"Thank you Roy Heslop"By Chris Williams. Published: 12th Dec 2003, 20:16:39 | Permalink | Printable
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Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2003 13:06:49 -0000 (GMT)
From: Janet Bailey
Subject: Again with the laptops
I am emailing you because there is no more space to comment on the article. And this is probably too long anyway, now that I have written it.
I just wanted to say that I have the Virtual RiscPC Chameleon Option five from CTA (P4 2.66GHz 512MB). This has 4 USB ports (being the Acer Aspire) although you haven't put this in the price chart. It also has the possibility of SCSI connectivity (unlike Microdigital's Ms); this was one of the reasons I chose the CTA Chameleon and not the Microdigital M5. It also has double the memory of the Microdigital M5 and a much larger hard drive. I find the screen size very good, the display is larger and much better than on my 17 inch Vision Master. I have it networked to my RiscPC, which works fine - files can be viewed and moved on both machines without the need for Samba which I have never managed to set up. Paul Vigay's tutorial on networking (on his website) was very useful with this. The only drawback is that it is quite heavy, but then I have got a 17 inch screen and a flimsier machine might not stand up to wear.
I believe it comes with Linux And Virtual RiscPC, but I might be wrong about that - I didn't want Linux.
Yes, I would have liked a real RISC OS laptop. But I need one now and there there hasn't been one since the A4000 (not to decry that of course) and may never be one. I don't like PCs, but I also have a need for a PC, for web sites which RISC OS can't manage and for Sibelius software etc. compatible with schools, so I am more pleased with the Chameleon than I ever expected to be when I first made enquiries. The Virtual RISC OS software just works, support and info from Aaron Timbrell at Virtual Acorn just could not be better or faster (Roy at CTA does fine too). I can use RISC OS software on a fast portable machine and I am really happy with my purchase.
So a big thank you to all the people who have made these machines possible, and to Roy Heslop for producing this particular machine.
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