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On Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced:

IYONIX pc at 1600x1200 in 16M colours: 1900MB/sec using the old graphics card from the first batches.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/9/09 9:23AM
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On 'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test:

Good runimage indeed since the original one from Peter's v2.0.0.20 r8 crashes!

Seems a bit faster and thus starts to go towards usability (though loading still takes ages).

But visiting [link] is a quick way to kill the app.

And clicking on the closing icon of a tab in the default starting page list seems to have no use; selecting close tab from the menu closes the complete window (which had three tabs open).

Anyhow: good that there is still work being done.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/9/09 9:08AM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

Interesting film since when click on play all I get is the info that it is not available in my area :-(

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/8/09 2:13PM
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On Bug-fixed NetSurf 2.1 released:

www.ebay.de still does not look good - by far too much white space on the page so that only in 10% scaling it fits on screen; NetSurf 1.x was good on this page.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/6/09 1:50PM
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On Recent developments have left me feeling...:

While at it, please take DH out for good.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/5/09 6:09PM
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On Recent developments have left me feeling...:

It does serve a purpose: It kind of ensures that discussion is longer...

And it kind of gives you the feeling that the person setting up the polls is a weirdo!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/5/09 6:07PM
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On Recent developments have left me feeling...:

Well do you expect precise options when "David Holden sleeps easy at night" is one of them ...

I assume it meant that they really join forces

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/5/09 6:06PM
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On Five tips for ROL over the next five years:

ROL should have a close look at their website...

With NetSurf (current build) it looks ok but does have some issues. With Phoenix it is a sheer mess and Oregano 2 is not much better. Who is supposed to go there?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/5/09 10:40AM
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On Bitmap graphics package Photodesk updated:

Thanks Niklaus and CJE!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/4/09 9:56AM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Oh another one:

RO5 support for new hardware is under way and being worked on.

RO4/6 is aimed at pretty old hardware or the emulation of such. Well an older variant runs on A9home but is not complete and I see no progress on this one since quite some time.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 26/4/09 6:15PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Main feature: Open source and thus things can be fixed!

Take this as an example:

While RO was closed source >2GB FAT media were not supported since both OS-suppliers decided to not touch the crap called DOSFS - despite ROL calling their OS cutting edge :-).

Now for RO5 work is done in this area with step on being a filingsystem Fat32FS and the obvious step 2 is then intrgation into the OS.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 26/4/09 6:11PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

<bold>DHCP</bold>: Why spend 20 pounds at ROL online shop for this if RO5 has it for free?

<bold>User-facing advantages</bold>:

Filer shortcuts & filer thumbnailing are there to have since quite some time by other apps that are free (and run on RO5 too). Submenus no longer obstructing: Freeware offers similar features.

Draw & Paint: It's amazing how important these are taken - I prefer ArtWorks and Photodesk for most work.

64K colour mode: Well, I think whoever decided to do more serious colour work would have a new computer by now, or VirtualPRC or a ViewFinder; and in any case for that kind of work I'd opt for 16M colours!

These are perhaps not enough or well communicated by ROL themselves: Absolutely!

<bold>Emulation</bold>:

Emulation users do not want RO 3.x since it's too old and has too many restraints I'd say. And since until recently just RO4 was there to have and worked and the emulators emulate old hardware (i.e. RPC) so what's the reason to ask for RO5.

<bold>Under the hood</bold>:

As for the "under the hood work": That's not really an end-user feature, is it, but one of the favorite features ROL promotes is my impression.

Bugs: Well, I assume all RO variants have bugs but from my memory I had more issues when I had Select opposed to RO3 or RO5. And I'd not be surprised that quite a few RO4/6 bugs are side-effects of the changes done to this OS variant and which then have been fixed.

Incompatible RO6: It's incompatible with RO4 and earlier RO6 in some areas. The new screenmode being a more prominent example which some apps need to know of to handle.

Well, zeropage protection is an old one... and there are fixes/tools around!

<bold>RO5 for RPC</bold>:

There are quite a few 3.7 users there mainly due to the simple rule: never change a running system coupled with the upgrade to newer RO versions requiring ROM change and if it is to make sense harddisc reformatting (no tool to convert there). Add to this the information (or lack of such) from ROL about the end-user features (stability fixes are not of any importance to users who's 3.7 system is dead stable!).

Guess what: I had the odd chat with such users and understand their point of view. For me RO4's main benefits were DHCP and long file names. As for further benefits I got from Select ... well ... nothing jumps to my head off head.

Why not give the RPC user the choice: pay for RO4/6 which is the sensible path in case of e.g. podules, or RO 5 (be it 26 or 32 bit) for those just wanting the long file names and DHCP eg.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 26/4/09 6:06PM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

You sure it's a downgrade? Though one must admit that in the recent past ROL did seem to publish upgrades more often.

Anyhow - how about all them RPC users who didn't go for RO4 or Select?

And then there are users who prefer open source OS or who want to support RO5 and ROOL hoping to see RO on some new hardware at some point?

BTW, RO5 on an A9home might be very tempting for many :-)

But from my personal point of view you're right that it is preferreable that RO5 effort is into new hardware like Beagle/Cortex opposed to the old and quite a bit slower hardware.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 26/4/09 9:32AM
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On RISC OS 6 in pictures:

Triggered by the discussion and just for fun I went to ROL's homepage... and followed the link to Select. What you get is a page about "Select 4" from 2007. Well that does kind of match the hardware they support :-) But if you start reading since you're into history you do find a discreet link to RISC OS Six. Tricky one...

OK so I followed that link and looked for the end-user features (opposed to the programmer's features) on ROSix site.

First End user feature mentioned is 32/26 bit - followed by a block labelled technical features (things about the kernel ...) and a long module list. As an end-user I'd stop reading just now assuming that if that are the top key end-user features I couldn't care less!

And I assume that quite a few users having a well working RISC OS something (be it 3.x or 4.x) seeing these main ROSix end-user features put their money elswhere - there are quite a few interesting offering for RO available.

But you can even better this since the list (I'm still in the end-user features list) continues with technical stuff mainly .. and when I thought, wow, here comes really something for an end-user all I get is the info like "There is a separate user document covering !Paint in the RISCOS6.Documents directory." That helps.

OK, if the user did not give up yet, the next thing to check is if it will run on his or her system. So off to the FAQ.

The first question, what is RO6, you see a list of computers and the note "Complete support for some of these computers may require additional software development which has not yet been undertaken." That helps since they prefer to not even tell you which ones are completely supported!

Then in the next block about the comptuers RO6 will be available for you can read "The full Select 4 Issue 4 release is a softload suitable for Risc PC, A7000 and Virtual Acorn products".

Yes, they tell you about comptuers running Select 4 and further down that RO6 is something different...

Only for one piece of hardware you get a definitive information: IYONIX pc! It does not run on that one. And for a few like Omega, Mico and R7500 you can read that they will not be officially supported.

So for Risc PC, A7000, VirtualPRC, A9home, to name the main ones, you can just hope/guess/assume :-)

IMHO, if ROL really wants to sell ROSix they should think about trying to convince the users of older RO versions and assume that quite a few of those are just users - not programmers or users not knowing where to put their money!

Lucky me with an IYONIX pc since when friends ask me about what RO is I can always point them to ROOL's site...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/09 6:51PM
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On RISC OS 6 in pictures:

I couldn't have put it better!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/09 6:24PM
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On RISC OS 6 in pictures:

Yes that list is there and you can even see when in which source code member references to Acorn were removed or when it was changed to work with a differenc assemler - that really helps making the change count high....

But it is not end-user friendly! I know of some 3.7 users who stuck to 3.7 to some extent due to lack of being convinced and the changes lists from ROL were no help. Some of them upgraded after I told them what they'd get - focussing on what they get as "just" end-users, i.e. they just use RISC OS and thus don't care about programming features etc.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/09 6:11PM
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On RISC OS 6 in pictures:

The odd question arises...

1. Why did ROL never manage to supply such an information outlining the end-user features to try to convince more 3.7-users to upgrade to Select?

2. Is this article outlining the new features of the most current Select compared to the previous version or of RO6 compared to RO4?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/4/09 8:56AM
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On Will Wakefield 2009 see a new graphics card for RISC OS?:

So the April's fool is perhaps us thinking it's an April's fool ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/4/09 4:48PM
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On Will Wakefield 2009 see a new graphics card for RISC OS?:

Looks like an April's Fool to me... just look at the heading of the posting: "Embargoed until 00:00 April 1st 2009"

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/4/09 11:30AM
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On Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?:

Well, since the odd ARM-based computer is there my guess is that getting them to run RISC OS would be best ... based on RISC OS Open (see Pandora project e.g.) has the best chances (considering progress for A9home).

And if the poll should be more like this. 1a Yes with Select RISC OS 1b Yes with ROOL RISC OS 1c Yes no matter with RISC OS 2a-2c same as 1a-1c, but unter £250 3 No

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/09 3:28PM
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On Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?:

Oops ... I forgot to type one word..

"Bluntly put I do not think!" is a bit short. I meant "Bluntly put I do not think SO!"

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/09 3:18PM
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On Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?:

Quote "...ROL ever had a serious intention of porting their version to the Iyo...".

Bluntly put I do not think! They asked for a certain amount of users guaranteeing to pay for IyoSelect, got them but that's it.

And then look at their progress as for A9home...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/09 3:17PM
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On Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?:

No, they should concentrate on merging their RISC OS source into ROOL's website.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/3/09 6:10PM
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On RPCEmu Spoon Edition bug fixed:

Thanks.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/1/09 3:18PM
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On Go-faster stripes for PC-format media access app:

Thanks! Works fine with my 8GB USB stick.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/1/09 4:36AM
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On Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu:

You want to remove the ROMPatch stuff from PreDesk since this code fails (seems to not be needed). One result if this failure is that the other files in PreDesk are not run, that is the network setup is not done e.g.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/1/09 5:27PM
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On RISC OS Firefox port in bug fix update:

Despite me having informed Peter Naulls that his FF port crashes on www.ebay.de when you type in your username for logon (just start typing the first letters) this error is still there.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 4/1/09 7:46AM
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On What should be the platform's priority for 2009?:

True - as for the awards in such polls the option to vote in orders or simply spread, say 10 points to the different options would be nice.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/09 3:09PM
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On User-friendly RPCEmu for Windows emerges:

Good idea ... Windows-users will probably be better off since installation by drag'n'drop is alien for Windows users :-)

Please include network support.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/09 9:26AM
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On Drobe Awards 2008: The results:

Thanks!

Hi, perhaps in 2009 we can get a longer list and instead of voting just for one product we could enter up to 10 points per category (e.g. 5 for the best, 3 and 2 to the runners-up) and the resulting list could then show more detail. This would probably not change as for the two top most products but other good ones would be there too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/09 9:21AM
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On Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu:

I got a copy from ROL and installed it using the guideline in Red Squirrel and in RPCEmu. Setting up both was no problem at all thanks to the guideline provided and both work as expected.

Good work, ROL!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/12/08 8:34AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

I meant a RO5 HAL; has nothing to do with RO6...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/12/08 12:57PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

I agree. ROL's existence seems to rely on RPC and VRPC owners and now with a free RO for those soon-to-be there (ROOL does deliver when they say they plan to) things look worse...

Perhaps ROL should have started to support current hardware long ago. For IYONIX pc all you got was words. For A9home a bit more but despite statements from ROL suggesting RO6 to be a priority (and thus the RPC on back burner) for A9 RO6 still didn't arrive.

I just wonder what happens if a A9-HAL is done for RO5 :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/12/08 11:50AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

Indeed ... otherwise all the things Aaron found out would suggest that during the former license dispute between CTL and ROL nobody really looked at the license and docs...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/12/08 11:40AM
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On Community-produced RISC OS 5.14 in final testing:

Well initally there was RO 4.xx in 26 bit by ROL and then 5.xx in 32 bit by CTL. Things were nice and clean those days (well while we had Acorn around even cleaner...)

And then ROL decided to name their version 6.xx to make the version numbers less clean... and just to increase confusion they call it "RISC OS Select xiy" with different x's and y's and even named one version "RISC OS Adjust" - perhaps some future version will pick up on the third mouse button....

Since both RO threads are "RISC OS" versions and RO5 is not intended to be IYONIX only and "RISC OS Open" is already there those names are no option.

Perhaps the open source RO5.x and whatever follows should be called "RISC OS Future" (not "RISC OS Ultimate" since Microsoft might claim a copyright for that name as OS name) or the like ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/12/08 4:48PM
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On Community-produced RISC OS 5.14 in final testing:

Indeed!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/12/08 10:03AM
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On The ARM Club disbands after 18 years:

What a pity but I must admit! The increase of members by negative numbers (sounds nicer than the decrease) is something I know from the German Archimedes Group I run and the GAG-News. But I plan to go on as long as there are members and readers (well, a two-digit number...)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/12/08 4:15PM
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On ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators:

Good idea .. and VRPC prices followed suit already.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/12/08 8:22AM
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On Welcome back to Drobe.co.uk:

I agree that it looks less nice but: so what. I'm here to get information and not to enjoy the view.

What is important is that it is really fast opposed to the old version and merging the normal articles with the quickies is good since thus you get all in one.

Overall: Good change!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/11/08 6:21PM
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On Welcome back to Drobe.co.uk:

Thanks! And wow, the new version is fast!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/11/08 5:32AM
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On South East 2008 show photos:

In reply to sa110:

True - visiting shows implies quite a bit of travel not everybody can afford (be it time, money, or both) - especially when you don't live in UK.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 22/10/08 10:03AM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

In reply to bucksboy:

I absolutely second your gratitude for drobe being back! As for news etc. drobe simply was the best!

And a RO5 emulator pack from ROOL would be really nice!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/10/08 6:26PM
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On South East 2008 show photos:

In reply to sa110:

Pity that you don't feel you have missed anything!

There is a real difference to reading show reports and looking at still images or even short movies (there was the odd one a while ago) to being there and meeting others and chatting with them. But perhaps I'm the wierdo here since for me there is a difference between email, internet chat, telephone and meeting!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/10/08 6:18PM
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On Take a peek at the new look Drobe:

Looks fine for me - less colourful etc. but lot faster and that's more important.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/08 12:56PM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

This article makes my day... since for one Drobe seems to be in action again and then certainly as important all the good news about progress and new versions.

LanMan98 ist very nice indeed - I already have it and put it through some tests: 1. Works like a treat with Windows Vista (as was to be expected), and certainly with Windows XP. 2. Is significantly faster than LanManFS in RISC OS 5. A file of some 600MB was transferred from XP to RISC OS 5 RAM Disc with LanMan98 in about 60% of the time that LanManFS needed. To fetch a directory with some 30MB and over 700 files onto the RAM Disc was about six times as fast with LanMan98 opposed to LanManFS.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/08 10:00AM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

In reply to rjek: Well then perhaps they decide to opt for a user-friendlier copy protection, i.e. that the emulator runs for 14-30 days before it has to be registered.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/10/08 5:53PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

In reply to rjek: VitrualRPC without RISC OS and then using a ROM imgage of RO5 from ROOL once that is available would indeed be nice and probably cheaper than the current package. Furthermore AFAIR the copy protection was added due to the RO licens inside (the implementation of the copy protection not being user-friendly) so perhaps this can be dropped in a RO5 version? I'll wait and look and hopefully at some time see.

In reply to sa110 You wrote "The reason a RO6 ROM image has not appeared for the A9home so far is more a matter of resources." Well, you could say that whatever does not happen is a "matter of resources" (be it money, man-power, time, or whatever) - only when users have paid for something (like a writeable CMOS to just name one) and wait and wait ... something is wrong. In any case considering the age of the A9home and it's current state adding when I saw the most recent announcement from AD6 or ROL about whatever is happening I must say that this is not encouraging.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/10/08 11:14AM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

In reply to druck: "Will RISCOS Ltd still produce a select version for RO5? After 6 years of excuses, what do you think?"

I don't agree with "excuses" since I did get the impression that they never *really* intended to do Select for IYONIX pc and with A9home there is a certain kind of proof that adapting the ROL RISC OS to new hardware is not that easy - or how do you explain that poor A9home users are still waiting for a new RISC OS and ROM image?

What would be nice is a VitrualPRC based on RO5 (since AFAIK it is much cheapter in license) and thus at a lower price and with a more user-friendly copy protection (or even just a registration).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/10/08 4:41PM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

Hi,

I'm the editor and publisher of the German RISC OS Magazine GAG-News and issue 100 is due soon - I want that one to be special!

Since in the recent past news for RISC OS was hard to come by, or simply not available (the inactivity on drobe not helping either) it is hard to know who is still working for RISC OS and what is on offer and what is planned to be made available.

For this reason I herewith ask all companies, clubs, and individuals still to tell me if they're still around and what they (intend to) offer for RISC OS.

Please send a mail to HzN.2008@HQ.gag.de with these details (please be assured that I will not publish your email address):

- Company name or your name - Website - Country & Town, or full address - Your offerings, products, plans, ... - Please include a short description and not just product names for your main offerings (what ever you think main ones).

In case you're into more than one company, then I'd love to lean about all of them - if RISC OS related.

Note: Please no *not* assume that I know about your offerings etc.

Thanks

Herbert

In case you want my smail address please visit www.gag.de/impressum.html

PS: That this enquiry is nearly at the same time as the press release of Iyonix ltd is mere coincidence (GAG-News 99 is just out and thus work on 100 starting)!

PS: But this posting here offered a good option for this query (plea) of mine that I couldn't miss...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/9/08 8:49AM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

I hoped for drobe to return and hoped that that would happen with some happy news...

As for the announcement of Iyonix: what a pity!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/9/08 7:52AM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

Would be great indeed! And a touch screen driver exists already by Thomas Milius, albeit not for this device.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/4/08 5:18AM
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On RISC OS 6.10 available to Select subscribers:

Good to read the ROL managed a Select release in a shorter time frame than the last ones.

I had a look a the end user feature list on www.riscos6.com but there the list is still on RISC OS Six Preview level any by now over a year old.

Pity A9home is not supported...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/4/08 5:14AM
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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

oops somehow highlightin with *somethig* doesn't quite work ... sorry!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/4/08 4:03PM
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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

In reply to adamr:

True, it is kind of "security by obscutiry" but it's better than a completely unsecure http to order - me I'd never leave CC card details or such on there. And calling on the phone is a bit expensive with me not living in UK...

*In**reply* *to* *arawnsley*:

I agree with the odd suggestion here: offer http and https pages with links from one to the other and to esure no drop in sales make the http one the default and offer the https one near the top so it can be found easily.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/4/08 4:02PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show preview:

In reply to WROCC:

In some announcement I read "All the RISC OS magazines will be represented by Qercus, Archive, RiscWorld and RISCOS Now.".

Unfortunately this statement is not quite true since there is one of the older RISC OS magazines which is published bi-monthly since 16 years and which is not represented: "GAG-News". But I can live with that...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/4/08 2:38PM
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On R-Comp unveils new PDF authoring package:

Yes, I'd like some more details too since creating PDF is by now not hard anymore - be it using Ghostscript, or PrintPDF. I usually use Ghostscript since with that I can first use psnup and psbook to rearrange the pages for booklet printing or the like. On the other hand R-Comp tends to offer good software so I assume that it does offer more than PrintPDF and some PDF viewer put together.

As for an ordering page with no https I suggest to order by e-mail: 1. put down the credit card details as draw 2. convert it to paths 3. store the file in a password protectd spark-archive (not a zip) 4. send order, the sparkive and the password in separate mails That's not as secure as https but much better than http.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/4/08 6:05AM
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On Blu-ray disc burn breakthrough:

No API, please but the real filingsystem supporting more than 2GB - or make DOSFS a real filingsystem and not an image filing system so that you can use current USB sticks.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/08 10:26AM
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On Blu-ray disc burn breakthrough:

True !Burn is better than !AnyBurn ... avoids the app to be put in the same tray as AnyDVD :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/4/08 11:51AM
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On Blu-ray disc burn breakthrough:

Well, I must admit that I am not surprised ... it simply fits Steffens style to do this kind of work :-)

OK, serious: Great including the on-the-fly-test of an IDE-to-SATA-converter.

As for the name how about a simple !AnyBurn?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/4/08 5:57PM
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On PDF import support for ArtWorks:

Wow, amazing ... kind of says it all.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/4/08 3:24PM
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On Animation software collection falls into R-Comp's hands:

Very good news since this ensures that the apps will continue to be developed and supported... by a company with a good track record for like work!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/4/08 5:16AM
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On Show your love for RISC OS on Facebook:

I second druck - too often such sites try to make use of your data.

This can be read on the entry page of facebook: "Facebook offers more integrated advertising opportunities to engage your target audience. We look forward to working with you and seeing your marketing initiatives come to life on Facebook."

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 1/4/08 3:03PM
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On Icon Technology boss Mike Glover retires:

Mike, I wish you all the best for your future and thanks for the good work you did over the years! Easi/TechWriter are two very useful products indeed.

I'm very happy to read that Martin Würthner takes over - as was to be expected since he's in charge of the programming since some time anyhow and does a real good job. This is good especially since Martin is very able and one of the few not only announcing useful enhancements but delivering them in time.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 1/3/08 8:27AM
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On USB in latest RISC OS 5 source release:

The best screensaver being the blank screen one combined with my monitor then powering down to save enerngy!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 29/2/08 11:17AM
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On RISC OS Euro show to take place in May:

THANKS!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 29/2/08 11:15AM
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On A quick guide to fitting a new RiscPC hard disc:

Some RISC OS Systems to put some more strain on the harddiscs than other computer types due to the fact that they are placed to ensure a minimum cooling of the disc despite cooling being important for the drives.

In the Risc PC the disc is in the most weird spot since it is where the fan from the power supply does not really ventilate, it is not connected to some bigger metal parts which could spread the heat and it is below other parts with no space below so that there is not even a reasonable air flow due to the disc heating the air. In my ex-Risc PC I simply moved the disc to a podule slot and added a silent fan to ensure that the disc is run in the operating temperatures it was designed for and ever since I did that all my harddisc access problems vanished.

In the classic IYONIX pc the hard disc placement is not much better since it is again in a place where there is not air flow due to the fan of the power supply and it is mounted directly below the floppy disc drive to ensure that you have no reasonable air flow due to the disc heating the air. OK, the harddisc mounting case is metal but so thin that as heat spreader it is close to a joke. The result was (as with my Risc PC) that after longer working sessions especially in summer I got the odd disc error, easily solved by shutdown, wait a while, reboot and usually DiscKnight was happy with the disc. So I mounted the harddisc vertically near the rear of the box where the air openings are and added a hard disc cooler which I run with 5 Volts so that it is very silent. Ever since I had no more harddisc errors.

Take A9home: Again the harddisc has a hard time since the case is completely closed and thus no air flow at all. Initally I assumed that the disc would be tightly screwed to the metal case so that that works as a heat spreader but by now we all know that that is not the case. Due to that I'm not surprised that the odd user already had hard disc issues with A9home.

Due to this doing backups is absolutely recommended for standard Risc PC, IYONIX pc classic and A9home since that are desingns with kind of a built-in guarantee for a comaratively short harddisc life span - I don't know about the other models ... except VirtualRPC which does not have this issue:-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/2/08 4:49PM
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On R-Comp rolls out product upgrades:

Thanks a lot for your continuous work on your apps, R-Comp!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/2/08 7:55AM
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On USB in latest RISC OS 5 source release:

Good news!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/2/08 7:54AM
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On RISC OS skills database website launches:

In reply to JWoody:

Since you wrote "Sorry, don't work on RiscOS" I am surprised that you contribute here - why not spend the time you use up here to work on RISC OS - starting to learn the correct spelling of the operating system :-)

But then you top it with your remarks where you try to compute how long it takes to fill in a man year of work - was your mis-calculation intended to emphasise your comments?

In any case what are you up to by more often than not offering destructive comments like your initial one about the "eye opener as to how much talent is left or not".

