Thursday, December 12, 2013

Google emulates 1980s-era Amiga computer in Chrome

The Amiga 500 lives again — in Google’s browser.

Google developer Christian Stefansen on Thursday resurrected a version of the venerable computer system from the 1980s in the form of a Web app that runs in Chrome. Forty-year-olds who want to relive their childhoods or younger people who want to see just how hard their elders had it can visit the Amiga 500 emulator for Chrome online, boot the machine, and play some games.

Chrome emulates the old operating system by a Chrome-specific version of the Open Source Universal Amiga Emulator. Stefansen brought its 400,000 lines of code, written in the C programming language originally, to the Portable Native Client (PNaCl) foundation built into Chrome.

The Native Client technology runs software written to run on a particular processor at close to the speeds that native software runs. The approach gives software more direct access to a computer’s hardware , but it also adds security restrictions to prevent people from downloading malware from the Web that would take advantage of that power.

Native Client started with x86 chips, but Google has been expanding it with the PNaCl version. PNaCl is processor-independent, letting programmers run native code for the ARM chips in mobile devices — and the old Motorola 68000 family that was at the heart of the Amiga 500.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

VideoGames & Computer Entertainment, January 1992

The January 1992 issue of VideoGames & Computer Entertainment: … /106186503685852903/

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Airborne Ranger by MicroProse (advertisement)

Advertisement for Airborne Ranger by MicroProse for the Commodore 64/128 and IBM PC/Tandy compatibles from the February 1989 issue of Run Magazine: … /106186503685651059/

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Commodore Magazine, January 1989

The January 1989 issue of Commodore Magazine: … /106186503685347388/

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Llamasoft Advertisement

Llamasoft Advertisement from the December/January 1984 issue of Commodore Horizons: … /106186503685333791/

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Info #2, May/June 1988

This is the May/June 1988 issue of Info, a magazine for Commodore and Amiga computers:

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