Acorn Publisher / Acorn User / Qercus
By now some people should have received their copy of Qercus - ie issue
268 of Acorn User or vol 10 issue 1 of Acorn Publisher. The additional
printing numbers and distribution is new to us so we're not sure how long
it will take to get to all subscribers or to be available in the shops.
Some bulk mailings to overseas customers may not go until next week.
Our experience so far with the database we inherited from Tau Press is
that some customers will receive duplicate copies of the magazine whilst
others will not receive one at all. We have been working hard to put right
as many errors as we could identify but we know there are still some
If you receive an extra issue will you please let us know and tell us
which reference numbers are on the two (three/four!) labels so that we can
put it right for next time. Please don't return any copies - donate
duplicates to a friend, library, dentist/doctor's waiting room &c
If you don't receive your copy (UK) then please do not let us know until
the middle of next week; we have arranged to do *another* sweep of the
database after the SW Show and may have sorted out outstanding problems by
the time you call. Whilst far-flung Acorn User subscribers should receive
their copies faster than before they should give it an extra week at least
before reporting non-receipt.
For this occasion reminders have been sent separately from the magazine
and should have already been received by UK subscribers who n...Qercus (Acorn User / Acorn Publisher) binders
The new Qercus binders will be available within 2 weeks and we're taking
orders now. They are available in dark blue with the Qercus logo in gold on
the spine. The binders will match previous Acorn Publisher binders but will
hold 14 copies of the magazine so Qercus readers will have a spare string
for notes and indexes whilst Acorn Publisher readers will have room for two
years' issues including two annual special issues of Qercus.
Qercus is well-worth collecting so order your binder today.
Binders will cost 8.95 each inc UK postage and may (just) be available at
Until the end of May new subscribers starting their subscription with issue
268, and ordering a binder at the same time, will receive their first issue
ie UK subscription + binder = 49.95 + 8.95 = 58.90 for year's subscription
from issue 269 with issue 268 free.
Orders should be sent to "Finnybank Ltd" 30 Finnybank Road Sale M33 6LR or
by phone to 0161 969 9820. Cheques or cards can be accepted.
Binders and magazines will be despatched together as soon as the binders
John Cartmell editor Qercus - firstname.lastname@example.org www.qercus.com
Qercus: a fusion of Acorn Publisher & Acorn User magazines
one magazine for graphics & design - one magazine for all RISC OS users
Finnybank Ltd 30 Finnybank Rd Sale M33 6LR == 0161 969 9820
email@example.com, Moderator of comp.sys.acorn.anno...Acorn User / Qercus
Finnybank Ltd earlier announced that it has purchased Acorn User
magazine from Tau Press and promised more details of the format of the
new magazine. Finnybank now own both Acorn Publisher and Acorn User
magazine and whilst it might be tempting to simply merge the two
publications there are subscribers to Acorn Publisher who may not be
interested in taking a general RISC OS magazine.
Acorn Publisher will consequently continue as it is at present and will
be produced every two months as in the past using the same team of
contributors as before. UK Subscription rates will remain unchanged but
t...Acorn User / Qercus
We have made an announcement of issue 269 of Qercus / Acorn User but it has
not yet appeared here. In short it should be with you this week.
We're also trying to make sense of the records we received from Tau Press
and it's clear that a good number of subscribers have not received their
copies of Acorn User / Qercus from us because they were not included in the
database that we received from Tau Press. Working our way through the paper
records is a slow job so if you - or anyone you know - should be getting
the magazine by subscription then please check that you have at ...Qercus / Acorn User 280
Qercus 280 will be dropping through your letter box sometime very soon. The
first batch left our office today.
Qercus 280 is a special issue as it is the first to include the new title that
we are using throughout 2007 to celebrate the 25 years since Acorn User
started to support the BBC Acorn computers.
Qercus/Acorn User includes a number of special features in addition to the
usual range that you find in Qercus. In addition our website will include
extra articles rescued from the early days of Acorn User. These will begin to
appear as soon as we have completed phase one of the Acorn User archive site
Qercus / Acorn User 280:
One looking back (and forwards) and a guest column saying that compatibility
does not mean cloning.
Thanks to Justin Fletcher and a look forward to Select 4.1.
Reminder of the South west Show.
Andrew Hopper, Thunderbird, C/C++, Grapevine, TextEffX, &c.
Turning on the Style - producing artwork in the style of JMW Turner (see
cover) - from David Cowell.
American Type & Goudy - A history of Type by Peter Newble.
