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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

arawnsley:"Plus, web sales (even secure) account for, what, virtually NONE of business in the RISC OS market any more"

Um, yeah but there's a bit of a catch22 - if you don't have a half decent website (as you don't) it's hardly surprising that you don't get much business through it :( I bet someone like mwsoftware have a different story to tell.

hzn: I don't think you should be recommending "security by obscurity" as a solution. :(

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 23/4/08 1:57PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

This is good news :) I hope VA will now be able to devote some development time to fixing some of the problems in the Windows version of VRPC.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 21/4/08 4:12PM
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On Google funding offered to NetSurf project:

jmb: I hope that you'll be pleasantly surprised with the final form that shared libraries take. The GCC team have acknowledged the need for an improved system to merging !System. I would hope that moving to the use of shared libraries would *decrease* your support overhead rather than increase it. :)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/3/08 7:11PM
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On VirtualRiscPC spotted on Linux:

mripley: All the comments you've made here since you switched to linux have come across as bitter and with little useful content. Obviously you've got some kind of chip on your shoulder - I'm not sure why you even bother reading drobe or making comments if "there is nothing on RiscOS [sic] that I [need]".

As for the usefulness of VRPC on Linux I agree with Lym - this open a new door for those people who'd like to have one machine capable of swapping between Linux and RISC OS :)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 20/3/08 10:44AM
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On R-Comp rolls out product upgrades:

"registered users are set to receive the latest versions for free in an email soon" I've not received this yet - has anyone else?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 26/2/08 10:35PM
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On RISC OS skills database website launches:

AMS: "those who signed up on ROOL's shared source initiative website" You've still got me. The two sites are completely different. One is a web forum and one is a simple database of people & their skills. Why would you want to compare the two?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 5/2/08 10:13PM
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On RISC OS skills database website launches:

AMS: "ROOL's [skills site]" What ROOL skill site?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 4/2/08 1:23PM
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On RISC OS skills database website launches:

This is an interesting initiative and will hopefully be useful to people - it strikes me that some of the most valuable input could come from those people who've only put down an hour or two of free time but who obviously have a massive amount of experience. Hopefully people with the time to do actual development will be able to draw on their experience without it being too onerous :)

The only slight niggle is that the website's a bit clunky :( (E.g. links in the toolbar disappearing and appearing, confusing access to the database) Perhaps someone who'd listed "web development" as a skill on the site can donate some time ;)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 4/2/08 9:02AM
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On Get new software alerts with Rover beta:

I'd certainly be interested to hear why Martin decided to go down this route rather than work with the RiscPkg project.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 15/10/07 11:05AM
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On Sell PCs without Windows urges think tank:

coling: "the hardware is only cheap because of microsoft"

I can't follow your logic. Why on earth do you think the hardware is cheap because of Microsoft?

AMS: I think you're reading too much into some off-hand comments unrelated to the main issue! ;) Also - the Iyonix doesn't have an open source OS.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/9/07 2:28PM
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On Sell PCs without Windows urges think tank:

arawnsley: But presumably the point would be that as part of the unbundling the retailers will have to advertise both prices - that's the crux - to make the pricing transparent so the concept of "cheap" linux actually starts to mean something to punters. Clearly the XP "N" thing is a bizaare lame duck since no-one in their right mind would buy a less capable (and probably deliberately broken) product for the same price as the full version.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/9/07 12:26PM
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On Sell PCs without Windows urges think tank:

drobe:"The plans ... would break Microsoft's monopoly in the desktop PC market." Of course they wouldn't. They might *help*, but I suspect it would take more than that to defeat the behemoth that is Microsoft.

rjek:"if it isn't bundled, the cost of Windows will be more." Why? Presumably MS will still give large discounts to the "box shifters".

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/9/07 10:23AM
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On News in brief:

Interesting article about the best place for menus. I'd not thought about the fact the RISC OS system enables you to learn "gestures" but it is true: hitting "Save" from a menu is very quick for me because it's always in the same place relative to my pointer in almost all applications :)

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 2/9/07 5:39PM
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On NetSurf 1.1 download available:

I think a bit of thought needs to go into the UI design for "tabbed browsing". The way RISC OS windows naturally work is already half way there, so I'd prefer to see the design working in concert with the general RISC OS UI than just copying Firefox/Opera wholesale. Another opportunity (like the drag-file-to-upload-box method) for NetSurf to show its colours :)

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 18/8/07 11:20AM
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On Christmas 2007 show announced:

bluenose: "Well in took 1hr 21 minutes for the first negative comment about the event..why do we bother." Calm down dear. It was only a frivolous comment on what the 10% really means.

