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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

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 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/8/09 7:51PM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

There was a version of easiwriter that ran on the mac. I remember seeing it but it was upsidedown. Dont know if they ever got it going. I thinmk it was halted when the chap who wrote the code died. Was he called Bob?

regards Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/8/09 7:49PM
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On Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama:

I dont think so. I don't have time to check (going skiing in 1 hour) but I'm sure the chaps that wrote easiwriter also wrote macauthor. I think THGTTG was written wih macauthor.

Could be wrong though. Off on the piste. :-) well xscape glasgow :-(

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/8/09 10:59AM
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On New London RISC OS show to be held in October:

@ Brian

Inverness... WIMP's :-)

Bob from Burghead (well my mother in law is from the broch)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 11/6/09 11:23AM
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On New London RISC OS show to be held in October:

The south starts at Lockerbie and Berwick. :-)

Cheers Bob from Glasgow... hoots mon!!! see you jimmy... :-)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/6/09 12:24PM
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On First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop:

Absolutely fantastic.

Well done Jeffrey.

As the Krankies would say.......

Fandabbydosie. :-) Brightened up my monday.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 11/5/09 10:45AM
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On RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit:

Hi Dave (Druck).

I whole-heartedly agree. The RO 5/6 "war" of words should not infultrate every thread. Remember that this is now on OSnews and "the reg"... so the big world is reading.

I woulod buy a beagle to use ROS on as a cheapo computer. If I could get one on an ARM mini laptop (not netbook since Psion have rights to that name) then I would rewrite my database app for it. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 29/4/09 1:25PM
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On Command-line tool splices and edits video and audio:

I've done this for years. And I mean ten years ago on RISC OS.

All you do is fut vid 1 into !zap go to end of gobbledegook.... paste in next file and save. hey presto. 2 videos joined. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 7/4/09 10:20AM
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On Go-faster stripes for PC-format media access app:

If anyone is lookinf for a fast SD card then I recomend PEAK. Excellent data transfer rate for the cost. I would also recommend looking at eeepc forums to compare speeds since this was a big discussion point on there.

It saves spoending money on an over-hyped brand. Good as they are, you can buy a speed equivalenty for 1/4 the price.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 20/1/09 1:55PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

IN reply tom Virtual Acorn. Now that confidential docs are starting to be leaked. Perhaps it is now time to do "all or nothing".

I find this tit for tat interesting (in a tabloid paper kind of way) but it should be either private (get it finihed once and for all) or out in the open; getting it finished once and for all.

Regarding "faked" documents. As you stated you studied contract law during your degree, perhaps "Faked" is not the most appropriate word to use based on your expertise.

You say the document was switched at the last minute. If this is the case, then you should immediately contact a solicitor and perhaps the police. If you mean that the wrond document was placed in front of you by mistake and you (not you personally but ROL) signed then why did you not read the thing you signed.

In a recent tender, I kept everyone waiting 30 minutes at the end to "Personally" read the WHOLE 74 page document. Yes I can speed read.

Perhaps if the relevant parties had done this in the beginnin then we wouldn't be in this apparent mess.

I wish, all of you, all the best in sorting out this disagreement. Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/12/08 11:34AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

when your sriving it is only a smoked sausage supper (for the cholesterol) a pickled egg for digestion. 2 pickled onions so my breath smells nice and a bottle of tizer.

Originally from Loch Lomond, but by this diet (only joking) you may assume I live in Glasgow.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/12/08 8:26AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

@ bucksboy Nahhh Scottish; Driving tonight so cant have a glass. The department are all drinking upstairs...

As they don't say in RISC OS-Land

'tis the season to be jolly' :-)

Cheers Bob; 4 deays until I finish until 5th of Jan. :-D

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/12/08 3:53PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

Well mabee lay off the red since it is a bit early. :-)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/12/08 11:44AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

I'm for some nice Red (Fleurie) and a packet of thai sweet chilli crisps (so I dont get to posh on you) :-) Enjoy the popcorn

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/12/08 11:42AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

Okay I'm not taking sides here... However, sa110, your general contractual question does not hold water. A signed contract is a signed contract. A contract is binding unless it is deemed outwith the norm.

Eg You take out a loan from a company and you didn't realise it is 1000% interest. This is plainly wrong and you would be a muppet to sign it, but people do and the law allows things like cooling off periods and also (I forget the exact term) the fact that the company is taking the P*SS.

Now I dont do this now, but for many years I negotiated deals with suppliers on a daily basis. A standard rep technique was to say that the deal was only available for a short time and I had to sign.

I always said. I will want that deal the next time I order even if it was outwith the timeframe. If not then you will not get a look-in for the next three months including my time for a visit. THis prevents them from being able to say to the area sales manager that they are fullfuilling their visits to our company. In 99% of cases I got the deal. :-)

Now for a company negotiating IPR, who should have the advice of a good IPR/Patent lawyer to be rushed into a deal is just stupid and I'd be amazed if anyone did this (it only happens in the movies, like the thomas crown afair). All proper business meetings should have a preagenda a timeframe slot for AOB and a post-discussion time to sign (unless you want to sign there and then).

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/12/08 11:37AM
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On Nominations open for the Drobe Awards 2008:

Drobe coming back

Okay I'm a crawler. :-)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/12/08 10:17AM
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On Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu:

When I got my eee in nov2007 I immediately dowloaded kmsserver and kicker to gove me kde so I'm talking from that perspective. I normally dont go to the xandros depositorties (although I do have a licensed copy of X4.1. I simply go to the sourceforce page etc adn download the .deb file. Then right click on this to install using the standard installation method. I also only use my eee for the train or travelling so I dont do any fancy stuff with it.

cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/12/08 3:39PM
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On Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu:

why not aimply use the default xandros? It ia stripped down to use less resources and run faster. Like Ubuntu it is also Deb based.

Just a thought. Cheers Bob: Mandriva user, but left xandros on EEE 701

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/12/08 1:59PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

Well here is a positive slant.

I just spent my first fiver in RISCOS land for years. I got something I was wanting for ages but was put off by the other emmulator costs. I now have RISCOS (from ROL) on my linux machine.

Now I may not use it much, however I might still have S-base developer kicking around and datapower etc so you may see some database apps written. You may not but this has offered the posibility.

All the best Bob; not just reminiscing but now using RISCOS again

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/12/08 9:50AM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

I'm off to Costco for a crate of beer.

And it is F'ing freezing here in Scotland. Mind you... It has its good points.... I'll get a bit of Skiing in on Sunday. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/12/08 4:03PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

OKay this comment is suppossed to be light hearted.

On wikipedia (which is always right.. YEAH?) if you look at Acorn's page..... at the bottom is says

# RISC OS Ltd. develop Acorn's OS under licence from Castle

I thought that one was funny... :-0

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/12/08 5:42PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

I was speculating wildly to make the point that no one knows the real story and it is a waste of time speculating.

Ironic you thought I was speculating non-speculitively. :-) Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/12/08 1:46PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

Unless we see the agrements on both sides it is just speculation on our part. And why should they do this?

Anyway, since we can only speculate her is my 2p worth.

Company 1 is not interested in desktop OS's.

So it licenses this avenue to company2 to get some cash.

Company2 says, hold on if we cant own it outright can we get the sole exclusivity to the desktop market and since you (company1) are not developing the OS for desktops, can we modernise the desktop software.

Company1 says OKAY go ahead, however, we want you to feedback any changes you make to us as part of the license. Oh and in no way can you add restrictions (eg desktop software) that would affect us selling it to new owners in the future. IE If the new owners want to use it for a desktop then I'm afraid we can sell it to them and they can buy it for that reason.

Company3 (who has an interst in the OS for desktops) says. Hey company1, we can use the Old OS on our desktops, but it would save us a lot of time and cash if we could buy your "newer" version of the OS. OH PS it is a condition of the sale that we can use it for desktops (we have heard that company2 has an exclusive right to that)

Company1 says... its okay company3, we have a clause in our contract that says we can do this.

Company2 and 3 enter a few years of arguments. :-)

Insert company names where you want... Is that about right?

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/12/08 12:27PM
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On New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release:

Why dont ROL and ROOL simply stick a couple of hot water bottles under the duvet, jump in, and have a big cuddle for Christmas. They can then call the new company RO'OOL with the same objectives (getting RISC OS back to the fore) and live happilly ever after.

All the best Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/12/08 10:47AM
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On ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators:

Hi Chris

Yes it does make a big difference. However, my (badly put) reasoning is this. You now have 20 users. If one drops out you still have 19 to sell the next version to. In the 1x 99 scenario. If one drops out you have a big ZERO and a dwindling market.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 9/12/08 4:56PM
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On Upgrade to RISC OS 4 for twenty quid:

In reply to druck

Try telling SCO that.... :-)

Ooops one week too late

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 8/12/08 3:11PM
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On ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators:

Hi Dave

Well it is from

[link]

PRESS RELEASE 06/12/2008

Are they in a time warp. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 8/12/08 1:42PM
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On ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators:

Third and final post. From a marketting point of view, you must consider this. Are 20x the sales going to be generated £5 vs £99 for ROM's? Possibly, or not.... Even if you nly generate 80% of your sales in the short term. In the long term, through word of keyboard :-) the sales will continue.

