Witcher 2: Porting Gone Wrong

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Hey, another non-Pandora article! How do you like that? Well, this is however related to porting to Linux -which is not a subject new to this blog- and how commercial support can be seriously flawed when handled by large companies who have no prior experience with it. This happened with the Linux port of The Witcher 2 recently.

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Setting up OpenDNS on your Pandora

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I’m pretty sure the Open Pandora crowd has heard about what DNS are. Domain Name Servers. When you put an address like www.pandoralive.info in your browser bar, your browser will connect to the DNS servers to resolve the name and find the IP address attached to it. Now, do you know what DNS servers you are currently using on your machines, and your Pandora ? Mmm. Do you ?

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Korea & Its Big-Ass Smartphones

There’s a simple reason I was a little quiet these past few days. I was out of town, spending a few days in Korea. Korea can be easily reached from Japan, it’s only about 1-2 hours flight from most of Japan’s airports to reach Korea’s capital, Seoul. It was a good time to check some of the differences with Japan, since Korea is fast emerging as the second leader in East Asia.

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A Night at Hacker News Kansai in Japan

On top of Pandoralive, I am involved in a certain number of activities in my free time, and one of them is Hacker News Kansai (aka HN Kansai). HN Kansai was born from the desire to find and gather readers of Hacker News living the Kansai region of Japan (basically the Western area of Japan with Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka as major cities). As one of the 3 co-organizers (the other two being Paco and Sacha) of the event, I have been quite involved and I just wanted to share here about what we did about a month ago, since it gives a good insight as to what this event is about, and may interest a couple of folks from the Pandora community as well.

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Retro Fun at Akihabara

Last weekend I came back to Tokyo for a short visit. The main purpose of that short stay was to meet up with mmKALLL who happened to be there for a while, and to go together (with a couple of other friends from mine) in Akihabara to check stuff out. I knew most of the shops we went to, but there were a few interesting discoveries on the way…

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Linux Gaming Under the Sun in 2014

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Late last year, I wrote about Steam and their future towards Linux-based games and related hardware. Valve being a large actor in the digital distribution market, we could expect some additional movement and support from third parties, yet the beginning of 2014 had been relatively quiet. Until now. Several announcements were made recently that show signs of accelerating support for Linux in the gaming world. Holy Molly!

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Seriously, Securing a SoC Is NOT Easy

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When some company releases a new device, it’s fairly easy to jump on your gun and point out “Hey, Are You Stupid? Why didn’t you choose THAT SoC instead? It’s more powerful!”. Well, most people actually forget one of the key market constraints: Supply. EvilDragon shares his story behind the choice of the TI OMAP5 SoC for the upcoming DragonBox Pyra. This is a great reminder that it’s never as straightforward as you think.

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