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On Prototype Acorn Unix-powered A680 lands on eBay:

I'm curious as to why anyone would want this now. What software will run on it? Or is it merely a toy for RISC OS fans who also happen to be unix geeks (like me!)?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 18/8/09 12:02PM
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On Drobe Awards 2008: The results:

I'm surprised that VRPC for Mac didn't win best commercial product. Perhaps there aren't enough of us using it. Not that I can have any complaint about Artworks and Techwriter - two programs I use a lot.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 2/1/09 5:11PM
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On Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu:

helpful,

Don't keep us in suspense! I'm getting a Linux Asus eee PC for Christmas and would like to run RPCemu on it. Did you manage to get it to work?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 17/12/08 8:14AM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

In reply to rjek:

It's certainly true that using a screen keyboard is more tiring than using a conventional one, but that wouldn't bother me: my use of a PDA for word processing is almost exclusively short bursts of writing during my dinner hour at work.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 28/4/08 2:09PM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

In reply to rjek:

I don't have a plug-in keyboard for my Palm PDA: it has a small display of a keyboard that I can tap with a stylus. It works surprisingly well, and I would like to see a similar setup on a RISC OS version.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 28/4/08 9:23AM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

If it's ever commercially released, I'll be interested. It's a bit of a bind having to convert files from my Palm PDA to Techwriter format.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/4/08 10:12AM
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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

Strange formatting on my last post! I'm sure I didn't write it lake that!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/4/08 12:39PM
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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

R-Comp have an excellent track record of producing good-quality software, so I will have a look at this (can't come on Saturday). At first glance it's difficult to see what it offers me that I haven't already got with Techwriter and Artworks2, both of which I use to create PDFs.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/4/08 12:38PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

In reply to arawnsley:

"Using RO4+ ROM images on RPCemu is, I think, pretty much a blatent licence infingement,"

Surely that wouldn't apply if the user bought VRPC and used the provided RO4 image with RPCemu instead of using it with VRPC?

Re your point 2: before we had VRPC it was possible to transfer a ROM from a dead machine to a working one. E.g. if an RO4 machine died the owner could transfer the ROM into a working RO3 machine. Does the same not apply to VRPC?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/4/08 1:41PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show theatre line-up revealed:

Sorry Wakeman, it's official that I can't go. I don't mind missing the FA Cup Final for the Wakefield show, but a relegation decider for my local club is far more important.

I suspect there will have been people missing for the last two years because they wanted to watch the cup final (I think that interests more people than non-league) so I hope they will be there and you will go ahead with a show next year.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/4/08 11:03AM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

In reply to stevek:

I've never subscribed to Select, but have 4.39 running on two computers: my wife's laptop and my iMac (both VRPC).

This is marvellous news: I've always enjoyed VRPC on the Mac and look forward to making a Mac the main computer. Sorry to say it, but the Iyonix - still the flagship "RISC OS in hardware" computer - is beginning to show its age.

I'm even more disappointed that I can't go to Wakefield now.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/4/08 10:42AM
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On Animation software collection falls into R-Comp's hands:

In reply to fylfot:

Sorry fylfot, I seem to have misled you. I know that people are talking about using this product to create flash animations. I was explaining that I don't want a tool to create flash animations because I hate watching them so much.

I note your point about flash being used for more than animations.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 15/4/08 3:04PM
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On Animation software collection falls into R-Comp's hands:

In reply to tinopeners:

I don't want a flash animation tool. When I'm browsing on my Mac and see a flash animation loading I immediately click the back button: life's too short to wait for flash animations to load and I don't want them on RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 15/4/08 12:33PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show theatre line-up revealed:

I was looking forward to the show, but it coincides with the last day of the (non-league) football season. With my team fighting to avoid relegation I really ought to be at the match shouting for them instead of going to Wakefield. It's a shame, because I really want to see a Riscbook Mini in operation - it's too expensive to buy unseen.

Maybe I can use this as an excuse for a trip to Holland in May for the Dutch RISC OS show.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 14/4/08 12:21PM
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On PDF import support for ArtWorks:

I was delighted when I got the AW newsletter this weekend. Being able to import PDFs will be very useful to me.

Unfortunately, I don't think I can make it to Wakefield this year, so I'll have to find out about the other things from the show report.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 14/4/08 12:15PM
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On Qercus columnist soldiers on after blog storm:

It's far too common for politicians of whatever party to be forced to resign because of a misquote.