"But hey this is RISC OS land and postive thoughts are banned." More like: 'hey, this is drobe comments. Put on your rose tinted binoculars or leave.'

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 15/8/07 9:31AM
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On ROX founder: Why I brought RISC OS to Unix:

mripley: Why bother to learn a whole new world of Linux? I'd suggest buying VRPC for your Windows laptop and use that as you need to. You get the best of both worlds - you can keep doing your multi-media stuff in Windows and dip into RISC OS easily for other things as you see fit. It's what I do and it works very well :)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 30/7/07 12:36PM
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On RISC OS development charity taking shape:

VinceH: "Why not subscribe to the mailing list and make your suggestion there? The link is above, and it isn't in any way closed" Well, the archive is apparently closed to non-subscribers. Why's that?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 26/6/07 2:08PM
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On June news in brief:

polas: How about: [link]

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 20/6/07 3:51PM
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On Messenger Pro 5 released:

hzn:Could you post a link to the secure ordering page? I can still only find the nasty old insecure one :(.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 17/5/07 7:57PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

arawnsley:"no, that stuff [a good website?] doesn't result in more sales" Well, there's a thread on usenet now about someone who bought Messenger from you but didn't know he needed DialUp too. There's a lost sale due to a poorly designed (and still reprehensibly insecure) website :(

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 1/5/07 11:07AM
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On The houses that RISC OS built:

bluenose:"showing RISC OS can still cut it" killermike:"interesting to see RO being pressed into action"

Yes, it's interesting - but I don't really see how it shows anything relevant about *RISC OS*. Martin could presumably done it all using BBC Basic for Windows? After all one of the companies is using VRPC to run his program.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 28/4/07 12:56PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

cables:"If we're going to go down, let's go down fighting."

I really think you're over-reacting.

I doubt anyone will leave or join the RISC OS platform, just because Oregano 3 won't appear sometime in the future. After all, anyone who really *required* a fully-fledged, all bells and whistles browser must have left sometime in, um, about 1995!

In fact, I suspect we can access a greater proportion of websites from RISC OS now than at any time since the early 90s.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 24/4/07 3:30PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

bluenose:Netsurf will take time to get Javascript etc Indeed. I don't mean to rain on everyone's parade but I think it's worth re-iterating that, even if the NetSurf team do decide to go down the JavaScript route - it will take *years*!

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 24/4/07 12:43PM
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On News in brief:

jeffd: No. Please read stevef's summary above (and hzn's for that matter). Hardly anything in life is ever as one-sided as people seem to want to make them.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 20/4/07 9:18AM
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On Website launches 'help wanted' list:

GavinWraith: "Alas with NetSurf [the popup doesn't work]" I sympathise with your frustration, but for future reference, just click right button on the link ;)

"Unless the wiki provides means for me to edit in StrongED and upload the file by dragging into a box" I've just tried and you can do exactly that :) Don't forget to use the preview button to see what your changes look like. The formatting codes are very simple and a quick overview is at [link]

I agree about the news bit. Personally I don't think riscos.info should have either a news or "current events" section. Such things are best left to places like drobe.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 27/3/07 4:27PM
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On South West show reports and photos:

thegman, JohnR: I disagree. There's nothing wrong with the cog. Let's not waste time & money designing a new logo that no-one will use.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 28/2/07 11:59AM
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On South West show reports and photos:

From Mark's report - It's good to hear that being a professional RISC OS programmer still opens opportunities elsewhere (c.f. MW, Xara) :)

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 27/2/07 10:56AM
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On RiscPkg author publishes new coding book:

This is a fantastic development :) I know I've struggled with understanding the Unix world in order to use GCCSDK etc so I look forward to having a look at this book.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/2/07 5:18PM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

This strikes me as a slightly curious development since email clients is one of the (very) few areas where RISC OS is just about keeping up with the mainstream. It would be interesting to hear Peter's thoughts on the issue.

delink:Pluto costs £30.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 31/1/07 4:05PM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

adrianl:My understanding is that porting to x86 would terminally break the vast majority of existing apps - most of which are no longer being developed. That seems a sure fire way to finally kill off the OS to me :(.

