Iconbar: Anything you can do I can do betterBy Chris Williams. Published: 17th Mar 2003, 20:43:50 | Permalink | Printable
iconbar.com shows myriscos.co.uk how polls are really done. Plus we're bored.Rant | Editorial It's quiet, it's oh so quiet. With no cool RISC OS news emerging, what's an editor to do? Hound companies for news? We've tried. Make up some news? Can't say we're not tempted if only to avoid a non-updated frontpage. However, principles - we've heard of them although we could do with learning some respect. I mean, we could talk about actual real news like the fact that CJE (thanks for the new mouse guys) are selling off their limited stock of the Castle 32bit C/C++ compiler kit at the launch price of a hundred quid. We could talk about Mike Sandells' updated AMPlay, a frontend to the Amplayer MP3 music module. Perhaps review a new version of RiscSearch, the multiple-search-engine-query-launcher app that's been developed by Patrick Mortara for some time now. Maybe we could look at the news of Dr. Andreas Dehmel's Doom It Yourself port which has been made 32 bit compatible besides other changes - you might want to check out Andreas' amusing rant page too, if you're looking to escape from this mindless article.
But oh no, instead we'll focus on the trivial poll battle between iconbar.com and myriscos.co.uk because it seems like something fun to do. We're not getting dragged into this match up, we've booked our tickets in this spectator sport. In the blue corner, we're proud to present to you ladies and gentlemen, the popular mega-forum-site, Paul Vigay obsessed and more-editors-than-you-can-shake-an-apathetic-stick-at, the one and only NoughtPointOne flagship - iconbar.com. And in the red corner tonight, as hosted by Co-Comp and personally recommended by John "Acorn Publisher" Cartmell, the official VA5000 news site and usergroup announcement board rivalling only the AAUG, we give you - myriscos.co.uk. You see, myriscos.co.uk originally posted a poll asking who's going to Wakefield 2003 event. At time of writing, the online voting turnout on myriscos is probably slightly less than the number of UK people supporting an Iraq war right now. Now up steps iconbar.com, probably taking a break from its obvious heavy news reporting and also known for running in depth polls, in our eyes waved a parental finger at myriscos, showing the hapless community website last week how it's really done by asking the same Wakefield attendance question on their frontpage poll. Currently 37% of voters (nice IP logging there) have said they'd definiately be going, which ought to calm the show organisers' and exhibitors' fears.
And so on
Why stop there? We're told that besides other oddities found in the latest March Foundation RiscUser edited by Richard "icons" Hallas this month, the publication advertised to its readers February timed events (so time travel has been ported to RISC OS) and on top of this Acornuser has relaunched this month featuring a crazy new typeface for their article copy. There really is no need for articles like this one, we'd all much rather report on positive news and comments, surely? Right, trust me then when I say we're looking forward to this week's news.
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