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By Ian Chamberlain. Published: 7th Jul 2003, 14:05:14 | Permalink | Printable

APDL updates, fighting spam and more

The ownership of RISC OS has changed for the third time in five years but third party software development hasn't dried up by any means; here's a roundup of recent freeware news.

APDL/ProAction have been busy. They have announced new versions of Rhapsody 4, a music notation package, and Desktop Repton, the appropriately named desktop version of this popular RISC OS game. Although only minor bug fixes, it is encouraging to see this development after APDL/ProAction called on users, last month, to suggest improvements for their software catalogue. They've also announced that they have "active development plans" for Compo, WimpBasic and Sleuth. More information is contained on their website.

There has been much discussion of late about spam (or unsolicited emails), revealing the dangers that both businesses and individuals face as the problem grows. There are many ways of combating the problem and SpamStamp is one such solution. This program uses bayesian filtering techniques to detect spam. This means, as the author Jan-Jaap van der Geer explains, "that you do not need to set up all kinds of rules, but instead the system figures it out by itself. It does this because every time it makes a mistake, you tell it that it took a wrong decision. This then increases SpamStamp's ability to detect spam".

You can download SpamStamp's latest incarnation from the author's website. Version 0.12 improves support for emails that contain MIME, base64, HTML and binaries. And if you're still confused about spam, keep an eye on Drobe over the next week for a comparative review of AntiSpam and SpamStamp.

Those Iyonix users who wish to indulge in a little nostalgia will be pleased to hear that BeebIt has been updated to support Castle's latest machine. As Michael Foot states in his latest announcement, "BeebIt is a freeware BBC Micro computer emulator for RISC OS versions 3.00 and above. It emulates the Acorn BBC Model B, BBC Model+ and BBC Master 128 computers". For more information click on the BBC link on the author's website. Beebit 0.53 also corrects a number of bugs that are detailed at the same site.

Next, Roger Darlington has announced a new version of his Digital Signal Generator. This useful program, which allows users to create digital audio files to test equipment such as CD players and sampling cards, has also been updated for the Iyonix. For more information visit Atomic Software's website.

Finally, we'd best mention the new website for user group BAUG.


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First post! :)

 is a RISC OS UserTimothy609 on 7/7/03 6:21PM
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g0tai> I think it's time to veto anyone who has "first post" in their post...

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 7/7/03 6:49PM
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Splendid article, this chap rocks.

 is a RISC OS UserFuzzy on 7/7/03 7:52PM
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imj: Agreed. This recent first post trend is incredibly annoying and purile.

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 7/7/03 8:29PM
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Heh. Hadn't even realised we had a new drobeditor! :)

 is a RISC OS Userimj on 7/7/03 9:00PM
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Ian.C's taken over as software correspondent. That's the third Ian we've had. I best credit him in the About page.

And I'll ponder further at a comment moderation system for the Summer. Basically, it would be cool to mod comments as either "troll/offtopic", "boring" or "cool". Then people can choose to see all comments, or just boring, cool or no comments at all.

Just need to decide on who should moderate and how much etc. Email me if you have any good ideas.

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/7/03 11:48PM
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I should moderate because I'm judgemental, yet fair, and bored.

Failing that we can just make fun of first posters until they stop.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 8/7/03 12:43AM
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A site, whose name escapes me, allows voting by anyone, on the quality of posts, maybe something like that would be cool.

 is a RISC OS Userthegman on 8/7/03 12:50AM
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This guys name sounds familiar.... Nice article, it all rocks.

 is a RISC OS UserSnig on 8/7/03 1:14AM
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I know that Slashdot.org has a rotating moderation system but, like most of Slashdot's moderation system, it's a little OTT.

And yes, all these comments would be marked as offtopic ;) So to bring it back on topic, how about this BeebIt, eh? I'mma gonna play me some Granny's Garden..

Chris, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/7/03 1:16AM
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Actually some people have already got 0.13 of SpamStamp. I'm a bit unsure about a general release because it increases the size of the hashtables and therefore the memory usage. I hope to change that in a future version. But in the mean time, 0.13 is much more effective. I guess I need to upload it to my website, with some warnings about the memory usage...

Maybe a good idea for that upcoming comparitive review anyway :-) -- Jan-Jaap van der Geer, Eiksmarka Norway

 is a RISC OS Userjjvdgeer on 8/7/03 8:33AM
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