Apr 242017

Imaginations were fired up thanks to all the excitement!

In the run up to the Wakefield Show, which took place a couple of days ago, it became very clear that there was going to be some big news. Something was kicked off shortly before the event, and it seemed likely there would be an announcement of some significance about that at the show.

However, I am led to believe that there has been some disappointment, not only from people who attended but also from people who didn’t and who have been eagerly waiting to find out what the fuss was all about.

Well, fear not, because RISCOSitory has the scoop you’ve all been waiting for. Continue reading »

 April 24, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,
Apr 212017

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!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
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: , ,