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On New London RISC OS show to be held in October:

South : Starts at about the line from Liverpool to Sheffield!

:)

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 3/6/09 2:20PM
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On Five tips for ROL over the next five years:

It's not (just) the clear direction, so much as publishing at least an outline/roadmap so that we can see it. ROL may well have a clear direction, but it's not much use to us if we don't know it.

As someone who works professionally on a very closed OS, as well as uses the very open Linux OS, there are advantages and disadvantages to both: open source is not the panacea it sometimes appears to be, but OTOH it's not all bad either, just so long as there is a specific direction.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/5/09 11:54PM
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On 'Drobe should be accurately researched':

What joke? The first time I saw it I assumed it was relevant to the poll in question, Thw second time I was just puzzled, the third time I posted I reqest asking the relevance and was told it was a joke, but whatever the joke was was not explained.

So. Again. I ask. WHAT IS THE JOKE? Or is it as I am now beginning to suspect, not a joke at all, but a joke at someone else's expense, which basically means that you are simply poking fun at this Dave Holden guy.

The other word for continually poking fun at someone who can't, or won't, answer back, is BULLYING!

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/4/09 10:36AM
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On 'Drobe should be accurately researched':

You still haven't explained where this so called wit is. Just insulting somebody isn't wit, it's puerile and childish.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/4/09 10:40AM
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On 'Drobe should be accurately researched':

What point? What wit? What fabulous commentary? I think you are the one who has a sense of humour failure for not seeing that it isn't funny. Once, maybe twice, after that it just become insulting.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 9/4/09 10:23PM
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On 'Drobe should be accurately researched':

Drobe are being a touch puerile by putting a Dave Holden option on every poll. It has absolutely no meaninmg, so anyone voting that option are, IMO, being just as childish.

While I don't think you should stop doing it just because Paul Middleton, or indeed anybody else, asks you to, you should stop doing it because this is supposed to be a sensible and responsible news portal, not a place for people to make childish comments.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 8/4/09 10:34PM
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On Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?:

What is this fixation with Dave Holden? That's two polls in quick succession that have had this option.

Give it a rest. Please.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 2/3/09 1:11PM
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On Get RISC OS running on Puppy Linux with RPCEmu:

I'm interested in getting RPCEmu to run on Fedora, but cannot find where to download the source from. Is it my imagination, or is there no zip file/tarball etc of the RPCEmu sources?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/2/09 1:14PM
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On Hundreds more printers supported on RISC OS with Gutenprint port update:

Thanks bucksboy/Martin. I've got Chris at CJE to see if he can find me an Epson Photo 1400 which I've been recommended.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/2/09 1:31PM
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On Hundreds more printers supported on RISC OS with Gutenprint port update:

Can anyone recomend an A3 photo quality printer that can be driven from either an A9Home or an RPC?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 9/2/09 1:40PM
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On Select 5i1 released to subscribers:

There's no list of changes from 6.10 (Select 4i4) to 6.14 (Select 5i1) on the ROL website. Does anybody have a list of differences to hand?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 9/12/08 1:03PM
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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

martin: A few years ago, before ebay too paypal over, paypal tried to rip me off. Long story. You couldn't pay me to use paypal any more.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/4/08 8:59AM
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On Wakefield 2008 show theatre line-up revealed:

Wakeman: Chris, Although I wont be there this year, you can count me in for next year. Actually I may send along a lacky instead :)

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 18/4/08 9:01AM
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On Wakefield 2008 show theatre line-up revealed:

This looks like being the first ever Wakefield show I'm unable to attend, I have an Ambulance Aid training course all weekend.

I was really looking forwards to some of the talks, so please can someone get the ROOL, ROL, possibly Connect, and definitely Martin Wuerthner's talks transcribed and on line for those unable to attend.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 14/4/08 1:23PM
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On Click right on with RISC OS:

hEgelia: whilst interesting in themselves, there isn't really any list of useful facilities that could be added to the RISCOS GUI on either of those two wikipedia pages.

