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Your portable or mine?

By Chris Williams. Published: 1st May 2003, 23:00:00 | Permalink | Printable

Rumours, rumours and damn facts

Rumour The headline says it all and if you think we're desperate for news, you're either a fool or a linux user. But hey, we got facts, sort of. At the end of March, David Holden of the jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none RISC OS dealer APDL posted to the Archive magazine on-line mailing list saying, "there's a good chance that a new portable might be on show at Wakefield." Now how's that for a classic, old school, unsubstantiated internet hearsay? Even Cybervillage's RISC OS rumour section didn't bother picking it up, this is how much we're scraping the barrel here.

Who could possibly be behind this portable? RiscStation are currently trying to outrun the commercial Grim Reaper and Castle and Microdigital are both surely tied up in their own desktop products? Anyway, Dave posted again to the Archive mailing list at the start of April laughing off the idea of an "Iyonix portable" albeit with a nervous "Oops, I've said too much" laugh - there's a lot you can tell from a "ROTFL", believe us. Then again it could be a mis-timed April Fools joke but we all know that APDL is close to one hardware developer in particular. Dave, like us, recommends you all come to the Wakefield show.

Real news
Enough gossip. The show organisers are pleased to tell us that more exhibitors have been added to the list including our chums from the ARM hardware wielding NetBSD group (who we usually nick their show net connection for a while) and Cerilica who whilst busily finishing Vantage 1.10, overlooked booking a stand. Almost. Finally, R-Comp have Quake "running smoothly" on their Iyonix, we're told, with sound, music and a slick framerate. They hope to have Quake 32 available at the show.

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Should this article be back-dated a month?

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 3/5/03 9:08PM
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Er did this article just appear today or has it really been up since the 1st? I thought I was checking the RISC OS news sites on an almost fanatical basis, it seems I need to check them even more! -- Gavin Smith

 is a RISC OS UserSparkY on 3/5/03 9:23PM
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I thought it just appeared today.

Didn't Riscstation mention a 32bit-class portable, or am I making that up? -- Simon Wilson, Boulder, Colorado

 is a RISC OS Userksattic on 3/5/03 9:47PM
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Basically, behind the scenes, after articles get written and posted to the site, they need to be validated/published before appearing on the front page. And I didn't get round to validating this article until today.

Sorry.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/5/03 10:16PM
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The latest issue of Archive mentions this rumour.

Martyn

 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 5/5/03 12:00PM
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Yawn. Portable? Wutever. -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 5/5/03 11:06PM
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Stork, Artisan, Peanut ... maybe we should add the RS one and this fabled beast to the list of risc os laptops that didn't make it, let's do it now, it'll save time later.

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 7/5/03 2:47PM
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Its probably a Wintel notebook running Virtual Acorn.......

Boring!

 is a RISC OS Usercynic on 7/5/03 7:07PM
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