Islands - Chris Wraight's version of the Risk game.
ArtWorks - Chris Jarman tells you why you need to upgrade.
Web Wonder - Sue Norcross takes a first look at the newly extended web site
Acorn User Special:
Introduction with readers' offers on games.
Acorn User - the first ten years.
Acorn User - the Early Days - Paul Beverley recalls writing for Acorn
...Happy New Year from Qercus/Acorn User magazine
Is it June already?
*A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well*
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW
To e-mail, change noise into sound.
...Happy New Year from Qercus/Acorn User magazine
A very happy New Year to all our readers, advertisers and contributors.
2007 is a very special year for us as we will be celebrating the 25th
anniversary of Acorn User magazine. Throughout the year each issue of Qercus -
Qercus/Acorn User for the duration of 2007 - will include references to
articles from the past, reported by the original authors and others
responsible for the ground-breaking Acorn (and subsequent) computers.
To accompany the magazine itself we will be developing an archive Acorn User
site that will keep pace with items that are reported in Qercus and additional
articles and 'reprints' will find their way into our on-line magazine.
The very first few issues of Acorn User from 1982 are already catalogued
(covers and contents pages) on the new Acorn User site with hints to the
archive contents of Qercus issue 280. Selected articles from those issues will
be linked from the Acorn User site when issue 280 is published at the end of
Our aim is to have sample covers and contents lists from the whole of the
output of Acorn User by the end of the year - and to add links to archive and
updated articles, series, and software that represent the output of Acorn User
and Qercus/Acorn User from 1982 to date.
Those of you running web-sites that record Acorn and related hardware and
software may want to request links from specific articles in our contents
lists. If so please contact us at the Qercus/Acorn User office.
Issue 280 of Qercus/Acorn User ...Qercus 284
Qercus 284 will be with subscribers over the next few days.
This issue covers RISC OS events throughout July & August and prepares
readers for the busy Autumn season.
We introduce our RISC OS Guide which, in future, will be a rolling list of
RISC OS products and services replacing our Contacts page. User Groups will
now be listed on the web site but can also apply to appear on the Guide
We start our round-up of what makes the RISC OS community special with a
look at the RISC OS Shows including full details of the South East Show and
the Midlands Christmas Show.
Our Professional Desktop Publishing feature starts with the selection of The
Right Type by David Bradforth.
Root and Branch (genealogy) part 3 examines the GEDCOM file format with the
aid of Robert Hemmings who wrote the reader for GEDCOM files that was
featured in Star Info some time ago.
Fred Wyropiquet starts a series on Games Mathematical. The series will be
about the use of mathematics and computing in games and will often challenge
readers to produce a program related to the article. The first article shows
the mathematics behind a magic trick. Items from the article are available
to download from the Qercus site and there are pages to print out for a set
of three bonus pencil and paper games that have been devised just for you.
Check pages 24/25 for this month's special offer for new and repeat
The second part of the DTP special is Hot Off the Press by Mark Moxon w...Qercus / Acorn User 282
Advertisers - Contributors:
Although the last copies of Qercus 281 have only just been posted to
subscribers we are also nearing completion of Qercus 282. Advertisers,
contributors, &c shouldn't be misled into thinking that you can wait a month
to send the copy - it really is needed right now!
Issue 282 is the May issue and issue 283 the June issue. Whilst we need copy
*now* for the May issue we also have an early date for copy for issue 283
(June) to give us plenty of time to prepare the special July/August issue of
Qercus / Acorn User.
Additional copies of the magazine with agreements/invoices should (finally) be
on their way to you next week.
We have had to bring forward some articles so others have been delayed. We
expect to get all promised articles published by the end of the summer.
NB We expect copies of the current issue (281) to be delivered anytime from
today onwards but, due to the vagaries of postal systems, please don't report
non-receipt (UK) until this time next week. Overseas subscribers should
calculate expected date of receipt assuming items were posted today (ie when
the last batch was actually sent).
Good reading! And we look forward to seeing (some of) you at the new Wakefield
venue on Saturday 19th May - details of the Show in Qercus 281 of course.
John Cartmell - editor AT qercus.com www.qercus.com www.acornuser.com
Qercus/Acorn User: reporting on computers & computing since 1982
Qercus/Acorn User, 30 Finny...Qercus / Acorn User 281 April 2007 issue
Qercus issue 281 is now on its way to subscribers. Anyone who wishes to
purchase a single copy may do so direct from the publishers.
