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Well, that was interesting! Last time I wrote here I was just becoming a Mac programmer. Now I'm moving back towards GNOME and GNU. The sad thing is we've probably already gone past peak interesting desktop, and depending on your approach to life it was either Alto or NeXTSTEP. Not much new will be happening there now, even though it could and could be useful and exciting.
What is it commemorating, the animated series from the 70s?
The TV show begain in the 60s so the 40th anniversary was around 2006 (or earlier if you want to count the cage).
You'll spend so much time wandering around outside hacking portals you won't have time for any other apps.
I'd go for the royal. Hated that one.
There have been home projects to replicate the spectrum, ula included...
one was called speccybob which replicated the machine in TTL logic, meaning it would be possible to take that design and cram it onto a single chip.
But alas, the person running that project ran into lots of bad luck and had to abort it.
Well, I can certainly agree that it's under-spec at this point in time. Problem is that there's still no competition out there that matches what it can do even with the low-power. Full keyboard, game controls and a desktop linux installation? There aren't any cell-phones that to my knowledge can do all that and still fit in your pocket without external peripherals.
Agreed. A rooted Android phone with a decent mod on it is as close as you can get to a Unix box in your pocket. The lack of a physical keyboard is a drag, but with a decent stock keyboard replacement like SwiftKey, it is not the end of the world.
What about the OpenPandora? That's an actual linux box in your pocket, keyboard included.