Acorn World 1997
There was a Clan Members-only area at Acorn World again this year, with plenty of room
reserved upstairs for those who'd remembered to bring their membership card.
There was a security guard checking everyone's card, but if you said you wanted to join you could get in anyway. Hmm.
The Clan area was at the top of some stairs:
Being a Clan member brought two main advantages. The first was the ability to get free tea and coffee, which I
thought was pretty good, actually, since food and drink are always horrendously expensive
at places like Wembley. These were available from the Clan-only Caernarvon cafe:
The second was the provision of a free CD of Acorn beta-test software, with toys such
as Java on - see the Acorn Stand report for more
details. If you weren't a Clan member you had the option of copying the image onto 32
(yes, thirty two!) floppy discs instead - but you had to provide the floppy discs. It's just about cheaper to join the Clan than buy the floppy discs, so anyone who opted for the
one-hour-or-so floppy disc option was
quite mad, in my opinion!
Beta-test floppy-disc copying area
Translation: Join the Clan if you want this stuff
There were also a few Risc PCs hanging around in the Clan area, so you could play Exodus and test out the effect of coffee on the keyboard:
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