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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Aemulor would be a bit on the slow side on a RiscPC, wouldn't it? IMO the more important aspect is that it's showing a more flexible version of RO than we've had before, which could conceivably end up closing the fork, especially if RO6 features start getting ported (RO6 is definitely nicer to use than 5, I've not tried the latest ROOL release yet).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/4/09 11:07AM
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On Moving tributes to Paul Vigay flood in:

Only just heard about this. This is very sad news, and my condolences go out to all his friends and family.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/2/09 5:36PM
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On What should be the platform's priority for 2009?:

The problem with throwing away the decrepit old stuff is that you've then got a shiny new OS but no software for it, which makes getting people to use it almost as hard as it is to get them using the decrepit old mess.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/1/09 2:28PM
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On The web in 2009: Your thoughts:

It's great for doing stuff that couldn't be done without it, but that's all. Too much shiny rubbish where none is needed (especially where it doesn't work without it) is just a PITA.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/1/09 2:26PM
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On What should be the platform's priority for 2009?:

Wow, Calculon, has RISC OS been sleeping with your wife or something? That was all rather vitriolic.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 8/1/09 10:02AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

All sounds rather like another RISC OS bullet / foot situation.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 12/12/08 9:11AM
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On Community-produced RISC OS 5.14 in final testing:

Great, now all I need is my Iyonix to come back to life. It seems to have died this evening :(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/12/08 10:53PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

If it's appearing as a text file then try copying it off the DVD and manually setting its filetype (to archive?)

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

Just a little nitpick; I'd say that Descent II is probably a more graphically advanced game on RISC OS than SF3000 Next Gen (might be a race to see which crashes more, though).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/11/08 11:49AM
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On Amiga NetSurf port gets tabbed browsing:

Tabbed browsing isn't something I'm all that bothered about, so if some RISC OS contributor has several things to do I'd (probably) rather something else was higher on the priority. When I want multiple views I usually resort to iconising them. I don't even find tabbed browsing all that useful on Windows.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 12/11/08 12:46PM
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On Welcome back to Drobe.co.uk:

I thought the same about being off-site links at first, but on second thoughts it looks like that gives scope for both them and Drobe articles, which overall is more to comment on.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/11/08 10:30PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

Ah, good. All the shots concentrating on the victims behind the stands, therefore I escaped this year from being in the background (it was no doubt a good move to leave the hat at home).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/4/08 11:32PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

I'm just about to set off to the station to get to the show. I hope everyone has a good day there (or two or three hours in my case because of the badly-timed trains back).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/4/08 7:44AM
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On NetSurf bags GBP10K investment from Google:

Congratulations to the Netsurf team, this is very impressive of yourselves to get noticed like this in the wider world, and with such rewards.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/4/08 5:59PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show theatre line-up revealed:

I'll be there. It would be a great pity if there aren't any more Wakefield shows. I've always enjoyed the day out, and usually returned home with a noticeably lighter wallet. If it starts looking iffy finance-wise I'd be quite happy to accept an increase in the cost on the door.

Looking at the map (I first went after the show had moved to Thornes Park), the venue looks far enough away that if I just miss a bus from the station I'll be better off waiting for the next one?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/4/08 7:38PM
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On Star Fighter 3000 revamp revealed:

Wow. Another reason to try and make it to Wakefield!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 31/3/08 1:21AM
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On New release of RISC OS Firefox available:

I'm in the same position as a lot of others - very surprised to see a new version, and very pleased too. It definitely seems smoother than the previous one (on VRPC, at any rate, I'll have to wait a week or so to try on my Iyonix). Previous versions felt too slow to use (to me). This one, whilst admittedly still sluggish compared to, say Netsurf, which is only to be expected, is useable, and indeed I am doing so right at this minute.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/2/08 6:24PM
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On New RiScript supports CMYK PDF export:

hzn: It might be worth continually trying, because I think their email is somewhat unreliable (with the last version they picked up on a problem I'd encountered from a Usenet post, and got it fixed pretty quickly, but I didn't hear a reply from an email in response to the test version they sent me).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 30/12/07 4:36PM
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On NetSurf banner lost in post:

At any rate, late is certainly better than never. Glad it's turned up!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/12/07 9:31PM
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On Wakefield 2008 to be held in April:

Huh, I should be back in the UK in May. Still, it shouldn't be too hard to get back again for a weekend.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 12/11/07 7:40PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

I'm going to be really pedantic and argue that the very first Elite is Classic Elite, and the version shown in the picture is the later Master version.

Anyway, it was a good day, although a bit rushed for me due to train times (spent more time going to and from the show than at it :( ). Holding it in the smaller venue did sadly reflect the shrinking market, but OTOH the atmosphere felt positive and friendly - as someone else has already pointed out somewhere, in rather stark contrast to the average argument on here or the mailing lists or comp.sys.acorn.*!

I really liked the idea of putting the A9 in a monitor, and with wireless keyboard and mouse, and perhaps wireless networking too, that would be the ultimate computer for a confined space!

Once again a big thank you to the organisers.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/5/07 10:33AM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

RichardHallas: Those are coasters, not mousemats!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/5/07 5:56PM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

markee174: That would do me equally well, and is obviously less effort than creating a demo. I can't think of a reason to say no to it.

hzn: Whilst that has some advantage of making a good initial impression, it's not enough for me to make a personal decision on, in the same way as I wouldn't want to buy a canvas and oil paints just because I've seen a good oil painting.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/3/07 1:21AM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

lym: Yes on both parts (or I could; I'm being shoved off to France for 6 months just in time to miss Wakefield this year :( ), but there's nothing like actually having a play around with software to make your mind up. It's not only a case of how good it is, or appears to be, there's how you as an individual get along with it.

wuethne: Superb! I'll certainly have a play with any demo that does appear. Artworks seems to have an amazing track record of things that people ask for actually appearing. If someone does have time to do some tuturials that'll probably be very helpful. I inevitably find that they're the easiest way to get started, although I appreciate they can be time-consuming to create.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/3/07 1:17PM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

I really wish there was a demo of Artworks. It all sounds good, but it's far too expensive to buy and then find I don't get on with it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/3/07 10:11AM
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On Wakefield 2007 to take place in May:

Very glad it's still on, but it's looking very much like I won't be able to make it for the first time in some time, as my job is threatening to shove me off abroad for a while.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/2/07 10:12AM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

mripley: So you think RISC OS shouldn't try to catch up where it's been left behind? FF is a very important piece of work, and Thunderbird, whilst not offering as much over what we can already do, does greatly increase what you can do on RISC OS without spending more money, which is pretty important when it comes to platform appeal.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 1/2/07 10:39AM
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On How to port RISC OS 5 to the RiscPC:

Hopefully with the existance of ROOL the Select / Adjust / RO6 benefits will start finding their way into it anyway.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 31/1/07 11:07AM
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On Programming tools set for price slash:

Don't see why it's laughable to charge for these things. It's fair enough to charge for anything that's taken considerable time and effort (and money) to create, whether it's physical or not IMO. The question of whether it's sensible to charge is a different one; there's a good argument, presumably the one that Apple use if their tools are free, that it'll more than pay off in the long run with more developers.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 29/01/07 6:16PM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

Hmm, wonder if it was trying to do the "In reply to" thing that's giving the nt?

Anyway, what I was trying to say before Drobe attempted to silence me with (nt) was that thegman's point isn't entirely accurate - if you design a page that'll work in Netsurf then it should work OK on other browsers too, so I don't think that that's much of an issue.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 25/01/07 3:00PM
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On Programming tools set for price slash:

hzn: Well, we don't yet know just how reduced it's going to be, but it certainly sounds like the type of positive move designed to encourage development that RISC OS hasn't always had too much of.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/1/07 10:32AM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

If it's really cheap then the RiscPC might get dragged out of storage out of curiosity and nostalgia. If that's done then it needs to be good enough to convince people not to put it back again, people who are now used to much faster hardware.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/01/07 4:10PM
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On AmigaOS woes show ROS is not alone:

torbenm: Interesting ideas, but I would imagine that there would still have been a huge difference in the prices of the two machines which would still have left the Amiga as far and away the more common one.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 8/1/07 1:32PM
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On Best of 2006 awards results:

The first version was odd - it was treacle-like in UI responsiveness on the RiscPC, but 'm sure the display seemed quicker than the Iyonix (e.g. when scrolling a page). Still, it's coming on and still improving. So is Netsurf; Oregano doesn't get much use from me now, although I do most of my browsing on non-RISC OS machines.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 03/01/07 3:56PM
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On Cino DVD player released for free:

IIRC it's lack of documentation rather than lack of time that prevents the card's hardware acceleration from being used.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 29/12/06 12:32PM
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On Could open source RISC OS bring back users?:

This article is suggesting that the real problem with RISC OS (as far as keeping users is concerned) isn't the OS itself, but the hardware it runs on, so you've got to ask would open sourcing change that? Would hoards of programmers suddenly appear to take on such a mammoth task of porting to a different system, and presumably also include some sort of transparent emulation to keep the old stuff running? I rather doubt it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/12/06 6:19PM
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On Iyonix-only Firefox 2 port released online:

Odd, I find it runs at the same speed as 1.5. If there is a difference it's not noticeable to me.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 4/12/06 10:54AM
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On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:

The problem with scrapping them all is that you can't scrap the knowledge of them, and if they all go it's most likely to be the most looney country that'll get the next one, only now with no deterrent against using it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/11/06 10:22AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

There would be some point in it being able to run on an emulator in that it would avoid switching back and forth between the emulator and the underlying OS, but the extra convenience of that is probably not worth putting a great deal of effort into making it work. Well, in my view. Perhaps I'm the only one who bothers firing up Oregano if I'm using VRPC and want to look at a site I know in advance will work with it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/11/06 4:09PM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

Besides, so what if it is a bit fragmented? It might affect its future, but it seems a daft reason to leave now. If it's still usable for you why change? If it isn't then change anyway, irrespective of the bickering. If you need to buy a new machine anyway, I could understand it influencing your decision about buying a new machine, but I'm not sure how it could affect your current computer use.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/11/06 10:39AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

Depends why it's only going to be available for one branch. If it's simply a question of the others not being up to the job then that's fair enough (expecting modern software to run on a RiscPC is a bit optimistic, although I obviously don't know what the A9 situation is).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/11/06 08:54AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

nijinsky: But Select isn't a very fair comparison. Peter Naulls has a reputation for delivering what he says he is going to, so why tar him with the Select brush? If you don't believe in paying to support things like this anyway then fine, but it's unfair in this case to refrain from doing so because you don't think anything will come of it.

Personally I'm having to think about whether or not I'll support this because I'm not sure how useful it will be. Some speedups would have to be a hell of a lot of speedups for using Firefox on RISC OS not to be an unpleasant last resort when other browsers fail.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/11/06 10:21AM
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On ROL calls for Select coders and testers:

Being a cynical so-and-so, I'd say this looks like trying to get programmers without paying for them. Still, it's better than getting nothing out of ROL.

Hopefully they'll be able to get someone to redesign their website too.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 12/11/06 6:20PM
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On South East 2006 show videos:

highlandcattle: How are you going to do that when most of them are closed source? (don't know if the ones used for this are, but most seem to be these days). The other question is wondering how well any current RISC OS hardware can handle the number-crunching requirements of recent codecs, 'though that part should be OK if you're happy without full screen and high frame rates.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 1/11/06 2:07PM
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On HSBC embraces NetSurf and RISC OS:

fwibbler: I find the Lloyds site pretty slow with Netsurf, but it seems to work. The last time I tried it it wouldn't let me set up new payments with O2 (I think it was that that I was using at the time).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/10/06 1:46AM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

Sounds like at least they are capable of admitting they got something wrong and doing something about it. I wouldn't have been surprised if they hadn't just continued with "not our problem, use IE".

