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On 'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test:

AFAIK there are people who work with him on the GCC mailing list.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 9/9/09 1:16PM
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On 'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test:

Why is only one person still working on this? Every time there's a new release, people report various bugs and it makes me wonder how one person can ever begin to start solving them.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 8/9/09 8:09PM
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On Online RISC OS mag proposed:

"Drag"?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/9/09 1:16PM
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On Tanks a lot! Double USB toy driver joy:

Are these easier to write than patching the block size limitation with USB storage devices?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/9/09 1:15PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

How much slower is an external USB drive to the Iyonix hard drive?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/9/09 11:04PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

Hopefully Castle will improve the situation somewhat.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/9/09 1:39PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

But much smaller memory, extremely small hard drive space and no DVD AIUI.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/9/09 9:28AM
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On RISC OS Open seeks rep for Acorn World event:

How likely is it that anybody is going to be able to volunteer to represent an organisation they're not part of? Why did ROOL agree to go in the first place?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/8/09 8:17PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

How is it more capable? 512MB RAM, 4GB hard drive. DVD drive? 2D graphics acceleration like Geminus?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/8/09 8:14PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

How does this benefit desktop users?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/8/09 12:21PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

Any takers yet?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/8/09 10:16PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

Are you thinking of stepping in or do you have recommendations?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 7/8/09 7:31PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

So having a front-end programmer guarantees that any core work will work for RISC OS?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 7/8/09 12:05PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

So it's apparently not so much the front-end as the fact that it's easier to write core sections on other platforms. Then why isn't the advert for a RISC OS "core" coder?

"Many of the features that were in the RISC OS front end are now being moved to the core, so that there will be less RISC OS specific code, and that code can be tested properly on platforms with better debug tools."

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/8/09 9:26PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

We've constantly been told that they were preparing the way for javascript. So have they been doing this or not?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/8/09 8:53PM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

Yes but surely an OS and hardware must come first.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/7/09 12:06AM
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On Acorn World show is back this September:

Sounds like Wakefield+ then!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/7/09 7:56PM
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On Acorn World show is back this September:

Apart from yourself who else is developing games for RISC OS?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/7/09 7:23PM
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On Acorn World show is back this September:

Why?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/7/09 9:51PM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

At £250 or thereabouts I'm willing to buy one to use a new RO5 download as soon as things like Netsurf and email access, perhaps Easiwriter start working with it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/7/09 2:23PM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

When a port is tested will the idea be to download it from ROOL or will a company e.g. Castle make a packaged version for purchase?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/7/09 12:19PM
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On Acorn World show is back this September:

This is part of a bigger exhibition AIUI. Fantastic idea however, bringing it all the way to the present with RISC OS.

Is this the same Cedar Court as the Wakefield show?

Also, how do you buy tickets, I couldn't access the other site properly with Netsurf?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/7/09 7:35PM
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On Richard Brown takes over day-to-day running of ISP Orpheus:

Do we know why Paul died yet?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/6/09 7:22PM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

No, produced and better performance.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 18/5/09 7:15PM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

I think that would be great provided they can demonstrate definite advantages not least speed over, say, an Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 18/5/09 12:18AM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

Didn't realise that about the Iyonix. Hopefully video formats should benefit greatly from the new hardware.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/5/09 12:04AM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

So the ARM8's are no faster than the XScale?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/5/09 10:47AM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

Amazing. Well done.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 10/5/09 10:27PM
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On Open documents from Windows-using pals with handy online tool:

A PDF file of course!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 8/5/09 12:12AM
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On Open documents from Windows-using pals with handy online tool:

I've found !PDF to be much more reliable and capable that RiScript 5.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/5/09 9:00PM
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On Open documents from Windows-using pals with handy online tool:

I've just tried a powerpoint file (/ppt) of around 3MB and it reports conversion failed.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/5/09 1:02PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Thanks.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/4/09 8:52AM
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On Wakefield 2009 wrap-up, photos and video:

How was attendance compared to 2008?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/4/09 7:41PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Where can you buy Beagleboards and at what point would it be wise to buy one? The point being, how far advanced is this - still early days?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/4/09 7:40PM
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On RISC OS Open 5.14 now available for free download:

I have system Toolbox modules updated by the RISC OS Select versions for using applications like !Musicman. Presumably they won't be affected?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/4/09 7:35PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

What are you talking about? It's freely available isn't it?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/4/09 7:33PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

RO5 is open source, I don't see how charging a fee is realistic or ethical for that matter. The idea AIUI is that it's an ongoing concern i.e. RO% is the future and there should therefore be no talk of charging for the operating system.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/4/09 7:21PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Perhaps Castle could market one of these kits or devices for the non-technically minded.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/4/09 10:58AM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Assuming a port can be made for a device with a functional desktop and access to storage devices, what would be the next stage?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/4/09 3:19PM
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On Vpod: first pictures of new RiscPC graphics card:

Is this going to make any difference speed-wise with a 233MHz processor and Viewfinder?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/4/09 2:23PM
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On Wakefield 2009 Show is this Saturday:

It's a pity a RO5 update isn't available in time for the show (in my opinion).

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/4/09 12:24AM
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On Text adventure classic Colossal Caves converted to BASIC:

Sorry you said something was impossible with BBC BASIC?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/4/09 1:53PM
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On Will Wakefield 2009 see a new graphics card for RISC OS?:

What did you do with all your emails/applications/data?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 7/4/09 8:34PM
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On Will Wakefield 2009 see a new graphics card for RISC OS?:

I'm amazed there is a market for the RiscPC. STD seem all but finished and then suddenly a product for an old computer. This is bizarre - why wouldn't they support the A9 instead let alone the Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/4/09 12:19AM
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On South West 2009 show was backed by 'massive' ad campaign:

Great work in publicising. I guess the lesson is to keep going. It's possible you may have started some momentum and something may have lodged in peoples' minds.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/3/09 7:34PM
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On Google to fund another round of NetSurf development:

Doesn't platform independent come into the equation anywhere and hence each port cross-fertilise so to speak?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/3/09 7:30PM
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On Space invaders clone bug-fixed and tweaked:

Well done Gareth, this looks very neat.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/3/09 12:06AM
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On ARM Cortex-A8 port of RISC OS 5: first screenshot:

Isn't there going to be a 5.14 release for Iyonix users from Castle first as suggested on the ROOL website?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/2/09 7:12PM
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On Beeb platform game given new lease of life:

Oops submitted this as news.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/2/09 7:09PM
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On RISC OS South West show this weekend:

Look forward to it Chris.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/2/09 11:57AM
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On Paul Vigay found dead off Southsea seafront:

Will we ever know what happened to Paul?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/2/09 11:56AM
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On RISC OS South West show this weekend:

Any news? Any chance of a report? Good trading? Busy? Quiet?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/2/09 12:37AM
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On Work starts on a RISC OS 5 ARM Cortex port:

Just go for it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/1/09 9:29PM
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On Work starts on a RISC OS 5 ARM Cortex port:

This sounds very promising. I like the idea of supporting an ARM-powered device. Are they in fact available to buy though?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/1/09 7:21PM
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On Go-faster stripes for PC-format media access app:

So what is the format used for memory sticks and SD cards - they can be read/wrote to already?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/1/09 9:21PM
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On Go-faster stripes for PC-format media access app:

