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By Chris Williams. Published: 1st Mar 2006, 00:20:18 | Permalink | Printable

New NFS server, beta testers sought, updated software and more

News in briefA new NFS server has been developed by Alex Waugh for RISC OS. Moonfish complements popular NFS client Sunfish, and allows users to share files stored on their RISC OS computers with other machines over a network. Alex's latest development supports versions 2 and 3 of the NFS protocol, and is available under an open source licence.

Paul Stewart has improved his unofficial A9home compatibility website. The new website now allows punters to post questions about the ARM9 powered computer currently available to paying beta testers. Paul says he will do his best to respond to queries, and is willing to allow other A9home users to log into the site to post answers. It's understood AdvantageSix have a suitable login too.

APDL are developing Excel importing and exporting support for spreadsheet Schema2, and have managed to get simple sheets loaded by the software. The publisher is now seeking beta testers to test drive the package, and interested users should get drop them an email. The company is also on the look out for Iyonix and A9home owners to beta test a forthcoming 32bit compatible version of WimpBasic.

Mike Williams's BASIC V book is available once again, this time online via lulu.com. This digital reprint can be downloaded or, alternatively, a dead tree copy ordered. This online initiative is part of David Bradforth's republishing of the programming guide for beginners. On the other hand, you could peruse the bargain basement book section on Liquid Silicon's website - selected Acorn-era titles are going cheap, postage extra.

Open source web browser NetSurf now includes a user interface for managing SSL certificates, and supports ICO and BMP graphics files. The efficiency of the image handling has been improved, the HTTP authentication system rewritten and support added for text selection and searching for plain text content.

CleanBar is an interesting utility that will terminate your running applications at the click of a mouse button. Software started up after CleanBar will be quit in this way, allowing users to terminate groups of applications at the end of a project. CleanBar was developed by Peter Scheele.

Utility TextSeek has been bug fixed and is now A9 compatible. Audio diagnostic tool BazSound has been improved. HTML generator meDDLe can now export images in a web-friendly fashion. The Routines Library from 7th Software has been updated. Remote desktop VNC client Avalanche has been bug fixed. BBC B emulator BeebIt has had its graphics and memory access emulation tweaked. Webmaster tool WebTotals is now Iyonix compatible. Utility FreeMem has been tweaked to display the amount of free memory correctly. Users of the AAUG.net email forwarding service should check to make sure their accounts aren't bouncing email, highlighted after host Spellings.net moved to newer server hardware.

And finally
Picsel have developed a Flash 7 player ideally for small ARM powered gadgets, thanks apparently to the fact that its staff previously honed their skills on Acorn kit.

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Again, I feel compelled point out that the name of my sound configuration application is 'Bazound' and not 'Bazsound'. Curiously, Googling for the latter does turn up my web site - presumably because of the two Drobe pages with that mis-spelling which link to it.

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 1/3/06 11:06AM
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Dnt lv ut ltrs ppl wll fnk itsa txt msg.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 6/3/06 9:22AM
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Or if they are clever then they might realise that it is a portmanteau word and therefore need not include the entirety of the original two words that have been blended together.

 is a RISC OS Userthesnark on 22/3/06 5:55PM
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