I enjoy John's column and wish him well for the future.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 27/3/08 10:38AM
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On Show your love for RISC OS on Facebook:

What timing - I set myself up on Facebook only this week. And unlike MySpace it actually works on RISC OS (although it is very slow).

I'll subscribe over the weekend.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 27/3/08 10:08AM
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On VirtualRiscPC spotted on Linux:

Why? Because it would allow me to run my favourite word processor (Techwriter) and art package (Artworks 2) on a laptop without:

1. worrying about viruses

2. paying the going rate for a MacBook.

I'm impressed and intend looking into it further.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/3/08 9:56AM
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On Google funding offered to NetSurf project:

Marvellous.

Congratulations to all involved and I look forward to the new improved Netsurf.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 18/3/08 11:58AM
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On Icon Technology boss Mike Glover retires:

Enjoy your retirement Mike. You gave the RO market my favourite word processor - and I've used a lot!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 5/3/08 11:47AM
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On January news in brief:

I'm surprised to find no mention of the RiscBook Mini here. It seems to be the nearest we'll ever get to a RISC OS PDA. It looks very good - if only a new desktop computer weren't my priority.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/1/08 11:13AM
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On Maudlin over RISC OS:

I have to admit to being puzzled by people thinking of buying an Iyonix now. I don't regret buying mine, which is still in daily use, but if it packed in today I would not replace it with another Iyonix. PCs and Macs have improved greatly over the last five years: the Iyonix is still the same computer (albeit in a different box). Running VRPC on my iMac is a very enjoyable way of using RISC OS. I think VRPC on a Mac mini would be both cheaper and faster than an Iyonix.

I will be very sad if RISC OS becomes an emulation-only operating system, but I'm not going to pay over the odds for a slow computer just to prop it up.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 8/1/08 9:57AM
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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

Garry puts forward good reasons why not to buy a desktop RISC OS system: I'm pretty certain my Iyonix will be my last one. But I think he is actually making a better case for using VRPC than for porting RISC OS to a PDA.

I'm quite certain that my next desktop computer will be an iMac. I already have a copy of VRPC running on my old iMac and it is a very pleasant way of using RISC OS. And when I want to do something that RISC OS isn't good at I can switch to MAC OS on the same computer.

My main uses for a PDA are word processing, spreadsheet, and MP3. I admit, I would like to have Techwriter/Easiwriter on my PDA, but the spreadsheet on my Palm PDA is better than anything available on RISC OS. And I don't believe a RISC OS MP3 player is going to be any better than the one on my Palm. The latest generation of Palms also do Sat-Nav. I just can't see how RISC OS can compete in this market.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 7/1/08 10:57AM
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On A9home DIY laptop: first pictures:

This portable is marvellous news - well done Paul.

Was any interest shown on the day by Advantage Six and/or CJE Micros? I would very much like to see this product refined and on sale some time soon - before I raise the funds for a MacBook and another copy of VRPC!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 3/12/07 12:12PM
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On Select 4 upgrade pack released:

Marvellous - keyboard shortcuts are a feature I've wanted to see in RISC OS for years.

I'm not a Select subscriber - I'm an Iyonix owner - but I'm quite certain that my next computer will be an Intel iMac running VRPC. When that glorious day happens I will consider subscribing to Select.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/10/07 11:52AM
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On South East 2007 show preview:

Beta3 of VRPC for the Mac? Damn this post strike! I can't go to the show tomorrow, so I'll just have to wait for the post strike to end before I can have my copy.

A new release of Techwriter is always welcome as well.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 19/10/07 12:49PM
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On New PhotoDesk upgrade revealed:

If only my digital camera and my car hadn't both died within the last week my £20 would be winging its way to CJE now. Maybe my wife will buy it for me for Christmas.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 19/10/07 12:47PM
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On Review: A9home v. Koolu:

In reply to guestx:

Sorry everyone, but I'm returning to the off-topic discussion. I remember a review (I think it was in the now defunct Archimedes World) where a product that used the PC card on a RISC PC was described as "faster than a speeding glacier". A tremendous public argument took place between the magazine editor and the software designer. It seems that public arguments are part and parcel of the RISC OS world. Plus ca change ...

