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Comment: Re:APPS? x86 *APPS* (Score 1) 81

by John Bokma (#49801231) Attached to: Emulator Now Runs x86 Apps On All Raspberry Pi Models
In RISC OS (operating system running on an ARM processor, several decades ago) applications where stored in an Apps folder ... E.g. see: RISC OS had also drag & drop installation and several other nifty ideas, some which still live on. One can run a modern version on the Pi.

Comment: Re:History repeats itself... (Score 1) 81

by John Bokma (#49801135) Attached to: Emulator Now Runs x86 Apps On All Raspberry Pi Models
This was in the late 80s when (slow) XTs where still very common. I recall running software like PSPICE and WordPerfect without much trouble. The processor emulated was a 80188 (not 80186 as I mentioned earlier), which was used in the XT line of PCs. So comparing it with an AT PC is a bit unfair. I do think it was quite an achievement to emulate a processor at close to the same speed in software.

Of course I had bought the Acorn Archimedes for its ARM processor; I did program in assembly back in the day, and loved the very simple but powerful instruction set. Anyway, thanks for the link. I am quite sure I read the original back in the day.

Comment: Re:20 Years (Score 1) 382

by John Bokma (#49760807) Attached to: How Java Changed Programming Forever

Apparently, iOS 8+ crashes slightly more often than Lollipop, having a 2.2% crash rate compared to Android 5’s 2.0% rate. iOS 8 also loses when compared to the previous release (iOS 7 had a 1.9% crash rate), while Lollipop beats bot KitKat and Ice Cream Sandwich, each having 2.6% crash rates.

and ...

iOS 8+ is installed on 72% of existing iOS devices, with Lollipop only accounting for 1.6%

Or: the majority of devices running Android crash more often then the majority of devices running iOS.

Comment: Re:Android. The "PC" of mobile devices (Score 1) 92

I don't know about you but I doubt all the apps I bought add up to 50 USD. As for cables, etc. Apple hardware has a great second-hand value. I sold my iPad 4th gen some time ago and averaged over the 18 months I used I paid like 2 visits to Starbucks a month for each month of usage. Most apps I use are available for Android as well and it wouldn't bother me if I had to pay again for those, we're talking about a few bucks each.

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