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    MEETING on Wednesday 5th March 2003

    Dave Holden of APDL + Production Omegas to play with!


    Aaron Timbrell, that lovely cuddly creature from VirtualAcorn emailed a quicky to us a day or so back (sorry folks, the bluebottle has been really busy, but things should be back now!).

    VirtualAcorn are delighted to announce that version 1.4 of VirtualA5000 will be released at the RISC OS SouthWest show on the 22nd of February 2003.

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, February 20, 2003 Read full article: 'VA hits 1.4 this weekend'   

    Following a dispute, first reported in the Register, domain names disappearred in a puff of virtual smoke yesterday!

    Thousands of domain owners have been left stranded with no cyber-prescence, including our communities most prominent website, Castle Technolgy Ltd.

    Castle were also recently in the news following intimations that they had used GPL open source code in RISC OS 5, which they denied by releasing a statement.

    Note: An update from the Register is available, essentially, the Columbian judge ruled in favour of the University - so domains are not likely to return! An appeal is in the offing.
    Posted by MyRISCOS on Tuesday, February 18, 2003 Read full article: 'Virtual drawbridge raised on Castle'   

    The Wakefield show website is being constantly updated with new exibitors coming onboard and publicity material.

    From the web site, you can download a PDF Poster for the show and also an HTML code fragment for linking to the show website from your own.

    Posted by StevePotts on Saturday, February 15, 2003 Read full article: 'Wakefield show website updates'   

    As reported elsewhere on the Net. The Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club is pleased to be able to announce its intention to run another show in 2003.

    This year the show will be slightly earlier than previous years and will be a one day event - on Saturday, 10th May 2003. The show will be open to the public between 10 am and 4:30 pm.

    Posted by StevePotts on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 Read full article: 'Wakefield 2003 - 10th May 2003'   

    The next meeting of the RISC OS North West User Group (RONWUG) will be:

    Jack Lillingston (Managing Director, Castle Technology Ltd)
    The IYONIX pc RISC OS 5 computer

    6:45pm for 7pm, Wednesday 15th January 2003

    Trafford Metrovick Rugby & Cricket Club
    Finnybank Road
    M33 6LR

    The launch of the 600MHz IYONIX pc, the first RISC OS 5 computer, has caused a great deal of excitement in the RISC OS community, and this is your chance to see, hear about, try and buy it.

    Plans for the evening include:
    - an OHP2 slide presentation from Jack about the Iyonix's features
    - demonstrations of the computer's speed and software compatibility
    - the popular "is the Iyonix so quiet you can't hear it?" test
    - a chance to try out the Iyonix yourself
    - a look inside the case (if someone remembers a screwdriver)
    - questions and discussion

    Jack will be bringing a video projector for the presentation (which will run on the Iyonix itself), and a 22" monitor to show off the computer's high resolution screen modes and performance. So everyone should have a great view.


    Google Toolbar for RISC OS Public Beta version 0.62 (18 December, 2002)

    After a while of no development, I have released the latest beta of !Google, a version of the Google Toolbar for RISC OS computers.

    The Google Toolbar for RISC OS is an attempt at making the Google Toolbar,
    which is an add on to Internet Explorer which allows the user to search the
    Internet from any Internet Explorer window without going to the Google
    website, available for the RISC OS platform. It allows the user to search for web pages, images, usenet articles, open directory links and news.

    This new version contains a few updates to the previous release version, such as the option to search in the domain rather than the .com domain, the option to hide the iconbar icon and the option to start small.

    Please note that the homepage for this version has changed to the

    Bug reports, suggestions etc. are welcome. Please Email them to

    Posted by andypoole on Thursday, December 19, 2002   

    The next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London will be:

    Jack Lillingston (Managing Director, Castle Technology Ltd)
    Iyonix in action and to take away...
    (And some Aemulor news)

    Monday 16th December 2002, 7:30pm for a 7:45pm start

    The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs)
    173 Borough High Street
    London SE1 1HR

    Plans for the evening include:
    - an OHP2 slide presentation from Jack about the Iyonix's features
    - demonstrations of the computer's speed and software compatibility
    - the popular "is the Iyonix so quiet you can't hear it?" test
    - a chance to try out the Iyonix yourself
    - questions and discussion

    *** In addition ***, Neil Spellings of Aemulor will

    Posted by dgs on Monday, December 16, 2002 Read full article: 'Iyonix/Aemulor at London RISC OS User Group'   

    32 bit round up 9838 Reads applications
    Well, the frenzy to go over to 32 bit is hotting up. So far, we've had announcements from RComp that lots of their products will be available (at a small charge for upgrades) for 32 bit machines, Cerilica are there already, the 32 bit developer tools are already available, Icon Technology had a 32 bit happy version of their amazing TechWriter/EasiWriter products ages ago.. A 32 bit version of CDBurn (called CDBurnLite) will be shipped with the Iyonix.

