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Published: 23rd Nov 2008, 14:03:09 | Permalink | Printable

First came the DIY RISC OS laptops crammed into hand-beaten metal cases with all the style of a 1980s Skoda and the portability of a bedside table. Now one RISC OS user has given his A9home an executive look by neatly placing it into a Samsonite briefcase. John Rickman will be demonstrating his A9exec kit alongside Paul Stewart's third-generation A9home laptop at a RISC OS show in Birmingham early next month.

Here's some pictures of John's mains-powered 'portable', which contains an A9home computer, monitor, keyboard, mouse and a couple of power packs. Click on a thumbnail for a larger image.

The A9exec   The A9exec

The A9exec   The A9exec

John said: "I bought an A9home three years ago at a Christmas RISC OS road show. It was very much a beta product at the time and it was sold on condition that I did not whinge if it had problems. There were a few glitches at first but despite the lack of fanfare the problems I reported with my beta release have been fixed.

"It now runs alongside my Iyonix and there is no noticeable difference in functionality or performance."

He added: "It does has one big advantage over the Iyonix. It is packaged as a portable machine and I regularly take it to the Midland User Group meetings. It takes literally less than thirty seconds to close up and carry out, and can be back in use in the same amount of time."

• The Midland User Group Christmas Show takes place on Saturday, December 6 2008 from 10.30am to 4.30pm at the University of Birmingham Guild of Students. Exhibitors include R-Comp, RISCOS Ltd, Orpheus, RISC OS Now, Archive, Qercus, show sponsors Serious Statistical Software, VirtualAcorn, the Midlands User Group, APDL, CJE, MW Software, RISC OS Open, the NetSurf team, the RiscPkg project and Steve Fryatt.


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An innovative solution to a problem faced by many.

It appears that the images present three different setups. Any chance of some further info on each of the pics (apart from the closed case of course)

 is a RISC OS Userrmac on 25/11/08 2:47AM
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I'm sorry but it is desperately, desperately sad that anyone would consider such an unwieldy Heath Robinson approach when you can get any number of small neat cheap Netbooks like the EEE PC.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 25/11/08 8:58AM
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Druck how very Un-RISC OS :,-(

 is a RISC OS UserFuzzy on 25/11/08 9:40AM
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Who cares!

If John wants to put his A9 in a breifcase let him be. Im sure he is well awhere of the EEE PC, but wanted to have a bit of fun with his A9home.

 is a RISC OS UserMikeCarter on 25/11/08 1:09PM
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Or alternatively, realistic and sensible. No point being silly out of stuborness.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 25/11/08 5:26PM
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In reply to drucks strange outburst:- Heath-Robinson it may be, but it is very definitely not unwieldy. It is probably more convenient than the average laptop for packing up and carrying. For by the time you have unplugged the charger and mouse and zipped them up in the laptop bag you have a bulkier package than my Samsonite briefcase. Which incidently comes with a combination lock and does not look like a computer thereby hopefully not attracting the light-fingered.

With respect to the Netbook, no mater how small, neat and cheap, none afaik is any good for RISC OS apps.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 25/11/08 8:33PM
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The picture on the top right appears to show the keyboard connected to the A9 via a USB->PS/2 convertor. Is there a reason for this? I'm pretty sure that the A9 works with USB keyboards.

 is a RISC OS UserJades on 25/11/08 9:47PM
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Picture top right shows two AC/DC adapters. A five volt one for the A9 and a 12 volt one for the screen.

In the picture bottom right, the adapters are hidden. They are now in a metal box and are connected via a DIY "Y" lead which terminates at the back. The mains lead is plugged into this from the back, allowing a simple unplug and go!

The ethernet cable at present enters through a hole in the back.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 25/11/08 10:24PM
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Sorry - misunderstanding - it was plugged via the converter because I wanted to keep a spare USB slot available. With this early arrangement the front of the A9 was too close to the case and I could not use the two USBs on the front - not incidently could I use the sound ouput.

 is a RISC OS UserJohnR on 25/11/08 10:31PM
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