* Posts by Peter Gordon

131 posts • joined 22 Aug 2007

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

Peter Gordon

Re: Sadly...

Not true. I held back on open sourcing hivelytracker (http://code.google.com/p/hivelytracker/) for years because the code is truly horrible. In the end I caved because people wanted to port it, but the comment at the top of gui.c says it all:

/*

** Abandon all hope all ye who enter here

** (consider this fair warning)

*/

and I have other projects that I would want to seriously refactor before opensourcing :)

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Sinclair is back with the Spectrum Vega ... just as rubbish as the ZX

Peter Gordon

Re: RCA? Pah. Young 'uns know nothing

wrong on two counts:

1) it was not better than the speccy or c64. It had only 8 colours, low resolution, odd colour attribute system and no vsync. The sound was better than the pre-128k speccy, but that's about it. It also had far fewer games, and a lot of the games it did have were poor.

2) it wasn't french. It was english, but sold better in france and was eventually bought by a french company.

I still have a soft spot for the oric, though. So much so that I wrote an emulator for it (oricutron).

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

Peter Gordon

Can't they all just

support the Palm Touchstone? I've got loads of those ;-)

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BlackBerry will pay you $$$s to be its friend and dump that iPhone

Peter Gordon

I think the Passport is lovely

My wife just got a passport since she was fed up with touch screen keyboards (something I can sympathise with, I'm going to miss my Pre 3 when I finally give up and upgrade).

I think its a really nice phone. I'm quite tempted to get a Q10 after seeing the passport (unlike my wife, I don't have a handbag, so I need my phone to be pocketable :), but really I'd like to see a "Q20" or so with the touch sensitive keyboard idea from the Passport.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

Peter Gordon

What about the Arapaho?

Do they have a word for Facebook clickbait?

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French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?

Peter Gordon

Re: Broadcom 7225

I think they mean 7325:

http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s407925

although that was 5 years ago, so I imagine they'd be using a newer chip now (?).

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Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

Peter Gordon

"Something wonderful has happened!

Your Amiga is alive!"

Those were the days ;-)

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BuzzGasm: Cloud Internet Of Stuff As-A-Service!

Peter Gordon

Well, it seems the most important question is not answered by this infographic....

Do the Arapaho have a term to describe the Cloud Internet Of Stuff As-A-Service™?!

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

Peter Gordon

Re: Not correct!

Ahh yes. I think "chaka demas" is a southern Arapaho variation.

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Peter Gordon

Not correct!

Actually the Arapaho term for pliers is "chaka demas"

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LG to bring Palm's webOS BACK FROM THE DEAD in TVs next week – report

Peter Gordon

I love my pre 3

its still my only phone. I don't want a smart tv, I want a pre 4 :(

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NORKS breaks ground on new high-tech industrial park

Peter Gordon

Indsutrial? Silcon?

Is this the Grauniad? ;)

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Circling the RIM: BB10 becomes chamber of horrors for BlackBerry

Peter Gordon

Re: Really sad..

To be honets, I'm kind of tired of backing the dead horse. As much as it pains me (I never liked Android at all), I'm probably going to join the Android crowd. Its a lot better than it used to be, and maybe when I finally can't hold on to webOS any more, maybe it'll actually be nice to use :-)

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Peter Gordon

Oh yes

An insider retrospective would make fascinating reading, I'm sure. I really enjoyed a Nokia one, that I think might even have been here on El Reg.

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Peter Gordon

Re: Have a BB for work

To be fair to BB, BB10 is (imho) a LOT nicer than the traditional BlackBerry OS!

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Peter Gordon

Really sad..

BB10 looked really nice. It was always in the back of my mind that I'd probably hop over to BB10 when I finally gave up on webOS.

It seems, if you want to know what technology is going to die, ask me what my preference is (I'm still using a Pre 3 as my only phone, and have an AmigaOne XE-G4 that I still use occasionally :)

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

Peter Gordon

I wonder if he's looked at the multiplayer yet,

and if not, why not?

