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  1. lukey

    lukey Rare Species

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  2. Klumpen

    Klumpen Run away! Run away!

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    Is there a DRM-free installer or does it need some Steam client? The latter may pose a problem on Pyra although I guess there'd be a way to run Steam via WINE+Exagear too, whoever would want to do that...
    The latest Civilisation that I played was Civ3 although I poured way more hours into Civ1+2, so I'd be interested in Civ4 if it's available DRM-free anywhere, not on a small screen though, this type of game needs a screen as big as possible imho to fully take advantage of the "god/emperor perspective".
     
  3. FBnil

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    Looking forward reading your comparison post....
     
  4. TrashyMG

    TrashyMG Sarcasm Dispenser Staff Member

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    My experience with Civ4 with Exagear+WINE on the OMAP5 Devboard. I could get the game running, but even after an hour on the load screen it never started the actual game.
     
  5. Criticalmass

    Criticalmass Lazy Lurker

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    Since I'm lurking around for several days now after pre-ordering a Pyra, I'd just as well introduce myself - although I don't know if I'll contrute much in the coming months...

    So, what's to know? 40somethingish ex-teacher ex-journalist ex-consultant with a background in literature, high tech and music - and a love for gadgets and unusual solutions. To stay closer to the topic here, I've been using electronic organizers like the 90's Sharp and Casio ones for a long time, and later Psions and Nokia Communicators, with a lot more success. I always liked device convergence solutions with full QWERTY-usability, and since my last Droid4 died, I've been in trouble. No one seemed to develop new full-keyboard hardware anymore, and projects like the Neo900 and GPD did not look all too promising.

    I encountered the Pyra more or less by chance (after nearly getting an old Zaurus): One of my favorite game websites showed a video of a Wing Commander emulation running on a Pandora - and I liked the concept a lot. A few clicks later and I was hooked: Someone is indeed developing new, powerful hardware with an open infrastructure and the promise of longevity - so I was sold. And now I seem to be infected with the same virsu like everyone else, checking for updates several times a day and dreaming about what I could do with a Pyra.

    Nevertheless, ED & team: Take your time. It'll be better for all of us anyway :)
     
  6. Penguin-Guru

    Penguin-Guru Still Fresh

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    Hey all. I've actually posted a few things already but I just found the introductions page. I don't normally use forums these days so cut me some slack.

    I'm a pretty private person, online and off, but I love people. My hobbies are learning, developing technical skills (certainly not limited to computer technology), and using media to distract myself from reality. I have a tendency to spend inordinate amounts of time obsessing over ethics, morals, and theory. I often indulge in compulsions to organise my thoughts, as is the case with this post, but most of my thoughts are unfortunately useless. Some days I think I'm crazy, but other days it's a lot of fun.

    I work as an independent business consultant, providing objective analysis of my customers' operations and helping them plan ahead to utilise resources efficiently, capitalise on economic trends, mitigate technical and legal risks, develop marketing campaigns, address P.R. issues, redesign their website or other software, outsource development projects, rework internal logistics on various levels to improve operational efficiency, plan for new projects or logistical divisions, design work-space to facilitate project collaboration, and pretty much anything they're willing to pay me for. Lately, I've felt the need to begin my own entrepreneurial ventures, including designing and selling things. If anyone is interested in collaborating with me or working for me, get in touch and let me know what you've got. I have a lot of general exposure but I don't have the technical skills myself, at least not yet.

    I don't remember when I first came across the Pyra, maybe it was about a year ago. I just made a forum account recently because I had some questions and the community seemed friendly and knowledgeable. Pyra seems the most user-ready and actually private mobile computer in existence. I like free and open-source technology and I can't type on a touch screen. I can't go back to a dumb-phone and there are no decent laptops on the market so the Pyra is a shining ray of hope for me. I would happily buy a Neo900 or Letux if they were available for sale with fully functional Replicant 6.0 but... they aren't, and the Pyra has better specs.

    I haven't been playing games lately but I like immersive games, competitive games, and games that I can actually feel artistic value in. If I don't like it, I don't touch it. My current policy is that modern games are all trash unless proven otherwise in the first-person. I won't play a game that can be changed without my consent, and I successfully returned many mainstream games on this principle before finally giving up; this also generally precludes online games with a centralised server model. There have been some new games that look like they might be decent, but there are also more old games that are actually, definitely good than I could play to my satisfaction in my life time. Ergo, I don't play new games, at least for now. I do play remakes of old games, provided they are assured to be a faithful and comprehensive representation of the original. When in doubt, I prefer the original. I don't own any game consoles and never plan to buy one, versatility is important to me. Every now and then I check on the state of FLOSS M.M.O.R.P.G. projects like WorldForge and google around for FLOSS games based on competitive games I like. So far, no luck. My overall favourite game is Go, the board game.
     
  7. Moonwolf

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    Hi all,

    Perhaps I should've started off here before posting elsewhere..

    So on the advice of a fellow community member, I'll introduce myself.

    My name's Lachlan and I'm 29 years of age.
    I'd prefer to keep my location private (unless you ask me in private).

    I'm very much an avid gamer, console collector and tech enthusiast, but I'm no developer, much to my chagrin.

