Using a Commodore or Amiga as a 'daily driver'

Using a Commodore or Amiga as a 'daily driver'

Post by Alex » Thu, 23 Jul 2009 04:12:43


Hey Guys --

I'm just curious, is it possible to or do any of you use a Commodore
or Amiga as your main computer? Other than WWW I'd think it would be
possible given people used these computers for many years.

I have a Commodore Amiga 500 at home with Workbench 1.2, but with
networking capabilities it doesn't do much for me.

I'm just curious if any of the following can be done on either a
classic Commodore 64 or 128 or Amiga. I'm sure Amiga OS 4 can do most
of these, but what about older OSes?

- NNTP Client - For Usenet and BBS echos
- Telnet for BBSes and to connect to Linux server
- POP3/SMTP for email
- Decent Word Processor and Spreadsheet
- Audio player - maybe something that'll do MP3?
- Some sort of chat client, possibly supporting Jabber/XMPP
- IRC Client
- Possibly an RSS reader

I think it'd be awesome to use an older Amiga or Commodore for these
things, but I wasn't sure if it were possible. If each of these could
be satisfied I could move most of my day to day stuff at home to this
system.

Thanks and take care --

Sam Alex
 
 
 

Using a Commodore or Amiga as a 'daily driver'

Post by Angus Manw » Fri, 24 Jul 2009 05:11:56

On 21-Jul-09 19:12:43, Alex said









Are you have a tin bath, Sam? :)


Well, my 1200 is my only computer, I don't have a pc, though that may
change. The Amiga can do pretty much all you said, but some websites are a
problem - java and so on.

My main beef is not being able to view Youtube clips, and there are some
pc games I think I'd like to play.

Then there's stuff on the music side, and video....

I can actually run Photoshop 3 under Mac emulation. Photoshop has
obviously moved on quite a way since then but its fine for optimising
photos etc.






All the best,
Angus Manwaring. (for e-mail remove ANTISPEM)

I need your memories for the Amiga Games Database: A collection of Amiga
Game reviews by Amiga players http://www.yqcomputer.com/

 
 
 

Using a Commodore or Amiga as a 'daily driver'

Post by Alex » Sun, 26 Jul 2009 02:01:33

On Jul 22, 3:11m, "Angus Manwaring"

> Angus Manwaring. (for >-mail remove ANTISPEM)
>

Hi Angus,

I don't how how you mean by 'Are you have a tin bath' so I guess
No :)

As for your Amiga 1200, is it pretty much stock and running AmigaOS 3,
or have you done any upgrades? I've thought about trying to find a
4000, but those rarely come up on EBay which is the only place I know
to look. This would allow me to also run AmigaOS 4 with some mods (I
think).

Also you mentioned running a Mac emulator. Is this on AmigaOS3? If
so where'd you get it? That might be a viable option for those
applications that just don't exist for Amiga natively, like you
mentioned Photoshop.

Thanks for the info...

Sam Alex
 
 
 

Using a Commodore or Amiga as a 'daily driver'

Post by Angus Manw » Tue, 28 Jul 2009 03:26:06

On 24-Jul-09 17:01:33, Alex said




Rhyming slang for "laugh" meaning are you joking? :)




You would need a ppc accelerator for that, and it would be easier to go
that route with a 1200 I think, although I personally wouldn't advise it
especially if you are after the classic experience. If you want to do
OS4.0 there are dedicated ppc "Amigas" like the Sam thing, but you would
then be better off doing the classic thing on a pc through bettre
emulation.

My 1200 is not stock, its towered uses a Voodoo3 3000 graphics card via a
Mediator board, has about 192 megs of ram and an 060 accelerator.

But I used to access the internet on a stock 1200 with just 2 megs of ram
and its 020.

I would encourage you to get an 030 or 060 accelerator and some more ram
though.


Photoshop is a bit of a struggle with my 060 and graphics card, but it
works. Yes, Mac emulation is very good on the Amiga, as those old Macs
used to use the same motorola processors. Shapeshifter and Fusion are
both very good.

Certainly a 1200 with an 030 and some extra ram can give you a good
internet experience with some obvious limitations.



You are welcome.


All the best,
Angus Manwaring. (for e-mail remove ANTISPEM)

I need your memories for the Amiga Games Database: A collection of Amiga
Game reviews by Amiga players http://www.yqcomputer.com/