Pandora News
Stella v3.1.2 (A2600 emu for Pandora)

Jeff Mittchell ported the Atari 2600 emulator Stella to the Pandora.

Release notes:

It does not run PAL-roms at the moment, but all NTSC ones run fine.

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/pandora.cgi?0,0,0,0,71,53

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Wolf4SDL Spears of Destiny (06-05-2009) (Pandora Game Port)

Pickle updated Wolf4SDL (Wolfenstein 3D SDL Port) an engine port, which can be used to play Wolfenstein 3D. This is the pack which supports “Spears of Destiny”. Data files are of course NOT included.

Because Wolfenstein 3D is showing swastika’s during ingame, we can not provide any links as it would be against german law. In particular it would be against paragraph 86 StGB “Verbreiten von Propagandamitteln verfassungswidriger Organisationen”.

Allthough this is just an engine port of Wolfenstein 3D, the game itself is still indexed.

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/pandora.cgi?0,0,0,0,30,52

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Wolf4SDL (06-05-2009) (Pandora Game Port)

Pickle updated Wolf4SDL (Wolfenstein 3D SDL Port) an engine port, which can be used to play Wolfenstein 3D.

Because Wolfenstein 3D is showing swastika’s during ingame, we can not provide any links as it would be against german law. In particular it would be against paragraph 86 StGB “Verbreiten von Propagandamitteln verfassungswidriger Organisationen”.

Allthough this is just an engine port of Wolfenstein 3D, the game itself is still indexed.

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Surprise Attack! (Pandora misc)

As usual we are lagging with the Pandora news :) Here is another update from the official blog!

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Yesterday, we were in for quite a surprise!

On Thursday, air traffic was back to a regular state – but delivery services (like UPS) have quite a backlog and need some time to catch up.
They told us, our shipment won’t arrive before early next week.

Therefore, Craig was quite surprised when he found a note left by UPS yesterday at his door that there had been a shipment for him – and that they left it to a neighbouring business.

And there he found it: The shipment from Texas. Lying around on the grass, visible for everyone – and nobody was really paying attention to it.
Quickly he delivered the packages to where they belong – and now everything is safe and sound. Still a scary thought that about half a million USD were lying around on the grass…

Anyways, that does mean: The boards, LCD, WiFi Antennas and some other minor things have arrived in the UK!

Now we need to wait for the cases. Those cases have been produced and painted, but as it looks like, UPS won’t pick them up until sometime next week (I guess they try to deliver the stalled shipments first and then start picking up new ones once their back in normal state).

As usual, we’ll let you know when UPS picked things up (well, if they tell us… as said, we didn’t know the boards would arrive yesterday ;))

http://www.open-pandora.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=175

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CGenius v0.3.2.1 (Pandora misc)

Commander Genius aka CloneKeenPlus is an engine which interprets Commander Keen 1-3 (Vorticons Series). Of course you would require the original dataflies of the game, which are not supplied with this pack.

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/pandora.cgi?0,0,0,0,35,50

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Ash-Gray (Pandora misc)

More news from the Pandora front!

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As you probably already found out, there was a volcanic eruption in Iceland which caused chaos to the european air traffic. No flights are currently going to and from UK. As the boards in Dallas were already picked up last week, we hoped that they were already in UK, maybe sitting at the customs, when that all happened.

Well, unfortunately, that was not the case. They didn’t go on a direct flight from Dallas to UK, but were routed via some other airport in USA. And that’s where they are still waiting for the moment. I guess 1t shipments do not go the same routes a small packages ;)

UPS is currently rerouting their shipments, we don’t have an update yet when the boards will arrive, but I’m sure UPS is working as fast as possible to get it all sorted out. The production of the remaining boards is still going on, of course.

Next, onto the cases:

Since the volcanic eruption gave us some more time, we decided to tweak the cases some mor…. naaaah! Just kidding!

The first 1000 cases have been fully produced and will be painted black! Why? Heck, because it’s worth it!

Picture: Left: Unpainted; Right: Black Painted; Bottom: Ash Grey Painted

http://www.open-pandora.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=174

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BattleJewels (29-03-2010) (Pandora Game)

BattleJewels is a Puzzle-Action-RPG. Plays like popular jewel games, but is played head to head against a never-ending sequence of enemies. Experience points are gained towards levelling up, and gear may be purchased, and skills and spells may be learned.

