Weekly Software News 3rd to 9th March 2014

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I can’t say the past week was really busy on the repo. But there was a very, very notable release. Notaz’s build of Starcraft on Pandora, using static recompilation. An impressive achievement that we’ll need to come back on in a separate article, but already a lot of people are enjoying it and reporting excellent performance. But that was not all…

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My Day with the Pandora – Revisited (Ekianjo)

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It’s been a while since I last wrote about my usage pattern of the Pandora… and the last time I did I was using my Rebirth, since I did not have a 1Ghz at that time. You can read about my previous shared experience for reference. Since then, a number of things have changed and since I have been owning a Pandora for over 2 years now, I wanted to show you how I use my Pandora nowadays, and how it has changed.

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What You Guys Liked in February 2014

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In February the main stuff that’s been unavoidable in Japan is the Valentine Day celebrations. I don’t really like that kind of pure marketing events, since in Japan it’s a mandatory tradition for women to buy and give chocolates both to their male co-workers (obligation so they are called giri-choko), and their special person (honmei choko). If your special person happens to be at work (or in school) and you are seen giving them honmei choco then you’re in for some good gossiping, another favorite national passtime of people in Japan. Anyway, this whole farce is all about selling chocolate, and the relevant companies make sure you don’t forget to spend your hard-earned money. In the meantime, somewhere else in the world, here’s what you were reading on PandoraLive…

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Breaking News: StarCraft Running on Pandora

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I will definitely come back on this in more details later on, but Notaz has just done it again: he has found a way to create a port of Starcraft on Pandora, using the concept of static recompilation. It was supposed to be released for the Alive and Kicking Coding Competition but he ran into issues and could not make it on time. Note that it was already possible to run Starcraft on Pandora via QEmu, running under Windows, but it was sluggish as hell compared to what Notaz has just achieved. This is just great!

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Weekly Software News 24th Feb to 2nd March 2014

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Already in March ! Yesterday I was in Kyoto, showing a friend around the old city, and I could not really use my Pandora for the whole day. On the way back, I ended up trying a number of Flash games with the recently released Flashenv and it was quite fun to see what would run well and what would not. In the past week there were several important releases, such as the newer and better version of LibreOffice, a refined PNDManager, an excellent new feature added to DosBox EX Ultimate, and more, much more. Don’t miss out!

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