Does this open up any MP3-player etc possibilities?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/1/09 7:29PM
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On Video player now supports Select's 64K colour mode:

Good work Andre.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/1/09 7:01PM
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On RISC OS Firefox port in bug fix update:

Things *render* fine using FF and RISC OS 5, and often where Netsurf fails spectacularly, but the issue is any further interaction with the site.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/1/09 8:55PM
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On RISC OS Firefox port in bug fix update:

RISC OS 5.13? When did the crash happen? I couldn't even log in to Drobe.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/1/09 2:26PM
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On RISC OS Firefox port in bug fix update:

Are you using RO5?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/1/09 11:39AM
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On RISC OS Firefox port in bug fix update:

Good to see but still the text-entry crash problem here.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/1/09 12:33AM
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On Drobe Awards 2008: The results:

Condolences to the excellent and innovative work done by Christopher Martin on Murmong and FFMpeg.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/12/08 7:52PM
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On GCC 4.1.1 port first release available:

Jeffrey Lee suggests recompiling FFMpeg with GCC 4.1.1 would be beneficial to its speed:

[link]

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/12/08 12:52PM
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On Merry Christmas and a happy new year:

Very humbled - hope you had a good Xmas. Have a great new year.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/12/08 9:31PM
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On RISC OS 5.14 softloaded on an Iyonix: first screenshot:

Nice work AL.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 15/12/08 11:31PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

"Let me clarify. RISCOS Ltd owns all right, title and interest in versions of RISC OS created in the last decade. "

That doesn't clarify for me personally. It doesn't say "all versions". Clarity for me would be who owns RISC OS 5 which as far as can be gathered is Castle.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 10/12/08 7:28PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

Nathan - Lee N. knows about the bug as he said he'd identified it. So do APDL. An experimental patch I suppose could be released.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 9/12/08 8:45PM
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On Community-produced RISC OS 5.14 in final testing:

Great news.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 8/12/08 12:20AM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

RISC OS Ltd don't have rights to the version of RISC OS known as RISC OS 5 AFAIK. It'd be nice to have some accuracy here.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/12/08 4:48PM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

He didn't say Drobe itself should be anything less than neutral - he was suggesting that posters are positive. Whether you think that is "fooling" themselves is up to you. Many people will go on and on being positive and are entitled. Personally it seems very credible that people have detected changes afoot in RISC OS which could involve potentially anybody and have realised that this is the time to get involved. I'm not sure how this relates to ROL specifically though.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/12/08 8:30PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

Chris - sorry, I got confused with Andrew Hutchings author of Chocks Away and Stunt Racer. The point with Drifter was twofold:

- it was a texture mapped 3D polygon game that ran on the pre-RiscPC range IIRC

- it was an improvement on the earlier 4D "3D" games e.g. Birds of War, Chocks Away etc.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/12/08 8:29PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

The SF3000 directory should be &b23

XMake should be &FE1 although I'm not sure what kind of file that is (a system file of some kind possibly).

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/12/08 8:24PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

I've just tried opening the original 443MB X-File file from the DVD. It opens seamlessly using XFiles module 0.60. The XFiles module should be in the !Riscworld.Utilities directory.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/11/08 10:51PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

Sorry, SF:TNG :o

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/11/08 12:32AM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

Chris - you've edited this incorrectly I'm afraid. The title page artwork for ST:TNG WAS done by myself and in the original article I submitted I said the artwork for "RELEASE 2" was by Ramuh i.e. the ISV version ("Other Worlds" CD).

JLavallin - have you had any luck yet? Is it not a self-extracting file? I'll check the DVD again if you like.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/11/08 12:31AM
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On Experimental RISC OS emulation layer for ARM-powered devices:

Does anybody know there's a paucity of developers? This is three new projects mentioned in one week. Hardly a paucity of interest.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/11/08 7:10PM
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On Video converter port FFmpeg updated:

This looks a very neat piece of work although some of the options might need explaining more.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/11/08 9:09PM
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On Experimental RISC OS emulation layer for ARM-powered devices:

This seems superior to the ARM emulator mentioned earlier this week in certain ways. What are the advantages or differences to John Mark-Bell's work?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/11/08 1:18PM
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On Iyonix emulator mulled by developer:

What hardware could this emulator be run on? Could Castle for example build a machine relatively easily to use the emulator when finished?

Also, how could this work be best combined with David Given's emulator?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/11/08 1:16PM
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On New version of design package Web Wonder released:

Ouch :|

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 18/11/08 9:06PM
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On New version of design package Web Wonder released:

Great news. Can't find the cost for new users though.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 17/11/08 7:57PM
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On Welcome back to Drobe.co.uk:

The "rating" facility was the worst to my mind. It just seemed to encourage misuse.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 13/11/08 8:12PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

instead of going about it top-down and presuming the applications must be changed how can people change the OS to account for non-multithreading applications?

Surely the bigger point is however, the OS simply *has* to change and advance and if there are applications right now that are important like Photodesk and Easiwriter that people depend upon and the authors know this then they have the incentive to change them.

If they're not used these applications (like games now for example) will just have to slip below the radar until some system of emulation is devised (which with ever faster processors shouldn't be that hard). If people,are that desperate for an application which can't be updated to multi-threading or whatever in the short-term then there are still a variety of other options: A9, 2nd hand Iyonix, VRPC.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/10/08 7:44PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

Druck I thought you said that VRPC froze the platfoirm and didn't justify investing in the OS whereas a virtual machine would?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/10/08 8:03PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

What concerns me about abstraction layers is that isn't RISC OS still sitting above it becoming ever more archaic? Or are changes being made to the OS that will take it forward as the hardware around it advances?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/10/08 6:37PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

If that could open the way to RISC OS accessing the hardware directly then it sounds interesting.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/10/08 8:59PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

What's an open source machine emulator? What's the difference between that and VirtualAcorn/VRPC etc?

What hardware possibilities does this open up if any?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/10/08 7:22PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

What's an open source machine emulator? What's the difference between that and VirtualAcorn/VRPC etc?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/10/08 7:21PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

ROLF - I trust you're aware there's a show coming up on the 18th October and soon might be in time for that?

Also, I hope it hasn't gone unnoticed by Chris the intensity of posting on submitting a new news article on this in-demand site.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 10/10/08 10:39PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

I'd say people in general Jwoody are in RISC OS for the enjoyment and to make things happen on their favourite platform. There's very little interest in voyeuristic thrills as things "go to the wall" or, more accurately as history demonstrates, change and adapt. New ideas are emerging, new players have emerged since the Iyonix, even new blood has entered the RISC OS community. This is I would say nothing more than an evolution and no great tragedy. This has set wheels in motion, people have become energised and I firmly hope will bring along fresh perspectives and movers to the RISC OS scene who can shake things up once again whether the old players are on board or not (preferably the former).

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/09/08 11:29PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

If you definitely want an Iyonix 2 then perhaps now would be the time to let Castle know.

