Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The amount available for PalmOS emulator is certainly impressive. We have seen how through these programs can play in our Palm to games consoles from Nintendo and Sega , or use the PDA as a scientific calculator HP high end . But there are many more platforms emulators historically famous, as we saw in this extensive list of emulators for PalmOS . And one of these platforms is Friend .
Amiga 500, the best selling computer Family Friend
Friend is a family of personal computers developed by Friend Corporation. Development of the Amiga began in 1982, and Commodore International introduced the machine on the market in 1985 after buying Friend Corporation. Interestingly, the developers chose the name "Friend" precisely because the Spanish word (female companion).
The code name for what would be the first Amiga 1000 was "Lorraine" with a Motorola MC68000 microprocessor to 7.14 MHz, 768Kb of RAM (expandable to up to 8 Mb) and 256Kb ROM. The machine featured a chipset that with advanced audio and video, and an operating system pre-emptive conmultitarea (now known as AmigaOS).
Although Motorola processor is 32 bits, the first Amiga models using external data bus of 16 bits, so it was considered a 16-bit machine as the Atari ST. Later models of Amiga 68k based on modern processors, or even PowerPC, yes that were 32 bits.
Friend was a great leap forward from the 8-bit computers, such as the Commodore 64, and quickly became popular, especially in Europe. Was used prominently in video-related tasks and control business vision, being a cheaper alternative to the PC and Macintosh at the time.
When Commodore went bankrupt in 1994, there is still a very active Amiga community, which continued supporting the platform long after the abandon major vendors. The most popular Amiga magazine, Amiga Format, continued to publish editions until 2000, six years after the demise of Commodore. The interest in the platform is still sufficient to maintain a weekly specialist column in the British magazine Micro Mart.
Currently there is sufficient demand in Amiga hardware expansion to exist some manufacturers pequeñaos active. After the disappearance of Commodore, many companies have continued to sell new models Amiga. Currently, Eyetech sold Amiga hardware under the AmigaOne brand.
Amiga's success was such that people like Andy Warhol and Steven Spielberg's used for your creations . Series like Babylon 5, SeaQuest DSV and Max Headroom had special effects teams thanks to Amiga.
There are many websites dedicated to the Amiga, as there are still many users of these teams hoping likely launching AmigaOS 4.0 and new equipment Amiga. For example we can highlight Amiga.org , AmigaWorld and Spanish Friend Zone , where in addition to other content, you can download all the games for Amiga Spanish.
AmigaOS desktop, really ahead of his time
Both lovers of this platform, as those who have never tried one and want to investigate, can supply the lack of one of these machines using the emulator WinUAE or WinFellow . But what interests us today is that there is excellent PalmOS emulator for Amiga, MyUAE , creators of the versions of Quake , Doom and Duke Nukem 3D for PalmOS.
Simulator running a MyUAE F29 in a Palm
MyUAE supports keyboard support, mouse and virtual joystick, can save and restore, and has sound (although this is an area that is improving). Need PalmOS 5.x (ARM processor) and a lot of dynamic memory (UDMH). It has been successfully tested on the Tungsten T3, Zodiac 1 and Zodiac 2.
We can see the AmigaOS running on a Palm in these videos that a user has recorded and uploaded to YouTube:
In this other video even shows us how haconfigurado MyUAE UDMH and for everything to work perfectly. We can also see the virtual keyboard, which is accurate to a Friend:
It is certainly an achievement to run software written for Amiga on a PC, making it running on a Palm is really amazing. Do not miss this chance to try it.