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Realname: Wouter Rademaker
About me:My first BBC I bought in a second hand store in 1989 My first 32 bit Acorn, a A340 with SCSI-harddisk but a non-working floppy, I found next to the waste container around 1991. See my website for my present collection of Acorn's and other real computers
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

Why would a filesystem loaded from firmware give beter performance?

Maybe the firmware can emulate one or more poduleroms (from file?) supporting non-RISC OS filesystems and/or partitontables so you can boot from those? A bit like you can put drivers in Amiga Rigid Disk Block. But for that the foreign filesystem needs to have implemented RISC OS filetypes in some way.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 3/9/09 10:12AM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

ViewFinder software version 1.75 is now available via :


Simply follow the instructions.

From 'Updates' :

- Bugfix : monitor's maximum linerate setting (as flashed) was never effective, since it wasn't observed correctly. - Bugfix : the flash utility sometimes (if only rarely) failed to program the 29C512 due to an undiscovered timing sensitivity. - Added support for dual-head DVI output. The specifications of the second DVI capable monitor can be specified via the flash utility. - In dual-head setups, the second head no longer needs to display the same vertical resolution as the first (i.e. the vertical resolution can now be specified via *ViewFinderMode). - Added '*Configure ViewFinderDVIScaling' option, which selects the monitor (0) or the AGP card (1) to perform scaling (to the monitor's native resolution). The AGP card cannot scale the second head, so 0 is the recommended setting for dual-head DVI operation. - Changed dual-head mode related syntax of *ViewFinderMode.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 31/8/09 5:47PM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

So only when using the RISC OS 6 video abstraction interface a larger part of the drawing operations are acceleratable, can a V-pod be faster, compared with a viewfinder under RISC OS 4? That could be possible, but why would a viewfinder under RISC OS 6 be slower than a V-pod? Inefficient driver or does the RISC OS 6 video abstraction interface uses many drawing operations that can only be accelerated on a SM500/SM501?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 20/8/09 12:35PM
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On Prototype Acorn Unix-powered A680 lands on eBay:

It is a Rodime RO3000S SCSI drive according to boot screen

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 17/8/09 11:41AM
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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

Pre RISC OS Six only. It's a Radeon AGP card.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 14/8/09 8:08PM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

But Mozilla Fennec on RISC OS is a lot of work, including work on the core and Netsurf is much less and mostly simpler work on the frontend.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 14/8/09 1:43PM
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On Five tips for ROL over the next five years:

Quote from John Kortink: "If so, be advised that only Rage 128 Viewfinders appear to be supported under RISC OS 6. Contact RISC OS Ltd, they are responsible for that."

If this is true, when will Radeon Viewfinders be supported under RISC OS 6?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 22/5/09 4:03PM
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On News in brief:

There are, in last part of the podcast, also some interesting thoughts about Firefox and Open Office on alternative operating systems. You use an alternative operating system for its special look and feel not the use a big program that works better on an other OS and doesn't use the special look and feel.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 5/5/09 6:05PM
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On 'Drobe should be accurately researched':

He is just trying to dump the unstable flashchips.


 is a RISC OS Useregel on 7/4/09 11:02AM
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On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

RichardHallas: Or the second core (first) just as FPU

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 23/8/06 5:07PM
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On 3D dog fight game first release:

Viewfinder + 8bit sound crashes with me too but with nosound it works.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 19/7/06 9:25PM
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On Euro Expo 2006 confirmed:

Datawave: Are you coming? As RISC OS Authorised Installer / Dealer and Distributor of RISC OS Computers? I not see XAT or Desk too.