Qercus 281 continues the theme of the 2007 issues of Qercus being titled
Qercus/Acorn User in order to signal the 25th anniversary of Acorn User
Those of you looking for the music cover will be disappointed. We decided to
avoid another 'white page' cover and so you are presented with a
(much better) digital tree in its place.
In Qercus 281 we advertise the Wakefield 2007 Show and its new location, the
about-to-be-released RO6 manuals, and new releases for Wakefield.
We return to the problematic subject of Masks for an Abstract completed in the
style of David Cowell - but this time by Richard Ashbery. So many find the
idea of Masks difficult and we have now tackled the subject from three
perspectives by different authors.
In a new series we continue the subjects of Genealogy and Graphicacy by
displaying and annotating a page display designed to bring together a set of
difficult genealogical problems from a piece of real research. Annotated Ideas
will develop as a series and look at display and technical pages from a
range of disciplines and backgrounds. The Qercus editor welcomes other
contributions to the series.
Some of you may remember Philip's Music Scribe - a program for producing music
for typesetting. This month we feature an article by its author, Philip Hazel,
and our web-site will be giving details of the con...Acorn User CDs
I'm having a clearout. I have:
Acorn User CD 1
Acorn User CD 2
Acorn User CD 3
Acorn User CD 10 [the one with the Krisalis games on it]
I'm open to an offer for the lot.
Definitely interested... Can you contact me by email at lock_gareth at yahoo dot co dot uk.
...Acorn Users / Quercuses
I have a large number of old Acorn Users and Quercues (Querci?);
which I'd rather not dispose of without making an attempt to find
someone who might like them. They're probably not a complete sequence
(I expect I've lost a few over the years) and almost all of the cover
media have been removed and lost; but I'll happily give them away for
free to anyone who can come around to my house in Cambridge and take
them; or I could think about shipping (but magazines in quantity get
quite heavy I think?).
Jonathan Amery. Through many dangers, toils and...Acorn User #2
Finnybank Ltd and Tau Press today announced the sale of Acorn User
magazine. Tau Press have been responsible for publishing Acorn User for
the last five years, mainly under the editorship of Steve Turnbull. The
magazine now passes into the hands of Finnybank Ltd who currently
produce Acorn Publisher magazine.
Steve Turnbull from Tau Press commented "I am very happy that John has
agreed to take over the publication of Acorn User. With Tau Press moving
into new areas we won.t be able to devote all our energies to it and a
change in publisher always generates new ideas and new viewpoints. Y...acorn usb info
How do I print using !Printers 1.64a to an usb printer connected to a
Simtec USB card, ie how does the data get to the usb port, is it printed
to file first and if so what is the address to send it to.
Simtec USB card
Epson C 40 UX
In message <email@example.com>
"Peter Stubbings" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> How do I print using !Printers 1.64a to an usb printer connected to a
> Simtec USB card, ie how does the data get to the usb port, is it printed
>...Acorn NC or Acorn NetStation, looking for one.
I am looking for an Acorn NC with ethernet interface! If someone has
one, please let me know, and a reasonable price. Complete, with the
remote and etc!
In message <email@example.com>
> I am looking for an Acorn NC with ethernet interface! If someone has
> one, please let me know, and a reasonable price. Complete, with the
> remote and etc!
I shall be eBaying an NC with ethernet, but no remote, fairly shortly,
possibly in the next few weeks.
RISC OS - you know it makes cents
...Some Acorn user discs
I have a stack of Acorn User discs sitting in my room (about 75) which need
shifting. Out of curiosity, are they worth anything to anyone out there? I
haven't decided what to do with them yet, but if no one in my immediate
circle can find a use for them, perhaps someone else might offer something
In article <JMjXc.415$Ch2.firstname.lastname@example.org>,
W.Simpson <email@example.com> wrote:
> I have a stack of Acorn User discs sitting in my room (about 75) which
> need shifting. Out of curiosity, are they worth an...Acorn User archive
The first phase of the Acorn User archive project is now complete. The Acorn
User web-site at www.acornuser.com now has a complete listing of all issues of
Acorn User together with the front cover and a contents listing.
The project is being done by John Peachey and his team - and they have
completed this first phase months earlier than expected. Many thanks to them.
Over the next few weeks we will start to add links to selections of
the articles themselves. The original electronic versions of the
articles no longer exist so only a very small selection of articles can
be reproduced from the paper sources and we will be republishing some
in an updated and re-edited form whilst others may be reproduced as
images of the original page.
This phase of the project will take very much longer and will be an ongoing
task - but to start it we are looking to you to say which of the articles and
series from Acorn User you would like to see re-emerge. To start with we have
histories of Acorn;
reviews of significant items of hardware & software;
programming using BBC BASIC, Assembler, C, &c.
If you would like to see any articles from Acorn User being made available on
the web then please tell us which you would like to see - either in its
original form or updated; it will take a great deal of work to reproduce the
articles so we want to ensure that we include what many of you want. Please
browse through the contents ...Acorn M4 info
The talk about the A500 prompted this one...
Does anyone have any info on the M4? We've got one of the boards
(s/n 0001, complete with ROMs thankfully) but nothing more. According to
the full acorn machine list:
"This is an A680 in a large case about 8 times the volume of a standard
A400 style Archimedes machine. A very rare beast this one as apparently
only two machines were ever produced. It is rumoured that the first one
has been destroyed, so as far as I am aware there is only one of these
machines in existance."
.... so, anyone know what the case looked like, what keyboa...Acorn User back issues
We're now able to offer Acorn User back issues up to the December 2004
issue. It will take a few weeks to sort out exactly which issues are
available and we will be offering them in bundles at discounted proces.
In the meantime individual copies can be purchased (where available) at
�4.20 + p&p.
If you want a particular issue then let us know and we'll search for it for
you. If you want a number of issues then we'll do the same and offer a
NB Most issues of Acorn User sold out soon after publication unlike Acorn
Publisher where extra copies were deliberat...Southampton Acorn Users Group
The next meeting of the Southampton Acorn Users Group will take place
on Monday January 9th, at Itchen College, Middle Road, Bitterne,
Southampton, from 19:00 until 21:00. We will probably be in room E1.
Admission is free and all are welcome. Bring along all the computing
stuff that you'd like to.
Although our meetings are usually on the second Monday of every month
except August, we will have to vary that this February and April. The
dates will be:
February 6th (Note: this is the first Monday)
April: Date to be advised
The second Monday in February falls in the college's half term, so we
will meet one week early. This April is remarkable: the first three
Mondays all fall in the college's Easter holiday. I will sort out a
date a bit nearer the time.
For further information, please either e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring me on 023 8022 2312.
email@example.com, Moderator of comp.sys.acorn.announce.
Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Related mail to email@example.com
...Acorn User ABC figures
Does anyone know how many readers Acorn User got in its heyday? I have a
feeling the readership was about 60,000 at one point, but if anyone knows
what the Audit Bureau of Circulation figures were, I'd be hugely grateful.
In article <BC1893F7.DE3Cfirstname.lastname@example.org>, Alex Singleton
> Does anyone know how many readers Acorn User got in its heyday? I have a
> feeling the readership was about 60,000 at one point, but if anyone knows
> what the...Acorns fall next to the tree [Acorn stuff on ebuy UK]
I usually don't surf Acorns, but I noticed some on ebuy.
Acorn RiscOS 3.5 ROMs - no reserve
Acorn 486 Co-processor card - no reserve
Acorn Arm610 processor card - no reserve
...FA: Acorn Archimedes A310 and Acorn AKF50 Monitor #2
For Auction on eBay (Less than 20 hours to go):
Acorn Archimedes A310 and Acorn AKF50 Monitor
British Broadcasting Corporation Microcomputer System
Processor: ARM 3
Memory: 8 MB
Hard Disc: 350 MB
Design IT E500 Access+ (Ethernet 10Base2)
Oak SCSI Interface
Watford Electronics Scanner
Original keyboard with extension cable
Watford Electronics Hand Scanner
Acorn AKF50 with mains connection to A310 and 9/15 adapter.
Slight superficial damage to monitor case.
Used to be in daily use. Needed only fresh AA batteries (for CMOS RAM) to
ov...ACORN USER CD-ROM1
Has anyone got the Acorn User first CD-ROM ? the one that contained
the cover discs from Acorn Computing on it. It's just that I have been
trying to get hold of the BBC Micro 8bit 5.25" subscription disc for
Volume 11 Number 11 (Special Issue 1993) without any luck, however a
response on the Archive mailing list has left me a bit confused, the
following was posted
Re:Someone was wanting 8bs software for year 93 which one was it
these are done as 93_01S , 93_02S, 93_03S , 93_04S�, 93_05S , 93_06S ,
93_07S , 93_08S , 93_09S , 93_10S , 93_11S and 93_12S ?.
as on the CD-ROM...