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Published: 6th Apr 2009, 21:08:04 | Permalink | Printable

Letter of the week - RISCOS Ltd boss Paul Middleton pulls us up for getting his company's directorships wrong.

Date: Mon, 30 Mar 2009 12:42:13 +0000 (GMT)
From: Paul Middleton
To: Chris Williams
Subject: ref: Last Issue of Foundation RISCWorld Published article

Dear Chris,

I don't know how many times I've mentioned that articles published on Drobe should be accurately researched.

Aaron Timbrell is NOT a Director of RISCOS Ltd. A constant mistake that you and a number of other RISC OS bashers have been making over the past couple of years.

Please correct the article immediately and also point out the error and apologise for failing to accurately research your articles.

P.S Why is Dave Holden (who is a Director) constantly included in "this week's poll" items, regardless of the question. Is this a bug in the Drobe software?


Paul Middleton
Managing Director
*Note new phone numbers from 1st April 2008*
Tel +44 (0)29 2061 9942 Direct, Fax +44 (0)29 2021 3156

Aaron has since confirmed that he is no longer a ROL director. He stood down after overseeing the release of RISC OS 6 and the release of documentation to end users and developers - but continues to carry out consultancy work for the company. The article in question has been corrected and Drobe is happy to clarify the situation and apologise for any distress caused.


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Answer: Dave Holden

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 6/4/09 9:22PM
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Dave Holden

 is a RISC OS Usertomato on 6/4/09 9:34PM
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Paul Middleton isn't aware of the great Dave Holden conspiracy? I'm shocked, and amazed, in identical quantities.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 6/4/09 9:55PM
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Shh! Don't mention the Dave Holden conspiracy in public!

 is a RISC OS Usertomato on 6/4/09 9:58PM
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Did I miss the announcement that Aaron is no longer a ROL director?

I guess one of his most recent and important consultancy work was the new creative reading of the licencing stuff ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhubersn on 6/4/09 9:59PM
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Perhaps Drobe should add an Aaron option to all the polls, that means "This question is wrong."

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 6/4/09 10:06PM
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must be due to Dave Holden

 is a RISC OS Userepistaxsis on 6/4/09 10:11PM
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I wonder if ROL's new telephone numbers are an April Fool.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 6/4/09 10:19PM
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I had no idea it was possible to be that self-righteous about something so unexciting as not being aware that one of your company member's job title has recently changed. No doubt the very comment "one of your company member's job title has recently changed" is inexact enough to warrant a similar response, were Drobe to put it in an article.

Further more, it seems highly unlikely that someone who's dedicated so much time to the commercially useless task of providing the _only_ up to date news on RISC OS, Chris, is a "RISC OS basher". Seems more likely that you, Paul, are a Drobe basher.

 is a RISC OS UserMonty on 7/4/09 12:00AM
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I don't understand why Paul hates Drobe soo much. Maybe he just needs a hug.

On a semi-related note, anyone know why Paul would be flogging his OS in "doesn't work so well" guise for cheapbeans on eBay? [link]

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 7/4/09 8:59AM
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He is just trying to dump the unstable flashchips.


 is a RISC OS Useregel on 7/4/09 11:02AM
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I'm guessing when Paul has written "RISC OS Basher", he was refering to RISCOS Ltd rather than RISC OS itself.

 is a RISC OS Usersa110 on 8/4/09 7:17PM
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I don't think anyone contributing here should be described as a "RISC OS basher", we are all here for the good of RISC OS, although many of us have disagreed with the direction taken by companies such as ROL and Castle at various times. Drobe has always been prompt at awarding praise where it is deserved too, such as useful new features in RO6.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 7/4/09 9:02AM
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Well, I've just bought one of these unstable buggers for my old A7000, I tell you how it works out. Since the auction only states that there would be problems with podules and since my A7K will never have a podule. This is a nice and cheap way to get the system "semi" up to date. Hooray for Paul and his bargain bin.

