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Acorn kit auction for children's charity

By Chris Williams. Published: 5th Dec 2005, 18:27:07 | Permalink | Printable

Bring, bid and raise cash this Wednesday evening [Updated]

Auction hammerUsers in Yorkshire will be cleaning out their cupboards and raiding lofts in search of old Acorn kit to flog at a charity fund raising event organised by the WROCC this week. The usergroup is meeting this Wednesday, December 7th, in Wakefield to hold two auctions with a MicroDigital Omega up for grabs.

Money paid for items sold in the charity auction will go to worthy cause The Sick Children's Trust, whereas money bid on equipment sold in the bring and buy auction will go to their sellers. Unsold items will be taken back by their owners, as the WROCC is unable to dispose of them due to new recycling legislation.

The Omega seller said: "There is an Acorn AKF85 monitor to go with it. Just tested it, works fine with network card fitted. It suffers from the occasional disappearance of the floppy drive - a recognised problem with Omegas - but it comes back each time after power off restart."

Incidentally, Bablake Junior School is ditching its RiscPCs and A7000+s and is offering them in job lots. The independent school, in Coventry, West Midlands, featured in our article on RISC OS in education and is said to be superseding the machines with newer RISC OS powered hardware.

Update at 13:39 9/12/2005
The event managed to raise 241 quid for the chosen charity, and the Omega went for a stunning 35 whole pounds. Auction mastermind Chris Hughes said: "We would like to thank everyone who donated items and obviously those who purchased items as well."


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Nice to see they've found a solution to the recycling problem, and that hardware funds can go to a good cause again. Well done to those involved.

As for Bablake Junior School, when I saw the original newsgroup announcement it looked like it would be another school moving over to Windows PCs. I'm glad that this is an upgrade to newer RISC OS machines instead! :)

 is a RISC OS Userflypig on 5/12/05 8:37PM
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"It suffers from the occasional disappearance of the floppy drive..."

My ROSC OS 4 sometimes says unformatted disk, but each time I power off restart, it is fine!

It seems to be doing this sometimes ever since I installed CD Burn.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 6/12/05 6:01AM
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