Now on critical life support, it's the RISCWorld letters page...
This issue we will kick off with the only letters anyone could be bothered to send us...(sniff)...
Thanks for the kind words. Regarding computer technicians I don't think it's just Italian ones that have problems diagnosing problems. I've been aware of a number of cases of ct (computer technician/complete twit) overload recently. One example that stuck on my mind was a customer who was told that the network interface on his laptop had died and so he needed a new laptop. He obviously rung me having got the machine back from the shop he had taken it to over a week before. It took me about 5 minutes on the phone to discover that the reason the interface didn't work was because no drivers had been installed for it!
This brings me neatly to someone even worse than a real computer technician, the "friend". In many cases I see examples of the "friend" re-installing Windows on a machine, but neglecting to install any of the motherboard drivers, brilliant.
Anyway thanks for the tip about SpeedFan, I have put a copy in this issues software directory in the Windows section. For anyone that's thinking of buying a new laptop I can thoroughly recommend SterlingXS. I recently purchased a new laptop with a 15.1" screen, Athlon 2400+ processor, 30GB harddrive, integral CD writer/DVD reader and a host of ports, including 4 USB ports and a firewire one for the princely sum of £399 (including VAT). This wasn't a second hand machine but a brand new one. Sterling were even kind enough to unbox a machine to find out what motherboard chipset it used and then ring me back with the answer. Even better the machine came without an OS, so I wouldn't be paying for yet another copy of Windows when I had a spare WinXP sitting in the office. I ordered it at half past four on Wednesday and it arrived before ten on Friday morning.
So far I am very pleased with it. Despite the low price it's well made, although it's from a brand I had never heard of (iFriend). It runs VRPC well and even runs some older 3D games very well, including Serious Sam. Anyway enough of that and lets please leave the subject of fixing roofs, decorating the living room (now 90% done after 2 months) and especially fixing cars.
Anyway that's enough waffle from me, lets move on to out second letter...
Not so much swell the letters page as double it! Thanks for confirming that the series 2 tracks are on the CD as well as the series 3 tracks. Perhaps it might be worth passing on the problem with the series 4 tracks directly to APDL. It's interesting to see that third party hacks for StuntRacer were produced and I wasn't aware of these. As for hosting them on the APDL or RISCWorld websites this isn't something we would want to do. Mind you what I would like to see is a general RISC OS software repository, a one-stop shop for freeware, along the lines of TuCows.
So that's it for this letter(s) page As before why not help save the RISCWorld letters page from wasting away to nothing by e-mailing us to the following address firstname.lastname@example.org.