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South West show photos

By Chris Williams. Published: 24th Feb 2003, 23:26:59 | Permalink | Printable

Steve Potts and Ian Karley capture the moment

Steve Potts, of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, has kindly let us know that his photos of the South West event are now available online for those who missed the Somerset affair. The appearance of the Microdigital Omega at the show, coupled with the fact that the Microdigital staff were reportedly implying that the release of Omega is being held up by some unknown confidential contractual reason and that also several dealers and developers were given Omegas by Microdigital, has promptly resulted in various fiery usenet 'discussions'. All this mud slinging and speculation is oh so very exciting. Really.

Additionally, riscos.org are also hosting Ian Karley's photos of the show too. Our favourite probably has to be this one and not only because we're impressed with R-Comp's over the top "Omega" banner perched on top of the machine, but because we believe Ian's caught on camera Castle's managing director Jack Lillingston trying out the (hopefully) eventual competition.


South West show photos by Steve Potts More South West show photos by Ian Karley

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"that one" might well be Jack playing with Omega, but what is the point in this one: [link] It appears to be a dead Omega behind one of those exploding laptops. The latter could well be running VA5000, I suppose....

Mike Gilbert

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 25/2/03 7:48AM
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Yes, that'll be VA5000 or something very similar on the laptop. that OS 3.1 goodness.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/2/03 8:49AM
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I have put some photos of the Omega I have over here in Germany on www.zimmerle.de/omega/.

-- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 25/2/03 9:00AM
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Julian, is this a developers' box or have you bought it through the usual channels? How does it handle?

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 25/2/03 9:51AM
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This is something I'd like to know too.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/2/03 1:06PM
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It is a pre-production machine (prototype), with a more recent FPGA image than at the Dutch show in 2002. It's got an on-board XScale and the SA, and it even runs Select (but does not come with it). It is neither a developer box, nor bought, but a demonstration machine, like those on the South West show.

 is a RISC OS Usermaus on 26/2/03 4:06PM
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So why are you being graced with it? :)

-- Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/2/03 5:19PM
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@maus: No, it is not exactly like the ones on the South West show, because these are mostly production machines. I will get another motherboard (production) within a few day, too. Yes, it does run Select (4.33), but there are a few issues with that. IMHO these are nothing wich ROL could not solve within a few weeks, though.

-- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 26/2/03 5:37PM
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Is it using the XScale? With ARMtwister??? What is the speed like?

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 26/2/03 5:40PM
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What does it say on the screen before the RISC OS 128MB bit? The writing is too small to read.

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 26/2/03 5:45PM
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On the second video (first switch-on), it says "StrongARM" processor. I think the words before that must be something to do with Select softloading. I could be wrong. -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 26/2/03 6:43PM
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You still haven't told us why you are being graced with an omega :|

 is a RISC OS UserHertzsprung on 26/2/03 8:27PM
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Fame at last! It is Jack trying the

[edited by diomus, 26/2/03 22:44]

 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 26/2/03 9:10PM
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Ah, the joys of Webster. The comment above was trying to confirm that it is Jack L and that it's me that he's just taken the mouse from.

Unfortunately, the monitor was not up to trying out the bigger video modes.


 is a RISC OS UserTonyStill on 26/2/03 9:15PM
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