I was one of the early purchasers (perhaps the only one?) of a Microdigital Alpha. This, of course, was machine targetted at those who wish to have a portable RO machine and, as such, came with a licensed (I presume) copy of VRPC. One of the first things I did to that machine was to add a wireless network card (the wired ethernet port is, of course, built in to the mother board). As others have reported, this caused VRPC to stop working. I contacted Microdigital who said that they had no ability to produce an unlock code for the new machine identity string which VRPC now generated. I contacted Virtual Acorn, who simply washed their hands and referred me back to MD.
After much messing about, I discovered that what was causing VRPC to balk was a simple Win XP software configuration change. As soon as you add multiple network interfaces (ethernet, firewire, bluetooth etc.) XP decides that it will create a s/w bridge between the various ports. Simply de-configuring the software bridge in XP allowed VRPC to run with the internal ethernet port, a PCMCIA wireless card and a bluetooth dongle present.
However, with the demise of MD, I would appear to have a
legitimate, licensed, copy of VRPC with absolutely no support (I guess that it was probably little different while MD were still 'trading'!)
NetSurf 2.0 release pencilled for April 2009 The team behind the open source browser for RISC OS, Linux, AmigaOS, BeOS and other platforms start aiming for a version 2.0 release of NetSurf in time for next year's Wakefield RISC OS show. The top priority will be bug fixing and no new features will be added after mid_February to allow the programmers time to thoroughly test the software prior to the unveiling of NS 2.0. 6 comments, latest by ninja on 12/12/08 1:10AM. Published: 10 Dec 2008