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Post holiday catchup

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 12:44, 23/4/2002 | , , , , ,
 
Hey, Rich is back - and you just know that means long, boring news updates!

While off in foreign climes I was not completely cut off from civilisation, in fact even in Spain you can pick up a copy of The Times to read with your breakfast - it's the right day and everything, although they tend to miss out the magazines if it's not a weekend edition. Why this little off-topic ramble? Even at the far end of the continent I couldn't help noticing that the two companies holding on to the remaining vestiges of Acorn, ARM and Pace, have both taken a bit of a hit financially. Pace are suffering due to the woes surrounding digital TV - both ITV Digital's terrestrial digital and NTL's cable TV are having problems paying the bills, and guess who that leaves with a lot of unsold boxes lying around? ARM on the other hand are suffering because pretty much everyone else in the technology sector is struggling. Sigh.

Now some good news: R-Comp are offering ADSL in a box, to go with the Network in a box stuff and of course their recent involvement in the release of the cheap 100bT network cards. Call 01925 755043 or email rci@rcomp.co.uk. I saw that BT have recently upgraded more exchanges to carry ADSL, so maybe, just maybe... heck, I can get ADSL in sleepy Chichester, what are you lot waiting for?

Getcha loverly Wakefield 2002 show flyers courtesy of Cerilica, who are again sponsoring the show. The decision to make the flyer freely available online means that it's available to a wider audience - and you can print out your own copy instead of ripping the page out of Acorn User to tape the address to your dashboard. With RISCOS Ltd. and, somewhat bizarrely, Telewest Communications (who do broadband Internet access) joining all the usual suspects, it should be a good bash. Everyone think nice thoughts about Jason's green car and maybe I'll be able to do another show report.

Now, there has been a proliferation of filebases in recent times, listing RISC OS software to make it easier to for people to find and download it. However, The7Sisters, who are Primary ICT Consultants, have compiled a list of RISC OS software to cover the National Curriculum for ICT. Webmaster Graham Wootten says: "The list is extensive and should help teachers wishing to keep their Acorn computers fend off arguments that they are out of date. The list includes some classic titles as well as new and developing software and highlights how much 'new' software for the PC is simply a port of RISCOS titles." Good as the list is, organised as it is into categories matching the ICT curriculum areas, there aren't any reviews of the software so if anyone's willing to offer any help or suggestions contact Graham.

New, beta, and so probably slightly unstable software for you to play with at your own risk - Storage 2 and g0see. Storage 2 is a similar idea to MiniDisc (which we reported on recently) in that it takes the drive icons off the iconbar, but in this case puts them in a filer-style window. Unrelated to previous stories but still useful, g0see is a thumbnail organiser. Both are still to be completed, so play, see if they work, and if you can fix them up I'm sure that busy AcornSearch chap Ian Hawkins would be grateful. Other highlights to look out for include the John Tytgat CVS 1.11 port, currently command line ready but GUI lacking; and rumour has it that a certain movie player is getting some testing. If your appetite for free stuff hasn't been satisfied, then head over to Drobe for their roundup of recent freeware releases (because hey, we're cool enough to link to the competition - and I can't be bothered re-inventing the wheel).

Right, that's my mailbox cleared. Now for some merciless ripping off of random and interesting stuff that's appeared in the forums, mainly the playpen: Herman Hauser and Acorn getting another mention in The Observer; tiny (and presumably not anti-aliased) text threatens air safety; RISC OS Is We gets a PHP-based facelift; vague mention of Acorn on GameSpy, but "not in a good way"; and please, read the classics. There's probably more, but I didn't want to wade in too deep, I might get all dirty.
 
  Post holiday catchup
  (12:52 23/4/2002)
  Richard Goodwin (12:59 23/4/2002)
    John Hoare (13:37 23/4/2002)
      Guest (13:41 23/4/2002)
        [mentat] (14:39 23/4/2002)
          Jason Tribbeck (15:37 23/4/2002)
            Guest (15:52 23/4/2002)
              Jeffrey Lee (16:09 23/4/2002)
                Guest (16:11 23/4/2002)
                  Anonymous (16:33 23/4/2002)
                    John Hoare (18:08 23/4/2002)
                      Guest (19:36 23/4/2002)
                        Andrew C. Poole (09:39 24/4/2002)
                          Richard Goodwin (09:50 24/4/2002)
                            [mentat] (10:32 24/4/2002)
                              Rich Mackin (14:50 24/4/2002)
                                Anonymous (10:15 25/4/2002)
                                  Rich Mackin (14:31 25/4/2002)
                                    Guest (21:36 25/4/2002)
                                      Jeffrey Lee (22:13 25/4/2002)
                                        Jeffrey Lee (22:18 25/4/2002)
                                          [mentat] (23:59 25/4/2002)
 