I have to use doze a lot at work, so I have got into the hang of using some of the keyboard shortcuts. To my mind, this is one of the biggest features missing from the GUI at the moment.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/3/08 1:13PM
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On Icon Technology boss Mike Glover retires:

Mike, my thanks for a wonderful product and all best wishes for the future.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 3/3/08 12:57PM
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On A quick guide to fitting a new RiscPC hard disc:

My RiscPC is now 12 years old and I've never had a hard disc failure. I've replaced the disc a couple of times with larger ones each time, but never beacuse of a failure. The current 20gb drive has been running without a problem for over five years.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 28/2/08 5:09PM
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On RISC OS skills database website launches:

The site also doesn't list other skills - where's the perl or php? If you're going to add Cobol, where are all the other myriad languages : Forth, Lisp Ada - all of which have (or had) RISCOS implementations. Where is databases? - sql or non sql - training is a skill in itself, I've never seen anyone offering help with training but I'm quite sure there are experts out there. Website 'Authoring' is not the same as website 'Design', that's not listed but graphic design doesn't quite cover it. Proof reading and editing of documents are skills in there own rights. Okay I'll stop there, I've already thought of a load more skills that should really be up there.

Whilst this database is okay as a start, it is really woefully inadequate to be of any real substantive use.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 5/2/08 8:11AM
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On Acorn celebs to mark 30th anniversary with reunion:

ninja: isn't that really what all the various user groups around the counrty should really be doing anyway?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 29/1/08 1:03PM
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On RISC OS-on-Linux project prepares live CD:

And base it on GOBOlinux which already has a very riscos like directory structure anyway.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 12/9/07 5:21PM
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On ROX founder: Why I brought RISC OS to Unix:

Has anyone looked at gobolinix? It has a lot of similarities to RISCOS in that the 'traditional' linux/unix/posix directory structure has been replaced with one that has far more similarlities to the RISCOS one.

As delivered though, ISTR that it comes with either GNOME or KDE. Given what ROX does, would it work better/easier on gobolinux?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/7/07 4:58PM
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On Wakefield 2007 show report:

AHA! That's who Vince H. is! :)

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 30/5/07 8:14AM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

hzn: I saw that as well, but irritatingly I can't find it.

I've been looking at the RO6/Select4i2 documentation. Has anybody actually managed to find the ImageFile_Convert documentation? There are a numbefr of links, but they all go to a 404 page!

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 02/05/07 5:42PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

JGZ: 30k - 40k would pay a UK based programmer. Assuming we're talking GBP here and not 30-40k rupees. Don't know what the conversion would be!

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/04/07 1:08PM
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On Could NetSurf 2.0 support JavaScript?:

JohnR: Not so much <Noscript> so much as done another way or duplicated in another way.

I'm developing a website for a friend that uses javascript; but the javascript is only there to validate any form input. If the browser can't, or won't, use javascript that's fine because the validation is repeated in the perl scripts.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 6/4/07 11:33PM
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On TechWriter to get Word 2k export:

sa110: With respect, that doesn't answer the question. AIUI we currently have 95/97 export, and w2000 import. What benefits will w200 export have over the current?

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/06 12:23PM
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On TechWriter to get Word 2k export:

I'll have to admit to being slightly puzzled by this. We already have W2K /import/, what benefits would w2k /export/ give us that the current word export facility doesn't give us at the moment? This isn't a rhetorical question, I really don't know.

My problem is that without the ability to mix portrait and landscape in a single document, even the current import facilities will only import about a third of all my word documents properly.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/06 12:10PM
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On RISC OS gets transparent windows:

Amusing it very definately is, but it can't cope with tiled backdrop images.

Fun though, and definately one I'll hang on to.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 23/11/06 3:57PM
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On South East 2006 show report:

mrchocky: With all due respect, your comment "Someone else to figure that out" isn't actually very helpful!

In reality you are probably the only person who could sort out any plan, as you know the most about what is involved. Anyone else would almost certainly have to come to you for so much help, that you would probably end up wasting more of your own time than if you'd just done it yourself in the first place.

