As I sure, you will agree, we start this page with poetry...
We've been inundated with more than one letter for this issue, which is excellent news as it means that some RISC OS users are reading the magazine. Ot also means that because there's plenty of reader's input, this introduction can be quite short.
Many thanks for taking the time to sort out the PC card software so that it's compatible with RISC OS 6. Whilst you are right, there aren't that many people still using the PC card, it can prove to be very useful in certain circumstances and I can imagine that for a small subset of users not having access to DOs or Windows 95 after installing RISC OS 6 could be rather annoying.
I have placed a copy in the letters directory (inside Software) on this issue. At Dave's suggestion I have also spoken to RISCOS Ltd and it's intended to include the new version of !PC with the next RISC OS 6 CD. With rgard to !PC, it's quite interesting how old bugs can turn up in well loved applications now that RISC OS 6 has tightened up the security and stability of RISC OS, as an example a bug that has been in Impressions ABI mod since day one only showed up when the first version of RISC OS 6 was released.
Now, on the subject of things that don't quite work as expected...
It's a shame that you missed the quiz about what people like, and indeed why they use, RISC OS. The results were quite interesting. Although the article has been published we are quite happy to print any follow up comments from readers.
With regard to the Windows automatic update process, it amazes me the number of times I see people complaining that Windows has installed some updates and wants to restart whilst the user is still working on the machine. If this behavour gets up your nose, and it quite rightly should, then simply alter the way Windows handles automatic updates. All of my machines are set to download updates automatically, but to only install them when I say so. This is typically when I shut down the machine at the end of the day. The following screenshot from the Automatic Updates option window in Windows XP shows what I mean:
As you can see the Download updates for me, but let me choose when to install them. button is ticked. It's worth remembering that if a particular feature of Windows doesn't appeal, or indeed gets in the way, then there is quite likely to be an option to change the behaviour somewhere. My final comment with regard to automatic updates is this. Whilst they may seem to be a pain, there are regularly people moaning that "making sure Windows is up tp date takes ages", with the correct settings updates take no time at all for the user. Windows does the lot. Of course RISC OS doesn't have this problem. Not because it's better designed, but because there aren't regular free updates to fix problems.
Now let's hand over to a Foundation RISCWorld letters page regular...
Thanks for sending a copy of this and I will of course be including it on this CD. I'm not really in a position to comment about the math involved with working out the vectors of a matrix, this is mainly because I was asleep for the 6 months when we covered this subject at school. As a result my skills just about extend to working out that 2+2 spells Cat. However I am familiar with Galois, having smoked some of his cigarettes on a trip to france.
As I was starting work on this issue, just after the previous issue was duplicated and sent to subscribers I got a follow up e-mail from Martin...
The copy of Foundation RISCWorld must have arrived whilst we were having our e-mail conversation. I was delighted to include !QuineMcC on the last issue. I am also please to include !Matrix on this issue. I had already included version 2.0, from your earlier e-mail, but have updated this to version 3.0 following your changes. A copy is in the Letters directory inside the Software directory on this very issue.
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