    David Pilling is making his software available as 32 bit, as is a new version of ArtWorks from Martin Wuerthner. Abacus Training, the bods behind PipeDream have already made FireWorkz 32 bit and have plans to do the same with PipeDream.

    Even GCC has a 32 bit version!

    Who does that leave?

    We're still waiting to hear back from Clares Micro Supplies and also to see what APDL/Proaction will be able to do with their catalogue. Most of the applications for RiscStation machines will be 32 bit in the near future.

    At this point, it is unsure what will be happening with the 4th Dimension software from CJE - our newshounds are onto that one ;-)

    Note: I suppose what this does show is how quickly applications can be moved to 32 bit neutral when it came to the crunch. Question is, why has it taken this long to get something like the Iyonix?
    Posted by bluebottle on Friday, November 29, 2002 Read full article: '32 bit round up'   

    IYONIX IS 'GO' 3318 Reads announcements
    The following message just dropped into my mailbox. Looks like it is finally here!

    Castle Technology Ltd are delighted to announce the "UK LAUNCH" of the all new 32-bit IYONIX pc.

    Note: We should be getting more news later today on this story - stay tuned :-)
    Posted by graphite on Friday, November 29, 2002 Read full article: 'IYONIX IS 'GO''   

    The VirtualAcorn ccrew in the form of the Mercurial Aaron RISCWorld Timbrell has sent us an very interesting couple of tidbits...

    First off, is that VA is happy to run anything compiled using the new 32 bit tools from Castle. Now there is no excuses for not using VA as a tool to program new apps for RISC OS.

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, November 27, 2002 Read full article: 'Even VA is now happy with 32 bit'   

    My !Velcro application has been upgraded.

    It uses a command 'stick <app>' for sticking an application to the iconbar. To be stickable an application must have a sprite in a !Spritesxx file and an 'info' template in a Templates file. It can also have !Drag, !Select and !Adjust Obey files to determine what happens when its iconbar icon is dragged to or clicked on. !Velcro is a stickable application that sticks itself to the iconbar when run and whose !Drag file simply sticks dragged objects. The download archive also contains a directory of three example stickable applications.

    Stickables let you make simple wimp programs that respond to clicks on and drags to the iconbar icon, without having to do more than write an Obey file.

    Posted by Gavin on Wednesday, November 27, 2002   

    Ever since it was announced more than a month ago, Castle's 600MHz RISC OS 5 Iyonix PC has been the hot topic for just about all RISC OS users.

    Castle are releasing more information about the Iyonix all the time (despite the secrecy that understandably shrouded its original launch), and there are also many of us keen to check out any developments in the systems on show since the last time we saw the Iyonix.

    It's good news, then, that Castle's Managing Director, Jack Lillingston, will be demonstrating the Iyonix at M25EROUG on the evening of Monday 25th November, and at ROUGOL on the evening of Monday 16th December.

    What's more, both meetings have free admittance and are open to all!

    Posted by dgs on Sunday, November 24, 2002 Read full article: 'Iyonix at two user groups'   

    Aaron Timbrell, that multifaceted man of many guises has sent this through. I'm not going to repeat it verbatim incase anyone from another one of the news portals thinks we're just going to repeat whatever people send us...

    Just a quick note to let everyone know that the next RISCWorld will be going through letterboxes all over the world in the next few days.

    RISCWorld is the CD based subscription magazine, published bimonthly by APDL, it also makes an excellent drinks coaster to keep coffee stains off your mousemat (no it doesn't - it makes you think that this is how good magazines should be - ed)

    This exciting issue includes, words, pictures and punctuation, but not necessarily in the right order. Among the highlights are:

    • Insider on the new Iyonix PC from Castle Technology
    • the 2nd part of our serialisation of the Archimedes GameMakers Manual
    • reviews of Desktop Repton and NTUser2.
    • The very useful OS_ReadArgs call also gets a thorough examination.
    • Continuing series include HTML Convertors, writing modules, networking (this issue how to share the internet connection on your PC with a RISC OS machine) and of course advanced coverage of

    We also have all the regulars, including the PD column, GamesWorld, DiscWorld, the letters page and more.

    Oh and Hugh Jampton still has his own column with a very funny photo

    Posted by bluebottle on Saturday, November 23, 2002   

    Interesting bit of news on the GCC mailing list today. Peter Naulls, he of the numerous pay for schemes and general extremely talented programmer person, has announced over on drobe that he has made an "experimental version of GCC" which is 32 bit happy.

    More details on drobe

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, November 20, 2002   

    The folks at RISCOS Ltd have announced that the second release of the Select scheme is now available for download.

    Posted by bluebottle on Tuesday, November 19, 2002 Read full article: 'Select release II - go get it! Fetch!'   

    Steve Potts of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club has been a busy snapper.

    If you fancy having a look at the baby from Castle, a click to the link above will show all.

    He does say also that more pictures are available from his website - so mosey on over and see what folks are foaming at the mouth to get their grubby mits on!

    Posted by bluebottle on Saturday, November 16, 2002   

    This just in...

