Castle confident in ScotlandBy Chris Williams. Published: 9th Dec 2003, 17:59:48 | Permalink | Printable
We see all, know allThe big question for the closing months of 2003 has been, "How many Iyonixes have Castle sold?" Making the exact figure public would allow users to gauge the stability of the platform and how much money is being spent on the latest native RISC OS kit. It'll also answer that other curious question: Who has the most users, RISC OS 4 or RISC OS 5?
It also doesn't seem to be a figure Castle are willing to publicise which, cynically, doesn't inspire confidence although on the other hand, it could be a ploy to keep the likes of MicroDigital and other rivals on their toes. Who else wryly smirked when Castle cheerfully extended their Iyonix champagne offer due to "unprecedented success of last Friday's Champagne offer"? Of course.
One day, however, that all important sales number will slip out and somehow be verified, with confirmation especially critical as even minor whispers tend to vary wildly depending on who you talk to. It's also precisely why we like keeping up to date on Castle's presentations, wherever they crop up. Yesterday, as you may know, saw the Castle Iyonix presentation in Edinburgh, Scotland, hosted with the help of Scottish dealer Liquid Silicon. You'll be pleased to hear that a Mr. Jim Hamilton picked up his free Iyonix on the night, seeing as he was the winner of the Iyonix anniversary prize draw.
Here's some photos from the event, kindly taken by Russell Hunter, who incidentally blames the low lighting in the conference room:
The evening started off with the standard presentation Castle's Jack Lillingston usually gives, detailing the 600MHz XScale powered Iyonix's abilities and performance to an audience of about 20, according to Russell. The slick slide show was followed by a question and answer session, or rather, Question Time with Stuart Halliday, because we've learnt Cybervillage's Stuart had a lot to ask. No CV write up as yet, we note.
"One of [Jack Lillingston's] comments was that commercially the Iyonix is doing very well, with Castle's engineers currently working flat out to support these customers", Russell, 22, told us in his review of the event.
"Which is good, he said, as these people tend to place orders of 20-30 machines in the one go. Surely this can only be a good thing as I'm not sure a company could survive selling RISC OS computers to home users only.
"Another point was raised about RISC OS 5 and Select. He said Select included modifications made to the 'central core' of RISC OS. Castle didn't want to do it this way. They would rather these were additions instead, not changing the core version of RISC OS which many commerical customers rely on. He said it's just a matter of taking the time to implement Select features in this way - no timescales were mentioned."
Terrific to see the Not Invented Here syndrome lives on, even after the death of the long time sufferer Acorn.
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