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Message board post:

Yes, Aaron and Dave are no longer directors. Aaron hasn't been for some time.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 2/11/09 8:13PM
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Message board post:

Ack, I had a syntax era in my message board code, so things went a bit weird yesterday. Should all be OK now.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 10/10/09 2:16AM
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Message board post:

I don't buy it. I think it's OK to rescue orphaned projects and place them on something central like riscos.info, and it's OK for riscos.info to mirror a project if the source/binary licensing allows. But in the case of ArcEm, the source wasn't lost or orphaned - it was readily available from sf.net; there's little reason to close that down - unless the project as a group consented to it. Mirror or link to it, sure.

it's not quite the same, but, as a similar example, I couldn't imagine TIB copying the contents of the drobe.co.uk sub-domains onto its own server and then urging drobe users to remove said content from drobe.co.uk.

All IMHO.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 10/10/09 2:14AM
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Message board post:

I thought it was hilarious; it helps to have great characters like Sir Clive and Hermann Hauser to stir things up.

I don't mind doing the odd special feature from time to time, when the right opportunity arises, but I just can't find the time or energy to do day-today RISC OS news, sorry..

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/10/09 1:23PM
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Message board post:

So what's the real reason behind Peter Naulls trying to close down the ArcEm project on sourceforge and file the source away on his own personal website?

[link]

Luckily, no one agrees with him (including the other project admin): [link] [link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/10/09 11:09AM
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Message board post:

So who's going to turn this into a user friendly off-the-shelf product without it turning into a certain unfinished ARM9-powered blue box?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/10/09 7:44PM
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Tbh, I don't mind ppl posting announcements of new stuff here as long as it doesn't flood the board or get too tenuous. Special offers and price lists are a bit yawn. And it means ppl get to comment on what they really think of your products ;)

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/10/09 7:42PM
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It wouldn't be RISC OS without that, Paul.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/10/09 7:39PM
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Message board post:

I guess read Archive or arcsite.de or iconbar.com, if takes on regular news coverage; or people can post news on here.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/10/09 5:13PM
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Message board post:

Where pie? :) I'm full now.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/10/09 10:34PM
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Message board post:

OK - welcome to the Drobe message board! This is based on the same software that provided the article comments systembefore it was switched off and works in the same way.

You'll need to log in to post to the board. You can link to stuff, post news, talk about RISC OS, Acorn, perhaps technology in general. I don't really mind provided it doesn't cause me to lose any sleep.

It's a pretty straight forward message board. Threads are ordered by their last post - so old threads can be resurrected if someone posts something new in them. I should really add a search engine to it, I guess..

Have fun. Any questions, mail me or post in this thread.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/10/09 9:08PM
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On In brief: Acorn World show this weekend:

I'll be at a wedding this weekend so I can't make it. Any photos or news from the event would be welcome. Hope it goes well..

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 10/9/09 2:38PM
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On 'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test:

It's no surprise to me. Are there even more than 10, maybe 20, RISC OS programmers active? Prove me wrong.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/9/09 12:21AM
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On Video: Prof Steve Furber on 8-bit Acorn days and beyond:

Fantastic stuff, looking forward to the Chris Turner interview.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/9/09 9:48PM
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On Tanks a lot! Double USB toy driver joy:

Why don't you find out for yourself and let us know how you got on?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/9/09 1:30PM
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On Online RISC OS mag proposed:

Heh. Well, it is Paul, anyway.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/9/09 1:25PM
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On Online RISC OS mag proposed:

Ah, forgot to mention that: Previous Drobe contributor Paul has registered the domain - [link] - but that doesn't mean he's necessarily the editor. Can't be jumping to conclusions :)

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/9/09 11:32PM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

*approves*

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/9/09 11:18PM
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On Online RISC OS mag proposed:

On August 28 I got an email from Archive editor Jim Nagel, in which he wrote: "I'm finally putting together Archive 22:4 in hope of getting it to printer after weekend." He has been juggling other editing projects.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/9/09 11:16PM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

By being an ARM-powered desktop computer that's faster and more capable than the Iyonix and A9home at a fraction of the price? If it gets a RISC OS port.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 31/8/09 12:54PM
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On Beside Drobe, where else do you get your RISC OS news?:

The poll voting code appears to be broken, so I've switched it off for now. I can't immediately see what's wrong.

I was just curious as to where people look for their RISC OS news. What would happen if no more news was posted on this site? Would anyone offer to take up the reins? Could people go elsewhere?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/8/09 10:35PM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

Auction link: [link] The seller is a one jhjkortink.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/8/09 8:00PM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

'Syntax error', as seen in BASIC when a program has a typo or some other typing error, usually.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/8/09 6:57PM
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On Prototype Acorn Unix-powered A680 lands on eBay:

Arf. It's rather niche, innit?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/8/09 12:09AM
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On RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production:

I assume Jeffrey, ROOL or anyone else with the time to produce a software package and instructions will make a port available for download. I can't remember the exact terms of the shared source licence, with regard to asking for payment or donations for distributing a ROM build and associated OS software.

Whether someone steps in to commercially resell the Touch Book and TI OMAP ROS 5 build will depend on whether there's any money to be made.

I think it'll be a bridge we'll cross after we get to see the RISC OS desktop on the Touch Book.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/7/09 12:59PM
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On Acorn World show is back this September:

I'm assured it's real.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/7/09 6:12PM
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On Recent developments have left me feeling...:

Post of the day.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/5/09 11:31PM
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On Is there a way out of RISC OS version number hell?:

Before this turns into a storm in a teacup, here's how this all unfolded:

Imj posts a comment while I'm out having dinner, having a drink and watching some terrific comedy - Stewart Francis is hilarious, btw.

I pop back home and find ROOL has reported the comment via the 'report a comment' link. On immediate reflection there is one word in the post that renders Imj's comment potentially libellous. I quickly dive into the database and remove that one offending word while I've got a moment. I go out again and continue my evening in pleasant company.

I wake up the following morning, reply to Imj's email about why the comment had been edited, make a quick post to usenet about PV's websites being (hopefully temporarily) down, briefly glimpse at the drobe.co.uk front page to make sure it's still ticking over and then wait to get a lift to London and spend the night there, getting back again at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

I check drobe.co.uk and find all this. Why am I going over this in such detail (to the best of my memory)? Other than to highlight that this is all done in my free time as a distraction from work and the pub, I want to make the point that there is nothing nefarious going on. There isn't some plot to subversively edit comments. I quickly stopped a problem happening, as a publisher, and then had a weekend away from computers. I'm not in the habit of censoring people randomly or with some kind of hidden agenda. I love free speech.

In hindsight and I thought about it afterwards, I should have marked the comment as being edited (one word taken out) and I do this on the very rare occasions I have to. In this instance I didn't have time but, because Imj's a friend, I didn't think Imj would mind and that he'd understand why I removed the word. I didn't delete the whole comment because the rest of what Imj said was fair comment and I didn't want it all removed just because someone complained.

Part of my day job is spotting legal problems in articles. I'm aware of what can be published and what can't. Here's a quick 101 on libel: everyone is entitled to an opinion. Calling a product 'irrelevant' is fair comment, provided it's an honest opinion. The law is with you on this one. Where the law stops is when an opinion or other statement is expressed when there is no provable factual basis behind it. For example, calling a car dealership owner 'foolish' because his prices are 'outrageously expensive' is fair comment if the cars are expensive in the eyes of a reasonable, right-minded person. Calling that businessman 'a crook' when it can't be proved the guy has done anything unlawful (within the time limits of the Rehabilitation Act) is not fair comment, it isn't simply an opinion - it's an assertion, and is therefore defamatory.

But, yes, in this country you get free speech. You just have to be able to back up your assertions in court if it comes to that. What Imj posted could not be backed up by himself or by me. Under current libel law and contrary to popular belief, website owners /are/ responsible for comments published on their websites even if they are written by third-parties. But under section 1(1) of the Defamation Act, website owners can seek a defence that protects them from writs if a defamatory comment is posted - but only if a website publisher takes "reasonable care" in relation to the publication of comments and was not aware a defamatory statement had been published on a site. If a publisher is alerted to a potentially libellous statement, it must be removed (unless the publisher is willing to support it and keeps it public). That's why the 'report comment' link is there and why Imj's comment was edited.

Am I being over the top? Well, it's not nice being threatened with a libel writ (not that ROOL got anywhere near this point) but Drobe has been threatened in the past and I never want to go there again. There's times when I've stood my ground and times when we've had to accept that something can't be proven true in court. I recently met up with a friend who is a lawyer and he admitted he had once sent a threat of a libel writ to a little parish council newsletter that dared criticise a local yet rich business man, with the additional threat that the church would have to pick up the substantial legal bill. This is reality.

In summary, I'm sorry I didn't mark the comment as edited when I usually do but I was in a rush and, to be honest, didn't think Imj would mind the tweak. I don't agree that I changed the tone of his comment - that his opinion is the two OS streams are 'irrelevant' speaks volumes. I could have just dropped the whole comment but I was uncomfortable with doing that. Also, opinion: fine. Assertions: fine if they can be proved.

Hope this helps. Thanks for commenting on drobe.co.uk articles and polls :)

Chris, drobe editor.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 3/5/09 5:37PM
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On Recent developments have left me feeling...:

Pretty much. The red indicates the percentage of people who voted with accounts and blue for anonymous guests. Apologies, I keep meaning to put the key back in...

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/4/09 11:11PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

The news was good enough for The Inquirer..