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 18/10/07 12:28PM
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On Intel Mac VirtualRiscPC beta on sale:

In reply to Mendosa and VirtualAcorn:

I use a Lindy scroll-wheel on my iMac. I prefer it to the mouse that came with the computer. The scroll wheel acts as the middle button in RISC OS. Next thing I want is to be able to use the scroll wheel in RISC OS, like I can on the Iyonix. Any chance of HID for VRPC?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 4/10/07 1:01PM
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On Intel Mac VirtualRiscPC beta on sale:

It's running fine on my G5 and I'm trying to put money aside to buy an Intel iMac.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 3/10/07 12:08PM
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On Sell PCs without Windows urges think tank:

A ridiculous ruling. Far better would be a ruling that customers have the option to buy the PC without an OS installed. That way, I could buy (for example) a laptop and install linux on it without having to pay any licence fee to M$.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/9/07 12:30PM
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On Social networking websites and RISC OS:

I'm amazed at the success they've had with myspace on Netsurf. I almost always access myspace from the Mac, as it's barely useable on RISC OS. I can't get it at all on Netsurf and occasionally use Oregano 2, but it's awful.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 12/9/07 12:51PM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

In reply to stevek:

Yes, I'm glad you made the point that the issues are appearing more frequently - "an average of one magazine every three months" implies that all is not well, but in reality things have improved a lot over the last year. If my subscription had come up for renewal a year ago I would have let it lapse. If it comes up next month I will renew.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 27/7/07 12:10PM
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On RISC OS development charity taking shape:

In reply to bucksboy:

I don't agree that an up-to-date flash player is "not particularly sexy" - it's one of the things that's causing RISC OS to lose so many users to rival platforms. I would willingly hand over money for a browser that allowed me to access the full features of (for example) youtube on my Iyonix.

I've signed up and hope to help in any way I can.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/6/07 12:19PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

Congratulations to all involved with making the show such a success - I had a great day and spent a fortune! To be fair, over 50% of what I spent was VirtualRPC for my iMac.

As for the FA Cup Final - for the last 12 years the competition has been dominated by four rich clubs. I'm a football follower (as you can see from my avatar - Prescot Cables Football Club) but I'd rather go to a computer show than watch one of the four rich clubs buying the FA Cup.

If we can't return to the usual venue next year can we find a pub with real ale? I had to drink Guiness (only one, as I was driving).

PS - just in case anyone's worried, the comment about moving to a real-ale pub was flippant - I don't really think that's an important consideration for a computer show.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/5/07 4:19PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC beta on sale:

My G5 iMac is less than two years old and I really couldn't afford to replace it when the intel Macs were announced only three months or so after I bought it!

I've installed VirtualRPC (I got copy number 3 - can't believe two people beat me!) and will be phoning tomorrow for an unlock code. Thoroughly looking to being able to run all my favourite software on one computer rather than leaning across from the Iyonix to the iMac.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/5/07 4:07PM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

hEgelia:

I don't think Andrew was being too pushy (I'm assuming you're referring to the post he addressed to me - forgive me if I'm wrong). He was advising me that maybe I should upgrade Mess Pro rather than the other things I was thinking of - he gets the money whichever product I upgrade, so I take it as a genuine attempt to help.

Andrew:

It's not just students who get a raw deal, it's the parents of students! Since my daughter started university I have had very very little money to spend on software. I take your point about 150 GBP being spread over several months, but for some people (me included) it is a difficult sum to find.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 18/05/07 12:02AM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

I understand what rjek is saying, even though he was misunderstood. Artworks2 is one of my favourite pieces of software and I tend to buy every upgrade - there's always something in it that I want. I'm still on Messenger Pro 2! I would love to upgrade to 5 this Saturday, but Mess Pro never seems to reach the top of my priority list - I was already spending more than I can afford this Saturday before I found out about Mess Pro 5!

I hope Mess Pro will reach the top of my priority list before version 6, but even if it doesn't, don't worry Andrew: I aim to be early on Saturday so I can talk to you about a Netfetch upgrade and possibly an HTMLEdit upgrade. You will definitely be selling me at least one product this weekend.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 17/5/07 12:06PM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

A new release of AW2 is always good news. The list of software I want to buy on Saturday is growing very large.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 16/5/07 12:02PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

I take it the decision as to bar or beer garden depends on the weather. Either way, 2 pm sounds good to me.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/04/07 1:24PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

Count me in for this meeting in the bar. Only one pint for me as I'll be driving home, but I hope we can manage an interesting and useful discussion.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/04/07 11:51AM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

In reply to jms:

I share your frustration about the lack of new hardware, but not software. I have already praised Techwriter and Artworks 2 in this thread. Both have released new versions with useful new features in the last year. Admittedly, this is upgrades to existing software rather than new software, but at least it's keeping people (like me) interested in using RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/04/07 4:08PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

I have sympathy with the views expressed by both druck and mrmac. I want this platform to survive, but it won't without a good browser. If small donations persuade just one programmer to carry on working on Netsurf rather than walking away from RISC OS it's worth a try.