PS I see in the press release that they say....

With RISCOS Ltd having now confirmed it's ownership of all versions of RISC OS produced since February 1999

Does that mean they own it lock stock and barrell? With no comebacks regarding ROM hardware sales limits????

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 8/12/08 9:42AM
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On ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators:

I will be buying at lease one copy or ROL's offer for emulation on my home linux desktop.

The way I look at it.... this is the best thing to happen to the platform since the StrongARM. Okay, that may sound OTT, however, a platform lioves by its user base. This will add new (perhaps previous) users into the user base. I found out this offer from osnews.com so many non-riscos users may be tempted to give it a try.

With more users comes more software sales and more functionality. With more Functionality comes more users. THen one day we may have a Haiku situation, where a small kernel is written (okay not like Haiku at all) that can load straight into RISCOS as speedilly as a ROM boot. A stripped down linux (without the periperals working on boot) can boot on an EEEPC in about 5 secs.

I'm a bit excited.....

I'll get me coat....

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 8/12/08 9:37AM
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On ROL flogs RISC OS 4 for all emulators:

THis is fantastic news. I was put off buying VRPC because of the one machine/license. Now I wonder if you will be allowed to buy VRPC and for only a fiver more/machine put it on all your computers.

ps See my next post Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 8/12/08 9:30AM
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On South East 2008 show round up:

Well a LInux ROOL-OS 5 would get me back to using it and even contributing (eg I contribute to SKYOS) to the platform in software and money.

As for VARPC. I found their licence per machine (and not per user) to be too expensive so bought none of them. They could of course be 150ukp richer if I could buy one and use one anywhere. But that is their loss. And now with this announcement in the market of a ROOL EM... I'd rather wait and give them the money... if they need some.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/10/08 10:08AM
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On Iyonix range taken off the market:

Well the problem with RISC OS is software compatability and file sharing with colleagues.

I use Mandriva on the desktop and xandros on my EEEPC. I have acrobat for both and OO and koffivce. I can share with my nokia phone. Until things like this are changed then RO is not going to be a mainstream os.

Now here is an idea. I asked VRPC if I could buy the software and run it on 3-4 machines. It would only be me that uses it. The answer was that this is not possible. You have to spend £400-500 on 3-4 licenses. Errr NO. So RISC OS has one user less.

Incidentally I also bought a copy of SKYOS (more of a payment to keep development going ) I can put that on all machiens. No problem. I am the only one that uses it. WOW what an honest bloke eh!!! See this is the problem, I would have bought VRPC and used it at work and home. Perhaps even finished my pocketPC and palm sync software. But no.....

This also means no software purchases going to ROland and things like Pixel32 being bought for Linux etc. PS Pixel32 even runs on SKYOS and LInux and Pavel has no problems allowing that.

Perhaps they dont need the money in VAcorm but from a merketting point of view it is a disaster.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 14/10/08 09:37AM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

Because it is small. Eg My EEE701 fits in my small gortex jacket pocket like a cycle jacket. It is 900g and it takes up little room on the table when traveling on the train every morning.

And eeeuser have forums specifically for alt OS's

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 1/5/08 12:36PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

In reply to arawnsley.

ASUS now sell the EEE with windows. Probably the best system would be the new 900 with wiun installed. ASUS are offsetting the cost of the windows version by selling it with a smaller SSD.

You should let the chaps at www.eeeuser.com know. I'm sure it would be good for business. Mind you, I'm sure you've already done that ,since it is the main EEE portal.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 1/5/08 9:06AM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

For windows on a standard 4Gb EEE you need to nLite it or something similar.

The new 900's come with 20Gb SSD (linux)n or 12Gb SSD (windows). So these should be better.

In reply to Andrew. Apparently you get more stability moving from the standard 667 Mhz RAM to 800Mhx RAM when increasing speed.

One word of warning on the 4Gb machines (linux). Domt update everything using synaptic on Xandros, simce many updates are added to the user space and not the protected unionFS space. You can quickly fill up a disc that way.

The boot time for the original xandros is 15 secs but I'm going to sacrifice boot time and move to Mandriva. Ges I know I'm better with a fast slacky, but there ain t one for the EEE. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 28/4/08 4:32PM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

It should be really easy to make a desktop keyboard. I remember an app years ago that I used to make custom buttons for !zap. Cant remember the name but you could just assign an add letter function to that and make a start on one in an hour.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 28/4/08 12:20PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

I've already got an eeePC and the 900 is out now (not in uk yet) cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/4/08 3:48PM
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On Wakefield 2008 show live news:

RComp have an eeepc with VRPC? WOW!!!! I guess that this has windows loaded? Is the processor still at 630Mhz or have they used the tweak to get it to the full 900Mhz?

How fast is it running on the celeron?

Is this a linux port?

cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/4/08 10:15AM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

RISC OS has been used in many industrial situations.

We had an automated protein purification unit that was controlled by a riscpc.

I have a cell biology image measurement application from way back (better using ImageJ these days) and also a colleague had a cell migration app. Source code now lost.

However, take this one scenario. You have a microscope that moves a motorised stage running custom software to take framegrabs and make a timelapse movie. The system costs 40,000gbp. So the cost of an OS is negligible.

Again I have an imaging system that cost a similar amount. te cost of the Mac quad core wth 4Gb RAM etc was nothing to the cost of the software 12,000gbp.

So in essence. OS price in industrial situations in nothing.

cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/4/08 9:59AM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

IN reply to SteveK.

Also consider the people that are not very good at programming. Like Me. :-) They may wish to programme for a small market like RISC OS and make money, rather than programme for windows and make nothing because there are tons of free apps or better programmers in windows land.

That is why I write apps for a specialist market (microscopy) or for PDA's. Indeed, many of my Palm apps were cracked and you can get them on a .ru site. That was why I eventually stopped writing apps for palm and now do custom jobs.

Anyway moan over. :-)

cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 25/4/08 1:39PM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

I've never been able to find the article or pictures recently. However, the chaps at Digital research (I think it was them) had easiwriter running on a compaq ipaq 3630. It was only one app but it was a start. Never heard anything like it since.

And of course RISC OS ltd noted that a netbook or ipaq system was what RISC OS was missing from back in 2001 [link]

And if you want to know what RISC OS would look like on a PDA then have a look at this old drobe article [link] cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 25/4/08 10:39AM
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On Who would want an A9home PDA?:

I've been touting this for the last 7 years as the future of RISC OS.

If you try to sell a desktop to the masses then they will go with a well known system.

If you sell teh small size functionality then the OS doesn't matter.

Take what I'm typing on. An eeePC running xandros full desktop and a 3 hsdpa modem.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 25/4/08 8:42AM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

Still doesn't affect what comes out of my Pocket. However, One thing I could do is to buy a VARPCSE version at 79GBP and stick my unused VA5000 on a work machine. Then I could slap on my Mpro, datapower, and the Browser (etc) that I got from Rcomp on my new RISCOS home machine. After all it is only a Hobby OS for me these days. :-)

However, I still say that the best IMHO model that VA could have would be to have a One user license.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/4/08 5:12PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

IN reply to Arawnsley.

One computer at home.... Came with Windows (bought computer on ebay with genuine license). So I didn't have to buy separately. Work OS (2 computers) came with OS (I work in a Uni and they allow you to put XP on a home machine as part of their agreement (I don't, I have my own license that cam with the machine)) No cost to me. The MacOS machine did come with MacOS (of course) and it is a work machine so they bought the OS. No cost to me.

So the cost of the OS's to me are ZERO.

Surely you don't think someone that uses 5-6 computers actually bought the 6 from their own pocket?

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/4/08 2:28PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

Now if only VRPC (either Mac or Windows) could be run from a memory stick to overcome the One computer limit I'd buy right now. However, having to buy 5 licenses or room-hop is not feasible for me. But then I've always been asking for this.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/4/08 10:16AM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC leaves beta:

This is excellent news.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/4/08 10:11AM
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On A call to ARMs:

IMHO VRPC is prohibitively expensive for me.

I want to use the same system on my home machine, my laptop and my work machine. This requires 3 licenses. That was the reason I said goodbye to RiscOS.

