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Leading RISC OS lights star in show theatre

By Chris Williams. Published: 27th Apr 2003, 19:07:29 | Permalink | Printable

Four hours of presentations from hardware and OS developers plus special guest Domesday [Updated 00:54 28/4/2003]

Wakefield 2003 organisers, the WROCC, have this weekend announced details of the show theatre which this year features almost four hours of presentations from leading RISC OS hardware companies.

Show theatres are somewhat of a tradition at RISC OS shows, where a company or organisation spends about an hour demonstrating a new product or technology to an audience. This year, Microdigital, Castle and Simtec plus RISCOS Ltd. will be discussing and introducing issues ranging from designing desktop computers to the Iyonix to USB to what the next releases of RISC OS will feature.

We instantly recall the packed theatre at the Guildford show when Castle ran their XScale powered Iyonix computer, now Microdigital (who gave us a warm welcome in Scotland last year) get to take centre stage with their hour on designing for the RISC OS desktop.

Usually, I personally try to make at least one theatre session per show but this May's line up looks more like an insightful four hour conference on RISC OS in 2003. We're hoping it'll clear up a lot of questions from users and maybe we can get a few interesting quotes too. From 12 noon through to 4pm, the show floor is going to be pretty empty, perhaps.

"Yes, the show theatre is back on", show organiser Chris Hughes asserted to us via email. "...you may have heard rumours that we were cancelling the theatre. Well at the time that was partly true, but we have now organised a full theatre programme for your delight."

The WROCC will also be demonstrating a working Domesday System at the event, more details on the laser-disc-combo-BBC Master powered archive kit can be found here.

"The Domesday system was a then state of the art electronic 'Domesday book' but for the modern era", Chris pitched to us. "This will be a rare chance to see a working system in action, so don't miss it!"


Chris Hughes quickly got back to us with a couple of points that answer a some questions from the article comments. We're told exhibitors prefer a show in May to spread events out over the year plus the show is held a week earlier this year compared to 2002. Also, events like the Wakefield show have to be booked upto three years in advance with the WROCC's stand contractor which kind of restricts flexibility of show dates.

Details of the prize draws can be found here. Basically, when you get to the show, you need to fill in an entry form and post the form in a WROCC submission box.

Finally, Chris also makes another plea for people to donate items to the show charity stand as they haven't exactly been flooded with donated kit. Dig out that old A310 SCSI podule or whatever and send it their way.


Wakefield 2003 website

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BBC Domesday is definitely worth going to see - the 17 year old system may be even more fun than the latest computers on show :)

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 27/4/03 7:27PM
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I'm so jealous - the theatre presentation line up looks interesting, I wish I could be there. Haven't heard if anyone is going to film the presentations, I hope someone does. -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 27/4/03 7:38PM
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I'm hoping the aforementioned companies will provide some kind of transcript of their presentation. Castle did this last year with their Iyonix demonstration.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/4/03 7:58PM
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Better yet, someone take a digicam and record the lot (given permission), then give us the video file, and we'll host it on drobe (with credits/stuff). -- Ian Hawkins (g0tai)

 is a RISC OS Userpiemmm on 27/4/03 8:18PM
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I never understand why this show is organised a few weeks before most students have their uni exams. That's a sizeable number of people who would love to go (like me), but just can't.

 is a RISC OS Userrobert79 on 27/4/03 8:21PM
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Aww :| It's only an afternoon break, if you live nearby. It'll be a mild trek for us from Coventry. We'll try to get as much info from the show as possible for people who couldn't make it.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/4/03 8:50PM
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robert79 - I agree - I'm unable to attend this year for a similar reason. I was actually planning on going to the non-existant Sunday show. :(

Chris - have you tried asking the companies for their [RISC OS viewable] slides, if any are available? -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 27/4/03 9:09PM
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It's great that MD will be there, if the Omega is not out by then, at least they'll be there in person so people can shout at them.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 27/4/03 9:30PM
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Chris - I don't remember reading the Iyonix demo transcript. Cool, have you a copy or is it on the web somewhere? -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 27/4/03 9:43PM
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Yes, a text version of the slides shown by Castle's Jack Lillingston is here:


Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/4/03 10:04PM
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A couple of years ago I had exams on the day of the show itself. How ev1l is that?

 is a RISC OS Usermonkeyson on 28/4/03 12:44AM
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Ah - yeah I read that, I thought you meant a transcript of his speech. I trust Drobe will have a big f*ck off show report to calm my jealousy of not being there... -- Gavin Smith, Carrickfergus

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 28/4/03 12:41PM
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The USB presentation given at previous shows is available from the USB podule resource pages at [link]

 is a RISC OS Userkyllikki on 29/4/03 10:36PM
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