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

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/4/07 2:56PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

In reply to mrmac:

I agree with your suggestion about approaching the Netsurf people about setting up a donation scheme. If it gets off the ground I will happily contribute.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/4/07 1:19PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

In reply to druck:

I hope you're right.

I saw O3 demonstrated at Wakefield last year and thought it was just what we needed to stop people from leaving the RO market for other OSs. What's to keep people using RO now? How are we going to persuade people to stick with a market without a quality browser?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/4/07 10:40AM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

I believe this is as bad a day for the RISC OS market as the day Acorn announced they were pulling out of the desktop computer market. Where does our market go now without a quality browser and without the prospect of there being one in the future?

Netsurf has been my browser of choice for some time, but there are times I have to use the Mac for sites that just will not work with Netsurf. I hope to see javascript support in Netsurf in the future - it's already the best browser for RISC OS; js support would make it the quality browser we so sadly lack at present.

I said on a different thread yesterday that Techwriter and Artworks 2 are the only reasons I still use RISC OS. I'm sorry to say those words are truer today than they were yesterday.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/4/07 10:17AM
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On Why can't we all just get along?:

In reply to VinceH:

It's very sad when the chairman joins in. I've only left one messageboard and that was because of the alleged moderators joining in the abusive posts.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/4/07 2:57PM
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On Why can't we all just get along?:

Sorry but you're talking complete garbage, you moron! Sorry, couldn't resist! That was a joke.

I visit several messageboards, some computer related, others not. I do find it depressing that there is so much personal abuse on some of them. I run a non-league football club website and refuse to have a messageboard on it - football club messageboards (professional and non-league) are the modern equivalent of a punch up outside the ground (which unfortunately appears to be making a comeback).

I think we're reasonably well off in the RISC OS world. The really bad arguments always revolve around one person (no names, but you know who I mean). There is a second one who occasionally over-reacts (in my opinion) if people stray off topic, but at least he never gets out of hand.

Messageboards are like any other area of life - you'll get on with some people and not others. Concentrate on the ones you get on well with.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/4/07 12:35PM
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On Multimedia-friendly 1GHz XScale launched:

In reply to lym:

I too hope you're wrong about there being no more "RISC OS in hardware" computers. True, it's over four years since the Iyonix, still the flagship RISC OS computer, was launched; but don't forget that since then the A9 Home has been released. The priority on the A9 home was portability, but if it is a success I would like to see a faster desktop version released. The Iyonix was a fast computer when I bought it, but it now seems very sluggish compared with my two-year-old iMac, and even with my new laptop which runs RO 4.39 in emulation!

Because the Iyonix now seems so slow I am trying to put money aside for a replacement. My first choice would be for a faster RO computer (A10?) but if no such computer is available, I'll go for emulation instead. I don't think that means the end of the RISC OS market: I will always want to use RISC OS because Techwriter is by far my favourite word processor and Artworks 2 is a joy to use.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/4/07 12:26PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

In reply to snig:

I don't think you can tar all RISC OS developers with the same brush. I stay with RISC OS because of Andrew Rawnsley, Martin Wurthner, Neil Spellings, Mike Glover, and despite Peter Naulls. Apologies to any good people I have inadvertently forgotten.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 28/03/07 12:38AM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

In reply to Gollum:

I've read Paul's page, even though I didn't need it - I just wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I see nothing in it that breaks the law.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/3/07 12:46PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

imj's comment wasn't there when I made my earlier post, but I think he's proved my point.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/3/07 12:16PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

The thread was an embarrassment to the RISC OS community, but at least it was only available to subscribers. Is it really in our platform's interest for a link to it to be put on a public site like drobe?

I think Peter has already won this year's Drobe "Own Goal" award unless something even worse than this fiasco comes along.

Any chance of Oregano 3? I tested it at Wakefield last year and was very impressed at how much better it was than O2. Ten months later it's still not on my Iyonix. What's going on?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/3/07 12:11PM
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On Wakefield 2007 to take place in May:

Wonderful news.

