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On South East 2007 show report:

Shows like this rely on a team of helpers, to get the stands up, get power to all of them, help the exhibitors bring in their kit, set up the 'theatre' and serve refreshments. Then after it's all over, clear everything up. I was one of that team - 2hrs on Friday plus 2 hours set up on Saturday. Then 2 sessions during the show and and about 1.5hrs clearing up.

I still found time to buy upgrades for Easiwriter, Photodesk, Datapower as well as an improved version of VA - the Sa one.

Glad everyone enjoyed it. But a special very big thank you to those on the catering stand.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 21/10/07 9:49PM
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On Select 4 delayed after Middleton family death:

I, too, got a reminder last week that my Select subscription was overdue. I had renewed at the Guildford show - and the money had been taken from my credit card. I've emailed back, but have had no reply.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 17/1/07 9:25PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

I don't seem to be able to find the manual on the download page. Can anyone help?

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 12/1/07 10:46PM
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On South East 2006 show report:

I counted more: Fortran Friends, Qercus (Fleur Designs), R-Comp, EFF, Geminus, RISC OS Now - Plus the First Aider on the St John Ambulance stand as well those helping on the catering stand. Here, Lin S had bought up the entire stock of sandwiches at her local Tescos that morning and managed to sell the last one 20 minutes before closing time. Many thanks to the supply of coffee & tea - I hope the charity (CHASE - Children's Hospice) did well from your efforts. A long day, but for the exibitors like RComp who had a further 4 hours of travelling afterwards it would be even longer. (PM admitted to having driven 1200 miles so far that week)

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 23/10/06 7:57AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Unfortunately, over the years, well known British brand names in consumer electronics have been bought and used by companies who originate elsewhere. Decca, Bush, Leak & Roberts are ones that immediately spring to mind. The motor industry has a similar situation, (Jaguar, Land Rover, Rolls Royce) but at least the products are usually still made in the UK. So, Acorn Computers is not the first, nor will it be the last, to turn up as something completely different.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 5/5/06 9:26PM
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On Finnybank Ltd dissolved:

If Wakeman is correct that Finnybank Ltd still exists why didn't jc say so, rather than referring to an unspecified error?

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 1/5/06 1:45PM
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On Finnybank Ltd dissolved:

In reply to jc:

According to the Qercus website: "Finnybank Ltd produce Qercus magazine", and "subscriptions are payable to Finnybank". (Interestingly not 'Finnybank Ltd' and that page was updated in June 2005!)

There is no mention of Acorn Publisher 'owning' Qercus, simply that "Qercus is a fusion of AP and AU". Not surprising that "the report Chris made reflects an error ..." if your own website can't get it right.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 1/5/06 11:30AM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

Asking APDL a question: what does "continuing OS development" mean if it isn't operating expenses/running costs/paying for a programmer's time? It certainly isn't using the money raised from the share issue to build an asset which could be realised (such as security for a loan). When "shares" in companies were first invented, there was an assumption that there would be a payback to the investors, I cannot think of anything (without seeing a prospectus) that would lead me to believe such a payback is likely with an investment in ROL. Do convince me otherwise.

Agreeing with Druck (for a change) when the USB2 upgrade appeared from Castle there was a simple "Buy it if you want". It wasn't essential to some people, but at least you could see what you were buying. That is very different from "pay us and you might get something".

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 22/2/06 11:11AM
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On RISC OS 5.11 released:

With the Iyonix mailing list in trouble because of a Smartgroups problem, feedback on 5.11 is a bit difficult. However, a number of us are suffering from scanner freezing after the upgrade; interestingly, this is exactly the same problem that a fellow ROUGOL member gets with 5.10. I've had to revert to 5.10.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 22/2/06 7:48AM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

Martin mentions the ROL share issue. The idea worries me; normally companies use the funds from extra shares for some major capital project. Here the money will be used for operating expenses. I cannot see any way that shareholders will get any return on their investment in the form of dividends or any way of recovering their money. Why not just call it a 'gift'?

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 22/2/06 7:43AM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

In reply to fylfot: it was Castle who kept the RISC PC going, first by the Kinetic improvevments and secondly by licensing their manufacture. I can't well understand their feeling to "get rid of the whole thing" with the amount of stick they seem to be attracting. It can hardly be said that they're making enough money to make it worthwhile. Other major players have left the RISC OS market, why not Castle?