You've done an excellent job in getting FF this far, but since it was you that did it, only you can identify what's needed to take it further; even if you then just sat back and kept a watching brief.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 25/10/06 6:29PM
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On Not enough room for two mags says Qercus ed:

So waiting until H.F.O. then.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 12/10/06 4:18PM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

Jwoody: I think I would have to agree with this. I'm a 25 year professional, commercial applications developer, but not in C, so starting something in C would be incredibly difficult without a lot of starters. Certainly something like thismight help me get started.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 6/10/06 1:07PM
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On RISC OS 4 caught on Mac OS X:

Just as a point of interest - When I wrote the original Webgen application, it would run on RO2 and up. When I rewrote it to Webgen2, I deliberately used a facility that was new in 3.5. Webgen2 only works on 3.5 or later. I stopped developing or supporting the original webgen, but apart from the late great Reg Hems nobody has ever complained about webgen2 not running on an older OS version.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 02/09/06 3:58PM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

The Gimp, and Imagemagick certainly sound interesting, but unless whatever it is has got a much faster implementation of the current dcraw module, then I don't see how it can be truly of much use to those of us with digital cameras. I have a canon D10, and the raw files it produces become 18mb tiff files! This is is an 12-15 second conversion on a WXP laptop, but a 5 minute conversion on an SA RiscPC, and still a 3 minute conversion on an A9.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/5/06 3:00PM
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On Bluetooth support for A9home mulled:

JohnR: I take it that this new flash is not yet generally available as I cannot see it on the ad6 support page?

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 6/4/06 3:17PM
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On News in brief:

knutson - Compilers? Compilers? Real men don't use compilers! :-)

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 17/1/06 8:45AM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

lproven - So you didn't write : "Secondly, I mentioned parenthetically that I didn't understand why people seemed to want RO4S/A on Iyonix when Iyonix already has RO5. Many of the changes being made to RO4.4 according to this article are playing catch-up to what's already in RO5, as far as I can tell. E.g. 32-bit cleanliness, removal of Acorn device independence, moving of H/W-specific drivers out of the kernel into separate modules, etc." ?

You claimed you didn't understand why people want Select on the Iyonix. The reason is simple. There are things in RO4.39 (Select/Adjust) that are not in RO5. Just as there are things in RO5 that are not in select. My understanding, subject to clarification by ROL or the Select authors, is that Select on Iyonix will be a number of soft loaded modules adding the extra stuff, without taking away what's already there.

Dave

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 16/1/06 11:12AM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

Iproven - What you seem to be also missing is that Select/Adjust has a lot of features that RO5 is missing. This is what Select for Iyonix would give.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 16/1/06 10:47AM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

thesnark : I've made most of the style guide corrections you commented on. And version 2.27 is now up on line.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 15/01/06 11:23PM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

Now why am I not surprised? :-)

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/1/06 3:28PM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

flypig - actually I thought it was that as well, but I'm 150 miles from my manuals so I can't check.

My personal opinion is that this is the best way generally, but that specific instances might preclude that. For Webgen2 specifically it would be irritating for the user if I allowed return to ever activate the build site button.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/1/06 2:03PM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

mrtd - thanks. I guess.

There is both interactive help and a !help file supplied with the app. There is a more extensive !help manual as a separate download from the webgen2 download page. Just drop this skeleton application on top of the mail webgen2 to merge the two. The help is then a much more extensive html page - though it is a little out of date now I'm afraid, and that's one of the (many) things I've got on my ToDo list ([link])

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/1/06 1:25PM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

JohnR - per image 1 thumbnail, 1 'full size', 1 html page.

If you click the htm/jpg button on the opening page, you'll get the, technically incorrect, dos format names for your files, with .htm and .jpg extensions. If you then select on Save Defaults, next time you load the program, click on Get defaults and it'll set it for you.

thesnark - that's all partly because I started building it using an incredibly old application called wimped. (Joe Taylor?). Pressing enter to activate the default button (Build Site) could cause problems, and would be really rather irritating if you've not finished setting up your parameters. Hence this at least isn't going to change. As for the rest, who knows, I'm still developing!