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Fanbois shun 'crappy plastic' iPhone 5C

Peter Gordon

Re: *sigh*

That is exactly why I still use my Pre 3 as my only phone. I've never found any other phone UI to be so fluid, it just never feels like it gets in the way.

I am the technical support for my family, and between them they have various Android, Windows Phone and iPhones, and it always feels nice to use the Pre 3 after using their phones...

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Peter Gordon

*sigh*

I'd queue for a Palm Pre 4. But then i'd probably be the only one, so it wouldn't really be a queue :(

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Ghastly! Yahoo! Groups! gripes! grip! grumpy! gremlin! grumblers!

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Lovely to see the slanted exclamation marks!

Especially since I suggested it last time :)

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It's Grand Theft Auto 5 day: Any of you kids remember GTA the First?

Peter Gordon

Apparently, it was originally developed on the Amiga, but as the Amiga market died, they moved to the PC.

Later, an unofficial clone was released for the Amiga, which was called "Payback", and while it suffered a bit from being developed entirely by one person, it had a certain charm and was fun enough to play. It was later ported to the Gameboy advance.

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New! Yahoo! logo! shows! Marissa! Meyer's! personal! touch!

Peter Gordon

surely ! is close enough?

Note to El Reg: Please update your headline with slanted exclamation marks! :)

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

Peter Gordon

sounds dreadful!

I'd much rather go to a demoparty like revision or sundown!

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Wow, the future is HERE: Charge your phone (wirelessly) in your CAR

Peter Gordon
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Re: Bumpy Road Ahead

Can't speak for GM, but the Palm Pre/Touchstone combination works great in cars. The magnets hold it fine.

The Pre 3 made it a bit trickier since they changed the curve of the back made the touchstone not have such a great grip. Some people filed down the plastic a bit to get a flatter curve, but I found in my VW Passat it was fine because the Touchstone perched neatly on the flat bit between the gear knob and the climate control panel, so it held the Pre 3 in a good gravity assisted position.

I would assume that any in car built-in wireless charging would have some method of stopping the phone going flying across the car on roundabouts and bumpy roads.

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Peter Gordon

Interesting

Every time I get in my car, if my phone power is low, I plonk my HP Pre 3 onto the Touchstone. It really is excellent to be able to do that without fiddling with wires. Its also very tidy since I installed it with the wire to the touchstone hidden.

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Microsoft shoehorns Skype into Outlook.com - we quickly kick the tyres

Peter Gordon

Re: You might as well complain that Microsoft isn't support Windows 98 either...

But Safari isn't supported either ;-)

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Peter Gordon

Doesn't work in IE for Mac? Doesn't work in Windows RT?

Even Microsoft don't support Microsoft products!

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Big Beardie is watching you: Lord Sugar gets into facial recognition

Peter Gordon

Given that "Amstrad" is "Alan Michael Sugar Trading", "Amscreen" must be "Alan Michael Sugar Creen" (or at least a word that starts with creen). I don't know what a creen is!

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Not work! - Firmware hacks

Peter Gordon

Re: still love my V3

I suspect that actually what happens is that your phone rings and nobody cares, then the beat drops and you flip it open, and they still don't care.

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Review: HP Slate 7 Android tablet

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Re: Gazes over at Touchpad...

At least the touchpad had a differentiators, even at its original (admittedly ridiculously high) pricepoint, namely webOS and a really good inductive charging solution.

This is just a generic "me too" product.

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Firefox OS: Go away fanbois, fandroids - you wouldn't understand

Peter Gordon

Re: Its an interesting strategy

I'm well aware of how HP massively cocked it all up, but its not like webOS ever set the world alight before that.

(also posted from my beloved pre 3 :)

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Peter Gordon

Its an interesting strategy

but it is also the same strategy that webOS used, and it didn't get them very far, even though webOS was (and, to me, still is) excellent.

