Google’s Portable Native Client is software that lets a web app use your computer’s hardware much the way that a native app would do — and this allows you to develop web games, services, and even more complex software that acts like something that would normally run straight from your PC, not a web browser.

Google developers including Christian Stefansen decided to put that to the test in an unusual way — by creating an Amiga 500 emulator that runs in the Chrome web browser, using Portable Native Client. It’s based on the Open Source Universal Amiga Emulator, contains about 400 thousand lines of C code which were ported to Native client, and lets you run some classic Amiga apps using nothing but a web browser.

It’s a bit of a resource hog — my computer slowed down noticeably while using the web app. But it’s a pretty cool resource hog nonetheless.

Amiga emulator

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