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By Chris Williams. Published: 28th May 2005, 01:05:44 | Permalink | Printable

All quiet on the post-Wakefield front

ArgonetArgonet domain safe
Orpheus Internet, the ISP headed by Argonet support guru Paul Vigay, says it has secured the use of the Argonet.co.uk domain. It's understood that its owner, Freedom2, plans to switch off the Argonet ISP next month.

Paul said earlier today: "I have managed to negotiate with Freedom2 to use the argonet.co.uk domain, so that people can keep their Argonet email addresses and websites, and we can do a forwarding service to their new Orpheus account."

Vantage saga
Vantage fan and Qercus writer Richard Ashbery reports that dealer APDL allegedly attempted to "persuade [Cerilica boss] Simon Birtwistle to release the Vantage source code so that further development and bug fixes might be possible."

Despite Cerilica stating that they would be interested in seeing a third party stepping forward to assist in sales and support, Richard revealed: "My understanding was that Simon refused."

A9home chipset mystery solved?
The exact processor used in the A9home is still unknown, other than being a 400Mhz Samsung part. Could it therefore be this particular number? Even if it isn't, trust Samsung to make embedded microcontrollers look sexy.

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The death of Vantage forced me to switch my graphics to Xara products (at the time, ArtWorks had not been Wuerthernised). It's such a fantastic program... even if he just fixed the bugs and released the Vantage rendering module, then it would be the bee's knees. However, if Cerilica is effectively dead, surely the most considerate thing to do (and financially beneficial) would be to sell or licence the code so that someone else can ensure a future for this fine program.

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 28/5/05 3:51PM
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On the A9 chip mystery: The pdf file linked to says that that chip is available at up to 533mhz. If that /is/ the chip used, then why only the 400mhz version and not the 533?

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 28/5/05 4:26PM
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Maybe the 533MHz part doesn't actually exist yet, or costs too much, or something else entirely.

And for those who want a proper datasheet, rather than the marketting stuff, see here:

[link] (This doesn't appear to be on Samsung's site, yet)

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 28/5/05 5:47PM
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The problem with such chips is that there is a tendency of a large, arbitrarily long period between a company mentioning they'll make a given chip and one being produced.

No doubt this is convenient for the massive embedded ARM processor market where relatively large amounts of power aren't generally required, but may not be as handy for people trying to make small numbers of desktop machines.

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 28/5/05 6:57PM
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Ah, I see. Thanks.

 is a RISC OS Userfwibbler on 28/5/05 8:03PM
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So we really are saying that the A9H has the same power as a phone? Makes you think, huh? -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 30/5/05 9:20AM
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Spriteman: And the Iyonix has the same power as a RAID card. :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 30/5/05 10:14AM
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It's not what you've got, but what you do with it that counts :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 30/5/05 1:10PM
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