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Feb 052018
 

It’s just another Manic Miner (woah-ooh-woah)

Thanks to the efforts of Rob Sprowson, there is a new version of classic game Manic Miner available, benefiting from fixes that allow it to be run on both 26-bit and 32-bit RISC OS computers, up to and including the ARMv8 Raspberry Pi1.

Dating back to the early 1980s, Manic Miner is a platform game featuring twenty increasingly difficult levels, and was responsible for plenty of wasted time (and in my case, missed games lessons at school – although it wasn’t the only game that contributed to that!)

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 February 5, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Feb 032018
 

This year’s Midlands Midsummer Mugshow taking place in winter!

The Recursion Computer Science Fair will be taking place two weeks from today, on Saturday, 17th February, having moved from the early July date of the last few years. The Fair offers a fun-packed day for anyone interested in computing in any form, with a heavy focus on education. Continue reading »

 February 3, 2018  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , ,
Feb 022018
 

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.

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 February 2, 2018  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Jan 282018
 

This was going to be a news nybble, but two paragraphs weren’t nearly enough!

A couple of years ago Tom Williamson of Ident Computer brought his Raspberry Pi-based kit computer, the Micro One, to the world of RISC OS – and in February he will be unveiling a follow-up system, the Ident Compact Edition, or Ident CE for short1.

A teaser image of the Ident Compact Edition, courtesy of Ident Computer

A teaser image of the Ident Compact Edition, courtesy of Ident Computer

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 January 28, 2018  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 272018
 

Having been developing and showing off his SatNav application and RISC OS GPS device at recent shows, Chris Hall will be taking visitors off in a new direction at this year’s Southwest Show. The event takes place just four weeks from today, and as well as the GPS device Chris will be launching a new genealogy application, FamTree, which will be available to purchase for £15.00.

As its name suggests, the application builds and displays a family tree. However, rather than working from data previously entered into a rigidly structured database, it instead works from data stored in a more simple manner – the directory structure of your disc or other media. Starting at a directory you choose, it parses the structure below that, with each sub-directory representing a child, containing a number of relevant files and, of course, further sub-directories for subsequent generations.

 January 27, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jan 272018
 

The version of Linux available from Elesar Ltd for the Titanium motherboard has been updated, bringing it up to version 8.10 of Debian (Jessie), the specific distribution used. The last release was based on version 8.7, and Elesar says this is a maintenance release that benefits from both security and bug fixes, with details of the changes available from the Debian website separately for version 8.8, version 8.9, and finally version 8.10.

The updated version is available either to buy from the company on a ready-to-use micro-SD card, or for more intrepid users to install onto a suitable card themselves, by following the instructions on the GitHub repository. If you have previously bought an Elesar branded card and have at least one remaining support token, the company will happily re-image the card for you – simply get in touch to make arrangements.

 January 27, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Jan 252018
 

No, not THAT finger – one to indicate counting to, er, one!

The first of RISC OS Open’s bounties to overhaul the USB stack has now been completed, bringing a number of benefits to the operating system, including the ability to use power-on-keypresses to recover the system when things go a little awry at boot; something that was present on older hardware, but lost when we made the shift to USB for our input devices.

The plans for updating the USB stack were broken down into two steps in order to make part of the task more easily achievable before the next stable release of RISC OS, in particular because it was needed for the Raspberry Pi port of the operating system, so with this first step completed that leaves only one step remaining – hence the finger reference; one finger is the number you need to count to, er, one!

For more details, refer to RISC OS Open’s press release.

 January 25, 2018  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,