So summing up why do you comment some initiative like this one with a negative comment before it even gets a chance to fly?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/02/08 08:53AM
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On NetSurf progress reviewed:

In reply to rjek/lym:

Well, despite the age Phoenix does pretty well and does have JavaScript (old, but it has) so that there are pages where it beats NetSurf. But I agree that it would be best that only one browser is worked upon to bundle the efforts. Currently both, Phoenix and Netsurf have their merits...

As for Firefox: I didn't write it off but just wrote that the word 'active' is overdoing the current progress.

But both rjek any lym suggest to not put effort into Phoenix but to concentrate on NetSurf. Well that might be a viable point of view as for Firefox too - unless someone really speeds that one up to make it usable (by that I mean much more than just twice as fasr) and it is integrated into RISC OS better apart from the odd bug in the current release.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/1/08 5:30PM
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On NetSurf progress reviewed:

As for "NetSurf was designed from the start to be an open-source, collaborative effort. From humble beginnings on the Iconbar forums, it is now one of only two active browser projects on the platform, the other being the Firefox port." I dare to disagree kind of...

For NetSurf to say it's an active project is absolutely correct, for Firefox I think the word 'active' is overdoing it a bit ... and you could have at least mentioned the Phoenix browser from ROOL which might find programmers wanting to look into it.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/1/08 6:23AM
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On South West 2008 show next month:

In reply to drobe:

"Happy birthday"... Slightly early I'd say, since for companies you usually are into 10th birthdays and not the 9th one :-)

And your link text "ROL celebrates 10 years in business" should be updated to "ROL celebrates begin of 10th year in business".

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/1/08 11:46AM
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On A9home: two years on:

In reply to Ad6/ROL:

I just had the chance to take a look at a brand new A9home a friend just purchased.

I must say that it is amazing what you get: ArtWorks Viewer 1.74 dated mid 2004, NetSurf dated November 2005, no Printers and not even OmniClient to ensure you do not connect to some Windows PC. A nice surprise was in the Welcome directroy where a r/o SparkFS was hidden. And please do not expect much of use inside the Docs directory ... unless you're into reading the change log e.g.

Considering the price tag I think everybody can expect that the free software included is at least reasonably current ... and not well over two years old with newer much more versatile versions of the software being available for download! And to still not deliver Printers ... rediculous!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/1/08 10:50AM
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On Best of 2007 awards results:

In reply to druck: The can't decides should be counted! What if 90% say that and the other few decide. Ignoring 90% is not a sensible option I think.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/1/08 7:17PM
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On Ditching desktops for portables: The way forward?:

To a certain extent I agree with the others ... in asmuch as currently to get the best I need RISC OS and Windows (or Linux or MacOS).

For some work RISC OS is simply better and faster; just take the short time span between getting home from work and supper - enough to fire up my IYONIX, read my mail, reply to the odd one etc. With my Windows system (a reasonably fast one with 2.4GHz Core2Duo, 2GB RAM, WinXP) time would be tight since it is still booting while I read and reply to the first mail and usually when I would manage to have launched the email program and polled mail I'm done with email on my IYONIX. For DTP, Graphics and some other work the IYONIX pc is faster and less sluggy too. For some tasks Windows wins though - be it the much better spell and grammar checkers (I prefer a German one at that) or a good browser or online banking apps or video work. (I use Windows and not MacOS or Linux simply since some apps I really want to use run on Windows only, otherwise I'd be open for the other two.)

For a small device to be considered with RISC OS to start with the main app missing is a browser you can really use - despite all progress of NetSurf and Phoenix both are way behind and the FF2 port of Chocky is useless (too long load time, much too slow, ...). Furthermore such a small device needs good connectivity - WLAN with up to date encryption to start with.

True, as an OS RISC OS would probably be a very good choice for the small ARM powered gadgets, especially since it is an OS natively made for ARM and for use in ROM and not ported and thus probably more efficient. But as Jaffa and hEgelia outlined: The time when it was enough that the gadgets work nicely is past - they have to do a job and the apps needed for that are still amiss. But if someone would write just those missing apps, well then the RISC OS desktop computers would benefit too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/1/08 7:29AM
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On Best of 2007 awards results:

In reply to druck: Sorry, to disagree - for the shows that "can't decide" is welcome since I didn't visit any of the shows and from just the show reports it is not easy to select - especially with so little time to decide.

Or simply put, if I'm forced to select one choice of each category and for one I can't do so I'd either roll the dice or simply not vote at all.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/1/08 7:05PM
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On New RiScript supports CMYK PDF export:

I just got a reply from the developers: They are aware of the problem and it is high on the list. Not an easy one to implement. Good news!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/08 12:57PM
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On Best of 2007 awards results:

Perhaps next year the time line to nominate could be longer and suggestions for categories would be nice. I do miss the "what went wrong" and the "best contributor" this time.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 31/12/07 2:40PM
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On New RiScript supports CMYK PDF export:

In reply to SimonC: I vaguely remember that I got a reply to this problem from them once stating that it is not an easy one to fix. But thanks for the suggestion - I will resend my mail the odd time asking for a reply until I have a response to be sure the email got someplace where it was read by the developers.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/12/07 5:49PM
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On Bargain hunting for RISC OS upgrades:

In reply to lym:

"Aren't standard customers going to be very annoyed?". I think I would be more than annoyed if I'd have bought Adjust for the "regular" price. But I dare say that most customers of ROL are not easily annoyed anyhow being used to subscriptions with huge delays in delivery but not in collecting subscription fees...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/12/07 5:43PM
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On New RiScript supports CMYK PDF export:

In reply to sa110: Certainly, first time quite a while ago already and again after getting this upgrade.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/12/07 5:37PM
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On New RiScript supports CMYK PDF export:

Good news and thanks. Pity the issue with PDF like this one [link] where RiScript shows crap instead of text (the app !PDF shows the correct text) has not been resolved.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/12/07 6:23AM
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On December news in brief:

"RiscOsNet was written in Python and appears to require RISC OS 6 and 4.39".

What about RISC OS 5? Well the help file states "It has been developed and tested on a Castle Iyonix running RISC OS 5.0x" - amazing that drobe missed that one and only listed them ROL RISC OS flavours :-)

Help further mentiones "It is reliant on the MiniZip library file in RISC OS Select to zip up shared downloads; MiniZip is currently not available for RISC OS 5 and appears not to work on the A9." Strange, indeed to use that since there are Zip apps around for all RISC OS variants - be it SparkFS or InfoZip.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 22/12/07 4:38PM
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On A9home: two years on:

Interesting article - thanks.

Sadly enough I have to agree that the way the odd company treats their customers by keeping them in the dark about progress - be it ROL or AD6 in this case - is bad news. OK, we all know that lack of resources does mean that some companies fail to give sensible release dates (others like MW do manage though), but to simply not even keep their customers informed would make me feel as not being wanted as customer... I agree that I do not think that A9home will follow the Omega ... but yes, AD6 should offer some official statement as for their progress.

In any case this kind of silent non-development is probably part of the reason why more and more users decide to move to a different platform. The emphasis here is mainly on the "silent" BTW.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/12/07 8:04AM
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On RISC OS camps to discuss future development:

Good!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/07 7:52PM
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On Building a RISC OS laptop out of Lego:

Lucky that the processor does not need cooling. As portable I do prefer the one in a small metal suitcase which was a real portable one since it did contain a battery. Saw it in German at a GAG meeting a few years ago and it was based on a SA RPC.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/11/07 4:23PM
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On Archive magazine reviewed:

Nice to see that the first issue by Jim got out and I hope that he manages to continue Archive on a regular time frame - there are not many RISC OS magazines which have such a good and long standing track record, that is have appeared for so many years and in time for each issue! Hi jc, no need to comment: Archive like GAG-News in Germany have the small advantage that printing is less complex since they're in black&white.

I agree with the odd one here that the lack of caps in the editorial looks strange and the mis-caps-ing of RISC OS is a bit too much but hey, we're on the editorial page and that's where it is allowed.

Good luck Jim!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/10/07 7:27AM
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On RISC OS 5 core source release imminent:

In reply to thesnark & hubersn:

I agree with hubersn that it does seem that neither ROL nor CTL really have the development resources to take RISC OS forward. The main difference between these two is that CTL decided to open source their RO so that there is a chance for enhancements by others whereas ROL simply delays releases...

But there are fair chances that enhancements done to RO5 will be usable on RO4/6 too (unless RO changed the interfaces too much).

And as for VirtualAcorn: AFAIR RO5 licenses are to be comparatively low so that it is perhaps worth for VA to look into getting their virtual machine running with RO5 and thus being able to sell it at a cheaper rate.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/10/07 2:14PM
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On South East 2007 show preview:

As for "Paul suggested there won't be a Select 4i3 out for the South East show, but there might be one for the Christmas shows" ... well well, I didn't expect any new Select anyhow since I assume(d) that ROL is very, very busy tackling to get RO6 done for A9home - I do remember that Paul told me at the RISC OS Roadshow in the Netherlands (oops, that was well over a year ago) that the primary goal was to get RO for the A9home done.

As for Pauls "He also claimed that there would never be another native RISC OS hardware platform...": Well, I dare say that I'd be indeed very surprised if any other company starts with native hardware based on ROL's RO6 considering the track record for A9home - you know, that really nice, small, silent RISC OS box for which ROL claimed to be working with high priority to get the new Select done for... On the other hand I wouldn't be surprised if CTL suddenly has something like IYONIX2 on sale.

As for "VirtualAcorn on Linux": If I remember correctly RISC OS 5 licenses shall be pretty cheap now so perhaps a VA for Linux (or any other OS) using RO5 might be interesting since it could perhaps be much cheaper... On the other hand isn't VA the only future market for ROL since I have the impression that they're not into IYONIX Select and progress for A9home doesn't suggest much interst either and Paul stated that he doesn't expect new hardware anyhow :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/07 8:22AM
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On RISC OS 5 core source release imminent:

In reply to riscosopen:

BTW, will Printers be in the next open source bundle - I was thinking about Martin Würthner's and John Tygat's Postscript work...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/07 8:06AM
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On New PhotoDesk upgrade revealed:

Thanks a lot Niklaus Weiss!

For all who do not know, Niklaus Weiss is the Swiss RISC OS user who took over Photodesk and during the recent past fixed quite a few problems and made the app run nicely on an IYONIX pc - and he doesn't even own an IYONIX pc. Helping him as beta tester was interesting and fun.

As far as I understood for Niklaus the initial task was to really understand the inner workings of the code to then be able to tackle with the bugs as well as the issues which arose with 32 bit and more memory. I dare say that now that he got Photodesk be fully 32bit and lots of issues and bugs fixed the next obvious step would be to add new features...

Here's a suggestion: Offer some plug in interface for filters etc. so that others can add features too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/07 8:05AM
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On RISC OS 5 core source release imminent:

In reply to several: I agree that in most cases a harddisc beyond 100GB (probably even beyond 40GB) tends to be mostly empty since RISC OS software has such a nice small footprint and video processing is probably not done in RISC OS. But perhaps this is looking from the wrong side: Some things are not done on RISC OS due to the 2GB limitation.

Currently there are two issues with the dammn 2GB limit: - DVD burning (but, what the heck, Steffen Hubers CDVDBurn can cope by splitting the image) so not really a pain in the a. - But the fact that the 2GB limit applies to DOSFS since that is an image filing system is really a drag and should be fixed ASAP - be it by removing the 2GB limit (with all the good benefits that gives you in other areas), or by rewriting a real DOS Filing System, that is not making it an image filing system. - And with bigger file sizes, perhaps video processing and playing might come to RISC OS since we'd then have a chance to store longer films to start with.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/07 7:59AM
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On PostScript overhaul project reports progress:

In reply to wuerther:

Thanks for your reply - it was exactly what I expected it to be (that is your code running on RISC OS 5).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/10/07 5:25PM
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On PostScript overhaul project reports progress:

In reply to risosopen:

So CTL declined the sources due to the pending open sourcing... well I dare say that that is reason enough for ROOL to open source Printers right now, or at least to pass on the sources to Martin and John asking them to keep them to themselves until they are open source since that is imminent - and I mean "ask" and not make them sign a NDA. Both are well known users and programmers in the community and I'm sure if they both tell you can trust them with no written and signed NDA (assuming our open sourcing does happen in a timely fashion).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/10/07 5:24PM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

In reply to pv: This is really good news, indeed!

Perhaps the reason for me not having problems with my PS files for the printer is that I used Impression Publisher and perhaps Ovation Pro does some small things differently... And for larger colour images I use JPEGs inside ArtWorks since that does speed things up and makes the resulting PS file smaller and quicker to process.

I'd very much like to know more about the pre-processing of the PS files - currently when creating PDF using Ghostscript or GSView in some cases I run ps2ps (which is some kind of pre-processing of PS files).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/10/07 9:32AM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

In reply to bluenose: Well MW delivers on time despite having other means of income I'd rather say. To me this is proof of professionalism or good planning (or both).

But perhaps I should have put the "collect money" in bold since that is the main issue of which we have quite a few in the RISC OS market with the different flavours of the end result, that is no delivery, much delayed delivery or simply less delivered than offered and paid for. To take your example of MS and Vista: true it was late but you didn't have to pay in advance but only when delivery was made.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/10/07 9:25AM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

In reply to jc: Weird printers not taking industrie standard input. But PDF should do the trick as I outlined.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/10/07 9:18AM
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On PostScript overhaul project reports progress:

In reply to jess:

"Logically, if they were to produce it only for RO 6, then ROL would have to finance it." Nice one :-) You mean in the same way that Ad6 paid for 32bitting RISC OS...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 8:00PM
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On Review: A9home v. Koolu:

It is a real pity that in the conclusion David had to write and did write "I'd recommend waiting until the bugs have been ironed out before taking the plunge". I'm afraid that that might be a long wait...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:58PM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

In reply to jc: Considering the long time you claimed printing problems instead of publishing and supplying Qercus I consider your comments on this issue pretty strange ... When Louies RISC OS Now was announced Qercus was sill in non-publishing state - why would Louie have wanted to join in on a magazine that is not published at that time?

I do hope that Louies non-publishing time is shorter than yours. It amazes me how often companies in the RISC OS market offer something, collect money and then simply not deliver what they offered, deliver less or simply deliver with significant delays. That kind of "business" is not serious business but suggests that the people behind this are not up to the job at hand. Furthermore this kind of behaviour does not help the RISC OS market. As for that I do applaud Martin Würthner (who announces things and does deliver in the time frame the states) or Castle (who simply work on something and tell you when it is ready) - to me that is sound business.

And jc, including advertisement for Qercus in this place is by no means gentlemen-like...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:52PM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

In reply to druck: I agree! And the editor in question was busy again... well at least he's editing and publishing again :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:36PM
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On RISC OS Sometime unrest grows:

I must say that I'm very astonished that there seem to many problems getting a magazine to print! Getting the layout nice, the contents worth the work of printing etc. is something different, but when it is ready for printing getting it onto paper should not be a real issue!

The way I'd suggest is dead simple and proven to work, that is was used by me quite some time (mainly for b/w but for colour work too): 1. Ask you printer which PS flavour is preferred (some to have preferences) 2. Print as Postscript file - either one in full colour or four for the separations - in the resolution the printer tells you 3. Give that file to the printer and include a simple printout just to make sure the printer knows what the output shall be

If needed with the Ghoscript tools psbook and psnup you can even arrange the pages of a magazine such that the printer doesn't have to do that. BTW, the printer I worked with just wanted simple source pages in ascending order and even when I split the output into several PS files that was never a problem!

For big images, especially colour images try this: Convert the image to a JPEG, put this JPEG in an ArtWorks picture and then put that ArtWorks picture into the DTP program (Publisher or Ovation Pro). For example with a 9M Sprite the PS file was 14M, after converting the sprite to a JPEG with 95% quality the image was about 1.5M and the PS file just below 2M.

In case your printer can't handle PS files there are two options: 1. Go to a printer that can - I would say that any good printer should be able to use PS files. 2. Convert it into a PDF using Ghostscript and the tools to go with or simply with GSView's export function.

If for some reason the PDF conversion is a problem, run the PS file through ps2ps first since that Ghostscript tool which converts PS to PS does a decent job of cleaning up the PS file.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:34PM
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On PostScript overhaul project reports progress:

Well, let's hope that Martin an John are not into RISC OS 6 only, but support the good RISC OS 5 too - but I think they will do that!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:20PM
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On Get new software alerts with Rover beta:

Good!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/10/07 7:16PM
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On A9home USB printing in beta release:

Well they can still beat ROL with the promised upgrade :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/10/07 6:22PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

In reply to nijinsky: I agree with rjek. And as for space just take a laptop which has the screen etc. built in and can even be used offline. And with the odd sleep mode the system can be ready to use pretty quickly.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/9/07 11:42AM
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On ROOL aim next source release for October:

Since the last release is some time ago the question usually asked at work if a date is given like this is "which year"?

Anyhow good to know something is to happen!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/9/07 3:59PM
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On News in brief:

A9harddisc... perhaps the problems are due to heat issues. AFAIK harddiscs to need some kind of cooling and perhaps if the A9home is on too long or sits in a too warm place the disc starts to mis-behave.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 4/9/07 4:51PM
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On Dutch RISC OS show called off:

Well, you can always go to the "GAG-Clubtreffen" (see [link]) in Wolfen - since that is on the premises of a4 computer you can ask them to have the odd hard and soft ware at hand. Opposed to UK shows the GAG meeting starts arount 10h in the morning and ends next day so that you don't go for so far a trip just for a few hours - accomodation is available and some options are on the web site.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 22/8/07 3:43PM
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On NetSurf 1.1 download available:

In reply to hEgelia:

Well, what's wrong with "archaic Windows" behaviour if it makes life easier - anyhow it is not Windows but Firefox behaviour! Every so often I search for something on eBay. With Firefox on Windows (on RISC OS it is unusably slow) I like the option to click on several items found by my search, wait for them to load and then look through them. With NetSurf I click on one link, have then to iconise the new window or get the search result list one back to top, click on the next etc. It works but is by far less efficient.

If such a option is added to NetSurf with tabbed browsing of if it offers some option to open a link in a window behind the current one I'd be happy!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/8/07 5:00PM
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On NetSurf 1.1 download available:

In reply to rjek:

I never claimed that to be a bug but just an oddity! Anyhow, according to the style guide when I ask a window to go to max size it should do so if possible.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/8/07 4:55PM
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On NetSurf 1.1 download available:

Great since NetSurf by now is my favorite browser for RISC OS - kicking Browse off that throne.

One small oddity might be nice to be fixed: When I click on the maximize window icon at the top right hand corner the window height is maximized but the width is not - I'd love that one fixed since for some pages like on eBay full screen display at 1600x1200 is really nice.

Another nice feature would be the option that when adjust clicking on a window it opens *behind* the currently open one so that opening the several Google or eBay links is quicker (that is a bit like the tabbed browsing of Firefox).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/8/07 7:43AM
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On ArtWorks 2.75 update in free release:

Thanks a lot Martin - it amazes me over and over how good work Martin does and how many buggies CC left in ArtWorks 1 for Martin to discover. I'm looking forward to ArtWorks 2.8 - until now most of the new features were such that until I had them I often didn't really miss them but once they are there I do not want to miss them anymore since they are dammn helpful.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/8/07 7:36AM
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On Dutch RISC OS show called off:

This is sad news, indeed since the show in Neuwegein did offer the chance to visit a RISC OS show and meet several suppliers easier and cheaper than going all the way to UK. I hope things will work out in 2008.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/8/07 7:32AM
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On More printers supported with Gutenprint update:

Thanks for your good work, Martin!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/8/07 7:28AM
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On Samsung's 533MHz A9home CPU successor:

In reply to rjek: True but what might really be nice is some VirtualRPC variant which does *not* rely on some OS underneath it but runs with no underlying OS, that is kind of is the OS itself. Or since that is probably asking too much due to need of hardware drivers a VirtualRPC coming with its own Linux variant which is based on some standard Linux distribution, be it debian (preferred) or RedHad or SuSE or the like. This approach is e.g. used by VMWare ESX server which you get as a package containing the RedHat distro and a special ESX linux kernel. The underlying Linux should then offer just what is needed for VirtualRPC to run and support would be less complicated since with this the underlying Linux is known to VA.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/08/07 1:50PM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

In reply to jc: Thanks and your comment "no single issue will include the full range of articles that Qercus publishes" will certainly be taken into account.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/8/07 4:15PM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

In reply to jc: Thanks for the clarification. And I do agree with AMS in that even small newbies should be mentioned in a magazine (and be it on 1-2 pages with very short notifications, even if just one line) just to show the reader what is happening. And since USB2 for IYONIX was not just a small update i assume it was covered in Qercus...

As for your offer for a sample copy: due to lack of any subscriber near by I'd appreciate that. Please be so kind to pick up my smail address at [link] (it's a graphic to make it less easier for robots to read).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/7/07 11:07AM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

In reply to jc:

Thanks for your clarifications - they do show me that it is a good idea to not subscribe to Qercus!

jc wrote "... were as substantial newswise for non-Iyonix users as the ...". No, I am not sayig that and didn't write that either! But that really is BIAS but by you! I did not make a difference between non-IYONIX users and IYONIX users but you seem to do so. But anyhow for the non-IYONIX users a review might have helped to decide to buy one or not.

jc even wrote: "...noting that Iyonix users had already been informed of the upgrades..." Well this is a very strange way to think for a magazine editor - noting that quite a few companies inform their users of upgrades, announce them on c.s.a.announce, get covered on drobe then I think there is not much left for Qercus to cover :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 29/7/07 12:12PM
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On Qercus reviewed but renewed?:

In reply to jc:

"Advertising? RISC OS people are their own worst enemies...." Well the interesting thing is that this is the first time I get to know this offer altogeter. You seem to be your own enemy thus ... I assume you offered that inside Qercus only.

"...still costs less than Acorn Publisher did 7 years ago and Qercus now has more pages and all of them in colour". Unfortunately it is still pretty expensive on the Continent and as for colour: Nice but usually I'm for content and if it is in b/w and thus at a lower price fine with me.

"Bias - Castle/Iyonix haven't released a machine since before we started Qercus so we haven't featured them in that light." Did you ever write about Impression Publisher BTW? Simply put I consider this statement rediculous and I'm not quite sure if you're wrong since CTL did release the odd different IYONIX pc variant in the past and they did release the odd RISC OS 5 version so that you'd have had reason to do a review.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/7/07 3:54PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

In reply to VirtualAcorn:

"If you lot really want Select for Iyonix..."

Well, quite a few do *not* want Select for IYONIX but just some of the Select features. But that is something ROL doesn't seem to want to do.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/07/07 5:07PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

In reply to fibble:

"Why would they need to make Iyonix select, they make a fair amount of the same money not making it. Time and again PM has told punters if they want Iyonix select they should 'subscribe', of course nothing has come of it. If you keep paying the man to not deliver, why would he bother making it? "

True - simply put they don't have to. But then PM should simply say so clearly instead of beating around the bush requesting e.g. 100 IYONIX users to say "yes" and then stating "100 is not enough" etc.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/07/07 5:05PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

In reply to flyfot:

"... And, of course, 100 people did get together on a pledge bank, but it was quite ruthlessly ignored. " Well, I must admit that I am not surprised that ROL now claims 130 to be not enough... As I already stated they could simply offer quite a few select features to IYONIX but refuse that despite that being possible with much less effort and hassle opposed to a full OS and thus probably quiker money and a better cost/income ratio.

"... Is it, as I suspect, because CTL just isn't interested in the enthusiasts' market any more? And if this is true, then I hope CTL might realise the damage of their actions." Well what about the damage ROL did with their behaviour: As time passed by the initial milestones and offerings were reduced, select releases delayed more and more but desipite all that the expectation that users keep paying year by year and even blackmail be claiming that if subscribers refuse to re-subscribe they would have to stop. Simply put in the long run you didn't even get 30% of what you initially signed up and paid for (assuming you kept subscribing). And then that "we need 100 IYONIX pledges" which came by but to what end?