[link]

Which I'm quite pleased about.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/4/09 1:11AM
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On Wakefield 2009 wrap-up, photos and video:

Except you were wrong about every detail /apart/ from it being "video or voice over IP"

No, Drobe was bang on. We even got the GPU right. You're letting your proximity to the designers of the Vpod cloud your vision. Pun intended.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/4/09 12:57AM
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On Long-awaited Organizer 2 on sale with iCal import and export support:

It'll cost 15 quid for non-registered users, or 12 quid for registered user, as I understand it.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/4/09 8:18PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

The Beagleboard is capable of being a functional desktop with access to storage devices (there's someone running a GNU/ARM Linux desktop installation on it at the Wakefield '09 show). So the next stage, as Jeffrey said, is to finish USB support drivers so that you can plug a keyboard and mouse into it for the desktop.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/4/09 3:45PM
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On Vpod: first pictures of new RiscPC graphics card:

I understand it is probably RISC OS 6-only because the driver will use the video abstraction interface new to RISC OS 6.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/4/09 3:40PM
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On Three student coders picked to work on NetSurf over the summer:

And forgot to add: maybe one day I'll make the old forum archive viewable from the new Drobe design. When I get time to export the database into the new comment+website structure.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/4/09 9:17PM
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On Three student coders picked to work on NetSurf over the summer:

Please stay on topic. I'll say just this: an archive of the forums exists but isn't viewable. Comments posted in the forums after comments in articles overflowed (there used to be a limit of about 30 comments per article simply because Oregano on RiscPCs - the most common RISC OS web browser platform - couldn't handle the tables past this point) have been reposted under the articles.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/4/09 9:15PM
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On Command-line tool splices and edits video and audio:

Apologies, that was a bug in the way Drobe auto-links URLs. The link should be working now.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/4/09 10:41PM
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On More Vpod rumours surface:

I would be surprised if this were possible.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/4/09 8:45PM
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On Wind tunnel study RiscPC turns up on telly:

I'm interested but been a bit too busy to respond at length - drop me an email, we can work out a larger article on this.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 2/3/09 10:48PM
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On R-Comp's back-up utility now compresses files:

I know, tell R-Comp that.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/2/09 10:08PM
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On Paul Vigay found dead off Southsea seafront:

If an inquest is opened, then yes.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 22/2/09 1:27PM
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On RISC OS South West show this weekend:

I'm promised a report, which I'm looking forward to. I have a backlog of news to publish too, so perhaps I should spend Sunday morning ploughing through it. Initial reaction from the show floor has described the event as "good although understandably coloured by Paul Vigay's death".

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 22/2/09 12:49AM
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On News in brief:

It looks as though the domain has expired and been bought by someone else to resell.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/1/09 12:02PM
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On A guide to overclocking Kinetic and StrongARM CPU cards:

I've mirrored the zip file here:

[link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/1/09 12:37AM
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On Simple backup utility sSync bugfixed:

Version 0.03 is now available too:

[link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/1/09 10:20PM
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On What should be the platform's priority for 2009?:

Any suggestions for future polls are welcome, by the way.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/08 9:03PM
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On The new apple of my eye:

You could search your hard disc within VA for NetSurf. In the hard disc root directory, highlight all the directories except !Boot (as it's unlikely to be in there), menu-click to open the Filer menu, navigate From Select -> Find -> type in 'netsurf' and hit enter.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/08 8:09PM
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On The new apple of my eye:

This sounds interesting - drop me a line to news@drobe.co.uk if you want to take this further. Any interesting use of RISC OS is worth highlighting, as do your efforts to improve practices within the NHS.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/08 8:04PM
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On GCC 4.1.1 port first release available:

Yup.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/12/08 1:44PM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

Work started on a way of flagging up new comments (with a red 'new!' note next to new comments) but it was buggy and it's been turned off for now. It should track which comments have been seen by each logged-in reader.

In the meantime, you can hit the 'View comments listed by date' link at the start of the comments section, which will list everything flat in date order (as the old site did). Hope this helps.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/12/08 7:32PM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

Nothing's changed in that the same arguments over licences persist.

ROL director Aaron, today: "Neither E14, Pace or Castle have ever owned any version of RISC OS from RISC OS 4 onwards."

..versus..

CTL director Jack Lillingston, 2004: "Over the last year Castle has invested very significant amounts of money both in the purchase of RISC OS and in its ongoing development."

I can't believe this issue is still going! And I don't used exclamation marks lightly.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/12/08 6:08PM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

Sources close to Castle have said this evening that the status quo has not changed.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/12/08 5:13PM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

"Neither E14, Pace or Castle have ever owned any version of RISC OS from RISC OS 4 onwards.They have only ever been able to use them under licence from RISC OS Ltd."

And what do Castle say about that?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 6/12/08 2:08PM
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On Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review:

Tut tut. I'll update the article.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 1/12/08 11:18PM
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On Iyonix emulator mulled by developer:

Does it go some of the way to providing emulating Iyonix hardware?

Yeah. Fortunately, GXEmul already includes support for the 80321 processor and other bits and pieces present on the Iyonix motherboard. I took a look at jmb's patch and it introduces support for the I2C bus (the electronics the Iyonix uses to communicate with some of its hardware) and a description of how RISC OS 5 expects the memory to be arranged in the computer (the physical memory map).

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/11/08 2:29PM
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On Iyonix emulator mulled by developer:

GXEmul is written in portable C, so it can be built for just about any architecture - x86 Linux, x86 Windows, x86 Mac, PPC Mac, etc. So, yes, you could finish the Iyonix implementation, put together a PC, put GXEmul and an underlying OS on it and sell it. But I don't think that's the point of this - it's really to test Iyonix ROM images without bricking your Ix. If a ROM fails to boot, you won't have killed your real Iyonix as you can safely test it in the emulator. Alternatively, if you really love RISC OS 5, you could use it as an alternative to RPCEmu/VirtualRiscPC. But it's not finished and I don't believe John-Mark as the time at the moment to do so - hence the availability of his patch for anyone interested in taking a look.

I don't see why it should be combined with David's emulator. They're providing a RISC OS environment from two different approaches.

More on GXEmul here: [link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/11/08 2:25PM
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On Experimental RISC OS emulation layer for ARM-powered devices:

A completed GXEmul implementation of the Iyonix would provide the equivalent of RPCEmu or VirtualRiscPC emulating an Iyonix on a PC, Mac or another suitable platform - useful for running RISC OS 5 or testing ROMs from ROOL source before you write them into your Iyonix Flash ROM.

David's work is not a machine emulator. It will run on ARM-powered devices and sits on top of another OS, such as Linux. It tricks simple programs into thinking they are running on RISC OS when in fact, they aren't. It translates ROS system calls into Unix system calls, so the underlying OS does the real work. Effectively, it allows you to run ROS apps on ARM Linux.

Timothy's work, mentioned above, is similar to David's efforts except that it'll run on Intel processors, allowing RISC OS programs to be tricked into running on a PC with the help of a built-in ARM emulator. When/if released, it'll allow you to run ROS apps on an x86 machine.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/11/08 2:16PM
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On Illustrated guide to setting up RPCEmu on Linux:

I'll be at the ROUGOL curry tomorrow night so I'll see if I can take some notes to put on Drobe later.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 16/11/08 7:53PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

This comment should be allowed to be posted.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/11/08 8:45PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Seems to have stopped working... or has it?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 2/11/08 2:22PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Oh god, this is awesome.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/10/08 11:36PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

this should be in reply to the first reply of 24542

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/10/08 11:35PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

This is another reply to 24542

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/10/08 11:34PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

this is in reply to comment 24542..

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 30/10/08 10:52PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Hooray!

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/10/08 2:41PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Ok, let's see if the 'comments today' code is working...

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 26/10/08 2:15PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Oh God, well spotted. I hang my head in shame.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/10/08 9:11PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Hi to everyone reading this on the beta site.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/10/08 7:03PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show photos:

Talk is cheap, which is why I've been keeping my head down (so to speak) why working out what to do. Here's a sneak preview of what's likely to appear here soon (once the design has been tightened up)...

[link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 06/07/08 11:09PM
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On Using shared source to brighten up the desktop:

em2ac: that screenshot both tickles and horrifies me. Well done.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 7/3/08 11:03PM
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On Maudlin over RISC OS:

AW:

"nobody seems to ask and nobody seems to report these things these days."

The last time Drobe asked CTL if they had any Iyonix-successor plans was in November while we planned to write an article about the fifth anniversary of the machine. We didn't get a reply, and none of us had time to finish the piece.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 4/1/08 10:04PM
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On Best of 2007 awards results:

I like the suggestion of 'best newcomer'. Sadly the awards this year were not as fulsome as last year's simply because we ran out of free time over the Christmas period.

I don't want to sound like a broken record or making excuses, but we need contributors to drobe.co.uk more than ever before. Reviews, comment pieces, news, anything. Just drop us an email. Our articles enjoy thousands of page views and you could have your name on them. A big thank you to everyone who made it onto the front page over the past 12 months.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 31/12/07 3:49PM
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On Archive magazine reviewed:

CKH2:

Yes, the October issue has arrived here, at least for me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/10/07 12:01PM
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On New TechWriter features bonus style finder:

It's not a mock up, not as far as I'm aware.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/10/07 10:04PM
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On New TechWriter features bonus style finder:

tonystill:

It is merely a desktop skin/theme. Martin's official screenshot is here (although it also sports an Apple-esque desktop theme):

[link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/10/07 9:44PM
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On South East 2007 show preview:

CKH2: Going by the show website and what I've been told, Ad6 will not be present. I assume CJE will be the people to speak to about Flash3; Chris Evans mentioned its progress on the A9home list (quoted on drobe).

