Drobe :: The archives
About Drobe | Contact | RSS | Twitter | Webspace | Tech docs | Downloads | BBC Micro

Profile for knutson

ContactAbout me
Username: knutson
Realname: Steve Knutson
About me:
Comments posted:143 (show all)

All comments

On Wakefield 2007 is this Saturday:

This is an important event on the RISC OS calendar. I hope it is well supported and I look forward to reading all about Wakefield on Drobe (It's a long way from New Zealand).

If you are attending, don't forget to grab at ROOL mouse mat, signup for RISCOS Now (I see the website is updated), purchase some interesting software or hardware, pickup a bargin from the charity stand and smile nicely for the Drobe camera man!

All the best for the show!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 14/5/07 6:52AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On The houses that RISC OS built:

I wonder how many other companies are using A9home or Iyonix hardware that like the building companies above aren't RISC OS companies. More articles on RISC OS in business please!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/5/07 11:41PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Select 4i2 apps will run on A9home:

Does this breach the licencing agreement?

I imagine that getting an A9home release of RISC OS 6 out the door is pretty high on ROL's priority list. Lets hope so!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/5/07 11:34PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On ROOL make 'market map' mouse mats:

How about companies release "special" editions of products for a slightly higher price and donating the difference to a fund for RISC OS related projects. This could extend to not only ROOL but other projects that have overheads but no income to cover them e.g. Netsurf, open source projects, updating popular freeware applications.

Products like printers, monitors, consumables etc could be sold with say a 5% margin added that is donated to a fund. All that would be required is someone to manage the fund and people to apply for money from it.

Given the size of the market any new ways of bringing in funding must be of benefit.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 22/4/07 10:22AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On New user guide for RISC OS 6 as release nears:

At some point a major push to 32bit the OS needed to occur and it sounds like ROL are close to getting a product out the door. I think it is well worth spending time on tidying up documentation and producing an updated manual.

Improving abstraction is a good thing, users may not notice much on the surface but from a developers view it is extremely important.

I would like to thank everyone at ROL for the work so far and I hope you get plenty of sales!!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 29/3/07 6:31AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On VirtualRPC for Mac OS X delayed:

I find myself using my Mac everyday which is unfortunate for my RISC PC. The main reason is that I can take my Mac Book anywhere and the iLife apps are brilliant.

VirtualRPC would be a welcome addition to my Mac! Bring it on!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 21/3/07 7:29PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On CSS-friendly Web Wonder 2 released:

Nice to see commerical software like this appearing still and David has gone to the trouble of producing some nice packaging and a manual. No excuses for not updating the rather dated looking RISC OS websites scatter across the internet :-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 17/12/06 1:58AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Iyonix-only Firefox 2 port released online:

Once again Peter delivers the goods. The ability to port and application like Firefox to RISC OS is testament to the technology Peter has developed and the work of the people behind GCC for RISC OS. A truly massive amount of work has been put in over the years to get to this point.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 2/12/06 11:06PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:

RISC OS would be an ideal OS for use on Trident Missile systems. Each Trident can have upto 10 independently targetted warheads, each warhead requires a guidance system. If this happened one submarine (armed with 16 missiles) alone could double the number of RISC OS licenses sold ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 25/11/06 3:23AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On TechWriter to get Word 2k export:

Many applications outside the RISC OS world can read Word format files. Microsoft will support that format for many years to come. Great to see this option getting plenty of support.

Great to see that a large number of votes were cast. Obviously the community appreciates the chance to provide input into the future development of this important application.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 25/11/06 3:14AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Cybervillage closure 'end of an era':

Cybervillage closing is sad news. Thanks for all the effort over the past 11 years.