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/10/06 3:56PM
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On South East 2006 show report:

markee174: For that you need to convince people to invest (so they've got a chance of getting something back), and to have a proven track record of delivering. People don't invest in charities, they do in businesses.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/10/06 1:31PM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

bucksboy: Would you be willing to bet your bank balance on it meeting those requirements on a Windows machine? I can't think how that RO setup would be riskier than that (OK, as mentioned above the RO Firefox always prompts about certificates, but you can examine them if you want to).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/10/06 11:38AM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

jmb: My apologies. I was under the impression that Netsurf didn't ship with any at all, and didn't check them either (mostly because I've never been asked about when using Netsurf, but have a few times when using Firefox outside of RO).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/10/06 5:21PM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

Of course, the whole mention of certificates reveals one area where Netsurf is genuinely less secure than their preferred browsers (along with all other RISC OS browsers, although I don't know how easy it is to get the certificates into RO Firefox).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/10/06 3:12PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

Forgot about the VA users (depsite being one myself, as well as having an Iyonix). Anyway, it raises a point about ROL's "working with them" stance. No-one is working with them as regards to RiscPC / VA as far as I know, so why treat that any differently than the Iyonix? The obvious answer is because it's less work, but it still contradicts their position.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/10/06 1:30PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

jc: "You'll need to work harder at selling the product" referring to older machines. I'd not bother putting too much effort into it at all. The very fact that they are still using 10 year old or more machines (if they are still using them at all) suggests they aren't keen on the idea of spending money in what's left of RISC OS. There might be more of them, but I doubt they are much of a market. Anyway, that's just my opinion, without any facts to back it up.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/10/06 10:49AM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

What I'd like to see is them locked in a room until they come up with an acceptable solution to this frankly ridiculous situation. Castle don't seem to show the slightest bit of interest in anything non-Iyonix, and I completely fail to understand ROL's attitude - do they want to sell copies of RISC OS or not? There's a market of Iyonix users, and they are stubbornly refusing to try to exploit it. Even if they just broke even with the development work required to get it working on the Iyonix the improvement in their reputation would probably more than pay off in the long run.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/10/06 1:26PM
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On R-Comp Dad suffers 'major' heart attack:

All the best to Alan, and hope for a speedy recovery.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/10/06 9:57AM
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On How to create a modern desktop theme:

I've just tried an alpha channel title bar sprite, in the hope that it would show through the underlying colour in order to show input focus, but it doesn't work, and gives some redraw errors on the title bar :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 09/10/06 11:56PM
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On How to create a modern desktop theme:

Looking pretty at the expense of usability sells. Makes you wonder what's the point of actually trying to produce anything that's useful. Still, pandering to ignorance and stupidity has always been a pretty good way to be successful.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 09/10/06 10:07AM
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On How to create a modern desktop theme:

Would a semi-transparent title bar sprite work with Select?

Having done a little playing around on Select to make the sprites I have stuck on my pinboard blend in I can say that it is one thing that whilst purely cosmetic makes a great deal of difference to a casual perception of a RISC OS desktop. Another (which AFAIK can't be done on any version) would be make the text below pinboard items stand out a bit better. A small shadow beneath it on the Linux machine I use at work means it's viewable whatever the background colour.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 4/10/06 10:24AM
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On Intel wheels out 1.2GHz XScale family:

Nah, far better to have a good moan in the tradition of RISC OS.

If there is some impact on potential graphics performance, how serious would that be for an Iyonix II? I can't see it doing much to stretch a graphics card anyway, so would a far from theoretically maximum performance there be all that noticeable?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/9/06 5:34PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Sorry for third post in a row.

If anyone wants to reply to me, instead of just giving up in disgust at what I have to say, I've created a topic in the "Off topic / derogatory rants" section of the forums, because it's probably got to the stage where it'll be annoying enough in general chitchat, let alone here.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/09/06 3:31PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

mrtd: "I think there is considerable arrogance in saying that something can't be of any importance because I don't understand it, or haven't experieinced it. "

Who has said that? I don't dismiss things because I don't understand them. Perhaps I might mistakenly if I misunderstood them. That argument is a classic dismissal in pro vs. anti religious debate. It says "If you don't agree then you don't have a right to an opinion," which is considerably more arrogant. I've never tried hard drugs either.

People DO sacrifice themselves for non-religious reasons, although admittedly not as often. Look what happened to Emily Pankhurst. There are people who will adamantly stand up for whatever they thing is good and right, and religion often gets it there because it gives a simple and unambiguous answer to those questions often with some twisting to make it fit an agenda). It does not make it right or real - it cannot do, if people from conflicting religions can feel the same way.

What many people want is certainty and simple answers, which is why I think religion has the hold it has, or at least is the hook.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/09/06 1:27PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Bitter, rude comments? No, I'm just stating my view on the subject, and why I don't agree with religion. If I were to say otherwise I would be misrepresenting my own view, yet I get personally directed retorts to it. That is rude and intolerant. It is one thing to attack and attempt to rubbish my opinion, quite another to say that I shouldn't be allowed to express it, which is what the pro-religion posts appear to be doing. I am not intolerant in that I do not think anyone should be prevented from being religious, but why should I not have a dismissive view of it? Just about everyone is scornful of anything they see as ridiculous. There should be no exceptions made for the treatment of religious beliefs over any other beliefs, and I'm sorry that some people appear to have a problem with that.

I don't see any specific attacking of Christians, just religion in general. Christianity is only being used as an example because it's the religion that most people here will be the most familiar with. How am I wrong in saying that being religious is accepting what you're told? There is no other means of finding out about it, and no evidence that can be independently discovered to support that information. If you do question religion then it usually seems to come down to a question of faith, and I don't see what faith can mean except accepting without evidence. If there was evidence there wouldn't be any need for faith.

I see accusations of intolerance to my points as simply side-stepping them.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/09/06 1:18PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Brainwashed by atheism? Hardly. Atheism is usually a result of taking a look around you and deciding what makes sense. Being religious is accepting what you're told unquestioningly. 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. 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.

Look at the mess Britain was in when it was a very Christian country. Do you want to go back to Victorian or earlier standards of living and social justice?

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

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/09/06 10:02AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

AW: I don't call religious people idiots to their face. 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. 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 totally fail to see your point about atheism, and quite what communism has to do with anything on here is completely beyond me.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/09/06 00:55AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

em2ac: Only opinion in that you can't prove a negative. You can't prove that all the stories about Robin Hood aren't true either, but there's no reason to believe that they are. The onus on fact is for the claimers to show that it is, not the other way around.

arenaman: The discussion about religion in Archive is relevent, the general one I seem to have engaged in isn't, but the point of comments automatically going in to the forum comments is that things have usually gone off-topic by this stage.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/09/06 2:43PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

"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. "

Huh? I'm supposed to not find it stupid, even though I think it is? Why on earth should I have any respect for a load of superstitious claptrap? It makes no more sense to me than saying you did something because the little blue pixies told you to, but you appear to think I shouldn't be allowed those views? I'm not saying people shouldn't be allowed to believe stuff, but I shouldn't be prevented from saying what I think of it either.

Religious intolerance leading to bloodshed is generally when different religions clash, and they decide to kill each other because they have committed the hideous crime of believing in the wrong bit of fiction. That is nothing like my mindset.

There's nothing wrong with saying you shouldn't do or think something, it's only when you say that people can't that you're going wrong.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/09/06 11:36AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

mrtd: It's mostly the location that's the problem, being as it's as irrelevent to the magazine as a piece on turnip growing would be. The content, being religious, is more annoying than the turnip article would be because preaching is invasive, whereas turnips are just dull.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/09/06 1:37PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

People should be allowed to preach their religion, but should also accept people telling them back that it's a load of complete and utter nonsense. I don't see why I should have to demonstrate the slightest bit of respect for something that I find ludicrous. That only makes sense for people who claim to believe it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/09/06 10:11AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

People should be allowed to preach their religion, but should also accept people telling them back that it's a load of complete and utter nonsense. I don't see why I should have to demonstrate the slightest bit of respect for something that I find ludicrous. That only makes sense for people who claim to believe it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/09/06 10:11AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Phew, lucky escape there. Looks like things could've turned out even worse for RISC OS than they have done.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/9/06 10:22AM
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On Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD:

Patents aren't a very good comparison. Acorn was mostly operating in the UK, where the scope for ridiculous patents is (or was) less. How many of those patents held by other companies are really genuine useful innovations instead of just late bandwaggon-jumping with a few tweaks to make it different, bodged own implementations of something that already exists, or frivalous nonsense?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/09/06 3:37PM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

Wasn't there something about Castle still having the rights to sell Acorn-badged stuff, or has my brain wandered off into some other reality?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/09/06 12:37AM
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On New Acorn reveals PC laptop website:

The best that could be achieved would be to make them remove any claims to have anything to do with the real Acorn, which might annoy them slightly, but I don't see that it would put them out of business.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/9/06 11:20AM
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On Adjust users get Select site access:

The argument about needing the OS in order to use the features anyway is a red herring, for reasons other than the points raised above. Simply put, what reason is there not to make it available? No-one is suggesting that ROL should hand out free printed PRMs, but the "it costs money" argument is stupid. They are going to have to produce the documentation anyway, after all.

No, it just seems like PM being awkward for the sake of it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/8/06 10:08AM
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On Castle considering open sourcing RISC OS:

flibble: Commercial clients are probably not going to be want to held to the GPL restrictions on what it does to their stuff. The commercial license will probably give fewer restrictions, but will cost*.

I think all we really want is an indication that there is going to be a future, whoever and however it's developed.

* based entirely on assumptions, I've no idea how MySQL do it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/8/06 2:36PM
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On Castle considering open sourcing RISC OS:

With luck, it could mean some progress could be made, but it sounds more likely that Castle have simply had enough of RISC OS development, and may just be the death throes.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/8/06 10:44AM
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On 'Why we love drag and drop on RISC OS':

druck: All too true. Dragging in RISC OS does what you expect, in Windows you never know what you're going to get. Having to use Windows, and Word, at work (I suffer!) I've been frustrated a few times by trying to do what is, to me, the obvious of dragging a text file into the document, only to get a pointless little icon sitting there that needs double-clicking on to see the contents.

Another often-overlooked aspect of the RISC OS GUI is the tendency to _not_ try to chuck several windows into one big one, an idea that has to rate as one the biggest wastes of screen space ever.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 7/8/06 11:40AM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

Ginger2: Do you have any idea what is happening at South Crofty? I keep hearing rumours that something is going on there, or is going to be going on.

All the mines I know anything about are in a national park, so there's not much chance of them being reopened even if there is demand :-(

Unfortunately I can't think of something on-topic to prevent me from being modded into oblivion...

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 2/8/06 10:36AM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

More anti-lead :-( Less chance than ever of various disused lead mines ever reopening :-(

Getting slightly more on-topic, if it's going to need a new redesign then it may be good for us - if it's going to be redesigned then Castle may as well use newer components (unless they decide not to bother at all).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 1/8/06 10:54AM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

markee174: I'd say that's a perfectly good reason for saying that GPL is an inapproriate language. It'll put some people off.

Personally I think things should either be completely open and free, or closed. The GPL is neither.

If there was some hypothetical open source RISC OS, who's going to develop it? RISC OS has a developer shortage as it is, and I can't imagine that many people jumping in to help out. Maybe a few ex RISC OS users who'd be curious to have a look in it, and if we're lucky one or two might stay.

The whole question about opening up some or all of it (whether or not it would be possible) seems to me to miss the point. Stuart Brodie said "Users don't care about the inner workings of the OS directly", they just care about what they can do with it, and whilst it's on the hardware it's currently on it won't ever be able to compete, even if every single other bit of wishful thinking about RO was achieved.

It needs to find a niche, not be open sourced.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/07/06 09:53AM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:

Despite the pessimism, RISC OS still has some strengths. If it didn't, then no-one would use it, other than a few with limited requirements that haven't changed in years. Any time you still have a superiority in any area over others you still have a chance of life, however slim. I won't call it dead until it's surpassed in every single area.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/07/06 2:02PM
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On First A9home benchmarks surface:

What's going on with the icon plotting?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 4/7/06 1:27PM
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On TEK 1608 in 32bit rumour:

Without wishing to sound too critical of this idea, has more been done than to simply ask? I'd have hoped there would've been some tentative reply from Jan before anything had been announced.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/6/06 10:14AM
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On An idiot's guide to making PDFs:

Duckers: "I did comment on the difference between what PC users can expect from software publishers and what RPC users can expect."

I don't think that's entirely fair. I've no experience with Ghostscript on any other platforms other than RISC OS, but I can't imagine that it's much simpler on there, and RiscScript is a doddle to install (once ypu've managed to get the key). The only shortfall in the installation is that it doesn't make clear that it won't work on the Iyonix (and probably VA500).

I agree with other comments that several of these problems should've been kept separate from the general content about PDF creation on RISC OS, because they unfairly colour the whole experience (in the same way as having difficulty with a Windows application on a RiscPC's second processor might).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/6/06 10:11AM
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On Select subs asked to renew despite no Select 4:

Illegal or not, ROL must be out of their minds if they expect people to stump up more cash with that track record.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/6/06 10:04AM
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On ArtWorks in World Cup special offer:

After yesterday I'd put the England cricket team at the same level :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/6/06 10:05AM
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On Developers divided over RISC OS 4 code checking:

The only problem I have with it is that it wasn't stated some time ago that the A9 and RISC OS Ltd. would be doing this. Cutting loose old baggage is almost certainly necessary for survival.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/6/06 4:02PM
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On Sir Robin leaves ARM:

highlandcattle: I once got kicked out of an IRC channel due to some ridiculous over-zealot language bot, for using the word "sniggers". I doubt even Drobe is going to be silly enough to censor that, but I'll see in a minute...

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 1/6/06 2:32PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

I don't really understand how it looks repugnant and archaic, and if that's said by people using XP's default appearance then it just shows that their sense of taste is completely nuts. It would look better if some of the icons were redrawn, but beyond that I'm lost. Archaic is things like the window with input focus always been shoved to the front (I know that can be changed, but so can the look of RO).