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 19/1/06 8:48AM
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On Castle confirms move to Tematic office:

I wasn't suggesting "plush offices", but I suspect that Castle might have had an image problem with their Framlingham premises. If I was placing a very large order, I'd be suspicious of a company that hid behind an office that they'd rented for the occasion.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 8/12/05 3:08PM
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On Castle confirms move to Tematic office:

"In reply to both Sawadee & marrkee174:"

Sheds may often be all that can be afforded at the start of a business, but eventually, to be taken seriously, a move to more salubrious premises is needed; and in a less out-of-the-way place, too. Preferably one with good public tranport links if potential customers are arriving by air.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 8/12/05 1:23PM
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On Castle confirms move to Tematic office:

In reply to markee174. Had you ever seen Castle's premises? They couldn't be described as pretty. And not in a very convenient location for visitors. They might have better luck with the big contract in their new abode.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 6/12/05 6:35PM
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On Companies flock to Christmas road show:

so those in the North won't come down to the "smoke", but one from the south coast will venture "north of Watford" (gap). Perhaps accomodation is more expensive in London (no perhaps about it, really).

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 29/11/05 5:07PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

While listening to Stuart on Monday, I suddenly realised that I had a use for an A9, even though I have an Iyonix. It would be a wonderful addition to our amateur theatre's front desk where SWMBO's old RiscPC is running a membership database and Organizer for our facility bookings. Once Liquid Silicon gets their box office programme up and running, the A9 would be a brilliant advert for RISC OS. My great joy is that I could bring it home (no internet connection) to upgrade the database without having to fiddle around with floppy discs, etc.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 23/11/05 5:28PM
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On Tematic staff leave Castle:

Image Thumbnailing on the Iyonix? I have it courtesy of WSS's PhotoFiler. Why do Catle have to "re-invent the wheel"?

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 13/10/05 3:43PM
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On Castle ponder GeForce 4 graphics upgrade:

In reply to Clades' comment. There doesn't seem to be anywhere to mount this "only 7" floppy drive. That, I suspect is the reason it's missing. Of course, If you could source a card reader plus floppy drive all in the one unit, that would be a different matter and probably more than 7 extra.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 20/9/05 10:58AM
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On Qercus moves to in-house production:

For 4 years, until it folded a year ago, I produced a magazine - 32 pages A4 some colour some B&W - entirely using RISC OS. The completed OvPro file was sent to RISC OS friendly image setter (MicroLaser Design) who produced films for passing on to the printer. Stage two was to get the magazine released from its printer contact and get the entire job done by MLD. Acorn Publisher featured the magazine in one of its articles.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 17/9/05 12:29PM
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On Oregano, Firefox and NetSurf reviewed:

I found that neither Firefox beta1 or 2 would run on my Iyonix, but beta 4 does, but so slowly it must be a joke. Certainly, it is no where near being a useful tool. Like Martin, I have Windows machine running IE 6. I have not yet found a site it won't access, but then I have fairly mundane tastes. Although I'm a serious RISC OS user - I have a RISC PC, an A4, In Iyonix & an Alpha - I do realise that the outside world has not stood still since the early 1990's. However, I am often reminded of the mantra in Orwell's Animal Farm "two legs bad, four legs good" by some of the attitudes of some RISC OS proponents. I eagerly await Oregano 3.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 25/8/05 10:03AM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

as a VA user (MD Alpha, actually), I bought it to get a laptop - there being no native RISC OS alternative [despite at least two attempts by firms to make one]. VA suffers from having an underlying Windows OS. Virus checking with McAfee makes VA almost unuseable because of speed, and was probably responsible for a complete crash resulting in the need to reinstall. I'm now using AVG Free, as suggested by VA, but it needs to go through a checking routine when turning the machine on. It takes 3 or 4 minutes after turning on before I can use RISC OS. There is no alternative, but I wish there was.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 20/8/05 9:08AM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

I'm pretty sure that, at Guildford last year, I paid an extra sub as both a RISC PC & Iyonix user, so that I'd get Select/Adjust for the Iyonix.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 3/8/05 8:06AM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

I received my licence files last night. I haven't had time to put everything to the test, but the most obvious thing is how fast it is.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 3/8/05 8:01AM
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On Cambridge RISC OS meet up planned:

Thanks for putting up the picture. I couldn't remember where the Anchor was.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 9/7/05 11:04PM
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On Expo 2005 pre-show news:

dgs is right about Wakefield and internet. I saw the demo version of O3 on his bit of the Castle stand.

 is a RISC OS Usercharles on 19/6/05 9:40AM
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