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By Chris Williams. Published: 4th Jun 2003, 22:14:53 | Permalink | Printable

Mid-week round up of MSN Messenger, Flash plugin, Frontender, printer drivers and more [Updated 09:45 5/6/2003]

We seem to have fallen into the routine of doing one or two round ups of news a week, which is good. Here's some new stuff you can lay your hands on this week.

Philip Hardy has emailed us to say version 0.24b of his MSN Messenger client for RISC OS users is now available after a bug fixing session. This version also supports interactive help. "I'm delighted that MSN Messenger has evolved to the point where we can deliver to end users a still finalised, almost stable realisation of our overall goal with the MSN client", Phil told us, definitely making good use of our press release template.

The RISC OS Flash player plugin by Leo Smiers is now 32 bit compatible thanks to John Bell. In his email to drobe.co.uk, John suggests the 32 bit version is mostly useful for people using R-Comp's WebsterXL on their Iyonix computers. The Flash plugin is released under the GPL and the source code is therefore available for download along with the built plugin.

Dave "Spriteman" Watson has let us know that his Frontender software has been bug fixed following feedback from users. Frontender allows users and developers to produce user interfaces for command line based software.

SpamStamp, Jan-Jaap van der Geer's anti-spam email tool, has been much discussed in the RISC OS newsgroups after we reported on its initial quiet release. Now it's got its own webpage. "Although quite a lot of people already use SpamStamp, it has, until now, not had a very official status since there only was a [zip file] that could be downloaded from my website, not linked from any other pages. Since so many people are interested in SpamStamp, I decided that this should change", commented Jan-Jaap in his email. The key to SpamStamp is its ability to learn what unsolicited email (aka 'spam') looks like in order to better identify and trap spam email in the future (basically, a Bayesian filter).

Freeware home accounts app, Account2 has been updated. Version 1.25c of Kevin Edwards' software can be found here.

(Update) Jonathan Briggs has uploaded a website about the various printer drivers he's written for RISC OS and also the availability of other drivers from other third parties.

Also, don't forget riscos.org's Wakefield 2003 report. Strangely, Ian Karley's article mentions the existance of mass storage USB device drivers for the Castle USB solution, which is news to us unless they were hinting at the Partis Computing's PowerUSB announcement.

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It seems the Flash plugin is popular - we 32bitted it a few weeks back for WXL users, with links back to Leo's site, obviously. Anyway, it's good that it's available from a non-company-affiliated site :-) Nice work.

 is a RISC OS Userarawnsley on 5/6/03 10:24AM
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I thought 'que' should be spelt 'queue'? Que is French innit? Like 'you what?'. This is of course referring to the riscos.org article :)

-- Wasssssssssuuuuuuupppppppp?

 is a RISC OS Userrusstarbox on 5/6/03 1:52PM
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Yeah, & I'm sure he meant to say 'merging' instead of 'murgeing' -(Guffaw! guffaw!, great feeling of pride at my little bit of sarcasm there) Spelling fingerpointing bandwagon! Waheeeey! I'm bored. ;)

 is a RISC OS Usertootled on 5/6/03 2:44PM
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"This is a local shop for local people."

The Exile solution never did arrive...

-- [link]

 is a RISC OS Userdavidb on 5/6/03 6:44PM
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The new MSN client now connects again :) One less thing for the PC Card to do.

Thanks Phil.

-- Jess

 is a RISC OS Userjess on 6/6/03 4:00PM
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"I thought 'que' should be spelt 'queue'?"

Not if you're from Barcelona!


 is a RISC OS UserMartyn Fox on 6/6/03 7:34PM
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