Does anyone know how Stuart is these days?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 22/11/06 8:18AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On ROS used in secure gadget network research:

Thanks for the interesting article and links. I enjoyed my time under the floro lights next to the coke can monument at Massey University tinkering with compilers 15 years ago. This brings back fond memories :-)

Anyone else doing interesting things with an Iyonix or A9home in the depths of a computer science lab?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 19/11/06 4:30AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On September news round up:


ATX motherboards exist for a variety of ARM processors. The reason for this is usually to provide a development platform for testing software on real processors. Have a look on simtec's website.

Have you seen Vista? It stuggles to run on a P4, the X-Scale has no chance!!

X-Scale processors can be found in a variety of RAID controllers. This isn't anything new either. The processor used in the Iyonix is more commonly found on RAID controllers.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 18/9/06 10:17AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Dual core 1.2GHz Xscale touted by Intel:

Regardless of whether RISC OS would use the second core, if the XScale is clocked at 1.2GHz it will be a good jump up in performance.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 23/8/06 10:00AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Beginner's guide to manipulating stock photos:

Excellent article! More please!

I am sure I'm not the only one who learnt something from this article. Perhaps you could add a menu option to drobe that finds tutorial articles like this one. It would definitely be of value to many people.

Not only is this a tutorial but it also demonstrates the capabilities of RISC OS applications.

10 out of 10 from me

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 6/8/06 12:34AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Iyonix banned by new EU green law:

I can see one very positive thing here...The regulations don't affect me. I know of atleast 3 people in New Zealand that would be happy to help Castle out :-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 2/8/06 9:46AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On ROL: Adjust figures looking swell:

Does the "almost 500 copies" include the A9home?

Obviously quite a few people still updating RISC PC's how much longer can that continue before those users decide to splash out of an Iyonix, A9home or Mac Book pro?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 2/8/06 9:40AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On New mag aimed at newbie and pro users:

Nice to see someone else having a crack at this. I wish Louie the best of luck with this venture.

In my opinion for magazines to succeed they need to offer something that the web doesn't. Drobe does a great job of publishing news in a timely fashion, something a magazine will be hard pressed to do. I hope Louie is able to find material that will keep the punters coming back for more.

Perhaps a series on magazine production would be of interest to readers :-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/8/06 7:32AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Database S-Base bounces back:

I work in the same building as Bluewater Systems in Christchurch. I might pop my head in the door and ask a few questions. These days they seem to do a lot of work with Linux on ARM devices, the website is quite informative.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 9/7/06 6:15AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On TEK 1608 in 32bit rumour:

Great to see some interesting game news. With so much effort going into TEK 1608 it really is a same that it hasn't been 32bitted. Good luck and I hope this has a happy ending :-)

Deathdawn looks pretty interesting too. Again great to see a new game for RISC OS!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 20/6/06 8:11AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Explan Solo arrives with a catch:

It is nice to see that the Solo project is making progress.

Reading the article on NewsForge I think this would also be well suited to third world countries and also as a tool for NGO's doing aid work in these countries of following major disasters e.g. Indonesia. The ability to operate for long periods of time in areas with no power infrastructure would be extremely useful. Having tools like databases for tracking inventories, lost and found people, maps, contact lists, documentation and email via satelite phone could be very useful.

The A9home also has potential in this area, low power, replace the hard disk with a Flash drive and connect an alternative power source. The A9home is robust, lightweight, able to run suitable software, has low power requirements and is being developed by some very clever guys.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 18/6/06 1:06AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA:

This is a great effort and shows that the RISC OS GUI is usable on this device format.

HP are using the Samsung S3C2400 series ARM processors in the new iPAQ's. This is the same integrated ARM9 processor used in the A9home. Perhaps RISC OS Adjust has the advantage over RISC OS 5 as a possible PDA OS. The highly integrated nature of this processor means that it may be possible to port RISC OS without having to write new video drivers, quite a big job if you were to port RISC OS 5.

The performance of a native OS rather than an emulated one on a PDA would make your eyes water.