The newsgroups have come up with some interesting possibilities for future RISC OS projects and development. Ceasing production of Iyonix wasn't very surprising personally nor the big tragedy it might be painted as. It's been in production a long time now and it now appears to instigates the next era. The Iyonix mk.1 has given its share and will no doubt continue to for some considerable time yet. Meanwhile lets move onwards.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/9/08 7:14PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

Good to see something's underway. Good luck with it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 19/08/08 11:58PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

James - he said nothing of the sort. He's made a proposal for Drobe - try commenting on that if you want.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/06/08 9:58PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

Can't Sprow develop an ARM co-processor for the Iyonix if he has the know how for the BBC Micro?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/04/08 1:50PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

Let's hope it's definitely not "for the last time" for Mike Glover.

What was that BBC that had 16MB RAM, ARM BASIC and 1770 DFS. What was the hardware?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/4/08 12:05AM
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On Star Fighter 3000 revamp revealed:

Snark - Lee Noar did most of the work and that's confirmed on the DVD.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/4/08 8:29PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

Drobe does a great service. Hopefully you'll get to see the theatre presentations for those that might miss them,

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/4/08 8:36AM
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On Wakefield 2008 show preview:

I was wondering whether it'd be technical aspects of magazine production but a taster of what might come in later issues would be a lot more interesting personally.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/4/08 3:52PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show preview:

What's John going to talk about?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/4/08 7:22PM
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On NetSurf bags GBP10K investment from Google:

Well done and good luck.

Any reason why RISC OS Open couldn't have applied for funding as well?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/4/08 11:25AM
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On Star Fighter 3000 revamp revealed:

Simon C- too right.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/4/08 9:22PM
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On Star Fighter 3000 revamp revealed:

Well AIUI the authors of the game were Lee Noar and Chris Bazley. Given that both I think are still active in RISC OS and Chris has been updated SF3000 for a long time then there's maybe a very good chance that a new texture can easily be applied and even some lighting effect patched onto it as well.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/3/08 7:22PM
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On Website aims to publish new Beeb games:

Their emulation certainly does not multitask to my knowledge. Beebit has 2 development streams.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/3/08 11:36PM
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On Website aims to publish new Beeb games:

RISC OS games development is hampered by development time and the ports by Alan Buckley and the Unix Porting Project (not to forget the many independent desktop card/board games by others) have provided a steady stream of releases for this platform for years.

However, these 8-bit programs will all run on RISC OS machines. Given that there's now three development streams for BBC Micro emulation development on RISC OS it would be a brilliant time for a mutitasking version of Beebit or 6502em to emerge onto the scene. This would bring all the new (and 1000+ old) games titles to the convenience of the RISC OS desktop and bring a great retro environment into the hands of modern RISC OS programmers - many of whom grew up or "cut their teeth" on the Beeb.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/3/08 10:56PM
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On Science Museum hosts 'fathers of Beeb' reunion:

In Braben's article today he says that the UK used to be the third largest producer of game. I can't help but wonder if the absence of major coordination and backing like Acorn got behind modern British software and hardware would project the same industry to even greater heights that what it achieved in the 80s.

However, with Tilly Blythe's knowledge of Acorn and that era she'll well appreciate that fact. I trust with her grasp she won't overlook RISC OS and Drobe.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/3/08 11:51PM
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On Google funding offered to NetSurf project:

If many of the prospective programmers aren't RISC OS savvy or even interested is there any groundwork that could be worked upon now (libraries etc for example as I understand the Unix Porting Project worked upon initially)? The worst thing as I see it would be future features being developed to the exclusion and exasperation of RISC OS users.

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On Tau graph software developer dies:

Weren't you working on a game at one point Matt?

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On A call to ARMs:

I'm quite optimistic about RISC OS Open personally.

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On A call to ARMs:

What former glory do you refer to that people are trying to re-live? The article talks about creativity, experimentation of the kind that brought us Viewfinder, Kinetic, Cino, Netsurf etc. Let go of that?

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On RISC OS skills database website launches:

Shrinking platform? Let's hope not!

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On Wakefield 2008 details confirmed:

It was great to go to the last show but the venue was disappointing. What's the original venue like?

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On A call to ARMs:

The point was I don't see it as duplication any more than Peter Naulls might have seen Firefox as duplication. Hedging all bets and compressing all things in to a small, convenient package is crazy to my mind and over-cautious. I think we should know much better than that as long time Acorn/RISC OS users.

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On A call to ARMs:

Lym -

I don't know if you genuinely found the article hard to follow but I thought the title was clear enough. The article is essentially about having RISC OS hardware and the creativity and innovativeness that this stimulates to this day as it always has done in the Acorn world.

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On A call to ARMs:

Druck - working and saving for an Iyonix.

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On January news in brief:

Any other news from ROOL?

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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Well I think that's the best future there is - desktop spin offs from the embedded systems you describe.

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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Rjek-

The Iyonix is a distinct, independent computer that runs RISC OS. It is *not* a "shame", nor is it stupid to buy it or support it.

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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

It's independent in being a distinct platform designed primarily if not exclusively for RISC OS which is what was meant.

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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Druck - if you're interested in an independent hardware platform and a supporter or enthusiast of RISC OS then buying a genuine RISC OS computer is exactly the opposite of 'stupid'.

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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Castle have said they are always interested IIRC but Druck reckons they need a processor 3x as fast to justify it. I'm not sure why he says one doesn't exist.

In any case, from what can be gathered it seems the Iyonix has significant potential in itself given there are hardware video format decoders and the possibility of 2nd processors. Besides which, has the graphics acceleration really been stretched yet? Only Quake 2 AFAIK has been said to require it.

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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Jon - David McEwen's website is still up. Is the contact address valid?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 9/1/08 7:56PM
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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Where is RISC OS Connect/Future? Everybody was an expert when there was a logo to be made but as soon as something tangible has to be organised it dies.

Didn't people offer their money? As Druck says nobody will program money or not.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/1/08 2:19AM
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On Maudlin over RISC OS:

Martin-

"The Labour Government began funding Microsoft-compatible kit to the exclusion of all else (and regardless of what taxpayers felt). Shame on them for not only failing to back British, but being actively obstructive. "

This was I believe largely down to a visit by Bill Gates to 10 Downing St in around 1997 where he saw a man easily seduced by the rich and the famous had become Prime Minister and he ruthlessly stuck the knife in the competition, finishing the job with Acorn as it were. And that's why he's been so successful commercially.

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On Maudlin over RISC OS:

That "not preannouncing" has long since begun to look like a smokescreen. It would be nice to know from Castle if they are interested in desktop machines or whether they do a silence-and-no-response-then-announce-cessation leaving everybody in the lurch so to speak as certain other developers have done.

I *think* they said they were interested some years ago but nobody seems to ask and nobody seems to report these things these days.

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On Maudlin over RISC OS:

There's no way I'm going to support RISC OS retreating further into novelty by buying virtual RISC OS as an upgrade option. It can only co-exist alongside original dedicated hardware otherwise it either dies completely (as an emulated version) or becomes a pale Linux imitation IMHO.

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On Acorn Prof Furber made a CBE:

Not everything went to the Americans and we have received technologically from them in some areas. Also, the Beeb was sold there AIUI but possiby wasn't pushed hard enough.

Acorn tried to repeat many of the strengths of the BBC with the RiscPC and its incredible expandibility which is attested to by so many still being in use and still being bought second hand.

