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On How to get RPCEmu Spoon Edition running on an Apple Mac:

I'd like to see a pre-built version for MacOS. I really don't want to go to the effort of installing all that dev software just to build this. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 17/2/09 10:01PM
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On RISC OS Firefox port in bug fix update:

I'm just surprised that Chocks is still working on Acorn stuff at all. I've hardly heard anything of him since he toddled off to the US

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 9/1/09 11:50PM
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On User-friendly RPCEmu for Windows emerges:

I'd love to see the Mac version developed a bit more. I have had broken directory errors too. I always keep a backup of my hard disc image. I did manage to use it recently write some code to port my Newsbase email to mbox format though so it's not all bad. The disc errors meant I needed the real RiscPC to do the actual reprocessing though.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 9/1/09 11:44PM
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On RISC OS 6.10 available to Select subscribers:

jymbob, you're such a pedantic Mac fanbio ;-)

Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/4/08 11:52AM
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On NetSurf bags GBP10K investment from Google:

Good news for Netsurf!

Can I ask though, why PDF export? I'd just print to PDF instead. Just doesn't seem like a priority for me.

Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/04/08 11:39AM
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On Using shared source to brighten up the desktop:

riscosopen:

That's Chocky's wallpaper app, Decor.

en2ac:

I can't see it. i too want to be tickled and horrified!

-- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 10/3/08 4:34PM
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On Using shared source to brighten up the desktop:

Oooh, this looks like fun! I've been working round these problems for many years and it is quite surprising what you can achieve. For instance, although the iconbar expects to be grey you can get away with white:

[link]

Although it would be rather nice to have a different background texture for the iconbar compared to other windows.

I have been using a little module by Matthew Wilson to change the colour of the window title text for some time. It allows you to match the title text a little better with the selected theme.

[link]

Perhaps this is something that could be added to the new WM. I'd also like to see the ability to theme buttons in the way you can in Select.

And what's wrong with the XP Luna theme?

[link]

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 6/3/08 12:41PM
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On December news in brief:

1st post!

Rebecca's RiscOsNet sounds like a novel idea. I feel it will be very limited by the OS spec required to run it. I was thinking of running my Risc PC so share the software I have but RISC OS 4.02 doesn't cut it. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 22/12/07 4:10PM
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On Merry Christmas:

Merry Christmas from Australia to Chris, the drobe team and everyone else!

Eat some turkey for me .. please =) -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 25/12/06 12:02PM
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On RISC OS 4 caught on Mac OS X:

flibble: Well spotted, that man. I must have been thinking RiscPC 600. So, kinda sucky then. =) -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 29/8/06 3:00PM
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On RISC OS 4 caught on Mac OS X:

So the SA RiscPC is about 30 mips. This is 5 on an iBook. I guess we can expect about 10ish on a MacBook. That's not bad as long as you aren't expecting StrongARM performance. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 28/8/06 5:43PM
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On Adjust users get Select site access:

Isn't it as simple as 'ROL delivered nothing to Select subscribers'? They paid their money and got nothing back. So now they (the subscribers) are annoyed.

It could make some people wonder why they bother! -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 22/8/06 12:03PM
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On Adjust users get Select site access:

So, why did ROL spend 2 years doing something that had been done before? Makes you want to hold your head in your hands and weep, doesn't it? -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 21/8/06 1:38PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

cmj: I suppose, for PCs, this depends on what the expected useful lifespan is for the machine. If you are going to upgrade and bin the old one after 5 years, the tin solder doesn't need to last too long. If you have a RISC OS machine though you're gonna have to hope that Castle and AdvantageSix start producing new machines more regularly =)

Also, I was interested in seeing the Gooooooogle Ad below stating, "Rohs Testing - Comply with RoHS and WEEE!". I'm sure a few small electronics manufacturers are weeee-ing right now. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/8/06 1:52PM
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On First A9home benchmarks surface:

I knew it! I knew Andrew couldn't resist mentioning the RISCube. :) Still, it'd be nice to see how far ahead or how far behind native hardware is compared to emulation. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/7/06 1:12PM
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On RISC OS to visit Glasgow, Newcastle:

Oh dear. It's a shame the idiots that try to spoil the football in Glasgow are also overshadowing this event. There are a lot of suitable venues in Glasgow. I suppose it's bad luck that ROL took this one. What makes it worse is that after being saddened by being neglected by ROL before, I won't be able to attend this year's event because I'll be out of the country. One day I'll see an Iyonix or RISC OS Select.

-- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/6/06 9:54AM
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On New games database for emulator users:

Nex: I'm just sad to see emulators out-performing native hardware. It's really a sign of how far we've slipped behind the competition. In fact, do we compete anymore? :-( -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 1/6/06 1:15PM
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On New games database for emulator users:

I wonder how many hundred people have come back to using RISC OS because of emulation.

Hmm..

Any?

Oh well.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 25/5/06 12:19PM
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On Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener:

This man owes me money!

Well, he doesn't. But he could. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 22/5/06 12:47PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

hzn:

I use a Mac OS X theme on both my RiscPC and on my Windows PC. I don't own a Mac. What does that do to your thoery? :-) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 21/05/06 1:50PM
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On New Zealand dealer drops DIY Iyonixes:

It's interesting to see that New Zealand beats all the home nations except England in sales of RISC OS 4. That's pretty good going. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 3/5/06 12:59PM
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On Bluetooth support for A9home mulled:

> we definately need to ensure we end up with a single common API on this one

Hah, unlikely. Adv6 will do the A9 stack and API. Castle might do another one later. Isn't free market competition great?

About the blootoof being internal - if there is a usb header on the main board they could hang a standard bluetooth dongle off that. Surely the software is the main task? -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 5/4/06 12:33PM
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On Software news:

I understand why the NetSurf people are not planning to add javascript but it's a shame. I upgraded from Browse to Oregano just for the javascript feature. Too many sites now have little snippets of javascript here and there for a browser without such support to be useful to me. There is nothing worse than getting so far into a site and then benig unable to progress.

Anyway, I know the NS authors are fully aware of the limitation and I'm sure the users are happy enough to avoid any javascript sites. This point aside, NetSurf is an excellent piece of software and kick-ass fast. =)

-- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 3/4/06 12:32PM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

sa110: True. If RISC OS was as stable as Windows or MacOS or Linux then it wouldn't be as much of an issue but currently a naughty application can take the system down quite happily. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 30/3/06 12:58PM
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On Speak open sourced:

I'm just trying to remember what apps Speak plugs into. Was Messenger one? What about any of the IRC clients? -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 30/3/06 12:49PM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

The RISC PC wasn't that future-proofed. It's old and slow now when compared to modern computers. However, we don't really have software that makes enough of a demand on the RISC PC that people would want to upgrade. If there was a games market that would surely have produced the need for something faster. Likewise with video processing, etc. In short, if the software is no more demanding than 10 years ago the computer is fine for the job it does. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 28/3/06 1:11PM
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On Thank Acorn for embedded tech growth says Oregan exec:

Apple were vulnerable in the same way any company with a major reliance on one market is vulnerable. Could they have diversified? The business arena was already owned by the IBM-PC.

Now look at them =) -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/3/06 4:10PM
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On StrongARM card turns ten years old:

I think a lot of us have stuck with the StrongARM because none of the new machines seem to do a lot new. Just the same things a bit faster. Of course, if you haven't upgraded to SA yet, and you still use RISC OS, you really should join the club. The speed and functionality increases are rather good indeed. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/3/06 4:02PM
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On News in brief:

Two wrongs don't make a right. Tarquin does a very good job of making valid points very badly and p*ssing people off. It's quite an art to behold really =) -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/3/06 12:57PM
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On News in brief:

Tarquin Mills. What a muppet. If he was trying to make a point by sending documents in a format other than a MS one why didn't he use an open format such as Open Office or even plain text? Very childish. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 23/3/06 12:47PM
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On News in brief:

VNC to some old Risc PC? Yup, that's gonna sell RISC OS.

The fact is that we're not going to attract Windows users because RISC OS isn't as good at doing the kind of things that your average, home, Windows user does. I.E. web browsing, emailing, IM and office apps. Oh, and forget trying to plug in any random scanner/printer/gps/etc that you'd like to buy from PC World.