PS if anyone in glasgow want a bundle of software you can have it for free.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 29/1/08 2:54PM
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On Could RISC OS teach Linux a trick or two?:

NO not anymore

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/11/07 6:20PM
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On Building a RISC OS laptop out of Lego:

wow

Just to make it RiscOS orientated. You can get VRPC for MacOSX. Well OSX is nearly running on the EEE [link] [link]

WOW!!! Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/11/07 4:48PM
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On Building a RISC OS laptop out of Lego:

Well I had a Psion Revo (nice) Series & (okay) Moved to a Sharp (cant remember) with MIPS. Then an NEC780 (the best keyboard ever), then a Jornada 710 (like a 721 but without the modem.

The big problem with all the machines was file transfer. The Jornada was great and after it was binned came softmaker (I was asked to be a beta tester for that but didn't have the time) but it was too late for the HPC's THe focus moved from clamshell to PDA. Now the PDA focus has shifted to SmartPhonesand there is a gap for light sub-notebookes like the netbook and jornada. The big advantage now is the adoption of linux/openoffice for MS/MSoffice compatability. Having a proper PDF reader (one that can read science papers flawlessly) and a fast firefox/thunderbird for web/mail (although I'll try and get gemini on it for that).

I think that it was true that HPC's were ahead of their time, but now there is a gap in the market, people are more mobile, and require a quick wifi web/mail device that can handle office files and pDF's...the tie for the clamshell has come.

In my case I have an IBM thinkpad dualbooting with PCLinuxOS/windows with Aston shell. However, my new job (the first tmie I've had to commute more than 15 minutes door to door means I'll be on a train for 50 minutes in the morning. Lugging a 3 kilo laptop plus 1 kilo bag plus 1 kilo power supply would be a pain in the back. :-) The eeepc has a charger like a mobile phone charger and the clamshell weighs 890g.

No contest. :-)

PS expansys, clove and RM have sold out their first batches, I think it was 3000 machines in the first day.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/11/07 4:27PM
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On Building a RISC OS laptop out of Lego:

Well talking of laptops.... I just bought an ASUS EEEPC yesterday. Wow!!!! If only RiscOS could run on a celeron it could be on this.

And guess what. None of the reviews have said, hey it isn't windows. All have said "if you really need that windows bloat, you can still load it".

Just a pity RiscOS is ARM only....

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/11/07 1:22PM
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On RISC OS 5 core source release imminent:

All the talk about huge hard drives makes me wonder how much data people actually have. Or what they exect their system to do. If they really think that RiscOS is the best system to be manipulating Tb of images they should think again.

Take me for example, I'm a biologist who have a 160Gb external drive I use for files. I've just spent 5 months doing video microscopy. Small image files 40Mb multipage 8 bit TIFF's. I have my desktop, my laptop and my home computer backed up on the drive and I've still only used 100Gb. All my old 500Mb image files from my last project are backed up on DVD.

If people really need 1Tb for their images must be taking 12Mb images by the ton and are a pro photographer. If that is the case then they should NOT be using RiscOS. They should be using a machine that can manipulate these large images quickly. eg a Dual Processor Mac and photoshop. Or like me use my 3Ghz Linux machine and Pixel32.

As for open source of the OS. Well I welcome that wholeheartedly.

All the best Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/10/07 1:09PM
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On Review: A9home v. Koolu:

I found the review interesting, however, (puts on flameproof suit) if you want to have a fast desktop experience with a reasonable software sset (similar to the A9) then simply put PuppyLinux on the Koolo.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/10/07 12:37PM
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On ARM reveals new 1GHz multi-core processor:

Dons flameproof suit... :-)

To Me RISC OS is an operating system. It runs RISC OS apps. For me that is the end of the story. If it runs on ARM, x86 or indeed is powered by a hamster on a wheel.

What I simply want is a faster desktop experience and a more stable experience. If that means running on emmulation via WinXP then fine. If that means porting the OS to x86 then fine. If that means sticking with the situation that my image files wont load at a respectable speed if at all then I won't use RISC OS. Therefore, for me the OS has to run on cheap mainstream hardware at the fastest possible speed. FYI My image files are 50-500Mb/image. YES 1/2 a Gig.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 7/10/07 1:26PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

In reply to rjek.

Yes I agree it is only a "handful" of academics. Oh and the whole biotech sector. oh and companies that may be manufacturing equipment. etc etc. Oh and people in the NHS labs (the biggest employer in the UK. As you say... Only a small market.

Fron the imagej page. "This page has been visited 3,800,862 times".

And I first used that app at a GOOD speed when it was NIH image on a MAcOS8.6 Wallsrtreet 300Mhz machine. And as Scion Image on a Hammamatsu system with A 200Mhx P2 PC. Surely an Iyonix is fast enough.

I'll let it rest now and go back to my work.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 24/09/07 2:44PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

Forget about development for a moment. If Java apps like ImageJ ran on an A9 ther are bound to be tons of people that would come into contact with a machine. Then they would say...hey this boots quick. And it is Soooo small, I fancy one of those. Then that is another NEW user. RiscOS cant be continuously targetted at the existing user or that user base will dwindle.

Chees Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 20/9/07 3:01PM
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On Java and RISC OS:

In reply to rjek "These days, Java's use on the desktop, both in applications and web applets, is dwindling".

Not in Biology it isnt. ImageJ which I use daily is probable the mose widespread biology imaging application around. Not the best.. I pay £5-15K for those that render 3D datasets (Amira and Volocity), but for cell tracking, morphology analysis and simple densitometry of westerns etc it is great and free. In addition the speed of startup of RiscOS would be usefull for a scanner machine for blot analysis. I used my RiscPC for this with an epson scanner but then went to ImageJ for analysis back in 1998. An A9 with a CCD camera and ImageJ for analysis would be great in a lab, since we are always short of space in Biology-land. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/9/07 3:35PM
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On Samsung's 533MHz A9home CPU successor:

Ohhh dear. I'm going to get totally flamed here. But my interest is in the future of the OS.

Now I know that there will be people that will always use RiscOS for the next ten years, just like there are specky users just now. However IMHO GenuineHO, for RiscOS to survive it has to be ported to a platform that is mainstream. Now that can be two things. A well known games machine. The plus point of this is that it is there in tens of millions of homes; the neg. point is how many home gamers are likely to want to potentially bust their games console.

The second alternative is to port it to the mainstream computer hardware platform. IE x86. Now I know that there are people that think this is like sleeping with the devil, however, I see it more like the band playing courageously while the titanic went down.

This must be a boot time option. IE partition the hard drive and chose an OS.... Lets call it LIVROS (linux with virtual RiscOS for lack of a better name).... you chose that and it boots a linux kernel with RiscOS running as the default and only app. This would be a temporary situation until the OS is ported to run natively.

If that was realised then there would be tons of people out there who would give it a try. If they need ARM HW then they would not buy a new machine just to run it and the OS will slowly dwindle into obscurity.

An example of an OS from scratch on x86 is SkyOS and there are a lot o people that are using this.

Best regards Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 14/8/07 10:01AM
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On Open source Organizer pondered:

I used this all the time when I was using RiScOs all the time. I even toyed with the idea for integrating palm data into it. Sadly I went to windros for that and PocketPC recently.

A great app......

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 2/8/07 10:05AM
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On Select nets 1,000th subscriber:

in reply top Ediie Lord

An even batter app is Pixel32. Been in development for years and your license covers YOU to run it on any machine you want. I have it on WinXP, Linux and MacOSX dual boot on all.

see [link]

If only we had this for RiScOs :-)

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

ONe thing tht is noticable from the pictures is that the age group is getting younger. A good sign surely.

cheers bob; old baldy codger

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 30/5/07 3:20PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

IN reply to Wakeman.

Ahh I guessed (wrongly) that you hadn't considered it. The fact you did and was bamboozelled by the FA is not your fauly. I'm sorry I brought it up now without checking.

PS I'm in Scotland and a Dumbarton supporter. Who else has a ground at the bottom of a volcano (okay dead for the last 250M years) [link]

'Mon the sons

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 20/5/07 6:49PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

Ahh the A9 home is a fake afterall.

Ah well

BFN Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/5/07 8:05PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

Ahhh just read it is the "FAKE" A9 home mini. What the heck is that. A joke or a fake intended machine.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/5/07 1:13PM
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On Wakefield 2007 live news and photos:

Okay I'm going to get flamed for this but I'm really wondering about the future marketting of the platform.

When arranging a show did no one look at other major occasions that would prevent people going? Hmmmm the FAcup in today.... Coices. Go to a computer show or watch the FA cup. Mind you ther eis a bar. :-)

But for future I feel that things like this should eb considered. PS what is the A9mini. I want one. Is there a price etc?

Can it be put through a video input into a laptop (i'm thinking about the video in on my IBM) :-)

ATB Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/5/07 1:08PM
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On Apple Mac VirtualRiscPC beta on sale:

The probelm with VA IMHO is the requirement for a copy for each machine.