What I'm talking about is trying to think in terms of the assets we still have rather than wallow in perceived failure and take it from there. That's what the best Acorn/RISC OS projects have done and are still in fact doing.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/1/08 7:07PM
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On Maudlin over RISC OS:

Becky-

"The author said that Acorn was 'one step behind' I've never been particularly wealthy and was always a few steps behind. When the RiscPC was popular I had an A3010. When the Omega was to be the next big thing, I got a RiscPC 600. I still have that with an arm 710 in it. I would love an Iyonix or an a9... It won't be this year though. "

Very much the same story for me. Just weighing up whether to get an Iyonix. What disgusts me is that I can't seem to get a clue whether there will be a successor to the Iyonix although given that I bought a RiscPC when it was a mere 5 years then it's certainly an option.

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On Acorn Prof Furber made a CBE:

Well said.

Could the circumstances that made the BBC Micro so successful ever return in a way that benefits RISC OS hardware and/or software? i.e. government and other public bodies see oncoming revolution and put up money to meet the perceived need as was the case with government cash for schools and the BBC with their National Computer Literacy project.

Now there's an idea for a Drobe article, one that would need a fair bit of research or knowledge of the IT industry.

Given the heaps unpon heaps of opinion and self-appointed experts (genuine or not) on Acorn Usenet, I can't believe there are so few think-tank style features around. Like, advocating as an open letter or opinion piece what RISC OS Ltd, Castle "should do" or what "should be done" or at least "what it would take to achieve x,y,z".

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/1/08 7:34PM
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On Acorn Prof Furber made a CBE:

Sorry that's unfair - I meant, "seem to equate".

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/12/07 4:22PM
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On Acorn Prof Furber made a CBE:

I'd be overjoyed if his legacy to British computing didn't equate to an OS languishing whilst the likes of YouTube and BBC videos and other parts integral to the modern internet are off limits.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/12/07 4:12PM
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On Bargain hunting for RISC OS upgrades:

sa110 -

No just a bargain from time to time.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/12/07 6:13PM
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On Bargain hunting for RISC OS upgrades:

So what about brand new A9's or Iyonixs on Ebay minus advert overheads?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/12/07 5:28PM
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On Bargain hunting for RISC OS upgrades:

The internal HD on a RPC - which I've unplugged due to its noise - is hidden away at the base of the machine. Would it be possible to fit an adaptor to the ADFS cable and just leave a CF card there in place of the HD?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/12/07 12:43PM
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On Best of 2007 awards voting open:

Does Ctorrent work with RISC OS, or more accurately, torrents? I tried downloading some "torrent" video with Netsurf but the download stopped after about 1K.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/12/07 10:55PM
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On A9home: two years on:

Well I'm sure it's not just me who thinks that its £600 that A6 will never get from me compared to, say, £350 which they could get next week. That's about the same as a s/h presumably but there's no point if I can't support the market.

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On A9home: two years on:

Tight budget? But it's £600 - that's more than a second-hand Iyonix which is streets ahead. Too much I'm afraid, just too much.

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On A9home DIY laptop: first pictures:

Nobody said how it had to be done but many dismissed the whole concept. Here it is: a portable self-contained RISC OS computer system. It's a briefcase not a suitcase as well.

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On A9home DIY laptop: first pictures:

What's the potential of this development? Is there any interest by possible commerical backers? Amazing to see once again something in the RISC OS world done that people said was not possible and Paul has that accolade. I really hope this can go places and dealers can see the potential in a RISC OS compact portable.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/12/07 3:22PM
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On Building a RISC OS laptop out of Lego:

Paul S - ">> Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I am currently half way >> through my proto-type case and trying to squeeze everything in! >> > I might add, by the way, I have not yet indicated what it is I am > squeezing into my case. > "

What are you squeezing in then and why are you posting about "DIY laptop cases" in an Acorn newsgroup if it's not RISC OS hardware?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 19/11/07 8:15PM
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On Building a RISC OS laptop out of Lego:

This is a good project as a kind of test bed to see what are the stumbling blocks in compacting authentic RISC OS hardware into a laptop size.

Best of luck to both of them. It'll be interesting to see what Paul can come up with. Go for it!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 10/11/07 7:51PM
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On Software hosted by Drobe: Your guide:

Thanks for the recogntion.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/11/07 11:38PM
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On South East 2007 show report:

Oh, it's in the Library directory. I've tried it: no trap for stack handler, not enough memory. :(

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/10/07 5:32PM
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On South East 2007 show report:

solrac - sorry I don't understand, can you elaborate? What has Freshen to do with it - the RunImage is not compressed AFAICT.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/10/07 5:10PM
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On South East 2007 show report:

Are the ROOL components meant for Iyonix only? I've tried Phoenix and it says "decompression failed".

What did Castle say in their presentation? Any news about future plans?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/10/07 10:10AM
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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

Steffen - the ARM/RISC OS efficiency argument is still an asset together with other strengths and would be nullified from the outset if RISC OS is "ported" or becomes emulator-only (which regardless cannot be the future alone for the "platform").

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 08/10/07 7:22PM
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On RISC OS VoIP client emerges:

How do you make payment when you call a landline?

Also, I take it this would be too slow for anything less than an Iyonix?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 7/10/07 2:40PM
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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

Interesting point but the government here needs to know about these things and this time a major institution like the BBC isn't set to bring the technology to the fore. One of Tony Blair's earliest visitors was by Bill Gates who reportedly made a deal with him on computers in education. Blair - always a man who inclined his ear to the rich - presumably then got a national scheme going with the help of Gates whilst Gates went for the kill insofar as dominating computer education was concerned.

Bring on the new hardware or the new upgrades Castle.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/10/07 1:21PM
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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

Bluenose - the reason for advocating genuine RISC OS hardware is more than sentimental. It's the very fact of having a distinct alternative to cosmetic variations on a PC box. There have been other ARM options posted on this site faster than the Iyonix.

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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

Yet another ARMdevelopment and yet again nothing from Castle. How they must pity us as we get excited about source code being released that has none or virtually no bearing on CPU upgrades for authentic, real RISC OS hardware.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/10/07 7:22PM
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On Intel Mac VirtualRiscPC beta on sale:

I'd much prefer a >Ghz CPU to run it natively and sincerely hope this sustains the interest in RISC OS until there is the new hardware for people to buy.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/10/07 11:46PM
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On Beeb designer lands top technology medal:

[link] [link]

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On Beeb designer lands top technology medal:

Who was the man awarded an MBE - I'm afraid I've forgot? And now Prof.Furber.

Of course the real challenge in life is to succeed and not let it go to your head. Talking of which, I don't see Sophie Wilson as arrogant - when does she get some credit for her massive contribution to GB?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/9/07 11:10PM
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On Oregano 3 spotted on a RISC OS desktop:

So GeneSys would have to pay a "five figure sum" to just /release/ the application?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/9/07 9:49AM
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On Oregano 3 spotted on a RISC OS desktop:

A five figure sum was quoted by GeneSys -what are you talking about flibble?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/9/07 12:45AM
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On Oregano 3 spotted on a RISC OS desktop:

So if people wanted to ask about the possibility of an O3 release, theywould contact Oregan?