From my point of view this is not a serious business behaviour... and thus unless ROL does really offer something of use to me which is there to take away I won't part with money - their track record makes it impossible for me to believe the offerings.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/07/07 5:00PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

In reply to rjek (a few comments back):

"tbh, I'd have thought the ImageFile stack and the new sprite stuff would be much more complex than the WIMP upgrades. Quite a few things depend on new features in the kernel, where all that's happened for rounded buttons is the abstraction of the WIMP's icon drawing routines to an external module."

I guess the ImageFile stuff is more complex, but just think of ImageFS which does run on IYONIX with no kernel changes - nobody said that ROL doesn't have to amend their code to run on RO5, but quite a few of the Select enhancements like ImageFile* and the apps can be made to run on RO5 since similar or even better features and apps manage.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/07/07 4:50PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

In reply to AW & Stewy & others:

RO6 for IYONIX is indeed purely a ROL issue - period. That Ad6/VA work together with ROL is no surprise, since they need ROL's OS, whereas CTL does not. If ROL (or whatever other company) wants to supply software for any computer the work is in their ball park. Question arising is why ROL doesn't seem to want to supply the intersting Select features like the enhanced Apps etc. as normal apps for RO5 - that is surely possible, other suppliers manage to supply apps for RO5 too. OK, ROL keeps on claiming that that is not possible due to their kernel being so different; this might be important for a few things but most Select features can be done on RO5 for sure. Furhtermore they simply state that they don't know the hardware and thus can't supply a full OS - who wants a full OS anyhow?

A while ago ROL claimed they need 100 IYONIX user wanting Select - well they stated to have 130 and I assume that more would buy something ROL has to offer ... if they do really offer something. My personal impression I get from whatever information about IYONIX Select is that ROL doesn't really want to do IYONIX Select but instead of clearly stating so they keep blaming the lack of progress on others, be it that 130 IYONIX Select wanting users is too little, that CTL doesn't help them as much as they want to, lack of resoruces, lack of paying IYONIX Select subscribers ....

Furthermore if they would really want to get the IYONIX users to part with money for Select they should offer the new Paint, Draw, Trashcan, Image Filer, Image Convert etc. as a software bundle for RO5 at a resonable price. I know that quite a few IYONIX users would be interested in just that - as a matter of fact I'm not sure I even want a ROL OS for my IYONIX pc - why pay for a complete OS and perhaps tackle with the odd issue and problem just to get the odd enhancement when those enhancements could be supplied as add-ons to the current one?

As for Merlin my guess is that CTL was more or less forced to ditch it since it kind of died after the legal dispute ROL-CTL where one result was the impression that desktop RO is ROL's game and furhtermore AFAIR ROL started to promise to supply Select to IYONIX so that both companies doing the same, i.e. supplying the odd RO desktop enhancement would have been a waste of resources.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/7/07 11:53AM
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On Creating simple banners using RISC OS:

In reply to jc:

Do you refer to yourself with "Drobe is not the place for the detailed explanation necessary for someone whose expertise is so limited"?

You wrote "... the open nature of Draw demands that you get some skills under your belt - and that's the best teacher other than personal or written tutorials.": What skills do you mean here - the ones to master Draw? Well then you seem to be in the wrong show. This is not a teachers forum or the like but a good article showing how the odd app can be put to use to create the odd banner. As for banners as such and the design of banners we're in a completely different area and that was not the issue here. As for teaching that you should not have to rely on using a computer at all (except perhaps to show the odd design).

I absolutely prefer (and admire) applications where I do not have a learning curve (or a very flat short one), do not need tutorials or manuals but which is so well made and easy to use that I achieve the result I want by simply starting off with it. Thus to me it seems that WordArt, TextEffx and FontFX have the edge over Draw for creating banners.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/7/07 5:25PM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

I really like the sentence "From our point of view the lack of new features in RISC OS 5 since its launch four years ago speaks volumes.". While this is basically true I think there are a few things not taken into account here:

1. This kind of remark by a company collecting subscription fees from their subscribers for years but not delivering the promised results in time or with a reasonable delay but with a very significant delay but no sensible reimbursement ... and then to top things a new OS with only very little new features for their main customer base (32bitting is worth nil for the Risc PC users) ...

2. Currently there is not much as for the OS in RO6 that would make me want to part with much money to get it. New features are not enough to get me to part with money - for that the features must be worth the price. Not that there is not quite a bit in RO6 that is not in RO5 but for me to part with money the featureset has to be worth the price.

3. I guess that quite a few IYONIX users simply asked ROL the odd time to simply deliver the odd Select feature - no need for a full OS in 32 bit since we have that already. E.g. the ehanced Paint and Draw app etc. should be not problem - if they are then that suggests the question of how other even more versatile apps like Photodesk and ArtWorks run.

4. And the "committed partners" opposed to Castle. ROL, do not forget that Ad6 and VA need your OS for their hardware and thus you work together. But CTL has no need for Select - you are the one wanting to sell Select to IYONIX users, not CTL. Thus this one is completely in your ball park. CTL doesn't need your OS since they have one up and running and 32 bit too.

As for the 1,000th subscriber: Concurrent?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/7/07 7:18AM
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On Creating simple banners using RISC OS:

Nice article, indeed.

In reply to rjek: I agree completely - nowadays websites where loading a page needs less than 100kB are rare - all them banners, images etc. usually delivering close to no content are no fun. Worst are sites where you have to load the images to be able to navigate.

In reply to sa110: No need to have RO 6 (won't run on my IYONIX pc anyhow and for some reason beyond me ROL doesn't seem to want to supply anything to IYONIX users, not even the apps) since Photodesk does that with Draw and ArtWorks ever since.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/7/07 5:11PM
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On German podcast site features RISC OS:

Was fun doing the interview...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/7/07 6:42PM
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On June news in brief:

In reply to hEgelia:

I have the impression you agree with Jwoody in that people should strick to RO's strengths - or the. That is exactly what I do not agree with. If we stick to RO's strengths only then that is pretty limitating as for what can be done. Enhancements and innovation tend to come when people try to exploit other paths.

As for the need of a more powerful machine: no. Some time ago I did the odd benchmark with RISC OS systems (Risc PC with 10MBit card, Risc PC with 100MBit card, IYONIX pc classic, Panther, Buffalo Linkstation as NFS, 1GHz Pentium system and 3GHz Pentium system, the last three with 100 MBit Ethernet). The by far fastest file transfer was using FTP from Penitum box to IYONIX pc, both running debian Linux and both machines were still usable during transfer. Throughput was at the limit of what 100MBit ethernet can offer. Whatever other combination and protocol tested at least 30% slower, most even slower. Thus by using more efficient IP code like the debian stack network speed should go up siginificantly on RISC OS with current hardware.

Or just look back a few years where graphics capabilities of e.g. A5000 were dreadful but that was fixed with ColourCard and a similar solution from some other supplier - they simply ignored that the graphics hardware was no strengh. Or take the odd fast IDE interface - again harddisc access was no strength of RISC OS but lucky us, some companies ignored that fact.

But there are cases where fixing should be easier since we're talking about pure software: DOSFS with the 2GB size limit which is more and more of a bad joke. It does really astonish me that even suppliers of an allegedly "cutting edge OS" for RISC OS hardware fail to fix this - but perhaps "cutting edge" does not mean that it is something to be considered very good and modern though I was given to understand just that. Instead of that round buttons and more screen savers (all not the energy saving kind) are developped - a shame!

By now I tend to use a RISC OS and a Windows box side by side and depending on the work at hand use one or the other - some 2-3 years ago this was different since then I was able to use the RISC OS box for quite a bit more of my everyday work...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/06/07 4:21PM
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On June news in brief:

In reply to Jwoody:

"Personally I think RISC OS is technically elegant with its GUI, its not technically elegant as a server be it Web or SQL and people should stick to its strengths."

I agree with the first part but *disagree* with the second!

If we always stick to what RISC OS and the apps for it can do we will never proceed to more features. Why should anybody look into a faster IP stack and/or threading and/or ... unless there is need or use or request for that.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/06/07 5:08PM
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On June news in brief:

To quite a few:

It is amazing: Rebecca came up with an interesting piece of software for RISC OS and surely one offering features not yet present since otherwise she would not have written Serviette but used something there already. But instead of saying things like "wow", "great" or at least "good" or "interesting" quite a few comments are along the lines "insane", "stupid" and "bad".

Well, everybody is allowed a personal opinion - no problem with that. But on the other hand more often than not lack of functionality is one of the main critisisms for RISC OS. Thus applications and those behind them offering new functionality or enhanced features should be thanked and applauded - be it for trying in the first place and/or the results... and that even if they developed something the person commenting doesn't need for herself or himself. Any new feature or functionality be it added as part of RISC OS or as an application or module or ... is good since it helps RISC OS go forward. And don't forget that quite a few good apps have been the result of some programmer starting to write the app for his or her own need! And thus every try to do so is good as well since without anybody even trying we wouldn't have as many applications around.

But on the other hand I'm not surprised of the critisism since for quite a few it seems to be more fun to critisize instead of offering help, suggestions or at least encouraging. Just think what you would say if you see a glass of wine, beer, water or whatever filled to 50% level. Do you claim it to be "half empty" or "half full". I hope it is the latter since that is a more positive thinking ... Or if somebody asks if someting can be programmed, do you say "No, that can't be done because ...." or do you say "It can be done, if ..." Both statements (can) state the same information but stated in a differend manner with the latter being a lot more positive. Looking at Serviette and the possible lack of performance of an IYONIX pc for greater load you can either say "Serviette on RISC OS is stupid since RISC OS systems can't handle the load" or "If much load is put on Serviett running on RISC OS then some enhancements like a faster IP stack or threads in RISC OS are needed".

Summing up: Thanks, Rebecca and don't let them strange comments put you off - it's not you outside the community!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/6/07 10:17AM
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On Wakefield 2007 show report:

In reply to jc: So that's why you wanted canalside?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/07 5:13PM
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On NetSurf 1.0 is worth millions on paper:

I agree with rmac: A paypal account would be a good idea since that makes it easier for anybody worldwide to donate.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/07 5:12PM
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On Wakefield 2007 show report:

In reply to jc:

Nitpicking? isn't a canal simply a man-made river?

As for your ROOL statement: AFAIK the money for the lawyers is from Castle who own RISC OS and not from ROOL!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/07 3:02PM
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On Classic games preserved in online videos:

Good idea to supply them in such an alien format ... I mean alien to RISC OS :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/07 2:48PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

Sorry for the bad layout - preview looked much better! So I repost

As for the RO6 offering: - Pity they only offer such to those who can visit a show. With a one-day-event the cost to travel there is just too high (unless you know of enough offerings beforehand). - Can those who have subscribed for UKP 155 now quit and resubscribe for UKP 99? How must those who kept on subscribing to Select and thus paid three years subscriptions feel that those not having money to throw away are proven right to have quit select since now they get it much cheaper?

Lucky me having an IYONIX pc so that both doesn't really affect me :)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/5/07 3:19PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

As for the RO6 offering:

<ul> <li>Pity they only offer such to those who can visit a show. With a one-day-event the cost to travel there is just too high (unless you know of enough offerings beforehand).</li> <li>Can those who have subscribed for UKP 155 now quit and resubscribe for UKP 99? How must those who kept on subscribing to Select and thus paid three years subscriptions feel that those not having money to throw away are proven right to have quit select since now they get it much cheaper?</li> </ul>

<strong>Lucky</strong> me having an IYONIX pc so that both doesn't really affect me :)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/5/07 3:17PM
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On Castle reveal shared source licence:

In reply to several:

If you want RO feeling on x86 you might want to try the ROX desktop on Linux.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/5/07 7:04AM
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On Top apps in first ROS 5 source release:

Well, the license is - as was expected - included in the downloads. For GPL software the license is ususally part of the download too so that I guess that does suffice.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/5/07 6:59AM
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On Messenger Pro 5 released:

Thanks Andrew for continuing development and good features added indeed.

And good that your ordering pages are https now, i.e. secure!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/5/07 5:41AM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

In reply to hzn (me):

Pity, drobe amended the link to some redirection.... so I retry without the http and the initial www prefix: mw-software.com/software/artworks/aw2features10.html

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/5/07 12:11PM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

In reply to nijinsky:

Try [link] (instead of the 8 you can use 1 to 10).

And please tell Martin where that broken link is so that he can fix it.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/5/07 12:10PM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

The usual: good work, good new features, very good implementation .... and no delay in getting it ready for sale and purchase.

Thanks, Martin!

BTW, it is amazing how many good new features can be found for an app of which I thought it to be very good years ago ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/5/07 7:22AM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

In reply to hEgelia:

"Have these things been scrapped due to lack of funds or urgency to release something to counter further loss of subscriptions?"

I'm not quite sure what you mean with "urgency" here and how this word can apply to ROL at all?

But perhaps they did indeed drop some things to get something to give their customers to simply reduce the risk that some more simply do not continue their subscription, and perhaps keep something up the sleeve since PM did promise that user's wont have to wait more than six or 12 months for the next release.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 07/05/07 1:26PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

In reply to markee174:

As for "This is just the first release of Select4 and there will be further releases as we finalise items that are suitable for A9Home and Iyonix users, as well as RiscPC and Virtual Acorn users."

You wrote "It was on the anounce usernet group posted yesterday or today - I picked it up at 9am this morning or therabouts."

I checked on google groups but all I found was the press release of ROL where "IYONIX" is only mentioned as not-supported alongside some other systems. A google for the text above or parts of that resulted in nil. Perhaps it was taken back or is hidden some place else.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 04/05/07 6:12PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

In reply to druck and jc:

druck: "How some information on features, not just the changes list, but something that's not in 3i4 you've actually noticed and found useful."

There is something useful: 32 bit so that it runs on A9home. Apart from that perhaps multimedia keyboard support... As you can see I'm at a loss but having an IYONIX pc how should I know anyhow due to lack of concise information from the company wanting my money to be able to start working for IYONIX Select?

jc: "RTFM" I'd be glad to, where can I find it? And please remember the question: druck was not into reading some detailed changes list where things are mentioned like "removed reference to Acorn" or "moved to SVN" or "made 32 bit neutral" and the likes. Except for the latter which is ok for A9home the rest is of no use for the users! Or do you seriously expect all the people considering to get Select 4 to buy it to be able to read the manual to decide if they should buy it?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 04/05/07 6:03PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

nijinsky:

"I stopped subscribing to ROL schemes when they stopped producing something that I needed. IE nothing. That may sound harsh but that is the fact of the matter."

Lucky you ... quite a few users probably missed that moment :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 04/05/07 5:57PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

flyflot: A while ago you wrote "I think people do still care about Select, hence some of the heated discussions. Select is streets ahead of RISC OS 5 in terms of it feeling like a polished operating system."

So you want a new SKIN for RO5 so that it looks and feels better?

Personally I can't care less about the looks (round buttons, more colours for icons, option to put the title bar at the bottom of a window etc.). What I want is simply functionality - period.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 04/05/07 5:55PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

markee174: Where did you see "This is just the first release of Select4 and there will be further releases as we finalise items that are suitable for A9Home and Iyonix users, as well as RiscPC and Virtual Acorn users."

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 02/05/07 4:32PM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

flyflot: "I think Iyonix users would still very much welcome a version of Select, but they've just probably given up hope." No, I don't think the IYONIX users gave up but are simply more realistic to not expect anything to happen by from ROL for IYONIX...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 02/05/07 05:42AM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

hubersn: You missed a feature - the first one on the list mailed by PM@ROL: "Full printing support" - well how did them poor Select users print until now ;-) Perhaps you sould supply some CDVDBurn version which doesn't burn CD and then announce a new version which can burn CD.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 02/05/07 05:42AM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

JGzimmerle: "Typical of the ROL website ..." - Well so there is a company offering a full OS but incapable of even getting their website to work - not sure I'd trust that one to be capable to supply a working OS in the first place. - Needing interaction with a human being for online orders for a download sale like for ROL or VA (registration) was ok several years ago but it nowadays is rediculous and more often than not results in me not buying. - Sorry to disagree arawnsley, but I agree that for a company offering someting (and since now ROL does offer something again) they should at least manage to keep some basic working website online (or if they are not capable have it done by others).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/5/07 5:41AM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

druck: "... Then we can return to the issue of support for the Iyonix." Thanks for throwing in something to laugh :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/5/07 5:41AM
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On The houses that RISC OS built:

Great article, indeed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/4/07 10:26AM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

Question indeed remains if there is a chance that what is there now can be put to use for RISC OS and with what price tag and conditions...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/04/07 4:36PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

Pity but no real surprise ...

ROOL give us the Phoenix browser, please.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/4/07 6:21AM
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On News in brief:

In reply to lym:

Thanks. I understood Peter that his version is better than all older ones so all needed would be his to be there to try. I thus did ask Peter to offer the version he has for download even if it is not perfect since it is as he stated better than all other ones and that I'd take my smbserver pages offline immediately and thus have the issues resovled.

Peter being a person wanting the best stated that some things are still not perfect (like file name extension handling) and thus his version is not good enough to be made public. What a pity. And since he withdrew his sources it is not easy for someone else to help.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/07 2:42PM
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On News in brief:

In reply to AW:

"If Peter is in charge of a project, why don't people just exercise common sense and let him run the show whilst it's still in progress? "

Agreed. But if there is no hint on progress or the like to be found on his site and he shortly before stated that he'd be away from development, what then? Then you do have to assume that there is no progress at all! And as I tried to make clear I didn't want to distrurb him or his show but simply offer a work-around for the odd user in need.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/07 1:50PM
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On News in brief:

In reply to joty:

There never was development in two places - I simply offered another old version from the time before Peter stated that he wants to look into smbserver for download. I even made it clear in the announcement and on my website that it is just anohter old version but one which works better on IYONIX pc as the classic version. And Peter was aware of that version after his claim to look into smbserver since Thomas sent him the sources.

As far as I understood Peter he simply doesn't like hacks and thus didn't want that version to be online - nowhere. That is the same reasoning of Peter as for Firefox where he doesn't want the guide by Paul Vigay to be online which explains the work around to get FF2r2 to run. Simply put he wants real fixes only and no temporary work arounds or the like.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/07 1:45PM
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On News in brief:

In reply to lym:

To clarify:

- The version I put online is not new but was there long before Peter stated that he plans to work on smbserver. I just put it back online since it is of use to some users. There was never an intent of development and I clearly stated that and that I'd take it offline as soon as Peter does release some newer smbserver.

- Peter clearly stated a short while ago that he will leave RISC OS development for some time - who am I to disturb him.

- On riscos.info I found nothing to show that he is working on smbserver or the like (searching for smbserver using the search too offered) so that I had to assume that there was nothing done by now.

- So to simply help the odd user to get a smbserver which works I put that old version of Thomas online.

- Unfortunately Peter decided to not simply drop me a line telling me that he's still at it so that we can sort thing out but immediately started to attack in public!

- After I learned that he did indeed do some work on smbserver I suggested to him to offer that version for download so that I can then take the Milius one offline he claimed lack of time. But in addition he requested the Milius version to be taken offline despite that version being more suiteable for IYONIX pc whereas the official version on sourceforge seems to be better for other systems.

- I did amend my website according to the requests he made.

- When Peter after some time did find his statements to smbserver dated from May 2006 where he announces a soon to appear release that statement can't be really taken serious if nearly one year later nothing is there - not even a progress info or the like.

- Thus if I would have done what Peter seemed to want to achieve the version more suitable for the IYONIX pc would have been unavailable again which is not a solution since I know of some users who are happy to have gotten this one. And add to this the information of Peter that he has no time to work on smbserver.

I agree with Peter that having a fixed smbserver would be nice but until that happens I rather have a working patch/hack whereas Peter refuses to accept that point of view.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/07 1:39PM
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On News in brief:

In reply to stevef:

1. First of all Peter made it pretty clear on the IYONIX mailinglist that he wanted to remove himself from RISC OS development for some time. For that reason I didn't want to disturb him.

2. I thus did search on riscos.info for smbserver but at that time all I found was some SVN pages, that is nothing about any work of him on smbserver. This dit not leave the impression that he was maintaining it. (BTW, now you find things searching for smbserver since by now his pages have been updated.)

3. The reason for me to offer this smbserver was simply that it works better than the others on my IYONIX pc (and others) and due to LanManFS not connecting to Windows XP anymore smbserver got more interesting as file sharing tool.

4. Since I did remember that Peter stated plans to do work on smbserver quite some time ago I did mention that when I offered one version of smbserver and I did clearly state that I'd take it offline when a new one arrives.

5. Thus the most simple resolution could have been that Peter drops me a line stating that he's still there and that he's still maintaining smbserver and suggesting that we get together on this. But he decided to take another approach (not a co-operating one). What a pity.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/4/07 5:01AM
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On New user guide for RISC OS 6 as release nears:

Article: "And future releases should happen more frequently too, certainly people won't be waiting more than six or 12 months in between again." Well that does sound like a good idea, meaning that ROL intends to get back on track and deliver what they sell... On this account and the other thing the article suggests, that is a soon-to-happen RISC OS 6 does remind me of one of the old tag lines of Acorn: "Seeing is believing" - read that as "I'll believe that RISC OS 6 is available when I can see that it is available".

hEgelia: "It will also hopefully give Iyonix users a better idea of Select's powerful features over RISC OS 5." The permanent lack of useful feature lists (not those extremely detailed ones I couldn't care less about with things like feature such-and-such moved to separate module or amended to be happy with new compiler) might be addressed. But do you really expect an IYONIX user to purchase this documentation to find out about something the supplier probably will never offer them? If ROL wants to get IYONIX users to pay for Select they have to tell them what they intend to offer and when and for what price - with the small issue that due to the track record the "when" is the hard part. As for Select for the IYONIX pc since quite some time I have decided that I will wait until ROL has something to offer (that is something ready to take away) and then decide depending on the price if I'll buy it, or not.

To ROL: Producing a user guide is a good idea - though I agree with the odd comment here that chances are not high that those buying it will need a new user guide. On the other hand supplying a user guide is something a buyer would indeed expect. So in any case: good!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 29/3/07 5:16PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

stevef: There is a short guide on PN's WIKI which PN claimed to be more correct (but which is much shorter and the basic issue is solved in both in the same manner) but even adding a link or the like to that one on the download pages is something he doesn't care to do.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/03/07 05:28AM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

In my posting above the "In reply to And:" should read just "And:". The comment formatter was a bit to versatile for me on this one.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/3/07 4:08PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

It is rediculous!

Just look here: [link] - it is on Peter Naulls's WIKI. As a matter of fact he - that is Peter Naulls - mentioned it in a posting claiming it to be more accurate than Pauls guide. There you find just a few lines outlining how to create the default choices opposed to Paul Vigay who was so kind to outline the whole setup, that is merge the !Help and the choices setup. But as far as I can tell there are no errors in Pauls guide since following it does result in FF2r2 running. But there is a serious bug in PN's FF !Help since he even suggests to completely delete the choices which does guarantee FF2r2 not to run.

I asked PN to put a link to the good guide on his WIKI to the download page or to update his setup guide but we all know the answer. So I asked him what he expects to happen since FF2r2 won't run until he finds some time to fix it or update it (a simple few lines of code in FF2r2 !Run would be enough to create the default choices if the choices are not in place) or someone applies the hack outlined on Pauls pages and his WIKI. Well I understood his reply such that he expects nothing to happen except from whatever "armchair experts" happen to say.

And: PN claims lack of help but seems to ignore that quite a few users put up money since they want to help but can't see how they can help in a different manner... or rather not have to work togetether with PN due to the way he works or the way he thinks or the way he behaves. I remember asking for a bit more detailed documentation and/or a guide which is more simple to follow to get the grips with his environment ... the reply was along the lines that if I can't manage with the info up front I might as well not try in the first place. Well that advice I did follow.

