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November News Summary

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Nov 2002, 09:09:51 | Permalink | Printable

Ok, it's an end of month round up. Application news, user group events and the usual fun poking.

Another hetic week goes by and another end of week round up article heroically escapes the drobe.co.uk editorial stronghold. This week has brought good news for developers with two GCC C/C++ compiler releases and a Desklib release. It's also seen a comfortable resolution between Windfall Engineering and Viewfinder users, a full stable Select (RISC OS 4.33) release and lots of applications news including MSN clients, Aemulor and Artworks, which is now safely in the hands of MW Software. However as promised, here's the news we thought we'd save to last and, for a change, we'll spare you the usual headline puns but only because it's late and we should be in bed.

Viewfinder firmware update [www.windfall.nl]
True to their word and as a result of the resolution between Windfall Engineering and its Viewfinder customers, a free bugfixed version (1.48) of the Viewfinder driver module is now online at the Windfall website, boasting the following updates:

  • Zap users with the 32MB Viewfinder models who run the Viewfinder accelerated ZapRedraw module can sometimes see random 'inverted lines' appearing. This most notably occurs after accessing a floppy, however this bug is now fixed.
  • There are nicer iconbar sprites for Viewfinder Display Manager and the Display Manager now correctly switches the graphics card to the selected colour depth.
  • *ViewfinderCacheContents now displays total cache memory usage.

More networked printing excursions [www.eqlab.org/riscos_ipp.html] [Requires 32bit SharedCLibrary]
Network printing on RISC OS seems to be all the rage now and you can count on eQ to get in on the act and offer some kind of utility or port. IIPPrint is a simple program that allows you to print to a printer that supports the Internet Printing Protocol, all you have to do is enter the device's IP and drag on a textfile or postscript file to print.

More on KinoAmp [www.everett9981.freeserve.co.uk/pete.htm]

As reported in a previous article, MPEG playback application KinoAmp can now play video files and multitask at the same time. Verson 0.23 is now out which fixes a few problems with desktop operation and also adds cool variable display scaling and aspect ratio control.

"...grrrrrr...bark...grrrr...rip...crunch...snap" [www.riscworld.co.uk]
Yes that's the sound of the postman force feeding your letter box the next issue of CD magazine RiscWorld, according to editor Aaron Timbrell. Speaking of his magazine, which should be delivered to subscribers within a few days, Aaron comments in his press release to drobe.co.uk, "it also makes an excellent drinks coaster to keep coffee stains off your mousemat. This exciting issue includes, words, pictures and punctuation, but not necessarily in the right order." Talk about a positive mental attitude.

You see, we happen to like RiscWorld; this issue contains evidently many hard hitting and factual articles like an "insider on the new Iyonix PC from Castle Technology" and a review of Desktop Repton as well as another column from the mysterious and supposedly hilarious Hugh Jampton. Now forgive us for being a tad cynical but we reckon that a name like Hugh Jampton has got to be a pseudonym and if it is, we want to know who it really is. Also, whilst on the subject of being typically sardonic, we particularly like the way myriscos.co.uk editor bluebottle tried to disguise the (near) verbatim copy of the RiscWorld Volume 3 Issue 4 press release he ran on the community portal by amusingly omitting quote marks. Good job.

Iyonix roadshow continues [iyonix.com]
I don't know, we run one usergroup article and all of a sudden everyone wants their meetings to get a plug. "I know user group events aren't normally news fodder for you guys, but all this Iyonix stuff is very exciting", exclaims usergroup spokesperson d.g.s. in an email to drobe.co.uk.
Oh indeed it is. So, if you want to see one of Castle's soon-to-be-release machines, you need to attend either:

  • The M25 East RISC OS User Group (in Harold Wood, one mile from the M25) on Monday 25th November. Contact Barry Walsh for more details.
  • The RISC OS User Group of London (in central London) on Monday 16th December. Contact info@rougol.jellybaby.net for more details.

At each event there will be a presentation, demonstration, questions session and then a chance for general discussion and some hands-on use of the system; admittance is free.

Freeware fun
Both FTPc (cool FTP transfer software) and PDF (PDF viewer) have been updated following numerous bug fixes (see changelogs) as well as being made 26/32bit nuetral. Oww (weather monitoring software) has also seen a bug fix release. SuperFPEm (enhanced floating point emulator) has had a number of bug fixes too, any new problems should be sent to the author as soon as possible. New app E-Merge by John Williams performs mailmerge on a template e-mail using a list of email addresses stored in TSV or CSV format. Also there's more new apps from John; CountFetch and ImageFetch, which use wget to periodically grab website hit counters to stick on your pinboard and grab web images to set as your backdrop, respectively. Ideal for monitoring web site traffic or a webcam, or something. Finally, PSC (friendly Popstar configuration utility) has been updated to feature a user import function.

And finally
It's good to see Castle are distributing and, more importantly, trusting their as yet unreleased Iyonix computers to responsible developers, such as Paul Vigay and friends. Yes, that is presumably Richard Goodwin eating an XScale powered RISC OS machine. Somebody stop that man.

Chris, would-you-like-fries-with-that office, drobe

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Ewwww someone clean that keyboard on the 'Iyonix computers' screenshot :)

 is a RISC OS UserNoMercy on 24/11/02 5:06PM
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It's a "fake" picture anyway. The keyboard and mouse are for a RiscPC and won't phsically fit to an Iyonix anyway.

 is a RISC OS Userian on 24/11/02 6:12PM
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So either the Iyonx is ridiculously overclocked RiscPC or I can see some USB cables trailing off to the right of the machine.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/11/02 7:28PM
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Does the Iyonix not have a PS/2 port for the keyboard then? :) (Also, I'm currently happily using a Logitech Pilot Mk1 in a PS/2 socket, too...)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 24/11/02 11:25PM
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Doesn't look like it:


I see no mention of PS/2, it's USB all the way.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/11/02 11:33PM
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I didn't think Castle were that dumb. Oh well, down the Apple route they go. :) Still, I'd still pay the couple of quid for a PS/2 -> USB converter to use my RiscPC's keyboard, because it's nice. :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 24/11/02 11:34PM
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