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Dude, where's my UniPod?

By Chris Williams. Published: 27th Apr 2004, 17:04:17 | Permalink | Printable

Starts with P, rhymes with 'denounced'

At the end of March this year, drobe.co.uk exclusively revealed the UniPod - Stuart Tyrrell Development's mega-combo podule with USB, IDE and 100MBit NIC ports. Initially, users feared it was a cruel April Fool hoax and now that the cards have yet to arrive in users' hands and coupled with the deafening silence from STD, many now wonder if it actually is merely a joke.

But it isn't, says STD, it's just still in production. Perhaps, at least then, we should all be reassured that there is still such a level of demand left in the RISC OS market for new podules, even if they are pre-announced.

Matt Edgar, of STD, admitted to drobe.co.uk today that demand has outstripped supply, explaining: "As the initial [UniPod] batch is completed by hand, they go out as they become available. Everyone who has talked to us has been told that because of the demand there is a queue. People who have posted us a cheque with their order have joined the queue, but given how busy we are they have not all been contacted.

"Feedback on the first few has been used to implement some speed and compatibility improvements. There is obviously some interaction between time spent making one off podules and tooling up for a production run, and this has had to be tweaked. The production batch is due very soon now and we expect to be on top of outstanding orders by the middle of May."

A RISC OS dealer, who is re-selling UniPods, confirmed recently that production units should be available after the Wakefield show, which is held on the 15th and 16th of May.

STD also recently suffered email and telephone problems, first with a fire below Manchester city centre that destroyed teleco equipment, and then later when they were forced to change their web and email hoster.

"I am in the process of confirming all e-mail orders, obviously if I've not got an e-mail I don't know that this is the case, and people may feel that they are being ignored," Matt continued to explain.

"The phones have been very busy, partly as a result of people trying later from the phones not working of a few weeks ago, partly because with Stuart [Tyrrell] not having been around a lot recently, the phones have been busy. We've not vanished, though."

STD have also had to deal with the clearly more smarter end of the userbase, who have allegedly sent in cheques with no contact or delivery details attached and also users who have posted STD random boxes of podules, without having contacted STD first to arrange any 'trade-ins'.

"It is our standard policy not to charge cards or cash cheques until product is ready to be shipped. This is the case in this instance and people will only pay for the Unipod when we send it to them," Matt concluded.


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I ordered on 2nd April and there's still no sight of it. Must be one heck of a queue. :-(

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 27/4/04 5:54PM
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STD could borrow Drobe's time machine.

AT the beginning of the article you have put:-

At the End of May this year,

Should it not be March?

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 27/4/04 7:11PM
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Heh, yeh. Oops. Fixed. Thanks.


 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/4/04 8:06PM
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Call me slow (I am), but what starts with P and rhymes with 'denounced'? I never was one for crossword-puzzle type things.

 is a RISC OS Userhutchies on 27/4/04 8:55PM
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> what starts with P and rhymes with 'denounced'?

At a guess pre-announced. Sorry STD (not that I'm implying theyre doing an :acorn: or a :omega: of course :-))

 is a RISC OS Userajpullan on 27/4/04 9:07PM
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Ah, of course. Foolish me. The mistake was assuming it was a single word. Thank you :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhutchies on 27/4/04 9:39PM
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It exists. Really.

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 28/4/04 9:10AM
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Seeing that, at least one assume that still a large number of people use their RPCs actively. Can STD supply some stats about the number of cards?

 is a RISC OS Userbernie on 28/4/04 9:47AM
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Yes I'm sure they can:

Cards < Customers. Cards < RISC PCs. Customers > predicted sales by some people at the start of April.


 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 28/4/04 11:44AM
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To anyone that posted Stuart random boxes of podules: you're welcome to post me random boxes of podules any time you like. I also accept cheques with no return address. :)

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 28/4/04 11:47AM
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Stuart has also had another death in his family recently so that hasn't helped as well.

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 28/4/04 1:04PM
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To be honest, one month is absolutely nothing in PC announce -> delivery times; I'm quite surprised it's a news story at all.

I think actually RISC OS land is doing incredibly well with: "we announce it, it arrives" products just recently. A far cry from four or five years ago!

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 29/4/04 12:28AM
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md0u80c9: Like the Iyonix... "we announce it, it actually arrived a few months ago". Worrying.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 29/4/04 1:01AM
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