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CJE seeks interest in A9home

By Chris Williams. Published: 2nd Sep 2005, 14:40:42 | Permalink | Printable

Not taking orders, not talking delivery dates

A9home logoSavvy punters who wish to be kept up to date on the progress of the A9home would do well to drop CJE Micros an email. The official distributor and end user support provider of the ARM9 powered computer has said that users can email them to register an interest in the AdvantageSix built product.

"As you may know, a quantity [of A9homes] have been released to developers who I understand have given very positive feedback. There are, however, one or two areas that still need finishing, so Advantage Six are being cautious and saying it will be ready when it is ready," said CJE's Chris Evans, sounding more upbeat than ever before about the 400MHz Samsung S3C2440 powered machine - although it can't have been too dificult to beat his previously demure and modest outlook.

Chris added that "with no firm release date, we do not think we should be taking orders yet." Those who email in will be notified first when the RISC OS dealer does decide to start taking orders. To register your interest, drop a suitable email to sales at cjemicros dot co dot uk.

We also understand that the well known cobalt blue, aircraft-black-box industrial design of the A9home case could just be for developers only. The final product could well sport a more aesthetic case and user friendly specification. Meanwhile, software programmers who signed up (and forked out the cash) for the A9home developer scheme have been receiving various OS patches as work continues on the device.

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Why not introduce some retro styling into the A9Home and use the old A3010 body with built-in keyboard. This would make it an ideal starter computer, with only the monitor being a separate item.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 2/9/05 3:32PM
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Don't change the design. I like the children building block or brick look. Can I have mine in "red sandpaper" finish?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 2/9/05 3:51PM
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In reply to JWCR

I think that creating a custom case for a simplt thing like a keyboard would be a bad thing. It would probably raise the cost by more than the few pounds that a USB/PS2 keyboard costs.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 2/9/05 4:02PM
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An internal CD drive would be nice. External CD drives are OK, but I would prefer it if my desk wasn't cluttered with external devices and associated cables (where possible).

Great to hear that things are progressing well with the A9!

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 3/9/05 6:49AM
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to Steve

You couldn't fit a CD in that case, let alone a drive. :^}>

Ian

 is a RISC OS Userian.l on 3/9/05 2:54PM
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to Ian

I was referring to the possible use of a different case...sorry that wasn't too clear when I read my post again. Trying to squeeze on into the current case would require a very large hammer and would probably result in disk read errors...

Using a low profile compact PC type case might be the answer, but then again a custom case does make it stand out more.

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 3/9/05 10:42PM
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Well, I love the cobalt blue. If the actual production model is beige I'll be very disappointed. The only thing that could be worse would be bright yellow =) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/9/05 12:18PM
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WRT built-in CD, I think different people have different needs -- some would only need a simple CD player, others would like CD/RW, others again a DVD or even a DVD writer. Putting in a drive would either make some people think it a waste because they would immediately switch it for a more powerful dirve, or make other people wish for a cheaper computer without the expensive DVD writer that they don't need.

I suppose, though, that CJE could provide a selection of drives -- preferably slimline laptop drives -- and let the buyer choose the one that best suits his needs.

 is a RISC OS Usertorbenm on 5/9/05 8:57AM
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I liked the blue case too, it does look quite neat and industrial, which is why the name A9Home seems a bit inappropriate. When launched just plain A9 would be better.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 5/9/05 9:07AM
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I think the lack of USB 2 on the A9 justifies a change of case design to accomodate and internal optical device such as a CDRW or DVD/DVD RAM drive. Also it would make the computer look much neater when using an optical device, when sat on ones desk, rather than having a seperate external optical device which results in a seperate power cable and USB cable.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 5/9/05 12:16PM
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Methinks that teh form factor should be kept to a reasonable minimum. Why try to squeeze too much into it. Surely one of the A9's plus points is it's small size.

If people want a removable media drive, then why not opt for a CF slot, even IBM Microdrives are at 4GB now (albeit dear).

If the machine is to be portable, keep it that way. If it's for domestic/office use, then what harm is there in a plug-in device?

RO has no real Bluetooth/WiFi rollout planned, as such canles and peripheral devices are always going to be inherent in our working environment.

I do agree with druck though, the name A9Home isn't quite punchy enough.

I see the A9's strength as being able to be unplugged from my office. taken to site offices/clients' homes etc, and plugged into a monitor/keyboard/mouse there. No fussing with file conversions, uploading to the laptop (VA).

All info can then be read and displayed natively, RiscOS-ley.

Out of interest, is there a portable USB keyboard with trackball that could be velcro-ed to the A9? Something about the size of the Psion Netbook. Or would it be better to use a mini-mouse and a folding keyboard?

regards

Peter

 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 5/9/05 12:26PM
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Drobe, can you put an email link here so that we can express our interest directly to either CJE or Advantage6, please?

 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 5/9/05 12:28PM
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In reply to petermcc:

I agree that one of the A9 strengths is it's portability, due to it's size. But I think this is also a major weakness. The inclusion of a slimline optical device would, in my opinion, be of great benefit to most of it's users.

This brings to back me the thought of the Toshbia Portege slimline laptop. Nice laptop, shame about all the attachments.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 5/9/05 12:33PM
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petermcc:

The article has the email address you need. There is no 'direct' link because otherwise spam harvesters will pick it up. See [link] and [link] for their contact details.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 5/9/05 1:50PM
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David R & Peter M: Advantage Six have already accepted the use of the name A9 (rather than A9 home) except where there would otherwise be confusion - eg when also discussing the Ad6 range of industrial A9 machines.

And the Ad6 A9 site referred toat the end of the article gives info AT advantagesix.com as their e-mail address.

 is a RISC OS Userjc on 5/9/05 2:04PM
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Since when was having numbers in your company name and the names of all your products a good idea?

It's so confusing. A6 this, A9 that, A5, A75. Which genius is doing their marketing? Even I, who is reasonably in touch with what's going on in the RISC OS market, am confused by it all. I find myself looking at their web site to check which name I should be using to refer to the right product. God knows what it must be like for a complete novice.

No doubt someone will pop along in a moment and tell me it's a "logical" naming scheme.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 5/9/05 2:15PM
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In reply to flyfot:

Well Acorn started it - A310, A410, A440, A540, A3000, A5000, A3010, A3020, A7000, A7000+, etc... I think most us managed to remember what they all were.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 5/9/05 2:21PM
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druck:

"Well Acorn started it".

Yes, because we should be taking lessons from Acorn on how to market computers. ;)

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 5/9/05 2:44PM
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When any RISC OS other company has sold more machines than Acorn did, then you can have a go at Acorn :)

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 5/9/05 3:36PM
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Thanks JC for the name update, s'pose we should be thankful it's not called B9 or K9. Mind you the acronym of A-nine is Inane. Maybe I should stop here...

P.

 is a RISC OS Userpetermcc on 5/9/05 3:41PM
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In reply to Ian.l : Wanna bet, that it is possible to build in a cd-drive in a A9-Home Computer ? and as well a second HD and a removable scsi or ide or usb drive.

 is a RISC OS Userdatawave on 5/9/05 10:34PM
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In reply to Spriteman: Totally agree with you, i love the cobalt colour of the A9-Home too.

 is a RISC OS Userdatawave on 5/9/05 10:49PM
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