Weekend round upBy Chris Williams. Published: 11th May 2003, 22:10:21 | Permalink | Printable
RiscPC hard disc alert and software newsHere's some news that we rescued from the show hype tidal wave.
Old RiscPC hard disc alert
Speaking on the Discknight mailing list, developer David Ruck stated that the hard discs fitted with the original RiscPCs (and harddiscs fitted around the time) are now very old and reportedly suffering an "increasing number of problems".
"Please be aware that hard discs have a finite lifetime, and this can be as little as 5 years", stated David. "The original Risc PC discs at 9 years are well beyond this, and now failing... My strongest recommendation is to replace these original discs immediately, to prevent catastrophic data loss."
Dave's refering to mechanical failure here, something his disc rescue app DiscKnight can't help you with. With 2nd hand RiscPCs being picked up from ebay and things like show charity stands, we hope no one new to RISC OS is going to get a nasty surprise as they machine fails to boot up properly due to a failed, aging hard disc.
New ArcFS website
Back in the early to mid 1990s, ArcFS was a commercial yet popular file archiver and compressor. The archives it created were very much like zip files but could only be opened with ArcFS. ArcFS was great in its day because AcornUser magazine used it to compress software and information for their cover floppy discs and applications could be executed and run from within the archives too. However, the generic and multi-platform zip file format gradually crept in and took over and furthermore, we'd have gotten away with it if it weren't for you meddling ARM Club kids.
"The ARM Club is pleased to announce that it has taken over the distribution of ArcFS", announces Tom "I won an Omega" Hughes of the ARM Club. "This version of ArcFS is 26/32 bit neutral and fully compatible with the Iyonix PC as well as earlier machines."
ARM Club are now selling ArcFS from their website, you can download a free read only version in case you come across an ArcFS archive in this day and age.
Bernard Veasey has released his pinboard alternative Pinway. It provides up to 4 pinboards, allows shortcut commands to be attached to icons on the pinboard, the ability to save easily into an iconised directory and more.
Stefan Bellon has bugfixed his free PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) application to version 1.2.2. PGP enables users to use strong public-key based cryptography to 'sign' or encrypt messages and files.
Don't forget our completed Iyonix review.
Also, user account registration was disabled for a while at the end of last week - if you tried to register and failed, you can try again now.
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