    GCC is a free collection of compilers that provide the user with a powerful tool for translating C, C++ and Fortran source into fast ARM assembler that is suitable for execution on RISC OS.

    GCCSDK is a portable build environment for creating ARM executables to be run natively on RISC OS. The build environment is designed to be hosted on a Unix-like system, such as GNU/Linux, FreeBSD or Solaris.

    This is the second release of GCC 2.95.4 and focuses mainly on useability bug fixes, compiler and C run-time library fixes.

    The compilers are large programs and will require at least 6Mb of free memory to execute, so you will either require a RiscPC or a an 8Mb machine. See the GCC website for download information.

    We consider this to be the best version of GCC for RISC OS and recommend that all existing users upgrade to it. The compiler toolset should be considered stable.

    For full download instructions, mailing list information and bug reporting instructions, please visit the GCC website - The main distribution for GCC.

    Posted by bluebottle on Friday, November 15, 2002   

    It started as quite an innocent posting on csaa by the wizard known as Dave Ruck (the genius behind probably the most useful product ever, disknight). An unofficial mailing list was closed and a new spangly one covering all RISC OS graphics cards opened.

    Innocent enough...

    Next, under the "Right to Reply" banner, the graphics hardware whizz supreme, John Kortink gave a response.

    All well and good...

    Not. The normally tranquil and slighly glowing arena that is csah has become an inferno of claim and counter claim.

    As is the case in the world against Viewfinder usenet arguments we see two well known RISC OS bods and quite a lot of users getting embroiled in a mud slinging and handbags at dawn affair.

    On the basis of all usenet articles on this matter and a friendly couple of people on both the Viewfinder and RISC OS graphics card list, the weight of evidence firmly falls against JK. Of course, this could be complete bumpkin.

    Note: Hmmm, I think I need some sleep!

    Discounts seem to be all the rage now. First John Kortnink reduced the price of his Viewfinder card, then we get these..

    Clares are pleased to announce the latest price reduction on LCD panels, we can now supply the following

    • AOC 15" Silver 1024x768 LCD 295(UKP) inc VAT and carriage
    • AOC 17" Silver 1280x1024 LCD 429(UKP) inc VAT and carriage.

    This is followed by this gem from Castle


    • 48-bit colour scanning
    • True 1600 x 3200 dpi scanning
    • Built in transparency unit
    • High speed scanning (A4 scan at 300dpi takes about 26s)
    • TWAIN 2 driver included


    SCANNER PRICE ukp199
    Castle's 4/port USB podule ukp59
    D Pilling's Scanning Software ukp20

    For more information, have a poke around at Castle's website

    And finally today

    New permanently low price for RISC OS 4 upgrades

    Following the securing of further OTP ROM supplies RISCOS Ltd is pleased to announce a new permanently low price for RISC OS 4 upgrades.

    With immediate effect the full RISC OS 4 ROM pack is now available for ukp85 including VAT. For users who want to upgrade more than one machine a set of ROMs only is available for ukp75 including VAT.

    Discounts are available for Dealers, Authorised Installers and User Groups who place orders in bulk.

    Orders may be placed by Cheque or Credit Card by Post to:-

    RISCOS Ltd
    3 Clarendon Road
    CF23 9JD
    Tel 02920 492324
    Fax 02920 492326

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, November 14, 2002 Read full article: 'Fancy a cheap Christmas present?'   

    From you can get a 32-bit compatible version of The One True Awk. To use it you will need to install Clib 5.34 which comes in the package (unless you have an Iyonix). This version of awk (only 43K) is derived from the one described in "The AWK Programming Language" (Addison Wesley, ISBN 0-201-07981-X). It has extra functions for Risc OS, that let you iterate over all the objects in a directory. Also ...



    I've posted a few snaps from the South East Show.

    The show was pretty crushy so I didn't really get any great opportunities to have clear shots. Hopefully these will be of some interest though.

    Show Pics

    And a quick summary of the show...

    Posted by StevePotts on Monday, November 04, 2002 Read full article: 'Quick Summary of the South East Show'   

    Mike Williams, former head honcho of Acorn Publisher, has emailed in to us with the full drop on the new baby from Castle. Hang onto your knees folks - this stuff is HOT!

    Iyonix Motherboard

    • All new design
    • ARM XScale processor (80321)
    • GeForce2 MX400 PCI video card
    • Up to 1GB DDR (Double Data Rate) memory (200MHz)
    • UDMA 100 Hard Drive
    • PCI expansion (32-bit & 64-bit)
    • Hi-speed podule bus
    • Gigabit networking (10/100/1000 base T)
    • Technical Reference Manual (to be published)

    Tasty or what! - Now read on....

    Posted by bluebottle on Monday, November 04, 2002 Read full article: 'Next up, Iyonix - the full spec...'   

    In a late change to our advertised programme of events, the Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club are
    very pleased to announce a visit from Jack
    Lillington of Castle with the NEW IYONIX computer as shown for the first time at the South East show.


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