Amiga on Fire on Playstore

The latest thing to try. A Cleanto Amiga Forever OS 3.1 install to SD card in the Amazon Fire 7. Is it the way to get a low power portable development system? Put an OS on an SD and save main memory? An efficient OS from times of sub 20 MHz, and 50 MB hard drives.

Is it relevant in the PC age? Yes. All the source code in Pascal or C can be shuffled to PC, and I might even develop some binary prototype apps. Maybe a simple web engine is a good thing to develop. With the low CSS bull and AROS open development for x86 architecture becoming better at making for a good VM sandbox experience with main browsing on a sub flavour of bloat OS 2020. A browser, a router and an Amiga.

Uae4arm is the emulation app available from the Playstore. I’m looking forward to some Aminet greatness. Some mildly irritated coding in free Pascal with objects these days, and a full GCC build chain. Even a licenced set of games will shrink the Android entertainment bloat. A bargain rush for the technical. Don’t worry you ST users, it’s a chance to dream.

Lazarus lives. Or at least Borglaz the great is as it was. Don’t expect to be developing video realtime code or supercomputer forecasts. I hear there is even a python. I wonder if there is some other nice things. GCC and a little GUI redo? It’s not about making replacements for Android apps, more a less bloat but a full do OS with enough test and utility grunt to make. I wonder how pas2js is. There is also AMOS 2.0 to turn AMOS source into nice web apps. It’s not as silly as it seems.

Retro minimalism is more power in the hands of code designers. A bit of flange and boilerplate later and it’s a consumer product option with some character.

So it needs about a 100 MB hard disk file located not on the SD as it needs write access, and some changes of disk later and a boot of a clean install is done. Add the downloads folder as a disk and alter the mouse speed for the plugged in OTG keyboard. Excellent. I’ve got more space and speed than I did in the early 90s and 128 MB of Zorro RAM. Still an AGA A1200 but with a 68040 on its fastest setting.

I’ve a plan to install free Pascal and GCC along with some other tools to take the ultra portable Amiga on the move. The night light on the little keyboard will be good for midnight use. Having a media player in the background will be fun and browser downloads should be easy to load.

I’ve installed total commander on the Android side to help with moving files about. The installed BSD socket library would allow running an old Mosaic browser, or AWeb but both are not really suited to any dynamic content. They would be fast though. In practice Chrome and a download mount is more realistic. It’s time to go Aminet fishing.

It turns out that is is possible to put hard files on the SD card, but they must be placed in the Android app data directory and made by the app for correct permissions. So a 512 MB disk was made for better use of larger development versions. This is good for the Pascal 3.1.1 version.

Onwards to install a good editor such as Black’s Editor and of course LHA and some other goodies such as NewIcons. I’ll delete the LCL alpha units from Pascal as these will not be used by me. I might even get into ARexx or some of the wonderfull things on those CD images from Meeting Pearls or a cover disk archive.

Kindle Android Memory Hogging Apps

The apps I have decided to hate because of simple things like move to SD card not being enabled, or even if moved to SD is OK, there is some other “feature” which is annoying (especially high memory use due to lazy programming).

  1. Twitter – on the surface a good app. No SD card, and very large for a texting app. Also should use multi-notifications, but the bird tweets each and every one.
  2. Facebook – this is on the SD card, but will not stop putting over 256 MB into the on-device flash memory. This is likely an arse elbow use of libraries and no common goal to lower the memory usage as it would interfere with competing apps for ad shows.
  3. Messenger – yes another 200 MB of flash busting erm, what exactly?
  4. Basically anything larger than Chrome which doesn’t do something very impressive.

So this on my kindle is (bold for not that impressive), Turmux, Google Play services, Messenger (replaced with Messenger Lite), Facebook (replaced with Facebook Lite), Google Sheets, Java N-IDE, Google Docs, Office Lens, LinkedIn (it went in the bin first, as it was just too big and sucks video bandwidth without options), YouTube and then Chrome. I think this in large part is due to a lack of a move to SD card, and/or then not compressing SQLite databases by using tokenization to an external resource file which can be moved to the SD Card, not compressing resources, adding in much useless animation. I have about 800 MB free. I wonder how long the bold shall last.

There is also the new firmware updates which prevent chrome from saving to the SD card. I think all write permissions are voided except in specific to app directories. The default SD save directory though is not writable. I know it’s new firmware as it used to work before the updates.

Kindle Fire (Pt. III)

A general complaint about Android devices is that when you’re low on power, and it always wants to switch on and waste it rather than wait until you press the on button. It’s part of the global always on spy network, designed for idiots with money and not for intelligent or off-grid people. Alexa likely wants to know your inside leg measurement. As I said this is general to all Android devices, so I suppose expecting more from Amazon was just too much.

I suppose it would be too much to edit things like the above equation on the device, but I will try to see if there is such an equation editing tool. Plenty of good calculators, but few typographical tools. I sometimes would like to do this. It’s not as though I need the mathematical assistance, more typographical layout, for including in documents.

It seems there is nothing which will do this offline. Maybe an app opportunity? Likely a long development. It depends on other tools such as MathML being hack-able into something else. Of course n=k in the above equation. A bit of maths in the “analytic closure of integration” to make it a deterministic process for a CAS (Computer Algebra System). It replaces integration (hard for computers to pattern match, and based on a large and incomplete knowledge base) with simultaneous equations and factorization.

There seem to be some downloaded episodes of some series happened this morning. Three free episodes (Number 1) of some random TV shows. I assume this is to get people into watching exciting stuff. I feel a bandwidth suck in the making. Ah, so it’s called “On Deck“, and although kind of interesting, it would be nice to make it only use certain WiFi networks. While on 4G hotspot proxy, it will make my bank account sad.