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Last issue of Foundation RISCWorld published

Published: 29th Mar 2009, 19:27:22 | Permalink | Printable

The final edition of Foundation RISCWorld, a bi-monthly CD-based magazine published by APDL, has been posted to subscribers this month after editor Aaron Timbrell decided to call it a day.

Aaron, who is a former RISCOS Ltd director and heads VirtualAcorn, took the decision after the workload of producing the magazine became too much for his recent poor health. He also blamed in-fighting in the RISC OS scene and claimed abuse aimed at him and publisher Dave Holden, also a ROL director, had put him off.

The magazine, which started off as RISCWorld but only just recently absorbed ROL's newsletter Foundation, had been in production for nine years and posted 55 issues to subscribers around the world. Each issue featured roughly 20,000 words and took over 3 weeks to write, edit, proof and publish. The CDs, on which the articles were supplied, were usually filled with useful software and other resources related to a particular issue's content.

In his final editorial this month, Aaron, who also runs a web and print design business, wrote: "As some readers know my health isn't great and over the last couple of years I've found editing the magazine increasingly difficult. The amount of time I can spend working has now become limited, with the result that I can't carry on doing all the jobs that I am contracted to do. Something has got to give."

He added: "In addition both Dave Holden and myself are heartily sick of the abuse directed at us from some sections of the RISC OS 'community'. Both of us have worked incredibly hard to keep RISC OS afloat over the years and to constantly be attacked by some 'RISC OS users' wears one down over time.

"Despite the best efforts RISC OS still seems to be polarized around two camps. It's ridiculous. Fighting each other will only end one way, with everyone dead. Attempts to reconcile the situation always get sabotaged sooner or later. So, frankly, stuff it. We are both going to carry on doing our own things. Life is too short to try to convince idiots who don't rely on RISC OS to stop shouting and start thinking."

One subscriber told Drobe.co.uk: "So this is another blow for RISC OS. I am quite sad about this one as I really enjoyed getting RISCWorld with all the software included on the CD, admittedly it was mainly from the internet, but it was good having it all in one place.

"It's all a bit strange, really. RISCWorld only just merged with Foundation a few issues ago.

"Another thing is that none of the other articles in the magazine hinted at this closure, which was announced in the main editorial, and the Iyonix help column asked for more contributions for next issue. Was this possibly a last minute decision?"

Aaron said he hoped to be able to spend more time on his VirtualAcorn business and other projects. He was not available for immediate comment.


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It's always nice when your market gives you an easy reason to escape. I hope Aaron's business blossoms with the extra time he has to spend on it.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 29/3/09 9:04PM
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I've always found Aaron to be an astute businessman.

Given how difficult the rest of the world's newspapers and magazines are finding it to make money from their publications at the moment, I wonder if the underlying reason for this announcement is that the financial return on the time and effort has become minimal.

The stated reason does not make sense to me. I can't imagine that those alleged to be "attacking" subscribe to the CD, so how would pulling the plug on it be an appropriate response ?

I've suscribed to the CD in the past and thought it well produced - With subscriptions to 'Qercus', 'Archive' and 'RISCOS Now' currently on the go, I'd let the 'RISCWorld' one lapse - but I'm wishing I'd supported it more now....

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 29/3/09 11:45PM
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Hopefully there could be someone to take on but it sounds like it has just been binned!

 is a RISC OS Userjlavallin on 31/3/09 10:44AM
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According to Aaron in the relevant part of the magazine, they did ask around to see if anyone would be willing to take over the task of editing, with some initial interest until the would-be editors realised how much work was involved, at which point interest waned.

 is a RISC OS UserVinceH on 31/3/09 11:36AM
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If like me you are a owner of a Virtual Acorn machine, you will probably have some idea of just how hard Aaron works!

Although I am relatively new to the platform I think the level of support he offers and the obvious passion for RISC OS is incredible and he is a friendly approachable guy as well

Just supporting VA would be enough to keep most people busy especially at the level of dedication Aaron does

But Aaron also is very much part of the RISC OS operating system, his also loves cars,has his web an print business and until now FRISC World as well

How he managed to keep all this going and for so long beggars belief and I honestly think if anyone deserves a rest it is most certainly Aaron

So although it will be sad for FRISC World to go, Aaron will still very much be a major part of the RISC OS community and I think we all owe him some measure of thanks (the amount being determined by how much help or support Aaron has given everyone) in deciding to focus more on VA

Maybe VA might not everyones cup of tea, but without it i and probably quite a few others wouldn't even be here now

So thanks Aaron - here's hoping you have the best in the future, whatever it may be

 is a RISC OS UserBernardRobin on 1/4/09 10:57PM
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Well said BernardRobin.

It is easy to complain but harder to do something.

I could never edit a magazine.

 is a RISC OS UserRevin Kevin on 1/4/09 11:22PM
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This is sad indeed. Thank you to Aaron for his hard work over the years. Though perhaps he might yet play the oldest trick of the business world and re-launch the magazine in a rebranded form....

 is a RISC OS UserDrWhich on 3/4/09 8:24PM
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