Oh, and any and all requests for changes and additions gratefully received.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/1/06 12:45PM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

Thanks Druck. I'm still in the process of developing it, and I'm hoping a new version will be out towards the end of this month with additional features as requested by various users.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/1/06 9:29AM
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On 2006 predictions:

Will - but equally I suspect no one has asked Castle/ROL if they want/are prepared to open source any parts of RISCOS either.

On a related thought, parts of the printers system was made open source, did anything ever come of it?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 4/1/06 4:54PM
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On News in brief:

So it does. Did the photographer notice at the time I wonder!

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 20/12/05 9:42AM
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On Archive booklets review part two:

I generally use deskedit. (All right, stop laughing!) Sadly though it's not 32 bit so I'm going to have to learn either Zap or StrongEd. STrongEd /looks/ more like deskedit, so that may be my final choice, but zap ends up on the iconbar at the drop of a hat, so for quick things I have to use that.

We'll see. It's a bit like converting to SCEF when all you've ever used is SED, I know I'm going to have to do it eventually, but I just keep putting it off as long as possible. I like SED, and I like deskedit.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 19/12/05 4:03PM
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On Geminus graphics acceleration launched:

bucksboy - yeah, but it's a brilliant piece of kit nonetheless. I couldn't now live without my viewfinder, it's just too useful when I'm editing photo's. I'm expecting eventually to transfer much of this work onto the A9. At the various shows the a9 people have pointed out that graphics acceleration hasn't been switched on yet, so when it is that'll be at least as good, and probably a lot better I suspect. Plus I can cart it around much easier than my RPC!

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 12/12/05 7:36PM
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On Geminus graphics acceleration launched:

I've got a viewfinder in my RPC which allows me to have 16m colours at 1600x1280. Set the same colour depth and resolution on my A9 and window drags are noticably slower and jerkier than on the RPC. Geminus for the A9 will be a very welcome improvement, and if it can also be made to work with/alongside viewfinder, I'll be as happy as a fly on ... let's not go there :-)

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 12/12/05 2:47PM
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On Castle confirms move to Tematic office:

charles - It's very commonplace for small/medium companies to rent office space just for meetings. Indeed some very big companies do it occasionally. Generally representatives of a large company visiting a much small company won't expect plush offices. In some cases it would be seen as potentially worrying if the smaller company did have really plush meeting rooms rather than hiring as necessary. This is money better spent on other things. The only time someone would start to worry is if a potential client wants to see the real work site, and the company c/wouldn't let them see it.

With all due respect to Castle, in the grander scheme of things they are a small company, and I cannot imagine for one moment anybody with the sort of clout to be placing large orders would be unduly worried if they went to hired offices for meetings.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 8/12/05 5:57PM
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On Classic adventure and shooter games republished on CD:

I've always got the impression that most people using RISCOS are not games players anyway. That said, I still play SimCity2000 when I'm feeling in the mood, but that's all.

Is there a version of Elite for RO4/Select?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 7/12/05 12:44PM
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On Castle confirms move to Tematic office:

So is the photo at the top of this page of their old or their new premises?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 6/12/05 6:38PM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

That's not true and you know it. At no time has ROL ever officailly said that any version of select would be out in any year. Allegedly someone at ROL is supposed to have guranteed that there would be at least one per year, but at no time has this ever been said officially. At no time have ROL, or anyone else, ever stated officially that select 4 would be out prior to christmas 2005. At various times PM has stated his hopes for when something will be released, and his hopes for what will be in it, but this has never been a formal guarantee. Indeed if you read the strict terms of the select agreement then they haven't broken them. The fact that things are delayed is sad but unavoidable. I'd rather everything was working, but delayed, than rushed and broken.

