The next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) will take place on Wednesday, 5th September, and the meeting will feature two visiting dignitaries.
Save the cost of postage – put it towards your rail fare instead!
Once again, Elesar Ltd – makers of the award winning Titanium motherboard – are offering a click and collect option in the run up to this year’s Wakefield Show, which takes place on Saturday, 21st April. In order to benefit from it, all you need to do is place your order by midday (UK time) on Friday, 20th April – selecting the appropriate option for delivery.
Well, when I say that’s all you have to do – you obviously also have to come to the Wakefield Show, which is probably a good idea anyway. Once there, you will be able to collect your Elesar order from the RISC OS Open Ltd stand.
Flash! Aah-aah… I’ve played every one of them!
At the recent Southwest Show, there was a new product available from AMCOG Games – a USB Flash drive containing the complete set of the company’s RISC OS games and related titles to date. For those people unable to get to the show, it is now possible to obtain the AMCOG 2018 Flash Collection online.
So let’s all have a Black Celebration1.
For the second year running, Elesar Ltd is allowing RISC OS users to benefit from Black Friday – a sales event from the Untidy States of Overpuddle2 that has started to catch on here in the UK.
For Overpuddlians, the last Thursday in November is a national holiday called Thanksgiving, and the day following it is considered to be the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Major retailers on that side of the puddle have sales and open early that day, which has become known as Black Friday. For the past few years it has started to become something of an event here in the UK, and last year Elesar brought a Black Friday sale to the RISC OS community.
With a growing catalogue available from AMCOG Games, it should come as no surprise to anyone that there would eventually be some kind of compilation available – and that has been the case since this year’s Southwest Show, when the company began selling a CD featuring their first five games.
The individual games continue to be available via !Store, but if you wanted to buy them as a compilation, on CD, the main way to do so has been to pop along to a RISC OS show and hand over the necessary amount of money to AMCOG’s Tony Bartram.
Hats off to Elesar – and on to the Raspberry Pi, since this is a HAT!
Details are now available about Elesar Ltd‘s mystery product that was expected to be launched at the London Show – the S&P HAT for the Raspberry Pi. A HAT is a standard for Raspberry Pi expansion boards, and is an acronym that expands to ‘Hardware Attached on Top’, while the S&P part comes from Elesar, and stands for ‘Serial and Parallel’. In other words, it’s an add-on board for the Pi that provides the credit card sized computer with two additional ways to connect external devices – a 25 pin parallel port, and a 9 pin RS232 serial port.
The card is priced at £38.40 including VAT, with postage on top – but until noon today, you have the option of ordering it for collection at the London Show if you’re planning a visit, along with anything else Elesar sells (and currently has in stock).
My calculator doesn’t seem to like that calculation, but it’s definitely right.
Following last month’s offer of five games for the price of none when purchasing a Titanium motherboard, October sees another piece of software up for grabs from Elesar Ltd when purchasing their flagship product. This time, the offer is for a free full copy of RISC OS Open Ltd‘s Desktop Development Environment. The DDE (which is how it’s known to its friends) is normally priced at £50 including VAT, and includes a C compiler, ARM assembler, GUI resource editor, and more.
To take advantage of the offer, simply pop along to the Elesar Ltd shop page, and on the Titanium + RISC OS product page click on the ‘EH-008-9’ link in the product description to reach the bundle product page, and order from there – and when the product arrives and you’ve put the board in a suitable case, etc, get programming for RISC OS!
Hardware, of course, includes the Titanium motherboard, designed from the outset with RISC OS in mind, while software includes Elesar’s own CloudFS and LOOKSystems’ Font Directory Pro.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s Supersprow! (Imagine there’s exciting music here!)
Earlier this year, the Piccolo Systems website became the victim of hacking/hijacking, with the site as we knew it vanishing, apparently to be replaced by one providing a home to malware. Ben Avison is reported to have said he was aware of the issue, but working out how best to bring the site back online was taking time – and this all happened at a bad time, because of a house move.
Any sign of the malicious software has now been removed – though some browsers may still warn visitors that the site is a “reported attack page” – and the site declares itself as down for maintenance.
Taking 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).