I have to admit, I was getting a bit worried because I hadn't heard anything and it's the end of February. At least now I understand why I hadn't heard anything.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/2/07 12:56PM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

I agree with Andrew regarding demo versions. I don't remember for certain which software it was (I have a feeling it was Impression) but I once managed to get a demo version of software to work like the fully fledged version - and it wasn't too difficult! As a matter of conscience I bought the full version.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 03/02/07 8:44PM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

In reply to hutchies:

Thanks for the link. I have finally got round to giving Peter some money for his work. Not as much as I intended, because Thunderbird doesn't work on my Iyonix, but it is a demo version that came with a warning. There's more money to follow when either Firefox is improved or Thunderbird works.

In reply to arawnsley:

You may well be right, Andrew. I've been using Messenger Pro 2 for far too long! Mess Pro 3 never quite made it to the top of my priority list and, before I knew it, Mess Pro 4 was out! I don't actually think of Thunderbird as a Windross product - I've only ever used it on an iMac and I like it. Pretty soon now, Mess Pro 4 will reach the top of my priority list and then I can make an informed decision as to whether or not I want to use the same email software on both computers.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 03/02/07 5:48PM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

Like others, I would like to see Firefox improved, although I find it better than some of the people on this thread: I can actually order from Amazon and eBay on my Iyonix now! But I am still delighted by this news. I have been using Thunderbird on my iMac for some time and think it is a very good product and I am delighted to have it available for the Iyonix.

Two questions:

1. Can I copy my old Messenger emails to Thunderbird?

2. Donations? With FF and thunderbird on my Iyonix I really feel the (overdue!) need to put my hand in my pocket!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 1/2/07 12:43PM
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On Freeware Insignia renamed and back online:

Marvellous. Delighted to have one of my favourite apps working on my Iyonix at last.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 16/1/07 12:14PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

You're right - gone before I had a chance to download it. :(

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 10/1/07 7:32PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

Marvellous news. Insignia was one of my favourite programs when the RiscPC was my main computer, and I've never found it to work anywhere near as well under Aemulor.

I'd given up hope of seeing a 32 bit version following the demise of Cerilica, so this is very welcome news.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 10/1/07 12:04PM
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On RISC OS gets transparent windows:

In reply to Jaffa (and others):

Well spotted - I missed that.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/11/06 6:28PM
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On RISC OS gets transparent windows:

I'm surprised everyone is focussing on the fun side of this application - it looks useful to me. I frequently have lots of windows open at the same time and it can be hard to keep track of where each window is. The ability to see a window through the one on top of it looks very helpful (assuming it will show windows in this way, which isn't made clear).

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 22/11/06 9:11AM
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On Flash 7 player port started:

First the announcement of a possible Firefox 2 then this less than a week later. If someone can put the two together our platform could look a whole lot healthier this time next year. Like others have said, I will contribute (financially) to making this happen.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/11/06 12:39PM
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On South East 2006 show report:

In reply to NW:

Have you contacted Castle about getting the hardware modification done? My Iyonix used to freeze all the time till I had it fixed - it's much better now.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/10/06 12:35AM
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On R-Comp Dad suffers 'major' heart attack:

And the same goes from me.

I hope Allan is back to full fitness in no time.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 11/10/06 12:57PM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

This is an unjust decision: when he bought the name there was no one around with a better claim to it. ACL have a valid claim to the name now, but he paid for it in good faith before ACL existed, and he should have been allowed to retain it till it expired.

This reminds me of the time that Victoria Beckham threatened to sue Peterborough United for the rights to the name Posh. But in that case the decision was the correct one.

In reply to Druck: "poor quality XP laptops" - isn't that a tautology?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 7/9/06 1:20PM
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On WebWonder review:

Congratulations Martin, nice site.

If you'd like to enhance your skills further, you may like to know that there's a RISC OS Web Designers' group on freegroups (who also host the Iyonix support group that you probably subscribe to). If you'd like to come and join us, you can ask any questions you have about web design and we'll try to help.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 4/9/06 12:53PM
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On Open sourcing RISC OS won't help says ROL:

Changing the subject, but still related to this article: is it really a good idea to display ROL's bank account details on a public web site? Why make life easier for the people who indulge in identity theft (yesterday's Sunday Times refers).

