Monthly Archives: May 2013

The Latest Qupzilla Browser is Great!

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It’s been already a couple of months since I made a thorough comparison of the browsers available on Pandora. And most of it still remains true, while there were many updates since then. Firefox 21 came out just a couple of days ago, and yesterday the latest Qupzilla build was available as well. And you know what? Now it’s probably better than Arora.

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Kindle PaperWhite vs Pandora: Epic Fight!

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Yeah, right now you are probably thinking: “WTF?” It’s certainly not fair to compare a single-function, ebook dedicated device like the Kindle with the Pandora. You may obviously, objectively say that the Kindle is the better device for that purpose. But then again, why not do a fair comparison? I have read whole books on both of these devices, and I certainly have something to say about it.

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Be More Successful in 7 Steps

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Sorry for the “snake oil” headline. At least I didn’t include any statement about growing one’s extremities in 24 hours. Anyway. A couple of days ago, there was a lot of back and forth in the comments on Pandoralive (yeah, as surprising as it seems, there are readers on this blog!) regarding my initial comment “developers should spend some time marketing their stuff if they spend so much time creating it initially.” While I will not delve here into WHY I think this way, I wanted to throw out in the wild a few suggestions on how to do a better job at promoting your programs when you release them… or even before releasing them.

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Amiga Retro Music Fun

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The Amiga was the best computer of the 80s and early 90s. Period. If you pretend otherwise, it’s probably that you were a bitter Atari ST user or a vengeful PC owner. Until major titles like Wing Commander II or Ultima 7 came out, the Amiga was certainly without competition. And even when the same games were available on all platforms, the Amiga one was often the best, because of its awesome sound capabilities. Now we’ll talk about reliving these memories, once again, with the playback of .mod files.

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Weekly Software News – May 13 to 19

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Oyez, oyez, Porters and Developers of all countries. Could you seriously take a break? Just for like, let’s say, 2 weeks? I personally cannot follow the releases anymore and would certainly like to play a bit with The Tournament Hub, Super Hexagon or do some analysis with R, but if you continue to release more and more stuff how do you expect we can concentrate? You all deserve some good vacation away from your Pandora. Seriously.

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On Keyboards… and Mobility.

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Gone are the days when all you needed on a mobile device was a numeric keypad and a T9 dictionary.  Text entry on the move is an integral part of the mobile lifestyle these days, and there are a few of us hardcore keyboard fans who don’t feel a touchscreen keyboard provides the required level of precision or feedback. That’s especially true for a mobile computer like the Pandora, and since the Pandora was designed not just as a computer, but as a hacker’s machine, we users put even more demands on the keyboards of our devices. Here I’ll examine a select few solutions to the now age-old problem of typing and (separately) coding on the move.

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A Very Active Repo

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Whether you are a new or veteran Pandora owner, you are all familiar with the repository (also known as the repo) available on the openpandora.org site. Recently, milkshake, who is in charge of the repo management, released some figures related to the repo usage since 2011. The results are interesting.

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Weekly Software News – May 6 to 12

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If you were not convinced that software releases were accelerating for the Open Pandora, now’s another time to prove you wrong. This week saw another burst of activity, with 16 new software releases, and a lot of updates as well. I did not have time to rest everything. As usual. Oh, by the way, the 900 apps milestone in the repo has been crushed as now there are officially 905 of them. Let’s have a look at what made it through…

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