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Frobnicate returns

By Chris Williams. Published: 10th Mar 2004, 22:39:37 | Permalink | Printable

Rick Murray's opinionated e-zine is back

Frobnicate front coverMedia Watch Rick Murray's unmistakable Frobnicate e-zine is back with a Spring 2004 edition, published online a mere five years after the previous issue.

"I am writing this issue for two reasons. The first, it has always bugged me that I stopped writing with issue 19, I feel I should have at least made it as far as issue 20. Also, because I felt like it," explained Rick in his editorial, which also details how the RISC OS landscape has changed since 1999 although skipping over most of the Omega and RiscStation sagas.

Frobnicate 20 is certainly on the scene and in full effect, written in a manner most Frob fans will appreciate. Rick indeed wrote, edited and produced all of it, except for Ron Briscoe's fleeting Iyonix article. Topics covered include a look at Ovation Pro for Windows, a terribly handy guide to cracking software protection, Ovation, how Rick doesn't like the RIAA, Digiboxes, Ovation, a swipe at RISCOS Ltd. for not publically documenting Select, Ovation, how to control the IIC bus (actually useful if otherwise inaccurate), Digiboxes, Ovation and Rick's PDAs.

Interestingly, in an eyebrow raising 'did he really just say that?' way, Rick begins one programming article with the following observation of his: "I guess I've been reading too many 'how to program correctly' books, and I'm sick of reading the musings of all of those over-zealous pricks who reckon they know best." That's probably because they do know best, Rick. What next? God damn those judges and their big headed 'know-it-all' stance on law and UK legislation. Damn them all. Also, Rick's decided to fork DeskLib with his own 32bit version called "v2.30 [RM/32]", despite the fact that the rest of the RISC OS world is on version 2.53, which is also 32bit.

One other thing we noticed with Rick's articles is that, as amusing as they are, just about every article includes a less than avoidable rant about George W. Bush and the war in Iraq. Why not just coalesce the political commentary into a separate write up and end the pollution of otherwise interesting articles? Also, how can Rick keep a straight face while accusing Prez Bush of "all but killing the idea of democracy" and at the same time, promoting Frobnicate as an "Acorn-oriented magazine with an anarchic outlook"?

However as Rick points out: "One of the benefits of writing my own magazine is that I control the content. This isn't to say I'm a control freak; I value the right to have the freedom to express opinions. Instead, it means that if I want to devote some space to slagging off George Bush and saying what an evil idiot he is, then I can do so."

Rick's a big fan of free speech, "that 'article 19'" as he puts it, and that's something we can admire, although anyone can (or should be able to) exercise their right to free speech so Rick perhaps shouldn't always act so surprised when he wields this right. He's not afraid to speak his mind, often in an excitable, frothy mouth yet amusing manner, on matters relevant and not so relevant to RISC OS users. Fans of Frob will no doubt descend upon this season's issue with delirium, we can hide behind our sofas in anticipation of issue 21.


Frobnicate website - download as an OvationPro file, or PDF. Or OvationPro. Rick's also updated his super assembler guide, fyeo2 software, HTML plugin for yes, OvationPro and teletext suite.

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Bush is the diggest threat to world peace since hitler. Even Knitting Today should remind their readers just what an evil little swine he is. And Radio Race Car. And Your Wedding. And What Mortgage?

Oh, and anarchism is the ultimate democracy btw - worker's co-ops, no bosses, no owners, no wealth hoarders... What's democratic about a government elected by 30% of the adult population that has carte blanche to put any poor-kickin', war-crazed policies it likes into action for five long years?

People should rant more often. Ranting lets 'em know you're not pacified by a 24.95 DVD player and cheap holidays.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 11/3/04 4:36PM
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biggest. I don't dig bush.

 is a RISC OS UserJessFranco on 11/3/04 4:37PM
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@Jess: Just what I was about to write. :-) Anarchism is not chaos, even though most people use the word for that meaning. Anarchism means, that all pleople behave in such ways, that no harm is done to anyone and no central government is needed.

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 11/3/04 6:02PM
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Ooh, a DVD player for 24.95? Where?

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 11/3/04 6:16PM
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Alas, wondrous though this anarchism sounds, it seems (oh, cynical me!) somewhat impractical to just expect everyone to behave in a sensible and law-abiding manner once you've taken away all the controls that central government provides.

 is a RISC OS Userhutchies on 11/3/04 9:21PM
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True... and you don't even have to be cynical to see that.

But it is not strange for the same person "accusing Prez Bush of all but killing the idea of democracy and at the same time, promoting Frobnicate as an Acorn-oriented magazine with an anarchic outlook"

As anarchy is over-the-top democracy and not at all anti-democratic in principle. (although anarchist extremist are anti-democratic like most extremists)

 is a RISC OS UserJaco on 11/3/04 9:46PM
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This is drobes 1000's article, well done guys! Heres to another thousand...

 is a RISC OS Userjonesd98 on 12/3/04 12:31AM
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i can't wait until we get martial law over here, then I can shoot all the stupid drivers who don't know what indicators and rear view mirrors are for.

Although that would pretty much wipe out California.....

Not the 1000th article (see explantation in artifact999).

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 12/3/04 12:58AM
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You want anarchy? Just look at the state of Riedquat!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 12/3/04 9:55AM
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@Jaco: That is what I meant.

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 12/3/04 4:00PM
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:smash: Anarchy is dead, :acorn: Acorn lives

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 12/3/04 4:46PM
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Humm ovation pro format... hopfully it'll appear in something else sometime soonish :)

 is a RISC OS UserNoMercy on 12/3/04 9:29PM
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like the PDF format it also appears in?

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 12/3/04 9:55PM
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What utter diatribe. Somone buy this boy a set of sanity pants.

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 12/3/04 10:20PM
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PDF would work, but I can't find issue 20 in pdf, going by others comments, not the end of the world :)

 is a RISC OS UserNoMercy on 13/3/04 10:21AM
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The link to the PDF version is directly below the contents list, hardly difficult to miss. Here's the link anyway... [link]

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 13/3/04 11:38AM
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Well I missed it, now it's pointed out where it is, it does seem obvious, but my brain saw, issue 20, contence listing, next box will be the previous issue and disgarded heh, sometimes I think to much and don't look close enough :/

 is a RISC OS UserNoMercy on 13/3/04 7:43PM
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