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On In brief: Acorn World show this weekend:

Looks like a great show, shame I couldn't go myself. Maybe next year...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 20/9/09 1:43PM
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On RISC OS Open seeks rep for Acorn World event:

Just guesswork here - I doubt there are any 'real' buisinesses in the RiscOS market anymore...

...'just' talented entusiasts. That being the case anyone can make arrangements with the best of intentions, but if LIFE(tm) gets in the way there won't necessarily be anyone to step in.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 1/9/09 10:44AM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

This IS good news indeed...(hopefully)

Genesi do have a proven track record for supporting minority platforms - MorphOS (an AmigaOS clone) for instance...

...from what I know them their point of view tends to be: If we've got the hardware & you can make it work then we'll support you.

I wonder, could this be a new opening for RiscOS to break into the developing 'lightweight' platform market? Ok, it's unlikely...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 30/8/09 10:50PM
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On Firefox port updated to release number eight:

Wonderful!

My thanks & appreciation for all the hard work.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 30/8/09 10:36PM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

'AIUI JK software is almost pure magic! Well its patching of the OS had to be quite hairy'

FWIW: A while ago I pointed a friend in the direction of JK's website for interest. He has an amazing ability to hack unexpected hardware into old computers - sadly he's not into Acorns. Having seen what JK did and examined the files available he was full of praise for what he regarded as a 'proper bit of hackery'. I certainly found a new appreciation for the work that must have gone into this GFX upgrade...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 25/8/09 1:29PM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

Thanks for the info, just a thought for a way of getting the combination working.

I think (as suggested above) I'll e-mail ROL & politely request they consider support for the RadeonVF...

...As you suggest JK is possibly in the best position to tackle this, assuming he has time. I'll make the same request of him when I call about the above upgrade.

Idle curiosity: Are the Radeon versions rare? Everyone I know with a VF has a Radeon-based one.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 24/8/09 2:36PM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

A question if anyone 'in the know' is still looking @ this thread:

RadeonVF + RO6 is a 'no-go' from everything I've read. As I understand it this is becuase of a lack of Radeon drivers in RO6 - shame, I've finally had a chance to try out RO6 & rather like it but not enough to ditch my VF (especially as I'm seriously considering taking JK up on his upgrade)...

...Now, my understanding is that JK's drivers aren't available as a 'default' because RO6 is soft-loaded so they get 'kicked-out' when the OS loads. Would one potential 'fix' be to soft-load JK's drivers (modules) early in !Boot after RO6 has started?

Or is it a case of the RO6 GFX sub-system being too differnt for the 'standard' RadeonVF driver to work even if present..?

My thanks to any who can shed light on this - I'd like both but the VF is more important to me.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 24/8/09 9:33AM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

Excellent! I look forward to it.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 21/8/09 6:33PM
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On Archimedes emulator Arculator updated:

Hmmm, I'd have thought there would be more interest - This new Arculator's a big deal to me...

...happy memories brought back to life. :)

My sincere appreciation, Tom.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 19/8/09 6:37PM
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On Prototype Acorn Unix-powered A680 lands on eBay:

Drools...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 16/8/09 6:50PM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

It's fantastic to see RiscOS's most tallented developer(s) continue to support the platform - well done! :)

I guess £99.00 & lack of Select support are issues but, hey, it's a niche platform regarding the former and the latter would be fixable (with sufficent positive encouragement).

Many thanks JK, I'll at least give some serious consideration to upgrading mine.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 15/8/09 11:51AM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

:) Could I be getting close to buying my first 'new' RiscOS - based computer in about 14 years? Without doubt I would get one of these ARM - based sub-notebooks to run RiscOS on it... ...with a few provisos:

-Not too outrageous a price hike please. (should I buy a 'pre-made' one)

-The various bits 'n bobs actually work. (no drivers permanently in the pipeline please)

-Would be nice to think with a bit more grunt in both the CPU / GPU department that development of software such as a media player to take advantage could be done.

Ok, so I'm looking to developments that will probably never come off and regardless would likely be in the faaaar future but I still like RiscOS you see.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 28/7/09 10:27AM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

:)

Hey, easily done. Glad it wasn't me that upset you.

FWIW: Fantasticwork with RO5, I look forward to future developments.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 3/5/09 12:25PM
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On RISC OS Open 5.14 now available for free download:

Ooo, fantastic! :)

Now, I don't own an Iyonix (sadly) but a stable version for the RiscPC can't be too far off...

...I await developments with feverish anticipation - keep up the good work chaps!

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 3/5/09 12:24AM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

Forgive me for asking; Maybe it's me being dumb. Is there a way of making it more obvious who's replying to what message in these threads?

The reason I ask is at first glance it looked to me like riscosopen's obviously upset reply was aimed @ my last comment. (especially as the reply found its way into my email) I couldn't for the life of me understand how my last post could possibly deserve such a response... ...reading further up the thread I guess it was actually in reply to another (edited) comment.

I came fairly close to firing back an equally upset response which may not have helped the general 'karma' round here.

Thanks.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 3/5/09 12:18AM
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On Bitmap graphics package Photodesk updated:

:D

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 2/5/09 12:28PM
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On CJE seeks programmer to resurrect data entry package:

Well done to CJE for continuing to actively support the platform.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 2/5/09 12:27PM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

Thanks for taking my comment seriously...

I wonder: If the OS's are too far apart for genuine merging & the two organisations are collaborating a little might this extend to merging as much as is practicable?

ie: module, by module ROL & ROOL saying to each other: 'hmmm, your's is better than mine, we'll standardise on that one' where functionality is fairly interchangable...

