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Cybervillage closure 'end of an era'

Published: 20th Nov 2006, 15:31:25 | Permalink | Printable

Editor calls it a day

Bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-bye, bye-byeMedia watch - The Acorn Cybervillage closed its doors this week after editor Dave Bradforth admitted he no longer has enough time for the site. The contents of the website will remain online, said Dave, who now edits eBay Advisor magazine. He described the closure as "the end of an era."

Launched by Stuart Halliday in 1995 as a RISC OS news website, the site grew with the addition of information on emulation, printing, and other hints'n'tips. Cybervillage scored a run of news exclusives, beating its print and online rivals, primarily during the break-up of Acorn and the run up to the launch of the Castle Iyonix. Dave took over the site when Stuart stepped down last year, but not before the Cybervillage bagged five web gongs for its efforts.

In a message to CV visitors over the weekend, Dave wrote: "I've spent a lot of time considering the future for The Acorn Cybervillage. At present my work commitments do not make it practical to continue with the site; and recognising how long it has been since its last update, I've decided to close the site. I wish to express our gratitude to Stuart for developing the site initially."

David told us: "I'm not planning to remove the content; I needed to simply make the situation clear. It is the end of an era, but the start of a new one, I would hope. There's always been a lot of potential in the RISC OS market, and we can hope that somebody taps that potential sooner rather than later."

The site, which once attracted thousands of visitors a week, served 21,194 pages of content in October.

• A new RISC OS news blog opened this month.


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Clicking "new RISC OS news blog" link above here resulted in pop up city and it attempted to install a "registry optimiser" :( (browsing from windows on firefox(

So ermmm go there with caution if you are a windows user :/

Sad to see cybervillage go - it is indeed the end of an era.

 is a RISC OS Userbenc on 20/11/06 4:54PM
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Shame about the Cybervillage, but how many RISC OS news sites do we need anyway?

The RISC OS news blog only popped up one ad for me, offering me a mobile phone. This is using Firefox 1.0.7 without popup blocking enabled. Maybe I won't bother to upgrade since it ain't broke. Pop-ups are not exactly the end of the world anyway. Just close them. No damage done.

 is a RISC OS UserCogs on 20/11/06 5:56PM
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Can I mention here that the Liquid Silicon site (which is hosted by the Cybervillage) is not affected by this. Just use the proper URL, www.liquid-silicon.com.

Thanks, Alan.

 is a RISC OS Userliquid on 20/11/06 11:05PM
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End of an era maybe, but I think it's a good thing (closing the cybervillage) , there are plenty of other RISC OS related websites that should follow suit, far too many of them remain un-updated and full of 'old' news, anyone who doesn't know where to look for RISC OS information (i.e the casual browser) would take one look at theese sites and assume RISC OS was dead!

 is a RISC OS Userleeshep on 21/11/06 2:00AM
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I always preferred Drobe, it has pictures of tottie too. :)

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 21/11/06 12:53PM
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Cybervillage closing is sad news. Thanks for all the effort over the past 11 years.

Does anyone know how Stuart is these days?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 22/11/06 8:18AM
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