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/10/07 3:13PM
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On Review: A9home v. Koolu:

I kinda wish this discussion was about the A9h v Koolu. A debate about the article in terms of its fairness, balance and so forth is just fine; it's why the comments are here so that readers can add new information or question points raised in articles. Just my 2p, you might as well carry on as you are if there're no further points to be made about the above review.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/10/07 6:26PM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

pv:

The .co.uk address.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 16/10/07 8:26AM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

pv:

An email was sent to Louie's editor@riscosnow address last week asking for her side of the story. "Unavailable for comment" reflects the non-response. An effort was made in the piece to give Louie's side of the story in absence of her reply by linking to an earlier Usenet post.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 16/10/07 12:16AM
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On New Arculator and RPCEmu Mac ports released:

Or it could be that "shiny and expensive" was merely a sarcastic gag. But at least it generated some discussion.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 31/8/07 11:12PM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

AW:

In reply to your questions: I'll leave it to John to answer that; If I knew, it'd be on drobe; John Ballance may still be working on the OS but the main development route now (it appears) is via third party programmers and the source released through ROOL; See the recent drobe article about ROOL on why ROOL staff are doing admin instead of programming; I have no idea; Not that I'm aware of.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/7/07 7:19PM
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On German podcast site features RISC OS:

Would an English translation or summary of what you said be possible? :)

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/7/07 6:43PM
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On South West show reports and photos:

fwiw, the Web Wonder 2 release was covered in an article on Dec 16.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/2/07 10:24AM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

Why posts are sometimes lost, and the forum code posts 'nt' (because it loses the content of the comment, aiui) is a bit of a mystery at the moment. I've tweaked the forum a bit to see if that helps matters. If not, it might be possible to switch to using GET instead of POST for forum posts, which cured the fault with the awards nomination system.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/01/07 9:05PM
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On Firefox 2 port now Iyonix and A9home friendly:

AW: It won't work on RiscPCs, see the !Help file. It uses instructions that are incompatible with RiscPC-class hardware.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/12/06 7:53PM
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On Iyonix software speed boost driver released:

Apologies if it's not entirely clear from the article, but applications have to 'opt-in' to benefit from the acceleration. That is, they have to be modified to use it, or use a SharedCLibrary that uses it. I'll tweak to the article to reinforce this.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 22/12/06 5:11PM
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On Best of 2006 awards voting now open:

There was a bug in the script that stopped people voting for Wakefield - very sorry about that, it affected the last item of that category.

If anyone wants to change their vote now that it's working again, let me know via email. If anyone tried to vote last time and couldn't, they can now try again.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/12/06 9:58AM
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On Nominate your favourite programs and people for the 2006 awards:

Thanks to everyone who has nominated things and people so far - I've tweaked the script after some people reported that their submissions may have been lost. You should see a 'Thanks for your submission' page after clicking on the 'nominate' button.

If you think you've been missed out, please do now try again, or drop us an email with your nominations. Cheers. :)

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/12/06 12:20AM
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On PostScript 3 driver mulled:

wuerthne:

Ok, I've tweaked the article.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/12/06 11:32PM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

apdl:

Sure, but even though Peter knows how to use DAs, he unfortunately can't stop a 26bit-mode processor and operating system putting flags in the most significant bits of the program counter. You can't demand a particular address from the OS as a userspace program.

If you have code executing in high memory areas, where the virtual address requires bits 26-31, this will clash with the status flags. Execution will jump wildly to the wrong addresses, and the browser will crash - frustrating the user.

We've seen this before when the Select Filer's DA is high up in memory and its virtual address would clash with the flags bits in R1 of OS_HeapSort. Users with lots of DAs and 128MB+ of RAM would see this. Because the A9home's 32bit-mode cpu and OS can safely execute code high up in memory, I presume this is why Peter hasn't ruled out an A9home port.

I've emailed Peter, but he refused to confirm what I've said or explain why the Firefox will be Iyonix-only (unless an A9home por comes later on). This is because he feels the article headline and sub-headline are inaccurate, and won't talk unless I correct it.

He said: "Both these statements made in the head and subhead are inaccurate, as evidenced by wording on the actual page. When drobe puts more stock in accuracy, above wording simply designed to get a reaction (including, but not limited to the quotes you have from me which appear on the frontpage), I'll be happy to answer your questions further."

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/11/06 11:19AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

steffen:

I remember having a technical chat, but I didn't make a note of what you said. I find the whole issue of ISO9660 and UDF a little confusing. Could you email me explaining everything and I'll find a space for it on the site.

The Iyonix can read DVDs formated to ISO9660, as reported here:

[link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/11/06 6:30PM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

apdl:

I think it's far more likely that the wimpslot limit on RISC OS 4 is insufficient for Firefox 2; executing code in dynamic areas isn't safe on 26bit RISC OS 4, whereas it can be done on 32bit RISC OS 4 with extra work, which could be why Peter hasn't ruled out an A9home port.

I'll email him and ask.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/11/06 08:50AM
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On ROL calls for Select coders and testers:

tonystill:

"If someone works at source code level, who owns that work and what can they do with it?"

For new components, ROL have various template agreements that a programmer can pick to suit them. Generally speaking, they range from 'the author owns it and ROL have a license to redistribute it' to 'The author hands over all ownership to ROL'. I picked the latter for the bits and pieces I contributed to Select because if a major bug was discovered, and I was too busy to fix it, there should be no barrier to stop ROL fixing it or updating it and issuing a release to end users.

Components already owned by ROL remain ROL's. Core components are things like the Kernel which require a full-time effort and experience of working with the ROS source to safely understand how they work. Non-core will, mostly, be components like ChangeFSI, Configure plugins, etc. Developing these takes the pressure off the few people left who can navigate the core stuff.

This is speaking from my own experiences, I could be wrong.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/11/06 7:04PM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

Comments from [link] continued here.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/10/06 11:20PM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

steffen:

I imagine this will spark more conspiracy theories rather than solving anything, but for the record, below is Steffen's unedited email as it arrived. I hope Steffen will agree that he is not in any way misrepresented. The question about ROL was removed because it looked silly coming straight after the ROL quote from Paul, but of course when I emailed Steffen he had not seen Paul's response.

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Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 02:23:55 +0200 From: Steffen Huber To: diodesign@diodesign.co.uk Subject: Re: RISC OS shared source announcement

I really welcome this move. To me, it is the first positive piece of news for our market since the launch of the IYONIX pc. It is probably the only way to keep RISC OS alive, and it has the potential to interest many ex RISC OS developers.

It is of course too early to consider all consequences - how will RISCOS Ltd. be affected, what exactly is that "per unit royalty fee", would this "shared licence" allow royalty free shipping of a freeware emulator complete with RISC OS, does e.g. selling support for an otherwise free product make it a commercial product...the coming discussions will keep us surely busy for a while ;-)

Steffen Huber, hubersn Software

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"Thank you Chris for leaving out a significant part of my statement without even indicating it. Is that the standard of journalism we can expect from Drobe nowadays?" is now the 67th quote for the top-right-hand corner.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 04/10/06 10:08PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

vinceh:

Archive editor Paul Beverley said he couldn't keep up with Drobe's pace of articles (which I know has been off the boil recently due to full time work commitments) and the comments posted on the site. So he asked if I'd put together a monthly summary of drobe.co.uk as a column. It's not drobe.co.uk verbatim, it's a round up of the best comments and the hottest news.

People who Archive are less likely to visit Drobe every day, and might only pop in once a week or month or so, so the column should be interesting. And it's generated by you all :) (No, I'm not getting paid for it)

If you read the Metro newspaper and see the Friday Holy Moly column, which is a sort of round up of holymoly.co.uk, it's similiar to that.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/09/06 8:58PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

arenaman:

Archive is still going. Drobe has a monthly column in it starting from the next issue.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/09/06 6:52PM
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On Open sourcing RISC OS won't help says ROL:

You need to go back and look at the structure of RISC OS, and understand how operating systems work. There are many layers involved, and not all of them are obvious. This is beyond the published APIs, this is about what goes on underneath the covers.

As I understand things: PCITV will talk to the RISC OS 5 PCI module(s) to locate and access the PCITV hardware. Then it's up to the driver as to how the device is controlled. But interrupts and other things are routed from the PCI hardware to the PCITV driver module via the OS 5 kernel and its support modules. It's how these support modules, the OS 5 kernel, and the Iyonix motherboard hardware work together that isn't known to ROL, and (presumably) it's what they need to know in order to get the OS 5 PCI modules to work with their OS 4 kernel and support modules.

As is pointed out time and again, a patchwork quilt of RISC OS 4 modules over a OS 5 base is not going to lend itself towards a quality product. And I think ROL agree. Ideally, they want to run an OS 4 kernel and support modules on the Iyonix hardware, and use OS 5 modules to drive the PCI, ethernet and USB. Then things like PCITV will still talk to the OS 5 PCI modules, and the OS 4 kernel can talk to the OS 5 PCI modules. Everything is happy. Anything else has to be a stop gap to please the 120 people who said they were interested in a port.

