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By Chris Williams. Published: 29th Apr 2004, 15:31:52 | Permalink | Printable

Wakefield show, backing up via email and more

News in brief motifRISC OS filesystem developer Partis Computing has launched its curious looking freebackup.net service, where users can back up data via email and it's all for free. Be sure to read the FAQ before use, especially the bits that mention data expiry, changing of email accounts and who's liable if a disaster happens. "We have an Exabyte tape library and a fireproof safe in a different building", Gary Partis of Partis told us, who also recommended that users compress and encrypt their data before it's sent to their online vault. The service is now live but is still undergoing load and stress testing.

The riscos.org.uk subdomain service has returned to the web after a brief period of downtime although don't be fooled by the website's front page. The service offers anythingyoulike.riscos.org.uk URLs, which redirect to some other chosen webspace, for free to RISC OS software developers and usergroups. Drop Mike Stubbs an email if you have any queries. "It was yesterday brought to my attention that the ever-popular riscos.org.uk subdomain service had failed and subdomains were no longer working. This has now been rectified and the service is up and running again as usual. All subdomains previously implemented have been restored," explained Mike, who apologised and said an "administrative error" was the main cause.

Wakefield 2004: The Acorn RISC OS Computer Show

The theatre timetable for this year's Wakefield show was revealed this week. There are no less than seven 45 minute presentations on the Saturday and five on the Sunday. Topics range from a market pep talk by the highly excitable Qercus magazine, to how RISCOS Ltd. are going to continue making money from RISC OS 4, to "The first [unreleased] RISC OS DVD player". We're expecting a lot of news and soundbites to erupt from the talks, especially if the exhibiting companies come up with some new material. Also, what's interesting to note is that both RISCOS Ltd. and Castle are going to predict "the future of RISC OS" - are they going to compare notes beforehand, or will the OS development split turn more so into a tug of war?

Dave Lambley has released his IPP driver software, which allows RISC OS machines to print to network based printers and Windows and Unix print servers. IscaFS promises, cross its heart and hope to die, to be 32 bit compatible now and similarly, MakeAlias insists it works now. SpecialFX, which enhances the rendering of Drawfiles and fonts, is up to version 1.04. Philip Ludlam has released his StrongHelp and HTML docs generator software for C developers and I suppose we should mention his ROM Patches, but do use with care - poking around inside your operating system's workspace isn't big and it isn't clever. And finally, on the new Kasoft website, you can find a couple of AntiSpam related goodies.


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So when do the teasers on new products/releases start?

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 29/4/04 6:08PM
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Looking at the programme it seems that only Castle are actually talking about "the future of RISC OS". ROL's title is a little unclear as to which bit of the future they are going to talk about.....

Probably only their little bit.

 is a RISC OS Usercynic on 29/4/04 6:47PM
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RISCOS Ltd could perhaps suggest that the future of RISC OS will be based around Microsoft Windows computers running emulators.

They can't plausibly suggest that the future of RISC OS will be based around StrongARM based computers, because the StrongARM isn't manufactured any more.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 29/4/04 6:57PM
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I can't claim to have written MakeCHelp as it has Julian Smith written all over it :-)

-- I am trapped on a roof ... with an unstable human who drinks too much whiskey and who called me a smurf. Angel - Underneath (Season 5, Episode 17)

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 29/4/04 10:45PM
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Re: Partis/FreeBackup I don't like the idea of my data being "archived for ever". What's that when it's at home? :-)

-- I am trapped on a roof ... with an unstable human who drinks too much whiskey and who called me a smurf. Angel - Underneath (Season 5, Episode 17)

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 29/4/04 10:52PM
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Partis: Can you sell me a decent PCI SCSI card for my Iyonix?

I have two hundred UK pounds in cold, hard cash waiting.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 29/4/04 11:10PM
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I read this (the 'backup by email' thing) earlier this morning and through the course of the day have been plagued with the thought that you could use GMail (that's 'Google's mail service', not my command line mail tool) for a similar purpose. But then I was bouncing off the walls today :-)

 is a RISC OS UserGerph on 1/5/04 1:08AM
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What I'm most concerned about with FreeBackup is the privacy issue - how much guarantee do we have that our data will be held securely and not passed around/looked at?

Unless PGP can be used... but then how long does it take to PGP-encrypt a 30GB attachment even on an Iyonix?

Come to think of it I doubt Pluto is able to handle an email of that size. Looks like it could mean several thousand smaller emails one at a time.

 is a RISC OS Usertamias on 1/5/04 10:11AM
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