If we're going to win anyone over we have to work out what RISC OS is better at. Drag and drop is fine but from what to what? Dragging a Paint file to Draw is alright but dragging a jpeg into Ovation (or something that is actually actively developed) would be more impressive. What else have we got? And more importantly, how can you use these advantages in the types of jobs that people actually do?

Answers in a postcard to the usual address.

Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 20/2/06 12:47PM
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On RISC OS fan in legal hot water over spoof website:

What a silly man. I hope he didn't mention RISC OS anywhere on his site. As for the MS monopoly, well, in my office we use XP because there is a hell of a lot of good software for it that we need on a daily basis. Give us anything else and the company would be bust in weeks. For your average small office or home user they could use something else. But it'd have to be user friendly (so that's linux out) and have modern software (bye bye RISC OS). -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 15/2/06 1:12PM
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On Icebird Acorn demos archive returns:

"More great stuff like this will help RISC OS"

I don't think old 90s demos for dated Acorn kit do much for RISC OS in this day and age. It's all part of the retro scene though. A bit like running Repton2 under an emulator. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 13/2/06 1:20PM
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On Delving inside a RiscPC emulator:

Pace? What do they have to do with anything? -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/1/06 3:41PM
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On RISCOS.org joins pixel ad bandwagon:

flibble: Y'think Lego would have something to say about that? Still, it's making me chuckle =) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 20/1/06 4:04PM
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On RISCOS.org joins pixel ad bandwagon:

Oh dear, oh dear.

I'm with druck on this. It's gonna end up one very sad looking site indeed. At least he tried? True. But is there anyone out there who thinks it'll work? =) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 19/1/06 2:46PM
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On News in brief:

Tabs rock! One of the best features is that you can leave quiet channels on a background tab and only click to them when you notice channel activity or want to say something. Much better than having the window on-screen all the time and periodically bring it to the front to check it.

Also, it keeps the desktop less cluttered. Saves you having to dig though the window stack for multiple irc window. Tabs rock! -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 16/1/06 12:52PM
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On Remote desktop apps compared:

No one spotted my sarcastic humour then? ;)

As for a VNC server: my experiences of them was that I kept having to run upstairs to cancel error boxes or rmkill/load the server. Oh the swearing when I accidentally clicked on the floppy drive icon! :) Has the situation improved (as the above comments suggest)? If so, how? I remember the only partial fix I had was to run noerror and reconnect when the client disconnected after the server paused. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 15/1/06 7:20PM
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On Remote desktop apps compared:

I'm thinking of developing a new VNC client for RISC OS. Can anyone suggest some resources that would help me make a start? -- Spriteman ;)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 13/1/06 12:24PM
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On Classic adventure and shooter games republished on CD:

"I've always got the impression that most people using RISCOS are not games players anyway"

I've always got the impression that there are no new games for RISC OS. Are the two related, you think?

I'm sure RISC OS users play games. Just that they do it on systems that have a living games market. Remember Acorn doing a promo where why gave away Nintendos with new machines? =)

Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 7/12/05 1:33PM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

SimonC: "What 'modern features' are you expecting?"

None really. But if we accept that nothing major and new will be added I think we have to accept that RISC OS is an old OS and will remain so. If the question was "what would 'modern features' would I like to see in RISC OS?" then I would give you a very different answer.

Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 7/12/05 1:29PM
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On RiscPCs were fab, says Wordwise author:

Nice house. I'm sure I've seen it in a few adverts. After seeing its photo everytime I started up Impression I'm so used to seeing it. Just shows you the money that was in the old 8bit market compared to what we have now. Makes you think, huh? -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 2/12/05 5:54PM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

DS1: I think Druck just wants what he thinks he is fairly owed.

SA101: "People in the past, me included have moan about ROL not giving out enough information. The minute they do, some one has a go at them. No wonder they keep silent for so long."

People complain at bad news and at no news. We've had both so far. What they don't complain about is good news.