But I do understand PNs wish for more help and do wish all of us that that happens by.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/3/07 4:06PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

What a drag! Paul please do not delete the page since it does help ... well at least until Peter decides to offer help to get FF2r2 running and with that I mean that I expect that information to be linked to the download page or the Help file being updated. What does amaze me is that such a blatant and obvious bug (same bug is in Thunderbird) wasn't discovered before release and has not been fixed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/3/07 5:01AM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

In reply to SimonC/wurthne: Perhaps a combination of the odd good image with AWRender might be a good idea for starters.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/3/07 4:09PM
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On New high quality print drivers released:

Amazing: Even my HP LaserJet 8100DN is supported - amazing since it is a Poscript printer and thus I didn't expect the need for Gutenprint to support it. With Gutenprint I can even select the source paper tray and the duplex option. Works like a treat!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/3/07 6:26PM
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On Firefox 2 install guide published:

In reply to druck:

I agree absolutely that it is a pity that Peter Naulls doesn't seem to want to offer a guide to get FF2r2 to run - as a matter of fact the !Help file even suggests to delete the choices which seems to make sure it won't start. Peter mentioned that there is a more precise guide to creating the default choices on his Wiki ([link]) - well, it describes the choices creation only whereas Paul outlines the whole setup process. In addition both descriptions show the same default choices. I asked him if he could add a link to his wiki page to his download page (chances that he links to Pauls pages are probably low), or to update the install guide in !Help - unfortunately that link never appeared.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/3/07 6:22PM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

With multipage support and PDF export ArtWorks 2 can be used to create presentations - one task for which a good tool was missing up to now!

... well as a work around you can already create the separate pages as ArtWorks 2 files, collect them in one TechWriter document and export the whole as one presentation in a PDF, or use Publisher, followed by GhostScript, but with all done with just ArtWorks 2 is certainly much easier to do and the PDF export of ArtWorks is very good.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/3/07 6:06PM
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On ArtWorks 2.7 features revealed:

As usual: Good work, thanks Martin!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/3/07 6:06AM
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On How to build RISC OS 5 from shared source:

Hi drobe: How are the related articles found - offering "ROS powered 'weapon of mass distraction' unveiled" as related does seem a bit strange ... or on purpose :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/3/07 5:35PM
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On Firefox 2 install guide published:

To Doug Webb: Thanks for your work-around mentioned above (it did help me get FF2r2 to run since till then it wouldn't load)

To Paul Vigay: Thanks a lot for this guide.

To Peter Naulls: Thanks for the application.

To Peter Naulls again: What does make me wonder is why this guide has not been supplied by you on your download page and thus kind-of spoiling your good efforts. Or, why FF2r2 seems to be such that with no Choices in place it doesn't load since it is a simple few lines of code in the !Run file to if needed prepare a default choices set.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/3/07 5:29PM
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On South West show reports and photos:

Repost since for some reason all my text was gone...

Wow, this is a nice thread for a show review article...

This long and detailed discussion about a logo does explain a bit to me why so many "show-off" features for Select like round buttons, new hi-res icons, screensavers etc. are so high on the wishlist for some. That does get me thinking about what the main need for the users is: have a usable computer, or have a nice gadget to look at and perhaps show around. Well that might explain a bit too why MS put so much effort in desktop-effects for Vista. For me I want a usable and preferrably quick computer and for that most of the modern "good-looks-features" are barely and help and some are even a pain and it is good if you can disable them. And as for screen saver I want that to simply put the monitor into power saving mode (saves my money and is good for nature) since usually when screensaving starts it is due to me not being near the computer anyhow.

But as for a logo as such it is indeed important to attract new customers but I dare say that for that the logo is by far not enough... for that I dare suggest that the things offered, shown on the web site etc. and available to take away are more important...

Another statement did really surprise me: That there are supposedly no women using RISC OS - I agree that there are just a few but there are some which are even pretty active like Harriet Bazley and Louie from RISC OS Now.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 03/03/07 09:17AM
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On CDVDBurn to support DVD-RAM:

The Update that Steffen is considering to finally help us get rid of that more or less bad CDFS is a very welcome one!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/2/07 5:55PM
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On RISC OS 5.13 available for download:

Good news and it works fine.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/2/07 5:51PM
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On Thunderbird 'demo' port released:

In reply to JWCR: I agree though I don't have those problems. Firefox 2 rel 2 doesn't even start - all I get is a loop of messages stating that it tries to run, so that I wait until that one is fixed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 1/2/07 7:38AM
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On Programming tools set for price slash:

In reply to sascott: True, UK should adopt the Euro - would make quite a few things easier and perhaps less expensive...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/1/07 12:50PM
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On Programming tools set for price slash:

I applaud Castle/ROOL! To offer the Compiler to go with the RISC OS Open Source at a much more interesting price is a very good idea, indeed. In addition to helping developers and programmers it probably makes life for ROOL a lot easier since then the risk of getting GCC only input is probably reduced.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/1/07 7:20AM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

Thanks for this good news!

Offering Phoenix (i.e. Javascript capable 32bit Browse) is very good. Perhaps as time passes by NetSurf and Phoenix can kind of grow into one browser, or as lym suggested, perhaps some of the good parts of Phoenix like the Javascript can be included into NetSurf.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/1/07 4:32PM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

Wow, seems that my entry didn't quite get through... so I try again:

in reply to fibble: "If you lot don't behave, I'll take your computers away and send you too your room without any supper."

Please do give us a CD in that case since I'm pretty sure that as jc pointed out we'd then be in the right place to use it...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/01/07 6:40PM
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On Freeware Insignia renamed and back online:

Try the new version 1.51 which has the font issue fixed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/1/07 2:19PM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

To VirtualAcorn:

"The open source licence under which RISC OS is made available either free or for pence per unit ...".

Is there a chance for a much cheaper RISC OS 5 based VirtualAcorn-system?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/1/07 11:47AM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

In reply to jess:

"It will only pull the rug out from under ROL if the market stays at rock bottom. It seems the initiative is intended to increase the market significantly. If that happens ROL would be able to drop its prices accordingly. Select/Adjust/RO6 has advantages over RO5 which are worth paying for. "

I think ROL manages to pull the run out from under ROL by themselves - all they have to do is to continue to charge subscription fees without delivering within a sensible time span. But as long as there are enough users happy to spend their money in this manner, fine for ROL. Though I think that this behaviour does make sure that the number of Select subscribers does shrink as time passes by thus ROL does reduce their market all by themselves.

Considering that as far as I can see Select4 aka RO6 as upgrade costs 2.5 years of subscription fees I do wonder if it is worth that much money. Please do not forget that the main part of Select4/RO6 is 32bitting of the OS and that has been paid in full by Ad6 for the A9home as PM@ROL stated over and over again and this 32bitting is no use to Risc PC owners anyhow.

True Select/Adjust/RO6 has advantages over RO5 which are worth paying for ... but at a reasonable price, please.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/1/07 6:00PM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

In reply to simo: "Seems like a lovely license for Castle, essentially they're getting free developers if any work done becomes their IP. I can't see this flying with the FOSS brigade or Castle's commercial customers, so the only developers are going to be existing RO users.".

I think the license idea is good since it ensures pretty much the same as GPL does: Enhancements are fed back for all the enjoy.

Just think about how many gadgets use Linux despite GPL and then have to open up their source. Those gadgets are sometimes even more intersting than closed source ones since some community starts developing enhancements which then feed back to others or even come as an upgrade. And some commercial developer can always run part of the code on their gadget as an application which doesn't need to be open sourced...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/1/07 5:47PM
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On Freeware Insignia renamed and back online:

Thanks Detlef - glad you got the things sorted out quickly.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/1/07 5:34PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

In reply to all those not finding Insignia: Please see the "Updated" part in this article - due to legal reasons Detlef had to take the download back but it will re-appear. I had a chat with him about the legal issue and it is one which can be solved.

In reply to drobe/Chris: For such an update perhaps it might help to add a comment mentioning the update since more often than not you read an article once only, but do look into the comments a bit more often.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/1/07 5:04PM
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On 32bit Insignia released for free:

Thanks to a4 computer (aka a4com) for their good work, especially for all the translations and the good support of us poor German users so far off UK.

Good news that this worthwhile app is not simply ditched but re-published in 26/32 bit and it being free is even better.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/1/07 9:03AM
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On The best of the Microdigital Mico manual:

in reply to jymbob: Or perhaps ROL is concentrating on finding a new programmer ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/1/07 4:12PM
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On Playing with prime numbers on RISC OS:

In reply to Gregor: Well, perhaps you should a better and safer browser like Firefox 2 instead of the favoured browser of those creating malicious software. Works fine with Firefox 2.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/1/07 6:25AM
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On PostScript 3 driver mulled:

Perfect news, indeed! Espeically since the current PS drivers convert colour images in a manner that even professional PS RIPs tend can fail due to the way they are postscripped. The question arising is if that driver can be made to output PS2 as well since quite a few printers around are still PS2.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/12/06 5:24AM
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On Messenger Pro 4.23 does HTML email, Unicode:

Thanks Colin and R-Comp for the new MPro! It is the best upgrad ever since it immediately enhances usability significantly. See my comment (5th comment) on [link] too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/12/06 5:19AM
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On Could open source RISC OS bring back users?:

In reply to lym > I've no idea whether open source (ROOL) or a fully commercial OS (ROL) is the way to go.

I'd say, both can work: - A commercial OS is ok, if development takes place at a resonable speed enhancing the OS - really enhancing it... and for a price to match that (pity this didn't happen in the recent past for one of the OS forks) - An open source OS is ok, if development takes place at a resonable speed enhancing the OS - really enhancing it... now time has to show if there are enough users out there who will work on the open source RISC OS

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/12/06 7:06PM
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On Software news in brief:

In reply to bluenose:

As for the HTML decoder I might be able to shed some light having probably triggered the UTF-8 support and beta tested the HTML part and having had the odd email chat about this feature with the programmer. Basically there's three kinds of email around: text only, html only and those containing both. The first and third are not problem since the text part will show and usually is no hassle to read well. The drag (or even pain in the a...) is that more and more email is in HTML partially since most Windows apps default to HTML, newsletters prefer that format for enhanced options and SPAM & virusses etc. need the HTML format for automatic action.

The problem with HTML mails is that it is full of HTML tags enclosed in "<" and ">" which make reading hard if you're not using a browser. On the other hand I'm not into using a browser for email reading since it is slow and the risk that the mail contains some image which is loaded from the server and thus confirms my reading the mail validating my address for the sender. Now the new MPro addresses just this issue mainly by removing nearly all HTML tags from HTML only mails (URL references are handled a bit differently) so that the mail is suddenly legible. In addition to displaying the cleased HTML as text the full HTML is presented as attachment.

Overall I must say that this MPro upgrade is one of the best since it really increases usability due to UTF-8 support and HTML stripping. Very good - *thanks* Colin and Andrew.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/12/06 6:59PM
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On Iyonix-only Firefox 2 port released online:

Great!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/12/06 12:33PM
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On RISC OS 6 Select 4 preview released:

In reply to hubersn:

I absolutely agree!

... especially since on their website for RISC OS Six they state clearly "Since the launch of Select 3 / OS 4.39 (Adjust ROM) *all* the development work has gone into the 32 bit conversion of the remainder of the RISC OS Sources that had not previously been converted as part of the RISC OS Select scheme. As might be expected this has been a mammoth undertaking and we hope that the wait will have been worthwhile." Well as ROL kept claiming over and over this was paid for by Ad6 - gee, what did ROL then do with all the subscribers money?

But if I go back to their FAQ: "Q. What new features will there be in the RISC OS Select Scheme? A. ...It is not possible to state exactly when any particular new feature or update will appear since the whole idea of the Select Scheme is to make new items available as soon as possible, rather then waiting 3-4 years before releasing everything at once. ... " ... well there they state that you're expected to subscribe and that you will get something (whatever) when it is ready for release - but he has to speed things up to not miss the 3-4 years mark!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/06 3:16PM
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On RISC OS 6 Select 4 preview released:

To several: The limiation to old hardware like A7000 and Risc PC is perhaps no surprise since it is a preview only :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/06 3:03PM
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On RISC OS 6 Select 4 preview released:

In reply to JGZimmerle: "Okay, with Photodesk it is not such a big problem anymore, since AFAIK development has stopped, but this is by no means a good thing, either."

Not quite true. Niklaus Weiss is working on Photodesk and the current beta works fine on 32 bit with no restraints as for the memory used, that is no need to stick to low memory dynamic area. Fixing that was quite some work as is well-known. AFAIK his first goal is to finish and polish off a full 26/32 bit version with no restraints in it and then to look into enhancing it. No dates or the like are given so no need to rush him.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/06 3:00PM
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On R-Comp email software to fight spam:

in reply to inchiquin: Well, basically you're right that the job of a mail transport tool could be defined to transport only.

But if such a tool offers SPAM filtering as well which is something probably very useful nowadays since over 80% of what is send via email is SPAM then this has to be good and versatile, if possible. Simple header only checks are these days usually not enough, especially since often SPAM and virusses are sent from infected computers and thus tend even to use addresses found on that one as sender so that whitelists can result in being not much use.

I thus agree (as I initially outlined) that adding a bayes filter is probably a sensible idea - be it inside Hermes or offering an interface which then can be used by bogofilter, SpamStamp or the likes.

BTW, the best SPAM filter I found until now is simply to change the email address every once in a while. End of 2005 I got over 100 SPAMs per day so that beginning of 2006 I installed myself a new email address and until about one month ago there was no SPAM; now it is the odd email.

And I agree with aranwsley that offering a no-hassle solution is a very good idea - and since a Bayes filter needs to be trained it is not easy to include that in a no-hassle package.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/06 2:52PM
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On Midlands 2006 show photos and news:

ROL's X-Mas tree and playing "Phantom of the Opera" is a nice one! Oops, hold it here. Isn't a "Phantom" something not really there but just in your imagnination or the like? Fits well, indeed :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/06 6:18AM
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On R-Comp email software to fight spam:

This is good news - partially due to the fact that R-Comp continues to enhance and develop their apps and partially due to what new feature is offered.

Would be nice to know how SPAM detection is done - since the check happens before downloading the email it seems to just look at the header which usually is ok for a first check...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/11/06 5:45AM
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On RISC OS 6 Select 4 preview released:

Wow, I did look at riscos6.com and one of the first statements is: "Since the launch of Select 3 / OS 4.39 (Adjust ROM) all the development work has gone into the 32 bit conversion of the remainder of the RISC OS Sources that had not previously been converted as part of the RISC OS Select scheme."

Well this is a surprise (or should be but is not really to me): 1. ROL claimed the odd time that Ad6 paid for the work needed to get RO run on A9home - well this obviously includes 32bitting it since A9home needs it for the first time. 2. The next select release to the subscribers took well over two years thus making it a pretty expensive one and now them poor subscribers can read on the official web site that all ROL has done since the previous Select release was the 32 bit conversion and that thus they paid for that.

But perhaps the statement I quoted from riscos6.com needs some corrections...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 26/11/06 8:22AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

In reply to hubersn: Did you seriously expect ROL to stick to facts in their advertisement? Just think of the screen they even showed at South East show advertising RISC OS Select with a graphic along the lines "sex sells" which has the bottom line stating "Select features will be available for Iyonix in Q2 2006".... but perhaps they're just too busy to finish off Select 4 to fix that one :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/11/06 5:09PM
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On ROL calls for Select coders and testers:

Amazing how by and by ROL gets back to its roots, i.e. back to the things intended/offered when they started out :-) 1. 32bitting was one of the main initial aims but ROL simply dropped that from their agenda ... but years later that came back. 2. Beta testing was one of the initial offerings but acclaimed stupidity of the users (too many users not realising that beta testing means trying things out that may or may not work) this was simply dropped and thus implicitely assuming that the users were even too stupid to be told what beta testing means ... but now years later that comes back. As for the reasons for those steps I rather not comment :-)

I agree with simo: ROL should merge with ROOL.

As for the IPR: Simply depends on the contract you have with them.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/11/06 6:29AM
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On ROS mailing lists face closure:

True that Smartgroups will close but was it necessary to set out such a negative title for this posting?

OK, the title attracts readers but I hope that there is no need for this kind of negative title to attract readers...

And the title is probably not true anyhow since quite a few RISC OS mailing lists moved to other techniques quite some time ago and the odd one did so recently so that it is to be expected that all active ones will move anyhow so none faces closure I'd say (except perhaps for the odd dead one but that then makes no difference anyhow...)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/11/06 5:06PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

In reply to wuerthne:

As for the future XML based export format: Will that perhaps be OpenXML since that will come on the list when appropriate anyhow as far as I understood your other posting here.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/11/06 5:02PM
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On October news in brief:

Pity there is no link to the secure socket module of R-Comp and that the link at [link] don't work.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/11/06 6:54PM
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On South East 2006 show videos:

Well, perhaps it might have been a good idea to supply them in a less strange format like a simple MPEG...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 31/10/06 3:32PM
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On How to upgrade an A9home's hard disc:

In reply to mripley: Why use an external USB2 harddisc. An internal IDE one usually is cheaper and faster...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/10/06 5:32PM
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On How to upgrade an A9home's hard disc:

In reply to Kees Meijer:

Wow, that is indeed a nice and clean description which should be easy for nearly everybody to follow if that user has some basic+ skills.

Just a tip for the case the backup of the harddisc goes via FTP to some server. I recommend to put the disc contents into ZIP archives first to be absoultely sure that not file types etc. get lost.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/10/06 5:31PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to stevef: With that attitude from ROL you describe and the information hiding of ROL (until recently when suddenly some programmers documentation was made publically avaibable) I would have refused to make use of any Select feature in my apps too... and re-thought about a select subscription as well.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 26/10/06 1:57PM
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On South East 2006 show report:

In reply to loris: "This amuses me immensely. Does it have pictures of flowers down the sides? Scented paper? A few cooking recipes perhaps?"

I did think a bit if I should reply to that statement... well since you didn't even add a smily I am not sure if you seriously mean that...

Personally I wanted to hint that due to the editor being a woman the magazine can be a bit different from one edited by a man but that doesn't mean (and I never intended it to) that thus it will be so off-topic as you suggested. And to make it clear: What I wrote was not critisism or anything negative! Overall I applaud Louie for having started out and made it!

But on the other hand, perhaps in the odd computer magazine the odd simple cooking recipes might be a good idea to get them internet and game junkies etc. off the microwave pizza :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/10/06 06:28AM
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On South East 2006 show report:

As for "... punters were warned by Paul [Middleton] that if they didn't resubscribe to Select, ROL will scale back development." Would that be a change?

As for "RISC OS Now" and the down and up sides: - For a first issue to be not quite perfect: that is ok (anybody might just try to write a magazine of about that size and then re-think the criticism!) - Please take into account that RISC OS Now is published by a woman so I expect it to look different from the usual man-made ones. - And you forgot to mention a very important up side explicitely: It got printed and was made available in time (something the odd company fails to manage)!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/10/06 5:51PM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

In reply to jmb: A per-site user-agent faking would be absolutely perfect - and unfortunately user-agent faking is necessary in some cases.

In reply to JGZimmerle: The main security risk for web-based online banking are the OS vunerabilities and the user. I guess RISC OS is fine on that account - not that it is safe but it is so unknown that it is currently not attacked. As for the user: Who clicks on links to a bank in his mail etc. will probably do so when using some online banking software and thus be the main risk.

In reply to gdshaw: "Privoxy..." True, but then I might as well use some other browser or OS or bank.

In reply to druck: I'd like to have that VoIP software for RISC OS :-)

To Drobe: Amazing: Ads by Google lists "Hsbc Bank. We've Found the Best 4 Sites About Hsbc Bank. Banks.Best4Sites.net" :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/10/06 5:04PM
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On NetSurf users hit by HSBC account freeze:

Well, AFAIK it is always tricky to do things like online banking with a "weird" OS.

But I think that NetSurf should allow the user-agent to be changed - perhaps even such that it changes automatically for the odd website configured (like the one of this bank). Without that feature this nice browser will - as the others already do - probably make even more users decide that RISC OS is no good for webbrowsing since it is to be expected that the odd website checks the browser used and will refuse what they don't know. Since the chances that NetSurf will be well-known enough in the near future to be acknowledged by such websites it should be able to trick them.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/10/06 7:21AM
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On South East 2006 show report:

Nice to see pictures of a show with three women on the exhibitors side! Looking forward for the report.

Erm... "Qercus is out and the next issues is planned for November": which year :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 22/10/06 5:47PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to mrchoky & apdl:

True, for the programmers the "OS fork" is not really an issue since the API is pretty much the same on all - assuming they are indeed written by the book. PM@ROL does try to make it an issue though by requesting programmers to make use of the new features of Select which then would result in apps running on Select only. But most programmers prefer to have their app run on as many systems as possible to they stick to the common API part which is the only sensible approach (until Select is there to have for all RISC OS computers).

But I think that for RISC OS as such the "OS fork" is a pity since it does result in duplicate developments thus using up more resources. And it certainly keeps the discussions about which RISC OS is better and the "OS fork" as such alive...

And as for Select and IYONIX pc: I don't want a full RISC OS Select - soft loadable Select features would be fine and probably much less work for ROL than supplying a full OS with all the hardware drivers and making sure that when the nVidia cards change that their OS runs on the newest IYONIX models...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/10/06 08:25AM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to imj: Thanks for that hint ... it might be a good idea to change the layout so that the long detail list is accessible through a link instead of being the most obvious thing on that page.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/06 2:26PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to jb:

Thanks for your information posted here.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/06 05:55AM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to Drobe: Thanks for the update with the Select feature list link. I thought that there might be intersting info and for the heck of it tried ADFS which has a full 9 changes for S4. Well, after seeing entries like "Updated to build with ObjAsm and a modern makefile." as well as the odd small absolutely internal one. And for the odd data or resources module the change is "Updated header to claim 32bit safety." which does make sure there are lots of changes in number. What I would like to know is whom that list is intended for...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/10/06 05:52AM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to SimonC: "I completely fail to understand ROL's attitude - do they want to sell copies of RISC OS or not?" I'm not sure about that - to me it seems they want to sell Select subscriptions...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/10/06 1:35PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

Well, looking at Wikipeda for "Foundation" (as in RISC OS Foundation) you find the odd definition depending on the context. As for the non-name definitions the one for architecture doesn't quite fit leaving us with the charity one, i.e. "a kind of philanthropic organization, set up as a legal entity either by individuals or institutions, with the purpose of distributing grants to support causes in line with the goals of the foundation".

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/10/06 1:33PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to em2ac: "Anyone who isn't happy with this announcement: Join up and fix the things that YOU think are not right?"

Join what? I assume you mean the group of non-Select-subscribers and ex-Select-subscribers...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/10/06 10:41AM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

In reply to quite a few:

1. I agree that IXONIX users should quit Select ... if they didn't so so quite some time ago since by now they (would have) paid quite a bit of money getting nothing - not even a guarantee that they will get something at all!

2. It seems that the next release of RISC OS from ROL (I mean the release of Select 4 which now seems to have been renamed) is the most expensive RISC OS release ever and it does amaze me that there seem to be quite a few Select subscribers still continuing to pay regularly.

3. So instead of finishing off Select 4 it seems that ROL prefers to spend time on other things like making the Select docs publically available (which is a good move), renaming their alleged product (I write alleged since it still has to be made available and until it is really released I fail to believe it will), redesigning the odd logo etc. for it, remake the website to go with etc.

4. Looking at the new site's pricing info I see one thing that has changed: If you subscribe now you will be able to download the preview of the RISC OS Six, that is you are guaranteed at least one download. As usual the additional things will come by (or not) via the Select scheme.

5. It seems to be a weird world: Now - sorry: in the future - the higher RISC OS version number is for the very old hardware, or the newest one, or the fake (virtual) one. But what the heck, RISC OS users are used to strange version numberings with CLib and Toolbox modules already.

