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Comment: Re:Emulator or Reimplementation? (Score 1) 110

by newsdee (#48552125) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

Nowadays people are trying to reimplement the ZX Spectrum on FPGA, which gives you a hardware clone of the original and (in theory) could be made compatible with legacy hardware. It's still not perfect, but somehow feels closer to the real thing than emulators (and they use less power than a PC).

Comment: Re:Emulator or Reimplementation? (Score 0) 110

by newsdee (#48544737) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

Correction: it's an emulator, as somebody else pointed out in a comment. Meaning that it won't "feel" as close to the original, but might be good enough for those who can't be bothered to hunt for games online or to attach a keyboard to a phone and use one of the existing Android/iOS Spectrum emulators.

Comment: Re:Games were the death of programming (Score 2) 110

by newsdee (#48544639) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

You can get stickers for a USB keyboard... it's not the same as the real rubber keys, but at least the solution is future-proof in that it is inexpensive to re-print.
Combine this with a system re-implementation (FPGA or dedicated SoC) and the experience should be very close to the original compared to emulators (instant on, no lag, etc.).

Comment: Emulator or Reimplementation? (Score 2) 110

by newsdee (#48544533) Attached to: Spectrum Vega: A Blast From the Past

The article is light on technical details, so I wonder if it's an emulator like the NeogeoX, or a reimplementation like the C64 DTV. The price also seems a bit steep since it is now possible to re-implement a full ZX Spectrum on a user-friendly FPGA board which loads games from sound files dumped from tapes. Compatibility is still worked on but you get many other systems as an added bonus, and the HDL code for all of it is open source and available online.

Comment: Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (Score 2) 352

by newsdee (#47885477) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

I don't think "Windows Phone 8.1" and "Windows 8.1" are really the same though? If they truly released the full OS on a phone it would be fantastic, but in my old experience from the Windows CE days, you get a watered down version of an OS which does not truly compare. So it feels misleading that they call it the same. Now I could be wrong and maybe they've managed to bring some compatibility, which would definitely be interesting.

Comment: Re:My old PSP fat is awesome. (Score 1) 85

by newsdee (#47169475) Attached to: Sony Winding Down the PSP

(reposting as I accidentally sent AC)

There are several Linux/Android based handhelds which are exactly this. It started with the GP32 and GP2X (later Wiz / Canoo) and they gained quite a following. Today the alternatives are the NVidia Shield (bulky, but has Android on a powerful GPU) , and the planned successor of the OpenPandora (this one didn't do well due to production issues).

Problem with the above was snobs saying their PSP/NDS could do all that. Kind of true, but the difference is these are completely open platforms. No dedicated (good) first-party games though.

Comment: Re:There is a site that might be helpfull (Score 1) 732

by newsdee (#40127391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

The Zenbook has one major flaw: the screen is TN instead of IPS (MacBook Air), and costs more.
For the price difference you can actually buy a Window7 to install on the MacBook, so in the end, you pay the same for a better screen.

I read somewhere Asus will release Zenbooks with IPS - those might change things.
In any case, always do a side-by-side comparison at a store before buying.

Comment: Re:Buy a Macbook Pro, even for Windows/Linux (Score 1) 732

by newsdee (#40127249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Shop For a Laptop?

Some months ago I was on the brink of buying an Asus Zenbook, but ended up with a MBA because of the screen.

On paper the Zenbook looked great, but in the store I noticed the screen was TN and looked dismal compared to the IPS of the Apple.
I'm a Windows guy, but the Zenbook suddenly felt cheap, and I wanted to go back home with a light laptop.

So I bought the MBA, slapped WIn7 on it and been very happy with it since.
(kept OSX in a tiny partition for support/backup, and installed 3rd party drivers for functionality not available from vanilla Boot Camp).

Speed of a tortoise breaking the sound barrier = 1 Machturtle