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Oct 252016
 

Function key fix, configuring the nano-router.

pi-topRO users, it seems, may be feeling somewhat befuddled about using their function keys “in the normal way with the Fn modifier key” – but if you are such a user, you can now be de-befuddled. Chris Evans has revealed, with thanks to Jon Abbott for spotting the cause and solution, that all you need to do is turn off ‘Num Lock’ – which can be via the RISC OS Configure app (double click Boot, or menu click the Switcher icon on the far right of the icon bar), in the keyboard section.

Chris has also confirmed that the nano-routers they supply, that help to bring wireless connectivity to RISC OS which doesn’t otherwise support it, can be configured using the Otter web browser, ported to RISC OS by Chris Gransden. It requires a little more effort than doing the same on another platform, but Chris says “it is practical.”

Sep 092016
 

Finally, you can let your A4 cash in on its pension!

Anyone familiar with the Raspberry Pi scene will be aware of the Pi-Top, a laptop computer based around the credit card-sized computer that was developed after a successful crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo in 2014 – and anyone familiar with the RISC OS scene will know that Chris Evans of CJE Micro’s and Fourth Dimension has, since London 2015, been talking about releasing a RISC OS version of the machine. Continue reading »

Oct 302017
 
RISC OS branded Pi-Top acrylic slice in situ

RISC OS branded Pi-Top acrylic slice in situ

For any discerning RISC OS user who has a Pi-Top – whether bought from 4D as the Pi-TopRO, or elsewhere as just the Pi-Top – one thing obviously missing from the product is any kind of branding to make it a distinctively RISC OS laptop. RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks has now come up with the solution.

The Pi-based laptop features a slide-out panel between the keyboard and hinges, and RISCOSbits can now supply a RISC OS branded acrylic slice for the that fits neatly in place of the original strip on the v1 Pi-Top. The branding takes the form of a large cog that sits at the right hand edge of the strip, just above the trackpad. Currently available via eBay, the strip costs £11.50 plus £2.50 postage and packing.

Mar 202017
 

The RISC OS Awards poll for 2016 was brought to a close on 29th February. As before, the results were processed and counted on a RISC OS computer (using a home-brewed program to turn the votes into a file for each category, ready to be loaded into Fireworkz), and initially announced on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed. Those results are now online on the RISC OS Awards website and the various winners have been notified – where possible – by email. Continue reading »

Feb 122017
 

A last minute round-up before the bunker is sealed off for a few days!

Later today, the RISCOSitory/Soft Rock Software bunker will be sealed and secured shut while I disappear into the middle of nowhere for my annual mid-February break. Hopefully, there will be no kind of apocalyptic event while I’m away, so the bunker should be open for business again from next weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve had a last minute catch-up on my reading, and found a few things worth mentioning in a final round-up before I set off. Continue reading »

Nov 302016
 

Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor London?

Looking down the main hall at London 2016

Looking down the main hall at London 2016

This year’s RISC OS London Show took place on 29th October, and while it wasn’t as large as last year’s event (which I’ll discuss near the end of this report) it was still an enjoyable and worthwhile one. So, without any further preamble, here is a run down of what visitors could have seen, working clockwise from the entrance.

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Nov 262016
 

Note, that was “Pah!” not “Bah!” – and there was no sign of a “Humbug!”

Black Friday – the day following Thanksgiving in the Untidy States of Overpuddle, and which has become recognised as the first day of the Christmas shopping season on which many large retailers hold promotional sales – was yesterday. Well, mostly1.

Today is therefore Random Colour Saturday. Continue reading »

Oct 232016
 

Feltham’s calling to the faraway towns, come along and see the best OS around!

It is now just one week until I’ll be heading home from Feltham (and will have already long since reached home, looking at the time) – which means it’s just five days until I’ll be heading in the direction of Feltham.

The day between those two journeys, of course, is when I’ll be in Feltham, exhibiting at this year’s London Show, organised by the RISC OS User Group of London – and here’s why you, the discerning RISC OS user, should be there as a visitor1: Continue reading »

Oct 232016
 

And an unspecified “significant upgrade” – also hopefully!

Without even a hint at what either will be, CJE Micro’s / 4D have announced that they are “hoping to announce a significant upgrade at the show and a new product” – but do note the word ‘hoping’. Other goodies they’ve said they are bringing include the RapidO Top pi-topRO (in limited quantities), the Eastwood RapidO Ig and RapidO Ti. They’ll have Raspberry Pi 2s – which is better for software compatibility than the Pi 3 due to the processor – but they only have a limited supply remaining.

As well as the above, the extensive range of products will include USB-powered speakers available for a crisp tenner (£13.00 to include a separate power supply), and an optical three button (proper buttons, not a scroll wheel) mouse. Having sourced a cheaper supply of the mouse, it has seen a significant price reduction from £38.00 to £19.00. They’ve also acquired a small number of TNS11B Netstations, sans PSU or smartcard, and will be offering them for £35.00.