6. And as for the much-commented <RISC OS Six is the latest, most up to date, version of RISCOS to be developed by RISCOS Ltd.>: Since to the best of my knowledge RISC OS Six is not there yet this statement is interesting indeed :-) Shouldn't it read <RISC OS Six will be...> ;-)

7. And as usual the ROL-CTL-should-work-together issue is not changed by this..

Anyhow it is good to see that something happens ...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/10/06 06:24AM
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On RISC OS 5.12 released with price tag:

In reply to GavinWraith: I guess they will offer some method of purchase which does not require you to use a Windows PC - otherwise how should the users not having anything but RISC OS buy. Let us hope they sort things out so that the standardy IYONIX pc user can buy that upgrade using Oregano 2. It seems that currently a Windows or Mac system is needed to pay and an IYONIX pc is needed to download the ROM.

In reply to tamias: I didn't say there are no benefits - I just mentioned that I'd like to know what benefits there are before I part with my money. I hope (and assume) that Castle will supply that information soon. And if there are none yet and none announced well I might decide to wait until there are.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/10/06 4:52PM
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On RISC OS 5.12 released with price tag:

Great news that RISC OS 5.12 is out!

I'm a bit surprised (and unhappy) that there is no discount at all (not even a small one) for the users who paid 30 UKP for USB2 - and be it a discount available for a short period of time only.

Since I never had any problems with my nVidia card and have no plans to upgrade it and have USB2 I do wonder what benefits RISC OS 5.12 offers apart from an a bit shorter boot time due to USB2 now being in ROM. Thus some more info about the benefits in 5.12 and the ones on the list for future free ROM upgrades would make it easier for me and probably others too to part with 69 UKP now instead of waiting what Castle has on the list.

Gee, why am I not surprised that you can't buy online with an IYONIX pc considereing what we have as http-viewers (most of them I'd not really want to call a web browser) for RISC OS. Well perhaps NetSurf might be capable - anybody try yet?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/10/06 10:06AM
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On Not enough room for two mags says Qercus ed:

Thanks Louie for your clarification!

What does give reason for thought is that every once in a while I get the impression that sometimes the things published on drobe are not 100% accurate - e.g. drobe stating that Louie asked for subscription numbers and Louie stating otherwise...

And as for argumenting here instead of working together: I agree that more working together in the RISC OS world would be very good but does need that the parties involved are on good speaking terms to start with. Furthermore there are those doing the work mainly for fun and others to really earn money which can mean that working together might result in less income for the latter and thus be a problem - though I have the impression that that is more often than not not the issue. Hey, you out there working for RISC OS: Do it together, try it!

But I think what is worse for the RISC OS community since it makes the users unhappy or simply lets them move to different platforms is that in the more or less recent past things the users paid for were not delivered in time, or not at all (yet), or the users were expected to continue payment despite no delivery (yet). Just look at the drobe comments of the past and see what topics the discussion looked at. Lucky me that I am no Select subscriber or Qercus subscriber since I'd be dammn angry by now and this anger (or resignation?) is something I think is inside quite a few users and needs some platform to get out.

One very sad side-effect to this is that quite a few new projects are expected to follow suit and thus before they really started considered to not work! Just assume that you are into starting something and you get to read that quite a few think that you won't make it - isn't that inspiring! Well in that case I sincerely wish you that you consider all them comments stupid (which they are in most cases) and good luck!

Louie, this said: I wish you all the best and hope that you have success and I do hope you get support (yes, especially support).

I know why support is helpful since I publish the German RISC OS magazine GAG-News since 1992 bi-monthly. Quite some time ago when Acorn was still there I did get much support, be it from manufacturers and others writing articles as well as advertisements. As time passed by and Acorn passed away this support got less and less so that currently it does happen sometimes that I write the full 32 pages of the A4 magazine all by myself (and due to the need of writing in German I can't even start off with cut'n'pasting from the net). But despite this loss of direct support I'll continue since it is fun, I think it is important and the feedback I get is not much but what I get is encouraging.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/10/06 6:51AM
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On Not enough room for two mags says Qercus ed:

What's wrong with two magazines - especially if they are different. I dare say that quite a few RISC OS users are happy to subscribe to more than one magazine, assuming that it does offer interesting content and assuming that it is produced and deliviered.

As for shipping cost I agree with Sawadee since even to Germany it is already quite a bit more but on the other hand a well laid out paper magazine is better to read and especially you can do so anywhere. Despite the cost I did subscribe to Acorn Publisher since it was a very good magazine covering quite a few things I was interested in.

As to John Cartmells comments he should be *happy* for Louie to step in! That could give him the option officially drop Qercus instead of just not publishing it anymore. He could perhaps offer the subscribers still due the odd issue to get RISC OS Now instead by passing on the subscription fees to Louie.

As for the alleged losses John Cartmell mentioned to Louie: If RISC OS Now comes and is delivered regularly as planned then that will be a gain for all readers since it does arrive! The only one who might loose on this is John Cartmell having to return the subscription money already collected with nothing delivered but I dare say that that risk of loss of funds is there already due to the slight delay in delivering Qercus...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 12/10/06 6:56AM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

In reply to JGZimmerle:

"I think the best way to introduce RISC OS user to a Linux-based RISC OS development environment, would be a bootable Linux CD like Knoppix or Kubuntu with installed GCCSDK and a graphical IDE."

That is a good idea indeed.

What might be a good starter would be to supply a script file or a package for the odd common distro which installs the full GCCSDK setup with a few sample apps for use by executing that script, or installing that package with the package management tool of the distro. This might be a bit easier to supply opposed to compiling the full CD or ISO image for self-burning. This script should make sure that the odd prerequisite is in place or if it is a package have the needed things as prereq.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 07/10/06 1:09PM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

In reply to mrchocky and Jwoody:

For someone being used to GCCSDK it is probably dead easy but for someone wanting to try it it is quite a learning curve. I did go to www.riscos.info trying to find out how to get and use GCCSDK.

So below "Compilers" I clicked on the GCCSDK link - after discovering that on riscos.info links are not as usual underlined but just coloured text (whatever the reason to not adhering to the common link display - probably due to using a Wiki). There I then found the "Using GCCSDK" which is a short intro which is surely enough for someone knowing Linux ... to just get started. But what "<path to gccsdk-dir>" is, might have been mentioned and the AutoBuilder.html page mentioned here is unfortunately not a link. But what to do after AutoBuilder is done is not stated (probably just copy the executable to RISC OS).

As for ChoX11 I followed the link from riscos.info main page and did find a bit info on it like that its importance should not be underestimated but then apart from downloads there is not much to find in order to learn how, what for and why to make use of it. Probably not much to worry about anyhow but perhaps a few more words here might help.

I think that some step-by-step tutorial for "newbies", that is one not assuming all sorts of knowledge to start with, showing how to create a simple CLI app like wget and a simple GUI one might help attrating more GCCSDK users with the tuturials starting off with nothing and thus with getting and installing GCCSDK etc. way down to having the final app on RISC OS. Could be that such a tutorial is there but then that should be easier to find on riscos.info.

Or simply put: Quite a bit of information is there but partially not easily found, or with quite some parts left for the potential user to discover, or simply omitted. That fits the "Due diligence and some patience is required on your part." statement of mrchocky well, doesn't it ...?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 07/10/06 07:49AM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

In reply to quite a few here: What is amazing still is that instead of looking forward to the open sourcing and seeing it as a chance for the better an amazing part of this discussion looks into the licensing issue. I am sure that the ones behind the open sourceing did spend some time on thinking about this issue and thus came to the decision taken for good reasons. I kind-of have the feeling that some posters here might be tempted upon getting a present for birthday or X-mas they first of all start to ask if they may sell it on eBay if they don't like it. What a strange world...

In reply to Ginger2: "If I were RISCOS Ltd I'd be interested in becoming the defacto distribution. Perhaps they could go down a Mandriva-style route where official paid-up (40 quid a year? Count me in) members of the "ROL" club get 12 month advance access to their distribution as well as some extra support / newsletters / niceties." You sure that 12 months is enough considering that the last upgrade for Select took more than twice that time and is still not out ;-)

In reply to riscosopen: Thanks for the additional FAQ entries as well as your other work so far!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 03/10/06 09:52AM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

In reply to David Pilling and Peter Naulls: "Nothing much happens because there are too few programmers left"

Well at least there is some chance that something may happen to RISC OS even if it is just the odd small thing to start with ... sounds like a positive chance compared to now ;-) (Sorry, I couldn't resist)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 01/10/06 3:30PM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

To Andrew Rawnsley in Reactions: "Unfortunately, most of the items listed have better versions already in existence as part of Adjust, so really all it does is accentuate the OS split, because the public only have source access to 'out-dated' versions of things."

For one ROL could offer quite a bit of their Select things for RISC OS 5 - not everything due to the kernel differences, as PM states. PM even showed the odd Select feature running on top of RISC OS at the odd show but I have the impression that PM has no intention of offering Select features and thus e.g. enhanced base apps like Paint etc. Furthermore until now it doesn't look like an IYONIX Select will happen by in near future. So the OS split is probably something we have to live with for some time thus why not enhace the IYONIX version?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 01/10/06 07:57AM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

In reply to mrchocky: " That comment was made on csa.programmer, and you've replied here, with no indication that it was so, nor where to look for what else I said if others cared about the context. If you care to reply there, I will be happy to respond."

Well, I did reply to something I read in this drobe article in the "Reactions" part, the paragraph starting with "GCCSDK developer and Firefox porter Peter Naulls said". How am I to know that that was taken from some other place...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 01/10/06 07:47AM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

To Peter Naulls: "Some of the choices are a bit strange - Browse for example." Browse is a good idea since it is still my favourite Browser for offline use and even for quit a bit online use if I surf using RISC OS. Getting a 32 bit version would be nice indeed.

To druck: I like your comment about ROL :-)

So let us hope that this attracts the odd developer to add features to RISC OS 5 now ... or perhaps ROL now gets to know how to offer Select for the IYONIX ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/9/06 4:05PM
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On Intel wheels out 1.2GHz XScale family:

So Intel has a new, significantly faster IOP which would give CTL the chance to build a new, faster IYONIX pc or the like. But instead saying wow, that is an opportunity - let us hope CTL or some other manufacturer builds a new, fast RISC OS system with that we're back to usual: Complain about what ever deficiency is there to be found!

But even with that alleged deficienty the new IOP is better on all accounts as far as I can tell (well except for the fact that no IYONIX using it is there yet, but I don't complain about CTL not having finished it off yet) so why start off with complaining. This way of looking at things is beyond me!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/9/06 4:24PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

In reply to AMS: As for "RISC (Scientology Edition)", or on short "RISC (SE)" - ist there any connection to "VirtualRPC-SE" :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/9/06 5:47AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

What is "Qercus" ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/9/06 4:38PM
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On Open sourcing RISC OS won't help says ROL:

In reply to hubersn: I agree completely with what you write and I was a fan of Select and especially the plans and offerings ROL started out with.

And I do wonder how much longer users are prepared to put money forward for subscribing to something ROL calls Select - whatever that might be ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/09/06 10:11AM
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On ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute:

In reply to JGZimmerle: I wouldn't be surprised if at some time they will look into getting the comp.sys.acorn.* newsgroups done with ... or on the other hand, perhaps the users of the new Acorn computers will start chatting there about all their problems they have with Windows XP etc. so that it might even happen automatically that the RISC OS and BBC users kind of are drowned in comp.sys.acorn.* ;-)

And think of AAUG ... lucky that most RISC OS user groups don't have "Acorn" in their name... the others should consider renaming in time...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/9/06 5:07PM
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On How to be a Pinboard power user:

Good article and a few nice ideas indeed. But the statement "But using the pinboard is a trick that will astonish everyone." at the end is beyond me. Why should starting apps from the pinboard astonish others - that is a feature much used in Linux and even in Windows where it's called desktop and is basically a folder. You can create a like menus system for Windows too by moving the folder contents around though it might be tricky to keep the icon postisions though it can probably be done too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/8/06 5:07PM
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On Adjust users get Select site access:

In reply to hEgelia and thus to PM@ROL: "I appreciate that it may appear that absolutely no work seems to have been done on Select 4 ..." AND "The bottom line is that we have very limited resources and ..." Both statements are fine but would I be a paying subscriber I couldn't care less since I was given an offer which I accepted only to find out that all I got is to have to pay more... and wait longer. What is missing is a third statement from ROL which states that due to less expenses (due to less programmer's time spend on Select) and/or less output (massive delay in delivering) the price for the Select subscription has been reduced accordingly (that is one year's subscription entitels for the next release e.g.).

In reply to Spriteman: "So, why did ROL spend 2 years doing something that had been done before?" This is a hard one since when asking PM about e.g. DOSFS and the odd other issue the reply is that they rather not re-invent the wheel and don't want to spoil other companies business, which I consider a good approach, but with CDFS enhancements (despite CDROMFS) and 32 bit ROL seems to think different.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/8/06 4:51PM
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On Castle considering open sourcing RISC OS:

To flypig: "I nonetheless personally don't think that open sourcing would necesarilly make ROL redundant." Surely not, since with their current track record they seem to try to achieve that goal by themselves ;-)

To flypig/chrisj: "After all, STD could have gone to Castle rather than ROL anyway. Presumably ROL brought expertise that STD valued?" AFAIK they asked CTL and ROL and then the decision was based on the reply/offering they got in return ... and perhaps to a certain amount that STD/Ad6 are closer to ROL than to CTL.

To druck: I agree!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/08/06 3:40PM
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On 'Why we love drag and drop on RISC OS':

True, D'n'D software installation is great indeed since amongst other things you are the one to decide where the app is put. The odd app now comes with some installer tool, sometimes simply since it needs some stuff to be put into PreDesk since it saves the user the trouble to install the app and the !Boot parts separately (we all remember !SysMerge which did a similar task). Personally I'd prefer the old D'n'D installation and some !Boot update done separately by me but perhaps I'm strange on this account that I want to know what goes where... instead of having it dead simple.

As for D'n'D/Clipboard: What is missing is that the D'n'D doesn't work for everything like writable icons and the like that is drag some text from an editor to some writable icon or vice-versa. Furthermore I'd like the non writable icons/text to be draggable to fetch the text as well. E.g. select and then D'n'D the message of some error box into my email app to drop a line about it to the programmer with no need to manual copying of the screen contents. OK, Windows does this via the system clipboard but it does it whereas in RISC OS this is not OS driven but just offered by the odd app.

Or even try this: D'n'D of whatever object there is on screen to e.g. make a hard copy by dragging a window onto Paint.

One of the best ideas of Acorn was to define the data saving/loading protocol such that it doesn't matter what the receiver is, that is filer or some app, which implied D'n'D via save box to any app. Pity this wasn't extended to other data sources like icons etc - thought I'd say that this can probably even be handled by the OS, that is the modules responsible for displaying the windows so that the app doesn't even need to know about it.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/8/06 6:11AM
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On BBC BASIC turns 25:

in reply to druck:

"when was the last time anyone saw MS Basic?" Well I agree I don't remember but perhaps this is due to the availability of alternatives like VBScript which is pretty powerful and e.g. makes working with all files in some directory very simple since it has the functions to work on all files in a directory built-in.

As for BBC Basic in RISC OS: It's is useful but lacks some features (unless you start using the odd add-on library or AppBasic), still has no debugger (VBScript has one), is very limiting on strings (which was ok as long as file names were limited to 10 chars) just to name a few. Thus it could indeed use the odd enhancement.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/8/06 3:16PM
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On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

I took a short look at the rhos website and then went to the "Events" and there took a look a the RoHS Master Presentation ([link]).

There on page 10 you'll find the "Transition period" which was from February 2003 until 1 July 2006 - that is quite a time span so that I assume that the manufacturers did look into how to comply.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/8/06 6:16AM
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On Castle USB to get audio, video support:

In erply to mfraser:

What we need is just one USB stack for all - or at least one common interface for both so that there is no need to write apps etc. using USB to support both stacks.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/7/06 7:11AM
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On Could public cash save our software?:

To JGZimmerle: As for ODF I think there is probably a fair chance that Easi/TechWriter will be upgraded to handle that format too - luckily for this app a good programmer is in charge.

Anyhow if you're into a fully compatble OS then considering the speed of development outside - some new things since they are worth it, some since some company simply does it - you'll probably always be back level with a small OS like RISC OS. Question usually arising is if it matters to the individual user. At work I have to cope with Word documents, in private use where RISC OS is the platform I prefer there is no need for that for me - others might as well send me their stuff as PDF or as simple text file.

But as for email you're right and as for web-browsing well I must admit that I tend not to use RISC OS due to lack of a browser which does the job and is quick. This might change with NetSurf some time though...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/7/06 4:47PM
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On Who are RISC OS Open Ltd?:

In reply to JWCR: "... I spent over £100 of my limited free cash and got exactly nothing from RISCOS Ltd. I would be extremely annoyed if all of Select suddenly became available as Open Source ..."

Sorry, I can't resist: If it is open sourced then you'd get something instead of 'exactly nothing' :-o

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/6/06 3:57PM
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On An idiot's guide to making PDFs:

Wow, this does sound like hard work but perhaps it is partially due to using VA5000 and thus the odd limitation - be it memory, or simply the old OS for A5000. I must applaud you that you did manage to sort all them tweaks out. Just for those interested in trying: When I tried theses things a while ago on IYONIX pc it worked with no hassles. Formerly with my Risc PC I used !ps2pdf, the Ghostscript frontend, and that worked too whereas RiScript was no use until it got clipping.

As for the file name something.pdf,adf. You might want to look into the MimeMap settings or the like to include the pdf files there so that then the filer enaming on Windows or the file type setting on RISC OS is not needed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/6/06 7:29AM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

In reply to epdm3be: "Wow. We need a +500MHz PDA to run RISC OS like a 50MHz desktop." It's currently just an early stage of this development and speeding things up is on the list. If the linux port for that PDA is ready then Jan will look into that instead of Windows CE too - so I understood him.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/6/06 5:33PM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

To bobloblaw: Click with the pen, Menu/Adjust by pressing a key and then click with the pen. Works fine.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/6/06 11:46AM
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On ROL: Giving Select 4 date is tricky:

1. To druck: True, they should release - as the poll on drobe suggests getting anything is more important than what it is ... perhaps rebranding Select 3 as Select 4 might do the trick :-o

2. To helpful: "Doesn't the A9 prove that ROL are still in the OS development business?". Doesn't A9home mean converstion of the code to 32 bit (26/32 neutral to be exact) since the RISC OS on A9home is without the Select 4 features... but even so it is development though.

3. To jeffd: No, your're not alone - I am interested in Select-Features for IYONIX but not a full Select.

4. To jeffd: As for "The last thing that I want is for Castle to stop developing RISC OS 5 ...": Unless I missed some upgrade I don't remember any RISC OS 5 development in the recent past apart from amending drivers for nVidia, USB or Ethernet... I'd appreciate other work being done too (e.g. a better CDFS with Joilet support).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/6/06 11:32AM
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On Don't rely on Drobe, says R-Comp:

In reply to andypoole: One main question is how such a site is being updated when a new version is published. With risc-os.net you can include comments in your website, or an xml file on your website and when you update your site with the new app version and in that run update the html comments or xml file risc-os.net is updated automatically so that there is no need to update the app catalog by going there too which is the most worthwhile feature I think. Furthermore risc-os.net checks the websites and if they are not reachable for some time drops them to avoid dead links.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/6/06 4:53AM
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On Don't rely on Drobe, says R-Comp:

There is one thing I dearly miss in all these comments ... not long ago a website named risc-os.net was set up as the try to offer a central resource where applications with their version infos etc. can be published and risc-os.net does a few things much better than the other like portals: 1. it checks if the links are valid (reachable and containing the odd data) and 2. allows to be updated by updating the info on your own site (html comments or xml files) so that updating is close to no work. Pity that risc-os.net is not reachable all the time though.

Adding a software version list on drobe is thus something I think is not needed at all - risc-os.net is there and does offer that feature.

Another source for infos about new versions is the German RISC OS magazine GAG-News and I do read c.s.a.announce as one of my sources (since I publish GAG-News) but obviously look on drobe (otherwise I'd not be posting this) as well as the odd other news portal. GAG-News is a bit different from the other magazines since it is in German so that one of the tasks I try is to mention the new software versions which are announced on the afoermentioned places - sometimes just with a few words and sometimes with full reviews since for quite a few users it is not easy to read the English information.

Thus my dear thanks to all involved, be it like R-Comp by supplying things to write about and by Chris by supplying information in addition to c.s.a.anounce etc.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/6/06 5:54AM
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On Developers divided over RISC OS 4 code checking:

Perhaps that AIF checking should allow four instead of just two modes: 1. Strict, i.e. only run things which do have an AIF header 2. Nice, i.e. look for the AIF header and if it is there make use of it to see, if the code is 26 or 32 bit to act accordingly, if it is not, then run the app 3. Talking, i.e. like nice but if no AIF header is there tell the user 4. Ignore, i.e. don't even look

AFAIK currently only options 1 (default) and 4 (configure off) are there.

The least would have been that ROL and perhaps Ad6 should have told the users and especially the developers well in advance and passed out a tool to check AIF headers so that everybody had a chance to fix his or her app. And furthermore a more friendly first step offering the four settings for the AIF check would have been more sensible.

Thus I expect that close to every A9home user (and probably all Select 4 users since I expect this feature to be in the next Select release should the next Select release appear) will turn off this check to make the computer usable and avoid all that hassle - I would surely do so. This leaves the question if all this trouble is worth the trouble...

In reply to nx: Making RISC OS more robust is a good idea but the way ROL and Ad6 started off with this is not a seinsible manner to do so (not to say I consider it a pretty blunt approach).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/6/06 3:30PM
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On Developers divided over RISC OS 4 code checking:

I like the sentence "To disable the checking on RISC OS 4.42, users should investigate the AIF module. *help AIF will reveal the settings required to disable the checking, although this isn't recommended unless you know what you're doing."

Considering the hassle this check does - though it is indeed very disappointing that even the pretty current Acorn C/C++ package doesn't have the correct AIF headers - I would have expected some easily accessible config option to turn off that check.

As for "unless you know what you're doing": Well I don't know what's wrong with all other RISC OS versions since they seem to work without that check and yes, I'd turn that check off knowing that with that I make sure that I can run much more software.

I agree with Martin that it would have been the best moment to add this feature when RISC OS 5 was put to market. I understand that Ad6 needs that feature in place to make their other customers happy but that Ad6 and ROL make life for the RISC OS desktop users such a pain in the a... is something I fail to understand. As for the often claimed "increased reliability" there must be something wrong in RISC OS 5 since I don't have any hassles along these lines, that is RISC OS 5 is reliable and stable without such features.

So Ad6/ROL I dare suggest that you add an easy AIF-check-disable-option, or even turn it off by default... and offer this ASAP since I do think that quite a few potential clients for the A9home are now holding back and wait how this issue is resolved before parting with cash to buy a new system which has increased reliabilty by making sure that software known to work does not run due to weird checks.

I don't say that AIF checking is wrong but the moment to start checking is perhaps ill chosen...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/6/06 7:15AM
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On ArtWorks in World Cup special offer:

Hi Drobe,

why do you like to hide infos ... the announcement of v2.77 is so nicely hidden here...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/6/06 7:03AM
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On Third A9home Flash upgrade expected soon:

Hi Drobe,

why do you hide that GCCSDK announcement in this A9home artifact?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/06 4:00PM
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On Software news:

Again a proof that R-Comp is busy to maintain their apps. Thanks for your efforts, R-Comp!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/5/06 3:55PM
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On New ebay guide published:

The eBay pages got better (i.e. information presented better) as time passed by but in the same go got more complex so that having a slow browser makes them no fun - well, if you're on ISDN or the like then the internet connection might be a bottle neck. I thus gave up to even try to look onto eBay pages using any RISC OS browser but use Firefox on Windows or Linux instead.

BTW, the "Related articles" offer the "Omega welcome guide confirmed" link ... seems to be a bit off topic and better suited for the previous article "Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener" :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/5/06 5:07PM
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On RISC OS 3 caught running on Amiga hardware:

In reply to thegman: No! Cineroma should not be sold to ROL but best non-exclusively licensed for inclusion in Select 4 and to CTL for RO5.

