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Merry Christmas

By Chris Williams. Published: 25th Dec 2005, 03:30:39 | Permalink | Printable

Roll on 2006

Christmas decoration photo with drobe logoEditorial If you'll forgive the pun, it's fair to say that 2005 is just about wrapped up. I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, whilst hoping 2006 will turn out to be a peaceful and prosperous time for everybody everywhere. I would like to thank everyone who has contributed articles and news tips over the year, and everyone who has helped us report on RISC OS related events. A big thank you must also go to Ian Hawkins for his efforts in keeping drobe.co.uk running night and day.

Looking back, we've seen the release of USB 2 for the Iyonix, the switch off of Argonet, an Omega on TV, changes at Castle and Tematic, Intel trying to muscle in on ARM's stronghold of the embedded market, and much, much more besides: if you haven't yet voted in the Best of 2005 awards, make sure you do before the New Year's Eve - the winners of each category will be announced soon after.

This year we have served 4.5 million pages of content, thanks to larger mainstream IT news websites showing an interest in RISC OS and linking to drobe.co.uk coverage. Due to a few discrepancies in the way in which our traffic statistics are counted, the exact figure is likely to be closer to somewhere between 2.5 to 3 million pages or an average of 30,000 unique readers a month. Whichever way you look at it, thank you very much for reading drobe.co.uk, posting comments, using our RSS feed and using the search facilities.

The top article of the year was the appearance of the A9home at the Wakefield show. Second place goes to the release of the first beta version of the Firefox port. In third place, our April Fools wheeze, and in fourth and fifth, running RISC OS software on Linux and the Geminus 'wide boy' screenshot, respectively.

On reflection, this year has been about change, from companies focusing on new projects to the coming and going of developers and users. On the subject of change, I finally graduated from university this year and will be embarking upon a career as a journalist for a regional newspaper publisher in January; if anyone would like to step forward to offer themselves as a writer or day editor, please do get in touch.

Drobe will return in 2006.


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Congratulations Chris.

I do hope someone can help out with the Drobe task, and good luck for your future career.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 25/12/05 7:12AM
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Merry Christmas to everyone at Drobe, and to all its readers.

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 25/12/05 11:03AM
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Merry Christmas, folks.

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 25/12/05 12:37PM
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Merry Christmas everyone

 is a RISC OS Usernico on 25/12/05 4:29PM
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yup that's almost another year "wrapped" up...

7 years on & we're still alive and kicking :-D

 is a RISC OS UserROHC on 25/12/05 6:53PM
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Merry Christmas from the Land of Sun and Surf...... keeping up RISCOS down under.

 is a RISC OS Userpipalya on 26/12/05 7:51AM
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Merry Christmas to Everyone from the Netherlands. Especially to the Drobe Team for doing such a huge work at this website. Keep up the GOOD Work, folks.

 is a RISC OS Userdatawave on 26/12/05 3:52PM
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Yup, happy New Year to all and thanks to Chris for another year of Drobe - it must be a big commitment keeping it stocked with fresh content.

Best of luck in your new career and try not to neglect Drobe too much in the pursuit of your first Pulitzer :-)

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 26/12/05 4:33PM
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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all. Thanks and appreciation also to Chris, Ian and the drobe contributors who liven up our year with insightful commentary on the RISC OS scene. I wish you all the very best of success in 2006.

Now where did I put that mince pie ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 27/12/05 12:32PM
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AMS: I second that. Even though I am currently not using RISC OS, I keep up to date with Drobe. Good work! Best wishes to all!

 is a RISC OS Userarenaman on 27/12/05 10:04PM
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Oh? I thought you were looking to do some RISC OS development. I distinctly remember you making an announcement on c.s.a.a. Would be interesting to hear what happened to that project.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 28/12/05 2:44PM
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