Adam

P.S. And presumably the same effort would have to be made in a year or two when the rest of the world moves to 64 bit? And the next change after that and so on...

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 21/1/07 10:14AM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

arawnsley:No, I can't find it either.

Does anyone know of any screenshots/examples of what you can do with Insignia?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 10/1/07 4:12PM
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On Gimp-Print sequel port planned for March:

Great news :) I wonder if Martin receives enough funding for Gutenprint, he'll be able to release Gimp-Print for free (or maybe as part of a bundle with new Iyonixs/A9s).

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 22/12/06 11:06AM
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On An idiot's guide to making PDFs:

Sawadeee, hzn: Don't be too put off! Charles has written a very comprehensive article, but I think there's so much detail in there that it's easy to only see the problems. For instance, he talks a lot about using VA5000 (an obsolete product) and tranferring files to PCs (where he has issues entirely unrelated to the PDF process).

A "typical" user might be more interested in just one of his many scenarios - for instance the "GhostScript on RPC" one. If you remove the irrelevant detail from that section, you're only left with an observation about broken fonts (I've never come across this, I wonder if it's common?). The equivalent set-up section is only two paragraphs long and hardly complicated :)

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/6/06 9:28AM
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On Punter bitten by fraudsters after using R-Comp site:

Wakeman: Yes, people have jumped, probably unfairly, to conclusions. However the presence of insecure web forms asking for credit card details is indefensible, in my view.

rmac&terrahawk: Please don't advocate this as a legitimate method. If people go through with this bizaare technique they are lining themselves up for serious trouble in future.

It is a disgrace that any company might suggest it as a legitimate means of payment :(

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 19/6/06 3:33PM
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On Punter bitten by fraudsters after using R-Comp site:

hEgelia:"I'm not sure how well NetSurf is able to handle secure online ordering though"

Netsurf has done SSL stuff for a long time so I don't think that should be a limitation. :)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 18/6/06 9:07PM
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On Don't rely on Drobe, says R-Comp:

andypoole: Yes, I agree. Of the myriad of "links" sites, I've settled on the ANS filebase ([link]). It does lots of good stuff, is easy to use and pleasant to look at :)

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 8/6/06 4:50PM
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On ROS app could scupper encryption law:

"A program equivalent to Stealth exists for Linux, and Dr Queen said he was not aware of any other similar programs for other platforms."

This seems to suggest that steganography is only possible on RISC OS and Linux. There can't be many things left in the world where RISC OS is definitively in the lead! Maybe I've mis-read it?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 21/5/06 7:42PM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

ajb:"Have I missed something" Yes ;)

With regards the Castle statement, Graham says specifically in the article above that that is *not* the reason he's developing an open source CLib.

Your second point is also way out. If the APIs are the same, then the applications which use the module needn't care which module is loaded. This is already the case on a RiscPC where most applications work quite happily regardless of whether the Castle or ROL module is present.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 18/3/06 10:56PM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

nodoubt73:"This sounds bad, really bad" I disagree. What's the problem with the development of an open-source alternative to a module? If it's successful the OS developers can concentrate on other areas and it might even lead to new functionality as Graham hints at above.

I really fail to see the problem. In fact, re-reading your post, I'm not even sure how to properly respond to you since apart from shouting about "independant" programmers (so what?) I can't make out what your arguments are.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 18/3/06 10:36AM
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On South West 2006 round up:

"ROL apologised for being around 18 months late with Select 4 and meanwhile crossed their fingers so that their user base will resubscribe to the scheme."

Crazy. Someone put them out of their misery...

