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Merry Christmas

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Dec 2004, 15:29:37 | Permalink | Printable

Pass the salt, ta

Just as we were, for a change, enjoying a warm August, 2004 seemed to move up a few gears and, all of sudden, we found ourselves in December. So now it's that time of the year where we pull on those itchy green hand knitted sweaters that are always lurking at the bottom of a cupboard somewhere and raise a glass to those who've helped keep this site running in 2004. Look away now if reading articles of an emphatic nature is known to induce nausea. You have been warned.

Merry Christmas from drobe.co.uk!Credits
Our warmest thanks go to Martin Hansen for his insightful observations, Paul Stewart and Eddie Lord for their well received networking guides, dgs for his world wide activity coverage, Ian Jeffray for his USB hardware guide, Ian Chamberlain for his support and news tips, and everyone else who has contributed in some way to Drobe's output - be it advice, photos or tip offs. Also I have to thank assistant editor Peter Naulls for his numerous articles, technical advice, spelll checkin, editorial input and ability to remain calm when I propose headlines like, "TOP RISC OS DEALER STOLE MY CAT". Thanks also must go to Ian Hawkins, the Drobe servermaster, for keeping the whole show running smoothly, adding top new features, bravely dealing with browser bugs and our bandwidth bill, and upgrading the hardware powering the site. Without you all, the site just wouldn't be. If you want to join in and contribute to the site, drop us an email.

To date, we've served over 2,800,000 pages of content this year to over 245,000 unique visitors. That's over five pages a minute, on average, and an increase of 25% over last year's page impression count. While the larger, more mainstream portals and forums that often link to us get this sort of traffic on a good week, we're particularly encouraged by the increase. The most read article of the year is Paul Stewart's NFS guide, followed closely by the RISC OS and AmigaOS comparison in second place. Third place is the cost to modernise RISC OS 5 and fourth place goes to Martin Hansen's 'My Iyonix and I'. Fifth place is the kiss and make up of Castle, RISC OS Ltd and other developers.

2004 has been a long lesson for everyone in the RISC OS market. We've had accusations, denials, "public trials by propaganda" and resolutions. We've had companies realise that no one likes a bully and developers recognise that their priorities ought to be their customers, the end users. We've seen RISC OS seeping into new embedded markets from moving information displays to hotel rooms and also breaking into the ARM 9 architecture platform. Desktop RISC OS has seen updates to both development streams and also new hardware, notably the Unipod. Software development was slow at the start of the year, but the summer appears to have fostered new and updated applications, ports, utilities and games.

If you haven't voted yet in the Best of 2004 awards, then what are you waiting for? Cast your vote and let the platform know who's been naughty and who's been nice this year - plus, you could win yourself a free copy of the recently launched Desktop Repton Plus title. It takes only a couple of minutes, or perhaps longer if you've been at the mulled wine early. Closing date is the 30th of this month, results announced on New Year's eve.

Finally, thank you, yes you, for reading drobe.co.uk, posting comments, telling us when we've screwed up, and giving us a reason to keep the site up to date. If you know a RISC OS user who isn't keeping up to date with RISC OS, tell 'em where to point their web browser. Yes, you know it. And thanks also to every developer and dealer for sticking with RISC OS, for not suing us or otherwise persuing litigation beyond a friendly subpoena, and giving us news and kit to eagerly write about.

Have a safe Christmas and great New Year - we've got a couple more articles scheduled for the remainder of this month, but otherwise Drobe will return in the 2005.


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Merry christmas and keep up the good work.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 24/12/04 3:55PM
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Mince pies? Yes please!

To be honest though, I never cease to be impressed by drobe's never ending tidal wave of content. Keep it up next year, all I should say!

Oh, and thanks :D Merry christmas to all!

 is a RISC OS Userjohn on 24/12/04 7:17PM
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Merry Christmas from Denmark where the sun is shining, it should be in the mid 20s C today and the kangaroo has already been in for her Christmas breakfast. Thanks for a well maintained and topical web-site. All the best for 2005.

 is a RISC OS Userrmac on 24/12/04 11:42PM
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Merrymas from Scotland to all. :-D

May drobe go from strength to strength. Best wishes for the new year!

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 25/12/04 12:35AM
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Remeber to play Blobby 2 [link] in December

Easter shrimp for all!

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 25/12/04 1:11AM
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For having a unique kind of computer,

we are lucky and spoilt by a special kind of Drobe!

Thanks Drobe and

Merry Christmas to Everyone from Kiwis in a wet but warm New Zealand Summer.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 25/12/04 2:27AM
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Merry Christmas to all. Even though it's 5:30am and I'm awake cos I'm full of a cold, slurping my lemsip. Bah - humbug!

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 25/12/04 5:29AM
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Merry Christmas and Peace on Earth from Adelaide, South Australia. Just had my Christmas pud with brandy sauce. Yummy! Sky blue, a pleasant 23C with a gentle 7kt breeze from the south. Contemplating a Iyonix in the new year!

 is a RISC OS Userpipalya on 25/12/04 8:05AM
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Merry Christmas to everybody, especially drobe, from (100 meters outside) Oslo where it is snowing a tiny bit, and a pleasant -3 degrees...

 is a RISC OS Userjjvdgeer on 25/12/04 10:10AM
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Just finished the turkey :-) Merry Christmas from Barnsley (where its snowing) am I the only RISC OS user left in barnsley ?? theres a christmas cracker question for you all ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userleeshep on 25/12/04 12:23PM
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Merry Christmas everyone at Drobe and who loves RISC OS.

All my hopes for a properous new year

PS. No snow yet in Milton Keynes, just getting pretty cold outside!!!

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 25/12/04 10:56PM
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A festive shout out to y'all!

There's phat snow here in Ilkley, West Yorkshire!

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 25/12/04 11:15PM
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Merry Christmas All

(from a nice, warm place in the netherlands)

thanks Drobe

 is a RISC OS UserhEgelia on 26/12/04 2:27AM
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in reply to john:

Tidal wave of content? Those words will go down well in South Asia!

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 27/12/04 2:29AM
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Indeed Merry Christmas to you all.

Thanks to the guys in Drobe for all their efforts in the year ending and wishing them all the best in the year ahead.



 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 27/12/04 4:44PM
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Wow, my article was the most read of the year!!!!! <Speech> I'd like to thank my mum & dad for brining me into this world, my various schools for making it possible for me to write such an article; Acorn - without them my article would never have been written, Alex Waugh for his excellent software; ROL, CTL and all the the other dealers and developers that still have faith in the platform; My partner for all his support when writing the article; My dog and most importantly, Drobe for publishing my article and for being the premier New, article and discussion website for our favourite OS.

I love you all, goodnight <End of speech> Did I miss anyone? Oh I forget the fake tears.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 28/12/04 10:42AM
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sascott if you look at the date I posted it, it was christmas eve.

 is a RISC OS Userjohn on 28/12/04 11:54AM
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