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Username: Smiler
Realname: Alex Melhuish
About me:Been seriously into RISC OS for about four years now, been using since primary school (although didn't take much notice; too ignorant!) Currently 17, check my homepage for more info.
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

Perhaps ROL/ROOL would be interested in producing a front-end that uses NetSurf's core? RISC OS has long needed an up-to-date native browser (like the 21st century Browse). They have experienced WIMP developers I presume?

Just a thought.

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 14/8/09 10:29AM
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On What should be the platform's priority for 2009?:

I voted for 'Port the OS to new hardware', but I'd rather it were 'Reimplemented for new hardware'. What most users love about RISC OS is its essence; the way it works and feels. I don't think anyone really likes its foundations though.

I think Castle's gone some way to doing this already, but let's throw away the underlying decrepit mess, keep (and maybe modernise a little) the UI, and give it a nice pre-emptive multitasking x86 base to work on. Basically, what Apple did to the Mac between OS9 and X (though I realise that was a little more convoluted). With application-level emulation, existing applications could still run whilst new more advanced applications could be written/ported from other platforms.

In the meantime, ROX is a nice approximation to RISC OS on Linux, but still not enough like it for me to use it. Mac OS X has proved an admirable alternative for me =)

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 8/1/09 3:09PM
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On How to convince more websites to work with the RISC OS Firefox port:

I've used 'Bon Echo' builds to access NatWest on other platforms before. I suspect Mozilla might allow the UserAgent to contain 'Firefox' for this reason. Perhaps this could be fixed for future RISC OS Firefox builds?

On another note: secure sites (banks in particular) use this method as they see it as a least-worst approach to protecting their customers from fraud. It shouldn't really be used at all though.

Banks claim to test each major browser version for immediate security holes (mainly phishing/malware I suspect) before allowing access to their site. I wouldn't be surprised if some banks exclude IE6. Certainly IE5 and NS4 wouldn't be permitted now, as they no longer receive security updates.

Provided the bank can test a given browser, they have no excuse not to add it to their white list.

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 8/1/09 3:00PM
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On New USB radio driver developed:

ksattic:Modern graphics cards have MPEG decoders built into them - what about the Nvidia card in the Iyonix? Also, there are the modern alternatives - DVD-T USB sticks, which are the same size as this radio. They output an MPEG stream, although it's likely to be packaged differently (in DVB format). I suppose there's potential!

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 21/2/06 7:41PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

As much as I'm a fan of RISC OS, let me just check that this is right... I can have either an A9home, which is just a computer with no monitor, keyboard, mouse or even CD-ROM drive for 499 *ex. VAT*, or I could have an Apple Mac mini, which a 1.3GHz G4, including a CD-RW drive, and wireless networking, for 349.

Yes, it's good to get RISC OS into the normal press world, but is anyone really going to miss this rather major sore thumb?

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 22/11/05 10:04PM
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On The Intel XScale conundrum:

druck: I stand corrected - thank you :)

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 25/8/05 7:06PM
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On The Intel XScale conundrum:

Aren't Intel taking a backward step? ARM is RISC, x86 is CISC. By putting a CISC core into these processors, surely their efficiency, as Loris said, won't be as good as the RISC cores that ARM processors have.

It seems like Intel are trying to 'improve' their processors by overloading them with features and instructions, much like they did with the x86... anyone seen this before? We all know how power hungry the Pentium 4 is - which is at the peak of the x86 'let's stuff it full of fancy instructions which will never get used'.

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 25/8/05 4:02PM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

It does seem rather suspicious that ROL are pushing to release a 32-bit RISC OS for a computer which hasn't even been released yet, but can't be bothered (at the moment) to support a computer that's been available for 3 years now.

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 2/8/05 11:12PM
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On Cooling a RiscPC:

It's rather strange - I don't know if anyone else has experienced this. I find that when I leave my RPC left switched on for a day or so in my bedroom, when I come back to it, the room is freezing cold! Somehow, my RPC works like an air conditioning unit for my room - very handy in the summer I suppose!

Can anyone explain this?

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 31/7/05 11:42AM
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On News in brief:

Hmm, I have a TV cards with an SAA7134 chip - you'll have no idea how difficult it is to find decent drivers for it on Windows, and even when you do find them, it doesn't work particularly well. Perhaps it's just a poor card?

Besides these chipsets, will any digital TV cards be supported? Seeing as analogue TV is to be switched off in 7 years time (I know, it's a way off) wouldn't it be sensible to support the new DVB cards being released? MHEG support will be difficult though, unless the cards themselves offer decoding...

Good to see progress though :). If only my RPC could run Firefox :(. Also, has anyone noticed that Google have released their own toolbar for Firefox now?

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 31/7/05 11:38AM
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On Oregano 3 future relying on user demand:

As regard doing anything to Firefox (if it were to be done) it was my understanding that the entire Firefox interface is written in XUL. That includes everything from menus to dialogue boxes and toolbars. Surely given this, and adjustments made to GTK+ would have no affect what-so-ever on the interface of Firefox, except *possible* to change it's apperance (i.e. colour, widgets, etc.). It's easy to see this in practice: all skins are written in XUL and you can change literally what *anything* in the interface looks like using CSS. The interface is actually rendered by the Gecko engine just as the web pages it contains are. At least, this is what I had gathered (and I haven't seen any evidence to prove otherwise). Anyway, the whole of Firefox is skinned. It's appeaance can be changed to RISC OS like just by changing the skin mostly. Other functionalities would still need changing however (such as how a three button mouse is dealt with differently to on Windows).

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 13/03/05 9:48PM
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On RISC OS 5 modernisation to cost millions:

peter:The second comment was not directed at you and I appologise for what I said. I realise Firefox, while technically cut down (there are still chucks of useless Mozilla code in Firefox) Minimo is what was in question. Admiatedly, I don't actually know anything about Minimo, and I can only speak of what I know! Had I of known of Minimo, then obviously I might not of made this comment.

jess:Yes I know, shows how versatile RISC OS's GUI is. However, there are extra features which are not easily added which can make the difference between this phone and that one, to put it in context (such Mac OS like shadows and even just fading menus).

Guestx:The latest incarnation of Vodafone's David Beckham mobile phone has a 2 megapixel camera. Obviously, photos are not sent via MMS at this resolution, but they can be emailed to people.

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 22/06/04 5:03PM
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On RISC OS 5 modernisation to cost millions:

I meant exactly what 'cut down' implies. FireFox is Moxilla with the extra features removed while still remaning a fully functional browser. However, Mozilla is an internet suite designed to deal with adress and email as well as web surfing - if FireFox is 28MB, then even cut down versions of this will stil be relatively large for an embedded system.

You say you like RISC OS as it is - so do I. However, Mac OS and Windows users, if they were introduced to RISC OS now would instantly see it looks dated and loose interest instantly - they wouldn't give it a second thought! Where embedded devices are concenred, the mass market do want fancy features like alpha-blending - that's what sells the device to them in the shop! That's what the *mass* market notices, not the sensible market, such as present company (otherwise you wouldn't be using RISC OS). I'm 16 - everyone at school wants mobile phones with cameras to show off - the fact the pictures produced are useless (bar one or two very new phones starting to have 2 megapixel cameras) doesn't mean anything to them. This is a major market - under 20s. I think I know what people of my age like!

 is a RISC OS UserSmiler on 22/06/04 3:47PM
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