Oct 262018
 

4D has announced a new IDE interface podule suitable for the Acorn-era hardware, providing a 40/44pin connection for rotating drives or, with a suitable adapter or interface, compact flash or SD cards. Called ZIDEFS, the podule’s features include support for up to four partitions, multiple podules (up to 3), Master and Slave drives, and more.

ZIDEFS comes in several versions: IDE podule with 40 and 44pin male connectors, priced at £89.00; IDE podule with 40pin male and 44pin female connectors, £99.00; IDE podule with CF adapter and 2GB CF (as 4x512MB partitions), £149.00; IDE podule with SD adapter and a 32GB SD card, £149.00.

Oct 262018
 

4D – the entity that shares space in the TARDIS with CJE Micro’s – is now offering 7″ and 10.” LCD monitors that feature multiple inputs, including HDMI, making them suitable for use in tight spots with small computers such as the Raspberry Pi. The combination of such a monitor, a Pi, and a small keyboard and mouse could also serve as a “portable desktop” computer.

The 7″ monitor sports HDMI, VGA and 1V composite inputs. It features a native resolution of 1024×600, and is priced at £59 including UK postage. Meanwhile, the 10.1″ one has the same inputs, with the addition of USB, and its resolution is 1280×800. It is priced at £99.00 including UK postage.

Oct 222018
 

Saturday will be a Good Day to PiHard!

There will be some new toys available from RISCOSbits at the London Show, which takes place on Saturday – new cases, docks for R-Comp‘s mini.m, and systems based around the Wandboard. In addition, the company’s website has been updated to reflect the new and existing range, with options to buy some items directly, rather than through eBay.

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Sep 092018
 

In a situation that could have brought the economy stumbling to its knees, for a while there were no Econet Clocks in stock at 4D, having sold the last of the existing i-Cubed stock some time ago. However, the company is pleased to report that there is now a batch of new devices in stock and available to buy.

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Jul 292018
 

That’s apparently pronounced “minim” which means I can’t make any Mini Me references. Um… like that one.

Shortly before this year’s Wakefield Show, R-Comp teased us with the news that they had a small surprise in store for visitors to the show, which visitors soon discovered was a new, small computer – the mini.m.  Based around the same processor as the ARMSX ARMX6, a quad-core Freescale i.MX6, the mini.m is for all intents and purposes a smaller version of the established machine – with some obvious differences due to its small size.

Just how small is it? The computer is housed in a cube-shaped case measuring just two inches in each dimension – a very small, incredibly convenient piece of kit that can be placed in a discreet location on your desk without taking up a lot of space. Continue reading »

Jun 052018
 

Get a motherbook with a motherboard!

RISC OS 5 User Guide front cover, courtesy of RISC OS Open LtdIf you have been thinking about buying a Titanium motherboard from Elesar Ltd, you now have an additional incentive: The option of having a printed copy of the new RISC OS 5 User Guide included in the price – although, if you so choose, you can have the motherboard without the Guide.

The new User Guide matches the latest stable release of the operating system, RISC OS 5.24, released in April and is the first printed edition of the tome to be produced in over twenty years; the last edition came from Acorn in 1996. Continue reading »

Apr 192018
 

But size isn’t everything, you know. Honestly.

In a pre-show tease, R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley has posted to the RISC OS Open Forum to say the company will have something new at this weekend’s show – in a thread entitled “Good things come in small packages.” He goes on to explain that you shouldn’t be deceived by it’s small size, because this mysterious item – which he also describes as small, powerful, and shiny – packs quite a punch.

This mysterious item, we are told, is fully ARM’d – and we should think a Lord of the Rings dwarf. Continue reading »