News nybble: Ident Computer returns to the Midlands, 19th May

The Midlands User Group will be holding its next meeting on Saturday, 19th May – tomorrow – and the guest speaker will be Tom Williamson of Ident Computer, with a talk covering the company’s recent developments, such as the Ident CE, the new arrangement with RISCOSbits acting as a supplier, and 3D printing. If you wish to attend, the meeting will take place from 2:00pm at The Methodist Church Hall, Greenhill, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, B60 1BL, and there is a small charge to cover the costs of the hall and refreshments.

RISC CE + Wispy = Wispy CE

It’s simple maths, innit? In the wake of the recent Recursion and Southwest shows, and the launch of the CE range, Ident Computer‘s Tom Williamson and RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks have recognised a degree of overlap in some of their product range and, rather than compete, have put their heads – and their overlapping products – together.

Look and ye shall see: The CE revealed

CE are family… I’ve got all my versions with me! Following the surprise teaser released towards the end of January of Ident Computer’s new Raspberry Pi-based kit computer, the Ident WinCE, more details of the system have now been revealed. Benefiting from the latest in 3D printing technology, the snazzy looking CE (which stands for Compact Edition)  consists of a base unit which comes in three variations – one for RISC OS users, and one for users of other operating systems, and one especially for the retro gaming community.

Ident Computer at Wakefield meeting – 7th February

The first chance to see the Raspberry Pi-powered [ desk lamp / IoT Torch / projector-equipped system / other ]1! Ident Computer‘s Tom Williamson will be the guest speaker at the next Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club meeting, which takes place at 7:45pm on Wednesday, 7th February, at: West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club, Sandal Hall Close (Off Walton Lane), Wakefield, WF2 6ER.

Ident Computer at Midlands meeting tomorrow, 21st May

Also to discuss Recursion 2016. Also to dis… oh, wait, no – that’d be repetition, not recursion. The Midland User Group‘s next meeting will feature Tom Williamson from Ident Computer as its guest speaker. Part of the Ident broadcasting & Communications group, which Tom founded in 2006, Ident Computer was formed with the aim of helping to preserve and exhibit retro systems, such as the BBC Micro, as well as to build and support new resources for the education sector. It is education in particular that he is set to…

MUG Show at Recursion Computer Science Fair

To be or not to be? To be, to be – obviously! Over the last few years, the Midsummer Midlands MUG Show became so excruciatingly small that for the last couple of years (2014, 2013) the visitor numbers have only just been in the twenties – and last year the decision was made that there wouldn’t be a show at all this year. At least, not a standalone show – but RISC OS users looking for an early July event to attend in the Midlands are in luck!

Snapper 1.17 released… twice

Genetic mutation aborted and replaced with a newer, better, but otherwise identical version Chris Johnson has released a new version, 1.17, of Snapper, a screen capture program, originally written by David Pilling and supplied with his scanning and image processing software, and now maintained and further developed by Chris. The application allows the user to save areas of the screen as sprites – much as can be done using Paint, supplied with all RISC OS machines, but with added bells and whistles.

A slice of Raspberry Pi

Back in May, on the RISC OS Open forum, Rik Griffin identified a possible new target for a RISC OS port, from The Raspberry Pi Foundation, “a UK registered charity (Registration Number 1129409) which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.” The foundation is developing a very small computer, about the size of a USB stick, with an intended price tag of £10 to £15. David Braben – a name anyone familiar with…