I can think of plenty of reasons for upgrading from RISC OS 2, apart from the GUI and the fact it won't run on anything from the A4 onwards.

The Robin Reliant analogy is completely inaccurate.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 25/05/06 00:54AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

em2ac: So, people define "primitive" as "not full of fairly pointless gimmicks", and style over substance? Do these people want to use a computer, or just look at it? If it's things like that that are required to make people take it seriously then I despair. It's hard to take that attitude seriously.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/05/06 10:32AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

dgs: Which unusual spellings? "...one should be working on" was merely my opinion on what I think would be a useful use of resources, which is no more or less random opinion than most other stuff I (or anyone else) tends to write here!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/05/06 4:51PM
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On ROS app could scupper encryption law:

druck: Which of course relies on you understanding, believing, and remembering everything you read, although such little matters as that are hardly going to make any difference if it comes to court.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/5/06 4:45PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

dgs: I don't know what resources RISC OS Ltd. have (although it appears that the answer is "not many"), but if there are several people working on it then I suppose one should be working on these GUI aspects, with the rest on other stuff. There is some danger in being distracted by making RISC OS look and feel more like other OSs, whilst neglecting its more fundamental problems, and this isn't a way to go, because the basic principals of its GUI is still an area where it is ahead of other systems (IMO).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/5/06 12:59AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

It has occurred to me that I've said that whilst language support should not be a priority, a bit of eye candy is, which might not be the most sensible perspective. I'll have to have a think about it, but what changes to make depends on three things (in order of importance, IMO:

1) How many people will it stop leaving the platform 2) How many people will it encourage to start using RISC OS 3) How quick and easy it is to make

Not that everything for (1) should be done, then (2), then (3), because sometimes it'll make sense to do something that's quick and easy even if it offers less benefit than something else.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/5/06 1:18PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

Druck: All too right, and I can't understand why they want to do that if they want to encourage the use of new (and sometimes needed) features. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/5/06 11:32AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

Backgrounds raise an interesting point. Some people have dismissed things like alpha channel sprites as being a bit of a pointless cosmetic addition, and whilst they are cosmetic they can potentially make some difference in the perception of RISC OS. Having icons sitting on the pinboard that have been anti-aliased to a fixed colour makes them look rather ragged and tatty on other colours, which looks pretty amateurish these days. Similarly, the text that goes with them would look better if it has a small shadow behind it, making any colour readable on any background. Things like that matter if we want people to have a good first impression of RO.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/5/06 10:10AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

My feeling about "closer to home" is because I think that trying to make significant inroads into foreign markets is being rather ambitious when they can't even get much done within the UK, and that RISC OS would benefit from other things first (such as a pretty decent and quick browser that even works in English). With very limited resources they are going to have to concentrate on a fairly specific set of current and potential users, and unfortunately I think that would require putting decent support for other languages (especially with non-Latin characters) on the back burner.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/5/06 10:46PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

If the fixed size was a stopgap measure, with a free patch to get resizing working to come soon then that might be just about acceptable, but expecting free updates to Oregano has proved a worthless exercise in the past.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/05/06 1:48PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

Sawadee: Unfortuantely RISC OS has got enough trouble getting anywhere in its home country, let alone the rest of the world, so I would imagine that most developers, and ROL, will prefer to concentrate on what are seen as more fundamental issues closer to home, unless there is a good niche spotted abroad that would stand a realistic chance of getting in to.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/5/06 1:41PM
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On Unofficial A9home mailing list opened:

I suppose on RISC OS it doesn't matter as much. My experience from other areas is that people are slightly less likely to make a complete mess of quoting and heading a Usenet article as they are an email. I think the other reason was that the message board in question didn't want to insist on people signing up to it, it didn't have to know what address to send anythign to.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/5/06 12:25PM
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On Unofficial A9home mailing list opened:

Why are all these sort of things mailing lists? I know someone who set up a message board a while back, and added an NNTP interface to it. Usenet seems to be a more suitable medium than email for such things.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/5/06 10:37AM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

A lot of what goes on here seems to be re-treading the same discussion, be it the state of RISC OS, multprocessors, or whether or not emulators are bad.

If an application wants to make use of multiprocessors then it needs to be written to do so. If you've got two single-processor applications on a dual processor system then one can run on each, simultaneously (memory access etc. not being considered here).

This should not be taken to mean that I think it's easy / hard / impossible to rewrite RISC OS to do this, or whether or not existing RISC OS apps would work if there was such a version of the OS available.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/05/06 7:27PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

Oh, I know you'll probably end up selling more on other platforms anyway, but my point is that it isn't a complete waste of time developing stuff on RISC OS (plus you get that rosy glow that you aren't just another small voice in a crowd).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/05/06 4:50PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

flibble: So, although they aren't anywhere near as small as RISC OS, Linux and Mac should go the same way. I don't know about programming either of them, but if it's economics alone you may as well ignore them and go for Windows too.

Of course, there's less competition for RISC OS, so if you write a decent bit of software you've got a good chance of selling it to someone.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/05/06 2:47PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

The problem with making things simpler for the non-technical user is that it then becomes incredibly frustrating for the technical user if not done very carefully. Windows is, of course, the prime example of this. In any case, people should be encouraged to have some technical knowledge before blundering around without really having a clue as to what they are doing, then having to run off to get help when there's the slightest sign of not being able to continue running on along the rails.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/05/06 10:12AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

mripley: Most of those things you say you're missing aren't operating system components anyway, so they aren't lacks in RISC OS (although since they are in using a RISC OS system, then it crudely approximates to the same thing). As for the OS itself, I fail to see how the GUI is tired. The last time I looked at an Apple GUI (maybe a three or four year old version, admittedly), it looked pretty, but I can't see where it stood out as actually being more pleasant to use. Connectivity with mobile phones? Yawn. If it stopped every mobile phone from working within a hundred mile radius then you'd have a computer I'd like. I like mobile phones less than I like Bill Gates and the Lake District National Park Authority put together.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/05/06 2:09PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

drjones69: Some of what you touch on is an almost insurmountable problem. What media formats do you want to play? For some reason quite a lot of people are using proprietary ones even when there are perfectly good open alternatives available, and the profiteering types aren't going to let anyone else use them without a huge amount of money. Cineroma, when it eventually appears, will, AFAIK, address most of what is possible with available video, within the constraints of the hardware.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/5/06 6:48PM
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On Acorn is a legendary brand says new Acorn:

druck: Nothing is going to appear about RISC OS in the press if people in the RISC OS world don't make it happen. This imposter Acorn has managed to at least bring the Acorn name to the fore again (albeit under dubious circumstances), but they certainly won't mention RISC OS. The challenge is to use their publicity to make some for RISC OS, but that won't happen on its own. The imposters have no interest in doing so, and the journalists probably haven't even heard of it.

Saying "There also hasn't been a single mention of anything to do with RISC OS in the press, so nothing is going to 'lure' people to using RISC OS, Acorn's run Windows now like everything else" seems to be sitting back and accepting the situation. I think it could be used to do just that, but will require some deliberate effort (probably from the likes of ROL, Castle, Ad6 etc.) to latch on and divert the attention to the right direction. Not doing so appears to me to be a continuation of the old Acorn PR malaise.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/5/06 11:36AM
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On Acorn is a legendary brand says new Acorn:

druck: As long as the headlines are "Pseudo-Acorn Imposter Goes Bust, the Real Acorn Descendants Live On" then I would be happy. As much as I agree with the opinion that they are name-pinching lowlifes, do we know that it's the cheapest crap they're selling?

Unfortunately I think we're stuck with them, for a while at least. The best thing to do would be to latch on to any success they have and try to use it to lure people in this direction. As has already been pointed out, their headline-grabbing has shown that the RISC OS world is the one really carrying on from Acorn - i.e. no publicity at all. There's a lesson to be learned.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/5/06 10:20AM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

Jwoody: I wasn't making a point about whether one was better than the other. I know the basics of how each system works, even if I'm not good on the details. I just fail to see why you refer to co-operative multi-tasking as a conjouring trick, but not pre-emptive. They are both tricking the user into thinking the computer is really doing two or more things at once, instead of rapidly switching between them. Whether or not one method works better in a given situation doesn't make the other one any more or less of a trick.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/5/06 4:13PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

jwoody: What you describe is called pre-emptive multi-tasking, not proper multi-tasking. What RISC OS does is no more of a conjouring trick than that is, after all, neither of them are really running more than one thing at once (putting dual core processors aside for a minute). Whilst pre-emptive mult-tasking has its advantages over co-operative (and some disadvantages, although they are less apparent these days), it's wrong to say that it is the only proper way of doing things.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/5/06 1:48PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

mark1282: I'm sure RISC OS Ltd. could do a very nice job of it, if they had anywhere near the same resources as Microsoft.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/5/06 10:03PM
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On VirtualAcorn expand emulator range:

Hoorah for StrongARM emulation! Now I don't have any need to be reminded that there's Windows sitting there when I want to listen to an Ogg file, or an MP3 stream (due to DigitalCD's discsample using StrongARM instructions, which wasn't an unreasonable thing to do when nothing slower in terms of the real hardware was fast enough to do the job anyway).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/5/06 10:54AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

N White: ARM was part of Acorn, until it went off on its own. The A in ARM originally stood for Acorn IIRC, unless you're making a point that I completely fail to miss, because I'm not sure what you mean by throwing them down the stairs!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 08/05/06 2:19PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

druck: AD6 sounded quite keen on it doing that when they were at RONWUG the other week, giving the explanation that they couldn't be sure if something without a 32bit AIF header would work or stuff the machine, and felt that they had to present as reliable a machine as possible to their other customers. Personally I think a warning message would be more appropriate for a home computer, but I'm not entirely unsympathetic with their view.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 08/05/06 11:27AM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

Point taken about my earlier price cockup (although if it makes me think that it's approx. ~100 more then it backs up my point about 99.99! I do wish things like that would just be put to 600 instead of 599.99).

heglia: The A9 isn't really all that suitable as a sole standalone machine, but would make a very nice second one. All its benefits seem to support the idea that that's what it's for. Its purpose seems to be exactly the type of thing you say appeals - small, unobtrusive, additional, and can connect to another machine if it needs to.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 7/5/06 12:00PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

not_ginger_matt: What, making it more expensive would make it look more attractive? I don't think so. Plus I find all that 99.99 business rather annoying - is anyone taken in by it?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/5/06 2:18PM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

So it is a rummage around for the CD after all, wherever it may be. It's probably somewhere in The Great Heap Of Piled Up Stuff :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 05/05/06 11:19AM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

Erm, which on-line manual? I can't find my CD, if it's on there, and I can't find it on the APDL site. THe only other online manual I know of is Ian Bell's (who's used various graphics from my site).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 04/05/06 8:59PM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

apdl: That's just my normal, pessimistic, miserable tone. The only graphic I noticed is the one printed on the CD itself, I'll have to have a look through the manual when I get home!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 04/05/06 10:42AM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

apdl: I'm not at all bothered by it. It seems to have been pinched enough and moved around all over the place in any case, and to be honest I was quite pleased to see it appear there. Besides, if I was to complain then I'm sure whoever owns the copyright to the design could have a go at me.

It was originally drawn on Atelier, on an A310. That brings back memories (mostly of school, so best forgotten).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 03/05/06 7:23PM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

apdl: The comments about piracy, from someone who produces a CD which strongly looks like it has an Elite logo from my website printed on it :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 03/05/06 2:41PM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

VinceH: I've quite a lot of sympathy for people who want to install something on more than one machine, as long as they are only going to be using one of them at a time (as sascott points out). Insisting otherwise seems to be profiteering and nothing else to me. There is no justification for it, it's just profiteering. CDs and copy protection have been in the news often enough, but not even the notorious music companies try to say you should have to buy a separate CD for every CD player you might use.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 02/05/06 10:29AM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

AMS: I like the idea of having an Iyonix as the main machine, but with an A9 set up as an unobtrusive setup in another room, networked to the Iyonix. Its small size would seem to be ideal for a secondary machine. The problem is that I've not worked out what I would do with such an arrangement! Music, perhaps. Now its got sound, what's the quality like? Better than the Iyo?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/4/06 1:16PM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

Sawadee: The A9 Home uses a processor without a 26 bit mode, so directly, it doesn't run 26 bit software. There's the Aemulor option for that, if you need it. It's not to do with which version of RISC OS it's running.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/4/06 10:21AM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

"eventually expected to work with mobile phones", in theory, I suppose. Other than the demonstrated keyboard, Ad6 were refusing to say anything about any other devices.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/4/06 11:05AM
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On VirtualRiscPC sneaked onto Mac OS X:

krisa: The reluctance is about porting it to Linux, not Mac, and I'm sure any delays to the Mac release aren't down to reluctance.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/4/06 11:52AM
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On New ArtWorks, AWRender planned for Wakefield:

Whilst I can understand Martin wanting to charge for this (it's presumably quite a bit more work, and the RISC OS market isn't exactly lucrative), charging for such things is another small part of the "It's far too expensive for what you get" impression that helps to put people off RISC OS, although that's probably nowhere near the main reason these days.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/4/06 12:09PM
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On Wakefield 2006 advance tickets on sale:

That'll be a year I've had an Iyonix for, then... The RiscPC really did seem sluggish when I last tried it, funny how you don't always notice the improvements as much until you go back to what you had before.