And a general question: Where does Select 4 sit in terms general OS development? Is it a modern, 2005 OS or are we talking about something more like 1999 technology and features? I'm just curious. -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 2/12/05 12:49PM
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On Unix Porting Project to ditch name:

Aw, I liked the old name. =( -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 14/11/05 1:11PM
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On History of Viewfinder revealed:

sawadee: I don't see much point in using a viewfinder in a podule-equipped iyonix. And it has nowhere to go on an A9. Looks like history to me. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 14/11/05 1:06PM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

I also wonder how other systems that did the CMT to PMT move handled these problems. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 02/11/05 8:26PM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

The point with Virtual Memory is that the current system requires each app that needs it to reinvent the wheel. It should be an OS managed system. No 'if's or 'but's. As for browsing, I binned Browse a lot of years ago because a lot of sites needed javascript. Nice as Netsurf is, it doesn't do js. Perhaps someone can comment on O2 but I wouldn't be surprised if it struggles to render a lot of sites correctly these days. I think in general there is a lot of the 'make do' approach on RISC OS because it doesn't have the features to provide a high quality experience. HTML email viewing is another good example of this. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 2/11/05 12:50PM
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On ROL plots December roadshow:

"ROL on a tour around the UK"

Anything in N.Ireland, Wales or Scotland?

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/10/05 12:57AM
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On Midlands show dropped from calendar:

I second what runningman said. With limited time and money over recent years I was only able to travel to the (long dead) Scottish Shows. I've never seen an Iyonix or Select or pretty much anything since Acorn went bang. The south of the UK seems to be very well served though. An instance of 10% of the population thinking that 90% of the population lives in the south of England?

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 27/10/05 12:53PM
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On South East 2005 show report:

Seems a pity to slow down the boot time of an Iyonix in this way. Ah, that's progress for you.

Previous to what I said before: I don't think people should stop funding ROL. I do think that they should know what they should reasonably expect for their contribution. ROL would be the people to clarify this. They didn't in the past but perhaps they are starting to realise they are losing support by taking this course of action and are now being a little more informative. -- Sprite

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/10/05 5:25PM
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On South East 2005 show report:

So it seems that some people are satisfied with what PM had to say about Select and it's appearence on the Iyonix. But I wonder if we'll actually see any progress on this in the next 6 months. The next 12...? -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/10/05 12:50PM
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On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

Well, I love the cobalt blue. If the actual production model is beige I'll be very disappointed. The only thing that could be worse would be bright yellow =) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 4/9/05 12:18PM
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On GCCSDK team trumpets module support:

This is excellent stuff. I've always felt (rightly or wrongly) that writing modules was a rather inaccessible activity since one either needed to buy Norcroft or learn to write assembler. Now I'd love to see how it's actually done given I have the tools now. Many many thanks to the GCCSDK team! -- Spriteman (looking forward to getting back to some RISC OS programming soon)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 10/7/05 3:27PM
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On CJE RAM special offer not so special:

The chips on one side thing has got something to do with the clearance when you insert the simm in the slot. Buy from an Acorn dealer and you'll get ram that'll fit. I got mine from Liquid Silicon. Alan is very fair and helpful. Worth considering if you have problems with timing, etc -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 25/6/05 4:32PM
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On Riscos.org switches to weblog format:

"it's not for me to comment on what is not suitable for someone else's project"

Of course it is. It's just optional whether or not he listen :) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 12/6/05 1:48PM
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On Acorn Cybervillage needs new webmaster:

I just wanted to say thanks to Stuart for providing us with the Cybervillage for all these years. I remember when I first found it. A RISC OS site with news and rumours. He certainly was able to dig up the gossip long before I saw it in print in the magazines. Cybervillage was a 'must check' website. In addition, his list of links to various items of RISC OS software was very worthwhile. I remember looking through it all to see what I'd missed. Also using it to set up my RiscPC for the internet. As many have pointed out, the site became less frequently updated and this coinsided with the rise of drobe.co.uk. I have to admit that in recent years I didn't visit it much. I'll be sad if it goes. It was part of RISC OS's history, along with the likes of the poppyfields Acorn links page.

And to Stuart, I have experience of MS through a family member. I know that the illness progresses at different speeds with different people and so I hope you are lucky. Of course, you'll change your priorities in life but do everything you can not to let the MS prevent you from enjoying life!

