"Hey, give the guy a break - at least he IS working on a RISC OS program"
This is true. I think VRPC is well suited to development (even more so with Linux running arm-gcc). But from the end-user perspective, it might be that they'll be spending money on new Windows software rather than RISC OS stuff (Martin gives the example of TechWriter).
I'm really interested in what this 450K BASIC program is!