I've always just paid on the door (don't begrudge Chris Hughes a little extra money!), but I'll almost certainly be going.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/4/06 11:51AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

Stoppers: I've no idea about the amount of work, but I think you're right on all the other points. I can't see an alternative to doing something at least vaguely along those lines. The current situation can only lead to the death of RISC OS. Can anyone see a way of bringing new or returning users in any number to a desktop machine running on current ARM hardware? If you want to stick to ARM then the possible survival route would be via portable devices (and since the rest of the hardware's still totally different, that's probably a hard job too), where there isn't the competition from other hardware that's an order of magnitude faster and cheaper.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 04/04/06 5:38PM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

AMS: The speed depends on what hardware you're running it on, of course, but my experience of VRPC would say that it isn't much different from using an Iyonix, in general, and that's not on a top end machine (it's a reasonable laptop). Disc access is of course far faster, but most of the time not all that important, because RISC OS doesn't do much disc thrashing.

As for the VA customers apparently vanishing, have you any evidence at all that they have been coaxed over because of it? If they've bought VA, then found Windows better, surely that's RISC OS's and the hardware's fault for not being good enough? RISC OS needs to address these questions if it's to survive, not try to hide away from them and rely on people being ignorant of other things (although peoples' ignorance of computers certainly seems to have helped Microsoft).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 01/04/06 4:00PM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

AMS: Whilst those might indeed make a difference, how long will it be before they are available, if at all? Unless it is very, very soon, then emulation may be all that keeps RISC OS alive long enough to make use of them. Right now, high price and slow speed rather understandably doesn't make many people want to buy RISC OS hardware, and emulation ain't going to change that. Trying to eliminate it to help the market (on the assumption that it would) is attempting to cure the symptom, not the disease.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 31/03/06 8:45PM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

hubersn: It seems that the rate of speed increase in other processors is starting to slow down, so there may be a chance to catch up again (if RO survives that long).

Emulation on its own will only ever be a stopgap measure, assuming there is a future. Although I'm definitely not anti-emulation, if RISC OS turns into a purely emulated OS running on top of another one, then it won't last. It may ease the transition into something else.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 29/3/06 10:59AM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

JGZ: I don't think it's fair any more to say that most RISC OS users are blind to other systems. Sadly, it's very hard these days to be in a position where you don't have to use them.

bucksboy: That might move it a little closer, but it'll still be a long way behind. Can't see disc cacheing making a great deal of difference on a system that doesn't thrash the disc all that often.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 29/3/06 10:04AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

hEgelia: The Apple-like solution would be the best way forward IMO, but would no doubt require a lot of investment (in both time and money terms, even assuming ROL and Castle were amenable to it), which seems a bit unlikely. Pushing RO onto hand-held devices, which sounds like it would still take a lot more investment than the RISC OS market can currently provide, might be a better route for it to have a future, since it'll be in something a little closer to its native environment, but where the hardware is current. It also strikes me as a market where an alternative OS will have a better chance of success, technical considerations aside. And who knows, if it was a success there, that might feed back into some impetus in the desktop area.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/3/06 3:12PM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

simo: Sadly true, and trying desperately to ignore the fact that emulators can do it faster is, IMO, burying heads in the sand. I've said it before, at the end of the day the native hardware just isn't up to scratch to compete. If RISC OS is to have any future it either needs a new ultra-powerful ARM, or to be ported completely to another system, and neither of those seems likely. The anti-emulator people seem to think that that would all be a non-issue if it wasn't for emulators, but as far as I can see that's all that'll keep it going for a bit longer.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/3/06 12:52PM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

Most people aren't going to buy a new machine when they can emulate one faster, for less money (similar thread going on elsewhere). It's not the longevity of the old machines that's holding us back now - they really are very long in the tooth now, but the lack of anything people think is really worth upgrading to.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/3/06 12:48PM
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On News in brief:

You don't make a point about closed propreitary formats by sending in a different closed proprietary format. On second thoughts, you do say "if you insist on them you've got to have the same problems coming to you", but it's far better to say "Stop wasting my time with that rubbish and use something sensible."

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/3/06 4:13PM
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On Inside an unofficial Shared C Library:

In any case, as Graham points out, it only imposes conditions on what they can do without asking him (as would the plain GPL). Because he developed it from scratch without using any code from elsewhere he's got full control over it, so there's nothing to prevent him releasing it separately to any individual or company under a completely different license if he wishes to.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/3/06 11:41AM
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On Unix Porting Project issues refunds:

It's unfortunate that it's come to this, but it's hardly unreasonable for Peter to say this. I suppose the problem is that there is hardly anyone left using RISC OS with the technical expertise to help out with Firefox, and of those who are most of them are working pretty hard on their own stuff.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/3/06 10:57AM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

arenaman: In the case of DVDs isn't more a case of being able to access the hardware we already have (in the Iyonix, at least), rather than needing more powerful hardware? Most other platforms don't have to rely on it all being done in software.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/3/06 10:10AM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

What?! I spent ages typing a reply out, and just get "(nt)" appearing? I'm not going to go through it all again :(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/03/06 01:13AM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

(nt)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/03/06 01:12AM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

AMS: Emulation has kept people using RISC OS who would probably have abandoned it. If it's prevented some people from buying new ARM based hardware because the emulator can run it quicker and cheaper then so be it - to be blunt, if that's the case it doesn't really deserve to survive, because it makes no sense to buy it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/03/06 3:39PM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

Cogs: Only because the people who are supposed to be moving it on don't always seem to be getting on with that.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/3/06 3:34PM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

druck: Would it be ridiculously optimistic (certainly in comparison to my usual pessimistic stance) to think that if that could be done then it could be an area where RISC OS could really shine? A nice "new" OS for such devices, with an existing software base, and you wouldn't have people going on about it being underpowered compared to the alternatives. Perhaps ROL or Castle should be looking at doing this.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/3/06 10:15AM
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On BBC Micro ARM7 co-processor available:

It's something rather wrong with the display (at least those are the symptoms, although I can't remember exactly what it did do wrong). It appeared to work for a short while, then went funny. I tried reseating everything I could poke, without much luck, which is where I stopped, my electronic knowledge being pretty minimal. I'd like to get Elite A on it, only ever played that version on an emulator.

Hmm, there's a thought. Could an emulator be written for this board to run native Beeb stuff rather faster than it's supposed to go? :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/3/06 11:53AM
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On BBC Micro ARM7 co-processor available:

Even if there are a lot still around how many of them still work? There was something decidely sick with mine when it was last dragged out of the cupboard a few years ago.

Pity that the million sold can't even be dreamed of with current machines :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 9/3/06 10:15AM
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On Middleton battles 'misinformation':

Richard Hallas: (if you're still reading this!) It is everyone else that RISC OS Ltd. should try to reach, as soon as possible. Heaven alone knows that RISC OS needs more users if it's to have any sort of future, so leaving any potential user in the dark about misinformation and rumour is shooting themselves in the foot in a big way. The type of information I would expect to be confined to (or at least sent out first to) already paying customers would be special offers, previews of new stuff, that sort of thing.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 8/3/06 4:32PM
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On Select subscribers offered fig leaf:

A more important reason for having a 32 bit only version would be to move on from the 26-bit legacy. Anyway, my hazy understanding of the issue is that 32 bit code was backward compatible, so why wouldn't a 32 bit safe version of RISC OS on a RiscPC still run with the processor in 26 bit mode, running 26 bit applications on it?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/3/06 4:26PM
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On Select subscribers offered fig leaf:

datawave: In exactly the same way as some people have been doing for rather a long time now without getting anything? If you resubscribe once it's available then at least you'll get one thing for your money.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/3/06 11:58AM
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On Omega USB project contemplated:

AFT: It works, if there's a track record of the promises being met, and is highly damaging if they are not. Hence the reluctance with people giving money to ROL any more, yet quite a few people stumped up cash in advance for Firefox.

simo: Sadly that looks all too true (about niche to dead). If there's a way out of it I can't see it - too much money would be needed to stop the rot than could conceivably be made, unless someone big takes a positive interest in RISC OS (which I think would be very unlikely).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/2/06 4:10PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

dgs and Col1: Bug fixes should be free, because they just give you what you should've had in the first place. I only intended to mean functionality in my original post. The only exception to this would be if you had purchased an early version of the software cheap, accepting that there may be bugs (which is, I suppose, the current A9 situation).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/2/06 12:31PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

I don't think it would be unreasonable for Castle to start charging for RO5 updates (as long as they offered something significant, and the cost is a fair reflection of what's new). It's not reasonable for us, or sensible for them, to have free upgrades forever.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/2/06 10:15AM
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On RISC OS 5.11 released:

What happened there? "In reply to Non:"? Bug or me making a strange typo?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/2/06 1:47PM
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On RISC OS 5.11 released:

Non-stalling ShareFS comes after I had a wonderful time chucking a few GB worth of files over it :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/2/06 1:30PM
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On South West 2006 round up:

wuerthne: Well, if Drobe is to be believed :-) (see [link] ) then Paul Middleton said that they needed a minimum of 100 before they made a commitment to it. I suppose it depends on what people believe that means they intend to do. It seems odd to me that there will be enough A9s to make it worth while, but not Iyonixes, but I then again I've no idea what the relationship between AD6 and ROL is, so it's probably not a very good comparison.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/2/06 11:06AM
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On South West 2006 round up:

Sounds like more doom and gloom on the OS front. Well, not entirely all, if ROL are prepared to start releasing something, but Jack Lillington's "no" (or "something that boils down to a no", so perhaps it's not quite as bad as that) isn't very encouraging.

Did anyone ask ROL why the hundred pledges aren't enough, when they've stated in the past that that's how many they wanted?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/2/06 10:04AM
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On Icebird Acorn demos archive returns:

MattLB: I suppose it depends on whether or not those are simply checks, or whether they use the additional StrongARM instructions.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/2/06 1:16PM
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On Searching for duplicates:

sa110: Indeed. However, there is the bit I quoted right from the start. There is nothing anywhere which says which bits of an article that it's OK to comment on, even if it's just a little side comment in the preamble, which in this case it is.

Oh, and I assume you meant "making inaccurate comments" :-) The part I wrote about not reading carefully was mostly a tongue-in-cheek poke at what I'd done this time.

As for the possible name clash (cue desperate attempt to definitely be on topic), it could be a risk, if it gets noticed. Whilst something about the A9 road, or someone selling very small bits of paper should be fine, it could be decided that both being computing-related they are too close. What seems like common sense doesn't always prevail in these situations.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/2/06 12:21PM
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On Searching for duplicates:

sa110: First paragraph: "A launch we are all looking forward to, if not, in my opinion, a little too late in coming". I stand corrected about the too little part, but not the too late one. Surely you don't expect me to carefully read everything before I start typing! That would be destroying my tradition of most of my posts to Drobe being uninformed opinions.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/2/06 11:34AM
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On Searching for duplicates:

Mac9: Any new hardware is good news for the market, but unfortunately I can't see the A9 doing that much to expand it. At best it will help slow the decline lately. As the article suggests, it's too little (no pun intended!) too late. Like it or not, what sells to the rest of the world are specs with high numbers and a low price.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/2/06 10:10AM
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On Leaner, smaller Wakefield 2006 confirmed:

billball: Or it could be because there's no mention of Castle in Chris Hughes' email (see the link below the article), so Drobe is just reporting what information there is.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 7/2/06 5:51PM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

Sawadee and 2307: I might be persuaded to buy shares if there was any evidence whatsoever that it wouldn't be simply throwing good money after bad. To sell shares you need to be able to convince investors that there will be a return on their investment, and RISC OS Ltd. have done very little to convince anyone of that. The small numbers claimed for RISC OS 4.02 sales isn't a bad thing on its own, as long as there is a sensible and believable business plan for steadily increasing that number, but it only looks like continually going downwards. The arrival of VRPC should've given ROL a pleasant unexpected cash shot, but nothing much appears to have been done with it.

The state of the RISC OS market isn't entirely RISC OS Ltd's fault (there just isn't that hardware that's going to attract people who don't currently use it, or even to keep many of them who do), but they certainly aren't helping.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/2/06 10:24AM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

"... the current level of pledges is insufficient...", despite it being more than the number they said they originally wanted? If ROL have no intention of doing Select on the Iyonix why can't they bloody well say so, instead of trotting out more and more contradictory excuses every time? The arguments are now sounding as sensible as "because the little blue pixies told me not to". If he'd stuck to the technical excuse PM might just have got away with it this time.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/2/06 12:32PM
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On Leaner, smaller Wakefield 2006 confirmed:

A big sigh of relief that it's now all confirmed. It's unfortunate that things have to be cut (an unpleasant reflection on the current status of RISC OS - this trend desperately needs reversing for it to have a future), but full marks to the organisers for keeping the show going in difficult circumstances.

