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Oh dear, what are we doing here?

May 25, 2010
Posted by: gruso

This old blog will stay in place as an archive, and heaven forbid, a safety net should there be some kind of bunny uprising in the new digs.

(openpandora.wordpress.com, September 2009)

The bunnies have risen. And they broke stuff. The WordPress installation at pandorapress.net is having a very bad day, and atomicthumbs is busy re-installing and restoring backups. So here we are in the old digs, just letting you know we’re still alive. Bits and pieces of production news are still trickling out, and there will be some catching up to do once pandorapress is back online. In the meantime, Twitter is what’s for dinner.

www.twitter.com/_mfk
www.twitter.com/craigix
www.twitter.com/evildragon1717

Update: Pandorapress is back. Mostly.

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Time to update your bookmarks and feeds!

September 10, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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Happy blogday! It’s a surprise party, and your gift is a new URL. The unofficial blog is growing up and moving out of home, thanks to GP32X member atomicthumbs and his bastion of blog hosting bunnitude.com. WordPress.com has been more than good to us, but private hosting allows us more control to tweak and add features. Kicking off the feature bonanza is our new embedded IRC client, tapping you directly into #openpandora at Freenode. Swish! Want some links?

New URL: http://www.pandorapress.net

RSS: http://pandorapress.net/feed/

IRC: http://pandorapress.net/chat/

Hate change? Never fear. We’re the same blog team, covering the same stuff, displaying the same flippant disregard for your sanity. We’ll just be squeezing it out of a different tube. This old blog will stay in place as an archive, and heaven forbid, a safety net should there be some kind of bunny uprising in the new digs. The only thing missing from the new location right now is a sidebar link to chat, which is on the way. If you’re IRC inclined, bookmark that one now.

Ok, show’s over! Get clicking, there’s new news over there!

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The Gentoo Pandora Project becomes Neuvoo

September 7, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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After nigh on a year of sweat, tears and beer, Viridior, JavaJake and the rest of the Gentoo Pandora team have restructured, repurposed and renamed their project Neuvoo. (Newbie tangent: What’s Gentoo? It’s a linux distro which, if your geek-fu is strong, you can install instead of Angstrom). The new broader focus will see other platforms join Pandora on their target list (think Beagleboard, Touchbook), giving their code more fields to frolic in, and its users a wider range of software. In addition, they’ll be bending over backwards to make sure you don’t need “I compile source code for breakfast” printed on your t-shirt to get in the door, with a binary repo in the works so you won’t miss out on the Pandora apps your Angstrom friends are using. Bravo.

Source | Neuvoo website

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PandoraPanic puts the call out

September 3, 2009
Posted by: gruso


Remember Alf? He’s back, in pog form. Remember PandoraPanic? It never left. The WarioWare-inspired community project has been bubbling away in the background for the past year, absorbing new talent and minigames along the way. Recent developments include some retrolicious 16 bit graphics from Dragons_Slayer, and a WIP gameplay video from Rockthesmurf. Ubiquitous porting machine Pickle even has his hat in the ring.

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A rolling stone gathers no mould

September 3, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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Case moulds. They’re slow old things to make. When will the moulds be done? Soon. What are we waiting for? The moulds. Thanks blog people, big help. But maybe not everyone out there knows exactly what these moulds are? If that’s you, pull up a pew. Rather than reinvent the wheel, we’ll just tap into some existing educational resources. This technology students page offers a (deceptively) simple overview of the moulding process. They’re not making a gaming handheld, but they are making a blue hedgehog… it’s the best we could do. (You don’t have to take the test at the end). For a more serious read, there’s the slightly less fun Wikipedia page. Pandora’s moulds are currently in the machining phase.

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Twitterix: “Oh, I forgot to tell you…”

September 2, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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Craigix: Oh, forgot to tell you all, the battery was upped to 4200mah and our tests are showing this monster is going to give something like 14 hours

A device that allows you to watch a 10 hour Eurovision marathon, then clock Mario 16 times? Finally! A nice win for frequent flyers, mountain climbers, and anyone who doesn’t carry mains voltage in their backback. Thanks to calc84maniac for spotting it first.

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Nintendo sixty…

August 31, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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We knew it could happen. We hoped it was happening. Today, we know it is. A new face appeared on the GP32X boards over the weekend; a coder going by the name of Ari64. If GP32X had an award for “best first post ever”, this would be leading the field.

I have rewritten the dynamic recompiler for Mupen64plus to generate ARM code. This will run on OpenPandora, TouchBook, and BeagleBoard.

That’s right folks. Nintendo 64 emulation, for real reals. Ari64 says he’s been working on this for “around 4-5 months,” wisely keeping a lid on the project to avoid an onslaught of premature hype. There is still work to be done of course:

Unfortunately OpenGL acceleration does not work. It is possible to use software rendering, but it is very slow and some of the textures display incorrectly. Since several people are working on OpenGL ES libraries, I am posting this as-is for testing purposes.

As you’d expect, some of the scene’s best known coders are now hovering around this like kids at a candy store. The next few weeks should be interesting, but before you get caught on the hype train, take a moment to tip your hat to the scene’s newest household name: Ari64.

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