...followed by: 'where it's too much hassle to standardise or rewrite we'll agree to aim @ functional convergence'...

...followed by: 'we'll agree on a standard HAL API' so once there's a HAL for a platform users get to choose what OS they want to run on it.

Would that be a fair compromise that wouldn't be too taxing to implement while reducing many of the difficulties that have sprung up as a result of two branches?

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 1/5/09 4:32PM
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On Text editor StrongED 4.68 available for download:

Excellent! :-)

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 1/5/09 4:18PM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

Um, possibly I'll get shot down in flames for this:

How about ROL & ROOL getting together & merging the two branches? Both have worthwhile features to bring to the party and we'd all be better off.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 30/4/09 7:21PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Surely the thing that makes such a development so fantastic is not any perceived advantages of one branch of the OS over another but that the platform we care for has a future - no new hardware = no future. It may be a purely psychosocial difficulty but no platform can survive under emulation only.

For myself I don't care which branch we all use as long as there only ONE branch in general use - better still; the best of both merged.

All the ARM computers I own run ROL OS's but if they all ended up soft-loading ROOL OS's that would be fine by me assuming that's the branch everybody else is using. (or vice versa)

After having no future, which the above news hopefully addresses, by far the worst thing for RiscOS is having all this business with two OS's.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 26/4/09 5:54PM
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On Vpod: first pictures of new RiscPC graphics card:

Really? That's also good news - the last time I looked joining the select scheme was a hell of a lot more... I suppose the reason I've not looked @ ROL's web site in a loooong time - I'll go have another look... Still £150+50 to outfit on of my toys with a GFX card...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 25/4/09 10:04PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

THIS IS WONDERFUL!!! The first concrete example that our favourite OS can indeed be made to work on new, inexpensive, and available hardware within the resources available to the RiscOS community... ...my heartfelt congratulations to the developer(s). The platform has a future. :) As hubersn says it will also be good to see the same 'trick' done on more heavy-duty kit too...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 25/4/09 9:16PM
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On Vpod: first pictures of new RiscPC graphics card:

My sincere congratulations to the developers - all development is good development when you're talking retro-platforms. Price? A bit steeper than I'd like but if you consider an Indivision for an Amiga A1200 is £115.99 and that's not a full GFX card... Features? It REALLY needs a DVI out and while I'm not too disappointed that despite the name it *only* does GFX I'd need to see those pins will support real (not vapour) upgrades before I buy. Needs RiscOS 6? Very sadly that's a deal-breaker for me as buying that too is going to double the price...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 25/4/09 9:04PM
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On A guide to overclocking Kinetic and StrongARM CPU cards:

Thanks for the comments. :)

Keep then coming please. I'm well aware much of what I've written about the Kinetic's RAM is guesswork based on snippets I've picked up. I'd like to know better, both to make this info more accurate & also to reduce the risks to my Kinetic when I get round to fiddling with that bit. ;) BTW: If any are looking for a suitable Peltier but (like me) have had difficulty finding one, this company have been very helpful... [link] Model: 12711-5L31-02CK looks to be the 'best fit' to me. They also do versions with 'RTV sealing' to save on messing with neoprene gaskets, etc...

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 9/1/09 6:44PM
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On RISC OS 5.14 softloaded on an Iyonix: first screenshot:

Marvellous! Well done to all concerned. :)

I for one hope to see an eventual release for my RiscPC(s)... ...My hope is not only for the continued development of my favourite OS but that all this activity may eventually result in a HAL tightly integrated into an emulator with all the potential benefits that may bring.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 27/12/08 12:31AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

:( I abandoned the excellent RiscOS platform many moons ago because the 'community' was 'dying of boredom'... ...so I joined the remains of the Amiga community for no better reason than at least it's still interesting - only to witness it's 'leaders' engage in an unseemly struggle over the remains of the corpse. The result? Now memories are our only sustenance... ...returning to my 'first love' I find her withered remains are being ravished in an equally unseemly manner! :( I wonder how many of my 'RiscOS converts' from the Amiga community will recant in the face of this behaviour..?

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 27/12/08 12:09AM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

This is most sad. :( I've been trying to justify the purchase of an Iyonix for some time - Though I'd very much like one I guess that's the problem for Castle, now I won't have the chance to buy one (fleaBay aside).

I wonder... [link] An ARM-based hand-held+ for geeks that's already selling v. well by the looks of it. Wouldn't a mature, low-overhead, ARM-based (Risc)OS fit this device rather well..? With it's HAL I assume RO5 could be feasibly ported. A fresh supply of geeks to develop for RiscOS...

Ok, so the above suggestion may be chock-full of difficulties but where else will RiscOS go for hardware, new developers, & new users..?

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 05/10/08 5:45PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

This is good news - especaily as I'm considering migrating to Macs from doze. My congratulations to the developers on their continuing hard work.

TBH I gave up on VRPC some time ago with issues related to the above comments. -If its installed on a PC that has regular changes to its setup (network especially) the dreaded invalid licence error pops-up requiring an application to the developers for yet another licence... ...makes the software unusable if your settings are changing on a more than daily basis.

Is this a whinge? I hope not, it's just there are other copy-protection methods & I'd like to be able to use V_RPC.

P.S. On the subject of licencing there is NO legal impediment for running any OS from a memory stick if that suits the user. If as is common for home use you have a licence to run one copy on one computer at any one time, what's the difference (apart from convenience) between installing onto transferable media or installing/uninstalling each time you move computer? But my terms of use state that the licence is tied to a particular computer... ...tricky when PC's can be 'upgraded' endlessly.

 is a RISC OS UserCharlie on 2/7/08 1:57PM
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