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Iyonix goes for safe BETT

By Chris Williams. Published: 9th Jan 2003, 03:58:00 | Permalink | Printable

BETT 2003 show sees RISC OS presence: Iyonix, Softease, Cannon and more

BETT 2003, aka the educational technology show, is celebrating its 20th birthday this year round and it promises to be big. BETT annual shows attract at least 22,000 teachers from all over the world with over 500 exhibiting companies showing off their software, hardware and other services. And in amongst the throng of excited ICT staff and teachers taking a day off to visit London's Olympia, you can expect a collection of RISC OS companies to be present, waving the flag of our favourite OS in a bid to grab some attention from the market that Acorn once (albeit a long ago) held in its hand.

The culprits
The Castle Iyonix computer will be on the Cannon Computing stand (B166) in what we're told is a joint venture between the two companies.

"The IYONIX pc runs RISC OS 5, the latest version of the operating system pioneered by Acorn for use with ARM processors", Iyonix PR frontman Mike Williams informed us via email in case we had forgotten. "The IYONIX pc thus provides a fully supported, reliable XScale platform, as well as offering all the proven ease of use and productivity of the RISC OS operating system."

That's nice use of the Acorn brand there, getting it out of the cupboard and dusting it off for the show to tug at the memories of show goers (remember mostly teachers). Let's not forget that also at the show, there'll be:
BETT 2003 opened yesterday (Wednesday 8th) but runs until the end of Saturday 11th and you're invited to attend and say hello to the aforementioned companies. As previously stated, it's held at Olympia in London and opens 10am-6pm on week days and 10am-4.30pm on the Saturday. You should see the show website for more details and if you do attend, let us know what you thought.

Cheque please
The Iyonix is under another special offer for the turn of the new year. Maybe the offer is due to the BETT show appearance, or alternatively as iconbar.com ponders, an adjustment in price in face of initial user (sorry, enthusiasts') comments that a lower specification Iyonix was needed? Anyway, as a special offer until 28th February, you can get an Intel XScale powered Iyonix with 40GB HDD, 128MB DDR RAM and normal CD-ROM for 1249 quid. See the pricing page for more details as well as other offers Castle are running on printers and flat screen monitors.

And on the subject of the Iyonix, you'll be pleased to know that Castle have updated the documentation website for RISC OS 5. The updates really only apply to software developers wishing to take advantage of new interfaces and such presented by RISC OS 5, so do take a peek when you get a minute. Having said that, the desktop appearance command will interest those who like fine tuning the appearance of windows on their desktops. All in all, this willingness to release documentation is a welcomed gesture from Castle and as iconbar.com editor (we've lost count of all of them) moss put it, "What's perhaps more important is the sign that Castle are continuing development, and providing plenty of resources so others can too."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves, John. Really.


BETT 2003 Iyonix website

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I doubt however that RISC OS will make much of a headway into the education market though - most schools were completely PCified yonks ago.

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 9/1/03 10:33AM
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Would have been nice, though probably inadvisable, to see the "Acorn IYONIX pc".

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 9/1/03 11:12AM
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Acorn should re-emerge like some long, lost classic car brand to grab the emotions.

 is a RISC OS UserDaveyBoi on 9/1/03 11:16AM
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Ouch! Sarcasm detector going up to number 11, here...

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 9/1/03 11:16AM
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If Cannon/Cumana want some serious business they should develop a website that works. It's deisnged in Frontpage (ugh) but it's severely broken...

 is a RISC OS UserDiehardDuck on 9/1/03 12:54PM
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Yeah, it's awful, isn't it. I'm sure some kind soul would do it for them for free; if I recall, there were similar offers for the Microdigital site.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 9/1/03 12:55PM
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Unfortunately, just because someone offers a free design doesn't mean they'll automatically take it. There's probably a matter of pride.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/1/03 5:56PM
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*cough* ARM Club *cough*

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 10/1/03 12:09PM
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Yes; but there's not much room for misplaced pride these days. We're all in this together...

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 10/1/03 3:19PM
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Quite frankly a website like that which not only looks poor, but is broken (in that the navigation elements don't work properly, prob. due to the fact there are no frontpage extensions installed on the server) would put me off purchasing anything from the company.

 is a RISC OS UserDiehardDuck on 10/1/03 3:48PM
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What's frustrating about Cumana is that they have a really good product (SLYM) to promote, yet, like most RISC OS companies, they haven't a clue how to promote anything. A decent website should just be the start!

Ian Chamberlain.

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 10/1/03 10:28PM
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The SLYM is great, as fylfot says, but given Precedence's new NCs having much faster processors (didn't ask what) the SLYM needs to go Iyonix-like. We shall see. In any case, what is really needed is a new version of ICA.

Got to play on the Cumana Iyonix. It is a very fast machine. Congrats again to Castle.

-- Andrew Harmsworth, Cambridge. www.gcse.com owner and author

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 11/1/03 6:45PM
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I just read that the new Amiga (not Omega) is being launched at the CeBit computer show in Germany this March. CeBit would also be a great place to expose new RISC OS hardware to a large number of people (OK geeks, but geeks with money) -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 15/1/03 3:55AM
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