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So which is better? The Sony PSP or the Nintendo DS?

I recently went on a trip to Japan, and was faced with a choice on a new handheld gaming device to purchase for a friend.

So which is better? What are the differences?

First-off, I personally own a Gameboy Advance, and I finally chose to buy the PSP.

The reason for the choice was that I already owned both an iPod and a Gameboy Advance, but this friend of mine had neither... so for me the DS may have been a better choice, but only slightly.

Firstly the DS:

This little machine is slightly heavier than the PSP, but folds away neatly, it's more solid and resiliant, the games are cheap, load fast and can use older Advance cartridges. The screen has a huge surface and the touch screen is really nifty. The technology is way behind the PSP, but it is also about $50 less in price.

So this device has a huge advantage with current game availability.

It also has a good battery life (something I appreciate after my Japan trip on both my iPod and Gameboy).

The PSP:

This is a slick-looking device, but un…

Japan trip (pt. 1)

A bit late, but better late than never...

A quick journal of my trip so far:

(Times are as per locality)

5 March:

13:10 Depart from JHB

About a 12 hour flight on which I did not sleep and watched many movies...

07:00 Arrive in Hong Kong

On my first day there, I found my hostel first, dumped all my luggage and started walking.
walk walk walk...

I tried to stay awake until 11pm and got to bed pretty exhausted.

I stayed in Hong Kong for three days, seeing many cool sights and also taking the time to buy a good digital camera (About R5k)

Also saw and met some cool Tai-Chi people, and suffered no jet-lag.

8 March:
11:20 Fly to Tokyo.

Arrived at Narita airport, picked up my JR Pass, caught a train, then a bullet train, then another train, and finally a local rapid train.

I spend the first two days just eating sushi and planning my next few days...

20:00 Finally arrived at my destination... Hozumi. I was picked up at the train station by a friend of Charisse and Jason's called Sumire.

10 March:
I took som…

Avoid: "The Incredibles" for Mac

I bought a friend of mine "The Incredibles" for Christmas. It seems he was having some trouble getting the game to run, reporting that it switched resolutions and seemingly did not want to start running at all otherwise.

He is using a dual G5 desktop Apple Mac, running OS X version 10.3.5. (fully patched)

It's a pretty standard machine with no additional hardware or software.

The strange thing is that the official site does not even recognise that the game runs on the Mac at all! This I find pretty worrying!


I've seen other people on the net having similar problems, but no solutions are forthcoming... if anyone has a solution, please post it here!

One thing I have seen that is a similarity is the fact that both machines are Dual CPU machines.

And as well all know, Apple's Java seems to be vulnerable to a user space system panic on dual CPU machines via some name lookup problem. (See Azureus forums)

So as I know of both G4 and G5 dual CPU …