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By Chris Williams. Published: 28th Jun 2005, 23:53:29 | Permalink | Printable

Good bye RISC OS 4.02, software news and some laughs

News in briefRISCOS Ltd. have confirmed that they are now out of the last ever stocks of 4.02 ROMs. The company announced in April that 4.02 had reached its end of life, paving the way for RISC OS 4.39 (aka Adjust aka Select 3 in ROM) to become the baseline RISC OS 4 version in ROM - hopefully this'll give them the chance to draw up a full yet concise feature list for Adjust. According to ROL, they've shipped 4,600 ROMs with the last batch of 4.02 going to Castle (as they sell RiscPC equipment to clients as industrial-embedded kit), and an anonymous user who is allegedly too embarrassed to tell his partner that he's still using RISC OS. Will the fact that the A9home fits in a make-up bag score any points on this front?

Index this
A free update for Techwriter and Easiwriter has been issued to users by developer Icon Technology. Version 8.43 includes a few bug fixes and an index number merging feature.

Making a good impression
Manuals for the 2D design package RiscCAD are now available in HTML format on CD, as previous editions were available in just Impression format. Version 10 is also now in the hands of beta testers and includes features as flood fill, improved editing of bezier curves, area calculation and more. Programmer David Buck has yet to pencil in a release date for this version, however.

RISC OS SA pastaAnd finally
Luckily, some of us can escape the rat race of the UK IT market: having spent a holiday relaxing in the Algarve, one reader returns with a picture of some StrongARM flavoured pasta, as pictured here. It's apparently, "Pastificio!" according to our friend, a one time RISC OS 4 developer. You can take the user out of RISC OS, but you clearly can't take RISC OS out of the user's shopping list.


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"Symbolically the last orders for RISC OS 4.02 were received from Castle Technology and a Mr Anonymous, who didn't want his girlfriend to know that he has continued to upgrade his Risc PC despite her protests that he should buy a PC instead."

Bloody hell. I'm glad I've got a girlfriend who practically *insisted* I got an Iyonix :-p

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/6/05 12:00AM
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moss: That's just so she has ammunition to mock you about with all her Mac-fiend girly friends ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 29/6/05 12:06AM
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I think you'll find she has more than enough ammunition anyway without spending over a grand ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 29/6/05 12:17AM
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I tried the 'look; an A9 even comes in a really cute bag! It's cheaper than those other bags you like, and comes with a free blue brick' line to my handbag-loving girlfriend.

To avoid anyone else the hassle: Don't. It doesn't work :(.

 is a RISC OS Usermd0u80c9 on 29/6/05 12:21AM
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Just offer to buy her a matching make up bag - but note that the make up to fill her flight bag will probably cost more than the A9 for yours. ;-(

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 29/6/05 12:27AM
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Talking of pasta, I've seen a bottle of South American red wine in a Malaysian supermarket, that had the word 'RISC OS' on it. If I ever get a picture of it, I'll send it to you :-)

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 29/6/05 3:17AM
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Given what most women have in their handbags you could hide a RiscPC with printer in there no problem ;-)

 is a RISC OS Usermripley on 29/6/05 8:12AM
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In reply to Moss: Does she have a sister?

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 29/6/05 9:25AM
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In reply to sascott:

The red wine from Chile here...?


Picture also here...


Hmmm. It says the name "Los Riscos".

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 29/6/05 11:13AM
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In reply to Sawadee:

Yeah, that's the one. Incidentally, someone e-mailed me a wine label from there, it wasn't the exact label I spotted, but that's not the point now. It's a Chilean wine growing region :-)

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 29/6/05 11:50AM
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//Hmmm. It says the name "Los Riscos".//

They'd better change the name quick before they get flamed to death for spelling it wrong.

 is a RISC OS UserLoris on 29/6/05 12:39PM
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My wife bought me my Iyonix as an xmas pressie & now she's got one of her own...

 is a RISC OS UserROHC on 29/6/05 4:04PM
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About RISCOS wine.... Quite easy you find a RISCOS wine. RISCO, singular for RISCOS (that's the plural ofcourse) means cliff, bluff, rocks, rock, crag. Any grapevine that's grown in a hill is potentially going to be a wine with RISCOS name in it :-)

 is a RISC OS Usernodoubt73 on 29/6/05 5:40PM
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About the pasta: RISCOSSA means "THE ACTIONG OF COLLECTING" or something like that (I am italian, I do speak spanish too, but don't speak english SO MUCH to know a word that translates straight away). Riscossa, alone, also stands for conquerring, or reconquerring, a place or land (applies to wars), a thing, a persons (applies to heart affairs). Also applies to gaining back some rights that somebody denied.

Doesn't RISCOSSA pasta applies 100% to the "world of computing" conquerring, against M$, we'd like to see RISCOS busy into? :-)

 is a RISC OS Usernodoubt73 on 29/6/05 5:47PM
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Having used Adjust for a week, I can see what every one was raving about.

C'Mon people upgrade.. The boot menu alone is fab, and the dhcp...I have never used my RISC PC on my home network without hours of fiddleing with different hubs (no idea why one worked and another didnt)

Now i can use our 100 Meg switch on either of my network cards....and its all done by plugging a netowork cable in....

I love adjust, it's very much no hassel!

 is a RISC OS Userem2ac on 30/6/05 10:30AM
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I always thought that RISC OS "was" the the tasty sauce on top of that bland mess of M$ Spaghetti / Pasta?

I also wonder if RISC OS wine can grow on the "Bliss" hill of the famous M$ wallpaper?

Just joking with words again. ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 30/6/05 11:03AM
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druck: Sadly not. But even if she did, I'm afraid I'd have her as well ;)

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 30/6/05 4:06PM
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low of 4.02 roms? does this make my 2 sa-riscpc's (both with 4.02) worth ebaying?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 3/7/05 5:43PM
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