    Other than that, I'm a passionate conservationist. I also do part time modelling and amateur comedy writing.
    I enjoy playing spanish guitar, and sketching (not at the same time. That'd make me unnaturally gifted, and I'm not a multitasker by any means!).

    Anywho, I hope I'll be accepted into this fantastic community, and I'm eagerly awaiting the Pyra like the rest of you.

    Nothing much more to say.

    Good evening to you all.
     
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    Klumpen Run away! Run away!

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    JDTAY Half Pepperoni, All Cheese

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    I'm trying to install myself on these forums as part of a commitment to eventually get Pyra. I need to save for new living room furniture first though, so it'll be a while before I finally get Pyra.

    Hello, everyone. My name's John, but my internet buddies call me JD. I'm 29 and my occupation is to collect checks from the government and spend them on video games and pizza. It's a tough job, but someone's gotta do it. Doesn't pay that well, but I can usually save over $100 in a month towards large purchases. My hobbies include eating the pizzas I buy, not playing most of the games I buy, and programming dumb stuff in C++ and SDL2 while waiting for Pyra.
     
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    hey john,
    good to have you around!
    you don't mind handing over all of those games you're never gonna play, do you?
    i could also have some pizza every now and then.

    your job sounds straight up dope, dog. how do i apply?
     
  12. Amnykon

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    try: sudo apt-get install myself

    On second thought, you need an Admin to do it for you.
     
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    FBnil Waterfox > firefox

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    Welcome @anajames. The people here are very different. There are places where you can have a laugh or two. There are serious life-lessons topics, there are programmers, software porters and hardware magicians that explain how to do stuff. There are artisans and musicians, old people and teens... gals, guys and.... other... we even have a doctor. Some are interested in the Pyra, others not at all (as many forums have merged, some have other handhelds). I am sure you will find good company.
     
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    My name is Albert, I come from and currently live in Poland, and over here it's a name common enough to not sound weird, yet uncommon enough to be distinctive and just go by it everywhere.

    Pyra in it's current stage is quite niche even for a handheld, so all of us who pre-ordered surely have a specific reason to wish for it to happen, or at least have had a nice hobby as an excuse to rationalize the purchase. For me it's retrogaming (hiking by day, camping out with a dosbox-capable pc by night :D) and an undescribable craving for handheld, truly portable powerhouses. I registered, because I really don't spend a lot of time on internet forums, but to see all those aspects of Pyra development is so exciting that merely lurking is not enough anymore.

    What can I offer or what can I show off to the Community? I am a tinker (after my father), particularly excited by casemods and the idea to prepare Pyra for an expedition. While I graduated land surveying in a really second-grade technical university, I took a different path (industry rather than services) and my life is certainly not filled with exciting expeditions into the unmapped; however, should a Pyra land in the hands of some geologist or other scientist (and it does seem to me it holds some potential for a companion computer, given the portability, comparative processing power and open-source, documented access to I/O), I will fabricate a "rugged" exoskeleton for it, and because I like nice things I really would like to machine a solid hardwood case for it, too.

    I respect people with a passion and people able to devote a serious chunk of their time to produce something beautiful or get better at something, and that's why I'd like to forward my deepest words of respect to all the people who contribute countless man-hours to introduce, test & improve something to Pandora and the Pyra, and no lesser respect to the person who powers the idea financially speaking, working himself over it like crazy along and over Matt, Askarus and all the other devs. Pardon me if I (dis-)credited someone's role or omitted anyone; I am thankful to anyone who lifted a finger and also to those who donated even the smallest amount. We are in for a treat in the months to come, I'm sure.
     
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    .... any interesting geo-mensurating USB devices that would work on Linux?
    --- Double Post Merged, May 17, 2017, Original Post Date: May 17, 2017 ---
    Any hobby's? What attracted you to the Pyra? (games or applications?)
     
  17. Failbert

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    I have very limited hardware experience as the focus topics land surveying taught in most Polish curriculums is years behind, access to equipment at my lab was limited, if not restricted, and my only time freely playing around with modern, expensive technology (which I believe should be the basis of all technical studies, but oh well this might never really change, and I am not one in power to do it), was when I was an exchange student in Norway, playing with laser scanners, motorized total stations (the tri-poded telescope-looking thing which rapidly measures distances and angles, when GPS won't reach places or when greater accuracy is required), and playing with software and some kinda big data.

    That intro being said, I think it's best to leave the data acquisition with the specialized equipment (at least some of it is bound to have onboard linux anyway), save it as hard data using the embedded software, and use Free Software to work with it. The transformations from survey to geospatial data are simple and may be done in excel, it's the collection and adjustment that happens inside the instrument that's magic. I may be not have broad horizons but I just don't see any good in connecting an instrument to a PC, seeing that survey data needs to be post-processed anyway.
     
  18. sebt3

    sebt3 homebrew player (P. & C.)

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    I just realized I never posted here, so ...

    Hi, I'm sebt3, a trolling twat from the internet ;)
     
  19. FBnil

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    Hi sebt3! Why that 3? Do you denominate yourself as the third French Seb on the board (ptitSeb and ElJoker being the other Seb's)... and is it pronounced as "sebtetrois"?
    Or is it T3, thus TTT, like: Troll Twat T.... and then, what is that third T?
    And your avatar: Is that a blue pacman with a tongue or is it a white crab-like monster?
     
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