Why do Oregan need a "five figure sum" to release the browser? GeneSys reportedly pulled out because of uncertaintly whether issues such as redrawing could be resolved. That suggests that they weren't doing the programming or weren't capable of doing the programming. So why doesn't another or more capable company (Castle?) finish it off and do the platform and themselves a big favour?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 19/9/07 11:46AM
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On News in brief:

Alan - how are we supposed to know if a release is new from the packages index page on riscos.info?

Or do you mean : [link] ?

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Re. DiskKnight - thankfullly the author had the sense to put it on a website for immediate download.

So if like myself your disk breaks on a Friday night you don't have to wait 'til Tuesday or Wednesday at best to receive a parcel (assuming you're in).

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/9/07 8:06PM
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On News in brief:

I wish Alan would announce these ports - just a quick mention.

Are you serious about it being the place to "hang out"? Anytime I click on the link it asks me to login which immediately makes me feel like an outsider.

Why aren't people on Drobe, Iconbar etc? These places have forums and both are for RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/9/07 5:12PM
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On Samsung's 533MHz A9home CPU successor:

The lack of a media player is something I just don't understand. What's holding people back that can't be surmounted or circumvented?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 13/8/07 8:26PM
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On Samsung's 533MHz A9home CPU successor:

AMS - the point is it's been 4-5 years since the Iyonix without a processor upgrade and the reason I didn't buy one at the time was because I couldn't. I bought one of Castle's Acorn RPCs some years before that. Spending £1000 on a machine that is superseded in the space of a year would be exasperating.

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On Christmas 2007 show announced:

Stops in the centre of the motor centre you mean? Looking at the 77 timetable it seems it goes from Leamington once every hour so it's a possibility yes.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/8/07 8:08PM
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On Samsung's 533MHz A9home CPU successor:

Let's see 533MHz and 400MHz - hardly worth the effort is it? Might as well get an Iyonix which is superior in virtually all ways.

What disgusts me is the fact that Castle won't indicate if its worth getting an Iyonix NOW in case they produce some new hardware or if the Iyonix will be upgradable alternatively/as well.

I can either save up now for their next machine or I can save up a bit longer for an upgradeable Iyonix but as far as you can tell from assessing the current situation it seems its the end of the road.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/8/07 1:34PM
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On Christmas 2007 show announced:

Not easy to get to by train I imagine. Shame considering I'm probably <30 miles away.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/8/07 1:30PM
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On Early Soundblaster Live Iyonix driver released:

The problem with both is that they are processing programs as I said bluenose. At present with ROS I'd need to record via a multitrack (for the drum track/metronone), sample it in with a parallel port sampler and then try out SampleED. This is quite laborious. I haven't looked at sampleED yet so am not sure if it can cut and re-arrange.

However, Studiosound I believe can do this but when I tried it, it kept crashing on RISC OS 4 so that's no good.

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On Early Soundblaster Live Iyonix driver released:

Yes, I have a basic digital multitrack but what I like about the PC-based multitrack software is that you can cut and copy phrases and change things so much more easily like the the drum track.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/8/07 7:43PM
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On Early Soundblaster Live Iyonix driver released:

Hegelia- are you sure this is sampling software? It looks like audio processing software to me. Thanks for the link, I was unaware about this but I think it is something that would be used downstream of recording. What I'm interested in is recording /over/ a playing track or tracks.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/8/07 6:43PM
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On Early Soundblaster Live Iyonix driver released:

Could you possibly ensure that the recording multitasks to allow simultaneous playback of another track (whatever the source e.g. MP3, wav)? That would put the whole package far above anything we have at the moment.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/8/07 11:03PM
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On Early Soundblaster Live Iyonix driver released:

What software is there that could make use of the recording facility?

You see, this is exactly what I've been holding out for with RISC OS rather than buying a PC- the ability to record and multitrack.

What are the realistic possibilities here?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/8/07 7:00PM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

Have Castle provided you with adverts? If not, it's hard to see why they are not advertising their product better.

Do they have something in the wings? Have they started work themselves or contracted ROOL to modify the OS to work on new hardware? If not, why not?

Should I buy an Iyonix now because if a new machine comes out within 3 years then it's almost certain I wouldn't buy it.

Is there any news from Castle at all?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/7/07 7:03PM
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On RISC OS Open: One year on:

Personally if I was in charge at ROOL I could imagine making the raison d'etre to be discovering those hardware possibilities that would translate into a feasible computer project for Castle, as a matter of urgency.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/7/07 11:33PM
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On RISC OS Open: One year on:

Excuse me but I'm missing a piece of the jigsaw here - how is the work of RISC OS Ltd going to faciliate new hardware emerging that can run whatever they produce? And how exactly is whatever they produce from the OS itself going to run on new hardware or old hardware?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/7/07 7:58PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

Both companies need to converge on something. Select on Iyonix I don't think is realistic as Castle paid heavily for RISC OS. RISC OS 5 shouldn't be made obsolete like that any more than the work on RISC OS 4 (i.e. RISC OS 6). Interoperability is the best in the interim and even that requires communication.Ultimately there as to be convergence in some form.

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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

As you you say they're both in it together and "no comment" when the whole situation with RISC OS is unresolved and is everything to do with Castle as much as it is ROL is the pits.

If only there was an intermediary experience and respected enough and big enough in character to bring the two parties together.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 17/7/07 7:21PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

Well RISC OS developer may be being a bit disingenuous by not mentioning the license fee paid by Castle for RISC OS but "no comment" as if the even bigger investment in Castle by thousands of RISC OS users over the past 10 years is not their concern and beneath them is downright ignorant and arrogant if true.

This issue reveals the ghastly situation that an OS with world-beating software is in: the main hope for hardware development aloof and distant and the OS developer hedging its bets on the A9 - a worthy but inferior computer to the Iyonix - or facing certain oblivion with the sweetened pill of a lumped retirement sum if the only hardware RISC OS runs on is PC/Mac based.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 16/7/07 10:54PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

Can we confirm that "Castle were not available for comment" is a genuine statement?

If it is, then I'm sorry but that's just not good enough.

People are spending over a THOUSAND pounds at a time with this company. Others have spent this money with you in the past and are waiting on your next move for a major purchase. You cannot treat customers like this and expect to be regarded as an fair and decent company.

If there is a not future for RISC OS then *please* Castle can you have the decency and basic respect for people to say so. Witholding like this has caused immense damage already.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 16/7/07 8:09PM
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On Classic games preserved in online videos:

MPEGS would be great as I don't think we're going to be seeing a media player for RISC OS anytime soon.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 29/5/07 11:32PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

Will do thanks.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/5/07 11:34PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

If you get the VF to start up on RO6 let me know!

It's a shame CJE didn't have any unipods but they are out of production at the moment AIUI.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/5/07 11:39PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

They were 90 pence at the show. And they work as well!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 19/5/07 9:30PM
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On Wakefield 2007 is this Saturday:

The point with presentations is that they provide some incentive fo the major developers to make themselves accoutnable to the public and to focus on a future for RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 16/5/07 7:07PM
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On Wakefield 2007 is this Saturday:

Is there not going to be a series of presentations?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/5/07 7:04PM
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On The houses that RISC OS built:

VRPC can be used to do lots of things. Unfortunately it lacks the support to the hardware developers who construct for RISC OS and the advantages they have installed over the years and hopefully always will (not least reliability and efficiency across the board).

