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The web getting too much for your older Acorn machine? Not with Richard Murray's QuickVoy

By Chris Williams. Published: 11th Apr 19:13:18 | Permalink | Printable

Getting your old Acorn computer on to the internet is quite tricky considering most of them will, at best, have just 4Mb of RAM. In that 4Mb you'll need to fit in the best part of an ISP dialler, an email and usenet fetcher, an email and usenet reader and a web browser plus all the support and driver modules. Richard Murray's QuickVoy, is an extremely compact and memory efficient frontend to Argonet's internet suite. By loading applications and modules when needed rather than all at once, QuickVoy can help to make the most of your free memory.

According to Richard, this release sees the following improvements:

  • Fixed trivial bug in cache scanner, and a not-so-trivial bug dealing with junk in corrupted cache indexes.
  • If Dynamic Areas are available, QuickVoy will use these instead of claiming chunks of application memory.
  • Today in history. 'tis interesting, especially to just read the data file. It is heavily biased towards science and space exploration.
  • If JPEG decoder can't figure recognise the image, it'll toss it over to ChangeFSI. So QuickVoy can display anything ChangeFSI can understand.
  • MbxWatch updated [now fully non-blocking].

"QuickVoy basically came about 'cos Voyager's dialler, Fresco, and the various support modules just wouldn't fit into a 4Mb machine without seriously restricting (or totally destroying) its usefulness", Richard explained to Drobe. "In these days of machines being considered woefully underpowered if they have less than 32Mb installed, it is amusing to note what a difference a mere 300K can make, when you really need it."

QuickVoy: www.heyrick.co.uk/voyager/quickvoy/

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