The chip on your shoulder about Castle and ROL is blinding your ability to see this technical issue rationally. I can't really understand what you're on about.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 09/09/06 9:47PM
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On Open sourcing RISC OS won't help says ROL:

AMS:

"Ok so RO4 Select is more hardware independent. Then it should be a doddle to port to the Iyonix shouldn't it... Also the OSes being "very different internally" is irrelevant"

From what I understand of how modern ROS 4 works: It will be easier now to port RISC OS Select to the Iyonix, since the 32bit work is being wrapped up. The stumbling point is the actual hardware drivers. A hardware absraction layer doesn't take away the need for drivers, it merely allows the upper level of the OS to free itself of worrying about what the underlying hardware is doing. Picture it as.. OS <--> HAL <---> drivers <---> hardware.

So, for an Iyonix port, ROL will have to produce an Nvidia driver, USB driver, etc that will work with the Iyonix hardware and the OS 4 hardware abstraction. Ideally, RISC OS 4 could reuse the OS 5 driver modules. Except ROL don't know how the OS 5 modules communicate internally and how they collude to pass around information. For example, the OS 5 kernel may expect a particular line of communications to and from the graphics driver (such as a Vsync ticker) and won't work without such a heartbeat.

ROL have no way of knowing how the CTL Nvidia or USB modules work with other OS-level components. That's what ROL mean when they talk about differences internally, and it's also what ROL mean when they called for more information and help from CTL for the Iyonix port - the internal design of OS 5 is not documented publically. As you say, the internal workings of the OS will not affect third party programmers, but it's crucial for the OS-level developers.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/09/06 11:38PM
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On RISC OS 4 caught on Mac OS X:

Mac OS X supports two-button mice. You simulate the RISC OS middle mouse button using the alt-key.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/8/06 7:47PM
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On New Iyonixes shipping with Nvidia FX52 cards:

Apologies - the article originally said an ethernet chp instead of a logic chip. The perils of confusing MAC and MACH over the phone..

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/8/06 10:43AM
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On New mag aimed at newbie and pro users:

Just so there's no confusion - Louie is a she. See the URL in the Links section for proof.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 1/8/06 10:45PM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

JWCR: A while ago, one of the Select developers experimented with porting the HTML engine of Mozilla to RISC OS, and I guess, I copy of it has been left on the show computers. The Mozilla used was a very early version, and really only worked for straight HTML. Still, could be useful for rendering documentation or for an IFR plugin.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/6/06 1:52PM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

ksattic: The (N) is for sort by name. I'm not sure about the white bar, it's perhaps a writeable icon to edit the path shown or cut'n'paste the path to and from? I could be wrong.

From another show report, Richard at Genesys said he needs a five figure sum (I guess 10 to 40 grand wouldn't be out of the question, speculating wildly) to give to Oregan to commit to a RISC OS version. In which case, it'd can't flop, if it fails to take off.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/6/06 9:20AM
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On RISC OS 3 caught running on Amiga hardware:

rohc:

"Couldn't somebody please do an unbiased feature list so that RO5 owners can see if it would be worth it?"

What's wrong with the Select coverage already on Drobe? There is that feature article with all of the ROS 4 and 5 bullet-points. That took ages to write :(

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 22/05/06 10:39PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

This forum thread continues the comments made on [link] (Plan to save users' marriages shelved)

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/05/06 10:35AM
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On Unofficial A9home mailing list opened:

CKH2:

I'm pretty sure the A9homes being sold on general release now aren't covered by any beta agreement, and people can speak about their new kit as you'd expect. And if you're still under the thumb of the beta agreement from before hand then that's something you need to sort out with Ad6, and it's also why I just don't do NDAs anymore. If someone's bought a general release A9home but it carries an NDA element, then do let me know.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/5/06 12:15PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

knutson: it's a PDA/mobile phone development board with a little PXA XScale running NetBSD. It's designed to help engineers to produce drivers for the chipset; Gavan on the NetBSD stand has experience with this sort of thing and produced the NetBSDiyonix port. The Mainstone kit is about as portable as a park bench.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/5/06 12:51AM
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On Wakefield workshop to demo top software:

I'll be too busy running between exhibitors' stands and the theatre presentations to man a stand for Drobe this time; Ian will be doing his thing on the workshop stand. If you or anyone else wants to meet up for a chat, just drop me an email - I'll probably be hanging around the NetSurf stand at any one time.

Chris / drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/5/06 2:49PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

AMS:

"I am not a 'pro Iyonix guy' who doesn't like the A9."

You owe me a new keyboard for the coffee I just spilled on it. It's a huge leap of logic to compare the A9home and the Iyonix just because you've read some upsetting news. If you read an article on Drobe that you don't like, for whatever reason, I recommend this link ;-)

[link]

I'll also note that we're not in the business of publishing 'lies', either ;-P

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 07/05/06 6:20PM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

SimonC:

For artifact1571.html, I spoke to Ad6 about the Bluetooth support, and keyboards and mobile phones were on the list.

JC:

If there're any inaccuracies in the article then let me know. Otherwise mincing about NUJ rates or whatever is just confusing and shows a profound lack of understanding in how it all works. Sorry.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 27/4/06 11:10AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

As I said elsewhere:

We can only investigate this forum problem if you treat it as a software bug - just like you would if you found a bug in an application you use on the desktop. So at the very least we need to know what browser you were using, on what OS, at what time and your Internet facing IP address. This is so that we can find you in the logs, and also pinpoint if there's a reoccuring pattern. What would also be handy is a copy of the text that you tried to post, but then didn't show up. Email it to the comments at Drobe address.

Thanks for your patience.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/04/06 4:07PM
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On Written for Qercus? Send it to Drobe:

Er, no. Aaron's spam was moved to the forum.

[link]

Also, for more info on the copyright status, see the NUJ link in the article. Given that John hasn't used the copy and hasn't paid for it, he really can't have any rights over it.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 9/4/06 2:41PM
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On Middleton battles 'misinformation':

RichardHallas:

The email I'm quoting from was definitely sent to Select subscribers. It arrived via SmartGroups to the Select mailing list. Subscribers have replied to it on the list.

Although I accept that it may be later sent to Foundation subscribers, I stand by the article.

Chris / drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 8/3/06 12:22AM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

From what I can gather, it's understood that during the time since the Alpha notebook launch ROL were able to get their range of markets extended to include more products than just the traditional Acorn range that Steffen refered to. Castle's view at the moment is what Steffen outlined (that ROL presides only over traiditonal Acorn hardware), hence the current dispute over who licenses what. No one can be sure until all the involved legal documentation is down on the table for all to see, and I certainly am not going to claim to be authoritive on this matter; I merely wish to keep an open mind.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/01/06 11:33PM
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On Best of 2005 awards voting open:

MrChocky:

Look, you're going to look silly now.

I said "particularly faces new". That first word implies preference not exclusivity. "Browbeat" is the right word to use because you're trying to change the nominations list after they were published - look it up: [link] Next up is the fact that no one in the software categories are named because people should judge the software, not the author. You also point out that you have written articles and made mailing list posts, which is nice, but so have many other people. According to the drobe database, you wrote 7 articles this year out of the 270-odd that were published. All articles are warmly welcomed, but how is that "substantial"?

Finally, and here's the kicker - it is my opinion that the contributions of the people nominated are just as good as your contributions outside of the GCCSDK and Firefox (which are both nominated and both contain features contributed by other developers, I'll hasten to add). Please, take a leaf from the book of whoever wins the 'best general contribution' this year - you might learn a little humility in time for New Year's Eve 2006.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/05 2:12AM
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On Best of 2005 awards voting open:

Whilst I'm trying not to prejudice the voting process by explaining this, MartinW was picked again because he continues to ship finished products that people have given their thumbs up to.

As for the rest of it, I just cannot believe you're trying to brow beat an independent awards service into 'fixing the mistake' of leaving you out - even though your work has been nominated in other categories. It is precisely this attitude of yours that just totally obliterates any goodwill generated by your programming efforts - and that's truly sad.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/05 1:28AM
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On Best of 2005 awards voting open:

john:

John, and to anyone else who couldn't vote earlier: my apologies. I have been away from PHP for too long. A bug that overzealously checked usernames has been fixed and you should be able to vote now.

With regards to Peter, the awards nominations can't be changed this late into the game as many people have now voted. Also, I stand by the nominations list and it will not change. I recognise the amount of stuff that Peter has tried to do this year, but I also wanted to highlight what others have done that has attracted praise and interest, particularly faces new to the spotlight because I like to encourage new people and development. Don't forget that Peter was nominated for this category last year and came second. And his projects this year were again nominated.

I do wish you wouldn't take these things so personally, Peter.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 28/12/05 12:51AM
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On Christmas roadshow report:

steelpillow:

It's essentially a separated effort, although it would be inaccurate to say 'duplicate'. Castle are targetting the Nvidia cards and Ad6 are targetting the Silicon Motion chipset, and the drivers for either will be different. The way in which RISC OS 4 and 5 abstract hardware is different, though.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/12/05 5:43PM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

This may just be my opinion, but I see spam as email that I didn't sign up for. I think if people join a mailing list for a particular product then they should expect some of that traffic to be announcements. Provided it's not abused (like say, an announcement every day), I can imagine that people who signed up for the mailing list won't mind an announcement that says, as chrisj suggested, 'meet the programmers/chat to us' etc.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/11/05 2:35PM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

AMS:

Actually, we did. The headline for the drobe survey results was "Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC". [link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/11/05 9:20AM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

simo: Well ok, what I actually meant is that simply saying a RISC OS roadshow is in town will get the PR binned. It needs to have a local interest and be unusual or newsworthy. It's a shame that Stockport isn't closer to Oldham, which is where Advantage6 are based, otherwise you could write, 'Local business stands up to computer giants' or similar. I'll post again if I come up with something better.

dgs: Do you have any evidence that Castle are banned, or did you just forget to add a very large 'IMHO' to your comment? Your favouritism towards CTL leaves my head spinning.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/11/05 5:20AM
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On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

A few things.