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/4/07 6:31PM
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On The return of the 8bit-era: creating a 'neo-micro':

Sub 100? BBC Bs were 400 quid in 1984!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/4/07 11:05PM
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On The return of the 8bit-era: creating a 'neo-micro':

All of these things are strengths which manufacturers should remember and aim for in any new RISC OS machine and each are reasons why I think it's completely wrong to meekly accept that RISC OS's future lies in emulation.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 22/4/07 1:37PM
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On News in brief:

So no Firefox or anything else now?

If Peter is in charge of a project, why don't people just exercise common sense and let him run the show whilst it's still in progress?

There must be dozens of other projects that could be ported (media players for exampe?) Why incur onto his territory - surely these people have the talent and initiative to do their own thing?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/4/07 12:00PM
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On Could NetSurf 2.0 support JavaScript?:

Fine ideas.

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On New user guide for RISC OS 6 as release nears:

That's a shame. ADPL have new power supplies and cheap interfaces incidentally.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/3/07 1:12AM
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On New user guide for RISC OS 6 as release nears:

This sounds great - support for Viewfinder is particularly interesting as it's about time it was fully exploited.

Do we have an estimate for the cost?

DaveC - why did your machine fail?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/3/07 12:47AM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

Steffen - I take it you don't regard customers of your CDBurn that way?

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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

If Paul wants to do something useful he can get it to work on StrongARM machines!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/3/07 12:31PM
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On New high quality print drivers released:

Is there any chance of it becoming any faster? I use Easiwriter with a HP printer - is that supported?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/3/07 8:55PM
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On South West show reports and photos:

It's a shame the RISC OS Now woman is using a Mac.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/2/07 11:22PM
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On CDVDBurn to support DVD-RAM:

Well I didn't see DVD-Video listed on the link provided so I thought it might represent on or more of those formats on the page.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/2/07 3:22PM
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On CDVDBurn to support DVD-RAM:

So what are the DVD's I stick in the DVD player attached to te TV to watch films etc?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/2/07 2:30PM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

RiscPC a turn off? Well that's just destroyed my whole life view!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/2/07 8:22PM
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On Neil Raine's widow to run half marathon for charity:

Good luck!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/1/07 7:14PM
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On How to port RISC OS 5 to the RiscPC:

As far as the RiscPC is concerned I would much prefer new software such as Firefox even if with slightly reduced capabilities. Work on RISC OS would surely be better directed at enabling access to faster ARM chips?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/1/07 7:09PM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

Yes, AMS, I think it would make native development redundant, unnecessary and obsolete. The first thing that would happen would be the "why bother?" argument - the final death knell to some diversity of choice and the ultimate defeat to narrow-minded conformity and convergence.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 21/1/07 1:30PM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

Yes and that would reduce RISC OS I'm of no doubt to little more than an emulation "toy". Thankyou Castle.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/1/07 11:54PM
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On Open source Quake 2 port emerges:

Would the Q1 GL source facilitate a RPC conversion of Quake 2?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/1/07 8:53PM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

Surely what is needed to sustain development is enugh units being sold. So is there enough of RISC OS 6 availabale to allow manufacturers to build cheaper computers from it? Presumably STD had to pay a substantial fee to make the A9.

As things stand I'd say that even the A9, let alone the Iyonix are out of reach of the majority of people.

Having said that, I think more should be made by Castle of the "legendary build quality" they used to refer to. This has given me the opportunity to continue using a RISC OS for many years and no doubt the Iyonix will still be a usable system for many, many more years when its successor is the envy of most people in the RISC OS community.

To my mind, that's one of the most important parts of Acorn and RISC OS's history, the longevity.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/1/07 2:18PM
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On Select 4 delayed after Middleton family death:

Condolences to Paul and his family.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/1/07 2:06PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

Can't see it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 10/1/07 7:33PM
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On Acorn professor awarded CBE:

I got the idea from somebody saying it was not Andy Hopper but apparently the BBC have already changed it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 7/1/07 9:32AM
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On Acorn professor awarded CBE:

I don't know if somebody could confirm this but apparently the pictur on the BBC site is NOT of Andrew Hopper :rolleyes:

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/1/07 10:55PM
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On AmigaOS woes show ROS is not alone:

Why was Amiga OS innovative? What can current RISC OS developers learn from it? For example, are there better ways of developing the filer and indeed everything else about the OS than at worst an assumption of making it convergent with Windows or Mac ?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/1/07 10:50PM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

rjek -

Why do you have to be so negative about things? It would seem you are a capable talented programmer. That means you have the creative capacity to really make things happen with RISC OS. Great asset. Something to be positive about.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 02/01/07 7:43PM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

jerk -

I mean the memory speed.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 02/01/07 01:00AM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

Well in the best spirit of Acorn/ RISC OS I say never say never to anything. I/O was "changed" by Kinetic. Firefox in theory can be changed (e.g. cut down in some respect or elements utilised elsewhere) as well.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/1/07 10:45PM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

I'm not whining - just a suggestion to involve more users.

Talking in terms of "13 years old" and "time to move on" is disingenuous and inappropriate, frankly.

For a start the SA is about 10 years old, RISC OS 4+ less, and more importantly authors /know/ that in terms of compatibility they have to go the extra distance and then some more with RISC OS. Even with special offers of £500 for an Iyonix (not including monitor) it's too expensive to justify for many people. Most people would just get a laptop I imagine.

Furthermore, Castle started manufacturing RiscPC's as the last Acorn computers in 1999, just over 7 years ago and selling them in the region (inc. monitor) for £1000 so please give it a rest with "13 years" at least for the moment.

And as for RComp selling RISCBooks for aroud £900 or more, >70% of the British population must think they're living in cloud cuckoo land!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/1/07 8:37PM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

I am thankful whether I can use it or not but I don't think it's unreasonable in theory in this case as it happens.

The article implies that he made the port Iyonix only *for* technical reasons. I would agree that non-technical reasons namely more Iyonixes about (presumably) would make more sense but an own-goal? :S

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/12/06 5:21PM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

Remind me again why an Iyonix-only port is an own-goal? Much as I'd like to see a (cut-down?) RPC version, if that's not possible then surely there are too few A9's to have made a port worthwhile for any initial releases of v2?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/12/06 4:41PM
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On Cino DVD player released for free:

Well all the work on Firefox hasn't gone to waste so let's hope this doesn't either.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/12/06 10:43PM
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On Firefox 2 port now Iyonix and A9home friendly:

Has anybody tested it on a RiscPC?

In any case well done that man. Just returning to the computer after a couple of days, it's such a pleasure to see RISC OS again which makes Peter Naulls' commitment as welcome as ever.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/12/06 4:51PM
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On Best of 2006 awards voting now open:

" it would be good to nominate Drobe for something here: where would we be without it? "

The Iconbar which is sounding more defeated by the day it depresses me to say.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 17/12/06 11:39PM
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On Best of 2006 awards voting now open:

Can you still by Textease Studio Plus (RISC OS)?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 17/12/06 1:25PM
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On Firefox 2 patched for the A9home:

Just need a patch for the StrongARM now!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/12/06 8:57PM
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On Iyonix-only Firefox 2 port released online:

Any other 4.39 users who'd bei interested?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/12/06 1:28PM
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On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:

Snark -our government's manufacture and maintenance of these systems helped to maintain a detente in Europe for many, many years and was an investment that returned the special relationship with the United States that wasn't anything like certain following the second world war.