Also of interest to some readers is that some of these devices will run at 500MHz :-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 29/5/06 9:29AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Wakefield 2006 live news:

The Iconbar have a photo of a motherboard in what looks like a portable case. It has a name "Mainstone handheld division" on it. Anyone know anything about it?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 13/5/06 11:12PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Finnybank Ltd dissolved:

The presentation at Wakefield should be even more interesting now...

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 1/5/06 7:25AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On RiScript in delivery delay shame:

Unfortunately the answer is probably yes because sales of even the most successful software are small compared with other platforms. Lossing even a few sales due to piracy hurts. I think with RISC OS this becomes more personal because of the small size of the market and because many people actually know the developers.

Piracy seems to be social acceptable to some people and that is a real shame. Lets make piracy unacceptable and help those people who spend their time and effort developing for RISC OS.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 30/4/06 6:58AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

I imagine the A9 with MIDI would be of interest to many people. Nice small device with MIDI, quick boot time and low electronic noise would have appeal outside the normal RISC OS world. Atari had a good slice of the MIDI market years ago mainly because the Atari ST came with MIDI as standard. Anyone care to comment on the state of MIDI on RISC OS these days?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 29/4/06 5:19AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Wakefield 2006 theatre preview:

I agree with timephoenix. This is sounding positive. The last 18 months or so has been spent rebuilding the foundations of RISC OS so that it supports more modern hardware. That work has made new hardware like the A9 possible. Lets hope that the A9 sells well and many of those buyers also purchase a copy of Artworks to run on it. That would give JC something to write about and then everyone would be happy :-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 28/4/06 9:00AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On ROL release C99 SCL to A9home users:

Sounds like a number of improvements to RISC OS are going to appear with the A9. The improvements to the core operating system sound good and can only help to improve the end users experience.

A lot of "duplicated effort" has occurred but at the end of the day both Castle and Advantage Six have to provide a point of difference to ensure they win sales. They are in competition with each other and need to sell machines to stay afloat. It is hardly surprising that things happen the way they do.

USB serial ports will be quite useful to many people. The A9 as an upgrade to RiscStation based EPOS systems would be a possibility with the addition of serial ports.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 18/4/06 8:50AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On A9home turns the volume up:

The Advantage 6 stand should be pretty busy at Wakefield! Lets hope they are working on the finishing touches to the first production A9's before testing the A9 Karaoke system they have been waiting to unleash on the world...

Seriously, a quizz game like Buzz using bluetooth controllers would be pretty cool I think. A Frontrow (Apple Mac) type system for viewing photos and playing music without getting out of the chair is something else the A9 might be suited to. With most good LCD TV's having VGA inputs this kind of thing could have some potential.

Nice work Advantage Six!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 11/4/06 9:31AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Unix Porting Project issues refunds:

Peter has done the right thing by refunding donations. Peter is clearly a man of integrity and that should be applauded.

What he has achieved is simply amazing and much of it has been for love rather than money. It has always amazed me that Peter has choose to spend his time working on the various projects he has been involved in when the financial benefits are most probably far great doing something else.

I am sure he is working on some very interesting and hopefully profitable projects in California. I would love to hear all about it sometime.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 21/3/06 7:20AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On RISCOS.org joins pixel ad bandwagon:

How about a scrabble system to fund Drobe. It works like this...

Each user buys credit that pays allows them to post messages. Each letter is assigned a value - just like in scrabble. When a user posts an item, the value of the letters used is calculated and that amount is deducted from the users remaining credit.

To improve the quality of postings, users can earn credits if other people give them a positive rating for the item they have posted.

Earn free credits by contributing articles to Drobe.

OK, my cut is just 10% credited directly to my posting credit...

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 24/1/06 7:17AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On News in brief:

David Buck is doing some very interesting work by the sound of things. Nice to see someone returning to the RISC OS scene and doing some serious development with him. We are very lucky to have David and the many other small developers who continue to develop some great software.

Judging from the amount news in this article, most of these guys didn't get christmas presents that destracted them from their compilers...