The door price isn't (to me) a problem, and I'd have happily paid a bit more to get in. The only time I've ever used the bus was when I bought my Iyonix. Hopefully this won't turn out to be the first Wakefield show I've been to when it's been raining!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 2/2/06 10:22AM
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On Grapevine 3 features mooted:

hEglia: Perhaps that's why I use RISC OS then! Rapidly approaching 30, so any group where most of the people are older than me is welcome :-)

Moving onto a more serious point, even if you don't use Grapevine (I don't, the only online chat of any method I use is IRC, and I use LIRC for that), it's essential that programs like this exist, even if it's not much more than a "tick in the box". Anything that will enable even a small number of users to stay with RISC OS is essential, because there are so few of them.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 31/1/06 2:18PM
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On News in brief:

RichardHallas: How much a score changes seems to depend on who does it. I appear to make changes by 1.0 if I moderate something. Some time last year a change was made that shoves posts with very negative scores into the "Off topic / derogatory rants" section of the forums.

flibble: (going back on topic here) I agree with your sentiment, but that doesn't change the fact that he requested it to not be mentioned on portals, and it appears that Drobe has gone ahead and done just that simply to be contrary, with rather immature glee. If it had contained some stunningly important news then I would feel differently about the issue.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/1/06 12:08PM
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On Holding software to ransom:

md0u80c9: I thought Newton intended that as a put-down to Hooke.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/1/06 10:12AM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

Whilst Castle may be within their rights to complain about distribution of the SCL, it sounds like childish ranting that benefits no-one, unless they seriously believe that trying to keep software incompatible between different versions of the OS will actually benefit them. It won't, of course, because it would be bad for all of RISC OS in the long run.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/1/06 10:11AM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

Iproven: You asked why people wanted a RO4.39 or whatever version of Select on the Iyonix, and what the point would be of doing it, and I gave you one answer, which could arguably be a more important one than the difference in features. I wasn't "correcting" you at all. You agree in your later post that the fork is bad, and is that not a good reason to want Select on the Iyonix? To help remove the fork?

I wasn't replying to all of your post (i.e. the bit asking about the differences) because I don't know much about the answer to that one.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/1/06 11:39AM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

Iproven: People want it done for the very good reason of there not being two different current versions of the OS, and that's before you start thinking about features. The current situation is only just about bearable if you assume there are never going to be any more new machines (A9 notwithstanding), and I really hope that there will be.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/1/06 10:12AM
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On News in brief:

Tabbed windows sounds a bit offputting (hope it's just an option, and not the only way). I much prefer to be able to put my windows where I want them.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/1/06 10:08AM
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On Best of 2005 awards voting open:

I don't think that too many people are disagreeing with you, in that you should've been on the list, but it's the nature of your reaction that they are reacting to.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 30/12/05 02:48AM
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On News in brief:

Pity about Wakefield going for a one day event. I thought the last show looked a bit more upbeat and busier than previously (although that was on the Saturday, and may have been due to fitting in to a smaller floor area).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/12/05 11:45AM
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On Archive booklets review part two:

helpful: If your suggestion was "make it more like Zap" then I wouldn't expect too civil a reply! :-) Seriously, I find it very hard sometimes to decide if something is poor simply because it's not what I'm used to, instead of being genuinely bad.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/12/05 2:41PM
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On Archive booklets review part two:

mrtd: You could be provoking another editor war with that!

Do people generally use one or the other because they've tried both to begin with, or just the first one they came across? I've always used Zap simply because it was already on a second hand A5000 I once had, I got used to it, and haven't even tried StrongEd, so at least I can admit I'm in no position to say whether or not the one I use is better or not.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 19/12/05 10:25AM
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On Classic adventure and shooter games republished on CD:

DS1: The ordinary Elite works with RO4, and presumably Select. IIRC the version on Acorn Arcade works fine on a StrongARM without having to bother doing anything other than run it normally. It needs Aemulor Pro to run on the Iyonix.

A conversion of the Frontier games, taking the opportunity to spruce up the graphics a little, and remove endless bugs, would be nice for RISC OS, but unlikely, unless you want to plough through converting a lot of x86 assembler, and hoping David Braben doesn't notice you.

I'd play a new RISC OS game if it ever appeared, and appealed to me. If RComp are trying to shift them for very little I might get my hands on Descent (just got the non-Iyonix version). Then there is my 19th century lead mining simulation, which was vapourware three years ago, still is now, and almost certainly will always be so.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 7/12/05 2:33PM
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On Castle confirms move to Tematic office:

markee174: I think the 40K was the salary that was eating up the budget. And it's more than I'm getting where I work now, so perhaps it's time to be looking for another job :-/

Loris: What is happening to your face?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/12/05 6:21PM
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On Castle move to Cambridge rumoured:

billball: What about your facts? Where's your story that the staff hadn't been paid and quit come from?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/12/05 3:33PM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

flypig: "26 bit compatability" is in there, so with that sort of feedback perhaps it's no wonder that they don't pay it too much attention. A lot of other requests aren't anything to do with the OS, either (things like web browsers). Apologies for not bothering to check before posting.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/12/05 1:28PM
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On Castle move to Cambridge rumoured:

mripley: Is Select that much better than RO5 that it's the whole deciding factor in whether or not you buy a new machine?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/12/05 10:10AM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

Spriteman: What "modern features" are you expecting? There have been various articles on Drobe arguing that some of these would be very difficult or impossible to put into RISC OS (certainly without breaking existing software), and some other things which seem to get called part of the OS on other systems don't really belong there anyway.

What does that leave us? Well, having one standard version of USB in the OS would seem to be a good idea (whichever it is). I'm sure there are plenty of other achievable things other people can think of. Has anyone told ROL what they would like in (or more importantly, have ROL ever asked anyone, instead of just doing whatever they feel like)?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/12/05 10:06AM
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On Companies flock to Christmas road show:

Or perhaps it's because going to London is suffering, and leaving it is a relief (not that Stockport is any better, but at least it's nearer to places that are!)

Unfortunately I'm going to have to give them all a miss, despite working near Stockport, due to family turning up and making a nuisance that evening.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 30/11/05 11:47AM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

vanag2001: If you can make a machine from it that'll perform reasonably well and run RISC OS, and be a lot cheaper than any current RISC OS computer, then why aren't you out making them? I'm sure the A9, when considered as a heap of separate components, adds up to quite a bit less than it's going to be sold for, but a pile of chips etc. doesn't make a computer (or make a living from trying to sell one).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/11/05 2:41PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

Whilst I've no need for an A9 as my main computer, one sitting on the network, discretely tucked away in the corner of the lounge would be nice, networked to my Iyonix, with a small monitor and wireless mouse and keyboard.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/11/05 4:24PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

mripley: And like the MacMini, probably sells a lot more. We've been through this plenty of times before. RISC OS hardware has always been more expensive than its competitors (although admittedly it was also more powerful in its early days), and as the size of the markey is so small these days there's just no way that AD6 are not going to lose money if they follow that trend. What they have managed to do is to close the gap, and well done to them for it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/11/05 9:50AM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

simo: The "official" releases of Elite aren't anywhere near as good as the RISC OS one, which is why you'd at least need an emulator (the unofficial ones which arguably are as good aren't for Windows, interestingly enough - there's Elite A, which is an adaption of the BBC B version, and OOlite, which is being written on Macs, although I think there's a Linux port going too).

The price of RISC OS is unfortunately a huge chain around it's neck. It takes a hell of a lot of convincing to try to persuade people who don't use it that they should spend more money on something that has lower numbers (however relevent or not they may be), doesn't run their favourite app, and can't do a few other things. That is where VRPC could potentially be of use, for supplying a cheap end, although for that to work there would need to be some native hardware that outperformed it hugely.

md0u80c9: Alas we aren't seeing RISC OS growth, or at least that's not the perception I have, although as you point out things do seem to be slowing down elsewhere. If RO can survive long enough to use that slow down to catch up then it may have a chance. I hope so.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/11/05 12:25PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

It's occurred to me that that this discussion about what could be put into the A9 is completely missing the point - it's much more interesting to consider what you could put the A9 in to. AD6 don't sound keen on the idea of the case being opened, and so I suppose re-arranging it is probably beyond question, but if it could be built straight into a TFT monitor that would be nice. With infra-red receivers for a wireless mouse and keyboard in the front of the monitor, too. If it had wireless networking then you'd have the whole lot with just a power cable. I dream.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/11/05 3:29PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

As has already been pointed out, you can use a USB floppy if you really need it. I can't imagine that they are expensive. There is certainly no real need for an internal floppy drive. The last few bits of software I've bought for RISC OS I've received via the Internet, so no need for any external drive there, and because most RISC OS companies are small enough to be flexible they may offer alternatives to a floppy (or CD) if you ask. Quite why you'd want one to put your own software onto an A9 is a complete mystery. If it's coming from a machine somewhere else then a USB stick is much handier, and if the other computer is nearby you may as well network them.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/11/05 10:03AM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

AMS: "I await the usual counter claims that VA won't damage the RISC OS market"... There's no evidence of that either way, from numbers alone, since they say nothing about what VA owners are doing with VA. Some of the sales could be to people who would otherwise have left entirely, and others could be to people who would otherwise have spent money on native hardware. I've yet to see any evidence that VA is either detrimental or beneficial, only theories.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/11/05 1:46PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

datawave: Peter wasn't being negative, he was simply paying attention to rather basic concepts such as "length, width, and height". Have you tried putting a pint into a half pint glass recently? Especially one that's full to begin with.

Could you explain *why* you think a floppy drive is necessary? Mine are used about once every six months these days.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/11/05 10:54AM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

It looks more like praising than patronising to me.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 03/11/05 9:36PM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

Spriteman: How many apps actually need virtual memory, though? There aren't that many that are that memory hungry on RISC OS, so I don't think it's a big problem.

You're right that the browsing situation isn't great, but it's constantly improving. O2 makes a mess of rendering a lot of sites, but it does, as you say, "make do". I agree that's not ideal, but as long as things look like improving I'm happy enough with "make do".

The lack of HTML email viewing (other than by dropping the HTML into a browser) has to be one of RISC OS's strong points. HTML emails should be buried at a crossroads with stakes through their hearts.

Col1: Fair enough, up to a point, and it's clear that I'm guilty of the negative highlighting that is under criticism here.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 2/11/05 1:15PM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

Loris: I would argue that maths acceleration IS a RISC OS issue, when you consider the whole computing platform instead of just the operating system running on that platform, which is what really matters at the end of the day. The lack of fast hardware limits (or makes tedious) tasks that can be done easily elsewhere.

Virtual memory isn't one that bothers me in the slightest, and its existence elswhere is more a sign of memory inefficiency, rather than the existence of a few applications which genuinely need lots of memory.

Web browsing exists, but isn't great. However, it's an area that's constantly improving on RISC OS, thanks to Netsurf, Firefox, and if it ever appears, O3 (I hope).

The major advantage of RISC OS is by and large what it does do it does very well, leaving you to concentrate on putting the effort into the work instead of wrestling with the system.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 2/11/05 12:28PM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

jc: That sounds too much like a "bury the head in the sands" attitude, which won't benefit RISC OS at all. If you can't do something then finding an excuse to dismiss it as unimportant or irrelevent is usually just running away, especially considering that the list Jwoody put up contains several things that are generally accepted as normal for any modern OS. They aren't application-specific bells and whistles.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 2/11/05 11:37AM
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On Users to represent RISC OS at Euro mega-show:

RISC OS desperately needs more users, and this is just the type of thing that people should be trying in order to get them. Congratulations to all involved in making the effort (and even more if it it does indeed bring in a few new users).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 31/10/05 10:01AM
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On Midlands show dropped from calendar:

Spriteman: I met someone at Wakefield this year who had travelled down from Edinburgh that morning, although any further north than that would be too much for a single day.

Unfortunately (as DS1 points out) the largest population is stuck down south, but on the plus side that leaves the nice bits of the country slightly less over-populated.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/10/05 1:48PM
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On Midlands show dropped from calendar:

runningman: What train station? The only railway next to Wakefield is that tiny one in the park! (although it's not that far from the main one, I always walk from there). A train journey must be part of it. It doesn't feel right going by any other means (including the argument with the conductor about why buying two separate tickets is cheaper than buying one - check Langwathby to Wakefield, vs. Langwathby - Appleby then Appleby - Wakefield).

