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On Internet Explorer spotted running on a RISC OS:

Aren't you 28 days early?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 4/3/07 1:02AM
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On South West show reports and photos:

thegman: There is little point in one of the major players commisioning a new logo for RISC OS, if the others chose not to use it. Any rebranding would require a degree of co-ordination and cooperation between ROL, ROOL and Castle.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 28/2/07 1:51AM
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On How to port RISC OS 5 to the RiscPC:

thegman wrote: "It is one thing to convince a hobbyist to shell out maybe £100 on a RiscPC so he can play around with RO5, and maybe contribute some useful code, it is another to get him to shell out £800 on an Iyonix."

Which opens up the age old question of - Why is modern entry level RISC OS equipment so expensive? At £500 even an A9Home is too expensive. The platform needs something equivalent to a £250-£300 machine with a degree of upgrade-ability that will get hobbists interested in our favourite operating system. As their interest develops, then they will move on to higher specced more expensive machines.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 31/01/07 11:08PM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

I hope that this was a neccessary excercise that aids in the completion of Firefox for RISC OS. Otherwise this is a bit of a distraction. Firefox 2 for RISC OS is barely functional, vital things like the hotlist and downloading do not work on my copy, there is no point in having RISC OS style menus if none of the important options work.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 31/1/07 10:25PM
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On How to port RISC OS 5 to the RiscPC:

Even though I still use a RiscPC as a second computer, I am quite happy to keep it running ROS4. I honestly do not see the need for a version of ROS5 that runs on it. It would be better if the people who are going to take advantage of the shared source intiative devote their programming and engineering skills to moving the OS forward. Multicore processors appear to me to be the way silicon technology is moving, with the appearance of a dual-core XScale from Intel last year, wouldn't it be better if attention was focused on making RISC OS use similar and no doubt faster chips that will appear in the future.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 30/1/07 9:45AM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

I really cannot see this happening. When the Shared Source Initative is fully up and running, people "possibly if they havent used RISC OS for a long time but still have a RiscPC in storage" will keep their RiscPC in storage. This is the sort of person who has moved onto either Linux, Mac OS or even Windows. As I see it working on developing RISC OS under the SSI will already have upgraded to at least an A9.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 15/01/07 4:05PM
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On Developers to discuss new Style Guide:

edit above: ...I dont need to go **hunting for** my coffee, kitchen cleaner...

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 24/12/06 11:24AM
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On Developers to discuss new Style Guide:

As an end user, I cannot see any reason to change the Style Guide. I like the uniformity and ease of use. Using RISC OS is just like shopping at a branch of Lidl, in the case of the supermarket, it does not matter where inthe country I am, the layout is always the same, I don't need to go for my coffee, kitchen cleaner tins of soup etc; likewise with RISC OS it does not matter which application I am using, I know what happens when I press f3, Ctrl-A etc. The Style guide is what makes the RISC OS desktop such fun to use. Mess with it at your peril.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 24/12/06 11:20AM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

Well done HSBC, not only do you close my local branch, making life monsterously inconvenient for non-drivers like myself. Now they are trying to tell me what sort of computer I can own. It is a good job I cannot get Netsurf to run on my Iyonix*. Sorting out a problem like this would be a nightmare.

*("Internal Error : undefined error at <random hex string>" error message when I doubleclick the icon).

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 25/10/06 11:16AM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

ROL have said that like the Iyonix, an A9 build is possible, but not actually achieved yet. So no, they have not moved on. This is still a version of the OS for machines that no-one actually makes anymore.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 18/10/06 10:02PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

Utter madness. Releasing a new version of the OS that officially only works on the RiscPC and the A7000. It should have been made to work officially on the Iyonix first. The Iyonix is the way forward, it was teh first machine to have a 32bit version of the OS and with its HAL broke the dependency on proprietorial Acorn designed components. Whether you like it or not the RiscPC is obsolete hardware, it is time to move on.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 18/10/06 8:47PM
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On Intel wheels out 1.2GHz XScale family:

As someone on a limited budget, the question that occurs to me is: If Castle were to produce a new machine using one of these chips, could I just buy one of the new motherboards and replace the one in my current IyonixPC, or would I need to buy the whole new machine?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 28/9/06 11:27PM
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On September news round up:

