The Amiga is 30 years old today – these are the 11 best games

Originally posted on Metro:

Who needs a console when you have an Amiga 500? Who needs a console when you have an Amiga 500?

The home computer that played host to everything from Speedball to Rainbow Islands hits the big 3-0, but which of its games still hold up today?

Back in July 1985 the Commodore Amiga 1000 was the state-of-the-art in home computing. Back then IBM-compatible PCs and Apple computers were too expensive for ordinary families, but most people could afford an Amiga – or its arch rival the Atari ST. But it wasn’t until the release of the Amgia 500 two years later that Commodore really hit it big, as the humble grey box became the UK’s favourite home computer. And by association one of the most important video game formats of the 16-bit era.

Or at least that’s how we saw it. Although the Amiga was a major force in the UK and Europe its success in America was more fleeting…

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Google+ Photos Is Shutting Down On August 1st

Originally posted on TechCrunch:


This one might be a bit confusing due to product naming weirdness, but here we go:

Google+ Photos, the photo sharing solution built into Google’s social network Google+, is shutting down.

However: Google Photos (note the lack of +) — as in the excellent, unlimited free photo host that Google launched back in May — will live on.

The shutdown of Google+ Photos will start on August 1st. According to Google, the Android version will go first; shortly thereafter, the web and iOS versions will go dark.

Google is offering a tool that’ll transition Google+ Photos users over to Google Photos; you can find it on your Google+ account photos page. Even if you miss the deadline, Google says your photos will still be available by way of Google Takeout.

So why kill off Google+ Photos? For most, the existence of the standalone Google Photos makes Google

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FastMail supports Roundcube Next development

Originally posted on FastMail Blog:

FastMail have always been a strong supporter of open source and open standards. We retain customers by providing an excellent, reliable service which is great value for money — not by locking them into our platform.

At The Kolab Summit we had an opportunity to meet like-minded developers from the Roundcube project, the most popular open source webmail client in the world.

FastMail is already investing heavily in open source email with our server-side work on Cyrus IMAPd, currently employing three developers, a writer, and a tester for the project.

We have also been preparing the fully open JMAP protocol to replace our current custom web API, with another two developers working on JMAP client and server code.

To safeguard a future where protocols are open, and interoperability doesn’t mean speaking both the protocol of Vendor A and of Vendor B, the world needs freely available, modern email software…

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Piper Pied Imitates HBO’s Silicon Valley And Creates Lossless Compression For Online Images

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Brother and sister team Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly presented Piper Pied, a lossless compression algorithm for online images, at the Disrupt NY Hackathon today. The startup is a “creative spin” on Pied Piper, the company with a similar lossless compression algorithm for everything that appears in HBO’s Silicon Valley, according to Ghaly.

The idea came from a conversation the sibling team had in Ma’s car on the way to Disrupt. “We were just talking about shows we watch and ideas for the Hackathon and Nancy kept saying ‘what about Pied Piper, what about that? Is that possible?’ Then I was like ‘you know that’s not too bad,'” said Ma, who makes his living as a rapid prototype consultant in the Bay Area.

Ma and Ghaly, both super fans of the HBO show, then spent the next 24-hours joking about this “crazy” idea and building a version of a lossless compression…

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Planets in the Fourth Dimension

Originally posted on Azimuth:

You probably that planets go around the sun in elliptical orbits. But do you know why?

In fact, they’re moving in circles in 4 dimensions. But when these circles are projected down to 3-dimensional space, they become ellipses!

This animation by Greg Egan shows the idea:

The plane here represents 2 of the 3 space dimensions we live in. The vertical direction is the mysterious fourth dimension. The planet goes around in a circle in 4-dimensional space. But down here in 3 dimensions, its ‘shadow’ moves in an ellipse!

What’s this fourth dimension I’m talking about here? It’s a lot like time. But it’s not exactly time. It’s the difference between ordinary time and another sort of time, which flows at a rate inversely proportional to the distance between the planet and the sun.

The movie uses this other sort of time. Relative to this other time, the planet…

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Farewell, Sir Terry Pratchett.

Originally posted on Nessbow:

On Friday morning I awoke to the sad news that Sir Terry Pratchett had passed away.  I was heartbroken to hear of the death of one of my all-time favourite authors.  The world seems a little bit duller without the cheeky glint in Sir Terry’s eye.


Sir Terry’s work has been a part of my life for fifteen years.  I was introduced to his books by a friend at the age of thirteen.  My high school bestie loaned me a well-loved copy of Soul Music to take on holidays.  I quickly fell in love with The Discworld and it’s inhabitants and was eager for more.  I read every Discworld book in the library catalog.  When the film adaptations of several Discworld books were made, I pounced on those and immediately adored seeing my favourite characters come to life on the screen.  In college I discovered two cartoon series based on…

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