Strange no Dutch RISC OS sellers.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 1/5/06 12:18PM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

hEgelia: These are the makers of modern OS core's on ARM: [link] So far as I know is it only with linux, *bsd and QNX possible to (easy) separate the core from the rest of the OS. So what do you think, is the best choice?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 28/3/06 3:30PM
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On BBC Micro ARM7 co-processor available:

And when you can't get a goMMC, you can try this: [link] Now in windows version too.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 10/3/06 4:52PM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

Why isn't Castle rattling their share in ROL? They own at least 25% (19.9% ex PACE, 5% always been Castle and 0.12 % JL/JB) of the votes. That must be usable as some kind of crowbar.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 19/1/06 4:25PM
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On Geminus graphics acceleration launched:

With a viewfinder-version too can everyone be happy. :)

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 9/12/05 2:01PM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

The target niche of this machine [link] is probably almost the same as the A9. A small machine based on an evaluation board with mobile processor and niche OS (Amiga OS like). I'm interested to see how the end-user-price will compare to the A9.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 30/11/05 09:51AM
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On Could A9 be a digital oasis in a desert of PCs and Macs?:

Nex: When you start juggling, you better swap the drive for a Solid State Drive and tape some batteries on it. So you can do it while they are stil working. That would be real special.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 23/11/05 2:51PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Does anybody know how much IDE/ATAPI devices the IDE-controler on the A9 can control? 1, 2 or 4?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 15/11/05 2:39PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Datawave: Read it as: "RISC OS will be in the same state as the Acorn BBC", only alive in the hearts of nerds as a kind of toy.

RISC OS can only survive as everything before RISC OS 4.0 is declared dead. R.I.P. sleep

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 11/11/05 1:22PM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Conclusion: Drobe-readers are more experimental than Archive-readers. More Iyonix, Omega and A9home, Less Pre-RiscPC

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 10/11/05 12:30PM
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On Should RISC OS be open sourced?:

I think it is beter the other way around: Risc os should use (more) open source parts, like drivers, modules and utils. When I read GPL right that is possible with the right wording in the license on the non-free parts and the availability of non-free alternatives. In that way a completelly non-free Risc os would still work but not as good as the mixed version.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 21/10/05 3:21PM
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On Using an A3010 as a central heating controller:

The standard controller that came with my central heating has it all including the possibility of remote control. And the boiler is the most sold one in the Netherlands at the moment. When your central heating boiler has only on/off then it is time to buy a new modulating high efficiency gas condensing combination boiler. The money you save that way can be used to buy a Iyonix or A9-home.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 21/10/05 2:33PM
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On Fonts website folds under legal threat:

Nice read: dutch: [link] balelfish english: [link]

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 7/10/05 4:47PM
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On ARM plays hand, reveals 1GHz plans:

CJE: DMIPS Dhrystone MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second)

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 5/10/05 11:53AM
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On ROL faces rebellion over Select delays:

Gulli: 2) Castle isn't doing enough...... It is "normal" that the hardware builder pays the OS-builder for making the OS or even helps to build it. For instance windows NT for Alpha was mostly done and paid by Digital.

And when the hardware builder doesn't pay then there must be enough demand from users to get the OS.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 5/10/05 11:02AM
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On Castle ponder GeForce 4 graphics upgrade:

ksattic: Matrox has cards with a plain PCI interface too. From 32 bit PCI and 32 MB to very high end ones with 64 bit PCI and 256 MB. (Iyonix has 64 bit PCI slots.) So far as I know is Matrox not to difficult with their specs/APIs etc. But their strength is 2D not 3D.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 20/9/05 10:19AM
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On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

Don't change the design. I like the children building block or brick look. Can I have mine in "red sandpaper" finish?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 2/9/05 3:51PM
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On Official Repton t-shirts on sale:

apdl: The Nut and some other stuf is still Element 14 Limited (Who ever at the moment that is) [link] trademark=2123753

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 18/8/05 12:42PM
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On Official Repton t-shirts on sale:

Castle has at least the right to use the trademark. They needed it, I think, when they took over the production of the Acorn range of desktop computers. Or are all the Castle RPC's and A7000's without the name and the nut logo?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 17/8/05 4:57PM
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On Delving inside an A9home:

Datawave: just order a couple of thousand A9's with USB 2.0 and I expect they will be build for you. If you want less, you get less, so stop ####.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 15/07/05 12:09AM
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On No plans to change USB 1.1 in A9home:

em2ac > Why? Simple; money. The users of other A9 types and the other users of the CPU module card don't need it (yet). I think we only can expect a USB2-A9Home when they need it or when the sales of the A9Home will be huge. For now, see the A9Home as a ?present? to the RISC OS community, take it as it is or leave it.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 07/07/05 11:02AM
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On STD defends A5 concept:

Simo: Atari is dead, but that has not much to do with emulation. Amiga is surviving because of emulation and porting to already available hardware. And people are buying it because they can always use the hardware for a normal-user-friendly Linux and Mac OS. The only alternative on ARM, for the things Risc OS doesn’t offer you, is a hobbyist/sysadmin Linux.

(from: [link] ) 7. What is the benefit - from your point of view - in using the Pegasos instead of other hardware solutions?

<Piru> The number one benefit is the quiet computing. Second is low heat dissipation. Third is low power consumption. These all are pretty much connected... :)

(Pegasos is a new “Amiga” PPC-hardware)

The ARM-hardware isn’t anymore a unique selling point for a desktop-machine. Maybe you can even say the work on the development of new ARM-hardware was a waste of resources that could have been used for development of RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 04/08/04 10:05AM
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On STD Temporary Closure:

riscdomain: If Castle inherited the A shares from Pace can't they not just dismiss Paul Middleton or appoint a second director next to him? Or even a third together with Andrew Rawnsley? I think there is no need for Castle to own more of ROL to control it.

Who is Andrew Rawnsley?

From the RISCOS Ltd Annual Report 2002

A and B Shareholders -------------------- Pace Micro Technology plc are beneficial holders of a 19.9% non-dilutable interest in RISCOS Ltd. That shareholding is classified as the A Shares and entitles them to appoint a Director to the Board. They are currently waiving that right.

The B Shareholders own a 10% non-dilutable interest in RISCOS Ltd and also have the right to appoint one Director to the Board. They are currently waiving that right. (Paul Middleton 25; Andrew Rawnsley 25; Castle Technology Ltd 50)

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 07/07/04 5:43PM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:


The worst thing Castle can do is develop a new motherboard. If they still want to make hardware they must find a way to adapt an already available motherboard for their use. That adaptation must (mostly) be in firm- and software to make it cheap and portable enough.

I think Risc OS only has a future when it's made to work on widely available hardware like X86, PPC or maybe Crusoe/Efficeon.

ARM plc and Intel are not interested in desktop-uses of ARM / XScale so why try hacking it for that use? The only way Riscos can survive on ARM is, when there is an desktop-capable ARM processor, but there is none or not in the future. The Riscos-market is not big enough to let processor-makers develop a special processor and chipsets for that market. ARM plc is not good for us so why stick with ARM?

You can see Windows+VirtualRiscPC as a very thick and wide HAL. You can thin that layer by using a smaller, better designed underlying OS (Linux, *BSD) or you can narrow it by making drivers (modules) that closer interact with the hardware.

Or just dump RiscOS as OS and just keep the windowmanager, the windowsystem and other good parts and use it on Darwin instead of Aqua (MacOS X) or instead of the MS windows windowmanager. Merge VirtualRiscPC and Aemulor for the “old” programs.

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 07/05/04 4:37PM
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On STD reveal USB, NIC, IDE combo-podule :

Trade-in options: Let's clean our attic: a Watford Electronics IDE podule and Digital Services DCI-2 NIC, would it work? Anyone software to make it work on a RiscPC?

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 02/04/04 1:55PM
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On Omega MIDI, ethernet progress:

If you are so keen on AGP, you can "allways" use something bizar like "CHANGE-AGP2PCI": [link] [link] _06_04

in Ruslish: [link] 4&direction=re&template=General&cp1=NO&cp2=NO&autotranslate=on&transliterate=on&psubmit2.x=59&psubmit2.y=9

 is a RISC OS Useregel on 18/03/04 08:30AM
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