[mentat] Message #90784, posted at 12:52, 23/4/2002
Unregistered user Phew! Rich has done a big one! :P
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Richard Goodwin Message #90785, posted at 12:59, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90784
Unregistered user Now now, save that sense of humour for the playpen :)
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John Hoare Message #90786, posted at 13:37, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90785
Unregistered user Can I get excited about Wakefield yet?
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Guest Message #90787, posted at 13:41, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90786
Unregistered user Majorica is the new name for Margate :D
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[mentat] Message #90788, posted at 14:39, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90787
Unregistered user I'd rather be rifing my motorbike. No wait... that's... *has personality crisis!
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Jason Tribbeck Message #90789, posted at 15:37, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90788
Unregistered user Couldn't find pictures of my green car (as you were able to do with my red car last year), eh Rich? http://www.tribbeck.com/locust/ if anyone's interested...
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Guest Message #90790, posted at 15:52, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90789
Unregistered user Eh-up, it's Chitty Chitty Tribbeck again. Or is it Tribbeck van Dyke?
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Jeffrey Lee Message #90791, posted at 16:09, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90790
Unregistered user "RISC OS Is We gets a PHP-based facelift"

I haven't even finished making the site, yet alone uploaded it yet!
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Guest Message #90792, posted at 16:11, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90791
Unregistered user Wouldn't RISC OShasbeenabandonedbyPACE be more appropriate?
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Anonymous Message #90793, posted at 16:33, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90792
Unregistered user No and if you say that again, moss will come round and tango with you.
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John Hoare Message #90794, posted at 18:08, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90793
Unregistered user I can't tango, but I can give a good kick in the nuts if neccesary ;-)
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Guest Message #90795, posted at 19:36, 23/4/2002, in reply to message #90794
Unregistered user And I could cast a few curses. That would really hex them!

Mike
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Andrew C. Poole Message #90796, posted at 09:39, 24/4/2002, in reply to message #90795
Unregistered user Welcome back Rich!

It's been hard keeping moss and mentat calm, but we just about made it :)
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Richard Goodwin Message #90797, posted at 09:50, 24/4/2002, in reply to message #90796
Unregistered user
"RISC OS Is We gets a PHP-based facelift"

I haven't even finished making the site, yet alone uploaded it yet!
Hah! After the change in style from what it was when I left and you harping on about all the PHP you've been doing, I thought I'd reward your hard work with url-based namecheck - and you let a little matter like the facts get in the way!

If you didn't spend so much time messing around in the playpen perhaps you'd have actually uploaded the new, new version by now!

:)
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[mentat] Message #90798, posted at 10:32, 24/4/2002, in reply to message #90797
Unregistered user Actually, you can lump some of the blame for that on me. :( I think phlamethrower might be waiting for me to send him some stuff.

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Rich Mackin Message #90799, posted at 14:50, 24/4/2002, in reply to message #90798
Unregistered user "Majorica is the new name for Margate :D"

Don't knock Margage - it rox! <g>
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Anonymous Message #90800, posted at 10:15, 25/4/2002, in reply to message #90799
Unregistered user Just winding up Rich!
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Rich Mackin Message #90801, posted at 14:31, 25/4/2002, in reply to message #90800
Unregistered user "Don't knock Margage - it rox! <g>"

Or Margate even *lol*
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Guest Message #90802, posted at 21:36, 25/4/2002, in reply to message #90801
Unregistered user Just got this error while trying to access the "about" pages on riscos.iswe.net:

Fatal error: Call to undefined function: readfle() in /usr/home/virtual/www.riscos.iswe.net/webpages/index.php on line 24
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Jeffrey Lee Message #90803, posted at 22:13, 25/4/2002, in reply to message #90802
Unregistered user Doh! Should be fixed now.
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Jeffrey Lee Message #90804, posted at 22:18, 25/4/2002, in reply to message #90803
Unregistered user Oh, and incase you can't tell the PHP version of the site is online now
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[mentat] Message #90805, posted at 23:59, 25/4/2002, in reply to message #90804
Unregistered user But doesn't /quite/ work how it should if you view it with Fresco :P
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