TC

David

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

adamr:

Not surprising as the drobe comment system thinks you moderate incorrectly ;) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 02/02/05 12:17AM
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On ROL extends Select offer through January:

Jules: It took you a while but you've finally got it ;)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 21/01/05 09:22AM
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On ROL surveys Select32 interest:

Md0u80c9>

It's a signal to noise ratio thing. If you're only interested in the odd specific answer to a question or off announcement then it's a lot to filter through to find just that. To put it another way: there are more effective ways for getting people's attention than newsgroups/forums. Email, for instance, if your spamfilters are working :) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 23/11/04 09:44AM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

The fact that we have to emulate (for laptop RISC OSing) sucks. The fact that the speed of emulation is catchin up with out flagship machine is even more sucky.

AMS seems to be an ARM purist. There was a time when point at out OS and say it was better than the competition and do likewise with the hardware. Unfortunately, the processor at the centre of out 'superior hardware' is now holding us back. The added sting is that this hardware is now much more expensive than the alternatives due to cost|volume equation.

So, since emulated machines are cheaper and probably faster soon, can anyone really argue and expensive and slow is better?

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 10/05/04 12:38AM
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On GCC 3.3.3pre1 released:

And before you say anything, Chocky isn't Drobe's search tool. :P

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/03/04 11:58AM
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On GCC 3.3.3pre1 released:

State your references, Julian. Or do you expect that we trust you? ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/03/04 11:23AM
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On RISC OS 4.39 and 4.02 pricings confirmed:

chris> Nice comment above explaining the problems of 'who goes first' wrt 32bit RISC OS. I share your views and on that basis I can't see how anyone could be bitter at CTL for doing their own deal for a pre-existing 32bit RISC OS and continuing development in-house.

Martin> A divided OS might be a good thing in the long run. There is a similar situation with the USB stacks but as far as I can see we just have Simtec and CTL reinventing each others wheels. The massive downside is that for the same amount of effort we get 50% of the productivity. How this can be a good thing for an OS that is years behind the times is beyond me.

If we want to unify RISC OS then how would this be done? RISC OS 5 obviously has to be made compatible with Select. Does CTL give ROL RO5 for free and let them work on it? Should ROL charge for the work? Should CTL charge ROL for a RO5 licence? Who knows. But I suspect both parties will be making sure that the other doesn't get a free lunch out of it.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 24/02/04 09:50AM
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On Again with the laptops:

mikeg>

If you want a lappy that you can bounce off the walls then you should be looking at an Apple iBook. They make these things for school kids to drop. I remember another company that used to make indestructable computers for schools but I can't quite remember the name.

Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 08/12/03 10:17AM
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On Please Stop the Madness:

To help Hutchies out here; you can act professionally without being a professional. Just as you can act stupidly without being stupid. :) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 11/11/03 11:04PM
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On RiscPC production cease rumoured:

dgs:

> Don't you remember all the people telling us that the StrongARM upgrade would never be worthwhile if it didn't include L2 cache...?

Actually, I remember Acorn telling me that a L2 wouldn't help all that much in making the SA RPC much faster. Having said that, there was a Phoebe on the desk beside me :)

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 08/11/03 7:01PM
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On RiscPC production cease rumoured:

AMS:

> But at least with the Acorn approach people were not forced to upgrade ever 12-18 months (as commonly happens in the PC world).

You don't want to open this can of worms. You really don't /have/ to upgrade every 12-18 months unless you really want to keep your computer super up to date. If that is the case an upgrade will probably be required every month. Say the RiscPC was updated every 12-18 months (it wasn't but, hey) then you could replace your PC motherboard, processor and memory in a bundle at the same time and over the life of the machine you'd likely have laid out less cash on the PC given it's lower initial purchase price. And by the time you got to the StrongARM age, the PC would have left the RiscPC standing. These days the situation is even more this way.

