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@MrLimatex haha sounds a lot like the recent developments in my life. have been a geek all my life too and never knew what to do with myself. worked a lot of different jobs and crashed hard, then finally decided to give my passion a shot as a job. Now I am a happy adept programmer and work at a nice company with awesome tech stuff. too bad you weren't here two months ago already, or I would have buggered you with my cisco problems. I had a tank of an AP (Cisco Aironet 1252) and couldn't get it to work like I wanted it to. But now I switched to a ubiquiti AC pro and will never look back :D
 

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Ah here it is.

I used to be a science fiction writer, though lately have drifted more into a magical realism direction. I had met some fellow writers in Chattanooga the other day, and they were confused when I mentioned a science fiction variant of Magic Realism.

I think it has to do with conflict of definitions of science fiction. Generally I mean a Post Modern Futuristic setting grimy and dirty, and polluted with neon light aesthetics. It turns out magical realism can be set anywhere.

I'm also a fan of anarcho-journalism, and a huge fan of Chris Hedges and Glynn Greenwald. (Green, not purple.)

Look forward to meeting people, and learning the ropes of gamedev.
 

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Hard SF + magical realism == space opera, surely?
Depends on where the city is set I guess. In my context, I mean like while there are Computer Hackers (even almost exclusively) it's not immune to the same dreamlike quality that manifests in works like Haruki Murakami.
 

Coupo

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Hello to everyone.

As you can see: I am newly registered on this site.

I preordered my Pyra almost 500 ago and I followed the forum for almost 4 years. I like the discussions and banter that has happened so far and finely decided to be part of it. :D

So to start things: Why dose the keybord has the current layout? And how are twoMonth's? ;)

So long fellows.
 

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Hey @Coupo, so finally decided to stop lurking, eh? Welcome.

Two Months are two months, except when they aren't... When's that? I dunno, maybe in two months (tm) :)
 

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Hi everybody, I pre-ordered a pair of months ago so I guess it was about time I signed up here.

I found out about the Pyra a few months ago when looking for options turn a pi into a notebook. Actually I found the project quite interesting as a travel notebook/pc, quite the opposite to my daily notebook :D
 

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Hi everyone! Just found that there was an introductions post and I'm excited to finally be a part of this forum after lurking on and off for years.

I'm excited at the prospect of linux portables again, and I remember always wanting a Pandora when they were coming out but not being able to afford one at the time. I recall what devices were like at that time, with exciting new hardware features and designs that made every device stand apart, and it makes me long for some of that variety with the resources and power that we have today. The prospect of having a device that I can use as a modern smartphone and that I can upgrade in the future with nothing more than a screwdriver is very exciting to me.

My background is in computer hardware engineering, got my masters working on FPGA accelerators. I've also got experience writing bare-metal and very low level C code that interfaces with memory mapped devices. I would be able to help on the telephony side of things, building up the ecosystem necessary to use the Pyra as a phone, or to work on some of the kernel level code.

I'm just excited to see that this project is still going strong and that people are getting behind it and getting into it. And to think it's only two months away! :$
 

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@everfresh, Yeah that was me back in the Pandora era, I lurked around for a while without making an account until I was sure the Pandora would actually ship.

It's cool seeing another hardware developer out there, I work semiconductor industry myself for the last 21 years (17 years with IBM and now with GlobalFoundries as they acquired my division), but mostly a high level programmer and deal with logistics of generating test programs at Wafer and final module form. I wish I had the time to learn VHDL, Assembly and such. I'm also pretty big fan of the Apollo core project that created an FPGA accelerator for the Commodore Amiga computers ( Vampire V2 ), had a few stints of trying to learn 68k Assembly, I just need time.
 

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@everfresh, Yeah that was me back in the Pandora era, I lurked around for a while without making an account until I was sure the Pandora would actually ship.

It's cool seeing another hardware developer out there, I work semiconductor industry myself for the last 21 years (17 years with IBM and now with GlobalFoundries as they acquired my division), but mostly a high level programmer and deal with logistics of generating test programs at Wafer and final module form. I wish I had the time to learn VHDL, Assembly and such. I'm also pretty big fan of the Apollo core project that created an FPGA accelerator for the Commodore Amiga computers ( Vampire V2 ), had a few stints of trying to learn 68k Assembly, I just need time.
Hardware guys unite! You've definitely got me beat in the experience department for this, but the best part about being on these forums is that you get to learn from all kinds of people. I've worked primarily with Verilog on the low end and OpenCL on the high end for accelerator design, and I've inlined a pretty good amount of assembly code in my day. I always say that you can't call yourself a real C programmer until you've had to explicitly used the register keyword to make sure GCC does what you want it to do :D

That amiga project sounds really cool, I hadn't heard of that. I think FPGAs are a really unexplored area for vintage computing because you can use them to create a modern interface to old hardware, which in and of itself is a powerful concept.
 

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A lot of what I do is using software that generates software, I don't feel like it's giving me any challenges... I have general software knowledge and somehow ended up in a role where I'm dealing with a bit of electrical engineering as well.

The Apollo core project is neat, the guy behind it is a processor designer by profession that loved Amiga and the 68k processor, he's essentially making a modern implantation, but striving for full backwards compatibility, they even call it the 68080 and hope to at one point make a full ASIC out of it that can be clocked at higher speeds, may be a pipe dream with all the legal issues...

http://www.apollo-core.com/index.htm?page=features
 

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they even call it the 68080
This gives me chills :confused: that's really cool, plus that's a really good IPC count even among modern single-core solutions. Imagine these in a crossbar network-on-chip or with the system bus configured as a ring buffer among all the CPUs with some kind of tagged coherent shared cache. You'd have a 68k many-core monster!
 
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It's impressive what it can do on my Amiga 500 now with that FPGA accelerator, I can play Quake II (lo res) fairly well and that port is in by no means optimized in any way. Other opensource ports are finding there way on the platform too. With Shapeshifter a 68k Mac emulator, I essentially have the fastest 68k Mac as well. While still in development, work is being done on a fairly good neogeo emulator that uses optimized code, sound emulation needs a bit of work. also run a 720p desktop (Workbench) in 32bit color and can VNC into my Linux box, use a 68k port of netsurf for almost a modern web browser feel, plus it still utilizes all the Custom chips on the Amiga, so it's not just turning the Amiga into an keyboard and mouse interface. yeah it's cool.
 
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