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/pandora.cgi?0,0,0,0,25,48

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A dream becomes reality (Pandora misc)

The production is running on high speed!

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Didn’t we all dream about that the case mass production should become reality?

Well, it has. We got some brand new pictures for you.
The mould has been successfully calibrated and mounted on the machine.
The pieces you see are the first that has been spit out by the machine, so those are testing ones which are being checked.
Not all have the finishing applied – one nice picture that does show how it will look like with finishing applied is the one with the battery lids.

Those samples are being checked – and if they are okay (and they really do look fine), they will continue to spit out the cases and apply finishing.

Enjoy!

http://www.open-pandora.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=160

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Keep it going (Pandora misc)

News from EvilDragon!

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Long time no blog post – and a lot has happened, really!

First, let’s start with some OS development. The OS is getting better and better. We will probably add another minimal menu, similar to gmenu2x with no fancy effects and graphics but PND-Support. This is for all the purists of you.

Also, notaz and DJWillis are slowly stepping forward in getting WiFi working. While it’s not perfect, the packet loss is decreasing and things are getting better. It might still be a long way (or it might be finished soon, you never know with such things), but it’s improving.

I also successfully managed to setup a Bluetooth PAN connection to my mobile phone. I got an IP address via DHCP, I got DNS resolving and I could ping the phone. Pinging websites outside of the phone didn’t work yet, but that might be my mobile phone (custom cooked ROM, never tried Bluetooth PAN before). As I did use the terminal to set that up (it only takes a few lines to do so), the next step is including this into the Network Manager.

Next let’s go on to the Mass Production:
As most of you already know, we moved the assembly from US to UK – we’ll do it ourselves! This is because the company in US finally gave us a price for doing this – a ridiculous high price.
The boards will still be populated there, but we will assemble the units ourselves. Craig is currently setting up the village hall to turn into a proper place to do this, including buying everything needed (ESD stuff, etc.)

Our current roadmap is like this:
(note: It still depends on the case production and on the board production. This is based on the dates they did tell us – but as we already experienced a few times, we are a small client for them and therefore have low priority… let’s hope they keep their dates this time!)

March 18th: Production of 1000 cases is finished and will be shipped to UK.
March 22nd: 1000 cases will arrive in UK and will be inspected. If all is well, the next 3000 will go into production.
March 22th – March 26th: 500 populated and tested boards and all parts will be shipped to UK.
Approx. April 1st: Assembly will start.

Yep, another promise broken – whereas the company in Texas told us they can test 1000 boards a week before, it’s now down to 500 boards a week. At least they kept their shipping dates for all the prototypes and testing boards so far, so March 22th – March 26th should hopefully be fine.

Some parts already started to arrive in UK, e.g. the PSUs are there.

We decided to start on April 1st to have a small bufferzone for the stuff to arrive. It doesn’t make much sense if we all sit around in the village hall without having any parts to build together :)

The complete assembly process will be broadcasted live via Webcam. That will be fun!

BTW:
The Pandora stirred up a lot of interest in Germany currently.
I’ve been at the CeBIT in Germany doing a presentation about the OpenSource gaming handhelds and of course the Pandora.
It was crowded. Thanks to Radio Tux, you can listen to the presentation. You can also download the PDF I used for it here.

They also did another interview here.

And if anybody wants to watch it, we’ve got the full thing available as video on Youtube here.

Beware, it’s all in German!

After the presentation, a lot of guys (some from the community as well) could get their hands on the Pandora and play with it. They all loved how well the controls and the keyboard work. Looks like our design is working well :)

That’s it for today – hopefully we have good news within the next two weeks

http://www.open-pandora.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=159

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Angry Drunken Dwarfs (17-03-2010) (Pandora Game Port)

In Angry, Drunken Dwarves, you are an angry, drunken dwarf. Why are you so angry? Who knows. But you’ve decided to take your aggression out on other dwarves, by dropping gems on their heads. Lots of gems. ADD is a member of the classic “falling blocks” puzzle game family, similar to the Capcom game Puzzle Fighter. The goal of the game is to build large gems by matching up colors, then break them, raining more gems down onto your opponent. The first person whose field fills up, loses.

http://dl.openhandhelds.org/cgi-bin/pandora.cgi?0,0,0,0,25,41

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