Archive for the ‘Off-topic’ Category


Time to update your bookmarks and feeds!

September 10, 2009
Posted by: gruso

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 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:



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!


New blog feature: Unofficial Roadmap

August 4, 2009
Posted by: gruso


The roadmap is back. Unofficially, anyway. With the case mould a good fortnight into production, it looks like the dreaded Two Months meme may have finally breathed its last. But these things are easy to miss if you don’t drop by daily, so now there’s a one-click status page for those flying visits. We’ll do our best to keep it current, and well sourced. Eyes right, soldier. >_>


A Pandora Update?

July 11, 2009
Posted by: Butterman

In one of craigixs craziest videos yet; after losing to gravity craig gives us a quick update on the situation of the next Pandora video and reassures us that he’s working hard at it.

(Pandora part starts at 4:54 if you’re in a hurry)


A fake PSP and a fake Pandora

July 9, 2009

Posted by: PlopperZ


Craig uploaded a neat video showing off an unrelated Chinese PSP clone and an early cardboard mockup Pandora (starting at ~1:40)

EDIT: Oh yeah, and there’s also an assembled (real) Pandora in there too 🙂

Video after the break.


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GP32X is back!

May 15, 2009

Posted by: PlopperZ

After 2 long weeks is back with a bunch of fancy new features. It’s lightning fast at the moment, but might not stay that way as more people begin to come back.


Google Latitude on Pandora – Your friends will know where your Pandora is!

February 11, 2009
Posted by: mazza558

Some of you may have heard of Google Latitude, the mobile (and now web) service that allows you to broadcast your location with friends, via phone signals. Well, now there is a way to use Latitude on the web, provided you have Firefox, WiFi and iGoogle. Google calculates your position through triangulation and your Wifi signal.

Guess where this is going? Guess what the Pandora has? That’s right, WiFi and Firefox!

So, effectively, you’ll be able to hook up to a Wifi hotspot in a city, log on to iGoogle on the Pandora, and share your location with friends, without suffering network costs! Pretty cool (and a terrifying invasion of privacy) eh?

If you still don’t understand, watch this video for an introduction…

If anyone want to try out the service on their laptops/desktops, here’s the howto:

P.S – It has pinned my location to 10 metres, which is both terrifying and awesomely-awesome.


Off topic video

January 2, 2009

This one’s nothing Pandora specific, but is the first video made by a community member, Esn. I think it’s so cool that it deserves a wider audience and due to the seasonal content it might not get that audience for long. Again, if you like this video please express your love on the thread. The video is entitled One Quiet Winter Night.


Referrers and Readers

December 31, 2008

It’s interesting to see where the referrers are for the blog. Most come from mazza558’s post and links in sigs.

After that we are getting a fair amount of traffic from and alphainventions is likely to be bringing external traffic – so hi to any newcomers from there! Netvibes is, amongst others things a very good feed reader and an excellent way of storing all your bookmarks on the internet. You can have a nice set up that shows various columns and a magazine format. When used in Firefox in a separate tab you can see how man new feeds there are unread. Worth a try and is my favourite because of the great bookmarks feature.

We are also listed in the information index – which is nice to see that this blog has been recognised as a valuable resource. With over 1200 visits so far today, something must be right. Please feel free to put the links on other sites.


Gentoo; USB charging

December 29, 2008

Two small snippets for you.

viridior has posted an update on Gentoo for Pandora.

Great News!

The gentoo.pandora.devs have been able to build enough of an image that we will be able to start exporting it to dev’s with hardware for testing very soon.  Checkout and specifically to see our current base image software list.

This image is ONLY intended for basic functionality and use.  You will be able to add your own software easily by using emerge <software name>.  (We are using pre-compiled binaries)  That means that you can use potentially anything in

We will also have our own custom Gentoo Pandora Portage library for Pandora community projects and custom builds to maintain compatibility with the official distro release(s).

Squidge has confirmed that you can only charge via USB when the Pandora is off – I don’t think this is totally new but it’s worth knowing.

It should be noted however that you will only be able to charge the Pandora via USB when the device is Off. USB doesn’t supply enough power (~500mA) to both charge the battery and power the system at the same time.