Paul Middleton originally emailed a number of companies yesterday who probably registered a strong interest in exhibiting back in October. A source forwarded the email to us and we ran the above article because of the public interest surrounding the roadshow and its news value. Earlier today, Paul sent out a press release, which other outlets have picked up. A company that wants to exhibit should probably book a place asap, from what I can tell.

As for publicity, I write for local newspapers and getting an article in about the risc os roadshow will be difficult unless you can spin it hard on retro gaming or something leftfield like that. I really recommend contacting surrounding user groups and computer clubs and spreading the word to those who are likely to be interested - targeted publicity.

Just my thoughts.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/11/05 6:36PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

AMS:

"don't sound that appealing does it?"

Hence my comment, 'fair play to Castle'.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/11/05 8:01PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

AMS:

Also, the 32bit work and the Iyonix abstraction layer came from the RISC OS 5 they acquired from Pace. And the USB stuff is at least partly derived from FreeBSD and NetBSD. And you're not going to get near proper USB2 speeds with the Iyonix motherboard anyway (although it's much faster than USB1). Search on drobe for articles about it.

But anyway, fair play to Castle. Don't confuse facts and rational thought with bashing, though.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/11/05 6:54PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

AMS:

"Please Chris give the Castle bashing a break.... please!"

That is amusing. I was actually refering to the effort required to make third party software 32bit compatible, not the actual OS. The 3000 figure that VA gave also includes VRPC-SE, VRPC-Adjust and some VA5k users. Also, I don't think I ever expected every single RISC OS user to vote in the surveys.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/11/05 6:41PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Druck wrote:

"Some of the best additions were API extensions, but have not been capitalised upon because developers wont support a subsection of the market based on a diminishing number of old machines."

Given that RiscPCs are the leading machines in terms of use, (according to drobe and Archive figures), I'm not sure how they could be classed as "diminishing". In fact, during its peak, there were more people subscribed to Select than those now with Iyonixes. For every person who says they don't miss Select features on the Iyonix, there's another who says they do.

ROL were in a bit of a lose-lose situation, so you can't entirely blame them for trying. If they add application-style features to the OS, they'll get burned by commercial developers. If they add API and lower level functionality, they get burned by customers when no developers use the new APIs. If they had the resources to make the system PMT+fully memory protected, then you'd probably lose at least 75% of your software through compatibility breakage.

The process of 32bitting software turned out to be pretty trivial, which did Castle a lot of favours, but if you think about it, not a lot of the new APIs in RISC OS 5 are used outside of the handful of new hardware drivers - and this is probably for the same reason developers are unwilling to commit to using the Select-only APIs. The Iyonix is faster than the RiscPC, but clearly not fast enough for the mjaority of users to part with their cash for the price tag it carries.

AdvantageSix have been pretty crafty in aiming their machine at a middle space in the market with performance just below the Iyonix and above the RiscPC, and with a lower price tag than the Iyonix. And if you want things like an internal DVD drive, then you're welcome to buy an Iyonix. Hopefully that'll encourage people to upgrade to recent versions of ROS 4 and persuading developers into leveraging from it.

I can see this turning into a survival of the fittest, where the OS with the most users will continue, which is a bit unfortunate as it leaves potential buyers hoping they jump onto the ship that doesn't sink.

Just my opinion, of course.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/11/05 09:53AM
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On Software news:

Sorry, your comment has been moved to the forums

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 13/10/05 1:41PM
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On Tematic staff leave Castle:

Pete:

That's an interesting example: You realise that Select has image thumbnailing in the Filer. ROL have said on the Select list that they don't want to touch video playback with a ten foot barge pole.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 13/10/05 12:23PM
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On Hauser bags lifetime achievement award:

I guess he does a little. See his comments at the end of this article:

[link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 2/10/05 7:18PM
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On Software news:

mrchocky:

Your argument seems to be that someone can't work on a software project if something similar already exists. As if it's ok to ban a developer from working on a project because it may not fit in with what you would like to see developed for the platform. So what if there's a number of VNC clients? Some of them are flaky, and some are pretty good. It may be unfortunate to you that a particular developer decided work on a VNC client, rather than something else, but I personally believe it's unreasonable to demand what other independent programmers can and can't do.

You, yourself, even distribute versions of make, gzip, wget, whois, VNC, RDP, etc etc, which were already available. Presumably you did this because you felt your ports would be better. I'm pretty sure this same thought passed through the mind of the last person who developed a VNC, RSS, RDP, etc client.

Thanks for the blog spam, btw.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 29/9/05 6:42PM
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On ROL cuts deal with Omega users:

AMS:

"UDMA, nVIDIA, USB yes they're all hardware. But they all do require drivers - and these had to be written. They also are updated - as are other OS modules RO5.XX has gone through 10 upgrades since it was launched with various enhancements and bugfixes. Other than USB2 *all other changes* have been free of charge."

So what's your point? That Castle eventually developed drivers for hardware they shipped in 2002? Stunning. And what are these enhancements you speak of? Every RISC OS 5 release since 5.00 has been bug fixes or driver updates. Also, the reason Simon and Adrian did their Iyonix work is because the hardware was there.

My fundamental point is that RISC OS Select makes the most use of the platform it was released for (RiscPCs, etc), and RISC OS 5 makes use of the platform it was released for. Comparing the goals of Select with the goals of ROS 5 is comparing apples with pears. Select enhances RiscPCs, ROS 5 drives Iyonixes. Yeah it would be nice if Select came out for the Iyonix, but as others have pointed out, the technical and political hurdles for this are great. Far greater, it appears, than supporting a new architecture from scratch (the A9, for instance).

As I said, not everything is in direct competition, but having a choice is ideal. If you want USB2 and DVD writing, then go for an Iyonix. Even Ad6 say this. If you already have a PC for that sort of thing, or you don't feel like dropping a grand on a 600MHz machine, then go for an A9home. If you don't want to fork out 500 odd quid on a USB1.2, laptop hdd-only 400MHz machine, Select is cheaper for your RiscPC. And if that doesn't suit you then fine, no one is holding a gun to your head demanding that you upgrade.

I think a little perspective is needed. You're welcome to your opinion, but I totally disagree with it. As you're determined to make the OS split into a conflict, I don't think there's anything I can further add. The delay in Select 4 is unfortunate and I'd really like to see that resolved. I'm not totally sure of the issue of Select money being 'poured' into A9home development: it appears that Ad6 are working on their own device drivers and A9 specific stuff. Time will tell.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/09/05 8:43PM
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On ROL cuts deal with Omega users:

AMS:

Have you noticed that the features you've listed (UDMA, Nvididia, USB etc), are all hardware based? They're basically device driver developments, and some of it (particular the graphics side of things), have been done by people outside of Castle (thanks to Simon Wilson and Adrian Lees). The point that nx was getting at (and a point I agree with), is that in terms of OS features, Select has more bullet points than RISC OS 5. In terms of supported hardware features, RISC OS 5 has more than Select, because OS 5 runs on newer hardware. AdvantageSix are the people writing the drivers for the A9, and we've yet to see how fast their machine runs with DMA enabled. The A9home, according to Ad6, runs disc transfers at 16MB/s without DMA, compared to the Iyonix's 20-45MB/s with UDMA. Also, the Iyonix's processor isn't fast enough to saturate the USB2 sub-system, so you're not getting full speed out of that either.

Matt Edgar at Ad6 has even said that if you want USB2, then get an Iyonix. If you don't need USB2, then why not consider the A9home. Not everything in this market has to compete with everything else.

Oher than USB and UDMA drivers, what else have Castle done for desktop RISC OS since late 2002? I suppose there's the programming tools they released. They've done a load of new cases. See? It's really easy to pick holes in and tear apart people's work in something if you boil it down to mere feature bullet points. The Iyonix as a self contained product is great, if you can afford it, and many have found it to be fantastic. Select, as a complete product, is great too for many people's RiscPCs. Not everything is a black and white issue, and there are shades of grey to whether Select on a RiscPC, Adjust on an A9home, and RISC OS 5 on an Iyonix is more suitable for an individual.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/9/05 5:59PM
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On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

petermcc:

The article has the email address you need. There is no 'direct' link because otherwise spam harvesters will pick it up. See [link] and [link] for their contact details.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 5/9/05 1:50PM
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On Survey: Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC:

paulbev:

As I should have stressed more so: This is really a survey of RISC OS users who read Drobe, and it's up to your imagination as to whether or not Drobe readers who participated represent the market as a whole. The high percentage of A9 users shows that these people are probably more tech savvy and 'active' than others, and therefore more likely to vote in the online poll. The same could perhaps be said for Iyonix users. VRPC users could be more casual and may not bother with websites like drobe.co.uk. It was an interesting experiment but I don't think it should be read as gospel. Or maybe I'm being too critical.

Either way, it'll be most interesting to compare with Archive's. I like the idea of breaking down each category to see which combinations of machines are most popular. I'll work on that a little later.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 29/8/05 4:28PM
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On Mailing list opens for RiscCAD users:

martin:

That's amusing, because Xample recently denied working on a TopModel update.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/8/05 2:35PM
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On VirtualAcorn boasts 3000 users:

Perhaps Mavhc's taking the mick a bit, but just in case:

"They use less power."

