Acornsoft.co.uk, Iyonix Quake, 32 bit StrongEDBy Chris Williams. Published: 12th Feb 2003, 23:51:55 | Permalink | Printable
Auctions, speed testing and more. A round up of this week's news and linksEnd of week work deadlines are creeping upon the drobe.co.uk editors so this article will be brief and it will self destruct in five minutes. Roll the drums.
acornsoft.co.uk for sale [eBay.co.uk auction]
At publish time, there's currently just over 19 hours left on the online auction of AcornSoft.co.uk. The current bid is 400 quid or one can buy it now for a whopping 500 quid. 500 quid for a website? Maybe we ought to flog Drobe and buy some new clothes or something.
The seller, comtique, describes the site as having "huge potential" and it includes a full online shopping system and a year's hosting. AcornSoft.co.uk currently sells vintage computers and related gear.
32 bit StrongED alpha'ed [stronged.iconbar.com]
The StrongED development team have been threatening such a 32 bit compatible release for some time now and have this week published an alpha version (4.66 to be exact) of the most excellent RISC OS text'n'source editor for brave people to test and find faults in. Remember to keep a back up of your current stable version (4.65a2 for this editor), like just in case.
Wacky-Talky, Ten Four, Over [www.tamias.co.uk/wt/]
The sources to GUS' Wacky-Talky software, his low level RISC OS swiss-army knife and system enhancer kit, has been relocated to Mark Rowan's website. GUS has recently left the RISC OS scene and Mark's been busy picking up GUS' projects including the infamous Freeze.
RCI posts Quake Iyonix speeds [Acornarcade.com]
As Acornarcade.com are being overly positive with RCI's not-so-brilliant rendering speeds of Quake 1 on an Iyonix, we're not feeling too guilty about dismissing them. According to RCI, their port of Quake's TimeDemo1 on an Iyonix, Castle's 32 bit computer powered by the Intel 600MHz XScale and the nVidia GeForce2, manages a terribly staggering 15fps at 640x480. RCI admit that the speeds were collected from a version of Quake that's been built without hardware and XScale optimisations, hence the low fps rates. A StrongARM RiscPC by comparasion runs unoptimised Quake 2 at about 1 fps, we're told.
On the subject of Descent and Descent 2, RCI stated, "I forget the fps, but it is totally smooth at 1024x768 in 256 colours. Smooth at 800x600 in 32bpp. Smooth at 800x600 in 16bpp (maybe 1024x768 too!). Playable (ie. around 15fps ish) at 640x480 with bilinear filtering and transparencies (ie. looks like 3D acceleration, but in software). Actually, I've played it ok at 800x600 with this!"
"It is not known whether use will be made of the 3-D abilities of the nVidia graphics card", comments acornarcade.com writer John Hoare, "as the driver is closed source.. Either way, it sounds like there's some nice upgrades for IYONIX owners coming up."
Sounds like AcornArcade know something we obviously don't.
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