Personally I would make use of BRitish technology and capacity that would ensure independent access to space and a non-nuclear ultimate deterrent as a bonus.

As we see bewaild here as in so many other government undertakings any call for independent space policy is buried:

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And people say that the UK is tied to the US.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/11/06 11:14PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Druck - What I'm saying - and I thought this was clear myself - is that Nazism and Communism were prime examples of "less tolerance". In any case, I see the result of your intolerance towards those you don't even know: blind condescension and contempt.

I'm not "proving" anythning to you. Aside from you demonstrating almost zil thought on the matter besides dismissive quips your whole attitude reeks of "can't be bothered". If and when you feel the need to look into Christianity it's there. Until that point, don't waste your own time.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 03/10/06 7:15PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Druck -

"The world would be a lot better place if there was less tolerance of any and all religions. "

"You're sounding conspicuously ignorant now. What on earth do you think atheism and communism did?"

"Off to a good start there; personal insult, deliberate misinterpretation, and incorrect tense. "

Firstly, it is a direct quote and it sounds to me rash and ignorant. That is not an insult so let's not misinterpret the nature of this dialogue. How asking for "less tolerance of any and all religions" being anything other than downright irresponsible is "misinterpretation" takes some convoluted logic as far as I can see.

You're almost right about incorrect tense except it's not tense I meant "what on earth do you think *Nazism* and communism did?"

"I'm well aware of the power of faith, particularly faith as in unquestioning belief in groundless superstitions. Are you going to offer any argument as to why I'm wrong, or is that a just a matter of faith too? "

About your glib in-a-nutshell generalisation about faith?:

"whos only validation is being passed down by previous generations of unquestioning drones"

A few arguments:

1. *That* is insulting 2. Faith has changed countless people's lives 3. People with faith are not "drones". The only drones are those who erect convenient walls around their existence to avoid uncomfortable questions, say, of the "just superstition, all drones" type. 4. You're insulting a vast array of intelligences of equal inherent worth representative entirely of the range of human capability with the "drone" remark.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 02/10/06 7:20PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Simon C-

"Brainwashed by atheism? Hardly. Atheism is usually a result of taking a look around you and deciding what makes sense."

It's a matter of faith no less than Christianity.

"Being religious is accepting what you're told unquestioningly" Well you're closed minded as anybody as I've already stated that was never my experience and I've questioned to the limits of what I'm able and science is simply inadequate for philosophical debate and for daily living. Maybe you are satisfied with your life. If not, shutting yourself off from spiritual options you may later want to take but feel obliged not to because of pride is unwise.

". Religious people tend to be very closed-minded; atheists aren't. I see people getting very upset here when questions are raised about their beliefs, and belief and faith are nothing more than unsubstantiated acceptance of an idea."

What the heck do you call atheism? Did somebody say the word "arrogance"?

" That, in my opinion, is closed minded. To just accept without questioning is very, very wrong, and leads to all sorts of illogical and sometimes immoral behaviour. "

How do you know how much questioning people have done? What is the basis of your assumption?

"Look at the mess Britain was in when it was a very Christian country."

Newsflash Simon -IT STILL IS. The vast majority pledge allegiance to Christian values, the Church is established, Britain is *not* secular and through the work of the Alpha course and groups like Soul Surivor Christianity is alive and reaching massive audiences. You're missing the boat.

" Do you want to go back to Victorian or earlier standards of living and social justice? "

This is classic mis-representation and an insult to a magnificent era in British era. The Victorian era was undoubedly in my opinion *the* most progressive era this country has ever seen - socially, technologically and morally. Compare that to the lazy reactionary assumptions and technological deferrence or stagnation of modern Britain. We have so much to learn from then in terms of the aspirations and more.

"Perhaps all of the posts discussing just this should be moved to the off-topic section? "

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/09/06 11:54PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Simon C

"I don't call religious people idiots to their face." You're doing the next best thing online.

"I don't say anything unless it comes up as a topic in a conversation or debate, and then I'm not going to pretend to have views that I don't have, although I admit that I don't have a great deal of tolerance for nonsense. There is absolutely NO sensible reason for religion to be treated any differently from any other opinion whatsoever."

Religion isn't always an "opinion" though if at all.

" If people not sharing your views and thinking they don't make any sense ("your" in the general, not you personally ) is offensive then tough. At the very least anyone religious should be quite prepared to get laughed at for saying it is fact and acting accordingly ( instead of saying they personally believe it is fact, which is something else altogether ). " I don't see that here, just you saying you won't even *demonstrate* respect for religion.

"I totally fail to see your point about atheism, and quite what communism has to do with anything on here is completely beyond me. "

Well that's got absolutely nothing to do with a reply to you has it? So please don't co-opt it into our particular discussion.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/09/06 11:44PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Simon C- why? Because it's deliberately offensive. Try extending the basic courtesy to religious people that they on the whole extend to you. Not hard to work that out.

Druck -

"The world would be a lot better place if there was less tolerance of any and all relegions. "

You're sounding conspicuously ignorant now. What on earth do you think atheism and communism did?

"Why is it we still allow children to be indoctrinated from an early age with patent falsehoods "

Never my experience and not the CofE's practise.

"whos only validation is being passed down by previous generations of unquestioning drones, stemming back to theitr original cult origins based around a charismatic individual. "

If you want to blind yourself to the power of faith that's your choice but clearly you're tragically wrong with your "validation" argument.

"The only difference between Scientology and mainstream relegions is a few hundred more years of exploiting the weak minded, we should be glad the organisations main aim is just to releive people of their money, rather than whiping them up in to a frenzy of hatred, intollerance and murder. "

The only frenzy here has started to emerge from Simon C.

Paul - one day I'd like to hear Steve T's side of the story.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 27/09/06 7:21PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

I find it incredible that somebody would stop buying a magazine for (as I remember it) a small paragraph filling the bottom 1/4 of the front inside cover. Not forgetting the acknowledgement Paul Beverley included that those not interested should not worry about it.

Personally I found it a welcome addition and something that gave the magazine its uniqueness. I wish I had looked more into the things he was talking about that-s for sure, I'm certain it would have saved me a lot of heartache over the years!

Simon C

" I don't see why I should have to demonstrate the slightest bit of respect for something that I find ludicrous."

Sounds awfully like religious intolerance - the REAL cause of most ot the bloodshed the world has seen.

Shape up.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/09/06 7:59PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

Woody- don't you get it? Stuff "influence". It's about *innovation* and you're /still/ missing the point of this endeavour consequently.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/09/06 11:21PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

Woody- don't you get it? Stuff "influence". It's about *innovation* and you're /still/ missing the point of this endeavour consequently.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 14/09/06 11:21PM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

Godspeed Richard!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/9/06 7:08PM
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On CinoDVD project paused:

Surely the development has built up a significant knowledge base? Please don't let that go to waste.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 20/8/06 10:52PM
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On BBC BASIC turns 25:

I'm sure there is an online ARM code tutorial and didn't Ray Favre write a book that is still available?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/8/06 12:05PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

DMS - the EU is not a "country" though plainly.