In the same way that a toy glider uses less power than a fighter jet. It's just that you sometimes only need a glider, other times you need a jet or somewhere in between.

"They're easier to program in machine code."

It's just a matter of taste. X86 isn't so bad, you just spend 20 minutes accepting it and getting over it. The segmentation is a headache, but it's not a show stopper.

"They're not evolved from 25 year old designs and therefore not (as) full of hacks."

In your opinion. Unless you know the ins and outs of the recent Pentium designs.

"They're simpler and therefore more understandable."

This takes us back to the glider vs. jet fighter argument.

"They don't have a BIOS"

What the hell is that supposed to mean? A BIOS is typically a simple, ROM based program that initialises a machine and then finds the start of the operating system, or a bootloader for the OS. ARM based systems have them (for example, my StrongARM Netwinder) just as much as any other system. For RISC OS, the 'BIOS' and the OS are rolled into one because it's all supplied in ROM. Someone else mentioned CMOS, which unfortunately also makes no sense. CMOS refers to a type of memory that can be kept persistent by a battery back up. It's not exclusive to a BIOS.

As it happens, Intel are announcing some new 'low power' cores, which I'm about to write up. In short (and in my opinion), ARM is best suited for embedded and 'fatter-than-ARM' (for example, Intel) is best suited for non-embedded. If you want to use RISC OS optimally on a non-embedded platform, you need a processor that's not aimed at the embedded world. Feel free to correct me, this is just my take on things.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/08/05 5:40PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

simo:

Doh, that was my fault. I've fixed that bug now. Thanks. As with the earlier fault, it shouldn't compromise the results.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/8/05 12:50PM
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On Archive mag to survey RISC OS computer use:

Ike: There was a bug in the software, which has now been fixed. You can vote. If you, or anyone else, finds a problem with the page, please do email us so we can fix it.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/8/05 12:29AM
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On Oregano 3 survives user group meeting:

From my own personal experience, I don't think it's a case of what features Oregano 3 might be able to bring to RISC OS if the release slips to the end of the year - I think it's a case of, can the Firefox port stabilise in time for the Oregano 3 release? When Oregano 3 comes out, and if it's stable, isn't the disaster that Oregano 2 was, has Flash and so on, and Firefox is crashing when you use it for more than 10 minutes and has all the redraw glitches it has now, then people are going to vote with their feet.

I think each web browser is vital, because it will keep the others on their toes and mean we actually get a decent web browser for our money. I know progress is being made in all corners and November or December is a long time away. Just my personal opinion right now.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/7/05 9:55PM
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On Firefox beta 3 released:

rick: I'm pretty sure a lot of people have, given that a) Peter owns an Iyonix, and b) Iyonix users have shown that Firefox works better on an Castle's machine.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/7/05 11:43PM
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On Software news:

bucksboy: it appears you will need an underlying OS (such as WinXP) to execute the RISC OS environment. so yes, the RO apps run within an alien desktop environment. The difference between Gareth's project and VirtualRiscPC, is that Gareth's project doesn't need a copy of RISC OS and will appear as separate applications, rather than inside an emulated display (as per VRPC).

All as far as I understand Gareth's work.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/7/05 2:17PM
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On MicroDigital sought by bailiffs:

Andrew: Users can only moderate once per comment, if that's what you mean. If you see a comment that has been modded up or down and you don't agree with it, then that doesn't the system is broken. It means people have voted on it. If the system had been abused, we would already be addressing it.

Feel free to (and please do) discuss the moderation system elsewhere, in a relevant forum on the website. Give URLs, examples, whatever, just not here. Not in an article discussion thread.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/07/05 6:44PM
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On GCCSDK team trumpets module support:

hubersn: ok, I've added a line that says it supports other languages, including Fortran. Saying the sentence is "wrong, misleading and incomplete" is a little strong, in my opinion, as the sentence in question is substantially correct. Again, the line about Norcroft and GCC is down to personal opinion, hence the word "arguably". It's like a StrongED vs. Zap flamewar.

As for the testing bit, I understand your point of view, and if I asked you that question and you answered with something like 'well, there's no such thing as fully tested, in the same way that nothing can be fully safe', then that's fine and I'd quote it. It's sad that Peter chose to interpret it as a wind up. It was an honest question.

mrchocky: Oh come on, take what you dish out. You've called people plenty of things worse than "full of hot air". The quote was not taken out of context.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/7/05 1:25PM
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On GCCSDK team trumpets module support:

Rah, rah, rah. It's easy to talk tough on the Internet, isn't it, Peter? In my view, as an impartial editor, the paragraph in question is fine as it stands although I'll consider writing a Norcroft vs. GCC article, if I get time. And as I suspected, you can't think of any other problems with the article so you were in fact, lying.

There was no attempt to wind you up, there has been no rigging of the moderation system, and you're just full of hot air. This is why people can't take what you say online seriously anymore.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/7/05 12:56PM
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On GCCSDK team trumpets module support:

mrchocky: The article says "arguably narrows the gap", which I believe is fair. Being the self assumed GCC project team leader, I would expect you to argue that GCC is more advanced than Norcorft. Conversely, I know people who feel Norcroft is superior to GCC. Hence the word "arguably".

You've also failed to email Drobe where there are other inaccuracies or indiscresctions in the article. If you do not tell me, I cannot correct the article, which I am always willing to do. The fact that you have not pointed out any specific errors and yet continue to mouth off about the article speaks volumes. Put up, or shut up.

snig: Peter has not been a headline writer for Drobe for a while now. See the 'About us' page.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/7/05 12:33PM
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On Portrait monitor support for A9home:

Just to clarify: it is fact. Matt@STD confirmed last night over the 'phone that the A9 is powered by the SM501 and the S3C2440, after a number of sources pointed it out.

The resolution issue is probably best explained by Ad6. A member of the Simon Team told me that they are capable of driving a CRT at the resolution shown in the FAQ.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/6/05 3:30PM
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On Nick Burrett quits GCCSDK project:

Sigh. Next time I find a bug in your software, I'll post a comment here for everyone to see instead of sending you a private email. Have you fixed the snprintf() fault in Unixlib yet?

Back to your point: unless you were misrepresented and what was quoted was not substantially true, then you were not misquoted - do you not agree with what is shown in the quotes, taken from your email?

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/6/05 10:09AM
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On Web browser offerings compared:

Probably a coincidence. I found the image on the excellent stock image site sxc.hu, which has images for commercial, non-commercial and unrestricted use. It's where quite a few Drobe article gfx come from.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/03/05 2:39PM
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On ROL to launch Adjust on CD:

According to the Select developers, the image renderer modules and Paint et al all eventually rely on the Select kernel. The sprite system hasn't been fully abstracted yet because it's so interwined. Plus also, in my view, organising a bits and pieces release for Iyonix users would be a nightmare, and distract from further development of a real Iyonix Select release.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 18/02/05 2:26PM
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On ROL surveys Select32 interest:

fwiw, as the statement was written, it's libel, and not slander which is for spoken statements. Statements are libellous if they defame someone, and defamation is well defined legally.

But this is annoying off topic. Sorry.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/11/04 11:11AM
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On 32bit Adjust on ARM9 breakthrough:

mavhc: The article explains in paragraph five as to what Embedded ROS is. It's a custom build of Select for 3rd parties, where the 3rd party can choose what OS components to include and not to include.

Which explains why ROL have been really modularising the OS since the start of Select.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/10/04 04:52AM
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On Castle conference transcript online:

Stealth is the codename for the Castle StrongARM powered Kinetic card, released in 2000, iirc.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/07/04 7:27PM
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On Castle spills beans on ROL dispute:

FYI, for people jumping straight into the forums, the article has been substantially updated with more detailed facts - if the last you saw was a brief list of bullet points, you need to check back again :)

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 22/06/04 00:22AM
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On Castle terminates RISCOS Ltd. licence:

We emailed TheReg and got a reply from the writer, Tony.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/06/04 3:25PM
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On Castle terminates RISCOS Ltd. licence:

[link] <-- the issue is now on The Reg (2 million viewers a month, hm..)

I like the way ROS is in the Business -> Channel section, rather than the Video Games -> Ancient that it normally seems to crop up in.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/06/04 2:16PM
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On Castle terminates RISCOS Ltd. licence:

fwiw, there's a response from ROL here:

[link]

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 16/06/04 6:53PM
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On RISCOS Ltd. reveal development database:

dgs:

Yes, Peter covered bundled software in his Iyonix review: [link]

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 09/06/04 03:36AM
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On Adjust ROMs in production:

I thought it was a bit odd the way ROL told Foundation users about the Adjust production news, but not actual Adjust customers. I know it might look a bit rude seeing the news on drobe.co.uk before riscos.com.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/04/04 3:36PM
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On Simtec denies Omega USB involvement:

This forum topic follows the discussion from [link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/04/04 2:38PM
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On Adjust ROMs in production:

This topic continues the discussion from [link]

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/04/04 2:37PM
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On STD reveal USB, NIC, IDE combo-podule :

Perhaps, you could phone ro email STD to ask.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/04/04 7:20PM
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On STD reveal USB, NIC, IDE combo-podule :

STD have switched to new hosters in the meantime, until the new DNS settings propogates, you can find their site here: [link]

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 04/04/04 1:06PM
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On GCC 3.3.3pre1 released:

What's wrong with !Edit in RISC OS 5.05? Is anything else affected?

