Aaron Timbrells own bit of the magazine.
Well despite the best efforts of Hugh Jampton and others RISC World has reached the end of Volume number 1. Since I took over with issue number 4 our subscriptions have continued to climb and the feedback I have received so far has been very positive. Of course it's now crunch time. If you like RISC World and want to continue reading it then subscribe; if you don't like it then tell us so we can alter the magazine. Feedback from our readers is increasing all the time, just check out the letters page, but more is always welcome. We need to know when we have done things right, and when we have done things wrong.
One of things I wanted to do when I took over was publish articles that the other magazines didn't. There is no point subscribing to three or four RISC OS magazine if they all feature the same things. This month we have an article on developments from the hardware manufacturers and an exclusive on the new PACE Set Top Box. I am pretty sure that other RISC OS magazines didn't get someone into the demonstration of the prototype!
We also have a couple of articles on emulation. We want to show you how to run RISC OS software on a Windows PC and how how to run Windows on a RISC PC without a PC card.
You may have noticed that StarPROG is missing from this issue. It's missing for one very simple reason, we only received one submission. I monitor all the series in RISC World, if one doesn't generate a response it gets pulled. After all, what do you think happened to the puzzle from Rex? If you would like StarPROG back then send in some programs!
Remember, we only write RISC World, the readers are the people who matter. Already we have several new series planned for the next volume, including a new Digital Imaging column. This idea was suggested by a reader, and after a discussion he has also agree to write the new column, and of course like all our authors he will be paid. If you have an idea for a column or an article then send it to me and you never know, your name could be in lights, well HTML anyway.
RISC World Issue 7
As I am sure you will have noticed this issue is rather large. Not only is each issue getting gradually bigger but this one also includes the full contents of issues 1 to 6 as well. This means you can keep the whole first volume of RISC World on a single CD. As for the individual CDs that comprised each issue, well why not give them to a friend. And if your friend subscribes don't forget to tell them to use the "Friends" form on the root of the CD. If they do then you will get an extra issue of RISC World for yourself free!
We have also included an HTML search engine on this CD. This can search the entire contents of Volume 1 and return HTML links based on any keyword you enter. Simply enter the keyword you are looking for, then click Begin. The status window will show you which issue is being searched. Once the search is over a save dialogue box will open, just drag this file to your browser and you will have a set of links you can follow for each article that contains your keyword.
Editors Rant of the month
I really don't have much of a rant this month, simply because I can't think of anything much that has gone wrong. We have had our usual small mix of Custards (50% Customer 50% Bastard) over the last few weeks but none of them have proved to be too difficult to help. However, I was most impressed with one customer who sent an e-mail registering a product purchase but hadn't included their address. Oh, or their real name. I have installed a few more RISC OS 4 upgrades over the last couple of weeks and all went smoothly. Work is continuing on a new version of DrawWorks scheduled for release at Wakefield.
In fact the only thing that has driven me at all mad is the amount of mud in the back garden. This mud has an annoying habit of attaching itself to any Greyhounds that may be belting round the garden. The attached mud then ends up welded to carpets, walls, beds, sofas, me, etc as the Greyhound flies back into the house. I presume it is the speed that causes the mud to permanently weld itself to everything so efficiently. So since we can't remove the hound from the garden we are going to remove the mud and pave the effected sections to (hopefully) solve the problem. In the meant time if you want to re-create the Battle of the Somme indoors out of the rain just pop round.
Printing RISC World
The new look of RISC World means that when you want to print an article on your printer it will have the light yellow background. However most web browsers allow you to turn off the background images when printing. The example below shows the print dialogue box from Fresco.
As you can see the option "No Background" is ticked. If you want to print out any of the RISC World pages then make sure you have clicked a similar option in your browser.