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Jul 262014

There was an ARCIn, but was there an ARCOut, or an ARCShake-it-all-about?

Amongst the various things sold and distributed by the late David Holden through APDL were the Acorn-related products of Baildon Electronics –  IDE interfaces, in the form of ARCIn. Following Dave’s unfortunate passing, Baildon’s Dave Hitchens has teamed up with CJE Micro’s/4D to ensure distribution of the range of the interfaces (including firmware updates) continues. Continue reading »

  •  July 26, 2014
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Sep 182013

Dolly useful tool!

Ben Avison of Piccolo Systems (and RISC OS Open Ltd) has released version 1.01 of CloneDisc, which he describes as “a general purpose tool for copying the entire contents of a disc,” and which “features full support for disc image files.”

The software’s capabilities, explains Ben in his announcement at the beginning of August, fall into four major areas: Continue reading »

  •  September 18, 2013
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Feb 262012

In a number of posts on over the last year, I’ve mentioned that we were approaching the BBC Micro’s 30th birthday and linked to a single page website about it. It appears that more details have now appeared on another single page site, describing it as “an anniversary celebration of the BBC Micro and Computer Literacy Project.”

The date set for the celebration is Sunday, 25th March, 2012, with the location given as – fittingly – Cambridge. There is a link to a contact form, and another to a Twitter feed.

  •  February 26, 2012
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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
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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),
WF2 6ER.

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  •  February 2, 2018
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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
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Sep 172017

Seven months on? This must be some kind of a record!

The RISC OS Southwest Show this year took place on 25th February – so this show report sets quite a record for the time between the event and its appearance at just under seven months. Unfortunately, this is a reflection of the amount of time I’ve had available in that intervening period to sit down and write the report. Which is to say: very little.

To make matters slightly worse, I usually refer to the photos I’ve taken at the show as a means to remind myself of who was there, what they were demonstrating, and so on – and this year, I forgot to take my camera. I did take a few pictures with my phone, but I really don’t like my phone as a camera (it’s perfectly capable, it’s just the way it has to be held, etc.) and therefore only have a few pictures. Continue reading »

  •  September 17, 2017
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Mar 202017

The RISC OS Awards poll for 2016 was brought to a close on 29th February. As before, the results were processed and counted on a RISC OS computer (using a home-brewed program to turn the votes into a file for each category, ready to be loaded into Fireworkz), and initially announced on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed. Those results are now online on the RISC OS Awards website and the various winners have been notified – where possible – by email. Continue reading »

  •  March 20, 2017
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