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/03/04 06:50AM
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On NetBook Missing In Action:

It's not my job or role to convince you of anything, I just present fact. You've already made up your mind and that's fair enough - the point is, your opinion is just that, your opinion and everyone's entitled to one. The whole routine of picking apart an OS' feature list smacks of "it's my party and I'll cry if I want to" syndrome.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 09/03/04 3:19PM
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On NetBook Missing In Action:

These "don't care" lists in response to OS features really, to be frank, piss me off. Just because you personally have no use for them, doesn't mean they aren't worth anything. The Select feature list is quite long and different people will find different things useful, get over yourself. You could do this with any god damn OS - OS5, OS4, Select, MacOSX, Windows, you name: every feature will look crap on their own, it's how the OS gels the features together into a coherent, consistent and stable experience for the end user.So what, people find different things useful, fan-fucking-tastic.

Shut up, go away, come back with some kind of useful, justified comment.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/03/04 11:27PM
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On NetBook Missing In Action:

All the kernel and userlevel changes are available to Select subscribers, the Select documentation bundle.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/03/04 7:23PM
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On RISC OS 4.39 and 4.02 pricings confirmed:

Oi, Ian, I'd like to think everything we write on drobe is near 100% accurate. We don't pretend to be always right but I'd like to think we at least quote people properly :p

Ok, so we reported on ROL's release strategy in May 2003 and ROL have since then changed their minds or clarified their intentions. It doesn't smell of anything.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/02/04 6:11PM
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On RISC OS 4.39 and 4.02 pricings confirmed:

dgs: It's not so black and white and every developer and dealer has their own view on the issue of a 32bit ROS4. There's a lot of bitterness and rumour abound so don't take everything you've heard literally until you've heard from all sides.

When ROL said "no one wanted a 32bit OS", they really meant no *manufacturer* wanted one, or it seems, was willing to stump up the cash. How would ROL develop and sell a generic 32bit ROS4 for the RiscPC and A7000: They would have to ask users to upgrade to an OS with few new features (other than the initial OS4.00 feature set because all their effort went into 32bitting the OS) and have all their software updated for little initial benefit other than, yay, your processor is running in 32bit mode. Castle could get away with it, using Pace's 32bit ROS and their new Iyonix architecture to entice upgrades. On most platforms, people upgrade their OSes as they upgrade their hardware. I moved from OS 3.1 to OS 3.6 when I upgraded from an A5000 to a RiscPC and OS 3.6 to 4.03 when I got a Kinetic card, for instance. The hassle of upgrading all your software to 32bit and waiting for something like Aemulor to be developed would be compensated by the faster processor, memory and I/O and other goodies like proper fast ethernet and USB.

Don't forget that programmers don't usually work for free and I was once informed that ROL's license with Pace had a restriction that said only full time programmers could have access to the ROS source. This stops parties volunteering people to help develop the OS substantially.

ROL's policy has always been to make their OS available to all users. This conflicts, however, with manufacturers' interests, IME. A manufactuer would be expected to pay for the 32bit ROS4 development and then some form of royalty per unit sold - programmers have to be paid somehow. Imagine manufacturer A paying ROL to do a 32bit ROS4 and then manufacturer B sub-licenses the 32bit ROS4 for much less than A paid because A covered the initial development costs. A would end up paying for an OS that rival B could use at a much lower cost.

I'm not going to comment on whose 'fault' the OS divide is, or assign blame as it's hardly constructive and I don't think even I have al lthe facts to make such a call. But I don't like all the different developers, dealers and RISC OS 'celebrities' whispering accusations and rumours. The OS divide will hopefully work itself out, and Peter's right when he says developers and dealers tend to talk to each more than the userbase gives them credit.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 23/02/04 2:42PM
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On MicroDigital owners club sees light of day:

rick: The Wakefield organiser, Chris Hughes, has confirmed publically (on usenet) that MD won't be attending the show. Chris.H also said it was MD's "loss".

As to your other point: you're right, we do try to cater for all RISC OS users, and we try to find news from each corner of the platform: from Iyonix to Omega to emulation to legacy machines.

While we can't force people to read the site, we certainly are not excluding anyone, whatsoever. If you think we've missed some important news or overlooked something, drop us an email and we'll follow it up. If you have any oter evidence that we're excluding users, point it out to us. We'd love to hear from you.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/12/03 10:07AM
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On MicroDigital owners club sees light of day:

"most Omega users do not wish to meet the wolves-pack in the arena called drobe" .. hehe, that's so going to be turned into the drobe quotes.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/12/03 9:50PM
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On Again with the laptops:

While it's a little obvious that R-Comp want to brand their laptop as a "RISC OS Book" - hence RISCBook - modern Intel processors have RISC cores with a x86 CISC compatibility layer. So technically, it's a RISC book either way ;)

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 07/12/03 11:05AM
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On Please Stop the Madness:

No. We receive many emails from users asking questions and I try to answer them all to the best of my ability. However Axel's was so far removed from reality, it deserved an article to ensure everyone is clued up on the technical reasons why it's not so easy to do RISC OS on a P4.

Emails and correspondence is fine and welcome, just please keep it sane. And the nuts thing was a joke, see the side of any packet of junk food.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/11/03 08:30AM
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On Please Stop the Madness:

Let's keep this brief. We've been exchanging emails with Axel since the article to discuss things. Also, try not to mention the 'libel' word too much, it makes our legal advisor tingle all over. Please look beyond the light hearted sarcasm and see the technical points we've raised. If you were offended by this article, ask yourself why.

This webpage may contain nuts.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 12/11/03 01:23AM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

It's so very nice to see diversity in the market, finally.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 31/10/03 00:13AM
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On Alpha, VirtualRiscPC revisited:

Hi Rick.

You said, "Yes, but sad as well that the risc community has come to the point that one group of users have choosen to be silent".

Well, sorry, that's unacceptable. The RISC OS platform is too small for people to start forming secret societies.

I'm sure people haven't waited 3 years for a machine (and I'm not just talking about deposit holders) that when it's released, everything goes quiet. The Omega and MicroDigital rely on RISC OS and therefore very much in the public interest and therefore our interest.

If we can't speak to MD, we'll speak to dealers and users because that works and it also means we get real people writing about their real machines.

I can't believe, in 2003, things have turned out this way. It's shocking. Call me biased and whatever else you feel like claiming in order to attempt to extinguish my view. This is how, as an independant editor thinking in the interests of the userbase and developers and dealers alike, I see the situation and I don't like it. That's informed editorial opinion. That's what sets the tone of our articles and the direction of our reporting. If you don't like it, then.. a) email us with some facts and urls to where we were wrong and we'll follow it up; or, b) find another news outlet.

I can see us arguing this over and over and over and going nowhere purely because we each hold different views. Is that so bad? Your opinion is welcome, I hope you treat mine and others in the same way.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 29/08/03 11:30PM
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On Alpha, VirtualRiscPC revisited:

Rick: I bet if we praised MicroDigital, we wouldn't be having this discussion.

Being negitive about something doesn't automatically make you biased - it seems some people think that if you write positively, you can't be biased.

We were being neutral when we wrote the articles, it's purely your opinion if you believe differently. If you have some quotes from the articles or other facts to back up your statements, we'll be pleased to hear them.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 25/08/03 7:22PM
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On Alpha, VirtualRiscPC revisited:

Rick: well, ok, I respect your comments and I like people giving us feedback. This argument is going now where because it boils down to..

- We say the article was fair and deserving. - You say the article wasn't fair and was undeserving.

A deadlock I doubt we'll see resolved.

I don't have a personal dislike for David A. as such, I'm just extremely frustrated by the way MicroDigital publically present the Omega. We enjoy telling people about RISC OS and writing about it yet it's difficult to do so with MicroDigital being so overly defensive.

And if the Iyonix is apparently unfinished, I'd like to hear more about this because this is news to us. Post here or drop us an email.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/08/03 12:58AM
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On Alpha, VirtualRiscPC revisited:

Rick: So basically, you are saying you read something that you disagreed with? Everyday I read articles online or from newspapers that I disagree with - that doesn't always mean they are written unprofessionally or they are biased. I might simply disagree with the editorial opinion or the angle the writer took. Or maybe the truth hurts?

Iconbar.com's write up was verbose and detailed, which is fine. We concentrated on what was most important so the article was shorter and of a different tone.

Have you actually sat through a presentation by David Atkins? Have you watched the recording of him speaking at Wakefield? Who really cares about his company's relationship with far eastern developers? What about networking and USB, technical support and documentation? What about things that end users care about?

Oh great, Dave's very insistant to tell us that the Omega is expandable. How exactly is it expandable if they won't release docs on how to write drivers for it? Are MD going to do all the drivers, even though they're still fiddling with basic USB and networking?

You can disagree with us until you're blue in the face. I can argue for every single sentence in the drobe.co.uk articles you mention. I'd write more, but then we'd sound like a broken record and we could spend the time on more positive things.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 22/08/03 6:57PM
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On Alpha, VirtualRiscPC revisited:

rdenk: I disagree that the Atkins vs. Beverley event at the Netherlands was blown out of proportion. It's generally noted that you don't insult the very people willing to promote your stuff.

The iconbar.com write up differed from ours because we simply didn't want to give front page space to a company that claimed the RISC OS press are only trying to line their own pockets. The iconbar.com's editors are free to publish whatever they want and it was nice to see someone willing to present an alternative view. In this instance, iconbar.com felt MicroDigital deserved a verbose write up, although that's probably got nothing to do with the fact that Phil's an MD apologist.

Bias doesn't just appear in the written word. It's in the the selection, editting and presentation of articles too.