I haev a Linux/win dualboot desktop PC, similar Laptop and a Mac G4 quicksilver

That is £300 approx. I know it is not VA's problem but........

boabie

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/5/07 2:03PM
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On Multi-page ArtWorks 2.7 now available:

THe link on MW's site to the pdf details is broken.

access to [link]

gives a 404

As always MW delivers software as described and on time and he doesn't throw the dummy out of the pram. Or should that be bow tie :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/5/07 11:07AM
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On ROL ship second Select 4 release:

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. I felt I wasted my dosh.

I'm now a firm believer of "if they build it they will come" (yea I know a bad film). If they dont have the finance then tuff. It is only a computer after all. Not something I want to chuck hundeds of pounds away on? If I want to do that there are good places like the MS society, guide dogs for the blind etc. DUH And before anyone says they couldn't do it without a regular subscription. Well SkyOS and Amiga spring to mind.

And before I get slated. I know of lots of ways in which the platform could be advertised; but that is another story.

Cheers Bob; no doubt totally inacurate but still MHO

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 1/5/07 5:31PM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

in reply to Rob

"C++ is not a language to learn as a hobbyist amateur."

Exactly my point. I feel that there are too few programmers in RISC OS land doing everthing. If the amateurs like me can do the small stuff then that will leave more experts for the things like browsers (the topic here).

Anyway I digress

bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/04/07 11:52AM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

I looked at C++ (as an amateur) and thought Oh dear.... I dont have the time to learn that.

I looked at x-talk with simple syntax like.

On mouseup Put the contents of "field 1" into "field 2" end mouseup

I'm Sure C++ can do this even easier but I was put off by the syntax

!"£$%^)%() &%T)*&^_ ^^ (well that is what it looked like to me)

I don't have the time to learn that.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/04/07 11:31AM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

ONe thing that could be done is to instantly leverage existing software from other environments.

I know there is the UNIX porting project etc, however, my idea would be something different.

I would try and get a cross platform IDE ported to RIUS OS. Know I know that there is C++, and I know there is BASIC, and I know that many will say. God all we need is another IDE (sarcastically).

But I enquired in the past about getting runrev to port the metacard engine. This is a simple x-talk IDE, but the beauty is that it is truely crossplatform. I write on winxp (I normally use Linux/xandros) and tick one button to immediately make an app for MacOSX and Linux. Now I know thast this can be done on other IDE's but x-talk is even easier that basic and ther is a native browser written in x-talk. Unfortunately they sais NO. The RISC OS market is too small, however, if it were paid for then that is a different matter.

In reply to DGS... I think only one quote was mine. But no big deal. You certainly have very good points and I appreciate that some people (I dont know who) are a whingers, however, they may also be whinging out of enthusiasm anad fristration.

BFN

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/04/07 10:22AM
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On Oregano 3 scrapped:

in reply to dgs

One can have an opinion, post sarcastically and still sibsequently be taken seriously.

You may not take them seriously but others may afford that luxury.

ATB Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 25/04/07 11:44AM
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On The return of the 8bit-era: creating a 'neo-micro':

And RISC OS just missed and opportunity for a bit of recognition in the retro market.

The Specy on the front page of the BBC bbc.co.uk

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/4/07 5:33PM
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On Vigay: I was told to remove my Firefox 2 tutorial:

Hmmmm.

Someone writes software that requires a bit of giggery-pokery to work. Someone else writes a helpful tutorial.

The software author refuses to be involved because the helper wont pull a webpage. Is PN in favour of internet sensorship? As long as it is not libelous then I don't see the problem.

And in any case the software is not finished to a usable standard. No surprise there then.

I've seen this before on RO-land. If they cant get rid of their ego's then the paltform is better off without them. I bet this silly attitude has driven more people away than the loss of one programmer ever has.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 20/3/07 9:55AM
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On NetSurf halts punter's search for love:

No wonder you don't have girlfriends. :-)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 6/2/07 3:37PM
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On How to port RISC OS 5 to the RiscPC:

Price price price......... That is the bottom line.

Take the xbox vs the PS2/3; a battle royal until the Wii came along. Why was the Wii successful? Well it was price. and a significantly cheaper price than a PC.

What is required IMHO for the future success (note, success) of RISC OS is to have it in a cheap box costing £70, or £100 with a harddrive. This means mass market infiltration and that means non-techie people. Techie people like us should put on our Joe-Public hat one of these days.

I beleive the ideal machine is an STB with freeview (yes the TV thing) and a remote that doubles as a keyboard/mouse for internet and email.

So someone is in their flat watching the telly. The programme is mince and they then decide to go online without changind rooms or turning on a computer.

If it cannot be done for less than £100 then there will be NO succes for RISC OS in the future.

The strength of RISC OS (IMHO) these days is not as a desktop computer but as a convenience device. TV/email/web (including skype).

Just my 2p worth. If you think that RISC OS has a successfull future as a mainstream desktop, then, with the greatest respect, you are wrong.

Regards Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 01/02/07 1:30PM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

Linux already runs on the PS3 [link]

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/01/07 2:18PM
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On Castle and ROS Open reveal plans for 2007:

The x box (old one) can run linux. It is frequently used as a media player OS type thing.

[link]

efforts are underway to get this on the 360.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/01/07 09:16AM
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On RISC OS Open licence in hands of lawyers:

SimonC's point is my thoughts exactly. I need MS compatability so I have a PC at work with windows.

I have a PC at home with Windows (free to me, legally) and dualboot with Xandros Linux; I paid $80 for this, so if the OS is free (linux) some still pay for the benefits (xandros over the lovely Vectorlinux). I have an IBM (a good one) laptop with XandrosLinux as well. I have VA5000 and thought of upgrading to VRPCajust or whatever it is called these days, however, I wont do it because it is locked into one machine. If the OS was pennies and Virtual Acorn could offer something that I could run on 3-4 machines for less than £100 then I woudl be back (and buying software).

The platform IMHO does need new features, it needs more up to date software. Developers will not do this if they cant get a reasonable return. They wont get a reasonable return if the market is too small for reasonable numbers to buy their software. So the one way for the market to expand is to offer the OS for little so people can buy VA in reasonable numbers for their machines; or one copy cheap enough for a RISC OS virgin to put on one machine.

Incidentally it is MHO that for a RISC OS non-user VA is too expensive to tempt the masses. THis does not mean that VA is not good, just my opinion.

I did look at a RO4 RiscPC on ebay yesterday but it went for £156+ postage..... too expensive.

Anyway a cheap RISC OS could expand the market, otherwise it is dwindling. Which is a shame.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/01/07 4:28PM
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On Pros and cons of rewriting an OS from scratch:

THe main problem in creating a NEW OS is apps. SkyOS is a good example.

bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 24/11/06 3:59PM
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On Pros and cons of rewriting an OS from scratch:

"D" the secret hard core coder in Armbase wrote his own OS.

It was for a distributed system of 40 old powerPC's. I think it ran faster than his Origin2000 (okay it was a while ago).

I think it was quite difficult. :-)

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 24/11/06 3:52PM
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On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:

*ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ*

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 24/11/06 2:26PM
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On Drobe writer in nuke protest arrest:

Wow!!!! what news. ????

RiscOS user breaks law in something unconnected with computing. No wonder I find it difficuly to sleep at night. ???

I might bin all RiscOS involvement now. I don't know if I want to be associated with this. PS I'm talking rubbish but not as daft as that article.

Bob (who lived only a few miles from faslane and Glen Douglas)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 24/11/06 11:42AM
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On Techwriter feature voting ends tonight:

Wrong Markee.

It is what MW looks like when the bow tie is taken off. :-)

Only jokeing Martin.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 20/11/06 6:42PM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

"Oh and if you go apple - can you email the people who are writing the software and get a personal helpful reply?"

Well yes if you include MY software. And Pavel that writed Pixel32 and Altuit button gadget and Ken wray's and the one and only Graphic converter. etc etc etc.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/11/06 3:35PM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

I use virtual acorn anyway and it is Iyonix only, so I should have not bothered posting my personal opinion.

bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/11/06 8:38AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

I wont do it. I did it in the past with Select, and others but no more.

I write software for Windows/MacOSX/Linux (a desktop database IDE) and PDA's (including freeware and faviours (a surf database to New Zealand and a car dealership Palm app to california). I charge when I have something to sell that I feel is worth it. I tend to find that if it is commercially viable it will be done and will sell. There are always a broad spectrum of opinions, some at one end and others at the other. It just depends where the majority are. If there are enough people willing to stump up the cash then fine. Just not me.

If it was shares in a commercial company then that is a different matter.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/11/06 8:23AM
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On Firefox 2 will be Iyonix-only:

I only buy things when they are "here and now".

Like Kevin Costner. "if they build it they will come".

I'm not saying Peter wont deliver, however the platform has a history of promisses that have not appeared so I have modulated my enthusiasm with pre-purchases.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/11/06 7:44AM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

!Citation is still available but I dont think it is 32 bit. It is writen using S-base Developer.