You, it would seem, want something now so that you can slate them for it not working. You, it would seem, want them to fail so that you can say 'I told you so'.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 2/12/05 10:42AM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

Has ROL ever said Select 4 would be out before christmas? I thought that was just people speculating.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 2/12/05 8:48AM
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On Archive mag compiles articles into books:

Will you have samples at the roadshow? Depending upon how detailed etc, I may be interested in the networking one.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 28/11/05 1:47PM
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On Software news:

mrchocky - yeah sorry, I suppose I wasn't very clear. When any piece of code is compiled to an OMF, there is a special area in the code that maintains all the external references. In a very small number of cases it may be necessary for called modules to be on the loading environment when compiling a calling module. In general though, all modules can be compiled completely independently and in complete isolation and they'll all just load and run (normal bugs not withstanding) when the top level module is called at run time.

I suppose what I was really trying to work out was how what I know and understand matches what's coming, and to a lesser extent try and understand why C on RISCOS requires a linking process when C on VME doesn't. (I don't actually use C at all, but I do know that on VME it works the same way as all other languages on VME)

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/05 4:20PM
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On Software news:

flypig - No worries. I didn't know about webwonder.

I've got a load of changes I want to make to webgen2. Maybe this will prompt me into starting work on them!

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/05 12:24PM
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On Software news:

jmb - there's an 'external reference' for each called module. The loader simply loads all those external references, and then repeatedly finds the external references in those modules and loads those in turn. It's called a cascade load.

Basically it sounds the same as what will be happening in the new GCC.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/05 12:23PM
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On Software news:

flypig - Webgen2

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/05 11:35AM
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On Software news:

WRT the GCC item above, I'll have to admit to being a little puzzled as to why we've always had to do a linking step. Is ths specific to RISCOS or to C/C++? (You'll probably guess from that that I don't program in C.)

The system I work on (VME) uses a dynamic loader. When any module is loaded, the very first thing it does, before it even starts executing, is to dynamically cascade load everything it (thinks it) is going to need. And everything each of those items need. It's all very efficient especially during development.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/11/05 11:35AM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

mripley: That sounds as if you are suggesting that because the a9 is more expensive than a pda, it should not be built?

It's a bit like comparing dates and oranges and complaining that dates are more expensive than oranges because they're smaller, and less popular/available.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 23/11/05 9:49AM
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On Unix Porting Project to ditch name:

joty - okay, fairy nuff. I should have been a bit more precise. Although I have select 3i4, I don't have a kinetic, so I keep forgetting to take that into account.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 17/11/05 2:01PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Drat! And I'm going to be in Cardiff :(

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 16/11/05 3:15PM
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On Unix Porting Project to ditch name:

guestx - RiscPC can't take more than 256mb total. Maximum is 2 * 128mb simms. I asked a few weeks ago in the local pc shop but was told no chance. CJE or someone like that may be able to help.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 16/11/05 2:12PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

SimonC - If you didn't have that floppy what would you do twice a year when you do need it? I'll admit to being very ambivalent about the necessity for floppy drives. I too almost never use mine, but I do use it occasionally enough that I would probably miss it if I didn't have it. That said, every machine on my network currently has a floppy, so if a few of them didn't I may not worry too much.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 14/11/05 11:40AM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

thegman - would that actually solve the problem? It may be that the RoL programmer(s) wouldn't want to work for Castle, and all they'd end up with is some source code which they'd then have to spend time on trying to work out how to integrate into their own code.

It's equally possible Castle wouldn't want to be bothered with actually owning select anyway as then they'd have to support rather more h/w s/w combinations than they currently do.

IMO it'll be far easier to merge the two forks once RoL has finished 32bitting Select, as then there'll be a more level playing field to do the merge.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/11/05 9:56AM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

No sheep in Cardiff - well, unless you mean the pc users. Can't even see any from the 12th floor office window.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 28/10/05 08:19AM
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On Midlands show dropped from calendar:

liquid - I don't remember quite as many as 50 - it was in a class room and I don't remember too many people sitting on desks, but I do remember that MD turned up half an hour late. I think a few people had sloped off by then though.

It was a good evening, shame that ultimately it was a waste of time and effort.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/10/05 4:30PM
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On Midlands show dropped from calendar:

Without in any way demeaning your statement, more than 10% of the UK population lives within the M25.

