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The Icon Bar needs YOU

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:40, 24/4/2014 | ,
 
  • Are you tired of looking at the front page and seeing those same old articles from over a year ago?
  • Have you noticed we haven't done anything new for April Fools day for several years?
  • Have you noticed how most of our show announcements are dangerously close to being made too late?
  • Do you have a keen interest in RISC OS?
  • Are you capable of forming basic sentences?
  • Do you enjoy working long hours for no pay and little reward?
If you answered YES to all of the above, then good news! We're looking for new writing staff to supplement the current lot, most of whom left the RISC OS scene behind a long time ago, or are far too busy with other things to update the site on a regular schedule.
 
At The Icon Bar we're primarily interested in delivering original content in the form of news, articles and reviews, rather than just regurgitating press releases all the time. So if that fits your bill then feel free to get in touch, either via the contact form or by posting in the thread below. And if you're lucky, we'll get back to you before you die of old age!
 
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New bounty scheme launched

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 23:00, 31/3/2011 | , , , ,
 
As you know, over the past few years there's been a general downturn in the number of articles appearing on The Icon Bar. In response to pressure from our readers, we've come up with a radical new stimulus package designed to combat this issue. Starting today, the author of any new article posted on the site will be rewarded with a bounty, which they will receive within 10 working days of the article going live. For full details about the different bounties that can be awarded to each article, please see our sponsor's site. Don't delay; submit your article today! *
 
 
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Hey, where's our cake?

Posted by The Icon Bar team on 11:00, 1/4/2010 | ,
 
Happy birthday, nutface!We celebrated the 10th anniversary of our first article on March 10th. Where were you? Come to think of it, where were we? Yeah, we forgot about it too (but we are getting on a bit).
 
In fact we even forgot to renew the domain and didn't notice until this morning when some spammers called NUTFACE tried to hijack the site. Normal service has now been resumed, so expect our next article shortly before Christmas.
 
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Merry Christmas from The Icon Bar!

Posted by Andrew Poole on 00:00, 25/12/2009 |
 
[TIB Christmas Logo]Well it's that time of year again. It hardly seems like a full year since we last wished all our readers a very Merry Christmas. Once again, most of you are probably too busy downing the bottle of something-that-you-found-in-the-back-of-the-cupboard, and stuffing yourself with mince pies to notice this post, but we're still going to say it anyway, just like we always do.
 
Merry Christmas to all our readers, and we hope you have a wonderful new year - whatever you're doing and however you're celebrating.
 
And don't forget to vote for The Icon Bar Awards 2009 before the voting closes on New Year's Eve!
 
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Some photos sent in by a reader

Posted by Cmdr_Jameson on 23:00, 31/3/2009 | , , , , ,
 
Reader Mike sent in these pictures of something he found while out walking his ferret. Yes, we have readers with ferrets. Although the concept of a reader with a ferret confuses us, luckily we don't have to use our brains for this update because Mike was kind enough to send in some words to accompany the pictures.
 
Standard disclaimer: As most of you have probably noticed, this was our April Fool's piece for this year. If you liked our UK:Resistance theme used for the fool then you'll be glad to hear it's been added to the theme selector available from your account control panel. Of course in the end the joke was on us, because UK:R changed their website design from traditional red and black to their new colourful layout a couple of months ago. Oh well!
 
Click the owly pic above to see the article in its intended guise.
 
 
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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from The Icon Bar

Posted by Andrew Poole on 00:00, 25/12/2008 |
 
[TIB Christmas Logo]Once again the time has come to wish you all a Merry Christmas. By the time you read this, chances are that Christmas has already been and gone, although I'm sure some of you will have a peek at the site today whilst chomping on your mince pies :)
 
From everyone at The Icon Bar, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Thanks for reading TIB in 2008 (what there was of it to read!) and we'll see you in 2009. Oh, and don't forget to vote in Drobe Awards 2008 poll while there's still time!
 
Links:
Christmas (Wikipedia)
 
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Happy Birthday from Acorn Arcade!

Posted by Acorn Arcade team on 00:00, 29/1/2008 | , , , ,
 

But whose birthday is it?
 
It's ours, of course!

Ten years ago today, Acorn Arcade officially opened to the public, as this handily-archived newsgroup posting shows. With Alasdair Bailey and Graham Crockford at the helm the site soon increased in popularity enough to warrant moving to its own domain name, acornarcade.com, and eventually to its own dedicated server, owned by our benevolent dictator Rich Goodwin. A few years later Acorn Arcade gave birth to The Icon Bar, which then in an ironic turn of events absorbed the content of Acorn Arcade in late 2006, in order to give both sites a much-needed overhaul.
 
But what does all this mean?


 
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Merry Christmas from The Icon Bar!

Posted by Andrew Poole on 00:00, 25/12/2007 | , ,
 
[TIB Christmas Logo]Well it's that time of year again. It hardly seems like a full year since we last wished all our readers a very Merry Christmas. Yet again, most of you are probably too busy downing the bottle of whatever-it-is that you found in the back of the cupboard, and stuffing yourself with mince pies to notice this post, but I'm still going to say it anyway.
 
Merry Christmas to all our readers, and we hope you have a wonderful new year - whatever you're doing and however you're celebrating.
 
Links:
Christmas (Wikipedia)
 
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It was an APRIL FOOLS you plonkers

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Media Watch and Free Ads return

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Icon Bar and Acorn Arcade relaunch

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