News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 29th Apr 2004, 15:31:52 | Permalink | Printable
Wakefield show, backing up via email and moreRISC 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.
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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