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:
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.
The latest RISC OS Awards poll, covering 2017, came to a close a on Saturday, 26th May – and the results are now known.
The Awards website has been updated to show the results, and the winners (for whom I have contact details) will be notified by email later today, with direct links to the results so that they can be referred to on the their own websites.
The results have already been announced on the RISCOSitory Twitter feed, but for anyone not using Twitter they are below.
The following is a step-by-step guide to producing a glass-topped button, where a glassy surface covers the underlying button and any image depicted thereon. The steps are geared towards ArtWorks2, the premier vector editing package for RISC OS, and there is a supporting file on my website showing the full eight steps in ArtWorks format. The basic steps should be generally applicable to other vector graphics packages on other platforms, so there is also PDF version of the file.
Also: No touching – ew!
RISC OS Open Ltd will be bringing RISC OS 5.24 to Wakefield. This will be the first public outing of the new stable release of the operating system, which will cover all platforms except iMX6 and OMAP5 – and for Pi users, this will be the first chance for people to get their hands on a copy for themselves, with newly updated editions of the RISC OS Pi and ePic cards. The company will also have the latest edition of the Desktop Development Environment, and some reading material for people to take home in the form of a brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide.
For the first time, ROOL will also be able to take payment by card at the show, including the option to pay without any of that icky touching, with contactless payments.
It’s where the discerning RISC OS user will be on Saturday, 21st April.
It’s now only a little over a week until this year’s Wakefield Show takes place – so let’s take a quick look at what’s in store for you, the discerning RISC OS user in question.
Getting some important details out of the way first, the show will take place at its regular venue:
The question on everyone’s lips for countless years to come will be “Where were you on 28th October, 2017?”
Okay, they probably won’t be asking that – but I’m asking it now.
Well? Where were you?
I’ll tell you where I was: Feltham. More specifically, the St Giles Hotel – in the conference rooms on the first floor, where this year’s London Show was held. If you weren’t there, I’ll assume you’re reading this because you have an interest in RISC OS, and would like to know what you missed. In which case, read on…
The newly established record for how long it takes to publish a show report is broken again! Er… yay?
And then to try your hand at a bit of ROKiteering!
Andy Marks, the king of amusingly named products, has added two new items to his RISCOSbits range – PiSSDup, and ROKit.
This year’s Wakefield Show takes place on 22nd April, so it’s time for a brief look at what’s in store for visitors – and judging by what’s on the show website, along with other factors, it very much looks as though there could be something interesting afoot. The starting point for suggesting that is a 4th April entry in the “latest news” on the show website’s front page, which notes that a short additional slot has been added at the start of the day’s talks in the show theatre.
Being short, in addition to the day’s talks, and at the start suggests an announcement of some kind can be expected – but although it is scheduled for the start, I’m going to save discussing it further until towards the end of this post. Instead, let’s quickly look at the general layout of the show and then any interesting highlights on the Exhibitors page of the website.