Look someone's written to us....
After the last issue, where to be honest we were a bit light on the letters front, it's nice to see a whole pile of your words come tumbling in.
Ah, the reason for using X-Files is that you an run things directly from the CD, you can also copy the entire X-Files folder off the CD and still use programs that require long file names on a machine that only supports 10 character file names. However we have now solved the problem by getting hold of the X-Files sources and have converted it to 32 bit ourselves. So from now on Iyonix owners can run X-Files archives directly without having to use a 26 bit machine. A copy of this new 32bit version is hidden inside the !RWWorld application. I don't know about a 32bit ZipEE, but one would be very useful.
Thanks for the nice comments about RISCWorld, we hope it continues to thrive as well. As for the StrongARM upgrade, some tests were indeed 10 times faster then on older processors, the Arm610 was a 30Mhz part and the Arm710 was 40Mhz. The original Strongarm was a 202Mhz part, an overclocked version can go up to 287Mhz, which is almost 10 times the speed of the original Arm610. BASIC in particular benefited from the StrongARM as, by luck, more than design, the BASIC interpreter could sit in one of the StrongARM's caches, and so wasn't limited so much by the slow RiscPC bus speed. If you are going to try overclocking don't forget to read this issues article on cooling.
And now a complaint.
Well there are two approaches to this, the first is to agree and to say that yes I will try and get this right in future. The other is to point out that English is a dynamic language and has changed over the years, the rules of punctuation should perhaps be seen in a modern context as simply guidelines that one might decide to adhere to in particular circumstances, however as guidelines they must remain flexible and allow the creative spirit of the author to shine through without being chained down by a totalitarian regime with it's roots buried firmly in the past. Actually I think I will try and just get it right in future, it will be easier.
Oh and what happened to your article for the last issue?
Now a letter about a piece of cover software we ran last year.
Sorry I didn't get your first e-mail. A few e-mails have gone back and forward with regard to Recycler, since other users may well be interested Dave Bradforth had this to say..."Recycler is going to be rewritten at some point to work properly on the Iyonix, as well as to remove some annoyances with earlier versions of RISC OS. At the moment, it's a low priority because of the other work taking place, but it's certainly in the works.".
Which kind of solves that, sort of, however Matt also went on to say...
if possible can you put the "Iyonix OK" logo with a program, so that we know if it will work or not on the iyonix?
I will do my best to try and implimemt this from this issue onwards. Now a subscriptions foul up...
Sorry about you getting 2 copies (perhaps one for the week one for Sunday best?). I have forwarded your e-mail to Dave Holden as he sends out the CDs. I suggest using the spare as either a wildebeest scarer (since hanging some CDs in my parents garden none of their plants have been eaten by wildebeest), or with the addition of a bit of string, a nice medallion.
Finally an update on !Convolve from a previous issue.
Users would be well advised to have a poke around the software that Martin has written, indeed if you have a look at this months PD column you will find a copy of !Text2Draw, a very useful app written by Martin.
Well that's all we have this volume. If you have any comments on this issue don't forget to write in.