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 20/2/06 10:34AM
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On South West 2006 show exhibitors confirmed:

Revin Kevin: Yeah, shame their website appears completely broken :(

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 27/1/06 2:42PM
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On News in brief:

Re. FTPc - I'm confused. The version I have here is 1.42, dated June 2005 and the version at ftpc.iconbar.com is also 1.42. Where's the update?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 17/1/06 10:42PM
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On Web gallery apps compared:

Personally I would prefer TAB=next field; RETURN=press icon with yellow surround.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 10/1/06 2:00PM
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On News in brief:

Like HZN and druck I also think there are too many product directories, and this new one doesn't seem particularly easy to use :(

My solution has been to keep my stuff up to date on just one of the multitide - the ANS filebase, which, in my opinion, is the best of the bunch :)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 9/1/06 11:49AM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

SimonC: Wow, yes that list makes depressing reading - perhaps it's ROL's attempt to show how hard it is to get meaningful responces from punters to seemingly simple questions like "what should we work on at ROL?".

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 5/12/05 3:14PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

dgs: "Who told you that?" No-one specific - just a feeling ;)

Anyway, comparing the A9Home directly with the Iyonix doesn't seem too favourable to the A9Home. Roughly: Pros: small & nice looking, "luggable", ~20% cheaper Cons: lack of expansion possibilities (esp wrt USB2), relatively poor performance

I guess you're saying that we *shouldn't* consider a direct comparison, because the people who'll buy an A9Home are from a different population to those who'd buy an Iyonix - but what distinguishing characteristics do you see those people having?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 23/11/05 12:29PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

"The main worry from the price point of view is that A9home plus CD/DVD drive comes to 680ukp inc VAT, whilst the cheapest Iyonixes start at 799ukp inc VAT. ... [but] the A9home is aimed at a different market." I'm not sure I'm convinced - I was under the impression that the "different market" was all those people who have RiscPCs but were never able to justify the price of an Iyonix. So the crucial point is *price*. As you say, however, price doesn't seem much of a strong point :(

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 23/11/05 10:05AM
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On Archive mag compiles articles into books:

Sorry if I'm being particularly dull, but how do you buy these? The linked-to announcement doesn't seem to have any purchase information :(

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 20/11/05 8:11PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

"that suggests the true level of Iyonix sales is around 5x higher than the number suggested, and that the number of RO users is approx. 10,000" Holy cow bucksboy! It doesn't suggest any such thing. I don't think it's helpful to pick figures out of thin air like that and present them as fact.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 10/11/05 10:43PM
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On Software news:

Sorry, your comment has been moved to the forums

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 13/10/05 2:18PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

P.S. I'm going to get modded down for this, but I can't resist any longer! How on earth did it take 30 minutes to make that poster? It would have taken me 5 minutes, and it's not like I'm a graphic designer or anything!

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 11/10/05 10:56AM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

druck: Yes, you're right. Life's a lot easier in the Windows world if you give up on the notion of having any control over your computer! I used to keep my Start menu nicely ordered, my desktop clutter-free, my documents properly organised etc. but when I eventually installed XP a couple of months ago I decided to stop bothering and life is a lot less stressful. Of course, everything I do takes a bit longer now...

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 11/10/05 10:52AM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Hmm, this is a pretty silly comparison - as people have pointed out you shouldn't be doing all that stuff every time your computer starts up. I'd estimate I spend maybe an hour a month "maintaining" my WinXP computer. As for start-up time, my PC is a lot faster than my RiscPC was. Clearly everyone's experience varies so I really can't see the point in making a claim that RISC OS is more "productive".

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 11/10/05 10:19AM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

druck: You've said before you'd like something for your money. Assuming that's fair [1], I wonder if you'd accept a heavily discounted set of Adjust ROMs? I'm sure the physical cost of a set of ROMs is very small and, in a sense, subscribers have already paid for the actual software...

Adam

[1] I'm on the fence on this one as I know nothing about the technical/contractual/admin etc detail of the Select "scheme".

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 3/10/05 3:02PM
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On Euro mag to list active RISC OS developers:

Does this include freeware/PD/OSS etc?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 3/10/05 12:54PM
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On ROL cuts deal with Omega users:

"particular OS features that form part of the Select scheme ... may be released for free"

This is a fantastic plan. Specifically, I hope it would allow developers to feel more justified in making use of the new features in Select, without having to worry about leaving behind all the users who haven't yet paid for the OS upgrade.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 23/9/05 10:25AM
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On News in brief:

6502meister2:"I can't wait for Impression X, too. I was thinking about defecting to another product like Easiwriter..." You can't really compare Impression with Easiwriter - the first is a DTP program and the latter is a word (or "structured document") processor. An obvious illustration of the difference is the fact that Easiwriter won't do frames. em2ac:As for Word import/export in Impression X - I'd like to be corrected, but I suspect that's a bit of a red herring...