It is a nice app, however, cite as you write via endnote is way better than the manual riscos way. I think citation is excellent though. The only drawback is the auto-integration.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 09/11/06 6:25PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

OKay here goes.

I know what I have seen with my own eyes. Just before Bob dies he got techwriter to work on MacOS (not sure if it was OSX or OS 9.2). I wanted to buy a copy and I saw it running. Just after he died I was told "It works perfectly with one problem. Everything is upside down". Unfortunately the source was 3e10^6 lines.

If the file format was available I know some people who could make a Win/maxOSX/Linux version. And yes I am one of them but it would have to be a team. Then they would say....what is the point or wher eis he market.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 6/11/06 5:43PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

Import and export. bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 5/11/06 12:51PM
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On Punters to vote on TechWriter future:

open office Open Document Format would be essential.

bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 5/11/06 12:50PM
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On South East 2006 show report:

If you must use windows use Gemini. MessengerPro for windows. And Linux on my laptop. Mark Swale is constantly on the list to answer any probs. But I digress.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/10/06 8:59PM
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On RISC OS 6 to power Select 4:

And also remember that the RISC OS market is not just desktops. Brittish Rail timetable screens on platforms used to have Acorn RISC OS in the bottom corner.

I have a bacteria incubator here that runs on WinCE. :-) You get OS's in the strangest places. Cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/10/06 4:08PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

Anyone manage to go last night. I actually tried in the end but turned back at newton mearns junction of the M77 at 7.35.

By the time I parked and found the room I would have had 5 mins. If the gig was 6pm to 10pm I would have made it and perhaps thought about buying an iyonix.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/10/06 12:18PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

Ahhh well

Not going to be finished work until 6.20, I'm not going to bother hammering down to EK for the last 30 mins.

Bye Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/10/06 4:54PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

Ooops :-) Celtic playing just now in the Champions League (same group as ManU) Rangers are playing on Thursday in the UEFA.

If free since Dumbarton did not make it this year. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/10/06 8:43PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

I have tons of holidays, but I'm not taking a day off to go and look at a computer. That is just daft.

I'll try and make it for the last 30 mins. Incidentally, rule number3 for organising events.

I used to always check the events schedule. Never good to hold an event when the football is on the telly. Some may not like footy, however, many do. PS if it was in Edinburgh I may be able to persuade a worldwide IDE developer to attend.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/10/06 2:06PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

I was actually thinking of going via the M73, however, the M77 seems better.

I'll try and go.

bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/10/06 5:19PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

Yeh Okay I was a bit OTT.

However, the 1 hour was not from woodlands. Try this in the rush hour. Go from the royal infirnary to woodlands 15 mins, quick 5 miute change at home. jump back in car and 30 mins from woodlands to EK, find hotel, park car, walk into foyer and find room. It all adds up.

I have organised many events like this (years ago). Rule No1, If it is work related, do it during work hours and get the people there and back before 5pm. If it is personally related, do it out of hours.

You know I think I'll actually go just to see an iyonix. I'll let you know how long it takes. Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/10/06 2:01PM
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On New usergroup to launch at North-East roadshow:

Ohhh for goodness sake....... How stupid are ROL?

I'm in Glasgow, I live in Woodlands 100M from the M8 sliproad, 10 mins slow walk from the city centre, 10 mins walk from Glasgow Uni etc etc etc. Where do ROL go?

East Kilbride!!! (THink of the Peter Kay sketch "Garlic Bread") East Kilbride.

Do they have a CLUE how hard EK is to get to from the rest of Scotland. Even Edinburgh would be easier for me and that is 40 miles away.

ARRRRRRGGGGHHHHHHHHH. I just noticed when it is on. A wednesday. 3-8PM. Hmmm.......finish work at 6, 1 hour to get to EK........probably 30 mins to hear what they say... then they pack up early.

I DONT THINK I'LL BOTHER.

Annoyed Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 14/10/06 1:40PM
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On Not enough room for two mags says Qercus ed:

Hmmm to say thatthere are two magazines means that there are two for sale. That is like saying there is one company making RISC OS laptops (my company). I'd love to make one, I am not making one, I don't have the money, but hey:-) I'm a RISC OS laptop manufacturer.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/10/06 7:59AM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

In reply to Jwoody regarding hard-drive space.

I would organise my files into used-regularly and used-infrequently. Zip the infrequent files. Windows these days runs files from archived formats.

Download Ubuntu-6 or Simply-Mephis-6 (Ubuntu based) for an easy partition and install. Ubuntu is best on existing windows systems but Simply Partiutioner works better.

If you have an older system you would eb better to use Vector Linux. Based on Slackware (the UNIX of Linux) so is VERY stable and it is faster than Ubuntu or Simply. Incidentally it has xfce with ROX (I use KDE, yeah I know bu tit is for work on my laptop and presentations so others find it more familiar).

To not be able to acheive this your hard drive would bneed to be less than 20Gb and since 40Gb has been the standard for years then there should not be a problem. If downloading is a problem, go and buy a linux format mag at £5. This should have at least one distro. Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 07/10/06 10:10AM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

In reply to Jwoody regarding hard-drive space.

I would organise my files into used-regularly and used-infrequently. Zip the infrequent files. Windows these days runs files from archived formats.

Download Ubuntu-6 or Simply-Mephis-6 (Ubuntu based) for an easy partition and install. Ubuntu is best on existing windows systems but Simply Partiutioner works better.

If you have an older system you would eb better to use Vector Linux. Based on Slackware (the UNIX of Linux) so is VERY stable and it is faster than Ubuntu or Simply. Incidentally it has xfce with ROX (I use KDE, yeah I know bu tit is for work on my laptop and presentations so others find it more familiar).

To not be able to acheive this your hard drive would bneed to be less than 20Gb and since 40Gb has been the standard for years then there should not be a problem. If downloading is a problem, go and buy a linux format mag at £5. This should have at least one distro. Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 07/10/06 10:10AM
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On RISC OS Open needs your help:

IN reply to anyone getting their heads round running RISC OS on a linux kernel.

Back in my PhD days I used to run an automated framegrab from a microscope running MacOS8. For a wee bit of stability for the weeklong experiment I uised Mac On Linux.

see [link]

Now before anyone says emulation, back then it was more simple. I turned on the machien and it booted straight into MacOS8. So I assume RISC OS would be the same. If ported in this way.

Cheers Bob; back to Slackware/VectorLinux.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 6/10/06 4:18PM
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On RISC OS 5 source code release revealed:

Ohh l,ots of people cry out for open source RISC OS, and just as it is made available, we get the GPL is this and GPL is that brigade coming out of the woodwork qande arguing about GPL rather than being positive about the OS at hand.

Look, it is simple........Castle are releasing the code for many to play with and they can feed back the details, however, the OS is castle's and theirs alone to decide.

Just be thankful, that it has arived and you now can hgave a look.

If you dont like their terms and conditions then it is simple. Don't touch it with a bargepole and get on with your life. Dont get on your high-horse and rant.

Or if you don't like the terms but really really feel for the OS, then bite a bit of pride and lend a hand. Otherwise do something else.

If you like the terms and conditions and can help then do so with a smile on your face.

I'm away to ask about porting my fav IDE to RISC OS now.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 02/10/06 09:48AM
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On RISC OS 4 kernel caught on Iyonix:

And if ROL was my companyt I'd hire you straight away.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 28/9/06 1:40PM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Ahhh. I didn't want to mention archive because it is an excellent mag. Just the God thing that bothered me.

ATB Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/09/06 12:37AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

Istopped buying one RISC OS based mag because of the religious slot at the front.

I just don't beleive in anything. Others can beleive what they want, as long as they dont ram it down my face or harm others.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/09/06 07:09AM
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On Scientologists eyed up RISC OS - new claim:

IN reply to MrRipley.

Absolutely brilliant. You are lost on here. Contact The SUN immediately. :-)

Regards Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 22/9/06 11:44AM
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On BBC BASIC turns 25:

PS Bill's mom knew a top IBM oficial (through United Way AFAIK) and did the introduction.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 3/8/06 1:13PM
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On BBC BASIC turns 25:

In reply to Chris evans.

MS did indeed license a product. Perhaps I should have written that the "ported" Seattle Computer Products 86-DOS which was a CPM clone to the IBM machines after DR knocked back IBM or IBM< knocked back DR.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 3/8/06 1:11PM
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On BBC BASIC turns 25:

Bill also wrote DOS. :-) If you call buying and changing CP/M oh and then there was VisiCalc to excel. Oh and getting win from the graphics of Apple Lisa.........

Not a lot of coding but a masterclass in business. Credit where it is due. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 3/8/06 10:33AM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

Hi Malcolm.

