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May round up

By Chris Williams. Published: 31st May 2003, 19:58:33 | Permalink | Printable

Iyonix-Select saga, RSS feeds, more ebay nonsense plus others [Updated 14:40 1/6/2003]

Towards the end of this month, here in the UK, the weather has been getting very warm indeed, so it's a good thing we're all using low power, low heat ARM based computers. Or air conditioning. As May rounds off for another year and June beckons, here's some bits and pieces that didn't make the headlines.

RISCOS Ltd. have reiterated on the Select user mailing list that Iyonix users longing for Select on their 32 bit XScale powered machines should subscribe now to indicate their level of interest, as well as provide RISCOS Ltd. with the financial resources to Iyonix-ify Select.

"RISCOS Ltd was set up to ensure that everyone in the RISC OS market gets an equal chance to support and maintain their businesses, whilst RISCOS Ltd continues to develop the core operating system. That is still our goal", Paul Middleton, managing director of RISCOS Ltd., told the Select user base, adding that Iyonix-ifying Select would be a "major effort" due to the differences in the low level internals of RISC OS 4 and 5.

Next, the RISC OS C information site now features an RSS feed for GCC news, library updates and project and site news. In addition to this, the Unix Porting Project also has an RSS feed for news of new or updated ports and other related news.

Moving right along to more casual stuff, we face another Attack Of The Silly eBay'ed Acorn Kit. Get that 32 bit minty freshness with some golden era Acorn branded mints or perhaps spend this Summer sporting RiscPC or ART themed badges. Between you and me, we're holding out for the tissue Chris Cox used to dry his tears on the day of Black Thursday, or perhaps Stan Boland's autobiography, 'Stanley: ARM made me do it'.

Love it or hate it, the OS manual for the essential RISC OS programming resource StrongHelp is now RISC OS 5 aware in its documentation of OS APIs and features. Also for developers, Harriet "Sister of Chris" Bazley has unleashed a new version of SideDiff, a desktop interface to diff. Erik Groenhuis has released a module for third party programmers who need to conversions and calculations on dates in their software.

The HTML import filter for OvationPro by Rick Murray, OvHtml [direct .zip link], has been updated. Despite being virtually internet-less for over a year (sounds like some kind of religious fasting deal), Rick's also sneaked out a new version of his teletext software. Malcom Ripley's image gallery generation app Thumbcat has enjoyed a vast number of enhancements. Finally, John Kortink has updated his DiscInfo, ModeInfo, GreyEdit, Zerilink and Translator software.


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Are ROL living on the same planet as everyone else (or please tell me I've misunderstood the posting) - but are they asking Iyonix users to subscribe to a product which they can't use yet in the hope that in the future it will be made to work for them?

While I appreciate that they need a steady income to continue development this really is asking too much (IMHO).

Or is the entire RISC OS market designed around a reverse business model(ie. pay for it first and we'll produce it later).

-- Ryan Hitch, Cottingham

 is a RISC OS Userdrjones69 on 1/6/03 9:19AM
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Drobe, you spoke too soon - It's overcast this morning :-( ! -- [link]

 is a RISC OS Userphilipnet on 1/6/03 9:25AM
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You won't lose out by paying for a Select subscription in the hope of an Iyonix version unless you have nothing to run the current versions of Select on. There may be people running a RiscPC and Iyonix side by side.

I'm certainly interested in continuing my Select subscription to help towards an Iyonix version.

 is a RISC OS Userjonix on 1/6/03 11:53AM
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Will the June roundup contain the words "Omega shipped to end users and Alpha notebook fully available"? Or will we see the launch of the Delta project, whereby MD announce a continuinuinuing programme of changes to specifications, causing the final product to be delayed indefinitely?

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 2/6/03 7:32AM
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"Or will we see the launch of the Delta project"

That will be on the third of June, "another sleepy, dusty, delta day" for those who remember Bobby Gentry and "Ode to Billy Joe"!


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 2/6/03 7:33PM
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I try to avoid remembering Bobby Gentry. The subtle pun I was aiming for was more calculus than river mouths. Lower case, rather than upper.

 is a RISC OS Usermikeg on 2/6/03 10:40PM
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"The subtle pun I was aiming for was more calculus than river mouths."

Point taken. The Delta project would also have been a good name for Select as it suggests small but frequent improvements. As you say, a "continuinuinuing" programme of changes.


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 3/6/03 12:44PM
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Wow. Did someone really pay 7 quid for a lapel badge that was given away free to Clan members and who, despite wearing the hideous Clan t-shirt with pride, were *still* to embarassed to wear an ART lapel badge?

 is a RISC OS Userninja on 3/6/03 8:25PM
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