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Frobnicate - the missing ones

The Frobnicate collection is now complete and available to be read in the PDF viewer of your choice!

Following a mention on the ROOL forums, I decided to dig up the remaining issues of Frobnicate (12b to 19) and convert them to PDF.
In order to make things work better, most of the images have been converted to JPEG (as the PostScript driver does insane things with many sprites). This was pretty simple given RISC OS' superior and correct implementation of drag'n'drop. I could 'save' a picture directly from the Ovation document to ChangeFSI (for conversion to JPEG), and then 'save' it from the ChangeFSI preview right back into the document. A few twiddles where necessary, and job done.

No alteration has been made to the text of the issues. Given that this stuff is twenty years old, don't expect email addresses or URLs to be valid. And as for my Fidonet address, that was great fun but it was a great long time ago...
As is usual, there's a lot of rubbish that could have been omitted, a bunch of outdated things, and so on. But it is what it was. Don't judge it too harshly, okay? ;-)

 

Where to find them all

 

Issues 12½ to 19

Frobnicate issue 12½
(Spring 1997; 16 pages)

The making of BudgieMgr, a review of Argonet, how SWIs work...
Frobnicate 14
(Summer 1997; 26 pages)

"Village Life In India", assembler, Econet, diary of a demented hacker...
Frobnicate 15
(Autumn 1997; 28 pages)

Diary of a hacker, assembler, digiwidget, DIY audio upgrade...
Frobnicate 16
(Winter 1997; 24 pages)

Diary of a hacker, Digiwidget, inside a CD-ROM, Simtec Dual IDE, assembler...
Frobnicate 17
(Summer 1998; 24 pages)

What's so great about Acorn computers?, RiscOS 4?, iomega zip, Diary of a hacker...
(note that the RISC OS 4 mentioned here is not ROLtd's incarnation, but what some may have liked to see in Phoebe's new RISC OS)
Frobnicate 18
(Christmas 1998; 20 pages)

Digiwidget, sorting algorithms, Lincs AUG, shamelessly plugging my own site, and a huge form for the Frobnicate awards...
Frobnicate 19
(Spring 1998; 24 pages)

Diary of a hacker, C backtrace, Diary of a hacker, LCD modules, and the results of the only Frobnicate awards ever...
(and, no, Microsoft never ever responded to my emails asking for a comment on how much their operating system (Windows 95/98) was hated! ☺)
frobextras.zip

Sources/software/info to accompany issues 14, 15, 16, 18, and 19.

There you go. 162 pages to complete the collection. If you're lucky you might get that lot printed using one regular sized overpriced tri-colour ink cartridge...

 

 

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Zerosquare, 3rd October 2018, 07:10
Great news! I think I'll try reading it on my e-book reader, I wonder how it will look.
Gavin Wraith, 3rd October 2018, 15:19
Small typo on https://www.heyrick.co.uk/frobnicate/m3.html . 
I think "issue 20" should be "issue 22".
Hello, 5th October 2018, 06:25
Great! I think this is the best news since issue 31.
David Pilling, 9th October 2018, 16:04
Hi, Didn't RISC OS have OLE, where you held down control, double clicked an image, it loads into relevant editor, then F3, save automatically reloads the image into the original document. Invented by Computer Concepts. 
Meanwhile back at Windows, where the term OLE originated, it provided a mental hill which I never reached the top of, and so never saw the paradise on the other side. Then again it could be Olé...
Jason COCKcroft, 17th October 2018, 20:42
COCK ah man benis denis, thanks for making this available.

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