Well it was my machine, and doesn't have beta USB drivers as far as I know! Throughout the presentation it was made clear that USB was still "under development". Stewy just plugged in the light at the end as a joke, and then Dave Lane (who is in need of a slap ) decided it would be fun to pretend it was real.
Although it was funny seeing Drobe print this as a real story it has unfortunately had the effect of overshadowing the fact that everything else worked smoothly.
Things we demoed included:
- RISC OS Select 4.39
- floppy (for the really cynical)
- CD writer
- network (ShareFS to an A4 with parallel port ethernet interface)
- sound (MP3, SoundTrackers, etc)
- parallel port sound sampler
Plus a whole heap of software, old and new, so that the iconbar was scrolling like mad. Played MPEG and AVI files. Played Doom complete with sound effects, Midi music, and all the bilinear smoothing options on. Also ran some old demos (Flouro, era, etc) that you would expect to hit the hardware directly and be most likely to give compatibility problems.
All worked faultlessly, and the Omega ran all evening without a reset. Pat on the back to Microdigital and RISC OS Ltd.
(By the way, the Iron Dignity demo runs really nicely. Whatever happened to that - "Available 1999" it says at the end, that makes it later than the Omega!)