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New ebay guide published

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th May 2006, 16:21:55 | Permalink | Printable

Making the most of online auctions

Front cover of eBay AdvisorA new guide to using the popular online auction house ebay is now out on the shelves. Produced by Alligata's David Bradforth, eBay Advisor is said to be suitable for RISC OS users as well as PC and Apple Mac owners.

David said: "There are perhaps ten pages that are more PC specific; with the rest of the 100 pages being cross-platform to a very large extent. It's hence a very useful guide to those early eBay steps."

He later added: "As to which RISC OS web browsers worked best [with eBay], that's a very good question. I tried the Mac and PC ones, but have never owned an Internet-connected Acorn computer. Would make an interesting test though, I may set up my PC on the Internet so I can test with VirtualRiscPC."

In the years after the collapse of Acorn, ebay has become fertile ground for finding old and rare kit.

The journal is split into five sections covering topics such as buying and selling goods, and running a small business with ebay, using feature articles and practical hints and tips. RISC OS users who order a copy will get a copy of Richard Hallas's page design guide DTP Principles and some software thrown in for free.

A website for eBay Advisor is due soon.

• Do you use RISC OS with eBay? Tell us about your successes and failures, which web browsers you've used and on what operating system. Have you bought or sold any interesting Acorn hardware? Tell us about that too.

Links

For more info, contact Dave Bradforth here or, alternatively, here.

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If my memory serves, ebay and Browse don't get along - there seems to be a mime-type incompatibility somewhere, since the auction pages get displayed as plain text.

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 24/5/06 4:51PM
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The eBay pages got better (i.e. information presented better) as time passed by but in the same go got more complex so that having a slow browser makes them no fun - well, if you're on ISDN or the like then the internet connection might be a bottle neck. I thus gave up to even try to look onto eBay pages using any RISC OS browser but use Firefox on Windows or Linux instead.

BTW, the "Related articles" offer the "Omega welcome guide confirmed" link ... seems to be a bit off topic and better suited for the previous article "Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener" :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/5/06 5:07PM
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RO Firefox in its various betas (I currently use b4) works fine on Ebay and I have used it since last July to browse, bid for and sell items. You need a 32-bit machine though; it's slow on a RPC. Navigation from one text entry field to the next is best done with Tab rather than the mouse I find.

George

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 25/5/06 8:08AM
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eBay used to work on Oregano 2, but no longer does. As bucksboy says, Firefox works, but I find it too slow even on an Iyonix. I tend to use Firefox on my iMac when I visit eBay.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/5/06 12:10PM
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bucksboy:

Yeah that good old text area mouse click & firefox death trick... :-(

cables:

mmm ebay did something & now it stiffs O2...

Netsurf allows you to look at stuff but last time I tried there were problems with paying - although what with its continuous developement this may have changed... :-)

 is a RISC OS UserROHC on 25/5/06 4:30PM
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ROHC, cables: I find RO FF beta5 is more responsive than beta4, especially so concerning text entry, but it is less developed. Once you get to know RO FF it is quite reliable, more so than O2 in my experience, and vastly more capable.

 is a RISC OS Userbucksboy on 25/5/06 6:25PM
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bucksboy:

We're on Firefox B5 too

& btw if you're an iyonix owner germinus actually makes O2 a usable browser...

 is a RISC OS UserROHC on 25/5/06 11:32PM
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In reply to ROHC:

I am an Iyonix owner using Geminus but haven't noticed any difference to O2 (unless you're talking about graphics acceleration). How does Geminus make O2 useable?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/5/06 12:20PM
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cables:

because of the graphics acceleration O2s constant redrawing is sped up making it seem faster in use

 is a RISC OS UserROHC on 26/5/06 12:35PM
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