* Posts by Skilpadsop

3 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Feb 2012

Borland's heir Embarcadero says one dev tool can rule them all


Or you can just do the same for free with FreePascal+Lazarus, an open source Delphi clone

From the FreePascal website :

"Free Pascal (aka FPK Pascal) is a 32 and 64 bit professional Pascal compiler. It can target multiple processor architectures: Intel x86, AMD64/x86-64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, SPARC, and ARM. Supported operating systems include Linux, FreeBSD, Haiku, Mac OS X/iOS/Darwin, DOS, Win32, Win64, WinCE, OS/2, MorphOS, Nintendo GBA, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo Wii. Additionally, JVM, MIPS (big and little endian variants) and Motorola 68k architecture targets are available in the development versions."

Native Android support is also on the way, and you can cross compile to bare metal ARM embedded processors.

Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap


MikroElectronika offers a range of embedded development tools that you can use to achieve something similar to this.I've been using components from them for about a year for rapid prototyping. It makes my life as a programmer much easier to be able to swap hardware features on a prototype without needing to wield a soldering iron. Almost all of their expansion boards use the same footprint. Their processors are not fast enough to be usefull in a smartphone, but a minimalist feature phone is possible (if you are willing to carry around an expensive, fragile, ugly, brick-sized phone)

Have a look at http://www.mikroe.com/click/

Epic net outage in Africa as FOUR undersea cables chopped


South Africa

Some ISPs in South Africa are also affected. Everybody still has international connectivity through the two older cables, but for the last 10 days I've been getting less than 20KB/s when streaming video on my home ISP, instead of the usual 120 KB/s. My HSPA+ connection(differant ISP) had no issues though.