Monthly Archives: August 2013

Six Months of Pandora Scene Awesomeness

Time passes by fast, faster than I’d like but sometimes it has some good sides to it. For example, every week you get awesome new updates on the repo. And these updates, weeks after weeks, month after month, pile up and you end up with some big changes on the scene when you look back in the mirror. I was reminded of that aspect while conversing with PtitSeb about a presentation I made about the Pandora a couple of months back. Since then, a ton of things have changed. Let’s have a quick review of the past months milestones, and how relevant they were.

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Simple Screen Recorder, Simply Awesome !

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Not too long ago I was looking for an alternative to SnapSnapTimer to compile. It’s not that I don’t like SnapSnapTimer but there’s like no options to it and I wanted something a little more sophisticated. Well, will it’s not exactly a screenshot taking application, Simple Screen Recorder just showed up, and it’s awesome. You can now record a video of your full desktop on Pandora, at pretty high framerate.

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Compiling Asunder. Yes, YOU CAN.

Since I have just compiled Asunder, and since it was not super straightforward (I mean, it was easy, but a beginner in compilation might have given up after the first few steps, not understanding what to do next), I wanted to share in a short article how to do it. Of course you will need the Code::blocks PND as a prerequisite. And maybe 30 minutes or so in front of you. You will end up with major l33t Pandora Compiling m4d skillz, I promise. Stop the TV and let’s go.

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SSH : Maybe The Best Way to Talk to Your Pandora

SSH (Secure Shell) is a well known protocol that allows remote execution of software but it can offer much more and we’re going to see how to use all it can offer. As a side note, in Linux’s world the most commonly used software implementation is OpenSSH (http://www.openssh.org). Enough theoretical stuff, we need action !

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Ripping your Favorite CDs with Asunder on Pandora

What, are you one of these hipsters who don’t buy CDs anymore and download stuff online instead? Well let me tell you Mister, you are dead wrong. CDs may be an old technology, but that’s still the best audio quality you can get out there, and with the second hand market you can get them pretty cheap. Forget about MP3s, all you need is FLAC and it would be a crying shame to use your fantastic Pandora to play back some crappy compressed format. Now with Asunder you can rip your CDs directly ON your Pandora. That’s progress for you.

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Weekly Software News August 12th to 18th

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Guys, will you stop posting so much stop on the repo ? Another crazy week with 15 software updates and 8 new releases. That’s enough to kill any free time left in your coming months. But you know very well that’s not the end. So, what’s the highlight of this week? I’d say that the possibility to use your Pandora as a HID device (i.e. as a pad/keyboard for something else) is very enticing. This is all still beta/apha, but it works reasonably well already ! But there’s more. There’s always more.

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Pandora PCSX ReARMed vs Actual PS1 on TV

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How good is the PS1 emulation on Pandora? I guess it often boils down to that, since the PS1 game library is so huge. In this post, I will do what nobody has done so far for the Pandora, as far as I know: to compare the same games running on actual PS1 hardware versus them being executed on the Pandora – all of that on an actual TV screen. It will be interesting to see what differences one can spot and if there’s any significant advantage of one of the other solution.

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PNDManager: A Breath of Fresh Air

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If you use your Pandora a lot, you are probably used to running PNDManager from time to time to update your applications or install new ones. PNDManager is a very practical way to do so, but recently it was suffering from several issues linked with the repo: unable to complete downloads, speeds being way too low… and while we thought development was on hold since 2012, a new update surfaced a couple of days ago.

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Off-topic ? Aomori Nebuta Festival in Japan

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Well yeah I guess this is going to be off-topic. There’s not really much Pandora content to fit in that story, while I did use my Pandora SD Card slots to make space before making the videos of the Nebuta Festival in Aomori, a city in the northern part of Japan. This festival is famous for its huge lighted paper structures, and you’ll probably understand why I made the trip after checking the below video and pictures.

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