P.S. Qercus has a new CAD series penned by David which is great for anyone interest in CAD.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 17/1/06 5:55AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Best of 2005 awards voting open:

What no Chocky? Surely he deserves to be included in the "Best general contribution". Peter has and continues to make a massive contribution to RISC OS on a number of levels including www.riscos.info, Firefox and the Unix Porting Project.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 26/12/05 2:45AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Select 4 will not be ready until new year:

ROL have communicate that they are still working on Select 4 and that it isn't ready yet. I can understand people getting impatient because in the past ROL haven't been great communicators, but at the last RISC OS show people were able to see that development was continuing and ROL have improved the number and quality of their communication to users lately.

I am sure that ROL will do the right thing and make this release available to those people who have contributed to the Select Scheme and made the development possible.

This is not the first and certainly won't be the last software project to miss a deadline! Rather than bash ROL, a polite enquiry to the right people might be more appropriate.

Regards Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 2/12/05 8:29PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On RISC OS Christmas roadshow details finalised:

I few ideas for marketing these events: - email press releases to local newspapers, computer clubs, schools and churches. - invite people from other computer clubs - ask RISC OS users in the area to tell friends and family about the event.

Get someone to write these press releases so they are exciting and make people want to attend!

Do these things a couple of weeks before the event with a follow up a two or three days before.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 17/11/05 6:14PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Software news:

Perhaps we have stumbled on to a largely untapped market...people who want to download porn without getting spyware! Another good reason to use RISC OS ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 2/11/05 5:25AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On ROL plots December roadshow:

Great idea. I hope this is well advertised and attracts many curious people in addition to RISC OS fans. Tell your mates!

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 26/10/05 6:21AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On South East 2005 show report:

Thanks for the great article. Being in New Zealand it isn't possible to get to these shows, but it is always interesting to hear how they went. What were the crowd numbers like?

Some very encouraging news and photos. Sounds like ROL haved clarified the situation with Select on Iyonix too. I like the sound of Artworks PDF export making publishing far easier and with much better results.

Nice to hear that a few smaller developers were able to show off new software. I hope they sold plenty of copies!

Simo: MacOS X86 will shouldn't make any difference if VirtualRiscPC is compiled with that as the target X86 as the target processor. Apple are talking about universal binaries so that code for both PPC and X86 CPU's are included in a single executable file.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 24/10/05 4:05AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Iyonix Select demand barely double digits, says ROL:

Omega users are getting a good deal that isn't available for Iyonix users because ROL's products run on Omega's with very little if any changes from the RISC PC version. Producing an Iyonix versions is a little less trivial.

Castle made a choice along time ago to develop RISC OS 5 rather than working with ROL, if any one is obligated to provide improvements surely it is Castle.... ROL have other priorities, including moving RISCOS to a 32bit neutral code base, which must be done before it can run on the Iyonix...

I do agree that some people may have been unclear about what ROL required from them to formalise a registration of interest in an Iyonix version of Select. I wonder if they have more than 15 registrations now?

It should be remembered that ROL are a small business and that the resources required to build an Iyonix friendly Select are quite large. Why put all your eggs in the Iyonix basket when clearly they have other projects that they see as having a higher priority.

I am sure that if the demand was shown then ROL would respond to the best of their ability.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 28/09/05 07:38AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

to Ian

I was referring to the possible use of a different case...sorry that wasn't too clear when I read my post again. Trying to squeeze on into the current case would require a very large hammer and would probably result in disk read errors...

Using a low profile compact PC type case might be the answer, but then again a custom case does make it stand out more.

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 3/9/05 10:42PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

An internal CD drive would be nice. External CD drives are OK, but I would prefer it if my desk wasn't cluttered with external devices and associated cables (where possible).

Great to hear that things are progressing well with the A9!

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 3/9/05 6:49AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Castle spills beans on ROL dispute:

I think it is really time we took a good reality check here.

