Apr 302017
 

WROCC logoTaking place on Wednesday, 3rd May, the next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will see Rob Sprowson as the guest speaker. The man behind Elesar Ltd and the Titanium motherboard, Rob will be demonstrating a Titanium-based computer and talking about its development.

Elesar also has a growing range of software titles, both home-grown such as CloudFS, and taken over and updated from a previous owner, such as Font Directory Pro (originally from LOOKsystems). Continue reading »

 April 30, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Apr 242017
 

Oops, sorry, I meant released under a three clause licence. Silly me.

Fred Graute has released a new version of StrongHelp with some changes not only to the software, but also to the licence under which it is available – now the three-clause BSD licence.

The software is designed to be a simple hypertext system, and considering its original release was at least twenty four years ago it has certainly proven the test of time, and remains a popular method of distributing manuals with RISC OS software. Continue reading »

 April 24, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Apr 242017
 

Imaginations were fired up thanks to all the excitement!

In the run up to the Wakefield Show, which took place a couple of days ago, it became very clear that there was going to be some big news. Something was kicked off shortly before the event, and it seemed likely there would be an announcement of some significance about that at the show.

However, I am led to believe that there has been some disappointment, not only from people who attended but also from people who didn’t and who have been eagerly waiting to find out what the fuss was all about.

Well, fear not, because RISCOSitory has the scoop you’ve all been waiting for. Continue reading »

 April 24, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,
Apr 222017
 

Between sealing the doors shut on the RISCOSitory bunker and my arriving at the Cedar Court Hotel in Wakefield, RISC OS Open Ltd have teased out another announcement – of sorts – concerning tomorrow’s show. I say “of sorts” because that announcement consists of nothing more than an image, which I have shamelessly lifted from their website and present below: Continue reading »

 April 22, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Apr 212017
 
An epic amount of storage on RISC OS

An epic amount of storage on RISC OS

RISC OS Open Ltd promised us an epic announcement at Wakefield – and this might just be it: The company will be demonstrating “previously unheard of amounts of storage on RISC OS” with a 2TB – that’s two TERRABYTES – drive attached directly to a disc controller on a RISC OS computer, in native Acorn FileCore format.

An image of a RISC OS machine with a ‘Gargantuan’ hard drive was posted by Rob Sprowson to Twitter earlier this week (with the image stolen and included here), though at the time he denied that it could be called epic.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 212017
 

RISC OS Open Ltd have sneakily released a new RISC OS release candidate for the Raspberry Pi – if it can be called sneakily when they said at the recent Southwest Show (see Rob Sprowson’s talk) that it was coming soon. RC15 can be found on their Raspberry Pi downloads page, with full details on their news page.

As stated in the Southwest Show presentation, the new release candidate supports all models of Raspberry Pi, from the oldest to the newest, and from the smallest to the… well, standard sized. And as well as supporting all of the models of Pi, it benefits from all the recent improvements to RISC OS, such as the updated JPEG support, EDID monitor detection, and so on.

And if you come along to tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, you can purchase a copy of RC15 already on a ROOL-branded SD card for a mere £10 + VAT!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , ,
Apr 212017
 

Mentioned at the tail-end of that R-Comp press release was a mention of RISC OS Developments Ltd – and no, I didn’t forget to mention it because of the limited time I have, I deliberately chose to separate it out. It’s only a paragraph, so I may as well just quote it in full:

If all that wasn’t enough for you, the Wakefield show will be the event where we unveil our new joint venture (with Richard Brown of Orpheus and others) – RISC OS Developments Ltd. A massive project for the benefit of all modern RISC OS users, this exciting new venture is our commitment to the future of our beloved platform/operating system.

Exciting times – see you at the show!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Apr 212017
 

R-Comp have put out a press release about what they’ll have at tomorrow’s Wakefield Show – and they say there will be the usual array of software releases, such as the newly announced Genealogy 1.80, and Fireworkz 2.20 (a fiver and your disc for the old version gets you the new), the latest updates to SafeStore, and more.

They will also have PiFi v2. PiFi is the product that allows you to use a handy spare Raspberry Pi (running Linux) into a WiFi bridge of sorts for another RISC OS computer. One of the benefits of version 2 is that instead of configuring it with your web browser, you’ll actually be able to configure it with a RISC OS application designed for the purpose – and it sounds as if it can now use the built-in WiFi of the Raspbery Pi 3 if that’s the version of Pi you use it with.

There was a lot more in the press release, but being sent late last night, there’s not enough time spare here in the RISCOSitory bunker to do it justice – just come to the show!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Apr 212017
 

One thing you will often hear in the RISC OS world is the mantra that people need to ‘get involved’ more – indeed, if you watch the video of Rob Sprowson’s Southwest Show talk on behalf of RISC OS Open Ltd, part of the talk is about just that: How you, the ordinary RISC OS user, can get involved.

Well, here’s another way: RISCOSbits is launching a new product at tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, and is running a poll to decide on that product’s name. There are three options, ÜBER, BÜRP, and ‘Other’ – though RISCOSbits’ Andy Marks has clarified that ‘Other’ isn’t itself an option; if you choose this option, you need to make a viable suggestion – with one such suggestion having come from RISC OS Open’s Ben Avison: Universal Board ENclosure (Development), or U-BEND for short.

so if you have a Twitter account, help get that product named!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 212017
 

Just in time for this year’s Wakefield Show, R-Comp have announced the release of DP Genealogy version 1.80, a package designed for those investigating and documenting family trees. The new version sees a significantly revamped and expanded ‘Scrapbook’ system, which allows the linking and storing of external files – scans, pictures, audio, video, etc. Improvements have also been made to Ancestor/Pedigree charts, making it much easier to explore a chart/tree and plot sections of the tree.

The software is available by post, coming as a CD pack that includes the companion “Genealogy Records” software, or both packages can be purchased separately via !Store.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,