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Realname: Martin Hansen
About me:Maths teacher, 48, lives in Shrewsbury. Bought an Electron in 1984, (Learnt to program in BASIC by writing an Astrological chart plotting application). Car crash compensation financed the purchase of an A410/1 in 1989. Aquired an unwanted A5000 in 1992 and used it until 1998 but without any interest in the wider Acorn scene. Hearing of Acorn's 'bust up' rekindled my enthusiasm and I then bought a Kinetic RiscPC in 2001 and an Iyonix in2004. Author of TurtleChalk (2004), ArtGraph(2005), Sudoku(2006) and MathBox(2006), WordChain II (2008). Wrote for Acorn User in it's final years, before discovering the pleasure of penning articles for drobe.co.uk. I've gone to many of the RISC OS shows since 2004 as The MathMagical Software Company. Launched my own website (written 100% using RISC OS) in August 2006. Visit my website for both the free and the commercial software that I have written. Currently messing around with Video/Animation clips using RISC OS.
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

Hi Rob,

Ah yes, a Rob criptic comment but you are right if you mean what I think you mean. The A9 came along later than the Iyonix and I guess your other comment is referring to the fact that it was developed from a set top box.

Are Castle still in the set top box market ? I ask because I passed a stack of them in Tesco going for £15 each - not much money to be made there, surely, unless you can shift thousands of them fast.

Regards, Martin

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 31/8/09 9:11AM
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On ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks :

Hi Dave, Yes, the proposed machine sounds like it would be faster than Iyonix which is the point at which I'll buy.

Sorry to hear that the A9's still got issues. It was of no appeal to me as it wasn't a step on from what I already had. I know you're very interested in USB so I can see that problems with the stack would irritate and frustrate.

I guess the problem is that the pace of development in the rest of the computing market is relentless and the A9 is already starting to seem like an older machine...

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 31/8/09 9:07AM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

Fun !

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 21/8/09 7:57PM
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On RISCWorld mag back-issues reprinted online for free:

Amidst all of the nit-picking I'd like to say 'thanks' for this, Aeron.

I could do with a 'summer read'.

Regards, Martin.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 18/8/09 10:21AM
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On NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe:

Has anyone stepped forward yet ?

If it was BBC BASIC and desktop WIMP programming I'd have gone for it.

A C programmer I am not.

(I'm busy teaching myself ARM assembly at the moment which I'm finding surprisingly rewarding. The speed boost from optimised assembler is quite astonishing...)

I can't help thinking of the NetSurf team waving a massive wad of £5 notes at the Wakefield show from sales of the NetSurf RISC OS CD.

If it helps someone step up to the mark, I'm sure most punters at the London Show would chuck that person a fiver. Hell, what's £5 ?

200 x £5 = £1000

Surely that's tempting to someone ?

Just a suggestion....

Regards, Martin.

 is a RISC OS Usermartin on 14/8/09 3:27PM
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    Martin Hansen describes his time as both a punter and an exhibitor at this year's annual RISC OS event held in the south west of the UK. While there were no major announcements ahead of the show, the otherwise friendly and mildly busy atmosphere was coloured by Friday's tragic loss of Paul Vigay.
     3 comments, latest by mosschoppers on 1/3/09 8:15PM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

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