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 21/9/05 3:37PM
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On Hifi buffs told Iyonix audio is good enough:

hEgelia:I don't claim to be an expert in this area. All I know is that in places like the hydro forums, where the experts /do/ hang out - no-one would claim to be able to distinguish "lame -extreme" from the non-encoded source.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 12/9/05 10:19AM
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On Hifi buffs told Iyonix audio is good enough:

Squirrel:"Even at 320kbit though MP3 sounds lacking in detail compared to the original CD or WAV file." Hmm, maybe you should be careful what you claim or you might loose legitimacy! I've not heard of anyone being able to make such a distinction in a proper "ABX" test. ( E.g. try making that statement on [link] )

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 12/9/05 8:57AM
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On Online banking with RISC OS:

P.S. Isn't [link] a more comprehensive source for this info?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 1/9/05 5:05PM
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On Online banking with RISC OS:

Egg's site is great. :) It's very clean and clear - by far the best online banking site I've used. NatWest, on the other hand, seem to feel they own the internet and deny access to everything except a couple of specific browsers. (For instance, they block Opera on "security" grounds! Anyone interested can look at the opera.com security forum for long discussions on the subject...)

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 1/9/05 5:03PM
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On Castle push BASIC compiler:

Yes, I'd be interested in knowing what the benefits (and problems?) of "complied" basic are. The PRMs and Basic manual are certainly worthwhile for any Basic RISC OS programmer though.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 31/8/05 4:39PM
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On Survey: Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC:

hzn:"Do not believe any statistical result unless you faked it yourself" Heh. There is a phrase in english along the same lines, it's the observation that there are "lies, damn lies and statistics".

As to whether non-regular-drobe-readers participated, that's easy: just ask drobe how many new account registrations there were in the period (and whether it was more than normal, and whether they voted).

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 30/8/05 4:55PM
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On Oregano, Firefox and NetSurf reviewed:

hEgelia: Enigma uses the IE layout engine - so it offers no advantage over IE in terms of security.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/8/05 11:08AM
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On Oregano, Firefox and NetSurf reviewed:

charles:"I have Windows machine running IE 6. I have not yet found a site it won't access" Well, of course! The current nature of the internet is that it is totally dominated by IE - so you'll be pretty hard pushed to ever find a site that fails to render in IE. That doesn't necersarily make IE a good browser though.

I use Opera as my browser of choice /despite/ the fact that maybe 1 or 2 percent of sites are inaccessible to it. The reason I do that is that in every other area, it runs rings around IE. It would be great if we could get to a similar situation on RISC OS - but don't ever expect to be able to access every single website out there.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/8/05 10:24AM
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On Firefox pledgers hold onto their cash:

"I know two other people who made a pledge and have not honoured it because Firefox does not work for them." That wasn't the deal! If they felt that way, they should not have made a pledge.

Peter's original statement was quite clear: "I propose you pledge an amount to the project which you will make available to me once a beta version is available."

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 22/8/05 10:53PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

gulli:That would be great, I think. However, it's been pointed out before that it simply is not viable.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 21/8/05 10:09PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

AMS: "generally the base OS (Windows in this case) is the one that will be used and whatever apps are associated with that"

Only if the two are equally good at every job. The whole point of using VRPC is that people want to do certain things in RISC OS rather than Windows.

You are suggesting that the benefits of using RISC OS are so tiny that they are outweighed by the 20 second delay, once or twice a day, as VRPC loads up. If that's the case then, frankly, no amount of cheap dedicated hardware (or whatever you are proposing) is going to keep people with RISC OS!

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 21/8/05 4:02PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

AMS: "Is this really likely ? Really ?" I don't see why not - ever heard of "try before you buy"? In any case, my comment was rhetorical - the point I was trying to get across is that it is far from clear exactly what impact VA has had on native hardware sales.

