RiscDomain final finaleBy Chris Williams. Published: 27th Nov 2003, 11:08:55 | Permalink | Printable
But no encore [Updated 30/11/03]A special, almost emulation themed edition of APDL's RiscDomain magazine is available this week, on a strictly limited print run.
Highlights of this special issue include articles on VirtualRiscPC-SE, R-Comp's Grapevine, the history of the RiscPC plus various reviews and helpful guides for newbies. We like the idea of using Depeche Mode track names for headlines as there's also a "retrospective photographic" article which presumably shows the history of RISC OS in pictures, a nice touch. Finally, there's an opinion piece entitled "Does RISC OS have a future?" Provocative.
You can order a copy of this special edition from a specially set up ebay auction, the price of each copy is fixed and it's not a bad price either considering the pricing of other RISC OS publications, mentioning no names Steve.
But why is this edition so special though, we wondered. Emulating RISC OS on WinXP is nothing new, especially as it's now difficult to sensationalise the fact that our favourite OS can be booted on a platform that's as flimsy as a soggy bowl of cornflakes. I can still clearly remember being suddenly woken at 6 am on the morning of a major RISC OS show, to be told by another excited drobe.co.uk staffer that VirtualAcorn and RISCOS Ltd. had dramatically kissed and made up to produce VirtualRiscPC for MicroDigital. Now less than a year on, we're getting hate mail just for giving the emulation quarter too much coverage.
Emulation is pretty much largely accepted, thanks to the "oh but, it's ROS and WinXP working together" spin put out by various involved dealers, despite it perching RISC OS on the same level as the much emulated ZX Spectrum and similar historic hardware. Even Microdigital this week has decided to treat us with a VirtualRiscPC-SE slideshow, running on their Alpha range which is incidentally "filed [with] all the normal applications and files associated with Windows" - scroll down to the new photos, you can't miss it. Shame MicroDigital didn't bother to do a slideshow for the Omega.
So with all this in mind, we asked RiscDomain editor Dave Bradforth to explain why this issue of RiscDomain should be considered special.
"It's special as it's a one-off extension to the brand. I pondered for a while about bringing it back on a long-term basis, but the time required is prohibitive (for me), as such a one-off return it was", Dave explained this morning.
When RiscDomain started out in 2001, it had high hopes. However, despite various plans to reorganise, it never saw a fourth issue hence this week's finale. It's easy for us to shed a tear over the passing of RiscDomain, seeing as we get quite wound up in the goings on of the RISC OS media, however small it is. However, in reality it is sad to see a RISC OS publication walk off into the sunset for good. Regardless of the fact that it might be published weekly, monthly, annually or sporadically every 3-9 months, its input to the platform will still be missed.
RiscDomain editor Dave Bradforth has emailed in to say: "If any overseas readers would like a copy, its basic price is 2.99ukp add 2ukp postage - 4.99ukp but I will only accept payment via paypal. For this product, we do not have any other means of collecting payment from overseas readers. Payment should be made to the paypal account firstname.lastname@example.org; and please put a note in the email with your full details in order that I know where to send it.
"I'm starting to print the magazines tonight, so all being well everybody will have their order by the end of next week. No matter where they've ordered from."
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