Archive.org is continuing its mission to make a whole bunch of older software available online, in your browser, through emulation, with a whole slew of Amiga software – games, mostly, but also some general software, as well as, of course, a whole bunch of demos.
For me there is no sound in Firefox, too slow emulation speed in Chrome and input is not working in either (undefined is not a function errors on each keypress). Well, I’ll look again in a month or so.
Incidentally, the bar for performance is set much lower with JS than with native code. People are still impressed by the novelty: “…but it works in a browser!”. Makes me wonder if this novelty will ever wear off? We’re all so spoiled with this amazing hardware, which has gotten magnitudes better. Yet there’s little incentive for modern companies to pay for optimized code. I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed: Today’s budget computer can run multi gigahertz chips and gigabytes of ram running at ten gigabyte/s speeds, gigabit networks, SSDs, etc, yet software still feels sluggish. There’s very little that we should have to wait for given the technological advancement. Software isn’t blessed by the same zen of optimization that we had in the past.
Edited 2016-08-09 03:02 UTC