"Then at some point they say - nah, why boot VARPC at all - save the time - just run Word/Excel/Powerpoint - game set and match Microsoft." I don't understand your point. Surely if using MSOffice is best for some individual user then that's what they should do, by definition?

In any case, all this talk of hardware leaves me cold. The software is what interests me - and it seems likely, to me, that VA has benefited the RISC OS software scene.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 19/8/05 10:47PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

freder: "What are the limitations?" None, as far as I can tell :D

ams: "You can't extrapolate from your case and suggest that VARPC has had no effect on native hardware sales." You're right - it could have increased hardware sales by tempting ex-users back into the market.

"So how many people use VARPC who never used RISC OS on actual RISC OS hardware then ? I'd suggest very few in short it's shuffling the deckchairs on the Titanic time...." In my opinion, RISC OS is not in a state where we can really have the luxury of attracting brand new users. However, there are a /vast/ number of ex-users out there and if VA temps some back then that's great :)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 19/8/05 9:29PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

druck:"Who cares about having a truely representative survey, the people that really count are those that vote first and vote often."

I keep re-reading this and can't quite believe it - are you being sarcastic?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 11/8/05 9:55AM
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On News in brief:

DaveW: The functionality you describe is provided by PrintPDF, as mentioned above. [link]

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 10/8/05 3:54PM
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On The RISC OS File Repository opens:

piemmm: If I click to "categorize" (sic) HelpScan it presents version 0.3 - even though version 0.5 is the latest it's found.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 5/8/05 4:48PM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

The whole subscription "paradigm" always seemed pretty strange to me and I'm not at all surprised that it gets people/subscribers riled. (I stayed clear of Select, but have bought Adjust - since it's actually something real ;) )

I wonder if RO Ltd had/have problems getting credit which prevented them pursuing a more traditional business model.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 3/8/05 11:48AM
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On The RISC OS File Repository opens:

piemmm:"You forgot 'Frax' in that list as well" Yes, and dmoz and PV's links database, the list goes on...

"And btw, there is nothing stopping you from uploading and categorizing a new version of your 'HelpScan' " Well, no, but given the number of links/database sites which potentially need updating I've given up and only make the effort to keep my entries on ANS Filebase up to date. Anyway, isn't the "unique" thing about your system that it's supposed to be automatic? Do you know why it is picking up an out-of-date version of HelpScan? Is there anything that can be done to improve it?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 3/8/05 11:40AM
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On The RISC OS File Repository opens:

I'm a bit concerned that this is a duplication of effort (ANS Filebase, Nutshells) and a quick test looking for my own software has discovered that it is (at the moment at least) already out of date! (I did a search for "HelpScan" and it presented version 0.12 (with "no description"). The latest version is 0.6.)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 3/8/05 9:16AM
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On Castle introduces Iyonix cube:

Oops, I meant in reply to NieA7, obviously!

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 2/8/05 1:54PM
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On Castle introduces Iyonix cube:

jaco: Yes, but there's only one 5.25 inch bay - losing your optical drive for the sake of a floppy's a bit of a sacrifice!

On a side note, I notice the case specs say: "3 x 3.5 [inch] bays (hidden)" - although quite what the use of a "hidden" bay is, I don't know.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 2/8/05 1:53PM
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On Castle introduces Iyonix cube:

"It's possible that the Aria Cube is aimed at punters looking for a second Iyonix or a RISC OS computer to complement other machines" Or presumably as competition for the A9Home?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 1/8/05 4:33PM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

It would be interesting to see a comparison of RiScript vs. GhostScript. I guess RiScript is easier to setup/use than GhostScript - does it have more features too?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 1/8/05 1:37PM
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On MicroDigital incommunicado:

mrchocky:"It might be time for someone to start collecting in one place what technical information there is on the Omega."