Is this legal without the authorisation of the company? I could use a computer analogy. EG making a macOSX clone, however, say you were to make car components that looked like another car and the workings were to mimic say a BMW 3 series. Would this not infringe the BMW rights.

Is software such a grey area. EG you can make a wordprocessor freely (eg openoffice) that reads file formats but you cant say we are going to create our own free version of Word by replacing the MS modules. Surely this is not legal. So how would it be possible to make something that looks and works like an OS in this way?

Now I do support an Open source RiscOS for this one reason........ It is not economic for me to buy an iyonix. I wont use a slow RiscPC (image analysis work) and I won't buy Virtual RiscPC since I wold need a copy on 3 machines (even though I only run one at a time).

If, however, RiscOS was open source, I could BUY, yes buy, virtualRPC and put it on 3 machines with opensource RiscOS, since I beleive the limitation is with the ROL license. This would mean I may buy other apps to go along with it. If this doesn't happen then RiscOS is dead, if not already, as an OS to attract new users, since it has a small software base.

I think we are talking with our last breath.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 31/07/06 12:43AM
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On ROS must open up to survive says Wild:

And there lies the problem. My old ARM 710. Get a faster machine. :-D

Cheers Bob; who found the SA riscpc too slow.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 20/7/06 2:16PM
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On Ex-Pace staff back RISC OS Open Ltd:

IN reply to Michael.

Psion did have touchscreens. AND Palm did have wifi TungstenC and bluetooth T2.

Regarding RiscOS as a PDA. Unless you have sync to outlook (I know it is crap) you wont sell any PDA's with RiscOS.

I use Gemini on windows and linux myself.

Regards Bob; Palm, PocketPC, win/linux/mac database developer (still loves RiscOS GUI)

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/07/06 3:54PM
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On Database S-Base bounces back:

You could always use the engine and wrap up a front end in revolution www.runrev.com or realbasic (I prefer runrev) to call the database routines, then slap on the s-base gui to the routines you have when it is available. Hmmmm.... that sounds a nice idea.... :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/7/06 4:19PM
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On Database S-Base bounces back:

!Citation was indeed written using S-base developer. I still have mine and intended doing a riscos app with it. Now cross platform it would be a nice tool to use.

more later bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 9/7/06 4:44PM
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On Who are RISC OS Open Ltd?:

I made a point after the Riscstation laptop fiasco and my initial select subscription (where I got nothing) that I would never, ever buy another RiscOS product unless it was on the shelf and for sale.

If others would have done the same we would have spent our money on software (which I did for 2 titles with my next select sub). This software base would have become larger and addressed the main problem. Lack of up to date software.

The only "charitable" money I put towards a similar project was the UNIX proting project. I had confidence that Peter would deliver and he did (and trust me, I'm the last person that would back PN).

The main think that prevented me from staying with RiscOS was the ability to run JAVA apps like ImageJ.

Good luck to the people behind RiscOS Open (ROSO) whatever they do. Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 29/6/06 7:57AM
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On Euro 2006 show report:

The sharp zaurus runs a weird cut down linux. I cant remember the details but my linux apps wont run on it.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/6/06 9:07PM
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On RISC OS to visit Glasgow, Newcastle:

When you are talking about people going ot ibox, the ranfgers/celtic rivalry should not be considered. It is not as bad as you assume.

The main problem is that Ibrox is near a dodgy area and you may have more problems with security on a dark night. Perhaps something like Strathhclyde Uni (next to one of the main train stations) or a suite in the millenium hoel would be better.

or even Glasgow Uni which is next to hillhead underground (only 5 mins from the city centre)

Glasgow also has a motorway going right through the city centre so you can get to either in 10 mins. I will go to the glasgow event if in te country.

cheers Bob; Glasgow

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 23/6/06 9:04PM
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On Punter bitten by fraudsters after using R-Comp site:

Or you could just phone Andrew with the order. I take it that we can all use the old fashioned dog 'n' bone.

I hope drobe do a full investigation of other RISC OS vendors and publish a similar article to convince them of their errors. One would hope that the article is not because R-Comp suggested we don't use Drobe for software updates. Now that would be a silly. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 21/6/06 8:00AM
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On RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA:

Ohh.... and it must be 5-6 years ago I mentioned this wwas the way to go All IMHO.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 29/5/06 9:34PM
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On RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA:

And Psion netbooks run wince as do jornada 720's ad 820's. This would be a good tool to run an emu on. In addition, wince pda's have instant o and long battery life. cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 29/5/06 9:33PM
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On RISC OS found on Pocket PC PDA:

Is it possilbe to run the OS in emmulation and send the application code direct. I remember easiwriter running on an iPAQ 1360 years ago?

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 28/5/06 8:09PM
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On New games database for emulator users:

You could run easiwriter on an ipaq 5 years ago. So I don't see how a game could not run on a similar poweered phone. I dont have the source but it WAS done.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/5/06 1:50PM
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On New games database for emulator users:

I bought datapower2 from rcomp because of emulation. I would not without emmulation.

I write my own now so I dont buy software.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 25/5/06 2:08PM
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On Microdigital boss turns makeover gardener:

Hi All

Okay lets have a bit of perspective. Looks like DA's company has gone down the tubes. Okay it is still listed but is kaput. Lets not rub his nose in it. If it wasn't for people taking a chance, then a lot of others would not have a job.

So lets not gloat on his misfortune.

never pay for things unless they are actually for sale and in stock.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 22/5/06 10:49AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

PS...... As a markettign ploy, YellowTab, the makers of the modern BeOS bundle a port of Pixel with the OS to show that ther eare up to date apps for the platform. Have a look at yellowtab.com and see how they take the OS and developers and coordinate SW development. They are not different from RiscOS, regarding the hisory of the OS and market, but they are light years ahead with marketting. When was the last time RiscOS was "featured" on OSnews etc etc etc.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/05/06 07:43AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

The photoshop-like application is Pixel (used to be Pixel23) I is written By Pavel (I think Katzenberger I just call hime Pavel) I was a beta subscriber for windows and linux. It runs on BeOS, SkyOS etc etc etc and is written using freepascal.

It looks like PS (which I have via work) and has now replaced PS as my main image manipulation app. It is great. Evenif there was something liek Imagemajick for RiscOS it could eb uised as a basis for a n app with a gui front end.

Cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/05/06 07:36AM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

I think many are missing the point here about productivity. i'm sure RiscOS is more productive for many because of familiarity and because it is a nice OS. Windows is productive because of the software. It can be a bit slow in mqany instances, like just now I'm on my other machine looking at a montage of 8 90mb 3d images and playing them in realime. Horses for courses. My next machine is going to be linux becaus the software I use is £6,500 on windows for one and 4,500 for another pachage so I'm getting a linuix machine to use free software (open inventor) with a custom gui (revolution) and probably 4+Gb of RAM.

At the end of the day, if it is best for you, then it is the OS to use. I like RiscOS but it just does not have the software I need.

ATB Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/05/06 9:51PM
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On Wakefield 2006 show report:

RiscOS will dwindle to nothiong apart form experts in the system already, unless the focus is on the non-technical user and therefore "new" users.

It also needs some image manipulation apps. (photodesk never made it for me compared to my mac and photoshop). I now use Pixel32 from Pavel. He has a new version out that I'm going to upgrade to. It runs on All OS's I can think of from Linux, win, mac, beos even skyos. Perhaps he can be persuaded to do a RiscOS port?

Anyway I digress.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/05/06 11:13AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

I was told in 1995 or 1996 by the Acorn computer dealer in glasgow , buchanan street, to not buy and acorn. I asked why. He said. they are blindingly fast. Way faster than ANY windows machine we can give you. I said so why not buy one? He said.....You cant get the software for them.

I bought an A5000 (actualy one fo Simtec's custom 8Mb machines from Stuart Tyrrell) simply because the software I wanted to run was a custom bit of kit.

Perhaps it was not Acorn'S FAULT with a perception from retail like that.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 13/05/06 9:35PM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

Hi Simo

Sorry I typed in a hurry. I was busy and cant spend all day messing around on the computer. I may also be dyslexic.

If you meant that my spelling was bad then fine.

If you meant that Imagemagick is not for commercial apps then... have a look at...

[link]

where it says...

freely download and use ImageMagick software, in whole or in part, for personal, company internal, or commercial purposes;

Cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/5/06 1:49PM
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On Mystery image app to demo at Wakefield:

Imagemajik isfree but is intended for cpomercial apps. I use such things for custom image apps on windows/macos. We also have a 3D app on widows built around a conversion lib.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/5/06 8:18AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:



"Well we at acorn can give you the same reliability form our NEW range of laptops. No lies....just a little embelishment. "

Should have been

Well we at acorn can give you the same reliability as your old RiscC's from our NEW range of laptops. No lies....just a little embelishment.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/05/06 4:14PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Okay, on a more serious note. Think about this scenario.

