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GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

GP2X Wiz retrogaming handheld gets reviewed: expensive but brilliant

It's been almost three years since we last mentioned a review of one of GamePark's GP2X open-source handhelds, and as you might expect the company has made a few changes since then.  The latest-gen GP2X Wiz has a 2.8-inch 320 x 240 AMOLED touchscreen, customized Linux OS with 15-second boot and is available for $180; according to Boing Boing Gadgets, if you can stomach the price it's the best retro-gaming handheld around.

Palm Pre runs Doom [Video]

Palm Pre runs Doom [Video]

A platform can't really be taken seriously until it runs Doom, and so we're glad to report that Palm's webOS has graduated with (almost) flying colors.  Software tinkerer Sargun has managed to port the classic game to the Palm Pre, and it carries across "most of the functionality" of the original onto the new smartphone.

To do so, Sargun used the open-source version of Doom, PRDoom, which uses SDL for its rendering backend.  That meant he had to rework the game to use webOS' DirectFB graphics library, something which sounds difficult but which Sargun describes as "actually fairly trivial".

Video demo after the cut

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Commodore 64 Laptop mod: Ben Heck strikes again

Commodore 64 Laptop mod: Ben Heck strikes again

Ben Heck has been at it again, this time taking a Commodore 64 and transforming it into a laptop that "looked exactly like a computer from the early 80's, yet in a new form."  As well as fully-functional C64 hardware, the laptop has a 15-inch screen, original keyboard and even a separate sub-screen for memory status.

More photos and video of the C64 laptop after the cut

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