The bluetooth function of the Pandora must have been one of the most underused ones since its launch. There’s only one time that I think I was able to use it: for connecting it to a bluetooth GPS. And… that’s it. BT Audio never worked for me (even in Slackware) despite the Pandora managing to connect and pair with other devices. With the new firmware 1.74, we finally get working bluetooth for audio streaming. YES.
Evil Dragon from DragonBox has shared some nice updates regarding the development of the Dragonbox Pyra, the successor of the Open Pandora Linux handheld device. There is still not a firm release date, but a few problems have been more or less kicked out of the way.
Dropbox is not alone anymore to offer services related to syncing files and folders between computers. I had already covered BitTorrentSync a while ago, which was a good alternative as well for the Pandora since ARM builds were available. But both Dropbox and BitTorrentSync suffer from the same problem: they are not Open Source and therefore their security remains opaque to say the least. SyncThing is however Free Software, and simple to use as well. Let’s see how to get it working on Pandora.
2013 was a year full of promises for the Pandora – there was a plethora of excellent software releases (including Drastic, for one), and a lot of activity all around. While 2014 was very much under the sign of the upcoming Pyra, things have nevertheless progressed nicely on Pandora as well. Let’s come back on some major events and releases.
Matti’s the Man. He’s the one who has beaten everyone fair and square in most games last September in the C4A compo. And not just by a small margin. No, Matti’s the kind of guy to get like double or triple the score the best of us can hope to achieve. I got in touch with him to know a little more about his gaming habits…
This past week was reasonably busy. But what made it special is that it was an excellent week for emulators. You get a new, young emulator (3doh for 3DO), an ever-improving one (UAE4ALL, now running faster for AGA stuff), a maturing one (Mupen64Plus, with new audio support for compatibility) and an all-encompassing one (ScummVM, which now plays even the Eye of the Beholder games!). Of course, there was a lot more, too.
Oh, another late post. I realized I forgot to let you know which were the most popular posts you checked in December on Pandoralive. Well, better late than never, just in case you missed something awesome a couple of weeks back…
This book is one of the first Kickstarter projects I have supported. Coming from Read-Only Memory Editions, kicking off their publishing work through this first book about a legendary developer of games such as Cannon Fodder, Sensible Soccer, Wizkid and more… I had high expectations when it came to the book, and now that I have been through it, I have mixed feelings to share with you about it.
We have many picture viewers on Pandora, most of them directly ported from the Linux world. While most of them are decent, I have always had the same problem with them. They are slow as a dead horse. Note that it’s not just a complaint related to the Pandora, the same viewers are also quite slow even on my all powerful desktop with 4 cores. Thanks to wb, the age of slow picture viewers is over. At least on Pandora.
Wow, it’s been a very busy week on the repo. 10 updates and 9 releases, not bad, not bad. Well, we have to take in account that some of it is full of crap (because of the crapgame competition), but even if you remove that part, there’s still very decent things to grab: an excellent UAE4All update, The Tube getting better and better, and many audio apps ported by Canseco. Not that I’d know what to do with them audio apps, though.