School has ad years of trouble free computing with Acorn RiscPC's. The person who recomended them has long gone. New IT chap has only windows experience, however, board likes Acorn. Cue the introduction of Acorn WinXP laptops.

Version 2.....

Salesman enters school. How are you getting on with your window-box :-) supplier? Ans from school..... Costs a fortune and always breaks down.

Well we at acorn can give you the same reliability form our NEW range of laptops. No lies....just a little embelishment.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/05/06 4:13PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Or buy acorncomputer.com and register AcornComputerCompany ltd. Then sell Laptops. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/05/06 1:07PM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Hold on :-)

Wasn't that the problem with Acorn....... marketting :-)

Maybe they ARE Acorn. :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/05/06 11:17AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Hi All.

Okay it is D-day..... I went to [link] and could not beleive what I was reading. Then I went back to drobe to get the correct link. [link] :-)

So we have a company that is so daft to have a name AcornComputers but they don't own [link] who sell computer bits or [link] A site about ARM computers

And their other avenue is [link] registered to some bloke in california.

Ahhhhh true workld class marketting :-)

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 10/05/06 11:16AM
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On Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch:

Acorn Risc Machines

or laterly

Advanced Risc Machines

I may be wrong, since I frequently are.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 08/05/06 4:48PM
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On A9home on sale from CJE Micros:

Ahemmmm :-)

Can one perhaps plug an A9 into an external pocket DVD player or the removable screen you get on some cars. If so, you have a laptop.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 7/5/06 12:16PM
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On MW Software reveals PDF work:

Imp to Ovation pro and use Ovationpro on windows. Also soon to be Mac, since you will soon be able to run win apps on mac (without windows and the doalboot,I mean native)

Anyway I don't wat to plug another system, just pluggin another riscos genius, the great St. David.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 26/4/06 10:38PM
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On RiscPC emulator ported to Linux:

In reply to drjones.

Photodesk and GIMP. Well I don't like GIMP. I bought Pixel32. Completely cross platform. Win, Linux, BeOS, MacOSX, SkyOS etc etc. OK No RISC OS but you compared apps on Linux. Pixel32 is great, looks and works like photoshop and is only 32 dollars.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 16/3/06 9:34AM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

Oh and note that the post says "the development and acquisition". So it si buy and make.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 5/2/06 9:50AM
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On ROL open share investment to all:

OK Speculation time here.

ROL have stated that they are intersted in a share issue. Why?..... because they need the money for something. Obviously. One question is this... is it for existing workload. Well they got by on the standard revenue in the past. So I suspect that they wish to buy something new.

Now here is what I thinkit is and why.

They say "the development and acquisition of complimentary technologies for RISC OS". Well ROL can only sell RiscOS for the desktop market. Unless they owned it outright thay would not be ableto expand into "complementary technologies". Remember recent comments by JB? Castle would be willing to listen to offers for RiscOS.

Well. I suspect that is what it is and I would buy some shares in this.

On the other hand....The route may be something entirely different. They may be interested in building RiscOS to run on Intel ala Mac and sell the hardware direct. IMHO the best route, OS and HW revenue.

Regards Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 5/2/06 9:49AM
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On Castle rattles licensing sabre at 32bit RISC OS 4:

IN reply to Gulli.

You wrote "I doubt that "big outfits" such as Microsoft would be the least interested in RISC OS, much less so to simply kill it off. It's not as if RO poses even a minimal threat to any of Microsoft's markets and the market share doesn't even show up on measurements in the UK, let alone the world. The only thing I see that MS and others might be interested in would be the font rendering technology and even that may not be worth much anymore."

Well this is exactly what happened to BeOS for $11M. Palm bought the OS for a few things but not for keeping it going. Yellowtab now have it but IMHO it is too late. Lets hopew the same does not apply to RiscOS.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/1/06 7:09PM
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On Archive booklets review part one:

Hi Chimpy.

I cant seem to download them from the site. the icons dont have a hyperlink.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/12/05 11:58AM
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On Archive usage survey: VRPC edges past Iyonix:

Ahhh the new A9? Manufacuted by Dr. Who.

It is too wee for at least 2 of these devices. UNless of course it is "really" the tardis.

Regarding old hardware. I was going to bid on ebay for Aaron's RiscPC but thought instead to get VRPC. As for more software on the old machine. This happens when the market is shrinking, however, new software breeds new hardware and expansion. Watch this space. :-)

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 14/11/05 09:30AM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

IN reply to Gulli. "Which really shows that you seem to have absolutely no knowledge of modern software development. "

That may be the case. I'm only writing simple windows, mac and linux software, like a cross platform database RAD.

Perhaps impression was not the best example. What I'm really trying to say is this; I appreciate that tools are required for software development, however, IMHO and that is all it is, MHO, more focus is needed on end user apps. Is it really as dificult as some suggest to write apps for RISC OS without "new" tools. IE is there nothing there at present? I think there may be.

Anyway, since I know absolutely nothing about software development (I normally leave that to my 4 software developers), I'l leave it at that.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 05/11/05 11:23AM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

in reply to peter.

In your opinion, what I said was naive. Perhaps you don't understand what I was saying from the end users point of view.

As for your 3 year marathon, I'm not going to patronise you by saying whether I appreciate it or not.

:-)

in reply to anyone. :-)

In general I understand that RISC OS (I hope that is the correct way to spell it) requires updating, however, it seems to me that the emphasis these days is wrong IMHO. It is either on things that the end user may not actually use (but the techies may really need) rather than more software that the new user may need before they are tempted into buying a modern machine.

I really dont understand how the tools that were available to make apps like Impresion, ovationpro, etc require updating to make modern-style software.

Regards Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 04/11/05 4:26PM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

The main thing about RISC OS is the lack of up to date software.

Perhaps a port of something like Pixel for image manipulation.

I actually aproached the owners of metacard but Rod said that the platform was too small for them. etc etc.

RiscOs has some good apps, but some are not up to it these days. Also for science there are a lot of good java apps. Eg ImageJ. Rather than addressing programmer techie things, the platform just needs software that is comapatable with the big wide world.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 03/11/05 12:10AM
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On Taking OS features for granted:

I know that Amiga had a RAMdisk in the A500 days but I remember that when I started using mac the second time (about 1995 and OS 7.5 I think) they had a RAM disk. That was on a Performa 6200.

Thye first time I used Mac's was when they replaced the trs80 IN 1979.

The AmigaOS will not be mainstream until it leaves its specific low-volume hardware-dependent routes behind. IE It can run on a G3 so why not have the OS run on old Mac's. Lots of people will try it out on an old machine. Or have it ported to intel so it can be used on an up to date box-shifter cheapo machine.

Come to think of it; paralells with RISC OS there.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 1/11/05 4:31PM
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On Users to represent RISC OS at Euro mega-show:

If a sync could be done then the palm pdb structure is simple (although a pain). I wrote a palm reader for MacOS, Linux and Windows, but not the sync.

I know CASL has a nice conduit, as does HB++ so there may be a possibility to get the sync source code. (well from CASL anyway) and I beleive HB++ is UK based.

If anyone is interested I could pop somene in the US a mail and ask about their conduit (probably written in .net).

I did ask the developer of my IDE if it could be ported to RISC OS but they considered RISCOS to be dead. Perhaps if JAVA was on the platform something could eb done, however, this is OT.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 31/10/05 9:04AM
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On A9home compatibility list open for all:

The site is unavailable using firefox on a P4 winxp machine. I get the error:

Microsoft VBScript compilation error '800a0400'

Expected statement

/a9home/compatibility.asp, line 5

Option Explicit ^

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/10/05 10:09PM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:

IN reply to Grek1

:-) Nahh Only one laptop. I have a desktop in work used for imaging so need a high quality CRT (21") I have a desktop ap home and a wee TFT for space convenience but need a desktop for speed (image files are 300-500Mb) yes 300-500 megabytes. I need a laptop for traveling (at present in Cardiff hospital working). unfortunately I need windows for work although I'm moving to Linux/Solaris on one machine soon (or getting another) hopwever, I digress.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/9/05 1:01PM
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On VirtualAcorn drops VAT and prices:

THisn is good news apart from one thing. You can only run the software on one computer. I won't spend 357 for my three machines Any chance of a 1 user license where you can use this on all your machines but with omnly one user.

I need to go down the virtual route because I need a laptop.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 15/9/05 10:27AM
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On CJE seeks interest in A9home:

In reply to JWCR

I think that creating a custom case for a simplt thing like a keyboard would be a bad thing. It would probably raise the cost by more than the few pounds that a USB/PS2 keyboard costs.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 2/9/05 4:02PM
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On MicroDigital incommunicado:

Regarding, who can do what with Microdigital code and hardware designs.

