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Klumpen

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For some mysterious reason, I still feel offended, but I won't escalate or make an issue out of it. You're entitled to your opinion.
What a great way to welcome to the boards a new member who is volunteering to help...
Ahh come on, you got a nazi joke free now. :p
(I'm a quite poor German artisan and the pre-order means a loss of a bloody lot of money for me too).
I don't take nationalities seriously and think they're silly either way, no need to feel offended. We good?
 
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@Razy
Don't feel bad. This community is kind of a quasi dysfunctional but closely knit international family There is plenty of light elbow to the ribs humor, and one's nation of origin is normally a good jest target.

As to whether or not people from any given country can/not afford a Pyra:
"The Fed asked respondents how they would pay for a $400 emergency. The answer: 47 percent of respondents said that either they would cover the expense by borrowing or selling something, or they would not be able to come up with the $400 at all. Four hundred dollars! Who knew?"
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/

The Pyra is more expensive than that - so likely half or more of the households in the US couldn't buy a Pyra either.
I couldn't even finish reading that, it made me cry.
 

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If it helps. brazilians can´t even buy a banana these days, and not looking likely to change in the near 5 years future (which will probably change for even worse as history dictates), I´d move to Greece anytime.
All my savings for a Pyra is gone and the dollar/euro doubled, rendering the kit a sultan´s gear.
 

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Yeah, the world is going down the drain, but at least there'll be Pyras!
I just had to eat less for a while and sell all my old CDs.
 

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I guess the moderators at obscure handhelds don't like approving comments, and mine were militant or fanboyish. It's been 24 hours and my comment hasn't been approved.
 

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I guess the moderators at obscure handhelds don't like approving comments, and mine were militant or fanboyish. It's been 24 hours and my comment hasn't been approved.
I am glad someone is out there fighting. I don't care what you are fighting about, as long as there is a nice pile of bodies at the end.:p
 

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Well, thanks for the UN cyan-helmet intervention, everyone.

Perhaps I shouldn't be making this comparison, but I have never owned a laptop in my life, I've always had an aversion to them. For being portable, I find them to be heavy, they overheat quickly and they make as much noise as a desktop. The ridiculous battery times are another joke. I know the Pyra isn't meant to be a laptop, but it does offer some serious computing on a seriously portable scale with (almost) none of the above drawbacks. (I say 'almost' because I am wary of any heating issues that might arise in due course). Also, the way megacorp warranties are made, if you put a screwdriver anywhere near a branded device, that brand will practically disown you. With a device like the pyra, the moment you grab a screwdriver, a whole community will peek over your shoulder with curiosity and advice.

The bottom line is: the Pyra will fill my need for computing on the go, something that no laptop could ever do (and by the looks of it, won't be able to do for some time). That's how I justify the loss of a lot of money, and that's why I was quick to place my order 6 minutes after pre-orders went live.

And yes, @Klumpen , we're good.
 

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Nothing is non complicated when importing 3d objects from other sources around here, but if it works, voila!
I also prefer whatever works in the end result. ^^ I did both in the past actualy. Making low and High-Poly objects, I personaly prefer low-poly-stuff when using Blender. As low as possible because I want to keep the overview over every single polygon. :D
I also did some High-Poly tests but not with Blender. For creating objects like the Pandora/Pyra Case I would recommend a professional solid CAD renderer. There you don't have to mess with polygons at all because you model everything in "solid". :) I use Autodesk 123D Design, it tends to crash and can get very slow but it is free and works actualy. It's great for 3D CAD or anything you want to print in 3D, if you have a 3D printer (I don't).
Importing stuff from a solid renderer into an mesh-based renderer (i go through .stl ) usualy leads to high-poly-objects. I did this with my dream-house model from 123D Design to Blender. The mesh was smooth and clean but way to high poly and of course not low-poly optimized. With decimate (and switching to quads instead of tris) you can lower the polycount nicely but for a real low-poly-model (for an game or so) you better optimize further by hand, I agree. So better do low-poly right from the beginning.
 
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I see Chad though...
What did you write?

I am glad someone is out there fighting. I don't care what you are fighting about, as long as there is a nice pile of bodies at the end.:p

Actually I had a typo I meant it wasn't militant or fanboyish...

I just mentioned they forgot to say the Pyra had a modular design, which wasn't clear in the article.
 

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I can always do a few renders to use on promo should you guys need it. Just let me know. Cheers.

Thanks!
Here is the new Blender file:
http://cloud.openpandora.org/index.php/s/NZO06SWtXpsaHGG

Should have all textures included!
Would be great if you could try to optimize it somehow or make nice renderings we can include in the PressKit.

Of course, everybody else is welcome to help as well :D
 

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Updated the PressKit a bit (http://cloud.openpandora.org/index.php/s/a0Q0TXV8gh5NLAC)

  • Added more pictures (also some comparison pictures)
  • Fixed and completed the German texts, added some English texts
I will make a few more comparison pictures tomorrow.
If anyone wants to translate the long german text into english, feel free to do so.

Also, if anyone wants to translate the existing english texts into other languages, you're very welcome!

Other ideas and proofreading are welcome as well :)
[doublepost=1462408567,1462408384][/doublepost]
:( hmmm...my german is a bit rusty, bu I think it is severely underselling the pyra, I would suggest the following:
(feel free to use it, obviously you and notaz need to sign of on the quotes!!)

Thanks for the idea. It's a good start for sending the news to the press!

I don't want to include that into the PressKit, as a PressKit should be neutral in my opinion, but sending out a bit more marketing-texts like this one via mail to newssites, including a link to the PressKit for more informaitons, is a good idea.
It's a bit too much for me, but I will use it as basis to create some similar text.
 

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i'll translate at least some of the german long text within a couple hours...
 

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  • Added more pictures (also some comparison pictures)
Pandora comparison has an error screen on Pandora. Might be better to show the predecessor working at a desktop too.
[doublepost=1462413632,1462413010][/doublepost]Missing space
Modular design:future
[doublepost=1462413712][/doublepost]In English, capital letter normally follows a colon.
 
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