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Wakefield 2001 show report

Posted by Richard Goodwin on 23:22, 19/5/2001 | ,
 
The show report's uploading as I type; no great suprises over those covered in the previews, and so I waited until getting home before rushing out the review; however, it was an interesting day all the same, and well worth a visit.

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  Wakefield 2001 show report
  (10:28 20/5/2001)
  Gerph (12:57 20/5/2001)
    Gerph (13:01 20/5/2001)
      Andrew Duffell (16:39 20/5/2001)
        Annraoi (17:12 20/5/2001)
          Jon Hall (20:33 20/5/2001)
            Lee Johnston (09:22 21/5/2001)
              Nathan (12:19 21/5/2001)
                Jon Hall (20:46 21/5/2001)
                  Richard Goodwin (08:18 22/5/2001)
                    Anonymous (10:41 22/5/2001)
                      Annraoi (18:03 22/5/2001)
                        Dave Lawton (21:32 23/5/2001)
                          Rob Kendrick (08:25 24/5/2001)
                            Chris Williams (22:38 24/5/2001)
                              Jake Monkeyson (16:31 25/5/2001)
                                Jake Monkeyson (16:32 25/5/2001)
                                  Michael Stubbs (19:45 25/5/2001)
 
Rob Kendrick Message #88602, posted at 10:28, 20/5/2001
Unregistered user I'm at the show at the moment. Any plans for going to the pub at any point? I'm yet to see if I can talk Dave Walker in to it, as I'm looking after his stand at the moment so he can go and talk to dgs. I'd like to meat anybody who's about and interested in going to the pub afterwards; I'm wearing dark green jeans, greenish shirt, with a black and green coat.
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Gerph Message #88603, posted at 12:57, 20/5/2001, in reply to message #88602
Unregistered user "Where" at the show "Were" your brother and yourself last year ?
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Gerph Message #88604, posted at 13:01, 20/5/2001, in reply to message #88603
Unregistered user Whee! First cock up of the day :-)

(previous comment should have been posted to another site, and my brain isn't yet in gear :-( )
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Andrew Duffell Message #88605, posted at 16:39, 20/5/2001, in reply to message #88604
Unregistered user Brilliant Show!!! ;-))
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Annraoi Message #88606, posted at 17:12, 20/5/2001, in reply to message #88605
Unregistered user I am just sorry I couldn't have been there.

MD showing the Omega was very good news indeed, congratulations to all at MD on that one. The crash Rich experienced is to be expected - it after all is a prototype. But now we can be more optimistic about its release in the nearer future than before.

The comment about 300MHz overclocked SA is well taken, I think if I recall correctly the SA is very much at its upper end (critical path wise) at 233MHz so devices running at 287 (as in the Omega and in overclocked systems) is pushing the envelope somewhat (300MHz would even be more so). Typically, however, some chips in batches manage overclocking better than others so long as the right ones are chosen it may just all work. I would, however, caution that the speed improvement between 233 and 300 is marginal for all but processor intensive tasks.
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Jon Hall Message #88607, posted at 20:33, 20/5/2001, in reply to message #88606
Unregistered user Oh what fun when the fire alarm went off at 12.50 pm Sunday!
Good show all round though, and nice to meet up with old friends.
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Lee Johnston Message #88608, posted at 09:22, 21/5/2001, in reply to message #88607
Unregistered user Wahey I'm in two of the photos!!!

Fortunately for the health of the camera I had my back turned 8)
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Nathan Message #88609, posted at 12:19, 21/5/2001, in reply to message #88608
Unregistered user Jon! You ignored me! I've now got Airwolf, muh-ha-ha!
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Jon Hall Message #88610, posted at 20:46, 21/5/2001, in reply to message #88609
Unregistered user Sorry Nathan! Just too many pps to chat to, and Sunday was spent with Paul Vigay working on my machine.
Next year?
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Richard Goodwin Message #88611, posted at 08:18, 22/5/2001, in reply to message #88610
Unregistered user Anyone there on Saturday evening who heard a "fight" (presumably verbal not physical) between someone at Castle and someone at MicroDigital? I'd left by then, but I've been told it was because the Omega had an Archimedes mouse on it, and the Omega's supposed to be PS2, so there were allegations that the "running" machine was actually a messed-with RiscPC (supposedly "backed up" by the "evidence" the MD wouldn't open the lid)

Of course it could all be scuttlebutt and lies, or bad blood between the companies, but it'd be interesting to hear from someone who was on the scene...
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Anonymous Message #88612, posted at 10:41, 22/5/2001, in reply to message #88611
Unregistered user I know that the gentleman that designed the Omega's motherboard was fairly rude about Castle's new cack/expensive upgrade... calling John Ballance 'Mad'
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Annraoi Message #88613, posted at 18:03, 22/5/2001, in reply to message #88612
Unregistered user Not having been there I don't know.

On that basis I can't comment and unless someone comes forward and goes on the record we'll all be no wiser.

I think that for MD it would really be in their interest nail this rumour on the head fast. They can certainly clear the air by simplying letting a third party evaluate their prototype, I can see no reason why Acorn User (or one or more of the other magazines) couldn't run Omega and have a look inside, after all its already been on show, a more one to one evaluation should not cause much hassle should it ?


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Dave Lawton Message #88614, posted at 21:32, 23/5/2001, in reply to message #88613
Unregistered user MicroDigital already use Logitech PS2 3 button mice, it's what is supplied with the Mico, and it looks, by a strange coincidence, identical to the one supplied with the RiscPC.
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Rob Kendrick Message #88615, posted at 08:25, 24/5/2001, in reply to message #88614
Unregistered user Acorn used the Logitech Pilot Mk1 mouse, identical to the ones Logitech sold normally, except it was a quadrature mouse. If anybody knows where a Pilot Mk1 (not Mk2) PS/2 mice are available from, I want them! :) I havn't seen one for sale in a shop or mail order for 5 or 6 years. (I had, and still use my original one from 1991)
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Chris Williams Message #88616, posted at 22:38, 24/5/2001, in reply to message #88615
Unregistered user re: MD vs. Castle
I am not at all surprised. There's a lot riding on the sucess of the Omega and whatever Castle pulls out of the bag. It is a shame they had to go to personal insults.

All allegedly of course and in my opinion.
Chris
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Jake Monkeyson Message #88617, posted at 16:31, 25/5/2001, in reply to message #88616
Unregistered user It was quite funny. While I was near the MD stand, Ballance wandered over to check out the Omega. "Put that camera away!" joked David Prosser, pointing to the Sony around Ballance's neck. Then Ballance asked if it was using an Acorn mouse, to which the reply was no, it was a Logitech one...<p><p>Oh, and later on I overheard /somebody/ say words to the effect of "Oooh, I hate that guy. He'd sell his own grandmother", though I mention no names.<p>Maybe I should also add an 'allegedly'...<br>
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Jake Monkeyson Message #88618, posted at 16:32, 25/5/2001, in reply to message #88617
Unregistered user Hmmm. How did those HTML tags get in there?
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Michael Stubbs Message #88619, posted at 19:45, 25/5/2001, in reply to message #88618
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