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RISC OS websites update round up

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Jan 2003, 03:57:47 | Permalink | Printable

Wakefield 2003. Iyonix. Freeze. And more.

Yes, we're not the only RISC OS website left on the internet, far from it. Some websites have been updated and we think you ought to know about them.

Wakefield 2003 now really online [www.wakefieldshow.org.uk]
This year's Wakefield RISC OS show website appears to be primed, online and packed with usual pre-show information and hype - except for the non-existant exhibitor listings but we dare say this'll be filled out as the event approaches. Billing itself so modestly as the "the Biggest, the Best, the Premier RISC OS show", the WROCC organised event is being sponsored by Spellings.net, STD and R-Comp and is scheduled for the 10th May as a for-one-day-only event.

32bit modules nailed down [www.iyonix.com/32bit/system.shtml]
Ah finally, we've been waiting almost patiently for this. Castle have now provided a, presumably, fixed primary location for users to find the latest 26/32bit SharedCLibrary and Toolbox modules, required if they're running 26/32bit neutral software on a 26bit RISC OS. This means developers can now easily point users at the above URL and thus guarantee that they'll get the latest versions of the modules. It also means we don't have to hunt around for a copy of the modules from some third party's website.
One good thing to come out of the recent rash of software being re-compiled into 32bit compatibility (other than obviously enabling Iyonix to run their favourite software), is that it gives a good indication of who's still present in the RISC OS software developer community and taking enough active interest to at least dust off old software and rebuild it.

Freeze unfrozen into freezed open source state. Froze. [www.tamias.co.uk/freeze/]
Once upon a time, there was a dude called GUS who had the nickname Kostas Proitsakis and, among many other interesting things also developed under the ARM's Tech banner, he wrote Freeze, a machine state snapper - which is a program that fundamentally takes an exact instanteous snapshot of a computer's memory and the status of any devices connected to it and saves it to disc. Later, this snapshot can be restored, bringing the machine back to that exact point the snapshot was taken. It's very ingenious and effectively cuts boot ups down to 5 seconds.
It's written mostly in hardcore scary chickens assembler language, the kind you'd expect from Kostas, and as he's decided to sadly leave the RISC OS arena, Kostas has handed the source code to Freeze to one Mark Rowan (nice site design). Mark has subsequently uploaded the sources to his website for all to play with.
"[Freeze] was originally written by Kostas 'GUS' Proitsakis of the ARM's Tech, before he left the RISC OS scene", explains Mark on his Freeze mini-site. "However he has very graciously decided to donate the sources to the public, so that the application can hopefully be amended to run on the new 32-bit machines, the Castle Iyonix and the MicroDigital Omega."
Please use Freeze responsibly and also entirely at your own risk.

And finally
As we're on the subject of websites, this must be the most ridiculous domain name we've ever seen (as discussed on the iconbar forums):

This page is unofficially sponsored by asylum.acornarcade.com
"It's all good"

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I'm officially avaliable for any favour you may wish to ask for.

I liked Mark Rowan's site, too; really nicely done.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 24/1/03 9:15AM
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moss : phnarr!

 is a RISC OS UserNodoid on 24/1/03 11:07AM
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I'll keep that in mind moss.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/1/03 12:30PM
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Moss, clean the floor :p

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 26/1/03 12:52PM
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Oh I get it: On drobe, he's a guest. At TIB, he's the teaboy ;)

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/1/03 1:01PM
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Yay, Castle have put the 32bit modules on their website, no more trying to work out who's got the latest version.

It also appears that when people release 32bit compatible versions of their software, they include the small bug fixes and features they've collected since the previous release, that they thought weren't worth releasing on their wown. Maybe they even add things that they've been thinking of doing for a while.

It's all good.

Sad to see Wakefield is only one day, does the size and number of RISC OS shows reflect the size of the market accurately?

Nice to see people releasing their sourcecode if they're not going to use it anymore, I hope everyone does this. Maybe it should be in a licence: This code is mine unless I don't update it in x years, or die, then it's PB/GPL/Whatever.

egnufeb = befunge backwards?

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 26/1/03 1:18PM
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If you followed the link back to the IB forums, you would have found out.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/1/03 1:36PM
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