Still, I bought a RiscPC 600 and later a StrongARM machine because I like RISC OS and wanted to run the programs I had. And, getting back on track, I do like the case. Looking a bit dated now but it certainly stands out. Not until Apple started going all iMac-y did Acorn lose its 'distinctive case' crown :-)

Now, I just want to scrub the RPC case up so it looks like new. Any ideas?

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 08/11/03 5:07PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

repeat after me,

"It doesn't matter"

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 03/11/03 10:35PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

GuestX:

Nice of you to say what I said but using 7 times more text ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 03/11/03 5:35PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

On a slightly different note. Development on VRPC is going really well. Are there any more speed increases in the pipeline? Increases in PC performance helps of course. So, how long until VRPC out-performs the Iyonix? Soon, I hope.

-- Spiteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 30/10/03 9:58PM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

GuestX:

Acorn didn't do the PC Cards to impress outsiders so much as to impress existing Acorn users and coz it was cool and coz they could. Worked for me. The 'little effect' statement kind of negates the fact that hundreds of these cards were sold to people. I think you're more upset because you were more interested in multiple ARMs than PC cards and Acorn didn't deliver this.

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong but the 2nd processor slot on an A540 would have been for a FPU.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 17/10/03 10:07AM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

Guest X:

Well, I think you'll find that many people thought that it was damned amusing that Acorns could emulate PCs useing PCem. It kind of belittled the PC, which many people liked. And what's more, the emulator was cheap.

When it came to the PC card it was a similar situation. I got a PC card with my RISC PC for 99. I certainly wasn't going to get a real PC for that kind of money. For 99 it was a nice toy that allowed me to play the odd PC game and run the odd bit of software. An amusing extra that showcased the flexibility of the Acorn design. It was also Acorn's way of saying 'you don't need a PC because you have an Acorn'.

So, of course people are upset now the tables are turned.

And where are people getting this idea that Acorn was trying to push people into using Windows/DOS by providing PC cards and emulators? If that is the case then Apple, Silicon Graphics, etc are all doing the same. Odd way of looking at it.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 14/10/03 1:43PM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

So, to sum up;

Reasons not to use a G5 PPC as the basis of a RISC OS machine:

1) It's the one most likely not to succeed since the designers are thinking more about embedded uses and Apple are already complaining that the CPUs they use aren't fast enough.

and

2) With Mac OS X the GUI performance in Jaguar is so sluggish it feels like using a 7000 series.

Great.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 12/10/03 7:44PM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

rjek:

You may well be right about the emulation choosing emulation as a way to move to new hardware. However, this is much closer to what Castle have done with the Iyonix and Aemulor than it is to Virtual Acorn and emulating the whole flipping machine :-)

Personally I'd be quite happy to see the next Iyonix being a PPC machine with RISC OS 6 and full ARM abstraction. Backed up by an ARM emulator. Given the speeds of VA and the fact that much of the support hardware wouldn't need to be emulated it makes you wonder how fast such a setup would be. Development wise, it's one hell of a task.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 12/10/03 03:09AM
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On AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC :

mwd: I do think that free emulators do attract some freeloaders. But, as you say, that is up to those individuals. The developers of the emulators should not be held responsible for this at all.

mark: You misread my comments.

In general: I'm not against anyone developing or selling emulators as such. As I said on the article comments, I think it's inevitable given the performance gap between RISC OS machines and the rest of the PC world. Fast emulation is possible and there is customer deman. I'm voice my concerns as to where this path will now lead us.

I hope that clarifies things :-)

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 09/10/03 11:58PM
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On AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC :

Stuart:

I totally agree with your point that Virtual RPC should be set apart from the free emulators which do attract the freeloaders. I meant make the distinction. My comments were on the wider world of emulation which I believe is within the bounds of a forum posting.

Re: software sales It's possible to look at it from this angle; the V-RPC user now has the choice of software for either the Windows or RISC OS platforms. Great for the user but do you think the choice is going to always be in RISC OS's favour? I see the two sides as, 'Some sales are better than none' or 'If they had a RISC OS machine they'd be bound to buy RISC OS now they split their spending between two systems'.

I see it boiling down to whether you think emulation is going to keep people, who might otherwise left for good, actively using RISC OS or whether it'll providing a way for people to ease away from the system. With the former would you accept that whilst VRPC users are puting money into the software side of the market they are not contributing to the hardware side? And will this affect future computer development?