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 4/9/06 12:35PM
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On RISC OS 4 caught on Mac OS X:

This is marvellous news. I'll certainly be emailing for an experimental copy when I get home from work. I already have a two button + one scroll wheel mouse on my iMac (the Apple mouse was horrible) so I expect that to work.

Maybe this news will persuade Aaron to release the MAC version of VRPC (I hope).

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 29/8/06 1:19PM
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On CinoDVD project paused:

In reply to Adrianl:

You appear to have misread me Adrian. I said I can't understand why I WASN'T modded down!

As Geminus multi-screen is my main reason for still doing web design on RO, you can take the credit.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/8/06 12:49PM
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On CinoDVD project paused:

OK, I was a bit hasty. I don't understand why I wasn't modded down!

Using the Iyonix in multi-screen mode makes web design so much easier it's worth putting up with the software not being quite so good as Appleworks word processor. I'll be carrying on doing my web design on RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 24/8/06 12:06PM
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On CinoDVD project paused:

This is a shame, although I fully understand the reasons. I wonder if this is another nail in the coffin for RISC OS - my Iyonix has recently been away for the hardware modification and I've been doing my web design on the iMac. Having done web design on the iMac I'm not sure I want to go back to doing it on the Iyonix.

Just about the only Iyonix software I use these days is Artworks - keep up the good work Martin! I desperately want the market to survive, but we're losing ground on the opposition.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/8/06 12:29PM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

I use a variety of browsers on RISC OS for different sites. Netsurf is not yet the finished product, but for most sites that don't use JavaScript, it's the best RISC OS browser (in my opinion). I would hate to be without it and hope its developers haven't read some of the negative comments on this thread and been tempted to pack it all in.

They are giving their free time to produce a quality browser for our use. They said all along that JavaScript support was a low priority. Maybe one day they'll be able to bring it to the top of their priority list, but for now let's just thank them for giving us the best browser our platform has got.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 20/7/06 12:26PM
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On ROL: Giving Select 4 date is tricky:

In reply to jeffd:

You are certainly not alone. I believe that having more than one operating system is damaging to our platform and we should be bringing the strands together. Select for the Iyonix would mean we had three current operating systems: 4.x, 5.x, and 5.x with select features (I'm excluding users using older versions of 4 or even 3, because they're no longer available to buy).

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/6/06 12:38PM
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On RISC OS to visit Glasgow, Newcastle:

I have to agree with mripley. I would advise against holding the roadshow at either of the big football grounds in Glasgow in case supporters of the opposition refuse to attend. Far better to find a good neutral venue.

I missed last year's roadshow, but if one is held in the north west this year I would hope to be there. If football grounds are the preferred option, I understand Bolton Wanderers have excellent conference facilities. And as I'm not a Bolton supporter I can't be accused of bias!

From my personal point of view, St Helens Rugby League ground would be best, as it's only two miles from my house, but I have to think of others and suggest Bolton as a good venue.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 23/6/06 12:28PM
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On RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA:

In reply to JanRinze:

If it is likely to work on Palm I would like to volunteer to be a beta tester as well.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 31/5/06 12:44PM
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On RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA:

Just like RichardHallas, I am a Palm PDA owner, and would like to see a Palm version.

This is potentially marvellous news for our platform, but how would we go about copying files/software from and to our desktop computers? ATM I have to backup to my Apple iMac as the Palm will not connect to the Iyonix. And how about software? Would I be stuck with using Edit and converting to Techwriter format once I had copied the file to the Iyo?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 30/5/06 12:22PM
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On New ebay guide published:

In reply to ROHC:

I am an Iyonix owner using Geminus but haven't noticed any difference to O2 (unless you're talking about graphics acceleration). How does Geminus make O2 useable?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/5/06 12:20PM
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On New ebay guide published:

eBay used to work on Oregano 2, but no longer does. As bucksboy says, Firefox works, but I find it too slow even on an Iyonix. I tend to use Firefox on my iMac when I visit eBay.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 25/5/06 12:10PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

I was treated to a demonstration of an excellent product called (I think) cineroma. It plays wmv and other video files. It's not yet ready for release (which is probably why it wasn't in a theatre presentation) but looks very promising.

