Making a surprise recovery and getting out of bed against doctor's orders, it's the RISCWorld letters page...
Welcome to a packed letters page, and no I don't mean the page has been packed up ready to be disposed of. It seems that our eager readers have responded to the critical condition of the letters page and have put finger to keyboard to contact us. So lets see what's in our first letter...
I have passed the comment onto Dave Holden who assembles the end of volume compilations. The file is indeed faulty, so it's not Netsurf that's making a mistake. Having said that I would expect a modern browser to have a stab at rendering the file anyway. The fault is that 3 lines have got deleted from the top of the HTML. If you need to read the file then load it into a text editor along with another RISCWorld article. Copy the first three lines of HTML from the working file to the non working textarea article. Now save the textarea article to your hard drive and it should now render in NetSurf.
We can only apologise for the mistake, it does happen sometimes. It will be corrected when the compilations are next duplicated.
The number of Iyonixs was reported by a well known developer who licences software to Castle for bundling with the Iyonix. Since some Iyonix machines come without a software bundle there will obviously be more than the bare 600 sold, but I doubt it's that many more. It's certainly not the thousands that some Castle apologists have claimed in the past. However in my view the Iyonix couldn't be seen as especially pricey, given that they start at around £799 for the base version, which is cheap for a very low production run piece of equipment. As you have noted the A9 is going to be even cheaper, as well as much smaller and even quieter and looks like it will give the Iyonix a good run for it's money performance wise. But, you can't add memory to the A9 and you can't change the harddisc, like the Mac Mini it's a sealed box. So it's horses for courses, price vs expandability. Hopefully the lower price of the A9 will tempt some of the more price sensitive users who haven't purchased an Iyonix but time will tell.
Many users seem to have made the same decision as you have, to stick with a RiscPC, but to upgrade it. This plan is fine until the RiscPC fails, which they will do eventually. Some parts are getting harder to find, e.g. batteries, even CJE don't have them in stock! (APDL do - Dave Holden) and sooner or later the machines will become beyond further repair. My advice to anyone is to purchase another RiscPC for spares, just in case!
Anyway moving on to the Ideographic language problem, I know that EFF (Electronic Font Foundry) did do some work in this area, have you contacted them to see if they can help out?
Finally it's time for the letters page chief consultant to do his rounds, Dr Vince Hudd...
Thanks Vince. Since most humans have 2 legs how about binary?
Not a bad idea, of course since we were In Search Of letters, perhaps some form of ISO encoding might be in order.
So that's it for this letter(s) page. However lets not get complacent. Just because we have had letters this issue doesn't mean we will have any next issue unless you, the reader, write in to us. So please do contact us using the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org.