Seriously, shows are held where they are because that's where the show's organisers are based. The RISC OS show locations have a pretty good geographical spread over England, so I doubt that moving them would make a great deal of difference. A Scottish one might.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 25/10/05 6:20PM
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On Software news:

piemmm: Doesn't seem to be working, although the way this thread has been going maybe that's intentional :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/10/05 3:51PM
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On Tematic staff leave Castle:

Fine, then why not use Thump?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/10/05 4:50PM
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On Tematic staff leave Castle:

Pete: I'd prefer it if they concentrated more on what they are concentrating on, which is the underlying functionality of the OS, rather than trying to incorporate applications into it. There's no point in having fancy gimmicks (many of which should really be separate programs) if they've not got something solid to stand on.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/10/05 11:23AM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

runningman: That is completely missing the point. It won't encourage people to upgrade to Select, because the whole point of this debate is the lack of Select for the Iyonix. You can't upgrade to something that doesn't exist. Also, the developers usually seem to use the Iyonix, so they can't test the Select features in their software, even if they had access to documentation on them. Finally, software authors shouldn't really have to go to the trouble of identifying an OS and doing different things depending on what version is found.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/10/05 3:34PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

mripley: "Where windows beats a RISC OS machine is in the speed it does cpu intensive tasks such as image manipulation", i.e. where it is the processor and not the OS making the difference :-)

With that exception, I nearly always find it less hassle doing things on RISC OS if I can do them on RISC OS, for the reasons that have already been mentioned (how I wish I had Draw at work!), but unfortunately the gap between what you can do on each keeps widening. Where that's down to what can be done with faster hardware there's not a lot than can be done, but where it's software there are people making the effort (e.g. with the browsers - Firefox port, O3 supposedly coming along some time, Netsurf continually improving).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/10/05 10:01AM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Not really a very fair comparison, unless you're the type of person who does that lot every time you turn the computer on. When using a Windows machine that I have any say in (i.e. not those at work) I let it get on with those things whilst I'm doing something else anyway. Whilst not having to plough through those tasks is a point in RISC OS's favour, I don't find it a particuarly significant one. Productivity in RISC OS is mostly gained from not having to wrestle against the UI.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/10/05 5:56PM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

DS1: Surely a higher priority should be given to those who have been waiting for some time for Select for their machine, especially if they have been paying money in the hope of seeing it (although the same is true for Select 4). The continued lack of Select for the most powerful RISC OS machine should be seen as a huge embarrassment for ROL.

As much as I sympathise with those waiting for Select 4, it seems madness not to get the same version of the OS onto all current machines before trying to take it further. RISC OS needs solid foundations if it is to have a future.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/10/05 2:04PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

I disagree. Castle only develop an OS because there wasn't anything suitable for their hardware at the time of the Iyonix's creation. If Castle stopped developing RISC OS 5 and RISC OS Ltd. supplied the OS for the Iyonix, I can't see how either of them would lose. ROL have more OSs sold, and Castle get to put more of their resources into the hardware.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 06/10/05 5:09PM
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On ARM plays hand, reveals 1GHz plans:

This sounds pretty different from existing ARMs, so hopefully it's not too stupid a question to ask if it'll be backward compatible from a software perspective?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 6/10/05 9:58AM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

Sorry if my comments meant I thought it was your attitude, I didn't mean to imply that.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 05/10/05 10:54PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

demondb: It's a bad attitude to have in such a small market because it can damage everyone. I don't see that the OS split is beneficial to Castle or RISC OS Ltd., and neither do I see why Select on the Iyonix would be a problem for Castle. Frankly, I don't see why Castle and ROL are acting like rivals, since there isn't a great deal of overlap. ROL don't make hardware, and the only reason Castle have their own OS is to have something to run on their hardware.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/10/05 6:00PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

demondb: Unfortunately what you say sounds possible. It would be a very petty attitude, and one that won't really benefit either Castle or ROL in the long run.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/10/05 1:17PM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

sa110: That is exactly the point that RISC OS Ltd.'s supporters seem to be missing. I've not wasted any money on Select in the hope I'd have it for my Iyonix, but I fully understand the frustration of those who have. OTOH, I gave money to the UPP in the hope of the Firefox port, and even if that had not materialised I wouldn't have felt that aggreived, since that was being worked on by a private individual in his own time. If RISC OS Ltd stopped being a company and became a bunch of enthusiasts then they would be getting far less hassle. If they claim to be professionals then they should act like them. Their current behaviour isn't going to make RISC OS look good to the rest of the world (if they even notice), yet it desperately needs new users.

DaveW: Not entirely true, since not everyone bought their Iyonix direct from Castle, and they may not all have bothered registering.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 5/10/05 8:58AM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

JDC: Leave it off with the Windows knocking, since it's largely out of date. These days I don't find RISC OS more stable than it, and RISC OS is hardly secure, just too unknown to be exploited. Pick on the genuine bad points of Windows (such as the most of what can be said about the UI).

Getting back on topic, RISC OS is a business, and they should be treated like one. I think that most RISC OS users are willing to give them a little slack, but they are not a charity. Where do you draw the line? How long do they go with not delivering the next Select and with trotting out endless excuses for ignoring the Iyonix before you'll criticise their behaviour?

"If the market suddenly takes off" - that won't happen with RISC OS behaving like this, or, if it does, it will be inspite of and not because of them. They need to take some risks if RISC OS is to have a future, and do whatever they can think of to increase the size of the userbase, yet they don't appear to be willing to make too much effort to halt the decline.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 3/10/05 2:52PM
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On Star Fighter upgrade in free for all:

Excellent news, and excellent work. So far I've resisted doing more than giving it a quick try out.

Is it coincidental that this has happened when the current Drobe poll is what it is? :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 3/10/05 12:10PM
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On Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROL:

CJE: The criticism is because they seem to be incredibly reluctant to support what is these days a fairly large proportion of RISC OS users, and also the fastest RISC OS machine, yet are willing to go and do work for a much smaller number of Omega users. Producing an Omega version, if it's trivial, is, of course, something RISC OS should do, so there's no cause for complaint there, but to go and start offering them discounts whilst continuing to kick Iyonix users with a series of ever more unbelievable excuses is very annoying. Especially when, as Peter Naulls has pointed out, there is an Iyonix version in existence (even if it's incomplete).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/9/05 12:01PM
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On Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROL:

Considering the general impression you get from reading places like Drobe, Iconbar, or Usenet, it's incredible that RISC OS Ltd. can make these claims. Oh, perhaps what they say *is* strictly speaking true - that few people have actually paid any extra money, but considering their past record on the issue then it's hardly surprising that that's the case.

If they want a true picture of desire from Iyonix users, and money from them, then they've lost so much trust that they'll probably never get it without a product. They must realise that, so you have to wonder if their tactics are deliberate (but quite why is a different question).

If they're going to continue expecting people to throw money at it then they should provide some guarentee, since they've lost so much trust - set a date for an Iyonix release, and return the money if it's not met.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/9/05 10:00AM
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On Castle ponder GeForce 4 graphics upgrade:

arawnsley: I was really wondering why a P90 was so much better than the XScale. That's what I find dissapointing, if optimisation largely involved working around floating point stuff. Or did the P90 have any graphics acceleration when the Iyonix didn't? I can't remember what was around at P90 times.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/9/05 10:32AM
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On Castle ponder GeForce 4 graphics upgrade:

arawnsley: Sounds pretty depressing. What made the Iyonix port so poor?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/9/05 12:28AM
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On RISC OS 5.10 readied for release:

Is it that simple (not that that sounds all that simple)? Wouldn't DOSFS also need updating - presumably in it there's something like a 32 bit file pointer?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/9/05 6:02PM
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On RISC OS 5.10 readied for release:

What I'd love from USB mass storage is to be able to use >2GB devices, because then I could use my Iyonix to put stuff onto my MP3 player, but I guess that's a much bigger problem. In any case, it can't encode them anywhere near as fast as my laptop :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/9/05 3:45PM
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On Castle ponder GeForce 4 graphics upgrade:

em2ac: Surely there is now that the Mesa port has been made usable (at least for the Iyonix). We still won't be able to have anything like the current PC games, but it should (says someone who doesn't know much about these things) make possible a lot more than is currently possible. It's a question of whether or not anyone wants to try.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/9/05 3:41PM
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On Castle ponder GeForce 4 graphics upgrade:

arawnsley: "With no 3D games, there's little need for 3D features". The converse is equally true, although your point stands mostly because there's probably not much of a games demand on RISC OS anyway.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/9/05 3:06PM
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On Hifi buffs told Iyonix audio is good enough:

It all depends on what you're listening to. My ears aren't particularly sensitive, and usually 128k MP3s sound fine to me (although I've not got any high quality output to compare them to), but some things sound dire when encoded with the same encoder at the same rate.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/9/05 1:46PM
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On Iyonix 3D graphics driver released :

Now that this is here, can anyone recommend a started on OpenGL (I think I'm right in thinking that Mesa is the same API?)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 8/9/05 12:05AM
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On Iyonix 3D graphics driver released :

Flyping seems to have said most of what I would say. Excellent indeed, and I can think of one or two complete vapourware plans I've got that could make use of this (but never will, knowing me).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 3/9/05 1:57AM
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On Online banking with RISC OS:

bucksboy: FF's speed problems are that it's like wading through treacle to use, even though it's definitely faster than any other browser on RISC OS at actually fetching and presenting some complex pages (not to mention that it's more likely to display them correctly).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 2/9/05 1:46PM
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On Online banking with RISC OS:

O2 is slow on Lloyd's main page, but once you're past that it's fine.

bucksboy: There's not a lot Firefox dosn't work with, but it's usually a lot more pleasant to use another browser if possible, simply because of the speed benefits.

Hairy: All too true about the travel sites. I'm sure the Trainline used to work OK, but I had problems last time I tried (but then again the trains don't work either).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 1/9/05 11:51PM
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On Survey: Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC:

I'd have liked to see a much bigger difference between the use of VRPC on a laptop and on a desktop machine, what with the former being a much less controversial use (and one that I'm using right now).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/8/05 12:58AM
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On Oregano, Firefox and NetSurf reviewed:

It's not always clear what people mean when they say a browser works or not on some site. I can think of numerous ones that I've visited with O2 where the display is a mess, but the functionality and information is there. Is that working or not?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 25/8/05 1:16PM
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On Oregano, Firefox and NetSurf reviewed:

O2 is my usual browser (O1 would be preferred because it's quite a bit faster, and most of the time I don't find O2 does much better with rendering, but I've not got it to work even with Aemulor). Firefox is nice, but unfortunately if I really need it for more than one or two quick looks at things I'm more likely to start it up on a Windows laptop, because I find it too unresponsive to use for long (and this is the latest version, and on an Iyonix). That said, it does fetch and render some complicated pages quicker than other RISC OS browsers.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 25/8/05 10:08AM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

A thought that has just occured to me is that although current ARMs being aimed at embedded devices means we don't get nice fast ones that would make wonderful RISC OS machines, if they weren't any good at embedded would we even have RISC OS any more? If ARMs hadn't found such a niche it was very suited to the development of them might have stopped years ago, in direct competition to the x86.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/08/05 6:08PM
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On Firefox pledgers hold onto their cash:

cynic: Don't recall seeing that last time I looked, but I haven't done for a while. I'd read "whether it works for me" as meaning if you decide you like it, not whether it even goes or not, sorry.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/8/05 4:25PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

Why should the hardware change every few months, any more than it does with current RISC OS machines? That's a problem if you take an existing machine and try to put RISC OS on it, but not if you're building your own design with whatever components you choose. Then it may not be any cheaper, but it would be faster.

druck: Would it not be possible (albeit more complicated, since it's a completely different architecture) to do an Aemulor type solution to run existing software? That wouldn't provide much gain to begin with, admittedly, but new software would be a lot faster, and hopefully quite a bit of existing would just need recompiling. The Iyonix showed that there is a will to put the work in if faster hardware presents itself, although I admit that that was an order of magnitude or more less complicated.

If ARMs catch up with other processors, then great, let's stick with it, but if the performance gap keeps getting wider they will eventually be the millstone around the neck that drags RISC OS beneath the water. I believe people like Druck and Peter Naulls when they say it would be completely unfeasible, they know far more about it than I do (and have done a lot to keep it going), but it leaves me very, very worried. If it doesn't concern you then ask why the RISC OS market is far smaller than it was a few years ago.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/08/05 3:50PM
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On Firefox pledgers hold onto their cash:

cynic: If you pledged to pay something you should pay, plain and simple. If you didn't, but feel like giving something if you think it looks good then that's fine.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/8/05 3:38PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

"Huge range of drivers." That's surely only an issue if you plan to make something useable on a huge range of hardware. Just because you're switching the processor you use doesn't mean you have to go for a disc loaded OS that has to cover everything, you could still sell a ROM based version that is tied to the specifics of the box its in, and would still be faster and cheaper than anything we've got now.

