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AcornEvolution editor not lost

By Chris Williams. Published: 7th Apr 2004, 18:05:21 | Permalink | Printable

And he needs your help

Acorn Evolution logoMedia Watch It appears a number of RISC OS users have begun wondering exactly what has happened to AcornEvolution and its editor, Gavin Smith. We can confirm today that he is alive and well, unlike his news website which hasn't seen an update in over two months.

Agreeing with the concerns of our readers, we pestered contacts and eventually tracked down Gavin's phone number and gave him a call: Gavin explained that when he returned from his week or so holiday in February, he became ill for another three weeks. During this time, his news site hadn't published any new articles and Gavin was reluctant to return to the forefront of the online RISC OS media after such a sudden disappearance.

One worried reader told us earlier this week: "Either everyone's as clueless as we are, or there's some kind of conspiracy. I emailed [Gavin] a couple of times a few weeks ago to no response. It's most unusual that he's just disappeared like this. I do hope there wasn't accident while on holiday or something."

"I know Gavin has returned from his holiday a couple of days ago," wrote another AcornEvolution reader in February. "He did post to say he was off to Gran Caneria, so I guess he has a lot of things to catch up with in the real world now he's back, and I would hope to see some of the new news up here pretty soon, along with whatever developments are ongoing! I think it would be a total waste to have had Acorn Evolution going for just a month and stop."

AcornEvolution launched, much to everyone's surprise, at the start of this year. Gavin's also looking for anyone who could possibly take over the running of the site, so contact him (if you can) if you're interested.



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Good to hear he is OK :)

 is a RISC OS UserAndrewDuffell on 7/4/04 6:28PM
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Mystery Solved! I'm glad that everything is ok. It's a pity about AE. :(

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 7/4/04 7:10PM
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Which all goes to show how much work it must be to run a site like AE... or Drobe. So well done Chris & co.

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 7/4/04 9:24PM
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Heh, perhaps only when there's news to investigate and write about, and news seems to be thin on the ground at the moment :( Hey you! Yeh, you with that C compiler! Get coding!

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/4/04 9:41PM
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With a cool logo like that he can't close down!

 is a RISC OS Userpipalya on 7/4/04 10:17PM
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Nobody would have minded if he just came back and started posting stuff again; everyone knows that running news sites is a voluntary thing :)

Pity it sounds like he hasn't got time to continue it, though.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 8/4/04 12:25AM
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In reply to Chris:

If it helps, there's some intriguing Omega-related news at:


The revelation that Select/Adjust with Omega "works a treat" is exciting, I think! By the way, as I understand it, the Omega has RISC OS 4 in flash ROM as standard, and can be reflashed by the user with upgrades or new versions, but the motherboard also has space to allow use of the plug-in ROMs too (as an alternative, or for other projects).

Of course, the assertion (by MicroDigital) that with the next update the Omega is likely to outpace the Iyonix is unlikely to provoke much debate. Much ;-)

All good news really, I'd have thought, to have choice and competition.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 8/4/04 1:32AM
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Sounds like a considerable amount of work has been done on the Omega. This is good news and I agree with Stewy - competition is a good thing.

The progress report seems a lot more realistic than some we've been exposed to in the past.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 8/4/04 4:41AM
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In reply to knutson: Two questions to you: 1) In what way does the progress report seem realistic? 2) Why is competition a good thing?

 is a RISC OS UserNeilWB on 8/4/04 6:00AM
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NeilWB: In answer to 2) Competition is essential because it keeps all parties on their toes, keeping prices down and driving development of competing features.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/4/04 6:17AM
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@NeilWB: In answer to 1) In this way: I have a working Omega with Ethernet connection on my desk right now. :-)

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 8/4/04 7:50AM
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dio: well yes, but I can't seriously see Castle changing anything they're doing in face of what MD have said in their "report". And given the relative numbers of machines sold that drobe has speculated on in the past, it's hard to see that Castle would consider MD competition in any case.

Still, at least MD are trying to comminucate, even if some of their claims are highly questionable.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 8/4/04 9:00AM
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1. The haven't made claims like these features will be here in x weeks. They do actually have working Ethernet (in Beta form).

I would still have to see this stuff to believe it, but the claims are far less "wild" than some of the ones I've heard in the past. Still some comments that worry me a little, but I'll wait and see.

2. As a consumer I like to have a choice.

By the way, I haven't actually made my mind up about which option I'll go for - Iyonix or Omega. I'm in no rush just keeping an open mind.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 8/4/04 9:39AM
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Who, me? :-) .

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 8/4/04 9:56AM
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In reply to diomus:

Competition in a market as small as the RISC OS Desktop market just serves to drive both parties out of business! When one of those companies is as duff as MD, it takes money out of the hands of the only company that has the slightest chance of rejuvenating the market.

In reply to JGZimmerle: Perhaps you have - but can they bring it to market - I remember MD stating, more than one year ago, that the computer was finished and only licencing issues prevented them from bringing it to the market. Why don't you respond to that?


 is a RISC OS UserNeilWB on 8/4/04 9:08PM
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If there are still people who believe that MicroDigital can deliver on their various promises, then it is quite clear that we *do* need a second voice.

Gavin has been away, that's a pity, and he must wish it had all happened at a different time. But I think it's time for a second site to look at MicroDigital's record. (Without paying too much notice to the bleating and threats of this that and the other...)

It could be a very interesting to see an overview of the whole situation, from a different point of view! AcornEvolution under its original management seems quite capable of fulfilling that role.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 8/4/04 11:35PM
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Is he still working on those games?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 9/4/04 1:57PM
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I hope so. If it's a loss of a news site for the gain of some new games then I'm sure I can live with it :)

 is a RISC OS UserPhlamethrower on 9/4/04 4:21PM
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To JGZimmerle:

Do you intend to answer my question?

 is a RISC OS UserNeilWB on 9/4/04 10:41PM
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Well, I just added a post to the acornevolution site - Maybe I'll have the dubious honour of being the last person to do so ?

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 19/4/04 10:24AM
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Check out news leaking out on TIB concerning Gavin's new hardware "Compact Flash Interface".


 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 20/4/04 7:46AM
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