I was one of a select few who saw a working Omega in Livingston a couple of years ago when I was working there, so people are prepared to travel if they think it's worth their while.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/10/05 1:11PM
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On South East 2005 show report:

ams - There's no 'probably' about it. ROL quite explicitly stated at the show that select for Iyonix would use modules from the RO5 rom. I take that to mean that it would have to be softloaded on to of the existing RO5.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 27/10/05 9:18AM
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On South East show 2005 photos:

jms - No. Sadly not. The most was to see a small number of modules, a couple of which were in advance 3i4/adjust, running on an Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/10/05 3:15PM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

druck - At the show PM claimed that they had not taken any money for 32 bit subscriptions, except from a small number of people (and I think he said this was in single figures), who said he could take the money. While I agree it's frustrating that there's been no 26 bit release either, to say nothing's been done is untrue.

He also said that, after VAT, 100 32bit subscriptions amounted to little more than 8000. I don't know about you, but that's only a small number of months work for most IT professionals. Certainly not long enough to do very much work on an Iyonix select.

More chance in the next 12 months due to the amount of work done this year. That all said, if there's no release long before Dec 2006 (when my current Select subscription expires) I absolutely guarantee not to renew.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/10/05 3:10PM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

bucksboy - But surely given that 1:AD6 is paying for their part of this conversion, and 2:it's only a 32 bit conversion instead of a 32bit + the necessary HAL / USB and other H/w changes needed for an Iyonix port, it makes more sense to do the a9 first.

druck - I don't remember it as being 'between 1 and 3' so much as 'up to 3' - there's nothing on-line either way, and I won't be home until the weekend to hunt out any written corespondence I may have. IMPO the most RoL have been guilty of is not informing us as to what is going on. I don't agree last years promises were broken, after all they've never promised any particular timescales, though I admit that it does get frustrating when over 2 years (19 May 2003) after select 3 was first released, we haven't had anything new to play with.

One other thought sprung to mind as I was typing this. You as an Iyonix owner say you are frustrated (I'm being kind here!) that you have nothing to show for the Iyonix after years of paying Select subs, which I can well understand and appreciate. Well I don't have an Iyonix, and I guess that had RoL spent ages doing an Iyonix version of select that was never going to benefit me, then I suspect I would be irritated that seemingly other people were getting the benefit from my subs. Sadly this is a catch-22 position which RoL are : Damned if they do, Damned if they don't, and unfortunately we all get in the middle.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/10/05 2:19PM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

Okay fair enough, I missed the 12 months bit. Though I would have to say that any experienced programmer, and I have 22 years as an commercial database programmer, knows that a goal is not a deadline.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/10/05 10:32AM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

druck - proove their not. As I remember it, their original plan was to have UP TO 3 releases per year, and the only way they can break that, is to have 4+ releases in one year. I'm pretty certain they never promised that they would 32 bit RISCOS, but even if they did, they are currently in the middle of it.

They also said that they would grow and develop RISCOS. Well having used 1i9, 2i3, 3i3 & 3i4 I can tell you that I for one would not go back to 4.02/3. It is a massive improvement.

So where /EXACTLY/ are they not honouring the original aim of the scheme?

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 26/10/05 10:16AM
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On South East show 2005 photos:

markee174 - Sure, but the point I'm making is not when the a9 itself is due, but that this uncertainty means that bluenose's suggestion that an iyonix select could (not would) be available for Wakefield 2006 really rather unrealistic.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/10/05 5:39PM
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On South East show 2005 photos:

markee174 - I agree he was very careful not to make promises, but when talking to someone from ad6 towards the end of the show, I was told that they /expected/ but could not promise that th a9home would be available for wakefield 2006.

Given all that, and the requirement for access to the RO5 kernel, I still say that Wakefiled 2006 is FAR too early to have any hope of a Iyonix select.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/10/05 2:12PM
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On South East show 2005 photos:

bluenose - I would suspect that even if PM guaranteed that there would be select for iyonix, Wakefield 2006 is still far too early for it. My understanding is that the A9 is only /expected/ to be available for Wakefield2006, I cannot therefore believe that Iyonix select will be available that quickly thereafter. Parts of the RO5 kernal will need changing, witness the !paint failure in the demo's PM did on Saturday, and how easily wil Castle let go of those?