ARM is just a legacy we're stuck with, that's holding RISC OS back. It might be unfeasible to do anything about that, but any argument that says it's undesirable sounds more like wishful thinking, unless you've got pretty specialist requirements.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/08/05 10:14AM
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On Firefox pledgers hold onto their cash:

Sad but hardly surprising, there are always people around who'll try to get something for nothing. If that's you, I suppose you could always spend the cash you should've given Peter on a shrink to help you sort out that particular personality fault.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/8/05 6:45PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

What are the advantages of the ARM based systems? None that I can think of. It's merely the complete impractability of such work that prevents it (surely a built-in emulation for backward compatibility would be feasible, if such an unfeasbile port existed).

And "merely" is, of course, giving slightly the wrong impression. It's the only significant barrier, but it is a very, very large one.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/08/05 11:45AM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

The split between VRPC users using laptops and those using it on desktop machines would be very interesting to know, but I doubt there's any reliable way of finding out.

If the emulator can do everything the native hardware can, and faster, and cheaper, then even if there are some other issues going that way then frankly the native hardware side is in a bad state anyway - without VRPC to highlight that would just be burying heads in the sand.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/8/05 1:42PM
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On Official Repton t-shirts on sale:

scl4c0m: That one's new to me. I knew they once sponsored a Formula 3 team, which is why Revs is an F3 simulator.

Can't imagine any RISC OS company being able to do that these days :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/8/05 10:23AM
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On Official Repton t-shirts on sale:

apdl: It might not be a registered trade mark any more, but surely someone still owns the copyright.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/8/05 10:11AM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

flypig: The origins of RISC OS and ARM don't reflect the current status, which is why I said what I did. Muddling the glory days of the past with now is unfortunately about as valid as those people who remember using A3000s at school and say that RISC OS is useless, because they are comparing those with whatever they use now (I'm sure we've all met those people).

Following the attempt to drag this back on topic, the controversy is because Archive readers might not be representative of RISC OS users as a whole. If you had enough surveys from different sources, of which it was when, then I suppose you may start getting some reliable statistics about all RISC OS users. A purely Archive survey is fine if they what they are really trying to do is work out what machines to pitch articles at.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/8/05 4:47PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

I think people are missing my point (deliberately or otherwise). Of course it's fine for what we use it for, by definition, because we could hardly be using it for something that can't be done with it. If you go for the "writing a letter" argument you could probably say I should sell my Iyonix and go back to the A5000, or earlier. If I'd been brainwashed then I would be using WinTel machines all the time (the fact that I am now is because whoever buys them at work has been brainwashed, not me, although a great deal of what I do here does need lots of processing power).

In any case, that's not what I said. I said that it isn't the best hardware for a desktop machine, which is true, even if 99% of the time we don't need the best, and what we have does very nicely.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/8/05 2:58PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

ROHC: Rather a lot else is available, just look at about every other computer you'll ever see. The fact is that RISC OS is tied to hardware that isn't designed for the use that it's being put to (or an emulation of that hardware).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/8/05 12:15PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

hEglia: The newest native RISC OS machines run on pretty modern hardware, it just isn't the best hardware for a desktop machine.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/8/05 10:07AM
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On News in brief:

DaveW: That's already been answered:

"There are various things that no other output format supports, most notably *masked sprites, *CMYK colours and *all transparency types offered by ArtWorks - the three most irritating limitations in PostScript. "

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/8/05 3:44PM
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On 'Community' newsgroup proposed for RISC OS users:

Jaco: Are you referring to the type of 20 year old conventions that some people still hold dear because they results in far less of a mess than you get when people ignore them?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 9/8/05 4:10PM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

Jeroen: Well, mine turned up this morning, so I'm happy now, or I will be when I've had time to have a play with the software this evening. Congratulations on it turning out to be a lot more successful than you expected!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 4/8/05 10:03AM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

Still no license files received here yet, which is worrying me a bit since other people now seem to have theirs.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 3/8/05 6:01PM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

The trouble with producing a concrete product and then selling it is that it's a bit more risky than getting the money in advance, which is rather obvious, and ROL seem to be very, very reluctant to take any risks whatsoever. Time and time again they appear to have stuck to what they've got (OK, the A9 is a little different, so presumably something must've happened there), rather than grasp at opportunities. I can't help thinking that that's pretty bad for the long term future of RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 3/8/05 10:04AM
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On Electric Light Show review:

There's a good reason that it won't work with CDs, and that's because CD audio is just played by the CD player and sent straight to the mixer. The processor doesn't see any of it. If you play the CD audio files by reading them into a sound player (e.g. with AudioFS) then it should work.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 30/7/05 1:15PM
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On Firefox beta 3 released:

mrchocky: Already? Progress on this is impressive!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 28/7/05 6:04PM
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On Firefox beta 3 released:

alex: Works fine for me on VRPC, with RO 4.02. My experience with FF and 4.02 (VRPC and a RiscPC) is that it isn't as stable as with an Iyonix, but it does work. I've not been able to try beta 3 on an Iyonix yet due to that computer being back with Castle, which is a pity because the first two versions were (unsurprisingly) a lot nicer to use on it :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 27/7/05 9:54AM
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On MicroDigital incommunicado:

hEgelia: It seems that MD already are unreachable. It's a sad state of affairs, but the best thing to do would probably be to forget about them, although Omega owners, or those trying to get their money back, will understandably feel differently.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/7/05 11:59AM
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On Oregano 3 survives user group meeting:

diomus: It's rather unfair to judge Firefox by its current state (re. "crashing every 10 minutes"). Remember it's a by no means a final release. When a completed Firefox is ready, and there's a completed O3 about, then I would hope both would be pretty stable.

Unless Firefox does eventually become a much more responsive, fully RISC OS integrated browser, then there will always be room for both it and a native one, be it NetSurf or O3 - whichever does best, with FF providing a useful resource when those others aren't up to the job. Which, IIRC, is what Peter's said all along.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/7/05 11:03AM
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On Oregano 3 survives user group meeting:

I found the comments of it being compared against Netsurf and Firefox interesting, showing that there are now RISC OS browsers spurring each other on. A very promising situation compared to even just a few months ago.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/7/05 4:00PM
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On Fears over Omega refund saga:

Why should the behaviour of one RISC OS company put someone off buying from others? It's depressing that people can be that illogical.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/7/05 12:29PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

All rather academic now, since the thing has been thrown out.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 9/7/05 1:46PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

guestx: Because it's been corrupted shows that the fundamental idea is bad? What nonsense! At the end of the day I can't see how it can be anything other than fair for the originator of a good idea to be the one who gets the reward for it, and I'm amazed that anyone questions that, other than unimaginative freeloaders who want to make a living off the back of other peoples' work.

As I was saying before, I admit the system can, and has, gone wrong before. That happens in all areas of the legal system, but should we therefore get rid of laws because sometimes they can be abused or exploited? The whole system just needs better safeguards and checks (Brazil has some into the news recently with what I think is a pretty sensible safeguard).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 26/6/05 1:11PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

Before debating software patents (and I was really thinking in terms of patents in general, which is a little off-topic, and I didn't make clear), you have to answer the question "What is the fundamental difference between a hardware and a software solution?", and why. I personally don't differentiate between them much, as I see it from the point of view of the effort involved in creating something, whatever format the end result is in.

The fact that some ludicrous patents have been granted to certain companies in certain countries isn't proof that the idea is bad, just that it's been implemented badly and corrupted. If this particular legislation doesn't address those issues then this particular legislation should be rejected.

Finally, what's wrong with being able to make a buck or two with your nifty ideas? Better you do than someone else does.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/6/05 3:08PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

jc: I don't entirely agree with that. Patents serve a very useful purpose, but one that's been twisted and abused far too much. Reform is needed, not scrapping. Not being able to sell them would seem a backward step, too, although there need to be safeguards against the dubious practice of buying up patents to stop anyone using them and competing with you.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/6/05 12:28PM
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On CJE RAM special offer not so special:

Trapper: So, you compare new prices with stuff you can get second hand at ebay, possibly being sold by someone who doesn't want to do more than get them off their hands?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/6/05 1:28AM
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On Firefox first beta published:

adrianl: And 26 bit LIRC was one of the reasons I forked out on Aemulor. so thanks for making that a waste of money! (joking - I really bought it so that Elite would work!) Which version did you convert? I've been using a test version that I possibly shouldn't have been (there was a link posted to it on comp.sys.acorn.misc quite some time ago), but it's a much better version than the easily available one.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 23/06/05 2:57PM
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On Firefox first beta published:

mavhc: LIRC isn't 32 bit compatible, so that'll have to go from your list (even the latest testing version), although it works fine with Aemulor, unless the intention is to sort that out some time.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/06/05 3:01PM
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On Heatstroke warning for older Acorn kit:

For a while I was starting to run out of hard disc space, and therefore getting new ones, quicker than their expected lifespan. My last one started making strange noises (but still seemed to be working), so I replaced it anyway before it died for good. I've never had one completely fail (yet).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/6/05 12:07PM
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On Firefox first beta published:

It's true about the i/o, but I also wonder about the rendering, because when scrolling a page I can sometimes see it going through a redraw (but that could all be related, I suppose). On the flip side, it's very impressive compared to the likes of Oregano (speed-wise as well as correct rendering) on some complex sites, no more sitting there with the hourglass running through. In all honesty, things like I/O speed aren't concerning me much at this stage, for the very first release. It's just great to have it here and working at all.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/06/05 11:32AM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

jc (re: Geminus): Somehow I missed Geminus until I saw it at Wakefield, but it was pretty clear to me then that there was a 10 version that just bought you screen rotation, without the need for additional hardware. It's an upgradeable product, where you can buy additional functionality to add (extra monitors), but from using it looks like it's all very much the same application, so it wouldn't make sense to sell it as a different name.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/06/05 10:19AM
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On Firefox first beta published:

In contrast to some, it worked first time on both my RiscPC and my Iyonix. Strangely enough it didn't seem hugely different in performance between the two (although text entry was noticebly slower on the RiscPC), and scrolling the page almost seemed quicker on the RPC. Unfortunately I can't have them literally sitting side by side to compare, because I've only got one monitor, but if anyone is curious I could try to do some timings tonight. But that's all largely irrelevent at this stage - it's here, and it works, and it's only going to get better.

Congratulations, and thanks, to Peter and anyone else who contributed!

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/6/05 10:08AM
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On Expo 2005 show report:

I hope that CJE stand photo wasn't representative of the number of people at the show.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/6/05 1:51PM
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On Expo 2005 pre-show news:

It's there? Excellent!

At the risk of commenting on it before I've even had a chance to try it yet, I would like to say a huge thank you to Peter, and to everyone who has contributed in any way, shape, or form for bringing this massively important program to RISC OS (even if it is still at beta stage).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 20/6/05 1:47PM
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On Expo 2005 pre-show news:

Surely the big news should be Firefox, although when I last looked the required pledges weren't stacking up quite fast enough (although the latest jump is pretty impressive!)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/6/05 1:21AM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

Actions speak louder than words is all I can think to say on this subject.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/6/05 1:13AM
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On Portrait monitor support for A9home:

The little 15" Sony LCD monitor that I'm thinking of replacing for something bigger will certainly attempt to display things greater than the actual number of pixels (1024 x 768), but as expected, the quality isn't up to much because it's having to drop some pixels somewhere. I don't think it filters, just drops. Some lower resolution modes also get scaled (common ones like 800 x 600), and they look even worse, with having to use two lines of pixels sometimes and one at others. Obscure (from the monitor's point of view) modes just got shrunk to plotting the actual number of pixels.

Jess: There's no reason you couldn't low pass filter both horizontally and vertically, unless you're talking about operating directly on the analogue signal, and not the actual image. I suppose the graphics card in new machines could be made to do this, and output an image to the monitor at the resolution it expects.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/06/05 10:55AM
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On Portrait monitor support for A9home:

I think what John was trying to say is that if you're editing a document, for example, in portrait format, you'll be struggling a bit for usable screen space on a small monitor - expand it to fill the width then you don't see that much of the height, or view a decent height of document, but everything on it is tiny. Rotating everything by 90 degrees, so the aspect ratio of the monitor is a better match for the document gives a better use of the available screen space, which is why the Headturner software (or Geminus on the Iyonix, or presumably equivalent things on other systems) helps with small screens, not by somehow conjouring up extra pixels from thin air.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 16/06/05 4:13PM
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On Portrait monitor support for A9home:

The explanation given at RONWUG tonight is that the datasheet isn't completely up to date, and the chip has moved on a bit since then (e.g. the "this information is subject to change without notice" part at the start), and the limiting factor in the A9home is the amount of VRAM.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/6/05 10:13PM
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On Portrait monitor support for A9home:

It's not me.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/6/05 2:23PM
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On Mac VirtualRiscPC undaunted by Apple x86 switch:

sa110: But whilst RISC OS relies on ARM it'll inevitably stuck with slower and more expensive hardware than other platforms. I really wish I was wrong there, but I can't see ARM wanting to change direction (unless someone tries to design a completely integrated system, from mobile phone to desktop machine, all running the same OS and software. I dream on).

