In reply to Adam:
But the RPC is an 11 year old design!!! You wouldn't expect a PC or Mac of similar vintage to do those things either! For a machine of that age it stands up well.
I know we would all like a new RISC OS machine that had equivalents for all the applications available on other platforms, but in the end a small bunch of dedicated enthusiasts cannot hope to compete with the sort of big development budgets that are available for software development under Windows. It simply cannot be justified commercially. If you have an idea for a new killer app, you write it for Windows first, as that gives the maximum potential sales. That leaves RISC OS forever struggling to catch up. Most of the best RISC OS apps get ported to or rewritten for Windows, and the RISC OS versions are them abandoned. Many proprietary apps on other platforms cannot be ported or rewritten by third parties even if someone was prepared to do it, for legal reasons.
The problem is that the more people who abandon RISC OS, the worse it gets. So if RISC OS is important to you, stick with it. If you must have the missing functions and can't afford two machines, VRPC might be the answer, or another form of dual boot machine like an Iyonix with Linux as well as RISC OS (this is what I have).
BTW if you get rid of your TV, be prepared for constant hassle from the licencing authorities, who cannot comprehend that people can exist without a TV set. Some years ago I was in that position myself, and found it intensely annoying.