I can see a kind of interest/nostalgia motive for this. Are there other, technical, reasons to do so?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 27/7/05 1:10PM
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On Oregano 3 survives user group meeting:

mrchocky:"Personally, I still have reservations about commerical RISC OS browser development. What do others think?" Yes, I'm inclined to agree (that O3 is a waste of resources) but if that's the case, why do you reckon people will pay good money for it? I suspect that O3 will go ahead but will not attract a large number of purchases and that will be that for the Oregano story. (Assuming Firefox and Netsurf continue being actively developed I guess.)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/7/05 1:32PM
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On Firefox beta 3 released:

Various: "I'd like an iconbar icon" I believe the Firefox Integration thingy does this: [link]

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 25/7/05 9:48AM
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On GCCSDK team trumpets module support:

piemmm: Oh, those stats are new! That is at least step in the right direction :-) (I was about to moan about 'Drobe doesn't like this user' being meaningless.)

As for me having a poor rating - I'm quite content with that.[1] What I object to is "unfair" interference in the comment rating system by members of the drobe team.

Adam

[1] For instance, this post is ludicrously off topic so I won't be very surprised if/when it gets modded down! That doesn't stop me wanting to put in my 2c though.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 11/7/05 2:55PM
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On GCCSDK team trumpets module support:

diomus:"there has been no rigging of the moderation system" Yeah, right.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 11/7/05 1:59PM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

moss: "It's still stuff that affects RISC OS" Yes, but there's lots of things like that - drobe hasn't done an article on the US file-sharing court ruling, but that "affects RISC OS".

"I don't see the problem with including it anyway" It's not a problem, as such - but you have to draw the line somewhere, or else drobe would include all the news in the whole world, about every subject!

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 28/6/05 9:30AM
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On Anti-software patent groups urge SMEs for support:

Isn't this article a bit OT? There doesn't seem much specific relevance to RISC OS. Surely political stuff such as this is best left on the Register, not Drobe?

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 27/6/05 3:06PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

"RISC OS 5 works fine" So does RISC OS 3.7

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 17/6/05 9:03PM
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On Distributing software with RiscPkg:

mrchocky:"At no point has anyone said or claimed that RISC OS is Debian." I realise that. In a comment discussing whether users know/care about dependancies, you said "Look at Debian users if you don't believe me". My point was that "looking at Debian users" tells us nothing about RISC OS users.

"Let's assume for the moment that RiscPkg doesn't handle dependencies, and is just a method for a unified method of downloading the latest versions from disparate places. Even this would be a huge time saving for users." Absolutely :-)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 24/02/05 12:59AM
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On Iyonix USB2 support enabled:

nunfetishist: "Out of interest, why on earth was my last comment modded down? It wasn't off-topic or anything." I was wondering exactly the same thing!

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 02/02/05 12:14AM
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On Greeks bearing gifts and email:

Although a little long, Bob's post made perfect sense to me. (I do think he read too much into the contribution by Tony Haines, however.)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 29/01/05 1:53PM
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On ROL extends Select offer through January:

hEgelia: Seems like a reasonably good summary :) But...

"There should be more and better communication and ofcourse I don't expect us to need to know every detail of their agenda, but now we are really kept in the dark."

While I agree not much new info has emerged since the recent ROD-Castle agreement, I'm not so sure that there "should be" better communication. It's only been a relatively short time and these things take time. Personally I think a bit more patience is due.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 20/01/05 3:54PM
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On South East show report:

Jess: Yes, I agree - I read that Mozilla's aim is to have 10% market share.[1] In that scenario, it would be nice to be able to say to AnyBank tech support that their site "doesn't work in Firefox".

[1] Sadly I doubt that's a realistic goal. MS don't seem to have bothered improving IE for years and years, so Firefox/Opera et al have been able to overtake in terms of functionality. I'm sure MS'll throw a few billions at IE when they start feeling threatened though :-(

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 30/10/04 12:11AM
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On South East show report:

jmb: Oooh! That's *really* good news :-D. It's a shame there's no practical way for me to offer support :-( I'm much more excited by that snippet of news than the Firefox thing!

Re: OpenOffice. Meh, I'm not bothered about that anyway. I didn't like it even compared to MS Office and we've got good WP/Spreadsheets etc anyway. (Pretty much.)