Whilst the reality is that the AT-X board with this new chip exists soley for the benefit of PDA manufactuers, it is nice to know that such a board is technically possible. That putting one of these new Intel chips in a desktop machine is not just the pipedream. Of course getting RISC OS to work on one of the cores is a greater technical challenge, and getting the old Hydra API to work so that both cores can be used is a pipedream.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 20/9/06 3:30PM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

Basically, I was proposing a machine that runs RISC OS with the level of hardware that comes a standard these days with a Windows PC, the basic level of hardware that would be needed to begin to get a PC user interested in RISC OS. Obviously "whatever cards that can be made to work" of the shelf are the "best available". I'm talking about contemporary PC minimums here, not cutting edge.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 08/09/06 12:08AM
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On New Acorn reveals PC laptop website:

Well, I was willing to give the new Acorn the benefit of the doubt, but after reading this article, all I can think is "Burn Heretics! Burn!".

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 6/9/06 11:18PM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

Dan Maloney: Well, it comes down to the difference between those who want to see RISC OS survive on Desktop Computers, and list what they would want to see in the next generation RISC OS machine; and those who just enjoy bitching about what their current RISC OS machine cannot do, and why it cannot do it.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 06/09/06 02:06AM
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On Open sourcing RISC OS won't help says ROL:

hEgelia: Surely, if RISC OS were to go out of bussiness, surely they would call in an official Reciever to wind the business up. The Recever would try to sell of the company's assets, wsurely that would include its intellectual properties, ie all its work on RISC OS 4. So, it is possible that someone wluld buy ROS 4 to prevent it disappearing forever.

Not that I can see RISC OS Ltd going bust any time soon.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 5/9/06 5:03PM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

So, lets play hypotheticals. Below is what I consider a dream ARM based RISC OS Machine:

Processor : Intel XScale IOP342 Operating System : RISC OS 6 taking full advantage of the dual core IOP342 Graphics card: best off the shelf card available. Sound: provided by the best of the shelf soundcard available Firewire, USB2 and Bluetooth connectivity DVD RW (all formats) CD RW (all formats) Real Alternaive for RISC OS Quicktime for RISC OS Opera or a fully functional Firefox for RISC OS an AVI player An up to date IM client OPEN OFFICE for RISC OS

How big a lottery roll over would be neccessary for me to win to pay for the development of such a machine.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 04/09/06 11:06PM
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On Castle considering open sourcing RISC OS:

I am more concerned about the disappearance of Hardware Developers. If Castle are too busy building enbedded RISC OS based set top boxes, who is going to build the replacement for my Iyonix when it eventually goes to silicon heaven in five or six years time. Will anybody be interested in building a box that uses a minority interest Open Source operating system. With Linux, all you have to do is buy a bog standard PC and replace Windows. RISC OS requires ARM based chips that will work in a desktop machine, and porting RISC OS to devices that run mobile phones will have no use if those deviced cannot be made to run a desktop computer.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 18/08/06 11:41PM
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On Castle USB to get audio, video support:

mfraser: Which brings us back to the $64K question of exactly what are RISC OS Open Limited planning.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 21/7/06 10:03PM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

If memory serves me, Explan moved their SOLO project to Linux because RISC OS remained a proprietorial product. If RISC OS were to go open source, maybe they would return to the fold. Think of all the potential new users and developers that would bring to the platform.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 19/7/06 9:52PM
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On Interview with a ROS Open shareholder:

Wow, somebody talking sense, without the usual vitriol and FUD that usually follows in a discussion of the future of RISC OS. Is there a "Z" in the month?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 16/7/06 10:27PM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:

adrianl: RISC OS really need someone with a fat enough wallet who believes, as in "Field of Dreams", "If you build it, they will come!" I honestly beleive that if someone made a leap of faith with their investment, RISC OS has such a nice way of doing things that people will flock back to the system.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 10/7/06 6:34PM
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On Who are RISC OS Open Ltd?:

hzn: Yeah,, two years late and with everyone else. Gee, what a bargain.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 28/6/06 11:53PM
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On Who are RISC OS Open Ltd?:

AMS: "Yes they can open source the bits they completely wrote - but if you were a Select subsciber would you be happy at everyone getting for free stuff you paid for ???? " In the last year of my Select subscription, I spent over £100 of my limited free cash and got exactly nothing from RISC OS Ltd. I would be extremely annoyed if all of Select suddenly became available as Open Source software, free for all.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 28/6/06 10:11AM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

I have just noticed, that on the picture of the A9Home display, there is a Firefox icon on the Iconbar. Is that the product of a new version of !Firefox for RISC OS that isn't generally available yet, Beta5, or simply the !FirefoxI utility running?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 24/6/06 11:20AM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

So, RISC OS Ltd's crusade to turn Select into a cheap Windows clone continues apace. First they make Select softloadable, which slows booting down to a microsoft crawl, and eats precious RAM. Now they are giving the Filer a tool/menu bar at the top of the window to waste space. What next I ask myself

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 24/6/06 12:58AM
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On Acorn is a legendary brand says new Acorn:

Tamias: I would have thought that Pace bought RISC OS, the lawyers who drew up the terms of the sale would have made the contract water tight. That all copyrights connected to the Intelectual propereties that make up operating system would have been reassigned to Pace as part of the package. I assume therefore, but I am not a lawyer, that these copyrights would have been reassigned to Castle when they bought RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 15/5/06 5:43PM
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On Acorn is a legendary brand says new Acorn:

I still use RISC OS stopped using Acorn three years ago when I moved to my IyonixPC. It is RISC OS that is the future, as seen by the successful launch of the A9Home last weekend. The hijackng of the Acorn name by this new company should be seen as teh final parting of the ways between the past and the future.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 15/5/06 2:15PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

In the unlikely event that these machines are put together in the UK, as opposed to shipped in from the Far East, this opens up interesting possibilities. The big stumbling block for the production of a native RISC OS laptop was, as I understand it, due to he small size of the market, nobody could guarentee a supply of laptop cases. Perhaps this new Acorn could be persuaded that there is a market for Acorn RISC OS laptops; or at least sell a small number of cases to someone like Castle, so that they could produce Iyonix laptops.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 5/5/06 11:44PM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

Would there be: a) the technical possiblitiy of putting chipset Advantage 6 are using for its Bluetooth connectivity onto a PCI card with driver for machines like the Iyonix? b) a market for such a device?

If a) is possible, then I would be willing to buy it, especially if I got then buy software to syncronise the contents of my SonyEricsson P910i with my Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 27/4/06 10:00AM
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On Bluetooth support for A9home mulled:

timepheonix: "I totally agree. USB2 support opens a lot more doors than just Bluetooth." Someone has already paid A6 for the Bluetooth connectivity. It is a shame that that same customer did not want USB2 connectivity at the same time.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 6/4/06 9:48AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

The thing I love about RISC OS is the working environment it gives me. This boils down to the desktop user interface and the filing system. It will be a sad day when I have to get this from an emulator on a Linux box. However, if it allows me to continue using the software I am comfortable with in an environment I love, whilst opening the door to newer and faster things within this environment, then I will make the move.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 28/3/06 3:43PM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

I took advantage of the release of the StrongARM card to move from an A3010 to a RiscPC. However, I had to wait a few weeks after receiving the RiscPC for the upgrade, due to the demand. So I went from one quantum leap in speed to another in very short order. I had eight very reliable years of use from the StrongARM card, upgrading to ROS4. No my mother uses it, and is very happy with it.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 27/3/06 1:43PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

I am not disappointed that the Castle presentation was light on fact. They are famous for not publicizing a project until it is ready to market. Remember the shock factor that accompanied the launch of the Iyonix and RISC OS 5 three years ago. I think that the only way forward is regualr paid for upgrades (inclusive of bug fixes and support). If something is free, people begin to expect it as a right and complain about what they get. Paid upgrades keep the developers happy because they guarentee an income and the customers happy because they know they eill get something major for their money.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 22/2/06 7:41PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

Trapper: In an ideal World, this is what would happen. The fragmentation of RISC OS into two main companies is barmy.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 22/2/06 3:04PM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

