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Mid-week roundup

By Chris Williams. Published: 23rd Apr 2003, 23:13:08 | Permalink | Printable

Acorn user news, CJE online, hot ROM images and more

News bits you might like to know about. Good day.

Surveying the acorns

Acorn User have posted an online survey that they'd like you all to complete and submit as they're very keen to find out what you lot think of their magazine. Acorn User editor "Rob Donaldson" has also today been touting the forthcoming May issue highlights.

CJE yoyo

After announcing last week that they were experiencing DNS problems with their website, CJE Micros have informed us today that they are in fact now back online, you can find them at the usual cjemicros.co.uk address.

"Excellent" graphing app re-released

Dr Peter Killworth emailed us this week to say he's re-released Tim Birks' top graph-plotting app Tau (now under the GPL). "Tau is designed to produce publishable quality graphs first time", writes Peter, "and yet is infinitely adaptable by the use of style files". A data worksheet can be filled by typing in values, importing from a file and/or applying a calculation. You can then determine line patterns and thicknesses, colours, text positioning and font sizes, etc. Peter has provided Tau in a PackDir archive, you can alternatively download version 1.30 as a plain zip file from here.

Wave to the music

Carlos Michael Santillan has released MP3ToWave, a Perl script that uses AmpApp to convert MP3 audio files to raw audio Wave files. A FrontEnder script is also provided.

Finally, Richard Hall has been busy ripping apart Acorn hardware so you don't have to and we also fear Jason Tribbeck has lost the plot - R1sK0S w4R3Z0r!!1! R4r3!


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As if I ever had the plot to start off with :)

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 24/4/03 12:31AM
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I'm intrigued by this killer app AU are referring to. If it's Cocognut, it isn't much of an exclusive... -- Gavin Smith

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 24/4/03 12:34AM
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TAU looks like a great piece of software. Perhaps you could run a competition for the most interesting graph...prize you name in flashing lights (javascript permitting) -- Steve Knutson

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 24/4/03 2:33AM
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So - how does one put ROM images onto ROMs? :-)

-- Andrew Harmsworth, Cambridge. www.gcse.com owner and author

 is a RISC OS Userharmsy on 24/4/03 6:50AM
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You can't - ROMs are read only. ;o)

You could always print the images and stick 'em on, though! -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 24/4/03 7:02AM
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Those ROM images are a big big aren't they? :)

 is a RISC OS Useriamnotamused on 24/4/03 8:23AM
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I don't think it's CocoGnut - AU never go back to me regarding an e-mail I sent a while ago. I wouldn't really call it a 'killer app' anyway :-)

 is a RISC OS Usercocodude on 24/4/03 10:17AM
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ROM images: What did I start??? ;-))

SparkY: Maybe AU mean Cocognut will finally kill off what little commerical market we have left? ;-)

iamnotamused: Depends on the size of your Monitor surely? ;-)

Cocodude: Does this mean I need to buy a copy to see if any of my products are getting passed around illegally? Will I need to do a 'Madonna'? :-)

 is a RISC OS Userquatermass on 24/4/03 11:36AM
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quatermass: I don't know ... would you look good in a pointy bra? :)

 is a RISC OS Useriamnotamused on 24/4/03 12:47PM
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ianu: Yes, they are large. Deliberately large (you've got to make them look like they're binary data).

 is a RISC OS Usertribbles2 on 24/4/03 8:02PM
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IIRC cocognut can't actually share files so piracy of RISC OS software isn't a concern. I think the number RISC OS users is small enough to make it easy to deduce who's making anything available on Gnutella (you can find their IP which at least narrows it down to an ISP). I wouldn't risk it anyway.

 is a RISC OS Userrob on 24/4/03 8:30PM
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