RiscStation wants deposit holders to reconsiderBy Chris Williams. Published: 13th Oct 2003, 19:47:53 | Permalink | Printable
Annoucement incoming, speculation arrivedRiscStation would prefer deposit holders for its ARM7500FE based laptop product to hold off asking for their money back as they have a new development in the works. Speaking to drobe.co.uk earlier, RiscStation explained that they have an announcement planned for this week which will reveal a new development to address the portable saga.
RiscStation had aimed to deliver their laptop by July 2002 although nothing since has turned up, except a failed mailing list. Also, customers have, reportedly, had varying degrees of sucess in terms of getting their deposits back. Some users have been able to receive a refund immediately while others had to resort to writing to their credit card companies.
In a posting to usenet, deposit holder Kell Gatherer reported, "I was told, 'No, there haven't been any refunds; they have to come from CTA who will be making an announcement in the next few days, and then you should make up your mind what you're going to want to do. I can't say any more on the phone.'
"I have to say, an announcement of any kind about the RS laptop would come as an extraordinary surprise. At this stage I'd find the announcement more of a surprise than its content, IYSWIM."
Kell later added in an email to us, "I wish they'd get on with it".
Roy Heslop, Managing Director of RiscStation, explained to us that his company wasn't in a sound financial position to offer refunds on laptop deposits and incidentally felt their laptop hardware had been underrated by the userbase. According to RiscStation, their ARM7500FE 56MHz laptop would equal or outperform a 233MHz StrongARM RiscPC due to the redesigned motherboard and fast memory access.
Roy also blamed RiscStation's inability to secure IT contracts with outside organisations on the reputation RISC OS users had given them. Remember, your comments are just a google away.
Although RiscStation wouldn't comment on what their announcement will entail, one other developer recently hinted to us that RiscStation will in some way employ VirtualRPC. Riscstation wouldn't confirm this when we spoke to them and that we'd have to wait for the official announcement.
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