I feel a lot happier about the future of RISC OS after the show than I did before it.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 15/5/06 12:23PM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

R-Comp's range of software is very impressive: it ranges from the "wrapped free products" which are usually cheap and rendered more user friendly by the wrapping, to the original, more expensive, products. If wrapping free stuff in a user-friendly envelope buys them time to develop the original stuff, I'm happy to carry on handing over money for free stuff in a new wrapper.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 12/5/06 12:48PM
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On Web editing apps updated:

I learned web design thanks to the user-friendliness of HTMLEdit. I could now do my web design on a simple text editor, but I like to give something to RISC OS developers. I look forward to seeing the new software tomorrow.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 12/5/06 12:40PM
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On Wakefield workshop to demo top software:

I stand corrected. But I look forward to meeting Ian there anyway. And I'll look out for Chris.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 11/5/06 7:06PM
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On Wakefield workshop to demo top software:

I'm racking my brain to think of something I can offer to show, but I think I'll have to content myself with calling at the stand and watching.

Like vshears, I hope someone can give me some useful tips on Photodesk.

I look forward to meeting the Drobe people at their stand.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 11/5/06 12:32PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

I think the A in ARM stood for Archimedes. Wasn't it Archimedes Risc Machine?

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 08/05/06 4:20PM
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On RiScript in delivery delay shame:

I accept the need for copy protection and just wish developers could learn from the example set by Spellings. I use Aemulor pro and Geminus and the protection is not intrusive.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 2/5/06 1:42PM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

What a shame that the A9home theatre presentation is so early - I can't get there till after 11, so I'll miss it. Perhaps they'll be kind enough to give me a personal demonstration at their stand. That's really the only thing I want to see: I know Artworks updates are always worth buying without having to see a demonstration.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 27/4/06 12:31PM
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On VirtualRiscPC sneaked onto Mac OS X:

In reply to jonix:

Yes, that is exactly what I am suggesting. But not through bias - through painful experience. I bought an XP laptop so I could use VirtualRPC but I found I was spending more time removing adware and spyware than I was doing anything productive. I tried to remove the dreadful software I had bought that was supposed to prevent such things and it refused to go. I eventually gave the laptop to my wife and bought an Apple iMac as the family's second computer.

I suppose that, given the problems I've recently been having with my Iyonix freezing, it's a bit unfair for me to criticize other platforms for being unstable. But Risc Os continues to be secure and user friendly despite the appalling instability I am currently suffering.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 22/4/06 8:48AM
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On VirtualRiscPC sneaked onto Mac OS X:

In reply to druck:

I agree that we (I) want a version of VirtualRPC to run on Mac OS, but my reasoning is slightly different. Yes, I object to putting money in Bill Gates' pocket, but I object even more to having a computer that runs an unstable, insecure, user-unfriendly operating system in my house - even if it only runs that os in emulation mode.

My daughter starts university in October. Having used both Windows and Mac OS she has made it clear that she wants a Mac OS laptop to take with her. If VirtualRPC for Mac OS isn't available soon she, and many like her, will be lost to our platform for ever.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/4/06 11:17AM
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On Written for Qercus? Send it to Drobe:

Has it really been six months? Tempus fugit.

Because of the delays. I came close to letting my subscription lapse. But there was a good article in the last magazine: iirc it was to do with creating obey files (which I have never got into in my 14 years of using RISC OS). I enjoyed the article, which was said to be the first of a series, and decided it was worth resubscribing for. It is only just over a month since I phoned John to renew and the money has been charged to my credit card, so I hope this is a good sign.

I too like Archive and I feel there is room in the market for a monthly magazine and an intermittent one, but six months really is too long. If my twelve-issue subscription lasts for the next six years I really will have to rethink if it's worth renewing next time.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 10/4/06 12:58PM
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On Wakefield 2006 advance tickets on sale:

Sorry about the duplicate posts. I'm at work using a Windoze PC and it's playing up a bit.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 10/4/06 12:42PM
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On Wakefield 2006 advance tickets on sale:

I too am hoping to be there for the (genuine) tenth anniversary show. I was so embarrassed on behalf of our platform when last year's show - the tenth show - was described as the tenth anniversary show. That's a bit like celebrating your first wedding anniversary the day you get married.

Although I'm an Iyonix owner, I'm looking forward to seeing the A9 home in action.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 10/4/06 12:40PM
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On Bluetooth support for A9home mulled:

I have bluetooth on my iMac and I regret having paid extra for a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. It takes such a long time for them to link up to the computer that I've replaced them with a keyboard and mouse that cost less than £20 for the two - the whole family prefers the cheap keyboard and mouse to the expensive ones that came with the computer. Until this experience I had always wanted a cordless keyboard and mouse for my Iyonix, but I've changed my mind!