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 8/4/09 9:58AM
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Drobe are being a touch puerile by putting a Dave Holden option on every poll. It has absolutely no meaninmg, so anyone voting that option are, IMO, being just as childish.

While I don't think you should stop doing it just because Paul Middleton, or indeed anybody else, asks you to, you should stop doing it because this is supposed to be a sensible and responsible news portal, not a place for people to make childish comments.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 8/4/09 10:34PM
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"this is supposed to be a sensible and responsible news portal"

Is it? Who decreed that? I'm fairly sure Chris didn't.

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 8/4/09 10:44PM
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I think you, like Paul, have had both a massive sense of humour failure, as well as missing the point entirely. The Dave Holden issue is a witty and fabulous commentary on the market as it currently stands, or rather flops.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 9/4/09 12:17AM
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What He Said ^^^

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 9/4/09 9:00AM
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What point? What wit? What fabulous commentary? I think you are the one who has a sense of humour failure for not seeing that it isn't funny. Once, maybe twice, after that it just become insulting.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 9/4/09 10:23PM
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Sorry, but by definiation, the one who doesn't fine the witt funny is the one who has had the sense of humour failure. Also, Drobe now offers threading, a technology of the 70s. Please make use of it.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 9/4/09 10:57PM
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You still haven't explained where this so called wit is. Just insulting somebody isn't wit, it's puerile and childish.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/4/09 10:40AM
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I see no insult. And thanks for calling everybody else puerile and childish for finding it amusing when you don't see the joke. How ironic.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 10/4/09 12:23PM
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Also the more annoyed people are, the funnier it seems to get.

 is a RISC OS UserIvanDobski on 11/4/09 10:06AM
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What joke? The first time I saw it I assumed it was relevant to the poll in question, Thw second time I was just puzzled, the third time I posted I reqest asking the relevance and was told it was a joke, but whatever the joke was was not explained.

So. Again. I ask. WHAT IS THE JOKE? Or is it as I am now beginning to suspect, not a joke at all, but a joke at someone else's expense, which basically means that you are simply poking fun at this Dave Holden guy.

The other word for continually poking fun at someone who can't, or won't, answer back, is BULLYING!

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/4/09 10:36AM
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It's been explained numerous times before. Look around at the other polls. And no, poking fun at somebody who /won't/ answer back is their own look out. Dave's more than able to answer back if he so wishes, and has refused to, even on the news groups when directly questioned on the issue.

Calm down. Sit down. Have a cup of tea. Stop getting worked up about something that's going over your head.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 11/4/09 11:38AM
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It may be best to just avoid reading drobe.co.uk if you don't understand it. Suggesting it's 'bullying' is actually more ridiculous than Paul's original suggestion that drobe is a RISC OS basher. :)

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 11/4/09 12:14PM
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I don't know. Is ignorance of a slightly obscure joke really more ridiculous than blatantly ignoring the truth for no obvious reason?

Back tracking a little to "sensible and responsible news portal"; whats there to be sensible and responsible about? Its only an outlook for minor technology news snippets. This isn't the BBC reporting in Helmand. There's no Prince Harry to get whacked by the Taleban because of it. More silliness!

 is a RISC OS UserMonty on 12/4/09 12:34AM
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 is a RISC OS Userimj on 9/4/09 11:35PM
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 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 10/4/09 12:16AM
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Damn :D

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 10/4/09 12:25AM
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Please clarify which combination:

YADS Yet Another DOS Shell Yet Another Drupal Site Younger Adults and Disability Services Yet Another Drobe Story

AICMFP And I claim my five pounds

 is a RISC OS UserAnon on 17/4/09 12:03PM
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You've got the AICMFP bit right.

 is a RISC OS Userrjek on 17/4/09 7:11PM
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I don't know how I missed this.

Group hug everyone! We're all in this together, sense of humour or otherwise :-p

 is a RISC OS Usersascott on 17/4/09 4:06PM
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