And then there's making us all wait three years for a machine and then when it's ready, not telling anyone. It takes frustration to a whole new level. Rick, your defending of MD is admirable but really, it shouldn't be dealers and friends of MD to argue their case.

Chris. Just me.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/08/03 11:54PM
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On Alpha, VirtualRiscPC revisited:

So, when does it get out of beta and into production?

Dave Ruck said that although a beta exists, he has no time to develop it further and test it (for the moment). Is this true?

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/08/03 3:13PM
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On Shipping Omega first impressions:

No one has publically stated how many Iyonixes have been shifted. No one has publically stated how many Omegas have been shifted. If we knew, we'd shout it out.

MicroDigital have told us that they don't do publicity and they don't do anything with the Press. End of story. Note that they aren't exhibiting at the October RISC OS show although Dave Atkins appears to be quietly touring the user groups. Feel free to phone them up and then email us.

The Press exists to gather and report information and present it to the public. One obvious advantage of this is that companies can send releases to outlets, who then tell everyone else and this saves everyone phoning up individual companies to ask for info.

So in the absence of this flow of information, feel free to all phone MicroDigital and ask questions. Every time you look at drobe (or another news outlet) for MicroDigital news, and there's none - phone MicroDigital.

We're currently relying on end users and dealers to tell us about MicroDigital stuff - which is unfair on end users (although Stewart's writeup was very, very much appreciated) and it's unfair for us to hound dealers with questions that really MicroDigital should be answering.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 11/08/03 7:15PM
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On Oregano 2 welcomes new master Oregano UK Ltd.:

Heh, my Oregano 1 is dated from August 2000. I suppose we should be patient and wait for developments to be announced, Richard wouldn't be drawn on specifics.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/08/03 7:37PM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

It's called syslog, built into Select now.

* syslog errors show 03 Aug 00:18:23 100 ***Error*** 03 Aug 00:18:23 100 Title : Error 03 Aug 00:18:23 100 Task : Unknown task 03 Aug 00:18:23 100 Message : An application that loads a file of this type has not been found by the Filer. Open a directory display containing the required application and try again.

etc.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 03/08/03 02:47AM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

There's the NoError module that closes all single tasking error boxes after a 5 second or so delay. ie: if the user doesn't click on Cancel within the time, the NoError modue will close the error window anyway.

[link]

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 03/08/03 00:19AM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

It's most probably in the same situation as Browse - way out of date and not enough time/demand to update it.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/07/03 4:45PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

ok, 'Hackers' was.. um.. interesting.. ok, I admit it, I quite enjoyed it.

Anyway, back to the point about why Drobe isn't harrasing the OS developers for the lack of things like PMT and full memory protection.

Firstly, let's be blunt. PMT would be tremendous - I could use my desktop more fluidly whilst Filer Action or Oregano were busy processing stuff or FTPc was uploading stuff. Memory protection would mean the end of apps scribbling over the RMA and DAs and locking up the machine.

But, to implement these would require fundamental changes to the OS and result in many, many applications breaking and not working. The Aemulor team know exactly what kinds of tricks even high profile software pulls. I suppose, you'd have to implement a system that encapsulates old style apps to run them over this new style OS.

Can the present user market support the development costs to pay for such an undertaking; is it unreasonable for us to slap the OS developers about and tell them to do what we say? Would end users prefer it if CTL and ROL focus on stuff that immediately benefits us like USB/PCI drivers and networking and graphics facilities?

I'll leave it to you to discuss.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/07/03 11:56PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

No, I missed nothing.

All I read was "Whaa whaa whaa whaa. I'm too lazy to read the n+1 Select articles on Drobe and other portals to find out what it really provides... whaa whaa whaa.. RISC OS is too expensive... whaa whaa whaaa."

Sorry pal, no one cares about what you think. Whinging comments like yours is a waste of my time and the server harddisc space storing them. What will whinging solve? Will the companies involved see your personal comments on this forum and think, "Well, actually, he's got a point". Do you think ROL and CTL charge extra because they can get away with it?

There's what 3, no, 4 thousand users left? Is bitching that the OS is more expensive than an OS used by 300, no 400 million people? We're all very acutely aware of the limitations and restrictions placed on ROS but we get on with using the damn OS and enjoying it.

You're still on 3.7? Did you get 3.7 with your SA RPC? So what you're telling me is, tou've not upgraded since you bought your SA RPC in 1997? That's almost 7 years ago. You've not invested in ROS since then? And now you've got the sudden right to start complaining about the woes of upgrading?

What have I done today? I've been coding ROS software. It's getting there but at the moment, it's exploding because it's accidentally fiddling with some OS workspace memory - but I'll iron that bug out tonight. Do you see me whinging about lack of full memory protection? Do you see me stop and wonder about the costs and how Windows is apparently oh so much better?

No. Now, I don't want to rant again. I'm going to watch Hackers on Ch4 with a beer and calm down.

Good night.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/07/03 9:26PM
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On Castle FAQ on RISC OS buy out:

Diddums.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 19/07/03 9:09PM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

Ah well. I'm out gunned it seems. It was just my opinion and impression of the matter.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 17/07/03 01:39AM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

Getting ROS into education means kids grow up using RISC OS. They would get to use the system, learn with it and see the merits of RISC OS. Then when they leave school, they would expect to find RISC OS in their workplace. That would have been the plan.

However, as you point out, Microsoft were extremely keen to see UK children using MS stuff so when the kids leave school, they can work in MS powered offices. It keeps businesses using MS stuff because that's what their future workforce will be skilled in.

So RISC OS being used in education was important not only because it provided lots of user friendly teaching resources, but it also presented an alternative OS to future generations. I wish it was still in education.

Making the OS "desirable" means different things to different people. Who are you aiming for, desktop users? They want a responsive, no hassle platform with /lots/ of software. Server people? They want reliability and stability and probably scalability.

ROS needs to find something it's good and really push that, rather than trying to be a "jack of all trades, master of none".

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 16/07/03 9:59PM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

With AMS' sentiment, it suddenly feels like 1994 again.

Bring it on!

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 04/07/03 8:26PM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

Well yes, let's look for the positives in this.. You've got a previously decentralised market now developing a singular central body - Castle have the OS, hardware and other things like a browser. The initial article abstract was going to be "Owning all the aces" ;)

Next, the OS is back in the fold. With Pace, it wasn't known if they were using it or dropping it - now someone with active interest in it has it.

I was going to phone Castle with a whole bunch of questions but Jack.L wasn't in, so I hope to do an FAQ or something after the weekend.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 04/07/03 5:57PM
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On Castle buys RISC OS from Pace:

Steffen: So it's not ok for Ian to express whatever feelings he has on the matter but it's ok for you to gleefully deride Select. Select, ime, has allowed us RiscPC users to treat our computers to updates through out the year.

I could easily take ROS 5 apart one feature at a time and complain about each part but then I wouldn't be appreciating the OS as a whole.

At the end of the day, it's still RISC OS.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 04/07/03 5:52PM
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On Vantage 1.10 finally released:

Btw, after some disruption caused by Cerilica accidentally issuing broken registration keys, it's reported that they've fixed their code that generates the reg. keys and users can sucessfully register their copies of Vantage.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 29/06/03 10:41PM
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On Select 3 online release:

sebastian: Run !Configure, then open the Windows plugin, then the Icons plugin and fiddle with the settings in there.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 21/05/03 5:45PM
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On Select 3 online release:

The backdrop I use is at:

[link]

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/05/03 1:50PM
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On Select 3 online release:

Oh, and there's some desktop banners at:

[link]

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 20/05/03 1:50PM
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On RISC OS Select 3 in detail:

The size of the platform again plays a significant part here, Morgan. Developers need to cover costs from such a small user base which is why you pay extra for, yes, the priviledge of using RISC OS still. There's fewer developers working on RISC OS than the OSes you cited so it'll obviously take longer for features to appear.

Suggesting things like virtual memory is worrying. I don't like the idea of a StrongARM swapping pages over the internal IDE bus, thank you ;)

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 09/05/03 4:22PM
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On RISC OS Select 3 in detail:

The article says after the Wakefield show.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 09/05/03 1:28PM
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On RISC OS Select 3 in detail:

Martyn: The Window Manager can be configured to behave like Windows (highlighted text deleted and replace on the next key press) or to instead keep on inserting new text.

From what I recall, IClear selected the whole icon. With the new Window manager, you can use the mouse or cursor keys to highlight portions of the icon text, if you so wish.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 08/05/03 3:15PM
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On Dead software and OvationPro:

Dave Pilling's told us that the OvationPro for Windows is unfinished and still in development despite a time limited demo being online.

We'll hear more when he finishes it.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 07/05/03 12:16AM
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On Dead software and OvationPro:

Yeh, everyone I've spoken to is impressed with OvationPro for Windows.

(btw, hi pete ;) )

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 07/05/03 01:27AM
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On Unix Porting Project bursts into game arena:

Nice shades.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 02/05/03 1:36PM
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On What are RiscStation playing at?:

Nah, I phoned RiscStation earlier today and the RiscStation person I spoke to didn't seem angry with drobe.co.uk at all. In fact, she admitted they had no idea what Paul (Nodoid) had been saying over the weekend - they're going to return my call right away, honest.

So I don't know what to believe, certainly not Paul.

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/04/03 11:24PM
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On What are RiscStation playing at?:

Well, this is a welcome distraction from RiscStation's noise. :)

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 14/04/03 5:59PM
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On What are RiscStation playing at?:

I think the RS mailing list has been deleted..

[link]

Chris.

 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 13/04/03 10:53PM
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