And then there's the issue of security - your next door neighbour might be able to pick up what you're typing.

I'd like to see Ad6 working on software that would allow me to download files from my PalmOne PDA to my RISC-OS desktop computer. But if 60% of people who responded said they wanted bluetooth, Ad6 have to do what the majority of customers want.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 5/4/06 12:48PM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

Like Druck, I want to know about the PDA version - especially as there are competing PDA OSs. I use a PalmOne PDA and would like a RISC OS emulator for that - I deliberately avoided buying a WinCE PDA!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 14/3/06 12:16PM
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On South West 2006 round up:

Like rmac I would like to express my delight at the prospect of Geminus giving a 300% increase in the speed of loading jpegs. I'm a little frustrated that there are pieces of software (e.g. USB2 drivers for Iyonix) that I haven't managed to buy because they haven't yet reached the top of my priority list, but at the same time I'm glad there's so much good stuff coming out. The market's not dead yet, and jpeg acceleration on Geminus will go straight to the top of my priority list!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/2/06 12:33PM
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On New USB radio driver developed:

"The socket can feed into headphones, a hi-fi amplifier, or a sampler card."

What about active speakers? That would be the ideal solution for me.

In reply to Fuzzy:

Yes, those USB TV receivers look very good - it would be wonderful to use one on my Iyonix.

In reply to chrisevans:

How much? But please don't expect a quick sale - I was just congratulating myself on not overspending this month when I found out that tickets to see The Who go on sale this Friday - the USB radio may have to wait a month or two!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 21/2/06 12:14PM
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On Copying vinyl to CDs:

In reply to hEglia:

"Of course you could use the computer to convert the music to mp3"

As indeed I do when I've put it on CD, using MusicMan - a wonderful product.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 13/2/06 8:34PM
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On Searching for duplicates:

In reply to AMS:

A few years ago there was a clothes detergent (I think) called Microsoft. Not even a moron in a hurry could have mistaken this detergent for a product made by M$ but they were told to change the name or face a lawsuit.

Similarly, a former IBM employee set himself up in business selling wine. He used the trading name Big Blue and was taken to court by his former employers. They searched through their catalogue, desperate to find a product containing the phrase "big blue" and eventually found a typewriter ribbon!

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 13/2/06 1:12PM
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On Copying vinyl to CDs:

Interesting article, but I can't help feeling that using a computer for this is unnecessarily complicated. I've been doing the same thing using a hi-fi CD recorder bought from my local Richer Sounds. They're not particularly expensive and slot neatly into a hi-fi system. You can also use it as a CD player if you haven't got space for both.

The only advantage I can see in using a computer is if you have software that eliminates surface noise from the record, but I'm not aware of any such software for RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 13/2/06 1:04PM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

Sorry, but I really don't want to wade through a large thread again to specify who I'm replying to.

ANY money invested in shares, be it RISC OS Ltd or a car manufacturer, should be money you are prepared to lose: the stock market is an upmarket version of horse racing.

I am very wary of this venture. RISC OS Ltd are asking people who haven't received anything for their last subscription to take out a new one and are now asking other people for money as well. I invest money in the RISC OS community by buying a piece of software or hardware from a RISC OS dealer every month. I am not, however, going to hand over money for nothing simply to support what appears very much to be a lame-duck company.

Micros**t do support two operating systems - XP pro and XP home.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 6/2/06 12:25PM
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On News in brief:

In reply to arawnsley:

Sorry, I didn't make myself clear. You're now selling MP3 for £25 instead of the usual £39. As an MP2 user my usual upgrade price (from MP2 to MP3) would be £19. It's this price I'm asking about.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/1/06 3:03PM
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On News in brief:

In answer to arawnsley:

Is there also a discount available on the price of upgrading from MP2? Yes, I know I could phone, but I may not be the only person who wants to know.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 26/1/06 1:38PM
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On Users to represent RISC OS at Euro mega-show:

In reply to TonyStill:

I have a PalmOne Tungsten E and it will not connect to the Iyonix. I transfer files from PDA to desktop via an SD card which I insert into a cardreader. The unfortunate thing is that the PDA corrupts SD cards.

I would very much like to be able to sync my PDA with my Iyo. At present, if I want to put music on an SD card to listen to on the PDA i have to use my iMac.

 is a RISC OS Usercables on 31/10/05 12:20PM
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