Plan to save users' marriages shelvedBy Chris Williams. Published: 17th May 2006, 21:48:40 | Permalink | Printable
Big hearted developers feel their customers' painSneaking new computer kit into the home office without your partner catching you is a gauntlet many of us face after each RISC OS show. But at least a couple of companies were close to saving their customers' marriages with a cunning plan that never quite made it off the drawing board.
Speaking at a user group meeting in London this week, RISCOS Ltd's Paul Middleton let slip that a new product was considered that could be covertly smuggled into a house, but the idea was eventually canned. The plan involved producing a small ARM-powered computer on an expansion podule which could then be plugged inside a RiscPC and used out of sight. Hidden from inquiring minds and sharp eyes, the proud owner could safely use the new kit while pretending to use the RiscPC.
Waving an A9home at the podule slot on the back of a nearby RiscPC, Paul added to stunned punters that the project instead turned into the ARM9-powered computer launched last weekend by AdvantageSix and CJE Micros.
A news mole claimed he overheard a punter quip: "This is just the sort of thing I could have done with at last year's show in Guildford. My wife would have killed me if I carried home a new computer."
• Paul appeared at ROUGOL this Monday, and RONWUG this evening. He spent Monday night debating future ARM chip support, showing off visual tweaks in Select 4, and defending the decision to develop tweaks and updates to the appearance of the RISC OS 4 desktop. He added that making the OS look similar to Apple's Mac OS X could appeal to users familiar with that platform.
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