It's quite ace and it fills up the space...it's the RISCWorld letters page.
And this months guest host is Cyril Fletcher.....
It's no wonder you've only just produced your first letters page - you don't make your email address easy to find! I have a suite of three games (one of) which might be suitable for the StarPROG section. Lawrence Granville says "If you want StarPROG to continue then send in your contributions!" but doesn't suggest where to send them.
Maze Runner (!Mazers) is in an 11Kb file at www.quercus.ukgateway.net/mazer.zip. I'd be happy to email it to you at an address of your choice. It has only just been uploaded and has been announced only on argonet.zfc
I do like RiscWorld and I find the backup of the csa.* newsgroups very useful.
Thank you Ester, fair comment about contacting us, there is an HTML page for contacts, but the link to it was hidden at the bottom of the main contents page, Aaron has now moved it to somewhere a bit more obvious, perhaps in 72 point neon pink letters? (No. Ed). I have passed on the copy of !Mazers to Laurence for inclusion in StarProg. The backup of the UseNet seems to be very popular with readers, now you can read all the misinformed half truths without having to pay for the phone calls!
The DrawWorks series is proving very popular, perhaps this would be a good time to ask what people would really like to see in the next few articles, what bits of DrawWorks New Millennium would you like Aaron to cover?
The little !RUNIT program hidden inside RISCWorld issues 4 and 5 seems to have caused a fair amount of problems, from this issue we are trying a new version which we hope will solve the problems. The author responsible is a Mr D. Holden of No Fixed Abode (number 7a) and has been severely castigated, although he did tell us....
I think you've solved it yourself. RUNIT is necessary to canonicalise the filename before running the HTML, otherwise the browser won't be able to find the links. It does this perfectly legally using OS_FSControl 37. It would appear that you've got a piece of 'rogue' software that's intercepting this call and interfering with it.
For those of you unfamiliar with technical support speak that translates as "it's someone elses fault", and indeed the !RUNIT application is completely legal!. However Aaron has noticed that quitting a ZIP driver (if loaded) will often sort out the problem. If this doesn't work then simply SHIFT Double Clicking on the RISCWorld application and then double click on the INDEX html file. However Mr Punchard was not the only one who had problems....
Well we are delighted that Aarons rant of the month at least provided some help. The CD's have changed from issue 3 onwards, however any CD-ROM drive will still read them, but the software driver supplied with RISC OS 4 can get things quite badly wrong at times. The problem with the "Abort on data transfer" errors will be caused by something on your computer, but at present we have no idea what, perhaps the new version of !RUNIT will solve the problem. As software developers will testify the only thing that works 100% of the time is the error dialogue box.
And now part of an on-going e-mail exchange between John Cartmell and David Bradforth.
Do let Aaron know your views - if you felt it were a touch slim, tell him what you feel could be done to improve it. Strictly speaking, though, the issue of RISC World that's just gone out (number 5) is the largest issue yet, and if you count value by the software on the cover disc, there's really a lot to look at!
David was quite correct, issue 5 was the biggest issue so far. We do try and ensure we include a wide range of articles as well as exclusives on the latest developments, witness our review of the RiscStation Osaris last issue. I have been asked to remind readers that RISCWorld is your magazine, if there is something you want use to write about then please do e-mail the editor Aaron Timbrell. .
Well thats it for this issues letters page, and I am indebted to a Mr M from London who sent in this amusing carrot. (you are fired - ED). Next time we hope to have an amusing little man from Cardif who can say sausages but can't add up, back to you Ester.