Jul 302017
 

Richard Ashbery has struck again – and again – and uploaded two more videos to YouTube.

The graphics output of Danish programmer Jan Vibe, which used to feature regularly in the pages (and cover discs) of Acorn User magazine, were always a delight to behold – but these programs were written to run on the RISC OS computers of the time, designed with the type of displays in mind that we typically used with them, and the resolutions and colour depths that the machines could cope with.

Richard Ashbery – who publishes an Artworks graphic of the month on his ‘Artworks art works’ website – has spent some time exploring Jan’s code and updating the programs to run at 1920×1080 on his Raspberry Pi, then recording the output and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube. Continue reading »

 July 30, 2017  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 042017
 

Well, their output does, anyway, thanks to Richard Ashbery.

Those who have been on the RISC OS scene long enough to remember our printed magazines – Acorn User in particular – will undoubtedly remember the graphics delights provided by Danish programmer Jan Vibe, whose programs featured regularly as type-in listings in the magazine (and later ready to run from the cover discs).

Richard Ashbery, who is well known for his work with ArtWorks2, and publishes a graphic of the month created with the application on his website, has taken a look at many of Jan’s old programs, and made the necessary code changes to get them to run on modern ARM hardware – more specifically, the Raspberry Pi running at 1920×1080. Continue reading »

 June 4, 2017  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 262016
 

Note, that was “Pah!” not “Bah!” – and there was no sign of a “Humbug!”

Black Friday – the day following Thanksgiving in the Untidy States of Overpuddle, and which has become recognised as the first day of the Christmas shopping season on which many large retailers hold promotional sales – was yesterday. Well, mostly1.

Today is therefore Random Colour Saturday. Continue reading »

 November 26, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , ,
Nov 222016
 

Not to be confused with Black Thursday1.

Titanium motherboardIn the Untidy States of Overpuddle2, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving, a public holiday that dates back a few hundred years. Not dating back quite so far, and not an actual holiday, the day after this has become known as Black Friday, which is considered to be the first day of the Christmas shopping season, and most large retailers have promotional sales to celebrate it. Continue reading »

 November 22, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: ,
Oct 292016
 

And nine days! Don’t forget the nine days!

RISC OS Open Ltd was officially incorporated on 20th June, 2006, so this year marks their tenth birthday, and tomorrow’s today’s London Show is the first RISC OS event for the company since that birthday. So, unsurprisingly – and just as you would expect any ten year old to do – they’ve brought attention to their birthday with an announcement on the eve of the show. (Wait! Do ten year olds post announcements online? Um, okay, perhaps not, but I’m sure you know what I mean!)

Sadly, there’s no mention of cake – but there will be commemorative badges on the ROOL stand, along with their usual range of SD/micro-SD cards for the Raspberry Pi, ROM Sets for IOMD-based machines, printed manuals, and so on.

 October 29, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , ,
Oct 272016
 

Labelled as ‘Coming Soon?’ on the RISCOSbits website is a product called GeminX – the page for which sports a large image showing a RISC OS desktop, with a window open featuring what appears to be Windows 10. Given that no current RISC OS solution would be capable of emulating a system fast enough to sensibly run Windows 10, it’s very likely this is either neatly packaged (as in easy for the average user) software involving VNC, or perhaps a hybrid hardware/software solution.

Either way, further down the page the words “Preview at the RISC OS London Show” can be seen – so perhaps a good profit could be made on the Soft Rock Software/RISCOSitory stand selling baseball bats.

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

Orpheus Internet, the very RISC OS-friendly ISP that was formed by the late Paul Vigay and now headed up by Richard Brown – one half of the Dynamic Duo that organises the Southwest Show – have announced that they now have new prices for ADSL and Fibre-to-the-Cabinet services. The company also provides off-site, secure backup facilities, and a range of remote support services, all at sensible prices.

Richard will be in attendance at the London Show on Saturday, providing an ideal opportunity to discuss your needs, and says that the company is “working towards a new server and service aimed specifically at RISC OS Users” – but you’ll have to wait until the Southwest Show to find out more about that.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: ,
Oct 262016
 

Elesar Ltd is once again using the services of RISC OS Open Logistics, by offering a click and collect scheme for goods purchased in time for this year’s London Show, which takes place on Saturday. To take advantage of this scheme, which can represent quite a saving on heavier items, simply select ‘Pick up at London Show’ when choosing your shipping method at the check out.

The cut-off point in the past has been 10:00am on the day before the Southwest Show, and 11:00am on the day before the Wakefield Show – so it’s probably best to err on the side of caution and assume that this time it’ll be 10:00am on Friday. Elesar has let RISCOSitory know via Twitter that click and collect orders for the London Show will be accepted up until midday on Friday.

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , ,
Oct 252016
 

But only of some items, silly!

With the London Show looming, Chris Evans has made the shock revelation that CJE Micro’s has run out of stock… of some items! Chris says the company can recycle old Acorn and RISC OS gear “in the best possible way, by finding someone who wants to use them for their original purpose.”

A full list of items wanted can be found on the CJE Micro’s website, and they expect to have “an estate car full of space available” for the trip to the show, which takes place on Saturday, 29th October – but asks that people get in touch beforehand if they are bringing a large volume. Cash is offered for some of the more valuable items, but – again – please get in touch with the company beforehand to negotiate a price.

 October 25, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: ,
Jun 292016
 

CJE Micro’s is currently advertising for a new member of staff. The job title is ‘IT Support Technician’ and the successful applicant – who is expected to become a key member of the small team at the firm – will have a wide range of duties, from simple admin through to helping with repairs to computer equipment and assisting with the development of new products. Continue reading »

 June 29, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , ,