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This is a special area that provides a resource for those who are using Argo's !Voyager internet suite. It contains several items of software that I have created to enhance your use of Voyager, and software that isn't specifically for Voyager but helps anyway...
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For the disbelieving PC user...

D'you remember the days of MS-DOS? When a DOS application loaded and did it's stuff with around 640K of addressable memory? When Windows 3.11 was happy (but not especially fast) on a 486 with a mere 4Mb of RAM and a tiny 200Mb harddisc?

What's a low-end PC these days? P-3 running around 850MHz, 64Mb RAM, and an 26Gb harddisc? That sound about right?

Meet my system. It is a 25MHz RISC processor, coupled to 4Mb of RAM with *NO* (repeat, NO) virtual memory, and a 2Gb harddisc. When the system is booted, and all the patches are loaded, I have around 2Mb free memory. My HTML 3.2 compliant web browser, Fresco 1.72, is currently fully loaded and operational in around 1Mb. Add another 320K and I can load up the JavaScript version. Add another 200K and I can have several different types of SLL, including the semi-restricted SSL-128.

Actually, as of January 2001, it is now a 40MHz (forty, not a typo...) processor, 32Mb RAM and no VM - and I have 26Mb free with dialler/browser/image editor and some other bits loaded. I could still get away with 4Mb, but you see the RiscPC came with 16Mb fitted, and I had another 16Mb SIMM in an old PC so I figured, 'why not'?
At time of original writing, the above was true. And if I swap harddiscs, it would still be true. So it still holds.

The machine is supplied with a nifty and comprehensive BASIC (which is nothing like the Q-BASIC you might have come across, and it is not like VisualBasic either - VB seems to me like a Windows scripting language based loosely on C++). The BASIC interpreter includes a full assembler.
Coupling all of this with the simplicity and versatility of the system, and good old fashioned tight code, it is possible to get on-line with a 32K program, and have some features. The bigger version does loads of stuff, and only needs 128K!

This isn't the state of the Acorn/RISC OS technology. I know people with way-fast Kinetic processors and around ~256Mb of memory. Sadly, though, I'm not one of them...


PS: ALL of my software is for RISC OS. If you're on the hunt for new stuff, you'll find no warez here. :-)


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