I was under the impression that when a limited company becomes insolvent that the creditors are intitiled to the assets of that company. I would assume in this case, that this includes the IP of Microdigital; therefore, anyone taking this knowledge and releasing it without the permission of the fiscals is performing an illegal act.

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 1/8/05 8:20AM
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On A9home form factor tempts DIY projects:

Or something like this p[erhaps. [link]

A few years ago I saw a demo of a machine (I don't think it was from sonosite) that ran on windows. IOt crashed a lot and also when rebotted took ages to get to the software. Ther consultants said "Nice idea but the booting of it delays the rounds too long". I thought of RISC OS and speed of booting. Now if only?

PS sorry in advance if my spellingis poor or my grammer is bad.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 19/7/05 9:44AM
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On Hardware accelerated 3D graphics approaching:

Excellent.

Well done Simon. Just the perfect thing for embedded medical imaging in things like realtime 3D dopler ultrasound. Hint at a market. :-)

All the best Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 5/7/05 3:35PM
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On RISC OS greets Windows clipboard:

Me too.

My Win2K riuns great. Lots of software to do imaging and the like.

Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 13/07/04 3:44PM
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On MicroDigital tout big RAM for Omega:

In reply to Nick

"It puzzles me to this very day that no one has made an real audio player for RISC OS. With the latest machines I do think it should be possible to do so... "

I was under the impression that Kira made one and also that Robin Watts has one (WSS) but licensing made it unecomomical.

And to Michael: Wondering why Rcomp sell PC based systems...

This software problem is the reason many developers are also providing PC's. RISC OS as a platform for commercial development is unecomomical for many people. THere are many devrelopers out there, but the majority have been in the game a long time and one by one they are leaving. Now I dont know the finances of any, however, I would assume that many made enough money years ago to not require a substantial income from sales these days. OR they are doing it for the love of the platform or make enough with one app they have tied up. However, for new players considering building a database IDE etc (what I am doing) there is no market.

Therefore present comercial RISC OS developers need another income source.

MPO Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 11/07/04 12:01AM
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On VirtualRiscPC upgrades to Adjust:

one thing to remember is the software vendors.

If there are lots of VARPC users then there are more people to buy software. Therefore more software is kept alive and at the end of the day, it doewsnt matter if there is a good mahine eg iyonix, if there is no up to date sioftware for it.

I am thinking of buying it for fun and I also need a PC eg one with a 512Mb graphics card and 2Gb RAM to run VOXX2. There is no way I could afford this machine and a iyonix. Also I need a machine that can run catalyser www.axiope.com and ImageJ and since there is not a JRE on riscos it has to be a pc/mac/solaris machine.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 07/05/04 09:47AM
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On VirtualRPC to be laptop friendlier:

more users>>software development is worthwhile. bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 06/01/04 5:36PM
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On Castle confident in Scotland:

Why not submit to drobe news? Well they could maybe stick a link to Cybervillage.

I dont know why the cybervillage link was removed from drobe but I'm now going to the iconbar for my links.

As for the edinburgh Airport venue, that was why I didn't go. If it was in the town centre I would have got the train through.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 12/12/03 2:11PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

to dgs

Yes I'm sorry about that. You are entirely correct. I shouldn't have resorted to the slagging, I was just so annoyed at the flak ST was getting.

And AMS, Interestign point. I never thought of it that way.

cheers bob; in a hurry again

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 02/11/03 7:46PM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

Ohh and before you ask. The hardware thing was [link]

Not my company I hasten to add. But I had the idea 2 years ago.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 02/11/03 12:54AM
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On VirtualRiscPC network upgrade pulled:

For Mavhc.

Yes benchmarks are not the whole story. They can be synically manipulated. There are many people in the RISC OS world that would do this, but NOT Stuart. I have known Stuart for years since I bouglt my Simtec Special A5000 from him in the early 90's. I have phoned him for advice over the years nd he has always been forthcoming with FREE advice.

I really find this "chinese whispers" about his integrity rather unpleasant.

We (the programmers in Armbase, well we have another company but I wont mention it here) had considered writing some applications for VRPC once the windows and Palm apps are finished. But why should we if all we are going to get would be Oh YOU develop for windows etc and get our good name muddied.

Let me state for the record. "Stuart Tyrrell is one of the most honest people I have ever dealt with in business and personally". If he states the benchmarks, I believe him more than most.

Unless you know better, have better benchmarks, can quote some yourself, know his are false; then give us all a break.

Perhaps you are one of these "it has to be on ARM" brigade" and you dont like the thought of the OS (AND IT IS AN OS) running on wintel because Gates gets money. That is like me not dealling with a company because I dont like them even if I believe it is the best option. This would be plain stupid.

AND Let me tell you about the "wonderfull" ARM RISC OS hardware developers. We asked one of them about the possibility of developing a Hardware solution for US based on RISC OS.

They said "dont bother" "RISC OS is not good anymore compared to other operating systems freely available".

Guess what wed have a x86 based system that runs "server side"I could not care less if our windows apps run on intel or even ARM. If they run faultlessly and quickly then that is OK.

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 02/11/03 11:00AM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

In reply to AMS: "Bully for you. But the point is if you want to run VARPC-SE you'd be buying WindowsXP as well."

Ahhh so it is an anti-MS and not pro RISC OS reason. Is that the point? So OK I should not buy VARPC-SE since it runs on MS and therefore not buy datapower? Is that the point you make? I'm Confused??

I Used Mac's in research for years BUT have to have windows. This is because Amira www.tgs.com runs on win as does Neurolucida and metamorph and lasersharp2000 and imagePro+ as does just about all the software I use for work.

AND

"VARPC is an emulation, it is a sophisticated package but it is still only an approximation of how a real RiscPC will perform."

And in Many cases it outperforms an Iyonix. How? WEll using the win interface to access my pendrive AND camera AND microscope if i wrote an app to use it AND my text database for my palmtop. OK it has its drawbacks but in many cases it will be better.

If you don't like emmulation then that is fine by me, but in some cases it is KEEPING people using and buying software. That means the software is more viable and the ARM side will have a bigger software base.

I'll give you an example of how the platform was regarded in 1995. I went into the Glasgow Acorn Dealler on Buchanan Street and was told "Yes they are a lot faster than the windows machines but you cant get a good selection of software" If that was the case in the heyday what will "new recruits" think now? Unless there is a quality software base then the hardware sales will drop. Without VARPC I dont see many software titles being commercially viable for development.

In any case, emmulation wont hurt hardware sales. The main market for something like an Iyonix or Omega should be in custom solutions. I was asked by RISC OS about one of them and I know that the market is massive. Indeed I'm off to new orleans next month to discuss with some software developers about this market. (sorry windows and SGI and Solaris only).

Cheers Bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 14/10/03 09:07AM
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On R-Comp offers RISC OS emulation solution:

OK getting back to the emmulator front.

If Emmulators are bad for software I cant see it. I bought datapower because of VA5000. In addition, why does RISC OS HAVE to run on ARM? I've said before but I'll say again. I firmly beleive most people use RISC OS for the OS. If it runs better on a x86 then I dont care (note I didn't say windows.) Indeed if you look at BeOS it is on the way back and it runs on x86 oh and linux.

Now if VRPC ran on linux I could use it on my server and desktop. (well my Linux desktop) In addition why not get it to run on BSD? Indeed comercial companies wanting a custom app on RISC OS under Emmulation would be better on BSD. (for licensing etc.

Cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 13/10/03 1:16PM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

neilwb said: pda'S are the way forward. that makes two. Also CAstle go for PDA's? Where did you hear this? I would love that. Jack seemed interested in this when I spoke to him about it 18months ago. :-)

What RISC OS hardware manufacturers need is toget into the custom market.

EG ultrasound machines etc etc and then sell a custom desktop analysis product. Or get into other analysis areas. But that requires software and I dont think there is the development teams around anymore in the market. There are individuals and groups of three or four who churn out amazing apps but for custom solutions you need a team of abourt 10 to keep the flow. IMHO. Even our venture here (me and others) only have 4 programmers and another 4-5 and I'd call that miniscule.

PS three on the board from gla.ac.uk?? Do we ever work here. :-)

cheers bob: west medical building

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 18/07/03 11:04AM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

guestX: You say that peoples worry about running an emmulator on windows could eb calmed by running it on linux. I dont understand this thought. If there is a worry that people will migrate to windows because the emmulator is running on XP; then why wont they migrate to linux?

Or do you mean linux in its true sense; as a kernel?

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/07/03 5:15PM
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On Comments on the Microdigital Alpha:

alpha pro.

shared graphics memory? Isn't VRPC better on a dedicated Gforce card. (Note I know nothing about computer hardware) I know I tried to run Amira on my 32mb machine and it was too slopw. had to use the SGI.

cheers bob

 is a RISC OS Usernijinsky on 17/07/03 1:06PM
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