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New bounty scheme launched

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 00:00, 1/4/2011 | , , , ,
 
As you know, over the past few years there's been a general downturn in the number of articles appearing on The Icon Bar. In response to pressure from our readers, we've come up with a radical new stimulus package designed to combat this issue. Starting today, the author of any new article posted on the site will be rewarded with a bounty, which they will receive within 10 working days of the article going live. For full details about the different bounties that can be awarded to each article, please see our sponsor's site. Don't delay; submit your article today! *
 
 
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RISC OS on OMAP - the future?

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 12:00, 19/5/2009 | , , , , , , , ,
 
BeagleBoard.org logoAs most of you probably know by now, a few months ago I started work on porting RISC OS Open's RISC OS kernel to TI's OMAP3 platform - a group of SoC's (Systems on a Chip) which use ARM Cortex-A8 cores. To date, OMAP3 SoC's have been confirmed as being used in various products, including the Pandora handheld gaming console, the Touch Book convertible netbook/tablet, and the BeagleBoard development board. For years RISC OS users have been asking for a new portable RISC OS machine, and soon they may find that they have several available.
 
 
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A Few Reasons to be Cheerful

Posted by Chris on 14:00, 7/5/2007 | ,
 
Ian DuryIt's seemingly mostly doom and gloom these days in the increasingly small world of RISC OS, with the glaring deficiencies in the platform still unresolved and the latest releases from the OS developers having received an underwhelming response. However, it's always easier to concentrate on the dark side, and possible to overlook the fact that there's nice stuff happening too. So I thought I'd highlight a few of those developments here in this article.
 
Now, before anything else, I should make clear that this is *not* an attempt at advocacy: I'm not trying to argue that RISC OS is in a good state, and certainly not that users of other OSes should switch over (or back). All I'm aiming to do is talk about some areas where RISC OS seems to me to be getting a bit better. And there are more of these than might be obvious, at least if reading Usenet is your guide to the health of the platform.
 
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An arbitrary number of possibly influential RISC OS things

Posted by Phil Mellor on 15:00, 23/3/2007 | , , , , , , , ,
 
In this article we look at some of the programs and projects - some obvious, others less so - that influenced the history of the RISC OS platform and its users. These are our suggestions, not a top ten and certainly not in any particular order. What other applications would you add to the list?
 
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The programmer hierarchy

Posted by Phil Mellor on 12:00, 19/3/2007 | , ,
 
A chart showing which languages make programmers feel superior to other programmers. Where would you put BBC Basic?
 
PDF: The Programmer Hierarchy (via daringfireball)
 
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RISC OS - the week in comments; episode 3

Posted by Phil Mellor on 14:30, 18/3/2007 | , , , , , ,
 
We need more demosEach week we hold up a mirror to the people of RISC OS and reflect the current topics of debate.
 
In this, the third exciting installment:
  • Demo versions of software
  • BBC iPlayer protests won't aid RISC OS
  • Another user says goodbye

 
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RISC OS - the week in comments; episode 2

Posted by Phil Mellor on 23:45, 9/3/2007 | , , , , , ,
 
AcornThe latest RISC OS chat brought to you in glorious cut-n-paste-o-vision.
 
In this week's episode:
  • Whatever happened to VA for Mac?
  • Should developers join forces?
  • A7000 puts you on hold
  • Acorn Computers admit their past

 
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What you can do with Draw

Posted by Phil Mellor on 11:00, 3/1/2007 | , , ,
 
In my opinion, the Draw module is one of the most significant and useful components of RISC OS. For the uninitiated, it provides a set of routines for calculating, transforming and rendering lines, polygons, bezier curves, sprites, and text. The Draw application has been bundled with every version of RISC OS and the draw file format is a defacto standard for almost every RISC OS application that incorporates graphics in some way.
 
Aside from the obvious applications such as word processing, desktop publishing, and so on, many other programs use Draw files in quite unique ways. As an example, the sound editing program Sonor can export sound waves in Draw format.
 
In this article I hope to demonstrate some of the flexibility that Draw and the RISC OS desktop can provide.
 
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Why ex-RISC OS users should get a Mac

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The Vigay will never abandon RISC OS [Updated]

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Leave RISC OS

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Six month old arguments, there

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Icon Bar and Acorn Arcade relaunch

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Iyonix: first birthday review

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