Yet more Omega mobo picsBy Chris Williams. Published: 10th Mar 2003, 18:43:17 | Permalink | Printable
Jules Zimmerle presents the Omega. AgainYes folks more photos of the as yet unreleased Microdigital Omega have been published, er yesterday, on Arche Acorn User Club chairman Julian Zimmerle's website. For the curious and the section of the user base holding Omega deposits, how Julian, (or Jules as we've decided to call him), got hold of the elusive computer is explained here. The hot pics in question are all here and as you'll no doubt verify for us, they are indeed populated PCBs with the 'Microdigital' and 'ARMTwister(TM)' silk screen print in full view. Fantastic, nothing like a good old poke at those Omega deposit holders wondering where the hell their fancy new Microdigital machines have gotten to. They must be chuffed to bits.
"Julian Zimmerle has just Emailed The Icon Bar to let us know that he has updated his website with some new photos of the production omega motherboards", yells iconbar editor Andy Poole also noting that there's some MPEG movie files too for download that show off Jules' Omega in action. Of course, we immediately got in touch with Jules to find out where our email from him had gone but we were assured that we should have received it last night (11pm GMT), so that'll be my fault for using pine and uh, losing it then. How careless. Iconbar fail to dwell on the fact that the Omega's release is significantly overdue and then some, reportedly held up, (as Microdigital confirmed with us), by an unfortunate contractual issue between Microdigital and some third party that is awaiting a resolution. So seeing these motherboards photos may be great fun to look over if you're an electronic engineer but perhaps not if you're a punter wanting a system to use. For the more positive of mind, you're invited to see some cool photos of Microdigital's ostensible achievement in being able to produce a complete computer system from scratch - not an easy task we'll have you know. "So close yet so far" is the cliche we quote in situations like this.
Still, it's nice of Jules to share his Omega with us and it was nice of riscos.org's Ian Karley to share with us his thoughts in his South West show report (read photos with extended captions) here.
"The show was held as usual at the Webbington Hotel", Ian starts his report, later echoing CJE's Andrew Conroy's depiction of the show. "The drive down was uneventful for a change. Numbers were perhaps a little down on last year but there did seem to be plenty of buying going on."
Ian in his report mentions his experience with using an Omega at the show and generously mentioning other stands too.
Jules Zimmerle's website
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