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Palm Pre and WebOS Get Native Gaming 49

rboatright writes "WebOS developers have been waiting, and with the 1.3.5 release, Palm's open source page suddenly listed SDL. Members of the WebOS internals team took that as a challenge and within 24 hours had a working port of Doom running in SDL on the Pre, in a webOS card. 48 hours later, they not only had Quake running, but had found in the latest LunaSysMgr the requirements to launch a native app from the webOS app launcher from an icon just like any other app. At the same time, the team demonstrated openGL apps running. With full native code support, with I/O available via SDL, developers now have a preview into Palm's future intent with regard to native code SDK's, and a hint of what's coming."

Apple Orders 10 Million Tablets? 221

Arvisp writes "According to a blog post by former Google China president Kai-Fu Lee, Apple plans to produce nearly 10 million tablets in the still-unannounced product's first year. If Lee's blog post is to be believed, Apple plans to sell nearly twice as many tablets as it did iPhones in the product's first year."

Comment taste. (Score 1) 1019

Something that is clearly been overlooked here is that of personal taste and comfort. Much of the code I (we?) write is basic code that we've done a million times in a million different arrangements. For some of us music helps us get into a flow, and for those of us who have been doing it for a long time, it almost becomes instinctual. It's much like driving to a place you've gone a ton of times, your mind way wander you don't think about the specific turns but you get to the destination just fine. When it comes to a more complicated coding task, I always feel the need to pause my music to think it out. My boss said to me once "I don't understand how you concentrate and listen to music at the same time". I told him it has always helped me, even studying in school. In my case my boss is also a coder for many years. In the end it's a matter of personal taste, some of us focus better with background noise, where some of us need silence. Some of us like falling asleep w/ the tv on, some of us can't. Music's effect on code quality is given WAY too much credit. Rick

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