Hi, Paul. I'm really glad that you commented on this article. I tried to contact you, when I was first thinking about having a go at these readers, but was told that you'd long since departed the Acorn scene, and nobody even knew where you were any more.
The last thing I was expecting was for you to post something on Drobe in reply to this article!
I didn't realise that StrongARM-compatible versions of most of these readers HAD actually been produced. I bought mine in 2003, and they certainly weren't. I know a few were towards the end, but I read in an old Archimedes World article that IMS had withdrawn the readers from sale in 1998 because they couldn't get the CDs any more.
The problem is most people who bought them will have the old pre-SA versions, and if any later versions are still available, you can't buy them without also buying the CD for about £45, which most people aren't going to do. This method is easy to follow and will at least get some of those old copies working again.
If you still have the source code for these readers, would you consider recompiling them and releasing 32-bit versions?
You can find the CDs nearly every week on Ebay, so that is no longer the problem it used to be. You might only sell a few dozen copies a year, but as anybody knows who has looked at them, these CDs are fascinating titles, especially for children, and the readers work faultlessly once you can get them going.
A 32-bit version would allow those people with newer machines to enjoy them as well.