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By Ian Chamberlain. Published: 18th Nov 2003, 02:03:39 | Permalink | Printable

Curling, website editing, Desk and many more

Round up articleIt seems like quite a while since we delved into the plethora of news updates, so here are some highlights.

Web-site maintainers on older computers will be pleased to hear of Soft Rock Software's news. "From the 1st of December 2003 the 26bit version of WebChange for RISC OS will be available to download from the Rock Software and WebChange website absolutely free of charge," said Vince Hudd in his announcement. WebChange is a useful tool for updating web-sites where a repetitive task, like changing a particular word on several pages, would normally consume lots of time. For more details visit the WebChange site.

James Bursa has made a new RISC OS port of cURL, a command line tool for transferring files over a number of different protocols, including ftp, gopher and http. To make it easy to use, James has also developed a simple WIMP front-end.

Philip Ludlam dropped us a line to say that he's the new maintainer of Desk, a programmers library, and to say there's a new 32-bit compatibility release. This is available on his own web-site rather than the usual site hosted at Iconbar.

Philip also told us about a new library called Jlib which he's now looking after. Originally by Julian Smith, the library has been released under the LGPL licence and is also at Philip's site.

This Drobe journo can't remember the last time he had a virus on any of his RISC OS machines, but Paul Vigay is making sure we're all safe with an IYONIX compatible release of the well-known VZap utility. The good news is that it's free if you're a registered Disc Commander user and dirt cheap even if you're not. You can even order it online.

SpamStamp, a handy little app which captures unsolicited email, now has a proper icon in the latest release from Jan-Jaap van der Geer. According to Jan "it is now possible to see the words SpamStamp has used to make its decision on whether an email is spam or not".

New on the block, and in competition with SpamStamp, is Bogofilter from Stefan Bellon. "Bogofilter is a Bayesian spam filter. It inspects email messages, does a statistical check against lists of 'good' and 'bad' words and inserts appropriate headers into the emails that indicate whether or not the message is spam so that you can filter on them" - now where have we heard that before? It's available for download from the port section of Stefan's web-site.

It's still not 'IYONIX OK', but APDL has issued a free update for their DrawWorks Select program. Go get it. As for it's younger sister: Last time we mentioned it, a few people struggled to download the free DrawWorks S.E. (a cut-down version of DW Select which is Iyonix compatible). APDL has kindly informed us that the link now works from their free-apps page.

And if you're still desperate for your APDL 32bit-happy fix, then go and grab your free update to Mr Clippy, a clip-art organiser. You can also purchase a brand new copy on CD, along with a printed manual, from their web-site.

In other news: If you're a user of the handy desktop enhancer, Minidisc, you can subscribe to a newly opened support and discussion mailing-list. Details on the MiniDisc web-site. Harriet Bazley has updated all three of TextSeek, FireToImp and SideDiff to fix some bugs that she has found.

And lastly. To follow on from our report that there is a new version of Font Directory Professional for all users, including users of the IYONIX pc, we've heard from Adian Look who has told about his new web-site where it can be purchased online. There's a reduced price for existing users, and for those who've never used it before, there is a rather attractive new price which is cosiderably less than the original 65 quid!

Over and out.


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Hmm. Anybody interested in a 32bit version of Slayer yet? It'd be quite a bit of work. :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 18/11/03 11:13AM
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Are there any 32bit compatable virii? I suspect Icon would be, being in BASIC.

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 18/11/03 12:47PM
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mavhc-> tut tut viruses!!

 is a RISC OS UserNeilWB on 18/11/03 2:02PM
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Are there any RISC OS viruses still circulating wildly would be a better question?

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 18/11/03 2:02PM
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The question is, will the sick little toads who write Windows Viruses now turn their attentions to the brand new target that the RISC OS emulators on the market have presented? Just how bogged down with digital lurgies will the emulators become?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 18/11/03 3:06PM
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JWCR: I would hope not (obviously!) It'll probably only happen if lots and lots of emulators are sold; from the virus point of view it will probably make no more difference than if the same amount of native hardware machines were produced. Or so I hope.

OTOH if emulators mean there are enough machines running RO around for virus writers to start bothering, then the same would be true for writers of decent software, with any luck.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/11/03 3:45PM
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IME, the vast majority of RISC OS viruses were written in BASIC. I also know that there's a varient of the 'Module' virus that is 32bit compatible. If anybody wants to donate me a copy of VirtualRISCPC, I'll get about porting some of KiwiSoft's old stuff, if it's still in demand :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 18/11/03 4:54PM
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How will we test PV's anti-virus software with no 32bit compatible viruses?

Oh well, another job for someone I presume. ;o)

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 18/11/03 9:24PM
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What makes you think there are no 32bit compatible viruses?

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 18/11/03 10:13PM
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What makes you think you can ignore mr. smiley? ;o)

 is a RISC OS Userfylfot on 18/11/03 10:23PM
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now, now children :P

 is a RISC OS Userjmb on 18/11/03 11:09PM
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Jees, what is it with the viruses? Just get yerself some Nortonage, and you'll be fine.

Will Acorn viruses work under Aemulor? ;) Could be another reason to buy an Iyonix - less viruses will work!

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/11/03 12:02AM
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> Will Acorn viruses work under Aemulor?

Hey, you can forget it if you think /I'm/ testing them. ;-)

Adrian www.aemulor.com

 is a RISC OS Useradrianl on 19/11/03 12:16AM
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Oooh, viruses like Jester might really screw stuff up. That might be amusing to watch. I wonder if I know anybody willing with an Iyonix and Aemulor...

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 19/11/03 9:05AM
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Perhaps castle could use a spare one as a virus testbed ;)

 is a RISC OS Userandypoole on 19/11/03 5:21PM
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nunfetishist >

I am not sure I'd describe a virus screwing up a machine as being "amusing to watch" !

You'd have *idiots* trying to banjax Iyonixs and then someone else trying to use VRPC-SE as a means of delivering damaging code that wouldn't be recognised as such by Windows AV software (primarily because the code would *not* be PC code but ARM code that could only run under emulation (to the PC AV it would look like "harmless" data) - and might then do *very* dark things indeed when run in the emulated environment beyond the reach of the Windows AV software.

It's all a big vicious circle where the virus writer has a big laugh while everone else has to try pick up the pieces - no amusing is not the adjective that applies ....



 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 19/11/03 6:39PM
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AMS: Yes, it'd be amusing. I often find watching a machine explode under itself in controlled conditions an interesting watch :)

And stop scare-mongering about VRPC. Sure, Windows Anti-Virus packages might not detect RISC OS viruses, but that's not their job. I don't expect my Linux desktop machine to check for Windows viruses when I'm running VMware. I run a virus scanner inside the VM. There are numerous free/cheap AV products for both Windows and RISC OS that are very good. People have no excuse for not running one.

The offer that I made two years ago with respect to Slayer still stands: If people find a virus that it doesn't detect, email it me, and I'll try my best to add detection of it. Although these days it might be tricky to do that. I might have to get ArcEm or something going, or at least wait/hope for a native Linux version of VirtualA5000/RPC to become available. :)

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 19/11/03 9:18PM
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nunfetishist: How does your "offer" differ from Pineapple's approach?

(Or anyone else's, for that matter).

It being "tricky" for you to test your own software may not add to people's enthusiasm to install it...


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 19/11/03 9:29PM
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dgs: Pineapple charge for the priviledge, I do not. Also, I didn't say it would be tricky to test it at all. That would be easy.

 is a RISC OS Usernunfetishist on 19/11/03 9:47PM
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