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Facts found on Acorn Cybervillage

By Chris Williams. Published: 20th Jan 2003, 08:47:25 | Permalink | Printable

A new month, a new Omega deadline

Imagine our shock when we checked Acorn Cybervillage this month and found the rather sensational news that the Microdigital Omega will apparently be released "within the next two weeks". Having reminded ourselves of what an Omega is and thus sweeping previous deadlines under the carpet, we prepared ourselves for the facts behind O'Cybervillage's reporting.

According to the veteran portal's News and Rumours section (nice contrast there), the editor of Archive magazine, Paul Beverley, has informed his readers that the long awaited Microdigital Omega will be priced at 1149 quid, will include a 1GHz XScale processor and be ready within 14 days. This is all, of course, from an undoubtable, reliable and anonymous source close to Paul at Archive. Acorn Cybervillage would appear to have quoted Paul as saying the Omega is supposed to be "a bit faster than the Iyonix". Golly, all this concrete evidence.

Incidentally, we were recently and privately informed of something very similar but you'd hardly expect us to make a song and dance over it, now would you?


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A rather cynical report there. Anyone would think you didn't like Cybervillage very much...

 is a RISC OS UserDiehardDuck on 20/1/03 11:54AM
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Gosh, next you'll tell me the register are occasionally sarcastic...

-- Dougal

 is a RISC OS UserDougal on 20/1/03 12:23PM
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But, but we wuv CV :)

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/1/03 2:20PM
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Well Microdigital have committed to me that I will receive my Omega by the end of January 2003, or I take my business elsewhere.

-- Paul Jagger, LONDON

 is a RISC OS Useracornretro on 20/1/03 2:31PM
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How many vistors a day does Drobe get?

 is a RISC OS Userdanielbarron on 20/1/03 3:45PM
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Lots. Thanks for asking :-)

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 20/1/03 3:55PM
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Me, I just can't wait to see an Iyonix running alongside an Omega - what a site to behold that will be! -- Andrew Harmsworth, Cambridge. www.gcse.com owner and author

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 20/1/03 3:55PM
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harmsy: you need to get out more often ;)

-- Dougal

 is a RISC OS UserDougal on 20/1/03 4:33PM
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Putting the two machines side by side would be interesting to see if either machine stands out on particular merits; that is, one machine could be best suited for graphics people, one could be best suited for raw processor power and one could stand out as the most expandable. Etc.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/1/03 11:36PM
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Nice to see Drobe reporting real news at last. ;-)

Veteran am I now? Hmmm.

eeh, when I was a pup I used to use a Cambridge Mk14 with a massive 256 bytes of RAM, kids these days won't know what a real computer is if it hit them in the face!

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 21/1/03 10:43AM
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They probably would, as it would hurt a great deal more that a "fake" one.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 21/1/03 11:50AM
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There is a picture of the production motherboard - now with added chips - available at [link]

The site was last updated 24th December - before Christmas. :)

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 22/1/03 1:13PM
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That's a really truly horrid case compared to the cute little original one, but clearly the motherboard there is different to the one we snapped in Livingston.

 is a RISC OS Userian on 22/1/03 4:51PM
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Livvi mobo pictured here for reference : [link]

 is a RISC OS Userian on 22/1/03 4:56PM
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Looks like a replacement case for the larger midi tower (which was very plain), rather than the standard case.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 22/1/03 4:57PM
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The Pharaoh case that Microdigital were using is really horrid. I bought one once and the metal work is really thin and light but it also bends far too easily around the back.

I like these new Shuttle type 'shoeboxes' that are going around. It would be nice to get a RISC OS mobo that would fit one of those.

I too took a pic of the Omega mobo last year. Here is mine. Perhaps we should have a competition? ;-)


 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 23/1/03 3:37PM
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Perhaps we shouldn't.

 is a RISC OS Userian on 23/1/03 8:07PM
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Oh I don't know... if PV can have his Crop Circle pages, why not a Omega Mobo site?

www.omega.mobos.com? ;-))

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 24/1/03 1:00PM
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