Feb 222017
 

New product from R-Comp at the Southwest Show this Saturday!

With a nod towards the potential hurdles setting up network attached storage for those less technically inclined, and another towards the need to have good backups (which many people to this day still fail to do), R-Comp will be launching a two disc RAID mirrored storage solution for RISC OS users on Saturday. Bundles will be available consisting of the RAID solution, and SafeStore 2, the company’s backup software.

Related to this, the company will be announcing disc partitioning support for ARMX6 at the show – which allows multiple partitions to be set up on larger discs, something that is common on other platforms, but which has been sadly lacking on RISC OS.

 February 22, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Nov 152016
 

…with the Absolute ZeRO!

What do you get if you take one Raspberry Pi Zero, add an expansion board to provide an ethernet socket and two standard USB ports, and throw in a 16GB microSD card with a fully licensed RISC OS ready to run?

The answer is the Absolute ZeRO – the latest product from RISCOSbits.

Limited to one per customer until further notice, the Absolute ZeRO costs £42.99 plus P&P (or £32.99 plus P&P without the RISC OS card – but who in their right mind would want that?) and provides a very small, yet very capable RISC OS system in a neat and compact form.

 November 15, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Nov 022016
 

Er, that’s ‘pi ess ess dee’ – and note the ‘a’ before it!

First shown at off at the London Show on Saturday, the ‘never before seen’ thing hinted at on the RISCOSbits Twitter account was the PiSSD – and it is now available to buy.

Deserving of more than a news nybble, which unfortunately is all I can do at the moment, the PiSSD is a Raspberry Pi in a rather nice 11.8cm x 11.8cm x 5.5cm case, with a 128GB mSATA SSD installed and filecore formatted, and including a standard RISC OS disc image. It can be supplied with or without a Raspberry Pi, and will cost £199 with one (a 2B while stocks last, after which it will be a 3B), or £169 without – in which case you fit your own.

 November 2, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Oct 282016
 

It turns out that the sneak peak picture published yesterday on the RISCOSbits Twitter account was, in fact, not the PiPOD that I speculated it might be. Another picture has been posted, with the text “Another sneak preview of that related thing for the show. It is NOT the , Sherlock!”

This second picture shows the edge of a case with a number of ports visible, so perhaps the mystery new product is a case for a Raspberry Pi, or a complete system with a Pi at its heart. Either way, I say we nuke the site from orbit you come along to the show tomorrow – it’s the only way to be sure!

 October 28, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272016
 

Andy Marks has posted a sneak peak picture to the RISCOSBits Twitter account, along with the hashtag #neverbeforeseen – but what the picture clearly shows is the box that the humble Raspberry Pi is usually supplied in, which is something that just about everyone interested in these things has seen. The picture, he says, is only a clue, and this is something else for the London Show on Saturday. So what gives?

The answer is probably a hitherto unannounced product called the PiPOD – a means to allow the Raspberry Pi to be mounted in a podule slot in either a RiscPC or A7000, with both the old and new systems able to be run simultaneously, with one running in a window on the other – presumably using VNC.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , , ,
Oct 272016
 

With a prominent effect of the EU Referendum result here in the UK being the low value of the British pound against other currencies, most notably the dollar, R-Comp Interactive have announced that they are able to avoid increasing the price of ARMSX ARMX6 and TiMachine computers, at least for now. The per machine costs to the company have risen by £70-£100, but they managed to build up a stock of components prior to the referendum  – so there will be a final batch of the computers available at the London Show on Saturday at the current prices.

All machines will be supplied with an extra storage device at no extra cost, and will include the newly expanded Bundle CD, featuring software worth around £300.00 – so it’s not all bad!

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
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.”

 October 25, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
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.

 October 23, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Oct 222016
 

Also something about a news and email client for other platforms.

Newly announced by R-Comp Interactive is a new hardware product in their RISCBook range – Windows notebook computers running a version of VirtualRiscPC. The new machine is labelled the RISCBook Go! and is an 11.6 inch ‘hybrid’ device, which can be run as a normal laptop or, with the screen flipped back, in tablet format. Prices start from £349.00 including VAT – and there will undoubtedly be some available at next week’s London Show.

The company has also announced a new version of Messenger Pro for Windows, Mac OS and Linux. This is a different product to the Messenger Pro for RISC OS, though it’s written and maintained by Mark Sawle, who developed the original RISC OS version, so it does share some design paradigms. Upgrades on CD will be available at the show for £5.00 for existing customers, and users of the RISC OS version can buy it for £25.00. Another fiver will get you a printed manual.

 October 22, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Oct 202016
 

RISC OS Bits, who popped up on the RISCOSitory RADAR with an amusing acronym just in time for April 1st this year,  has released a new product called the RiscPOD – a 40GB 2.5″ hard drive in an Acorn branded enclosure, with an emulator installed and ready to run. Four versions are available – IyoPOD, with RPCEmu installed; ArcPOD, with ArcEM installed; BarePOD, without an emulator so you can set it up yourself; and CustomPOD, on which other set ups can be installed on request.

 October 20, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,