Hmm.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 24/10/05 12:53PM
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On ARM7 co-processor developed for Beeb and Master computers:

I bought my BBC/B out of my first years college grant. I always wanted a co-processor - the 6502 - but by the time I could afford it, technology had moved on and I bought an A3000, selling my Beeb not long after.

To be honest, I'm not really sure, apart from interest sake, what real value this co processor would have nowadays.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 21/10/05 12:24PM
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On South East show 2005 preview:

Oops, just accidentally found out how to put in the 'in reply to' bit. Sorry, there shouldn't be an 'In reply to' in there, it should just say Dave.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 20/10/05 4:40PM
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On South East show 2005 preview:

Sigh. There go people making light jokes of the fact that someone wrote "they'll" instead of "there'll" and you go and write "would of" instead of "would have".

Dave - feeling a bit pedantic after a day writing technical specs for a bunch of ungrateful *&**$%!

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 20/10/05 4:37PM
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On Using an A3010 as a central heating controller:

This may sound over simplistic, but surely the way to do the 'Don't allow the place to freeze' facility, is simply to fit thermostatic radiator valves?

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 17/10/05 1:29PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Just one of many problems I have with word is the fact that if you make a piece of text a heading, and then force it onto a new page, it does strange things on the previous page. For VERY simple documents I don't mind using word, if I'm using my XP machine. For more complex documents I will ALWAYS switch to RISCOS to use EasiWriter.

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 14/10/05 12:49AM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Could that then be ported back to RISCOS?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 12/10/05 1:52PM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

It /may/ encourage people still on 3.5-4.0 to upgrade - if they thought the extra facilities are worth it to them.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/10/05 3:41PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Interesting that you say that you prefer XP for coding. I've found that it's easier to use an RO machine. Developing a perl/cgi script get an 'error x at line 456' deskedit/stronged/edit/(and zap?) press f5 enter 456, go straight to line. Wordpad? Notepad? Not a chance.

Writing technical documents in word2000 vs easiwriter: for 99% of cases ew wins hands down every time.

Photodesk vs photoshop : easi interface but ssllooww vs Complex even confusing interface, but incredibly fast. You takes your pick on this one!

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 11/10/05 3:36PM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

No I don't think that's right at all. In principle no one should have a higher priority than any other, however in practice surely it is better to get something out that, hopefully is not far from finished, ie select for A9, first. This, according to the reports, should then mean that Select 4 for 26 bit machines should drop out fairly quickly therafter. After that, an Iyonix select, is going to take that much longer, so should be the next priority.

It makes no sense to me to drop what we all hope is a nearly finished product for the A9 to start on an Iyonix select. That, surely, will ensure that the A9 dies, which to my mind would actually be a worse situation than we are currently in.

Dave Ps. How do I get this system to put in the 'In reply to' bit, or is that supposed to be entered manually?

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/10/05 2:25PM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

As a select3i4 user, on 2 RPC's and on VRPC-SE, I have no need or desire for select for Iyonix. That said, I am just starting to look for a new machine, and whilst an Omega was definately on the list at one time, now, I suspect, it will be an A9. I personally won't be looking to Iyonix as I don't want to lose all the additional bits and pieces, some small some large, that make select such a pleasure to use.

From my perspective then I think it's as much up to Castle as anyone else, to persuade/help/whatever ROL to get an Iyonix select - if, that is, Castle want to persuade some of the hold-outs from upgrading to an Iyonix.

As for the suggestion that, should the 100 names come up - as actually I hope they do - then ROL should make Iyonix select the highest priority, that's just plain wrong. The A9 MUST be the highest priority, then select 4, then, and only then, MUST Iyonix select start to be worked on.

I'm currently working in Cardiff, and my Select subscription has just come up for renewal, so I may just pop in to see Mr M. and find out any what's and when's he can give me.

Dave

 is a RISC OS UserDS1 on 10/10/05 1:45PM
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