January 2003 round upBy Chris Williams. Published: 31st Jan 2003, 23:47:45 | Permalink | Printable
Iyonix. Computer Shopper. Aemulor. Freeware goodies. And then some [Updated]Guess what? It's Friday, or rather what's left of it, but more importantly it's also the end of January so this'll be a usual cram-stuff-in-at-end-of-month article then. Welcome.
Iyonix in Computer Shopper
Computer Shopper's enthusiatic (we think) review
Easy, easy, let's not go nuts here. The Iyonix has in the past made its way into numerous articles published outside of the RISC OS media arena (seeing the machine mentioned elsewhere is getting old hat, almost), however we'll have to admit that being granted column inches in Computer Shopper's review section is something always worth mentioning.
The review or at least the version online, headed "Some rough edges, but good if you prefer the RiscOS approach" which mirrors Slashdot's 'if-it-does-what-you-need' view, is a pretty quick read, features one or three throwaway statements about how RISC OS is going to take on Windows and MacOS ("soon") but is nonetheless better than nothing at all; all attention is good attention.
"The system only recieves a thumbs across rating but the outlook is positive", comments iconbar.com editor Alasdair Bailey in NoughtPointOne's coverage of the Iyonix's most recent publicity. "The main area that comes in for criticism is pricing (especially when there's no monitor included as standard)."
"I want my Aemulor"
Aemulor 'fesses up [Update]
As you may know, we previously reported on this humble website that Aemulor.com were planning a grand release of Aemulor, the 26 bit emulator for 32 bit RISC OS systems, at the end of January 2003. Well, scratch that, there's been a slight change of plan.
"Unfortunately, due to the integration of the new StrongARM-speed core taking slightly longer than anticipated, this means we won't be shipping Aemulor on this date", reads the official statement on the Aemulor.com announcement board. "Whilst we all making every effort to get the product ready for a release, we don't want to ship inferior code which will cause more problems that it solves."
This means they've regretably pushed back the release till after the first week of February although you can still (fingers crossed) expect a demo version within the first week of February. Oh and here's us thinking Drobe Launchpad was the only source of RISC OS related sardonic gags:
"Don't worry, we don't plan on 'doing a Microdigital' ", the Aemulor.com announcement continues, "..when we say February, we do actually mean February 2003 and when we miss a deadline, we believe in keeping everyone informed of why and what's happening."
RISC OS Jobs
Once upon a time, this site used to be hosted from Drobe Launchpad's old server in Manchester and after a brief period of offline-ness, it's reared its head again on riscos.org. ROJO essentially lists offers of vacancies and freelance work within the RISC OS community.
This time around it also has a mailing list for people looking out for RISC OS related work and they're also offering webspace for any RISC OS related projects that are on the look out for webspace.
We've been reliably informed that Steffen Huber, developer of CDBurn, the popular CD burning/authoring software for RISC OS, has issued version 1.59beta4 to CDBurn users to test. Documentation, we're told, on writing drive specific driver files will be made available soon. See the relevant announcement on the CDBurn smartgroups mailing list for more details.
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- Here's a handy utility we're glad to see released after playing with it in beta for a while. DirSync is an application developed by Jan-Jaap van der Geer and it basically compares the files in two different directories, listing differences between them. You can also "synchronise" directories using DirSync. You can find out more about DirSync here and don't forget to drop Jan-Jaap an email when you've downloaded it.
- David Ruck's been busy 32 bit'ing applications he publically admits aren't his but presumably Dave's the kind of chap who doesn't let legalities get in his way, obviously.
- David Buxton has released a 32bit version of Sambaserver and more importantly, work on porting the more recent 2.2.7 Samba sources is being looked into. We're warned that this version can still utterly stiff your machine but the sources are online if you wish to play with them.
- Version 3.71 of DrWimp, the established WIMP library for BASIC programmers, has been issued by Ray Favre. It corrects a minor bug since the last release but we thought you might as well be made aware of it in case you were breaking into BASIC programming on RISC OS.
- Terry Swanborough, developer of RiscPCB, has released version 0.47 of his printed circuit board designer having 32 bit'ed it and fixed a few bugs. Terry would like all users of RiscPCB to drop him an email so he can judge the size of his current RiscPCB user base.
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