Looking at the recent delays of ROL (recent measured in Select versions, no in time!) giving it to ROL might mean that Cineroma is delayed too much ;-)

As for IYONIX users: I will believe that IYONIX Select is available when it is on sale and even then the question is what does it offer and what features of RO5 might not be contained. I rather not be foced to buy a full OS just to get Cineroma.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 22/5/06 5:54AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

In reply to arenamen: Photodesk ist not quite dead. I know a good programmer is looking into it planning to enhance and maintain it. But unfortunately it is quite a job and thus no dates given.

In reply to tsla: No, I didn't try NetSurf and I have to admit that it is a pain that you seem to have to switch browser over and over again like Browse since it is nice and fast, Oregano e.g. for fetching IYONIX updates, NetSurf for other things etc. Thus the browser I tend to use most by now is Firefox on Windows, launched form RISC OS via UniPrint - quick and works.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/05/06 6:29PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

*HELP* *PLEASE*!

I just tried to open this article with Oregano 2 ... hangs. Chris perhaps you can amend your website since I'm afraid that Oregano 2 won't change :-(

No problems with Firefox (Windows) or with good ol' Acorn Browse (RISC OS 5 + Aemulor) though!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/05/06 3:37PM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

In reply to SimonC:

As for developers and ROL preferring to "concentrate on what are seen as more fundamental issues closer to home".

Well that is a good way to make sure that chances to get some more sales outside UK is small so that that doesn't really add to their hassles having to put up with other languages!

Waiting for a good niche outside UK might result in others seeing it too and being faster, or the niche never being discovered in the first place.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/5/06 3:34PM
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On Unofficial A9home mailing list opened:

In addition to druck in reply to helpful: I absolutely agree with druck - with mailinglists you can subscribe to the ones you're interested. Would all that be in c.s.a.hardware then for me probably at least 50% if not much more would be useless since it is about hardware I don't have and need. Or use the filtering option of your mail client - if it does not offer that you might want to get a better one.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/5/06 3:28PM
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On Unofficial A9home mailing list opened:

To SimonC: Theoretically you're right, but ...

What's wrong with the email based solution. It's dead simple to use for the user and most email clients offer some filerting to sort the mail from the mailinglist out to some folder, or the user can simply set up a separate email address for that. Furthermore most users have signed on to the odd mailinglist alerady so this new one behaves pretty much like the other ones.

What I absolutely do not like is the forum type solution where you have to go to some website which might be fine if you're looking at one or two only, but not at a dozen.

And with an NNTP interface there is the problem that that usually is more complicated to set up - for the message board which thus needs to run the NNTP server and for the user who has to configure the additional NNTP server etc. And opposed to the mail based solution what's the advantage (assuming you set the filter to put the mails for that list in a separate folder)?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/5/06 11:27AM
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On Plan to save users' marriages shelved:

No problems with my wife either. The main trick is to try to make sure that the new system is more silent than the previous one.

1. When I replaced my old dot matrix printer by a Laser Direct (and that was not cheap) she was happy since printing was suddenly much less noisy and printouts were better.

2. When I replaced my Linux/Windows PC by a newer and much faster one she was happy since the old one had pretty loud fan noise whereas the new one is close to silent.

3. When I bought the Risc PC and later the IYONIX pc she didn't complain (no need for much happyness this time since the replaced A5000 and Risc PC were pretty silent too) since she knows that her husband (that's me) does need something to be happy with and play around with. Furthermore through my computer and by running the computer club to go (GAG) with and publishing a magazine for it (GAG-News) I got to know quite a few people and a few good friends enriched our life this way - and with that I mean friends for my wife too, usually including the wife of the friend as well!

And as for the idea of some podule based RISC OS computer to hide inside the Risc PC: I do pity all those who think that they have to lie to their wives and I pity those who think that that is the way to go.

As for Mac OS X Feel: Nice idea since that makes a later move to the real Mac OS easier for the users when they leave RISC OS... Perhaps throwing in the odd Windows feature might help even more on this account... So my reply to this idea is: No, do not do that but if you want to enhance the desktop usability make RISC OS fully keyboard controllable since that would be a real time saver! When using Windows I barely need to use the mouse and thus lots of things are done quite a bit quicker but when reading and writing email on RISC OS I need to use the mouse much too often which means that my hand has to be shifted back and forth over and over again. True, due to design mouse handling in RISC OS is a lot better than in Windows and thus much less mouse distance has to be covered, but the if I look a the movement of my hand then RISC OS needs much more of that than Windows.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/5/06 11:20AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

In Reply to bucksboy: As far as I understood the problem to be solved is to make screen resizing quick, that is not keep you waiting for the redraw when you change the size of the window. Opting for 800x600 as fixed size is absolutely no way to go - that was a standard resolution years ago and I don't think it is a good idea to go back there (despite lots of RISC OS users still using hardware of that age). I must admit that I really enjoy reading websites at 1600x1200 and thus with much more info visible at a time. Working with 1024x768 on my daughters computer tends to feel strange since the max window size is to small compared to what I'm used to. And more and more websites by now expect 1024x768 as a minimum screen resolution (though more and more now are being optimised for much smaller size as well to allow them to be viewed with a cell phone). Anyhow, as I stated, the resolution as such is as far as I understood not the problem but changing the window size in flight is.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/05/06 11:05AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

Thanks!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/5/06 9:03AM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

To Jwoody: "99.5% of the computer world use pre-emptive and mutitasking to do work whilst I/O is happening, because from a computer science point of view its the correct thing to do. Not waste expensive CPU cycles waiting for I/O."

Pre-Emptive Multitasking vs. Cooperative Multitasking has *nothing* to do with the question of the system having to wait for I/O, or not - and vice-versa!

Let us take the harddisc reading of several blocks for example. The app asks the OS to read the data; the os initiates that harddisc I/O and then gives the CPU to some other app since the harddisc needs some time. When the OS gets control back - be it due to taking control in pre-emptive multitasking or due to the current app passing control to the OS - then if the harddisc data is there it can pass that to the requesting app and thus give control to that one. That is something which can be done in RISC OS too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/05/06 6:49PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

In reply to JWoody: "Sorry NO CAN DO. you cannot have USB, harddisk using a separate processor under coopertive multi tasking. When RISC OS does an I/O it has to stop and cannot do anything in the background. Especially true when an application renders a font. The font may miss the cache and have to go off to do I/O." This has absoultely nothing to do with cooperative multitasking! When an app reads data from a disc it asks the OS to fetch and deliver the data. How this is fetched, that is from some buffer in RAM, from the cache of the harddisc, from the harddisc, from some LAN disc doesn't matter to that app. While the system waits for that data to arrive in its buffers there is absolutely no reason to not do other things like handle network requests, run other apps, play music in the background etc. Or, simply think of the second processor which does the IO like as some intelligent, fast controller for the odd device. Do you assume that while some code inside RISC OS is waiting for some data to arrive from some external device that it just sits back and does nothing (except for handling interrupts). I dearly hope it does not work that way, though formatting a floppy disc does suggest that it does waste resources that way. Then that is a chance to speed things up.

In reply to Chimpy "Can I nominate hzn for funniest post of the week? Stultifying." Sure, if that makes you happy! But just think of modern PC systems with their chipsets which are used for special operations, or the idea of co-processors, or the idea to let the chip in the graphics card do some work, or to take an older more simple device, that is the DMA controller. All that can run in the background and when done deliver the results to the main processor. And that using DMA, which pretty much means to let some extra hardware do the odd word, Geminus does reach quite some speed increases.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/5/06 11:09AM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

In reply to Jwoody: I know that RISC OS currently is not into using more than one processor but that is something that can be changed. For starters you could put the odd driver onto a separate processor like the network card, USB, screen, harddisc etc. freeing the one for apps from all those background and interrupt driven things. OK that would then be an intelligent IO processor type setup but it would offer quite some processing power to the apps.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/5/06 5:28PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

Why a faster one? The other option is to put several of them on the mainboard and tell RISC OS how to make use of them...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/5/06 3:24PM
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On Wakefield 2006 live news:

Thanks for the live news. "Qercus to consider dropping to 6 to 9 issues a year" ... AFAIK that is not a drop but an increase ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/5/06 1:59PM
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On ArtWorks 2.6 released:

Good news and the new arrows work nicely. As usual when Martin announces a new version for a given date he delivers in time!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 12/5/06 5:31AM
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On VirtualAcorn expand emulator range:

To VirtualAcorn: Hey, good news indeed!

In reply to VisitorQ: I agree - same here, that is I don't mind the copy protection but I do mind the way registration is done.

In reply to nico: You write "I'm getting a bit fed up with all people moaning about this copy protection while running VRPC on an OS with the *same* type of protection." First of all the moaning was not mainly about the copy protection but the registration procedure which I don't put up with either (thus following your suggestion to not buy it). And there is a very *major* *difference* as for registering! For Windows XP the registration can be postponed for some time, can be done at any time of the day via Internet, can be done during office hours by phone. With VirtualRPC I start the setup, see the key, then have to interrupt to get the key before I can continue. And in case of upgrade/refresh/crash I have to wait for UK office hours to be able to reinstall it - you got to be kidding. Since I use RISC OS for day-by-day things like email etc. I am not into running it in a way that to be able to then read my email so that I use native hardware.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/5/06 6:45AM
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On Bug causes X-Ample to avoid Wakefield:

I wish Marc all the best and hope that he is well soon. Well, chances are that they might be on the RISC OS Summer Roadshow on Jnue 17 in the Netherlands.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/5/06 6:28AM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

To drobe:

And just after that posting the "Sorry my last comments were addressed at Dave NOT nico...." was gone... and now the top one "Sorry that was address to Dave not Herbert (sorry....)" by AMS too is gone as well probably - sorry AMS!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 08/05/06 7:12PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

To drobe:

Oops... I just wrote a comment and for some reason the top one on this page is gone. Before posting this one the top entry was "Sorry my last comments were addressed at Dave NOT nico...."

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 08/05/06 7:10PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

In reply to kdm: You wrote "IIRC The A9 psu is slightly overrated, and normally the A9 consumes only a couple of watts. The reason for the much bigger PSU is the potential load via its four USB ports."

Thanks - I forgot that part a bit (with USB 1.1 I don't expect all four to be fully loaded anyhow but I guess the power supply should be able to cope). Since one USB port may have to supply 500mA at 5 Volts which is 2,5 Watts, or 10 Watts for all four. That is half of the power supply is there for potential USB usage and the other half probably shared by the hard disc and the rest of the system as well as some safety surplus. So to save power cost you could probably run it off an 5-10 Watt power supply making the laptopping idea with a rechargable battery even more possible.

To drobe: I'm happy to have gotten a reply to the posting I thougt I did insert here about Gigabit and the odd other issue.... for some reason I don't see that post anymore though but perhaps it was not worth the space anyhow...

To several: As for the AIF header checking: I think it is not a good idea to introduce this just now making it more of a hassle for users getting the A9home - they will probably be busy enough updating the odd app to 32 bit so why create more trouble than necessary. At least the user should have a config option to decide if strict checking (blocking quite a few apps), just an info message or ignoring like RISC OS does since many years now. Why is it an issue for A9home ... or what is wrong with all the other systems where this harassement is not in place?

Well, perhaps APDL will offer A9Guard (like StrongGuard) which solves this one by supplying a dummy AIF header which is formally ok so that A9home loads the app :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 08/05/06 7:09PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

In reply to jc mainly: On the page linked at the bottom to [link] you can read "That one-time pioneer of British home computing Acorn is to sprout once again. The creator of the Atom, Electron, Archimedes and BBC Micro machines, of the ARM chip company and of the RISC OS is to be revived next week as a purveyor of notebook PCs."

Question arising is who is right... but I guess that we have to wait until that show is over with and then hopefully more information is available on May 10th.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 08/05/06 6:49PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

I'm very happy to read that A9home is there to buy now. I think it is good to have an alternative to the IYONIX pc as native RISC OS system and the A9home is very different.

OK, let me now comment the odd comment:

IYONIX Gigabit: I did quite a few benchmars on the network and the fastest I got was when the IYONIX pc ran with Linux but then the speed was just a bit above 100MBit throughput. Don't expect more since the Ethernet interface is connected through normal PCI (that is not PCIx) and that is the limiting hardware (apart for the fact that the IP stack in RISC OS is not into speed anyhow).

A9home optical drive: I think the price for the external optical drive offered is much too high - at least looking at the prices in Germany where for that money I get a external USB 2.0 Dual Layer DVD writer for DVD+, DVD- and DVD-RAM.

A9home storage: I guess that for the A9home to be useful you will indeed need another system connected via network. The USB interface is too slow for regular use unless you have much time - just think having a digital camera and fetching some 200 MB images through USB 1.1 or consider doing backups or feeding your MP3 player USB stick with new music or ...

A9home power supply: The power supply uses a standard connector (German: Kaltgerätestecker) which is good - having an external power supply is something I personally am not into but on the other hand that makes it so small and silent so I guess that is o.k. What does surprise me is that it needs 20 watts though!

A9home wish: What I think would be a nice system is a variant of the A9home with bigger case which accomodates the A9home, the power supply and a slim line optical drive which is attached via IDE... and USB 2.0. But I guess that is something to be considered the possible next steps.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 07/05/06 5:31PM
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On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

Reading through this interesting article a bit more in detail I discovered this statement from ROL: "Our policy with PRM information on RISC OS 4 features is that a number of documents have been released on the Select web site and we really expect that developers who want to use Select features will actually have a copy of Select on which to test them."

Wow, does that thus mean that users who bought VirutalRPC-Adjust or will buy the A9home will get access to the Select pages - I assume no. What I do know is that if someone quits the Select subscription access to the Select pages is revoked. But perhaps all these are considered to write programs anyhow - despite them having the odd version of Select...

But I think this doesn't matter anyhow since unless Select features are available for RISC OS 5 most programmers will write their code such that it runs on RISC OS 4 and 5 (perhaps even on 3.5+ ot 3.7+) to allow for a bigger user base ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 07/05/06 3:10PM
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On Dispute over 'intrusive' VRPC copy protection:

Personally I can accept copy protection for software to stop illegal use but:

I expect whatever copy protection to be such that I can fully install and use the product for a limited period of time or register it online through internet no matter what time it is so that when I get a copy I can start using it immediately and don't have to start to install it and then wait for normal office hours until I can continue. If I reinstall my system I tend to do that outside normal office hours when I have the time to do so. For VirtualPRC this is made even worse by the fact that when I need to move to a different hardware or do hardware changes that I need to go through this procedure again. I do have the odd product with copy protection but for all these they are either such that one registration is enough for ever (that is the registration data can be re-used after re-installation) or I can re-register them through internet online any time or that they run for some 30 days giving me enough time to reregister them through other paths.

Thus: That VirtualRPC has a copy protection is absolutely fine but the way to get it unlocked is something I can't accept. There are quicker ways possible these days.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/4/06 10:34AM
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On Using StrongED with Lua:

Indeed an intersting article!

What kind of irritates me is the list of "Related articles:" since the only real relation between the ones listed and this one is that they appeared on Drobe.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/4/06 10:07AM
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On MW Software reveals PDF work:

In reply to Sawadee:

Importing Impression into Ovation Pro works pretty good ... though you will have to amend the result a bit since some things might not transfer in full. AFAIR a grid for the text lines to keep them on the same base lines across colums which is defined on the master page didn't quite make it when I tried years ago.

Transferring Impression to Easi/TechWriter on the other hand might be simply impossible due to the different conecpt of the two apps. Easi/TechWriter is a text processing application and thus expects a reasonable structured basic layout like you find in books but does offer lots of things needed for that task. Impression/Ovation Pro are DTP packages where you draw frames all over and put whatever you want to into and it is no real problem to create a textflow resulting in close to non-followable text flows. Thus if your Publisher document layout makes too much use of the flexibility of the DTP app then it might simply not be possible to sensibly transfer that to Easi/TechWriter.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 29/4/06 8:11AM
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On Euro Expo 2006 confirmed:

Great news indeed - especially since Advantage 6 plans to be there. Pity that some of the regulars of the last years didn't sign up yet. I guess I'll drive there despite it being some 500km ... per directoion.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/4/06 12:16PM
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On New ArtWorks, AWRender planned for Wakefield:

In reply to the odd one:

1. I'm happy Martin offers the enhanced Renderer - does save me the trouble to opt for bitmaps when using transparency!

2. As for "In my experience people leave the market because there is nothing to buy" I think you should add that it does help if the things on offer are ready there to have and not just announced to happen by some time!

3. As for "It is possible that the abundance of free software is harming the RISC OS platform": I think it is important to have both, commercial and free software so that you don't have to buy everything but for pieces of software I use regularly and I want to use I'm happy to have some committed company looking into them and thus me paying for them. I did have hassles with free software the odd time due to too much delay in upgrading to offer needed features or no update to 32 bit at all.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/4/06 3:10PM
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On Written for Qercus? Send it to Drobe:

As for "John's still pursuing the noble goal of trying to produce the whole publication on RISC OS - leading to problems with passing on the right materials to the printers, it's believed.".

This is an amazing statement and hard to believe - not that he wants to use RISC OS but that there are problems with passing the material to the printers. Producing Postscript output should not be a problem (if you want the sprites to be of reasonable printing quality convert them to e.g. JPEG, put them in an ArtWorks image and put that into the document to print). Furthermore creating PDF for those less versatile printing offices who can't handle Postscript is no problem at all - be it using Ghostscript, or by now RiScript.

GAG-News is being published since 1992 regularly every two months with Impression and since 1993 using Postscript output which is then passed to the printers (in the very first days I printed it and used a quality copy shop until circulation allowed me to use a more professional approach). True, GAG-News is perhaps simpler than Quercus since it is in black and white. But I did the odd colour work and it went the same way, that is using Postscript and this time with colour separation.

The only two issues I had to look into are 1. set the lpi/dpi, that is resolution and halftoning/screen to sensible values - for simpler work 600 dpi/150lpi is fine, for high quality try something around 2500 dpi/150 lpi but the printer will tell you. 2. The way RISC OS Postscript includes sprites and perhaps other bitmaps etc. into colour Postscript output is bad news for bigger images - they do it in a manner which is formally correct but such that even good raster image processors can run into problems. Here again the trick to convert it into a JPEG (even with 100% quality) and then put that into an ArtWorks image for inclusion in Publisher - that works like a treat; it might work with other bitmap formats as well but I never tired.

If Qercus 277 and 278 are finished perhaps John might want to produce both in one go and send them out in one go. That might save hime a bit money (e.g. in postage) and work (just one mail shot) and make the subscribers a bit happier (average of 2 issues in six months instead of just 1) ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 9/4/06 7:19AM
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On RiscPC emulator for Linux lands:

In reply to all: Considering the price for native RISC OS hardware I guess quite a few current users who would love to get more RISC OS performace have a financial problem to get there. And for new users when they look at what they get for how much money I must admit that chances that they do not buy a RISC OS native box is probably not low. I guess that is part of the reason why VirtualRPC did sell so well according to the figures presented on Drobe some time ago.

Adding to this the fact that web browsing with RISC OS is no fun I use Firefox more often than not and usually based on Windows since it is easier when starting in RISC OS due to UniPrint. On the other hand I know that quite a few users do not want Windows. Furthermore despite all the terrific work done for movie playing in RISC OS it seems that currently available processor power is not quite up to it.

Thus I think that a setup offering RISC OS plus the UniPrint features on top of a Linux box (as is currently available for Windows) has a decent chance to get more users to use (or keep using) RISC OS.

Simply put: I love to use RISC OS and do so for quite a few things (especially email, writing letters, drawing) but there are things I prefer to do on Windows or Linux (webbrowsing, cutting movies) - both currently on separate native hardware but for some users running both on one hardware to save space, money, KVM etc. is probably an intersting option.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/3/06 5:20PM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

In reply to most and especially to cmj: I think your did put your finger into the interesting issue: RISC OS does not allow for different Shared C Libraries in use at the same time as is easy in Linux. Adding to this the fact that there are two of them around, both are official by OS suppliers and the two suppliers seem to not want to co-operate. Perhaps this could work: Write a CLib loader for the ROL and the CTL CLib which replaces the SWI bases and Module names thus allowing both to be loaded and a new CLib module which is a wrapper for both.

Thus I applaud Grahams intention and I hope that his library will be happy to work with all three Stubs, i.e. the ROL one, the CTL one and with StubsG. Pity this is necessary due to the A9home not considered to be a valid product.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/3/06 6:46PM
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On Alternative Shared C Library in development:

Good news and bad news in one: 1. Good that this issue is being addressed and perhaps the new library will then even be happy with other compilers and as time passes by join the CLib and UnixLib in one? 2. Bad news since I hoped that the issues as for the A9 to be a formal product were solved by now.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/3/06 8:38AM
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On Select subscribers offered fig leaf:

Hey, to be serious:

The 28MB wimpslot should not be a problem at all since that is a *lot* of application code space available. And due to the odd app still being 26 bit only chances are high that Aemulor is needed and thus the wimpslot has to be kept down due to compatibility issues.

I suggest that apps needing more memory tend to need it for data and for that dynamic areas to offer a good option. Pity that some of these have issues with high memory addresses and thus have to be in low memory thus limiting the possible size of them a bit.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 9/3/06 9:57AM
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On Middleton battles 'misinformation':

In reply to RichardHallas

You write "... to everyone with some form of active interest in RISCOS Ltd's products, in other words." That is an interesting statement and suggests that whoever does not subscribe to Select or to FRU is not actively interested in ROLs products. I think that the most important word is "active" which I read as "parting with money".

Well, currently do spend money towards ROL for the simple reason that Select is worth nil for me since I have an IYONIX pc and considering the track record with especially Select 4 and the drawback from "we need 100 commitments to go for IYONIX Select" to "that is not enough" I will wait until ROL does offer something to take away for the IYONIX pc to then decide if it is worth parting with money ... which implies that when whatever is ready whenever will have to be described so that I know what is on offer. As for FRU I must admit that it is too expensive for what it offers from my personal viewpoint. If that marks me as someone not actively interested in ROLs products I'm guilty :-o

But I like the "They're his means of communicating directly with the RISC OS public ..." is an interesting statement considering the word "public" in there ;-)

Well, just to make sure: I am interested in what ROL offers!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/3/06 4:36PM
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On Select subscribers offered fig leaf:

To jrjones69/VinceH:

Indeed, a cheap old softload version of RISC OS might tempt the odd user. But please do not forget that quite a few potential clients still run RISC OS 3.5/6/7 and AFAIK Select won't load on those (which might be worth considering as option for more sales, though).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/06 1:13PM
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On Middleton battles 'misinformation':

In reply to jmb and RichardHallas:

Richard: Thanks for the clarification.

jmb: I agree!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/06 1:11PM
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On Select subscribers offered fig leaf:

Well, considering the last statement of changes in this drobe news item made by hubersn perhaps I should quote the article in full before commenting :-) Well I'll quote parts.

First of all I think it is good that Paul did issue some statement trying to clarify things, though why does he address the Select subscribers only as far as I can tell and thus ignore the users he wants since he does want new subscribers?

I do like the line "Whilst we are not taking full Select 32 subscriptions, we do welcome Select renewals from existing subscribers and from new subscribers, as long as they understand that their subscriptions are going towards general development and that we do not at present offer any guarantees to produce a fully working version of Select for Iyonix at present." So basically to me this mean that I am asked to pay but might get nothing in return as an IYONIX user; as a user of some other hardware chances that I get something for my money is higher but no hint as for what benefits I get.

"The retail A9Home will ship with Adjust32, which includes all the features of everything in RISC OS Adjust (Select3i4), along with a subset of those Select 4 features required by the machine." Wow, so the A9home will ship with some 1.5 years old version of RISC OS - perhaps based on the assumption that whoever has the cash to buy one of the nice small A9home boxes might as well part with some more cash to update the operating system ... BTW is there a list of the features this will then add to the system?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/06 8:39AM
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On Middleton battles 'misinformation':

First of all thanks to Paul Middleton to put forward some information. But since he's so interested in avoiding rumors and misinformation I absolutely do not understand why - if I understand this drobe news correctly - he just drops a line to the select subscribers but does not offer the information to the public which then obviously results in drobe picking it up, probably rewording parts of the info to better fit the news style.

