Drobe (also referred to as Drobe Launchpad ) was a computing news website with a focus on the RISC OS operating system . Its archived material is Retained online, curated by editor Chris Williams. [2]


Drobe was founded in 1999 by Peter Price. [3] In 2001, Peter handed the site to Chris Williams as editor. [2] After 10 years , it closed in 2009. [1] [4] [5] [6] A few weeks after the site Williams’ closure posted on Micro Men , the television drama about the rivalry between Acorn and Sinclair in the 1980s. He may continue to appear periodically. [7]

Main features

At launch, the site featured a news feed , POP email checker and search facility “incorporating AcornSearch.com”. [3] As of 2013 , the site features archived RISC OS articles, news and other media . It also hosts an online emulatorfor the BBC Micro , using the Java Runtime Environment .

Registered users were able to use their own projects. These subsites continue to be hosted by Drobe .

See also

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  1. ^ Jump up to:b Williams, Chris (2009-09-20). “Site down” . Drobe . Drobe . Retrieved 2011-05-16 . On Monday, September 21, drobe.co.uk will turn 10 years old, and will be working on the RISC OS and Acorn kit-using platform. And, for many reasons and after much deliberation, it’s time to take a new direction. Drobe’s RISC OS news service, which launched in October 1999, will sadly cease from Monday.
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Williams, Chris. “About Drobe” . Drobe . Retrieved 2011-05-16 . The site was founded in 1999 by Peter Price, who was handed over to Chris Williams in 2001. Hosting and webmaster work is taken care of by Ian Hawkins.
  3. ^ Jump up to:b “Internet portal launched” . Acorn User (215). Christmas 1999. p. 10 . Retrieved 16 August 2013 .
  4. Jump up^ Hoare, John (2009-09-20). “Drobe” closed ” ” . The Icon Bar . One Point Nought . Retrieved 2011-05-16 . […] longtime RISC OS news and articles website Drobe has closed … or, rather, entered “archive mode”.
  5. Jump up^ Camen, Kroc (2009-09-21). “Drobe Closes Its Doors After Ten Years” . OSnews . OSNews . Retrieved 2011-05-16 . Drobe.co.uk, the first RISC OS news website, today announced that it has entered a new source of information.
  6. Jump up^ Chris Williams (September 21, 2009). “Drobe.co.uk turns 10 years old – and takes a new direction” . Newsgroup :  comp.sys.acorn.announce . Usenet:  slrnhbecr6.i21.ngb@compsoc.dur.ac.uk . Retrieved May 16, 2011 .
  7. Jump up^ Williams, Chris (2009-10-09). “Message board” . Drobe . Drobe . Retrieved 2011-05-27 . I do not mind doing the odd special feature of time when the right opportunity arises, but I just can not find the time or energy to do today RISC OS news, sorry ..

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