Things RISC OS Limited should be doing with the money from the upcoming share issue: * Develop a decent media player for all versions of RISC OS that plays all the latest and a fair handful of the legacy Audio and Video codecs currently in circulation. OR * Develop a fully featured Web Browsers with all the latest plug-ins so that will work on all versions of RISC OS, so that no web page is inaccessable to the OS OR * RISC OS 6 - a version of RISC OS that works on all ARM/XScale machines, regardless of maufacturer

What RISC OS Limited should not be doing with the money from the upcoming Share Issue: Under no circumstances should they buy the Head Licence to RISC OS from Castle, as that would be a monumental waste of money and leave them with no resources to develop anything remotely useful.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 5/2/06 8:12PM
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On PCI serial port card driver available:

Out of interest, in addition to this softare for Serial Port cards and the PCI TV, what other PCI cards are can now be run on an Iyonix because the driver software is available? Or is this the sum total of devices available?

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 21/1/06 8:04PM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

When are people going to realise that Castle now own RISC OS lock, stock and barrel. No matter how much RISC OS Limited dislike the fact, they have to work with the people who now own the Operating System, and sooner or later have to point all their sub-licencees in Castle's direction for final approval.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 18/1/06 11:44PM
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On ROL cuts deal with Omega users:

Its the "Anyone else bar Castle" attitude of RISC OS Ltd again.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 22/9/05 8:06PM
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On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

Why not introduce some retro styling into the A9Home and use the old A3010 body with built-in keyboard. This would make it an ideal starter computer, with only the monitor being a separate item.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 2/9/05 3:32PM
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On Firefox first beta published:

Third time I have tried to add these instructions. Lets hope it will work this time.

1) Locate the HTML file created by !Bookmaker whenever it saves your hotlist. My copy was deep in the depth of !Oregano, Son't ask me why itis saved in a browser I have not used in over 18 months, I could not tell you.

2) Save this file to the /home directory of the !UnixHome application you are running, adding the .html extension to it.

3) On the Firefox dropdown menu click Bookmarks==>Manage Bookmarks. Which opens the Bookmark Manager app.

4) On this apps dropdown menu click File==>Import...

5) A dialogue box will then open asking if you want to load from file, click "Next"

6) This then lists the HTML files in the /home directory. Highlight the file which contains your !Bookmaker hotlist and click "Open".

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 24/06/05 11:05PM
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On Firefox first beta published:

I discovered last that Firefox would import my hotlist from !Bookmaker. A very useful feature. this piece of software gets better and better.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 23/06/05 11:28AM
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On Select for Iyonix spotted in public:

As the ROM chips on the Iyonix are flash-upgradeable, I really do not see the point in having a soft-loading version of Select-32 for the Iyonix. When ROL send out the its discs to subscribers with IyonixPCs, it should contain an utility that will reprogramme the ROMs to Select-32, and one that can reflash them to the current vanilla release of RO5, if the user wants to switch back.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 9/6/05 3:16PM
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On Midlands 2004 show report:

Are there any plans to get subclass 5 mass storage devices to work with the Iyonix. I was showing a friend my Iyonix on the weekend, and it failed to impress because he could not email a file from an USB pendrive because it was the wrong flavour of mass storage device.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 07/12/04 10:40PM
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On Castle opens RISC OS future wishlist:

jerryf: > > "You can have virually all the user visible features offered by the current release of Select on an Iyonix today" > "No, you can't. Which is why so many people aren't buying Iyonix until it gets Select.

Apart from a few cosmetic things like thumbnailing and alphanumeric sorting in the Filer, I don't really feel that there is a great loss from moving from Select to RISC OS5. The main thing holding back sales of the Iyonix is the price, and that is unavoidably high because the RISC OS market is so small.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 20/05/04 10:13AM
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On Castle opens RISC OS future wishlist:

mripley: A) Select is a scheme to keep the older equipment as upto date as possible. Castle via the Merlin project are the future. B) Sooner or later Microdigital are going to have to "wake up and smell the coffee". The 26bit processor that the Omega is based on are no longer manufactured, ArmTwister was a nice idea, but it they cannot get it to work. They are going to have to make the Omega an XScale based RISC OS 5 machine. So, there really is no point in furthering Select for the Omega. C/D) Select will survive in the short term, in fact it serves a vital function because there are so many 26bit machines out there. Eventually it will wither when these machines are replaced.

 is a RISC OS UserJWCR on 20/05/04 10:03AM
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