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'My other computer is an Iyonix'

By Chris Williams. Published: 6th Jun 2004, 21:55:45 | Permalink | Printable

Photo of the month

Recently, reader Simon Wilson emailed in some photos he took at last month's Wakefield show, which includes a shot of the RISCOS Ltd. stand's Omega with a sticker on it that reads, "my other computer's an Iyonix PC". The anonymous jester responsible for this incredibly reckless act of wit is sadly still at large. As we couldn't help but chuckle at the cheeky gag, here it is:

Iyonix sticker on an Omega
Close up | Context shot of the Omega on show


Simon also snapped pictures of the RISCOS Ltd. MP3 filer and Castle showing off their beta-USB2 support. Simon is best known for his PCITV software, which was demonstrated at the show to the crowds.

"I spoke to Jack [Lillingston, Castle CEO], and he told me that he used my software in the demo as it's one of the easiest ways to get a 'wow' reaction from people in such a short space of time - showing scaleable, full framerate video in the desktop for hardly any cost," Simon commented to us earlier, who recently had his Iyonix returned to base to fix a 'fried' network chip.

"He also said he was looking forward to the forthcoming release of my PCITV software, with support for image cropping, which means the TV viewer window can be dragged off the side of the screen without the TV image smearing onto the opposite side of the screen (as with current versions)."

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Does anyone know what the window is in the top left of the 'beta-USB2 support' pic? Just wandering if RO5 now had rounded buttons?

 is a RISC OS UserRimmer on 7/6/04 8:38AM
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Rimmer: It's !USBInfo - [link]

The buttons are specific to that application.

Anyway, there have been rounded buttons on the Iyonix ever since its release - have you not seen the blue oval power button? ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 7/6/04 9:10AM
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The window belongs to USBinfo by Paul Reuvers (both windows in the shot do), and he uses his own presentational style in the software. The rounded button is just a custom graphic, not an OS thing.

 is a RISC OS UserRichardHallas on 7/6/04 9:16AM
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I really wish developers wouldn't assume that I want a particular style of button in applications I use. I want consistency across all applications. If I want rounded buttons, I'll have them on everything.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 7/6/04 9:35AM
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Or not have them on anything, in the case of Iyonix. ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 7/6/04 10:05AM
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Just to let you know, the stickers were available free of charge from the CJE Micro's stand at Wakefield, now available free of charge (on request) with any order!

John. (Posted from my account because CJE don't have a Drobe account in stock.) :)

 is a RISC OS Userjmason on 7/6/04 10:31AM
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I don't have an Iyonixs yet, but the sticker idea is good. Like those "Tips of the Day" in Sibelius, it would be great to have a collection of Iyonixs and RISC OS ones the say.... "My real computer is an Iyonixs" "My PC is STABLE, but my RISC OS never horses around!" (The word STABLE is blurred font.) What can you think of? :-o Now where's that box of stickers.....? :angel:

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 7/6/04 9:57PM
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"Intel inside" perhaps.

 is a RISC OS UserEddie on 7/6/04 10:13PM
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How does a network chip get 'fried'? Is it as a result of user error, or a manufacturing fault?

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 7/6/04 11:21PM
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Stewy: John Ballance told me that a certain proportion of network chips that get soldered to the motherboard do not work at all and must be replaced. Presuming the chips are fine when they leave the fabrication plant, they must be getting "fried" at some point, either by static or heat (or something else I've not thought of). I didn't mean "fried" to be used in a technical sense; the chip was simply never right from day one. Mine must have slipped through the net as each new IYONIX has the networking tested before it is sold.

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 8/6/04 3:29AM
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It could also be current leakage from the soldering tool, I think.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 8/6/04 12:59PM
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In reply to ksattic: "Presuming the chips are fine when they leave the fabrication plant, they must be getting "fried" at some point"

The proximity of 'fried' and 'chips' is suitably amusing ;-)

Thanks for the explanation.

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 8/6/04 8:41PM
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Stewy: Does this help with getting ethernet working for existing Omega owners?

dgs

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 9/6/04 12:01AM
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In reply to dgs: Que? You *are* obsessed with the Omega, aren't you? No matter how extraneous to the debate, you seem to mention MicroDigital.

Haven't you got other fish to 'fry'? Do you really want it to seem like there's a 'chip' on your shoulder? Okay, I'd batter leave it there, or o'il overdo the silliness ;-)

Be well, Stewy

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 9/6/04 1:15AM
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Stewy: "No matter how extraneous to the debate, you seem to mention MicroDigital".

Actually I haven't mentioned MicroDigital at all, in comments on this article.

Are you over-sensitive, or just over-silly?

dgs

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 9/6/04 1:22AM
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dgs:

Que? Are you arguing that your reference to the 'Omega' didn't, by implication, also encompass MicroDigital? Perhaps you were referring to a 'hybrid' Omega then? Or just stir-fried ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 9/6/04 1:52AM
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Stewy: If you know something about a hybrid Omega that we don't, then we look forward to hearing about it.

dgs

 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 9/6/04 2:09AM
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dgs:

Glad to hear that you're interested in Omega-based solutions ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserStewy on 9/6/04 6:48PM
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