The amazing issue here is that on the one hand Paul wants users to re-subscribe or subscribe to Select but for some reason seems to prefer to just keep the current subscribers up to date only. We are all keen to know what is going on, be it about the release date of Select 4, about what RISC OS will be on A9home (I by now have the impression that it will be delivered with a RISC OS version which is about 1.5 years old), about the recent issue of the Shared C Library for the A9home which seems to be something to be solved by CTL, ROL and Ad6. The lack of information from the ones in the know does result in misunderstandings, rumors, etc.

So Paul, you'er in the unique position to help avoid this by passing on information a bit more public. Thanks!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/3/06 8:27AM
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On Euro show planned for June:

Thanks RISCOS Ltd and Paul Middleton!

I dearly hope that many UK and continental companies book a table so that the list of exibitors attracts lots of visitors and thus the show turns out to be successful to thus be kept on the yearly agenda!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 4/3/06 5:47PM
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On Omega USB project contemplated:

To simo:

I think there is nothing wrong with the promise-to-pay since it does help to figure out how much copies of the product have a good chance to be sold - assuming that the offering made does state what will be delivered and when. I rather have it this way and then the supplier knowing what income there is to have when they deliver so that they know it is a good idea to start out.

I think the problem with this kind of approach is that in the more or less recent past users were left with less money (this did pay) and in return had semi finished stuff, much delayed products, or even less (that is nothing or the like). In those cases you then might have to think about reqesting a refund (due to no or unsufficient deliver), considering the loss to be a lesson for life, or even pay more on top to geht the product at all. But there are p-t-p or like offerings on the market which are a fair deal!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/2/06 2:22PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

In reply to Michael Stubbs:

As for "With regards to Select, is it not illegal to charge for a product and fail to deliver?": It depends on what was said that you'd get and as far as I can tell ... well just read on, please

I looked at the Select FAQ on [link] which you are offered when you want to know what Select is and what you pay for.

There is stated "It is not possible to state exactly when any particular new feature or update will appear since the whole idea of the Select Scheme is to make new items available as soon as possible, rather then waiting 3-4 years before releasing everything at once." Well with Select release 4 they're still well ahead of the 3-4 years but as far as I can tell they don't guarantee what they deliver and when they do so.

And then further down the question "Exactly what new features are planned for the RISC OS Select Scheme." is not even answered either since all you get ist a list labelled 'The following is the features that are in the current RISC OS Select ROM image:' and thus again no guarantee or even no statement of intent as for what is planned.

Considering this the Select subscription looks a bit like a lottery: you hope to get something but there is no guarantee that you do and if how much it is ...

On the other hand I can understand that it is hard for ROL to really guarantee what they will deliver when. But their rules for Select are in the open for everybody to read and then decide if the offering is ok.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/02/06 1:52PM
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On South West 2006 theatre talks:

To most: As for free upgrades to RISC OS (or other software) we could look at other companies way of doing things. I think that each product should be supported for some time including free bug and security fixes and the support life span should be such that it ends some time after the follow up product is on the market. Take Windows e.g. (it's just an example most know). Microsoft offers free fixes for a Windows version for some time and when a new Windows appears then after some overlapping period of time the older versions are not supported anymore. The needed income is thus not generated by you paying for fixes but by you upgrading to the next version at some time.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/2/06 8:41AM
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On RISC OS 5.11 released:

In reply to bluenose:

Perhaps you want to make sure you have Release 2 of the 5.11 ROM.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/2/06 5:51PM
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On South West 2006 round up:

I think that "ROL are now willing to release bits and pieces of Select for the Iyonix as an 'interim' package" is a good idea and could do the trick for quite a few Select features for the IYONIX pc.

I hope that the A9home makes it soon, and thus that the current issue of the A9home being considered a legal product by CTL is resolved ASAP and that the statement "Aside from the view that ROL and Castle just refuse to get along" proves to be wrong soon. Otherwise I am afraid that we're facing the next round of RISC OS loosing.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/2/06 7:35AM
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On Euro Expo 2006 show 'unlikely':

I agree - it is a pity!

Apart from it having been a good show it was an affordable option for me coming from near Hamburg in Germany as well as quite a few other RISC OS users to visit a RISC OS show and meet companies at all since heading for a show in UK is expensive and takes quite some time go get there.

I thus really hope that some replacement event will be set up ... soon.

Thankt to Aad and Matt for their good work so far!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/2/06 5:15AM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

In reply to druck: "We are being taken for idiots."

Well, not really... it's up to you if you accept what ROL does for you ... erm with your money, istn't it?

Guess why all I can give ROL currently is my promise that I'll take a good look at what they will offer for the IYONIX pc ... or whatever RISC OS system I will be running for which they have an offering. And if the offering (perhaps IYONIX Select features set) is useful and the price is not outrageous I'll buy it.

As for generating income for ROL: I think it might help to offer RISC OS 4 at a sensibly reduced rate in order to get more users to upgrade from 3.x or 4.0x the 4.39. AFAIK currently 4.39 it is priced at some UKP 150 (the ROL website currently doesn't open to I checked a4 computer and CJE). That is quite expensive as an OS upgrade for such an old system where you get the whole computer for much less ... especially considering that is it a bit outdated since Select 4 is to come soon. And for the 3.x users they do need the ROM set to be able to run Select so that for them to join Select now to get Select 4 is too expensive I dare suggest... Perhaps the users thus rather keep that money and wait for the A9home instead of injecting over UKP 200 into an old Risc PC to move from 3.7 up to Select 4.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/2/06 4:52PM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

Interesting press release ... offering interesting points to think about. I'd like to look at the IYONIX Select one:

Well, first ROL said they want 100 users; now there are 100 pledges on the site a user set up (sorry, I don't remeber who that was). But it seems that ROL doesn't have enough. Strange.

And then ROL wants to contact only those who pleged or expressed their interest. (Well I hope I get contacted since I did express my interest but was unable to commit myself financially due to the lack of committment as for the results, i.e. what, when, how much). Why don't they ask publically as well e.g. via c.s.a.announce, drobe etc. to try to get more feedback.

But more interesting is the announcement that the users who paid for Select plus supplement might get a first feature set. Perhaps ROL could tell us what is in there and offer it to everyone at a reasonable price.

Dear ROL, please consider that there are quite a few IYONIX users interested out there who don't subscribe to Select since they don't have a system to run it. As I wrote the odd time, I'm interested in IYONIX Select but before I can put down money I want to know what I get when and for what price - and that not as statement of intent but as confirmed offer. Otherwise... or as it seems I should write: Thus I have to wait until the product is there to look at and then decide to buy.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/2/06 1:29PM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

"Here we go again" ist the first impression I had after reading this one.

What does surprise me a bit is that this license issue didn't pop up earlier since A9home is known since quite some time by now ... but perhaps the parties involved are looking into these issues since half a year already.

I dearly hope that this issue is solved quickly since I'm not sure that all the companies in the RISC OS market can or want to put up with another lenghty legal dispute of this kind. So please sort things out quickly.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/1/06 8:24AM
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On News in brief:

To Neil White: If your games need the current directory to be inside the app perhaps you might want to add a "dir <obey$dir>" line to the !Run file. That makes running them a bit easier.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/1/06 1:58PM
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On Holding software to ransom:

Basically I think the idea can work ... if you know the programmers behind it and thus can be pretty confident that the have a good chance to manage and perhaps the quality of their work and you know the amount of money/ransom to spend in advance.

The examples mentioned, that is Martin Wrthner and Peter Naulls with Gimp-Print and Firefox, do definitively fall into that category with Martin even going one step further stating that all he wanted is commitments but no money before his first release. On the other hand there are examples where the pay-in-advance for some more-or-less defined thing expects regular payments (i.e. a subscription) and delivery is much overdue thus the result quite a bit more expensive than promised since the next year subscription is to be paid.

But in any case I think some wishlist with the option to state some amount of money the user is prepared to pay would be good since perhaps that can help freeware/shareware/... programmers to find something to work on as it might help commercial companies to see where they could invest some work, or where they could mention that they are already addressing it to indeed help to avoid unnecessary duplicate developments.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/1/06 12:18PM
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On News in brief:

To Rebecca & risc-os.net: The comment format is a very nice idea, indeed since it is easier to do than the XML version. I now am sure I have to have a go at it in the next days, that is as soon as I find some more spare time. Thanks a lot for your work!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/1/06 9:31AM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

To ROHC: FTPFS ist indeed a good idea and if it is a FilingSystem then Drag'n'Drop etc. is there automatically since that's then the filer part..

To ROL/CTL/...: A good FTP-Server as well as a server for Windows shares (that is smbserver in good) would be nice as part of RO too. Hi, ROL, include that in Select and Select for IYONIX and quite a few more user will be seriously tempted to upgrade!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/1/06 2:42PM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

Two very good RISC OS features are missing: 1. Filer operation can be paused and and show progress 2. Scroll direction etc. can be reversed using other mouse button saving lots of mouse movement

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/1/06 11:49AM
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On RISC OS features in plain english:

I herewith nominate Chris for the RISC OS Awards 2006!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 15/1/06 7:49AM
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On News in brief:

To druck:

One product directory is what I suggested with "I'd love some joint venture ...."

The spidering you suggest is in the risc-os.net directory ... if I understand you correctly. risc-os.net checks the link availability every 7 days and with the xml file technique it is easier for the programmer to keep the entries up to date so that chances of a good directory are higher. But the idea to keep entries in place, perhaps flagged as broken for apps where the home page got lost might be nice.

I do hope that the availability check does not delete an entry after one access failure, btw. but perhaps flags it internally and if unreachabiliy remains for some time (i.e. a month e.g.) it reacts.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 9/1/06 1:50PM
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On News in brief:

To HzN (that's me) and Rebecca:

Thanks Rebecca for your contacting me! I thus learned why an IP address is used: it points to her Risc PC which runs the code for updating the web site - my bad luck was that at the time I tried the connection was not quite working.

And I now discovered an even *more* *interesting* *feature* which is as far as I can tell unique for such a site and makes it easy to keep it up to date: You can put down your programs data as XML file on your web site and just pass the link to that file to risc-os.net. When you at some later time update your app all needed is that you update your xml file too and then upload both to your website. risc-os.net will then be automatically updated after a short delay based on the new data in your xml file. With this technique one of the main issues I have with such web sites is that keeping the products directory up to date needs me going there is resolved.

So with this there is a good chance that this directory will over time be a good repository, due to the fact that it checks the links and allows for that xml updating (you can still include your records manually as with other like directories). Perhaps some small app helping to create and update such an XML file might help.

But, sorry folks, I'd still love some joint venture where the different product directories are assembled into one singe one increasing the chance for it to be more complete.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/1/06 12:46PM
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On News in brief:

I just tried risc-os.net but didn't manage to add an app. The link points to some fixed ip address (something I personally do not like at all since it hides where it goes and thus normalle do not follow) and a click on the button to add an app using the form resulted in some timeout message. So I tried the button's url with www.risc-os.net instead of the ip address and gee wiz, the page came. I went through the troube to fill in all the data and then clicked on the add button at the bottom and all I got was an error message which didn't help me.

But anyhow I think there are too many such product directories for RISC OS around by now so that in case I update an app it need more time to keep it up to date in all them directories than to update the app in the first place so that I do not publish my work in any of them anymore (not that I do much programming in the first place) but rely on users finding my apps using Google which does work and is much easier to update ;-)

And if I search for an app I tend to use Google as well since I found out that that works a lot quicker and more reliable than using all them RISC OS product directories which tend to be more or less out of date - which is no surprise considering the work needed to keep them up to date in the first place...

Perhaps the people beind all the RISC OS product directories can have a chat and then decide to opt for one single database for all - that might indeed then result in a good, and much more complete directory.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/1/06 5:49PM
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On 2006 predictions:

In reply to AMS: I agree with your comment above.

1. What I tried to state is that due to ROL more often than not stating that sofloading their Select features as modules on top of RO5 is *not* possible because of kernel changes needed I kind of have the impression that they're into offering a full RO as IYONIX Select but using the hardware drivers of RO 5. That was not meant to mean that I consider that a viable or likeable approach.

The claimed need of kernel changes is something which is hard to believe (me not being the only one thinking it hard to believe) and should not affect but very few things (if any functionality at all) - just think of add-ons like ImageFS, CDROMFS and LayerFS etc which show what can be done on top of an existing RISC OS. Furthermore looking at the IYONIX demos ROL does where they do softload the odd module to show Select functionality on RISC OS 5 does let this "kernel changes needed" claim look a bit strange :-)

2. What I personally would prefer and ever since told anybody happy to listen or read and explicitely to PM@ROL is a set of modules and applications being supplied as IYONIX Select which add the Select features to RO 5 which are missing there (some are already present in RO 5).

For ROL that softload module/applications approach should offer the odd advantage: Less work (the IYONIX demos showing that parts are already done) and thus less invenstments needed and thus less financial risk. Furthermore no need for a RO license saving even more. The result should reduce the risk of incompatibilities with things like Aemulor and Geminus (and thus the need for the author to update both) and due to being much cheaper to produce it should be *cheaper* for the end user. This would result in more sales and thus probably more income for ROL which is what they need it to be commercial viable.

3. Unfortunately to the best of my knowlegde (which in this case is derived from the odd internet source like drobe as well as infos directly from PM@ROL) the softlaoding of Select feature modules and/or applications on top of a full RO5 is something ROL is not looking at... The meaning of that as for time scheduled, pricing etc is left to the reader to figure out (I can't anyhow) :-(

*But* *I* *am* *be* *very* *happy* *to* *stand* *corrected* *on* *all* *this* *by* *ROL*.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 5/1/06 1:42PM
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On 2006 predictions:

In reply to AMS: One thing more often than not suggested was to softload the Select features as modules on top of RISC OS 5 but ROL kept busy claiming that that was not possible since they need kernel changes for that. Thus it is no surprise to think that they plan to load their full OS and use just the odd hardware driver module from the RISC OS 5 ROM. I'd even dare assume that their graphics driver change with abstraction layer is one step towards this goal. The problem perhaps arising is if things like Aemulor, Geminus etc. will run with Select on RISC OS 5..

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 4/1/06 4:29PM
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On Best of 2005 awards results:

In reply to jmb: Agreed but the plea for suggestions was so well hidden near the end of that posting with not even an own highlighted title and put in the regular "News in brief" so that chances are high that quite a few drobe readers (like me) didn't read it in full at that time being busy with X-mas preparations, short X-mas vacations etc.

So a kind of pre-poll was there but unfortunately in a way to make it hard to find in time in the first place. But I think it is no problem for drobe to ask more obvious and with a bit more time in advance next year.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/1/06 5:50AM
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On Best of 2005 awards results:

Why am I not surprised at all that Martin Wrthner again wins in all categories he participates in and that A9home and Firefox made it too.

But as already stated in the invitation to vote the list of choices was already a bit strange since it didn't include e.g. Peter Naulls (Unix Porting Project) and Chris Williams (Drobe) whom I'd say lots of us are thankful for his work. Furthermore you could have put down Geminus in "Best show of Ingenuity" and DeskDebug (the real wimp debugger offering features lots of people thought impossible to offer) was missing too. And as for the things that should not have happened I did miss the overdue RISC OS Select issue, or IYONIX Select which did fill quite a few discussion threads in the odd place - but I am sure that ROL will get a place in the "Best commercial products" hall of fame next time round.

May I thus suggest that next year the "Best of 2006 awards" is such that you outline the categories and everybody may e.g. give out 5 points per category to whatever he or she considers valid. True, it would be more work to collect the data but would give in a more interesting and valid result!

Happy new year!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 31/12/05 2:02PM
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On Christmas roadshow report:

Just a small tip: When I first went to RISC OS Expo in the Netherlands coming from Germany I had to cope with a) traffic sings which were unusual for me b) a language I don't understand or read c) not knowing my way around there d) getting there not being easy on the last part of the trip with all those highways near Uetrecht

My trick was to go to map24.com and have a route plan computed. With that the only problems I had were a) when crossing the border map24 told me to leave the German highway at a specific exit to then go to the Netherlands one - well I just remained on the highway since it goes right through b) near the end I took one wrong turn but that was luck since that way I found a petrol station I needed urgently (after driving for some 500km)

Apart from that with map24.com it was pretty easy to get there.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/12/05 6:43PM
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On Christmas roadshow report:

Thanks for this review. Pity the road show doesn't come closer to my place (that is near Hamburg in Germany...)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 17/12/05 7:09AM
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On Iyonix Select pledge campaign reaches target:

Great news, but why does the Pledgebank show that 106 have singned up and state it to be 7 over target :-)

So now all we need is that ROL accepts those Pledges and starts work on IYONIX Select ... as soon as Select 4 is out for 26 bit since their subscribers for 26 bit Select are still wating for that overdue release.

Big thanks to Phil Mellor for doing ROLs job on this one!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/12/05 4:55PM
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On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

I'm sure that there are quite a few IYONIX users out there wanting Select. But the track record of ROL seems to keep the odd IYONIX user from sigining up now. 1. Initially ROL started out stating that several RISC OS updates - albeit some small - and on release were planned for the Select subscribers per year and by now they are down to less than one upgrade. 2. Until now I have not yet seen and real usable and guaranteed official info as for what Select for the IYONIX pc will offer compared to RISC OS 5 and what might even be gone with Select on IYONIX. 3. Futhermore until now I understand that they expect me to subscribe to some scheme and to pay anually but not release date is given so that IYONIX Select does not even have a sensible price tag.

Thus the only option open to the odd IYONIX user is to tell ROL that they are seriously interested and want to buy it at a reasonable price (whatever reasonable is). But that's it. Since my colour printer won't print money I can't afford the risk to subscribe to IYONIX Select not knowing what I pay for and how much it'll cost me.

My guess is that if ROL would state the first IYONIX Select will - offer a list of specific features which is to be stated in a manner that an end user understands what it is - be available at a fixed price which is stated as well - bug fixes for e.g. 1 year are included - a latest release date is stated (I know that that is a hard one...) then chances are good that quite a few more IYONIX users will order that - me for one (assuming the feature-price-relation is not outrageous).

But all this as well as the odd comment above about lack of information from ROL is not new ...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/12/05 7:23AM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Pity that the surveys didn't include the RISC OS version in use on the Risc PC and VirtualRPC. Considering that for the Drobe survey the number of voters was guessed to be a bit above 400 the statement that half of the Archive readership of some 1200 voted that makes some 600 votes. Perhaps both surveyors could let us in on the number of voters (and be it an approximate one).

Comparing both the online survey of Drobe does list quite a few more modern systems, that is IYONIX pc as well as the A9home. That does invite some thoughts to happen by... - Perhaps users of the newer hardware are more devoted to Internet especially since for IYONIX it is recommended for upgrades; for A9home probably too. - Or can it be that those who parted with the money to buy an IYONIX pc or A9home now can't afford to subscribe to Archive anymore? - Or perhaps due to high shipping cost outside UK the additional IYONIX pc/A9home in the drove survey are mainly outside UK... Pick any of these if you like, or feel free to consider all three of them to just be some wierdo's strange thinking (which is probably correct :-) anyhow).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/11/05 4:59PM
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On FileNuke app in wet fizzle claim:

Perhaps this issue applies to most secure delete apps.

More often than not re-saving a file results in deltion of the old one and then saving the new one, thus no guarantee for re-use of the previous disc blocks at all. If one of those blocks is then used by another file it is just overwritten once - far from military grade. Thus wiping the free disc space is no real help either. And then think about the defragmentations ...

Thus my guess is that the only really safe deletion is deleting the whole hard disc (or partition).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/10/05 9:42AM
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On ArtWorks founder to open source graphics app:

Well perhaps Martin Wrthner or some other programmer can port the odd im- and export filter from XaraX to ArtWorks 2 as PlugIn.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 13/10/05 3:25PM
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On Tematic staff leave Castle:

Well, depends if the development timescales are due to you or others... If some input you need doesn't happen by and you just sit and wait more staff might not really help...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 12/10/05 5:40PM
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On How productive are you on RISC OS?:

Maintentance times... Well, as for your above listing I dare say that the figures are right but not fair. - For one a defrag is not needed too often and thus shouldn't count for every day. BTW, the Windows defrag is not really a reasonable one since it doesn't seem to collect the free spaces to one or a few chunks, but there are real defrag toos around. - A full Antivirus scan is not needed every day or every boot time and using the right software it can be scheduled to run in the background while you work and/or when the screen saver is active. A daily Spyware/Adware check is probably not needed either - assuming that you keep your system up to date with on-access scans and don't open all email attachments and use safe browser settings (e.g. by using Firefox). - You did forget the Microsoft updates but they are downloaded in the background and thus don't really interfere (except for the odd reboot they request). Thus what is still there is the automatic software updates which do take time especially on an ISDN connection. Most other regular checks and updates run happily in the background, if configured to do so (and if you use the correct software offering that since some virus scanners do take long and eat up much processing power).

What is obvious though is that Windows takes longer to start and shut down, that is when I start both at the same time I already have read quite some email before my Windows system is up. Furhtermore more often than not RISC OS apps are quicker to use and interaction between several much easier thus productivity is indeed for quite some tasks higher on RISC OS.

And as for viruses be happy that RISC OS is not too common and thus practically no virusses around - it's only protection is security by obscurity.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 11/10/05 5:12AM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

In reply to hEgelia: You write "It is important ROL come forward with all the details required for Iyonix owners...". True but I'm afraid that there is no intention of ROL doing so since in the past they stuck to communicating to their (deminishing?) Select subscriber base and thus ignore e.g. all their ex-customers who quit Select due to lack of support of the IYONIX pc and ignoring all potential new customers. And since until now they didn't manage to offer information about what Select offers in order to attract new customers so perhaps they don't want new ones...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/10/05 1:42PM
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On Euro mag to list active RISC OS developers:

Since Drobe does reword submissions - sometimes enhancing them sometimes perhaps dropping parts here is my original posting as it appeared on c.s.a.announce:

Dear all,

it's not easy to know who is still active in the RISC OS market - especially if you live outside UK and if you don't read English well [Note: I do so submissions in English to me are fine!].

Thus I want to collect this information for the upcoming issue of GAG-News, the regular German RISC OS magazine I publish since 1992. For this I need input. BTW, I did something like this quite some time ago in the year when Acorn World was cancelled and it was a great success.

Do *you* make or supply or maintain or ... things for RISC OS, be it hardware, software, information, ...; be it commercially or as shareware or freeware or ...; no matter what country you are in; etc.

If you do, please let me know be email to GAGNews@HQ.gag.de as quickly as possible to give me more time to put everything together. Deadline is 11.11.2005 since the next GAG-News goes to print in November.

I would appreciate if that email contains more than a link to your website. Some words about you and your offerings as a whole and perhaps a short list of them would be nice... and with that the risk that I miss some important things can be avoided.

Considering the different platforms for RISC OS (classic hardware, IYONIX, A9home and VirtualRPC) I'd like to know which you support.

Please do *not* assume that I know that you work for RISC OS, or what you do for RISC OS. I dare to assume that whoever is still active in the RISC OS market is does read comp.sys.acorn.announce, Cybervillage, Drobe and/or Iconbar and I put this plea forward to these four asking for you to drop me some lines to GAGNews@HQ.gag.de.

Thus simply put to be fair I will *not* include any entries unless I get some input.

Note: The email address GAGNews@HQ.gag.de has been set up for this query and will be deleted afterwards.

Thanks for you reading this far and for your help!

Herbert zur Nedden Publisher of THE German RISC OS magazine.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/10/05 8:07AM
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On Euro mag to list active RISC OS developers:

To all: Sorry I didn't look back here for a few days!

To CJE and other companies: To make it easier here's the mail address to click on (I hope drobe doesn't amend this): *GAGNews@HQ.gag.de* - since it is an autodestructing one I have no worries to have it clickable as it was on c.s.a.announce too. As for the spare time: GAG-News is done in spare time and you can bet that going through your replies, which can certainly be short like some introduction and short statement about what you do and perhaps a short list of the most important products you supply/offer/make plus a link to a web site, translating them into German and then setting them up for printing etc does take more time than you need to write them. Please see next comment too

To adamr: It includes everything if it has to do with RISC OS!

