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Well, what do you do when you recline? You change the screen angle to avoid image shading, right? Not on this baby as the viewing angle is fixed. It’s absurd and those little feet don’t do enough to compensate either, so you either need to prop it up at the back or use it in tablet mode with a stand. Is this a ruse to keep the business traveller glued to e-mail rather than unwinding with some light entertainment? What about on a plane or train? Tablet mode doesn’t wash for serious work.Despite all its functionality and inventiveness, the Vaio Duo 11 appears to be a product design that became so focused on touch tech that it lost sight of the screen. It’s powerful, well connected and highly portable too, but in some basic areas, it’s just not that usable. Antique Code Show Doughnuts. Doughnuts are what I think of when someone mentions SimCity in my vicinity. Not because I used to cram them into my face, Homer Simpson-style, while I played, but rather because, back in my childhood, I was obsessed with arranging my own ‘simmed’ city in perfect concentric ‚doughnuts‘.

Squares in three-by-three formation of interweaved residential, commercial and industrial zones forming the very backbone of my every mock metropolis. And then, particularly when it came to residential areas, there was an added treat – the jam in the doughnut, if you will – usually in the shape of a police station or local park.To take the analogy still further, you might also say that the carefully constructed road network threaded around each block was tantamount to sprinkling hundreds and thousands on top.Doughnut obsession wasn’t my only consideration, either. Where to place industrial areas, versus living spaces, also presented an ever-challenging struggle. Too much industry and my Sims might choke on chimney fumes; too few and they’d be screaming for jobs and opportunities. Oh, the challenges of being a virtual mayor in a digital town.Added flourishes came in the way you were able to micromanage your city’s financial resources too, with the tax rate at your whim – and so key to your population’s happiness. And even in the way you could lay mass transit, complete with its own moving trains.

While my ingenious doughnut formula might be a new concept for a great many SimCity players out there, so creative was Maxis‘ first foray into its idea of ‚town building as fun‘ that I’m confident others have their own alternatives. Indeed, the vast majority of pleasure to be had from SimCity was derived from planning your bespoke town and laying it out exactly as you saw fit – whether the town in question be a dust bowl, or hive of industry.Such pleasures might never have been brought into the public eye at all, however, if, having hit upon the idea some years before its eventual release, designer Will Wright hadn’t joined forces with Jeff Braun and Maxis. Before then, Wright had touted his Commodore 64 game to many a publisher but with no luck. In 1985, potential backers shyed away from what was something of a unique – and potentially unsellable – open-ended concept.Of course, in the end, the lack of any real endgame made the ‘Sword of Damocles’ – the chance to call in numerous natural disasters to demolish your city – all the more compelling once you’d become bored with the status quo. Earthquakes and tornados, or even UFO and Godzilla attack, all might happen at random to derail your best-laid schemes. However, it was unleashing acts of God entirely purposely – and purely in a bid to watch your citizens tremble – that routinely led to the most amusement.

Chromebooks have traditionally been priced for the low end of the market, but Google has decided to go for the well-heeled cloud warrior with the Chromebook Pixel, a touchscreen laptop with a super-high resolution screen and a price tag to match.“We’ve designed this for people who live in the cloud, even if they’re like my parents and don’t know what the cloud is,“ said Sundar Pichai, VP of Chrome, at an event in San Francisco on Thursday. „We think it’s a real game-changer in how people love being in the cloud.“The Pixel is a skinny little thing, 16mm thick, and is built to look good in comparison to a MacBook Air or Microsoft’s Surface. It has a 12.85 inch 2560 x 1700 screen that’s configured for 3:2 displays rather than 16:9, which Pichai says gives around 18 per cent more viewing area for web browsing.The system runs an Intel 1.8GHz Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and either 32 or 64GB of solid state storage, with 1TB of Google Drive space included. It comes in two flavors: a Wi-Fi only version for $1,299 (or £1,049 for UK buyers) and a US-only Verizon LTE/Wi-Fi version for $1,449. It’s available for preorder now in the US and UK, with delivery in April, and other European markets will get it eventually.

That’s a steep price for a laptop, but Google thinks that the combination of touch, high-end specs, and the cloud angle will make it a goer. Pichai said that Google will make a profit on each machine and that it’s a serious player in the hardware business these days.There are some nice touches in the machine. It has two microphones built into the top of the screen and a third under the keyboard, which is used to cancel out the sound of the user typing. The speakers, too, are under the keyboard to make the laptop look sleeker, and the air vents have been hidden under the hinge at the back of the system.In terms of connectivity, there are two USB 2.0 ports, a mini-display port, and a slot for SD cards. Google is claiming a battery life of five hours for the unit.Chrome OS has now been optimized for touch, Pichai said, and the Pixel was designed to show off the operating system to its best abilities. Support for viewing and editing Word and Excel documents via Quickoffice has also been added, so that the device can slot easily into the enterprise market.

With such a hefty price tag and the Chrome OS operating system, the Pixel isn’t for everyone – $1,299 buys you a lot of laptop these days – but the Chocolate Factory thinks it’s got a winner on its hands. El Reg has a review unit and we’ll be putting it through its paces over the next few days and publishing a full review. If your love of any given city was such that seeing it turned to rubble was too much to abide, the game even offered set scenarios, each created to offer at least some kind of ‘end’ to at least a portion of the gameplay. The San Francisco earthquake of 1906 was replicated, for example, as players were subsequently challenged with fixing the city back up. Other scenarios predicted distant disasters, one such plot playing out the flooding of Rio de Janeiro in 2047 due to the effects of global warming.All things considered then, such breadth was no small feat for a game which first saw the light of day in 1989. SimCity debuting on the Amiga and Macintosh, before eventually being ported to just about every other format of the time – and indeed a great many that came after. In fact, it wasn’t actually the home computer version that grabbed my attention at all, but rather the excellent Super Nintendo port, with its friendly interface and Dr. Wright cartoon assistant.

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