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The IT Crowd returns to Channel 4 for a final episode

Peter Gordon
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A fire?

At Sea Parks?!

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BlackBerry bets fans are willing to upgrade skills

Peter Gordon

gimme a portrait slider

and I would probably be tempted to move on from my Pre 3.

certainly android, ios and windows phone have failed to tempt me away from webos so far.

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The Oric-1 is 30

Peter Gordon

Ahh the Oric

I had one briefly before upgrading to a C64... its an interesting machine...

Many years later, I wrote an emulator for it entirely from scratch, just for something to do on my train journey to work...

http://code.google.com/p/oriculator

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The best smartphones for Christmas

Peter Gordon

I wish Leo hadn't killed webOS...

I would be hankering after a Pre 4 by now :(

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Disney buys Lucasfilm, new Star Wars trilogy planned

Peter Gordon

OH NO! DISNEY IS GOING TO RUIN STAR WARS!!!111

Oh wait.. Lucasfilm already ruined the crap out it. Never mind, carry on.

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BYOD for our own staff? That would be 'embarrassing' – HP exec

Peter Gordon

if I worked at hp

and they had a BYOD policy, I'd show up with my touchpad and Pre 3. That would probably be more embarrassing for them than competitors kit :)

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Six months under water and iPhone 4 STILL WORKS

Peter Gordon

Re: fresh water

Well, I don't think washing machine water counts as "fresh", but I think I was very lucky with my Pre 3.

it was turned on when it went in the machine, but when I removed it, I immediately yanked the battery before drying it out.

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Peter Gordon
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Hmmm

and I thought my HP Pre 3 did well to survive 10 minutes in a washing machine (although it is still fully functional).

I'm not going to put the Pre 3 through any further endurance tests to compare to the iPhone, though ;-)

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The dead reanimates as HP ships Open webOS beta

Peter Gordon

I'm reading this on an HP Pre 3

and my Touchpad is android free. I'm following this with interest, but even I'm not convinced anything great will happen with my favourite mobile OS. I'd love to be proven wrong...

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Panasonic Eluga DL1 waterproof Android

Peter Gordon
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Bahh..

My HP Pre 3 surived a several minute ride in the washing machine.

Admittedly it had to be dried out before I turned it back on, and the screen has some blotches at the bottom (nothing too bad), but it still works!

I wouldn't recommend it, though ;-)

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Mars has more water than thought

Peter Gordon

of course there is lots of water on mars

its used by that machine that arnie uses to create an atmosphere!

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RIM takes BlackBerry 10 out for a spin, forgets to bring phone

Peter Gordon

Wow... the playbook interface was a copy of webOS. Now they've copied even more from webOS, the sliding panes look just like enyo!

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

Peter Gordon

Re: If only...

They would have gone out of business faster?

I'm not sure there was a market for it by then, the Amiga 500 was selling by the bucketload.

If they'd spent the combined budgets of C65 development, PC clone building, and Mehdi Ali's private jet fund on Amiga R&D to keep up with the competition, they might have had more of a chance...

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Peter Gordon

Re: The Atom was more a system 3

I'm not sure the "best machine ever made" would have socketed chips hanging upside down on the motherboard, working their way loose with every key press :)

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Peter Gordon

Re: woohoo!

yep :)

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Peter Gordon

Re: Mattel Aquarius

perhaps the reason that it isn't mentioned much is because even the mattel engineers didn't think it was any good, internally joking that it was "the system for the seventies!" (it launched in 1983).

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Peter Gordon

woohoo!

an excuse to link to the oric emulator I wrote from scratch (originally as something to do on my train journey to work :)

http://code.google.com/p/oriculator

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Ikea to integrate TV, Blu-ray, sound system into sideboard

Peter Gordon

Presumably all the electronics will come in kit form and you'll have to assemble them yourself.

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