To hEgelia: Thanks for your support. BTW until now just one company dropped me a line...

To bucksboy: Not to forget Steffen Huber (CDVDBurn) and Niklaus Weiss (DeskDebug) probably others...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/10/05 8:03AM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

In reply to AMS:

I agree with your three last postings. ROL wants to sell something but refuses to state what the buyer will get when and thus for what price. Rediculous! But I think that it is indeed to be expected that they first serve their paying Select 26 customers for which the next delivery is overdue and AFAIR they did state that A9home has priority as flypig stated.

As for me - and I did tell ROL quite some time ago already - I'm prepared to buy an IYONIX Select if and only if it is available, runs stable, the features it offers me over RISC OS 5.x are known and if these features are worth the price. The track record of ROL does not encourage me to advance payments anymore.

But can it be that ROL does *not* want to support IYONIX? Being no Select subscriber and no Foundation RISC User subscriber but an IYONIX user I have not been asked by ROL and I can't remember any public query of ROL...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 10/10/05 7:31AM
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On Independent Select for Iyonix interest list opened:

Good idea to set up this pledge page!

But I do agree with tamias: Does ROL really expect users to pay some indefinite amount for something of what is not known what it will really be and offer and when? As for 'indefinite amount': The price is not stated and even worse how many years of subscription has to be put forward. As for 'what it really will be': I don't know of a useful list of what IYONIX Select shall offer - the statement 'the same as Select' is no real help since I don't have Select and thus don't know what it offers and there is no useful list of features available.

Thus an option to pledge like 'I'm interested but will only buy it when available, working, offering a sensible feature set and for a price matching the features' would be nice...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 8/10/05 7:29AM
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On Personalised special offers for non-Select and Adjust users:

In reply to jc: OK, speed and stability is fine - but: Not that I really remember any stability problems wit 3.5, 3.7 or 4.02 which makes it hard to sell... As for speed some figures (be it approximate) should be thrown in, since a 1% increase is a bit different from 25%...

As for user can 'see': There are things like CDFS with Joilet support and DHCP which are end-user relevant and probably more interesting than rounded corners.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/10/05 12:57PM
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On Personalised special offers for non-Select and Adjust users:

In reply to jmb: I absolutely agree with your last paragraph. Until now I never ever found a feature list worth the trouble to read which does tell me from the end user point of view why I should go for Select. OK, in IT it is a common trick to make numbers huge so that probably is the reason for ROL offering the change logs including things like "reference to Acorn removed" or "imported into CSV". But what good do 400 changes in OS do me if 375 are internal ones not offering me real end user benefit I can see?

To ROL: I think that unless you draw up a end user list of the features you offer over RISC OS 3.x or 4.02 I'm afraid that quite a few users just continue to state that they don't really see the benefits worth the price taking into account that they have a nicely working system at hand. I don't think that asking the developers to do your job of telling users what benefits RISC OS 4.39 offers is a good idea and that kind of restrictions would have to be mentioned before selling the product and might result in the end user just not buying it. And in this context the question arises what features 4.39 offers for this to happen with no work-around available for 3.x and 4.02?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 7/10/05 7:57AM
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On Euro mag to list active RISC OS developers:

I think that after compiling that list for GAG-News I'll be tempted to a) provide it online on www.gag.de in German b) provide it online on www.gag.de in an English translation - depending on amount perhaps shortend a bit But please allow some delay for both - for a) to prepare for the web and for b) to do the translation and then prepare for the web.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/10/05 8:32AM
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On Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROL:

Well, well.. "ROL also sought to clarify that A9home specific features are being developed in house by AdvantageSix." How das that fit in with the statement "... available resources have been prioritised into the A9 version" ([link])?

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/09/05 5:01PM
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On Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROL:

I don't remember ROL asking publically who wants IYONIX Select - AFAIR they just asked the Select subscribers and perhaps the Foundation subscribers. Considering the fact that quite a few users like me quit Select due to no serious committment beyond the well known "keep paying and we'll look into the IYONIX pc some time but don't know when" how do they expect to get more interest. All I was able to offer ROL in return to their kind of committment is that when something is available I'll look at it to see if the price is acceptable.

And as mrchocky correcly states quite a few select features are present in RISC OS 5 already so that select is not as important to IYONIX users as it is to others perhaps. ROL, you should really consider offering Select Features instead of the whole OS to IYONIX users - should be quite a bit less work thus less expensive and thus more interest, I'd say.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 27/9/05 5:45AM
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On Iyonix USB mice and keyboard drivers updated:

Nice that new HID versions are now presented by IYONIX Update Watcher since more often than not a new USB driver needs an update of HID.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 25/9/05 9:54AM
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On Is this the widest RISC OS desktop yet?:

Pity that 1600x1200 LCD are not yet supported - I'd like to be able to use the portrait mode on that one - setting two of these side by side would be nice too but probably not be compatible with my bank account...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 6/9/05 1:04PM
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On Survey: Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC:

To several: Nice discussions and comments as for what these numbers contain: - They need not be Drobe readers - they can be offliners who got a hint and voted. - They need not be real since anybody wanting to could throw in whatever vote. - They neen not be by RISC OS users to start with ...

All this reminds me a bit of the trip of a journalist, a physics teachter and a mathematician through Texas. Strangely enough they saw black cows only. - Afterwards the journalist said he'll write "all cows in Texas are black". - The physics guy said that that was wrong and the correct statement would be "all cows in Texas we saw are black." - The mathematician disagreed with both violently stating that the only true statement they can make is "all cows they saw in Texas are black on at least on side of the animal".

So simply put the figures of this review can be complete crap - theoretically. Or as is said (at least in Germany). "Do not believe any statistical result unless you faked it yourselt" :-)

But I think that we all agree that chances are high that the results are what most users think: - Valid entries by Drobe readers (and perhaps the odd friend asked along to vote). Thus usable results - The same poll will probably yield different results in 6 months (with A9home there).

And Paul of Archive: please let us see your vote results ...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 30/8/05 4:43PM
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On Survey: Iyonix use leads VirtualRPC:

To Drobe/Chris: I think that it would indeed be nice to know the (approximate) number of votes you got.

To AMS: Sure ROL can ignore such numbers - otherwise they'd be working on an IYONIX support instead of the A9home :-) To AMS and jc: Drobe never claimed to make a real survey just as Archive doesn't since both just reach a certain subset of the RISC OS users, be it Drobe readers or Archive readers. On the other hand I think that there is a reasonable chance to reach a significant number of the users using RISC OS through these two and thus get a decent impression of the figures.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 28/8/05 7:52AM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

Got my license files and tried RiScript right away. First with a few small PostScript files with some blends (that is clipping is intrinsic): wow, blends look ok and speed was amazing compared to the old v4.13 with Aemulor. So I thought I'll do a real test with a 170MB PostScript file containing loads of big JPEGs (main part of GAG-News issue 80) - I remember when I tried that with RiScript 4.13 the lack of speed resulted in me installing GhostScript and GView on Windows for proof-viewing since I didn't plan to spend that long on it. With RiScript 5.0 loading this file took some time but it has to inspect some 170 MB (onehundredseventymegabytes) but afterwards the screen display of text was pretty fast and the images did apprear in good speed (with 4.13 text came slow and images took ages).

So my overall fist impression is: *Impressive* - Roeland van den Bos and Jeroen Medema really did a good job. Thanks!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 4/8/05 12:45PM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

In reply to bernie: Yes I absolutely agree that the correct behaviour or ROL would have been to look into servicing their PAYING subscribers with a new Select instead of diverting that money off to adapting Select to the A9home. And now they seriously expect IYONIX pc owners to put forward money (I know that they won't collect money unless they start) when their recent history does show that they use the money for what they think is worth it instead of for what I pay it for - not me; I'll wait for the real product and then decide if it is worth the price.

OK, in the initial setup ROL planned to go for a 32bit operating system which was one reason for me to subscribe, but that was dropped so I'd say the subscribers of Select are already used to not believe what ROL states as what they intend to do ;-) I can accept that the odd feature mentioned to be included in some release doesn't make it in time - but that has to be limited to the odd feature. But as a subscriber to 26bit Select I'd absolutely not accept that my money is used for something that is of no use to me or that what I paid for (upgrades offering a reasonable amount of new functionality) do not come by or are deleayed too much...

In reply to mrchocky: Wow, then my IYONIX pc is reaching the three year mark soon too. And we all know of ROLs committment to support all "RISC OS systems" offering Select for them. OK, everybody knew that that was not really true, since nobody expected them to offer Select for hardware like my A5000 :-) Perhaps RISC OS 5 was not considered to be RISC OS by them for quite some time so that they thus pretty much ignored the IYONIX pc - erm. but didn't they state that they dropped their 32bit plans due to lack of hardware for that - that hardware is there since some 36 months and even has a 32 bit RISC OS which should save them lots of work... So until recently for ROL "all RISC OS systems" obviously meant most 26bit systems like the Risc PC, A7000(+), Omega and VirtualRPC and now the A9home is included (and the others on a back-burner).

To ROL: I dare repeat myself: Finish off the A9home and service your PAYING select subscribers. Then start off to wrap up packs with Select FEATURES to run on top of RISC OS 5. That should even be financially viable since why duplicate all the work Castle did spending lots of hours (wasting them really) expecting the users to pay for that waste. Just do the smaller task to make the intersting Select modules/apps/code run on RISC OS 5 and sell that at a accordingly lower price - you might even get more users wanting that and thus make more money.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 04/08/05 08:15AM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

In reply to mripley:

As for a "fair price": This is certainly not easy since the potential buyer looks at what the product offers him or her and then has to decide if the price is worth it. From ROL's side of the deal they have to live off it as you correctly outlined.

As for your last sencence starting "I have read many times...":

The problem on this one is that until now I don't know what ROL will offer as for new functionality (and perhaps as for removed functionailty) with their IYONIX Select compared to the current RISC OS 5 - and as far as I know this lack of knowledge holds true for quite a few other IYONIX users.

So unless ROL puts forward a list of the features their IYONIX Select will offer in addition to what RISC OS 5 offers how are the IYNOX user to know what ROL intends to offer ... or do they expect customers to say, yes I'll pay for something of what I don't know what I will really get.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/8/05 9:21AM
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On ROL tells Select users: A9 takes priority:

I must say that the work ROL does does seem strange.

1. First of all they convert their RISC OS to 32 bit despite of one for 32 bit being there (RISC OS 5) and with that more or less just collect money from their paying subscribers to 26 bit Select and give them null in return for their money. 2. Then I remember them asking IYONIX users to subscribe offering a statement of intent to then work on Select for IYONIX - and this offer is pretty old and by now no results for these users either. By the way, ROL claimed a long time that they can't offer Select features for IYONIX users due to kernel changes needed - but on RISC OS Expo 2005 in a chat with users the statement of ROL was more like that they want to sell IYONIX users a full RISC OS instead of just some Select features. 3. And now ROL even ignores their paying subscribers more by focussing on the A9home. 4. But on the other hand their work is needed for the A9home since the other systems have a working RISC OS available.

Well let's look at the business side :-) 1. Looking into the A9home is probably a financially intersting path since it is a nice machine (I had one to try out and on some tasks it is close to IYONIX speed and on others never less than half of it and it was pretty stable so that it is indeed a RISC OS hardware with quite a bit power) and since it can be expected to sell in some figures. 2. As for the IYONIX pc it might be hard to get the 100 extra commitments since lots of IYONIX users are pretty happy with RISC OS 5 and till now RISCOS Ltd failed to deliver a concise list of new features they want to bring to the IYONIX pc with their Select so that the users can see if it is worth it - perhaps they don't write up that list since it would be too short since I don't want technical details like "module made 32 bit" or "reference to Acorn removed" but functionality like "DHCP client", "rounded buttons" or "image convert". 3. And when I think about the huge 26 bit Select user base ... well quite a few of them probably keep their subscription even when a new Select is still off quite some time ...

Assuming that ROL does step by here:

Please ROL, offer Select features for the IYONIX pc - at a fair price! That would probably make the IYONIX pc users happy and you'd probably get income - perhaps less per user but on the other hand probably from more users and that with much less work than finishing off a full operating system for the IYONIX pc including the hardware drivers needed.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 3/8/05 5:55AM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

Download worked perfectly for me too - for RiScript as well as the manual. Just waiting for my licence files too.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 2/8/05 4:47PM
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On RiScript 5.0 released:

Great news!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 1/8/05 4:35PM
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On Firefox beta 3 released:

Good work - thanks everybody helping with Firefox and especially Peter Naulls.

An icon bar icon so that I can close the browser window without unloading it would be nice.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 24/7/05 7:27AM
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On Experimental Linux 2.4 and 2.6 kernels built:

Good news!

Thanks to RSS fetcher in Hermes I saw this article before it appeared on the Drobe news page :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 21/7/05 4:24PM
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On Expo 2005 show report:

As for the impression of emptyness: True, three exhibitors we were used to see there (Desk, MicroDigital and Uffenkamp) were absent. But on the other hand I think CJE, hubersn and Spellings were new to this show so that the number of exhibitors was unchanged.

But as for visitors at the beginning it was very empty - AFAIR last year the show started at 11h to allow for longer distance driving there. We got there about 45 minutes later than I expected due to traffic jam near Uetrecht - one highway exit for Uetrecht was closed if I understood the Dutch signs correct. I guess we made it shortly before 11h since I was early on the road and we decided to leave the highway near Uetrecht and use smaller roads for some time. It does pay to have a local map with you ... But it does have some advantages that the show wasn't as crowded (though as time passed by the number of visitors did increase) since it was easier to get the chance for a chat with the exhibitors.

As for RiScript I learned that one of the two authors moved and now the two don't live as close to each other anymore. This move is the reason for some delay, I was given to understand.

As for Castles presentation: I do remember the odd other issue they talked about like ipSign, USB/USB2, RISC OS 5, Oregano 3, etc. - I didn't have the impression that they focussed on DVD and C/C++.

As for the A9home: There was one of those on the end of the CJE stand (they sell them) and you could see the nice transport case for it too. But it is indeed so small that you barely see it.

Overall I'm happy I opted for a drive of close to 500km to the show (and the same back again).

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/6/05 4:57PM
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On The RISC OS dispute: 12 months on:

As for the question of why post this topic on drobe ... well, perhaps since it is of interest to many readers since the thread here reached the comment level so fast :-)

Anyhow, I agree with Jacco Van Iterson: "Iyonix users do like RISC OS 5 and don't want to install another RISC OS version with other features, if they want the Select features they want it on top of RISC OS 5". This is exactly what I want - or to be precise: I would like the odd Select feature on top of RISC OS 5. I don't want all of them - some are of no interest to me (rounded buttons e.g.) and some are present in RISC OS 5 already (DHCP e.g.) . And I know the odd IYONIX user wanting the same: *Select features on top of RISC OS 5*.

But as far as I can tell ROL does *not* have the intention to offer just that despite users wanting that and I did tell Paul Middleton just that the odd time.

And since ROL never asked me if I want Select for the IYONIX pc (well I'm an ex-Select subscriber and perhaps they deleted me from their database) and I never saw a public poll or questionnaire from ROL addressing all users I have the impression that ROL doesn't want to gain new clients. As a drobe reader I do remember that they seem to have asked their current subscribers and if I were a Select subscriber having a Risc PC I'd probably tell them that I have no interest in an IYONIX Select so that they don't spend my Select subscription to develop something of no use to me ...

Overall I think it is a pity that all the good programming expertise has been used to make a 32bit Select based on the 26bit version instead of starting off with the 32bit RISC OS 5.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/06/05 09:55AM
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On ROL surveys Select32 interest:

In reply to 195.227.111.2:

You write "Also we all now that ROL did quite a lot more to their version of the OS than only ... Also very few of us know what improvements they have done to RISC OS over the last year ..." First you write that we all know that ROL did and then that just a few know about the improvements :-)

Well, sorry I have to say this, but until now I never got a list of the benefits ROL built into RISC OS from the user's point of view, that is things like DCHP, or round buttons e.g. On their list of new things in RISC OS (I don't remember the URL, I mean the site with the CVS infos included) there are quite a few changes which are absolutely uninteresting like module so-and-so inserted into CVS or amended for new compiler or reference to Acorn removed which does increase the number of changes quite a bit. Since ROL never published a new features list to attract potential clients you can get the impression that that list would be too short ... as I wrote I mean a list with features that appeal to the end user! What I do know is that the initial missions like 32 bit and HAL which were reasons I subscribed to Select since those things would bring RISC OS forward, were dropped a while ago. But perhaps now they come back into life.

But anyhow, let past be past and I couldn't care for the legal issues looked into above less since now Castle and ROL/ROD have an agreement and the question arises what we might get in the future. So I sincerely hope that they will not let us stay in the dark but tell us what they will offer and what we are asked to pay for it.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 20/11/04 10:16AM
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On ROL surveys Select32 interest:

Interesting thread.

First of all I'm not surprised that ROL - or should I now write ROD now - asks the Select subscribers only since they did expect all those wanting Select for the IYONIX pc to keep up subscribing to Select :-) As you remember they wanted our committment (read this as money) for their committment (read this as plans to do a Select for the IYONIX pc at some time in some future). But we know that their business model seems to be "Acquire new clients by asking the current ones if they want to be a client" ... and thus they address the Select and/or the Foundation subscribers. As for asking for future plans you should know that in the past AFAIR ROL never said which new feature will be available when but just what might make it into the next release with no dates mentioned.

My hope is that Castle will not sit back and let ROL/ROD stick to their way of doing things like they did until now (or to be precise: gave the impression of doing). One important issue as for Select for the IYONIX pc is what it really will be: Based on RISC OS 5 with Select-Add-Ons, or based on RISC OS 4.

Yes, I'm interested in the odd Select feature for my IYONIX pc but I will definitively wait until ROL/ROD has something to look at for the IYONIX pc before I put any money there since. Thus I can't write the mail with a firm "yes" to developer at riscos dot com since I wouldn't know what I would say "yes" to.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 19/11/04 08:37AM
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On United at long last:

To bucksboy: I disagree to your speed statement! Some things are faster on new Windows PC some are faster on the IYONIX pc - it all depends on what you do with the system!!!

To imj: That mixing up is no surprise since nowadays you get Windows with the built-in Browser... and MSOffice is more of a operating system enhancement to some users than an application ;-)

To Gulli: Perhaps Acorn indeed believed that quality sells - well it does if a) the potential customer knows, b) the price is o.k, and c) it is *not* a computer product. The past proves over and over that in computer things quality often does not survive but marketing and dumping prices do the trick.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 18/07/04 6:21PM
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On Castle conference transcript online:

To waldorf: As for STD's temporary closure and "Or does Stuart just like to announce his holidays in the most dramatic way possible?"

Interesting fact is that STD was the first company to mention this license issue implicitely by stating that they won't deliver the A6 and A75 for some time due to some third party dispute - I don't know what Castle wrote to the AMS but they did want to keep this more quiet. Now they're again the first to issue some statement again. So it can well be that they want to force some issue.

Well, perhaps they just want to "tickle" Castle a bit. I would think them to need a quick resolution of the license issue since AFAIK they need Adjust for the A75 (AFAIK RISC OS 4 classic won't help them and RISC OS 5 might have the "wrong" USB stack and might not be happy on the ARM7500 to start with). As for the A6 or other virtualised Acorns I think the early RISC OS 4 should do the trick. But no flames, please - it's just a wild guess.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 07/07/04 06:04AM
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On Castle terminates RISCOS Ltd. licence:

Yes, I agree - a statement of ROL is what we'd like to read now. Time has to show if they intend to put one out.

As for "To be fair, there's no evidence that it was on a friendly basis. The problem is that there's no evidence at all." What evidence do you expect? As for friendly I'd say that if Castle tried to solve the issue with ROL for nearly 12 months as they write, then this does show a lot of patience and thus is very friendly since they seem to have given ROL quite a chance.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/06/04 5:52PM
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On Castle terminates RISCOS Ltd. licence:

To nunfetishist (1): You ask "Out of interest, why does CTL need ROL to acknowledge the breaches?"

Well in their statement Castle wrote "However, ROL has refused to comply with the legal obligations placed on them by the licence termination and until it does so, Castle is unable to grant new licences to these sub-licensees.". I don't know the legal aspects applicable here but to me it seems that either ROL has to acknowledge the termination or the termination has to be approved by court perhaps before it is really officially terminated so that Castle is allowed to grant the new licenses.

To nunfetishist (2): You worry about domination of the market? True there is a risk, but - sorry - in the old days when Acorn dominated the market there was much more around and going on in the RISC OS market and Acorn World was really a show worth a visit from the Continent. So there seem to be good sides to this concept and time has to show how it works.

To all: I'll not add that I think Castle did the right thing since a) who am I to know, though it looks right and b) I rather avoid being labelled pro-Castle by the odd one here, though it looks that they do things right :-)

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 16/06/04 2:47PM
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On Again with the laptops:

Well, seems that RISCOS Ltd finally has a chance to sell more 26 bit RISC OS 4 licenses since all those dealers start to offer them "RISC OS-Laptops" :-) Not that it is a real surprise since no real Laptop with RISC OS is available but it is a pity since I get the impresson that there are just two current RISC OS systems available now: IYONIX pc and Windows Systems with VirtualRPC and more and more companies opting for the quick money by offering virtual RISC OS systems (some companies even trying to hide the fact that they do so! whereas other are fair enough explicitely state that it's just an emulation and that real RISC OS hardware is available too).

To a certain extent I'm happy that cheaper Hardware running RISC OS is available since it could get more users to use RISC OS - please note that "RISC OS Laptops" are pretty expensive, that is usually cost more than an IYONIX pc. I'm not happy at all that with the Virtual RISC OS systems running old 26 bit RISC OS 4! Castle started the 32 Bit for RISC OS with RISC OS 5 but it seems that too many companies offering things for RISC OS don't care to follow on into the new RISC OS arena which makes use of new processors and the like possible.

Hi developers, please keep up making your apps available for 32 Bit, that is for real RISC OS hardware! And Hi RISCOS Ltd please start developing your Select modules so that they can be used on RISC OS 5 - I'm sure that quite a few of the Select enhancements can be written as a lodeable module.

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 08/12/03 5:05PM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

Yep, A6 and RISCube probably are bad for the hardware market, but Omega and RiscStation Laptop are much worse since they took deposits from users and didn't deliver in a reasonable amount of time ... sorry ... didn't deliver the full product by now despite claiming to have it ready much much earlier! That kind of business really can get people think that they should reconsider where to put their money; and "where" can mean the company and/or the operating system.

But I do commend R-Comp since they mention IYONIX pc as a viable, good RISC OS machine and thus are in the open with what they offer! STD on the other hand gives away close to nothing but claims to be one of the rare companies still designing and developing RISC OS hardware - nice one...

But, solutions like these were to be expected after that Alpha Laptop popping up - A6 and RISCube are no different: Pre-configured Windows systems for the user who doesn't want the hassle of setup.

BUT: They all are old 26 bit technonoly which is not going forward into the future. Luckily part of the income goes to Castle (RISC OS License) so that they don't loose all the way on these deals.

I definitively recommend: go for the real system and not an emulated one!

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 14/10/03 4:14PM
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On Omega ethernet saga continues:

I'm glad the saga continues ... considering that on their website in the newsroom you can read "Briefly we are on target regarding production dates, even though they are not in the public domain (yet). The marketing effort is gaining momentum and we shall be making annoucements regarding this subject in the next few days." ... dated 1st August 2002 (just a bit over a year ago) - when was that target?

But on Newsdesk on MDs website there is a nice case: rack mounted Omega. Lucky me not waiting for Omega, otherwise I would really start wondering what's going on. No Ehternet, no USB, ... but time to do other things...

 is a RISC OS Userhzn on 23/09/03 8:32PM
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