modern non-console games require multiple devices and not all of us need fancy graphics to have fun.

What do you care if I spend my free time playing old video games instead of watching TV?

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (2)

Anaerin (905998) | about 5 months ago | (#46408911)

I believe one of the goals of the AROS project [sourceforge.net] is to have a drop-in replacement for workbench/kickstart ROMs for m68k systems. So you could use their ROM on UAE and have a compatible system built entirely from open-source software. If that's your thing...

Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46409583)

.. so I can obtain a public domain ROM and use UAE legally.

As far as I know no such "ROM" image exists. (Someone could have made a compatible one but I have never heard of it.)
If you talk about a ROM in the literal sense then UAE probably don't support it but legally they fall under Integrated circuit layout design protection [wikipedia.org]
You can copyright a software version of the ROM and prevent distribution of it but protection of the ROM stencil is no longer than 15 years after creation. (10 years in the US.)
You are free to make as many copies of any chip in the classic Amiga as you like.

Hey! (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | about 5 months ago | (#46408941)

They have one of those for Windows, [windowsrea...dition.com] too!

No Smurf Hunt! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46409119)

But I don't see the ultimate killer app: Smurf Hunt!

That's nice, dear (1)

Minwee (522556) | about 5 months ago | (#46409181)

It's pretty, but I can't even drag down the menu bar to reveal the second workbench behind it. And after playing around with the site for a few minutes I never saw a Guru Meditation Error.

It's a UNIX system! I know this! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46409207)

http://www.jurassicsystems.com/

Legal ROMs for emulators (2)

amigabill (146897) | about 5 months ago | (#46410237)

You can buy licenses at

http://www.amigaforever.com/sy... [amigaforever.com]

You can also buy legit ROM licenses for Android based emulators at

https://play.google.com/store/... [google.com]

The open-source AmigaOS-alike named AROS includes their own ROM equivalents now as well. (Be careful! WinUAE has old ROM included, Aros Vision needs newer ones (included in directiry “boot” of the distribution))

http://www.natami-news.de/html... [natami-news.de]

Like Cyberduck (1)

CauseBy (3029989) | about 5 months ago | (#46410635)

That's kind of neat. It is almost as functional as the same concept done by Cyberduck about a decade ago. The Cyberduck site let you actually drag icons around, single click to select, double click to open. I guess I was expecting more when I went to this site, but it's still okay.

Mistake in summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46411159)

Not sure what they meant by "a simulation of Workbench 1.5."... there never was a WB 1.5. It went from 1.3 to 2.0.

That link is closer to WB 1.3

Re:Mistake in summary (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | about 5 months ago | (#46411255)

I was about to post this! 2.0 was called 1.4 while it was in development, then someone pointed out that all the other operating systems had bumped their versioning up higher already, so they changed it. 1.5 was never more than a footnote on a roadmap.

What a load of bollocks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46411325)

There's been a website emulating an Acorn Archimedes for ages. Which is a far more interesting machine IMHO.

http://www.redsquirrel.fsnet.co.uk

This is the home of an freeware Archimedes emulator. The real fun thing is that it even emulates "booting into RISC OS".
I believe this site has been online since late 2002 early 2003.

So what's all the fuzz about?

Re:What a load of bollocks (2)

Valdrax (32670) | about 5 months ago | (#46411897)

There's been a website emulating an Acorn Archimedes for ages. Which is a far more interesting machine IMHO.

Than an Amiga? Come now, the Archimedes was pretty vanilla hardware for its day -- it was basically a glorified Apple II with an ARM chip in terms of capability. In comparison, the Amiga's hardware was a generation leap ahead, and its OS was far more modern.

This is A Good Thing (1)

eyeoftheidol (651095) | about 5 months ago | (#46413499)

Anything that gets AmigaOS in the public eye is a Good Thing, in my book. My main computer is an X1000 running AmigaOS 4.1 and - with a little help from AmiCygnix - does everything I need. The website isn't a new idea, but it's still cool.

wheres kick off, then? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46414251)

..adobe have admittedly improved upon pagemaker meantime (please load disc 5, then treat dot matrix output with hairspray to hide the gaps), but no-one, NO-ONE!, has ever bettered Dino Dinis masterpiece.

Amiga emulators as such are complete nonsense otherwise, I want to play Kick Off! (Russians were always best?!), and Wierd Dreams (well cool), and, and..

Sensi Soccer fanboys (and part-time pretend Atari "musos"), go home - we want footie!

Fails the litmus test (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46415191)

Couldn't drag the top of the screen to reveal the screen behind it.

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