In reply to AMS.
Thanks, again - what you say makes sense.
Yes, it would be nice although, I must say that, in practice, there is very little that I've wanted to do ( and nothing that I've REALLY wanted to do) that my three year old Kinetic RiscPC was too slow to cope with. Experiments that spring to mind are silly thinks like generating an MP3 file but which, none the less, would have been embarassing if anyone had been watching. Unforturately for RiscOS, being able to do that sort of gimmick attention grabbing thing (play DVDs, edit video etc) is what non-techies are dazzled by, and if you were a RiscOS user that had that as the main area of interest then I guess, that's the point at which you abondone the platform next time you upgrade.
However, it is easy to over focus of the latest machines.
I do use a windows machine and like most people around me, it's out of date and slow and frustrating to use. It's also three years old and probably equally bad at generating MP3s.
(As I say, MP3 it was just a passing curiousity to me)
Trouble is, it cost 700ukp, the kinetic 1300ukp.
The buy it cheap, bin it and upgrade tomorrow culture is against us.