A move to x86 would probably bring in a huge number of new and returning users, and something like VRPC could be used for legacy stuff (including parts of the OS, no doubt). If it did get the numbers then whatever fork it's on would quickly become the main one. OTOH if I'm wrong about it bringing in users then the whole exercise would be a monumental waste of time and effort, if it's even techincally feasible in the first place.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/6/05 11:32AM
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On News in brief:

jc: I was referring to the stance that I perceive ROL of having, of not being willing to develop anything for any new machine speculatively, without being given large wodges of cash to do it. Of course, I've no idea of the agreement between Advantage 6 and ROL, so I don't know anything about why RO Ltd decided to go ahead with that. What I saw in the past is a lack of willingness to move RISC OS beyond what is really legacy hardware, which they would need to do to have more than a short term future, whether or not someone else was going to pay them to do it. I've not picked up much to suggest that that attitude isn't still there. I hope I'm wrong, and considering most of my information comes from Drobe and Usenet no doubt there is an inherent cynical slant to it!

I don't think they had to do anything from a programming point of view to get RISC OS to run under emulation, so that one should be left out of your list.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/6/05 4:51PM
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On News in brief:

The problem is the entanglement of the technological benefits of Select / Adjust for all machines with the company who produces it. A merger of the branches, or even just the universal adoption of one and the dropping of the other, is hard to argue against. The worry (not entirely unjustified IMO) is for ROL to deliver, considering that they have appeared in the past to be so scared of trying to look to the future. Perhaps that is unjustified, and they simply don't have the resources to develop for anything other than the RiscPC (or move on from it) without cash up front, but if so then a bit more honesty would put them in a much better light.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/6/05 1:22PM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

Considering Drobe has demonstrated in the past that it's quite happy to fling private emails into the open, then you may as well save time and make your point in public, on the forums. Let it bite both ways.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 13/6/05 10:03AM
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On Select for Iyonix spotted in public:

em2ac: I hardly think that Iyonix Select will be sold untested, and it's not as if it would be written by people who have never seen an Iyonix in their life. If there are any problems with the initial release I can't see why they wouldn't get rectified sooner or later.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/6/05 2:15PM
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On Select for Iyonix spotted in public:

JWCR: At least to begin with, I think it'll be easier to have a softloaded. The time for re-flashing will come (as flyping hints at) when the two branches finally remerge. If each still has its own advantages then the best approach is whatever makes the switching easier, which would be to softload one of them.

Anyway, it all sounds like good news, although the pessimist in me wonders if it'll somehow be the spark for another RO Ltd - Castle dispute :-(

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 9/6/05 3:24PM
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On Castle cooks up another Iyonix special offer:

Thump is an example of where I've been very impressed by the Iyonix. With my StrongARM RiscPC it used to be a case of go and make a cup of tea when it was trying to thumbnail a directory of a couple of dozen of ~1MB JPEGs. VA on my laptop was a lot better (just a few seconds for each), with the Iyonix it's quick enough not to be annoying at all. Mind you, I've had Thump crash on it too, which could either be a problem with it on the Iyonix, or simply because I'm doing more with it because it's so much more usable now.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 06/06/05 3:21PM
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On A9home beta will give Ad6 some breathing room:

Looking at the interest shown at the show I'd expect that the A9home will sell pretty well. It won't change the minds of those who compare it to things with more MHz and sold in their millions, but I'd be surprised if it doesn't help to bring some people back to RISC OS, and prevent others from leaving.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 24/05/05 2:28PM
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On R-Comp sneaks out VRPC graphics speed boost:

OK, going back on topic, RISC OS does seem pretty stable these days. It's weakness is that it can be brought down by unstable applications running on it fairly easily. The end result is the same.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 18/05/05 11:43AM
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On R-Comp sneaks out VRPC graphics speed boost:

Whilst I'd like to live in a world where there's no need for VRPC, I don't. I use it because I wanted a laptop, and it's also pretty handy to run Windows software too from time to time (well, I play games on it every now and then). It's been used pretty heavily, and nearly all the serious stuff has been on RISC OS. Unfortunately it's getting harder and harder to see any benefits offered by native RO hardware over VRPC - keeping Windows patched up isn't really all that onorous, if you've a decent Internet connection, and if a Linux version did appear then there would be even less room for argument, other than emotional ones.

The native ARM solution needs to stay ahead of VRPC in some area - if VRPC can do everything an ARM based machine can, at the same speed or faster, for the same or a lower cost, then there's simply no logical reason for sticking with ARM.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 12/05/05 5:00PM
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On "Vast majority" of ROS 4 now 32bit:

em2ac: When posting from work I'm very unlikely to be in the mood to see even the most obvious jokes, and to just take things literally, so accept my apologies :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 22/04/05 10:22AM
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On "Vast majority" of ROS 4 now 32bit:

em2ac: And how will putting in more memory make it faster, even if you could?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/04/05 10:53AM
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On South West 2005 show report:

I'm sure I read or heard somewhere that military hardware doesn't use serial serial numbers (?!) for precisely that reason.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 01/03/05 3:22PM
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On RISC OS in schools today:

At the risk of wading back in when I'm not the one involved in doing the work, I would've thought that the initial port is the hard part. Once that's done then it's (relatively) easy to port newer versions as they appear, provided they don't involve large changes to the original code. As a simple example from someone with very little experience in doing this, I tried porting the Elite: TNK code (before David Braben went on the warpath against it). That used libraries not available on RISC OS for graphics, keyboard etc., so I replaced them with rather crude things I'd put together using the same API. Hey presto, the whole thing then compiled and ran (after a fashion!). Any newer version would've also compiled and ran. Of course, Firefox is a much more complicated beast, but I would imagine that the principles are the same, so when it does appear I wouldn't worry too much about it falling behind.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/02/05 4:54PM
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On RISC OS in schools today:

Two different approaches mean twice the chance of success, especially if some of the work is useful for both?

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/02/05 3:01PM
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On Acorn Cybervillage needs new webmaster:

Cybervillage served us well, and was more widely-read than by just RISC OS users. I sold an old monitor off using Cybervillage, and it was bought by a non-RO user.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 14/02/05 11:40AM
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On Iyonix USB2 support enabled:

I've occasionally noticed a tendency for on-topic posts to get moderated down because people don't agree with the, but the moderate option is "good / on topic", "bad / off topic", instead of just on or off topic.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 02/02/05 1:15PM
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On ROL extends Select offer through January:

Garry: Can't agree with that at all.

The only PC "advantage" email-wise is HTML email, as far as I can see, and I can very happily live without that. Watching DivX / MPEGs, fair enough there (although just for seeing what's in the odd MPEG clip RISC OS is perfectly adequate).

The others go through various degrees of usability, and whereas there's undoubtedly more functionality in other offerings you also have to put up with horrible user interfaces. Most of my web browsing is adequate on RISC OS (although hardly great), and GCC covers most of the programming needs, even if it doesn't offer the niceties. The advantages of the others just aren't enough to make me want to switch. I certainly wouldn't want to lose things like Zap and Draw.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 21/01/05 10:14AM
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On ROL surveys Select32 interest:

blahsnr: Well, yes, but why is that a problem? I thought you were implying buying a separate "merged" OS to replace an Iyonix-only RO5 that would come with that machine. Which sounded a bit odd to me.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/11/04 7:42PM
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On ROL surveys Select32 interest:

If they were truly merged then that question wouldn't arrive, since there would only be one OS (whoever it comes from), and buying it would be part of the cost of the machine.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 17/11/04 4:45PM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

Simo: The hardware may as well be dead if it can be emulated quicker than it can be run natively.

STD aren't doing anything which doesn't make sense, since using VA is going to be far cheaper, quicker, and easier than building an entirely RO & ARM solution, and if there's not much of a performance gap then the anti-emulation arguments are largely emotional. If native hardware can't keep up with an emulator then frankly it's had its time.

This same argument seems to come up every time there's an item that mentions emulation. with the same points. I'm surprised to hear quite a few people say that there's loads they do on Windows that they just can't on RISC OS, so they use it most of the time. Unless you need more processing power, or obscure features, I find that's just not the case, for day to day ordinary things.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 03/08/04 5:02PM
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On MicroDigital tout big RAM for Omega:

The hardware will have to be a focus, just because it's ridiculously far behind everything else. It's unfortunately the area where RISC OS developers have the least impact, since they aren't designing the processors. When it gets to the stage where an emulator can do everything faster, and cheaper, than an Iyonix, there will be no logical reason for keeping it, only emotional ties to ARM based systems and mostly paranoid fears about Window's reliability.

Trying to deny that, or to say we should not have the emulator because it can do a better job than the native hardware and will therefore damage it, is just burying your head in the sand. To be blunt, if it can't compete on any level it deserves to die.

I hope I'm just being a pessimistic scaremongerer. We'll see.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/07/04 11:46AM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

flyping: That may make some people move away from the platform, but so will having a system that can be emulated faster than it's possible to run natively. As long as the whole RO running platform stays ahead of the emulator it stands a chance of having a future, but if it drops behind for good then you have to ask what the point is of the non-emulated systems. If that happens then all the emulator will do is slow down the inevitable death of RISC OS. If it wasn't for the Iyonix we would be even closer to that point of death.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 11/05/04 4:20PM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

AMS: I'm not sure that your pro-ARM arguments hold. I'm not sure that ARM processors are faster than others any more (even if there was some meaningful way of removing the clock rate contribution from the equation).

Compact code and low power consumption aren't really that important in a desktop machine, which is why ARMs are in the mobile device market, where it does matter. It's not because they just decided they'd go for that niche. That's what they seemed to be best suited for, and desktop computers was what they were not.

How much difference does ARM assembler being nicer than x86 assembler make these days? In the early days of RISC OS, when you needed to write in assembler to get the performance required, then quite a bit, but I would be surprised if most RISC OS software these days isn't written in a higher level language. I'd be surprised if much of the new stuff in Select or RO5 isn't, too.

If you can persuade someone to make a desktop computer tailed ARM then great, but I'll eat my hat if it happens in the forseable future.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 10/05/04 09:53AM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

AMS: The emulator isn't perfect, but it's an extremely good job, and it's getting better all the time.

The hardware vs. emulated hardware differences: Well, there are different RO machines, too, and would you refuse to use an Iyonix and Aemulor for the same reason? The differences are fewer there, but not non-existant.

The bugs issue: How much of one is it? RISC OS bugs aside (because they'll affect you whichever you use), the question is whether or not they'll crop up often enough to make a noticeable difference. At the moment they don't seem to, especially if Windows isn't doing anything else.

APIs on Windows: It could be an issue, I suppose, but one that the VirtualAcorn team will no doubt adapt to. I doubt it's in Microsoft's interests to prevent anyone from being able to continue writing applications (just to make them not work quite as well as MS ones, of course...)

I would think any differences and problems with VRPC are going to get smaller, not bigger. The points you raise are genuine concerns, but in my experience of VRPC on a laptop they don't really cause me much trouble.

Trying to deny VirtualAcorn is viable seems to be a bit like burying your head in the sand when it comes to looking at how far ahead the competition is in hardware and price (whatever the reasons).

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 07/05/04 3:37PM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

The RiscStation portable demonstrated that it's not as simple as that. It seems that portables need mass sales to be practical, so unless something dramatic and unexpected happens it's probably not worth anyone's effort to design one, especially when the VRPC solution is simpler, cheaper, and almost as powerful.

IMO sticking with Virtual Acorn on laptops makes far more sense, and leave the hardware manufacturers to the desktop machines, which they WILL have to try to keep ahead of what can be emulated, otherwise there will be no point in buying a native hardware machine for many reasons other than emotional ones.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 07/05/04 1:26PM
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On NetBook Missing In Action:

Because it's much nicer to have all of that integrated into the OS, instead of using a random hotch-potch of third party apps? And how many of the ones mavhc lists as "don't care" does he really not care about, or would quite like, but doesn't particularly miss? There is a difference there (even more of one if you accidentally delete your !Boot!)

Whether or not you think that lot is worth spending your money on is your call, but it seems rather sad to be so dismissive (or defensive?) of it.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 09/03/04 10:30AM
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On Again with the laptops:

The relative power, and power consumption, of ARM and x86 chips could be an interesting point in the future...

There are already plenty of PDAs using XScales for just this reason, and the short battery lives of laptops makes me wonder if it's just possible that at some time there could be a large demand for much faster ARMs. A long shot, perhaps (given all the compatibility problems it would cause), but let's keep the fingers crossed.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 08/12/03 10:15AM
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On RISCOS Ltd. AGM:

Totally off-topic, alas.

Back at the top of the comments, AMS's candle descritption isn't entirely accurate (well, arguably it IS, but is a little misleading).

The heat from the burning melts the wax, which then gets taken up the wick and burned. The wax is the primary fuel source for a candle, and the wick's burning is incidental. Most of the flame comes from burning pararffin (or bee's wax in expensive old candles, or tallow in cheap old candles). It's like a solid fuel oil lamp.

 is a RISC OS UserSimonC on 15/09/03 10:00AM
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