News in briefBy Chris Williams. Published: 24th Mar 2005, 10:43:45 | Permalink | Printable
Photographic evidence of DVD burning on an OmegaIt's time again to tie up any loose ends from last week and cover software news in brief.
Steffen Huber demonstrated his DVD writing CD Burn software on a Microdigital Omega at Saturday's Auto show in Germany. Dealer A4 report that the new CD Burn should be ready by the middle of 2005. Steffen told us: "We'll see how well it will work with different machines, I need to ensure that the drives still work with PIO 0. I might need to supply my own CDFS driver because the compatibility with the various CDFSSoftATAPI variants has been, erm, appalling."
ICQ support in online chat app GrapeVine has been restored, after it was mysteriously broken for a few days. Developer Alan Wrigley swiftly declared that "AOL have changed the goalposts again", despite the fact that no other ICQ client in the world seemed to suffer from any similar problems. Nevertheless, soon to be released version 2.03 should allow users to log back into the instant messaging network.
An initial exhibitors list for the Wakefield 2005 show has been published by the event's organiser, the WROCC. Although the usual suspects have booked floor space, notable exceptions include Castle and RISCOS Ltd., although we understand that Castle have a habit of signing up later than others. APDL will be representing RISCOS Ltd., as ROL boss Paul Middleton told us: "The simple matter is that I can't be there due to other long standing commitments. Dave Holden will be selling RISCOS Ltd products."
Dave added: "Since [Paul and I] felt that RISCOS Ltd should be represented and I'm a director of the company (as is Aaron Timbrell whose Virtual Acorn stand is next to mine) we decided to create a 'RISCOS Ltd area' on the APDL stand. The details haven't yet been finalised, but this will ensure that people attending the show will be able to purchase the various products and we hope to be demonstrating the latest versions of RISC OS."
Qercus have "updated" their website and gained a new telephone number: 0845 006 8822. Editor John Cartmell admitted, "We have recently been criticised for our web site that was out of date. The criticism was correct." Often, magazines print puzzles and competitions, and Qercus is no different: try out their Spot The Difference game, by comparing their recently "updated" website to their February 2004 website. Tricky.
A port of Perl 5.8.6 is now available here, with working
system(), for you all to try out. Prof Peter Killworth has released version 1.40 of Tau, commenting, "Tau is by far the nicest graph-drawing software I've ever used, designed to give a publishable-quality graph first time round". Originally developed by Tim Birks, Tau can also process graph data, fit curves and more.
The battle of the Apple lawyer bait MP3 playlist front ends continues: in the blue corner, Andy Flegg's compact and cheerful MyTunes, now at version 0.07. In the red corner, Paul Vigay's ROTunes 0.02. Also, Andy's updated his funky TVGuide app.
Finally, Chris Bell has put EasiHTML back online and Mike Williams has updated UnHTML to version 1.25, download it from here.
Updated at 12:47 24/3/2005
Added comment from APDL to RISCOS Ltd. and Wakefield piece.
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