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The Icon Bar: News and features: April Fools!
 

April Fools!

Posted by Andrew Poole on 11:00, 1/4/2005 | , , , , , , , , , ,
 
I NOC BRA?As if you haven't guessed already, today is April Fools day. Here at iconbar, we're always up for a bit of fun, so here's the round up of what went on.
 
Over here on the iconbar, we morphed ourselves to either the I NOC BRA or the Paul Vigay Appreciation Society, depending on which way you were viewing the page. We also had a nice shiny new poll, with all of one option for you. The sharp-eyed among you will have also noticed that the random quotes on the top of the Paul Vigay Appreciation Society were all Paul Vigay related. Personally, I think he approved.
 
Drobe went with a very well constructed mock up of RISC OS Mobile (well, the article was well constructed - the device looked suspiciously like a 'phone with some electrical tape on it for that "prototype" feel). Demonstrated using screenshots and a video, they "ran" a few RISC OS applications on their mobile phone including Ovation Pro, Draw and even what looked to be a mini-glimpse of Chocky's FireFox port. Their commenting system appears to have a slight flutter too, "Comment interface disabled due to excessive load average" meant that you couldn't comment on the item for most of the morning.
 
Paul Vigay was also a busy bee last night, running RISC OS 5 on his iPod (cached screenshot, since he's now taken it down) for RISCOS.org, and promising that it'll be available "in time for lunch."
 
Of course, portable RISC OS isn't as new as Drobe and RISCOS.org would have you believe - Roger Wylde of Nifty Software did that 7 years ago...
 
Roger, being a RISC OS April Fools veteran, posted to comp.sys.acorn.misc with his new Case Porting Project, aiming "to port popular 'cool' cases from the PC world into the cosy RISC OS world". He has also included 5 sample cases for you to have a look at. Case number 5 is my personal favourite.
 
Screenshots of this years antics:
(Click for full size (and full length for iPod and Drobe) versions)
I NOC BRA? Paul Vigay Appreciation Society?
RISC OS iPod? RISC OS Mobile?
 
  April Fools!
  instantiator (11:38 1/4/2005)
  andypoole (11:41 1/4/2005)
    ad (11:54 1/4/2005)
      rich (12:40 1/4/2005)
 
Lewis Westbury Message #93434, posted by instantiator at 11:38, 1/4/2005
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so the streaming video is real?
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Andrew Poole Message #93435, posted by andypoole at 11:41, 1/4/2005, in reply to message #93434

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Yes. STD/A6 have a habit of annoucing unlikely products on the first of April :)
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Andrew Duffell Message #93436, posted by ad at 11:54, 1/4/2005, in reply to message #93435
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Although I was hoping the price was a joke. ;)
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Richard Goodwin Message #93437, posted by rich at 12:40, 1/4/2005, in reply to message #93436
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Having been looking at networked webcams recently, it's actually pretty good. Although not wireless, which would be even fluffier :)
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The Icon Bar: News and features: April Fools!