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.
RISC OS Open Ltd have sneakily released a new RISC OS release candidate for the Raspberry Pi – if it can be called sneakily when they said at the recent Southwest Show (see Rob Sprowson’s talk) that it was coming soon. RC15 can be found on their Raspberry Pi downloads page, with full details on their news page.
As stated in the Southwest Show presentation, the new release candidate supports all models of Raspberry Pi, from the oldest to the newest, and from the smallest to the… well, standard sized. And as well as supporting all of the models of Pi, it benefits from all the recent improvements to RISC OS, such as the updated JPEG support, EDID monitor detection, and so on.
And if you come along to tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, you can purchase a copy of RC15 already on a ROOL-branded SD card for a mere £10 + VAT!
Mentioned at the tail-end of that R-Comp press release was a mention of RISC OS Developments Ltd – and no, I didn’t forget to mention it because of the limited time I have, I deliberately chose to separate it out. It’s only a paragraph, so I may as well just quote it in full:
If all that wasn’t enough for you, the Wakefield show will be the event where we unveil our new joint venture (with Richard Brown of Orpheus and others) – RISC OS Developments Ltd. A massive project for the benefit of all modern RISC OS users, this exciting new venture is our commitment to the future of our beloved platform/operating system.
Exciting times – see you at the show!
R-Comp have put out a press release about what they’ll have at tomorrow’s Wakefield Show – and they say there will be the usual array of software releases, such as the newly announced Genealogy 1.80, and Fireworkz 2.20 (a fiver and your disc for the old version gets you the new), the latest updates to SafeStore, and more.
They will also have PiFi v2. PiFi is the product that allows you to use a handy spare Raspberry Pi (running Linux) into a WiFi bridge of sorts for another RISC OS computer. One of the benefits of version 2 is that instead of configuring it with your web browser, you’ll actually be able to configure it with a RISC OS application designed for the purpose – and it sounds as if it can now use the built-in WiFi of the Raspbery Pi 3 if that’s the version of Pi you use it with.
There was a lot more in the press release, but being sent late last night, there’s not enough time spare here in the RISCOSitory bunker to do it justice – just come to the show!
One thing you will often hear in the RISC OS world is the mantra that people need to ‘get involved’ more – indeed, if you watch the video of Rob Sprowson’s Southwest Show talk on behalf of RISC OS Open Ltd, part of the talk is about just that: How you, the ordinary RISC OS user, can get involved.
Well, here’s another way: RISCOSbits is launching a new product at tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, and is running a poll to decide on that product’s name. There are three options, ÜBER, BÜRP, and ‘Other’ – though RISCOSbits’ Andy Marks has clarified that ‘Other’ isn’t itself an option; if you choose this option, you need to make a viable suggestion – with one such suggestion having come from RISC OS Open’s Ben Avison: Universal Board ENclosure (Development), or U-BEND for short.
so if you have a Twitter account, help get that product named!
Just in time for this year’s Wakefield Show, R-Comp have announced the release of DP Genealogy version 1.80, a package designed for those investigating and documenting family trees. The new version sees a significantly revamped and expanded ‘Scrapbook’ system, which allows the linking and storing of external files – scans, pictures, audio, video, etc. Improvements have also been made to Ancestor/Pedigree charts, making it much easier to explore a chart/tree and plot sections of the tree.
The software is available by post, coming as a CD pack that includes the companion “Genealogy Records” software, or both packages can be purchased separately via !Store.
In my preview of the Wakefield Show, which is looming ever closer as I type this, I mentioned that Sine Nomine will have a new version of puzzle game Wrangler available, and were expecting to have new versions of RiscOSM and, possibly, other products from their range. Sine Nomine’s Matthew Phillips has now been in touch to confirm exactly what they will have – rather than just expect to have. In short, the Durham Duo will be releasing several updates to their range at the event, so here’s the low-down on those updates:
With the last couple of months having been somewhat busy here in the bunker, I’ve not yet had time to write a Southwest Show report – indeed, it is only just over a week ago that I was finally able to sit down and watch the four talks given at the show, which I was able to capture with my video camera on the day.
Following that, I was able to devote some time over the Easter weekend to doing a little editing work on them, before uploading the results to YouTube – and that’s now done, so here they are:
Announcement from the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club
Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club would like to remind everyone in the RISC OS and 8-bit communities that the Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place this weekend, on Saturday 22nd April. The event is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm, with admission £5 on the door.
The platform’s premier event in the North is in its regular venue at the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield, and there are over twenty exhibitors confirmed as attending.