RISC OS Ltd really don't seem to have the necessary funds to develop RISC OS much outside the current market or at speed. This restricts the amount of development and types of development work they can do. I agree that Select / Adjust is quite an achievement but it has taken a very long time to get this far. Castle appear to be the only company in the RISC OS scene with the ability to take on significant development work within realistic commerical timeframes.

What ever the future of RISC OS is it needs significant funding. Much more than can be afforded under the Select scheme and relatively low sales volumes. RISC OS Ltd haven't been able to get large scale sales other than upgrades to RiscPC's (whose numbers are slowly declining) and as a result can't take on development costs themselves, it is just to risky (pun not intended).

If Castle gain control then atleast some certainty will return to the market, significant improvements could be made and the desktop market would get some benefit from the embedded developments and a wider range of processor options. Castle also appear to have a vision for RISC OS and RISC OS Ltd don't.

This is something that has been hanging over the market for a while. Once it is sorted out I think everyone will win (maybe everyone but RISC OS Ltd).

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 22/06/04 02:18AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

Sounds to me like RISCOS Ltd are doing quite well out of emulation. It's helping keep STD, Microdigital, RComp and CJE's cash registers full too.

I wonder if they will be offering an Adjust Upgrade for exisiting VirtualRiscPC-SE users?

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 07/05/04 03:46AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On RISC OS vs. AmigaOS:

Chris, thanks for an excellent article. It shows that RISC OS users aren't the only people facing the sorts of challenges a platform with a small user base has.

I'm sure there are things that both RISC OS and Amiga communities can learn from each other. Both have small but insanely loyal group of followers and a strong desire to keep their respective systems alive and kicking.

Just a thought, wouldn't it be nice to send out an invitation to Amiga users groups to attend upcoming RISC OS events like Wakefield. The members of there groups have similar interests and it would be a good opportunity to swap ideas and show off some of the great work being done in the RISC OS scene.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 04/05/04 10:49PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Omega MIDI, ethernet progress:


Iyonix can be purchased for far less than $NZ7000 - check out www.esd.co.nz for custom configuration and pricing.

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 17/03/04 7:16PM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

Who in the RISC OS world makes money from the Alpha? - Microdigital obviously - RISC OS Ltd - Virtual Acorn - Providers of bundled software - The "Acorn" dealers who sell them

Who else could make money from an Alpha sale - Software developers / publishers - Magazine publishers

If sales of Alphas help any of these people stay in business then it must be good. I would prefer a "real" RISC OS Laptop too, but no one has managed to get one off the ground (yet??). Yes, there are some negative points but from my list above there are also some positives.

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 17/07/03 01:49AM
[ Reply | Permalink | Report ]

Search the archives

Today's featured article

  • Qercus reviewed but renewed?
    Forty months after taking out an annual subscription, Martin Hansen ponders whether or not to continue his Qercus sub
     28 comments, latest by hzn on 3/8/07 4:15PM. Published: 27 Jul 2007

  • Random article

  • Artex release new screenshots of the latest Iron Dignity developments

     Discuss this. Published: 15 Sep 2000

  • Useful links

    News and media:

    Top developers:
    RISCOS LtdRISC OS OpenMW SoftwareR-CompAdvantage SixVirtualAcorn

    CJE MicrosAPDLCastlea4X-AmpleLiquid SiliconWebmonster


    RISCOS.org.ukRISCOS.orgRISCOS.infoFilebaseChris Why's Acorn/RISC OS collectionNetSurf

    Non-RISC OS:
    The RegisterThe InquirerApple InsiderBBC NewsSky NewsGoogle Newsxkcddiodesign

    © 1999-2009 The Drobe Team. Some rights reserved, click here for more information
    Powered by MiniDrobeCMS, based on J4U | Statistics
    "As their reports are full of errors, [omissions] and mis-reporting - so readers you have been warned... unfortunately Drobe articles cannot be taken at face value"
    Page generated in 0.264 seconds.