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 29/10/04 3:34PM
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On South East show report:

Where did you hear that NetSurf's got javascript planned?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 27/10/04 7:27PM
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On Iyonix price slash offer, yawns stifled:

mavhc:Thanks, Mr Selfish Hmm, I think that's a bit harsh. It's not unreasonable for someone to state that they can't afford a 1200 pound computer, but could stretch to a 400 one. (Sounds a lot like me.) Whether a manufacturer could make money supplying such a thing is an entirely seperate issue.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 08/09/04 10:44AM
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On Iyonix price slash offer, yawns stifled:

No - there isn't! I've got the latest BIOS version and have been in touch with Compaq & forums etc etc. As I understand it, it's not an uncommon problem. Apparently some HD manufacturers provide "bios overlays" which makes the big size usable but at the cost of a *massive* performance hit :(

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 05/09/04 1:21PM
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On Iyonix price slash offer, yawns stifled:

nunfetishist:"Most PC cases NOW. And when they're full you throw it away." Christ, my Amstrad 286 had room for 4 internal HDDs! I don't think anyone's arguning about the HD situation.

Clearly this discussion is pretty tricky since "PC"s are so variable, but here's my experience with my P200 Compaq Deskpro, which must be (a lot?) newer than the Risc PC:

nunfetishist:"As long as it's the same pin format. Which motherboard lets you plug in a CPU 10 times faster than the max available when it was made again? I missed your reply. " Read what I said, then. I can upgrade the processor to 233 (wow) easily but it costs me 80 quid to buy an expansion board which would allow me to put in a 400MHz AMD processor.

nunfetishist:"There were numerous 2/4/8/32GB limitations. " This is a not a limit on the size of drive you can put in, but a limit of how far into the disc the bootable area can be. And all OSes make sure that their bootstrap code is early anyway, so this limit has no ill effects at all. No ill effects? I can't put in anything greater than 8GB (believe me, I've tried) - it simply isn't recognised beyong 8GB.

Compared to that, the RiscPC does fairly well.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 05/09/04 10:35AM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

tonystill: "I have an old-fashioned affinity to the British CPU maker and its Acorn roots." "Hell - it's my hobby so it's my choice."

That's fair enough, but nostalgia and hobbyish tinkering are not going to save RISC OS! This is where the arguments come from, I think. Some people want to cling to a "pure" past, while others want to move forwards...

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 04/08/04 02:02AM
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On STD suspends A75, A6 range:

Well, it seems pretty clear that ROL are not allowed to embed RISC OS (unless the licence expired?), so I would have thought the most surprising thing to come out of all this is: How come no eyebrows were raised (or were they?) back in 2002 when ROL announced their intention to embed RO?

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 15/06/04 7:01PM
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On Wakefield photos and gossip:

mark: Yes, but there's some things you need "grunt" for - encoding mp3s etc.

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 17/05/04 12:38AM
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On Wakefield photos and gossip:

So, RISC OS split....

Castle said they're more interested in developing the underlying OS - *not* the desktop. The complaints aimed at RISC OS Ltd in the past have been to do with it all being spangly icons, and no fundamental changes.

Hmmmm.... Is it just me or is there an *obvious* opportunity for each company to compliment the other's work? You'd think they could sort *something* out to benefit them both!

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 17/05/04 12:36AM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

AMS: Thanks, that's intersting stuff :-) and I can see that /if/ we had 3GHz ARMs (or even 2!) then it's certainly a sound argument. But unfortunately, as you say, ARM etc have chosen not to go down that route - and probably never will, so we're just flogging a dead horse :-(

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 09/05/04 4:33PM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

"I want RISC OS running on real ARM hardware and not reliant on Windows for (IMHO) good strategic reasons"

I can understand your viewpoint with respect to avoiding Windows, but what's so great about ARMs? They're well-suited to, um, mobile phones and maybe even laptops, sure. But why the sentimental attachment to them for running RISC OS on your desktop? I consider it a hinderance rather than a benefit.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 08/05/04 5:54PM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

Well,

Lets face it, RISC OS (the OS) only has a future if it's eventually ported to x86. The "native" hardware is *clearly* not suited to the desktop market.

Maybe VARPC will help us get there? Maybe not.

Anyway, I'm not that bothered about the "future" - at the moment I use a RPC because I find it nicer than my PC. If the situation changes in future, then I'll change my practices too.

Adam

 is a RISC OS Useradamr on 07/05/04 11:06AM
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