RISC OS users who were Acorn users long before the Archimedes and our favourite OS was ever a thing will remember that the BBC Micro had a younger, more limited sibling – the Acorn Electron. And they will also therefore have observed that the Raspberry Pi 400, a small computer built into a keyboard, could be seen as a nod to computers like the Electron – especially given that the Pi can run RISC OS, and therefore BBC BASIC (albeit a greatly improved version, and using much more memory), the…
With the launch of their 4té computer in the latter part of last year, R-Comp developed a set of tools to run on the system, neatly wrapped up in an application called 4téTools. This provided features over and above the easily accessible configuration options provided in RISC OS itself, and covered areas such as the display, keyboard and mouse, networking, and much more.
Well, okay, they aren’t actually calling it an Archimedes, but… Although the first Archimedes computers from Acorn took on a standard PC configuration of a main box housing the computer itself, with a separate keyboard (and mouse) that could be plugged in, there were also some machines that combined the keyboard and computer into a single case, such as the A3000 and A3010. And now the Raspberry Pi Foundation is getting in on that act by releasing such a device – which they’ve named the Raspberry Pi 400.
A few months after Pi Day, and a few days before 2Pi Day!1 A new version of the Raspberry Pi has been announced, at the customary price point of US$35 – which has been translated to a very similar value in pounds sterling, with both Pimoroni and The Pi Hut selling it for £34.00.
There tends to be a prize draw held at the Wakefield Show, but this year (Saturday, 21st May – being held in Bradford) marks something of a milestone; it will be the 25th physical Wakefield Show, and the first physical one since the pandemic. The usual prize draw has therefore been given a little boost – which may or may not have involved gamma rays or a radioactive spider – and it’s now a SUPER one.
Over the last eighteen months, RISC OS Developments Ltd (ROD) has had programmers beavering away on an important development for the platform – a new TCP/IP (i.e. internet) stack (version 7.00) – and it is now available for anyone using the platform to download and install.
30th October, 2021, marked the return to physical shows in the UK, when the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) hosted their customary October event at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham – the RISC OS London Show. Understandably under the circumstances, there were fewer exhibitors than in previous years, as well as few visitors; it was a much quieter show than usual – but despite that, it was still an excellent day for finding out what’s happening in the RISC OS world. So what happened? What did we…
(Oh, and by the way, there’s a new RISC OS system available for that day only!) If you’re a bit fed up with those pesky Overpuddlians bringing their practices and other atrocities over here, such as the increasingly common use of ‘invite’ as a noun, or annual sales events like ‘Black Friday’ (which tend to last longer than that one day) – and even worse, certain operating systems, when we have a rather nice (if slightly flawed) home grown one that runs on a family of processors which also began…
Open for approximately three months, the 2020 RISC OS Awards poll covering 2020 ran from April until June of this year, and received 141 valid votes. The results were calculated a little later than planned, but making a change from the normal approach of publishing them on Twitter and then the Awards website, this time around they were presented live at the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting on 16th August.
A final round up of 2020 news that hasn’t found its way to RISCOSitory before I was aiming to get this final round up of news posted on the last day of 2020, but as ever other things got in the way, so what was intended as the last post of 2020 has become the first post of 2021. Still, never mind, better late than never – which should probably be the official motto here in the RISCOSitory bunker!