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RISC OS South West show incoming

By Chris Williams. Published: 19th Feb 2003, 23:04:53 | Permalink | Printable

We kid ye not. This Saturday.

Ok, we're a news website, right? Well we try. We usually and most of the time get emails from people announcing their stuff, it's called PR. Apparently, there's a RISC OS show going down in the South West of England this weekend. We say apparently, because after we were asked if we were going, we felt the urge to rip off a famous t-shirt joke, that is, we went all the way to acornsearch.com for a url and all we got was this lousy page. Suffice to say we were expecting something a little more like this but it appears beggers most certainly cannot be choosers. There's not even an exhibitors list, for crying out loud. Instead all the info is actually on csa.announce. Comp.sys.acorn.Announce, reporting all the hard news since, um, whenever it started.

While we send the South West show's website back to 1996 (the real days of the web), let's look at the facts. The South West RISC OS show is taking place this weekend (Saturday 22nd February) and is being organised by John Stonier (known for doing a good job) along with the Bristol Acorn Risc User Group and Wessex ARM User Group. The event is being hosted at the Webbington Hotel, Loxton, nr Axbridge, North Somerset. You can also count on a free bus shuttle service running from 9:30am to 4pm and operating between Weston-super-Mare train station and the show.


  • APDL
  • Icon Technology
  • Archive
  • MathMagical Software Company
  • Assoc. of Acorn User Groups
  • Photodesk Ltd
  • Castle
  • R-Comp Interactive
  • Cerilica Ltd
  • RISCOS Ltd
  • CJE Micros
  • Schools in Action
  • David Snell
  • Serious Statistical Software
  • Castle
  • Soft Rock Software
  • Cerilica
  • StrongArm Systems
  • CJE/4th Dimension
  • Surftec Ltd
  • Electronic Font Foundry
  • Tau Press
  • Finnybank Ltd
  • The ARM Club
  • Fortran Friends
  • Zenta Multimedia

The show also features a Games Arcade area and a 4 hour theatre programme. How very exciting, it looks like a worth while show if you're in the area that Saturday. VirtualAcorn emailed us to tell us that a muchly updated version (1.4) of their A5000 emulator software for Windows PCs will made a debut at the show. They'll be bundling more goodies on their CD as well as improving the audio, graphics, CD drive handling and floppy disc handling side of the emulator. Incidentally Castle, we're told, have included pricing details of a 700 quid (inc. VAT) Iyonix motherboard as well as other things like Oregano2 single user copy, in a note that comes with their HAL sources if you requested a copy.

If you do go to the show, feel free to drop us an email afterwards on what happened.


Go here for lots more information (like ticket pricing) on the show.

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OoOOooOOooh! The motherboard option will please a lot of people! Nice! -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 20/2/03 10:05AM
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You might want to point out that users.argonet.co.uk just dropped off the face of the internet, so you can't even get to that page!

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 20/2/03 10:49AM
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But there still seems to be no news on any upgrade path for long standing Oregano Users to Oregano 2?. -- Victor Shears, Maidstone

 is a RISC OS Uservshears on 20/2/03 10:54AM
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[link] is working fine here?. -- Victor Shears, Maidstone

 is a RISC OS Uservshears on 20/2/03 11:44AM
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Seems to be back up, was down earlier.

Victor, might be best to wait until the show and see what they say about upgrades... -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 20/2/03 12:10PM
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And indeed check this page! :) [link] -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 20/2/03 2:36PM
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I do believe they said it would be free, at one stage...

Not that I'd object to the price of upgrading; more that they might break their promise.

 is a RISC OS Usermoss on 20/2/03 2:39PM
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The flyer says the Oregano2 single user copy with cost around 85 quid. We're waiting for a PR from Mike W/CTL to announce these.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/2/03 2:57PM
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EIGHTY-FIVE QUID?!?! That's insane! F*ck me! I won't be buying that then, I'll wait until I can afford an Iyonix and get it bundled... -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 20/2/03 4:41PM
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Easy. Let's see what CTL officially have up their sleeves in a later announcement.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/2/03 5:01PM
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It had better be something more realistic than an 85 for something that was once promised as a forthcoming free upgrade...

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/2/03 5:18PM
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That language it totally uncalled for. Once again, we have people getting worked up on speculation and hearsay. Wait until Castle say anything before we once again blunder into this territory.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 20/2/03 6:20PM
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Erm, but diomus said "The flyer says the Oregano2 single user copy with cost around 85 quid." Is that speculation and heresay, or is the flyer in question not an offical Castle one?

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 20/2/03 6:24PM
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It's from the HAL flyer. Note that this isn't the cost to upgrade; O1 users might get their O2 upgrade for free. I can't remember.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/2/03 7:31PM
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Is the HAL distribution available for download anywhere yet? I suggest people put it on a well configured web server, just incase Slashdot notice. :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 20/2/03 7:49PM
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I was honoured to receive an e-mail from sales@castle who were kind enough to inform me (2 months after I asked) that the O1-O2 upgrade would cost 49 plus VAT. Hope that clears this up.

 is a RISC OS Usertobias on 20/2/03 8:24PM
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I have a copy of the HAL sources (they are GPLed) but I'll have to consult g0tai first about bandwidth usage.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/2/03 8:46PM
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I'm surprised the mention of the motherboard offer hasn't prompted more discussion. 700 inc VAT certainly gets my rabid interest. Cheers!

 is a RISC OS UserThe Doctor on 20/2/03 9:40PM
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Even with RAM, case, PSU, hd drive, floppy, cd, kb, mouse etc it could easily total under 1000 which is several hundred less than if bought whole.

 is a RISC OS Userdanielbarron on 21/2/03 3:15AM
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You'd have a bit of trouble finding a case to accommodate podules, but then again not many people are going to use podules at all. -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 21/2/03 6:44AM
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I have checked the Url mentioned above [link] and it still states TBA for upgrade price and gives no info on availability. Hopefully there will be an announcment at the SW Show?.

-- Victor Shears, Maidstone

 is a RISC OS Uservshears on 21/2/03 2:11PM
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