If only the likes of Castle and RISC OS Ltd would *think out of the box* like Acorn and instead of blindly absorbing the parochial mindset of the EU they could start organising some proper distributiuon of their products into countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

The stupidity of signing away ability to determine national trade policy in a global economy.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/8/06 12:00AM
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On ROL: Adjust figures looking swell:

I think more people might by it if the icons had been designed a bit more professionally.

Personally I think they're still very nice and I like the visual additions but they certainly lack flair worthy of a RISC OS operating system in this day and age.

Not too much to ask?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/8/06 11:55PM
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On Why so much infighting?:

I thought CJE would send out Iyonix's to NZ?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 2/7/06 10:59AM
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On TEK 1608 in 32bit rumour:

(examples of graphics)

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/6/06 1:18PM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

Has anybody picked up development of Firefox!?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/6/06 1:18PM
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On TEK 1608 in 32bit rumour:

Thanks CW. I always wondered how far ID got though on RISC OS? I know they used the "engine" for a couple of their games but was any work done using the RISC OS version?

I mean, the exampls in the demonstration were far beyond anything RISC OS has ever seen and how old is it!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/6/06 1:17PM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

Yes JWCR exactly what I thought about the filer. Let's hope at the bare minimum RO Ltd can add some genuinely outside-the-box innovative thinking to the filer to ameliorate convergence with Windows. Please!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/6/06 2:09AM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

Sure wouldn't mind a reasonably priced Oregano 3 released quite soon now...

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/6/06 2:07AM
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On TEK 1608 in 32bit rumour:

What about getting the source for Iron Dignity?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/6/06 7:29PM
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On New games database for emulator users:

They can see BBC games on mobiles "Sawadee" :)

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/5/06 11:34PM
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On New games database for emulator users:

I don't think RISC OS games are sold for mobiles are they?!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 26/5/06 7:36PM
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On New games database for emulator users:

These are all EX-commercial games though aren't they?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 25/5/06 8:43PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

Good idea - one step at a time :)

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 13/5/06 6:02PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Could anybody knock up a family tree-style diagram of what went where when Acorn ceased to be Acorn?

(I still can't quite remember exactly what precipitated the collapse)

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 09/05/06 7:44PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

JWCR - yes, there are always possibilities.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 6/5/06 12:01AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

"( note I'm not identifying 'wrong' as legal, moral, or otherwise ) for a PC seller to profit from that brand by stirring up those warm feelings that rightfully refer to either those responsible for the original designs or those developing those designs further. "

Then it is a moral reference and nothing wrong for describing it as such.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/5/06 11:38PM
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On Intel to shed XScale chips:

Nice to see a positive take on the issue, Druck. Hopefully there'll be a future for RISC OS on efficient ARM chips yet.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/5/06 7:36PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

And Castle refused to re-use the Acorn brand. This makes me sick!

On the other hand if the Acorn name is still respected and fluorishes then maybe there IS hope for RISC OS and a re-unification with the Acorn brand.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 5/5/06 7:35PM
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On Star Fighter upgrade in free for all:

What about the Level editor?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 4/10/05 7:44PM
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On Hauser bags lifetime achievement award:

Does Hermann monitor RISC OS developments now does anybody know?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 1/10/05 12:39PM
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On Iyonix 3D graphics driver released :

If anybody wants Quake then JL from AcornArcade is as familiar as anybody with the enhanced versions of the game and the sequels in terms of graphics acceleration.

A recent version of Quake running on RISC OS would be a great eye-catcher for the Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 3/9/05 12:30PM
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On Survey: Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC:

Great to see original hardware remaining greater than VRPC. I sincerely hope VRPC remains no more than a stop-gap.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 31/8/05 12:12AM
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On Software news:

Is there any chance of a stand alone version of a couple of those SDL games Nex?

So is the Doom enhanced beyond RCI's version?

Also, Drobes server is incredibly fast (>400K per second)!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 30/8/05 8:13PM
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On Firefox beta 3 released:

It's already solved two major problems I've been having with the axis of cheeziil Fresco-WXL. It crashed when using the bookmarks system (not a helpful bug report I know) however. Nice to see at least some effort is being made to make it fit within the RISC OS system but for it to be such a bonus in its beta form bodes well.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 28/7/05 10:04PM
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On Fears over Omega refund saga:

This is criminal isn't it? Well reported. i hope ever dealer or individual whose ever tried to make a fast buck, fobbed off a customer, exaggerated, been less than honest or told less than the necessary information takes a long hard look at themselves in light of this.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 18/7/05 1:19PM
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On CJE RAM special offer not so special:

Iconbar says that FRM came later than EDO. Confused ;)

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 24/6/05 12:38AM
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On CJE RAM special offer not so special:

Chris - are you including P&P /VAT in your prices as CJE have included them?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 23/6/05 9:31PM
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On RISC OS 3 audio tapes preserved in MP3:

Who was the man who presented Micro Live? I still have the RO3.1 tapes - they were very useful. A decent, comprehensive package which could ease new users onto the platform. Not only the tapes and a (surely essential for any computer?) Welcome Guide but also a comprehensive User&Application guide. The last comprehensive version AFAIK was the HTML one provided with RISC OS3.7 (and on RO4 RiscPCs). These are crucial if you are to get full use of Paint and Draw for example. Otherwise the tendency must be to let them linger not realising what they are capable of.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/6/05 11:58PM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

Somebody has marked me down now! :rolleyes:

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/6/05 3:47PM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

Oh right. Peter I didn't mod you down (not sure if you're thinking that).

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/6/05 10:29AM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

I didn't mean to mis-quote anybody and wasn't aware I had made any quote. Mis-understood or mis-portrayed possibly.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/6/05 12:03AM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

So that's two programmers who RISC OS has semi-lost is it not? :(

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 11/6/05 4:29PM
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On Unix Porting Project to seek UK admin:

Who will get the subscription money for the UPP? Is it shared amongst developers? What about Firefox?

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 11/06/05 4:25PM
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On 4th Dimension games republished again:

The 4th Dimension go back to the BBC days (UIM, White Magic, Holed Out, E-type, Nevryon) and had full colour adverts in Micro User/Acorn Computing. I hear that Q-Master was advertised in A&B.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 07/06/05 9:47PM
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On Adjust ROMs in production:

I want them to join with Castle not fail.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/04/04 8:12PM
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On Adjust ROMs in production:

I certainly agree that there must be no delay in getting Select to te 32bit machines but I won't hesitate to get upgrade my RiscPC to the latest version as soon as I can as I'd like to maintain it as long as possible and have it in the best possible state should I need to return to it!

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 12/04/04 3:32PM
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On Good bye AU, hello Qercus:

In which case Datawave then there is 'Eureka' magazine of the ARM Club. Write a regular article receive a free subscription. If not it's only 15 UKP for 4 issues which are packed with useful articles and technical genius.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 07/01/04 1:23PM
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On New RISC OS news site opens:

As long as SparkY can sustain it then I'm all for another 'take' on the news. I think the name is fine - Acorn is where all of this came from and I don't see any point in trying to distance ourselves from it.

 is a RISC OS UserAW on 03/01/04 2:23PM
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