This is not a black and white issue. I'm just voicing some of my thoughts on the matter.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 09/10/03 10:47PM
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On AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC :

I think another interesting thing to add is that the number of people logging onto #riscos on IRC and asking where they can download RISC OS for emulation has increased. They don't want to pay for the OS. Do you think they are going to pay for the software?

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 09/10/03 1:53PM
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On AdvantageSix launches new VirtualRPC based PC :

guestx: "But what RISC OS kit is there for portable users and power users?"

The Iyonix is for power users. It's be quite some time before the emulator passes it for performance. The portable solution will now never happen. CTL were the group best placed to put an Iyonix in a small case. With thier RISC OS 5 being free of the hardware ties that stopped previous efforts to develop a laptop.

"I suppose there are a fair number [of platforms surviving under emulation]. Nevertheless, some classic platforms have been successfully emulated over time"

Yes, but there is a difference between allowing a 'classic platform' to still be accessible via emulation and actually using emulation to further a living platform. IMO emulation will serve to first kill hardware development and then software development too.

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 09/10/03 09:57AM
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On RISC OS Shared Libraries:

Here's any easy one:

What's ELF and AOF? And should I care?

-- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 02/10/03 09:07AM
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On Shipping Omega first impressions:

But then, if it isn't on the list it doesn't necessarily mean it works.

So, your comment is unhelpful and should be moderated. :P

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 11/08/03 00:54AM
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On Future ARM based processors for RISC OS?:

The one thing they do have in common is that they were both used in the first RISC Desktop PC. :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 01/08/03 10:56AM
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On Imagining RISC OS and PMT:

"Perhas people should try think of it another way: would Windows NT (and derivatives) or Mac OS X have been as stable and secure without PMT?"

This is not as much of an issue on RISC OS. For most users RISC OS appears very stable. This is probably due in part to us users weeding out apps that crash and take the system with it. It probably also due to programmers realising this and taking steps to make their apps more reliable. Either way, I can't remember my last crash on RISC OS. :-)

As for security, well, again this isn't a big issue for RISC OS users. You could argue that this is because security on RISC OS is pants, and you'd be right. RISC OS machines are rarely put in setuations where security is a concern exactly because of this.

If RISC OS was a player in the OS market then it would have to bite the bullet and add things such as PMT, better memory protection, real multi-user support, more security. But, it's not. tbh I'm still a little surprised that we got 32bit.

RISC OS - Love it for what it is

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 01/08/03 10:54AM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

Paul Said: If the Iyonix had a PC emulator new people to the market would still be able to use their windows apps while they got used to RISC OS alternatives.

Get a grip, Paul. How many new RISC OS users do you think the PC card on the RPC created? Looking at it the other way round; I bought my RPC with a PC card and it didn't make me switch to Windows. The reason being that it was too slow to run anything useful (486SX). When I did need to run stuff like MS Office, I bought a PC.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 17/07/03 10:10AM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

RISC OS was in education for *years* and it made damn all difference to the business market. Most school kids berated the 32bit Acorns for being crap because they ran educational software rather than the cool games on their Amigas and STs. My school had Beebs and Masters and they got knocked for being old (which they were). We had Macs as well. Now I wonder why Apple didn't go down the tubes? Instead of floundering as RISC OS is they are flogging G5s with funky OSs. Oh how we used to laugh.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 17/07/03 00:28AM
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On Partis brandishes mass storage drivers:

And, by the way, that's Acorn 1992 technology versus Microsoft's finest. I couldn't get my hands on a machine with anything higher than RISC OS 3.11 here. Maybe someone wants to do a RISC OS 4 v XP v Mac OS X :-)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 06/06/03 10:57AM
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On Partis brandishes mass storage drivers:

OK, I'm going to try images here to show a crude comparison of MS Cleartype and RISC OS Font Manager.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 06/06/03 10:47AM
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On Price Comparisons:

Justme:

For some reason you think that dealers (or even people on ebay) are incapable of shipping the computer to you. :)

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 30/05/03 09:41AM
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