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.
Start practising your squinting – they have small things. Chris will probably hold them up in the theatre for the audience to struggle to see.
There will be a wide range of goodies from the little shop with a lot of stock at the London Show tomorrow, with the usual CJE Micro’s and 4D presence. Amongst other things, there will be a selection of models from their RapidO range – but due to limited space in their vehicle (the TARDIS must be in for a service) Chris Evans asks that if there is something specific you want, please give them a call on 01903 523 222 by lunchtime today.
Particularly noteworthy is that the company hopes to be able to launch “another new significant RISC OS hardware system” – they’ve provided no firm details of what this is but say that whether this happens is subject to a key item being delivered on time, and suggest paying a visit to their stand to find out if it did and if it “is fully RISC OS compatible.”
Modern RISC OS systems tend to come equipped with a number of USB ports, one of which is normally used to connect the mouse to the computer.
However, this wasn’t always the case – USB was first introduced in the mid-1990s, and the Acorn Archimedes first appeared in 1987; Acorn didn’t have the option of USB, and instead designed the Archimedes, RiscPC, and all the variants, to use a quadrature mouse.
The BBC Micro, of course, is an older computer again and in its case, if you had a mouse, it was probably connected via the user port.
I had no idea computers contained fat or sugar – but this one definitely doesn’t!
Putting on his 4D hat, Chris Evans has introduced a new computer in the RaspberryRO range, this one given the ‘Lite’ suffix.
The RaspberryRO Lite takes the form of a Raspberry Pi (but you probably guessed that from the name) in a ‘nano’ desktop case,
Cutting it a bit fine with the timing of your announcement there, Chris!
With the Southwest Show taking place tomorrow, CJE Micro’s/4D have announced a deadline for anybody who wants a particular item ordered and brought to the show. They will, of course, carry a their usual wide range brought along from the little shop with a lot of stock – but they won’t be able to squeeze everything into their car, so if you have a specific requirement, it’s best to contact them prior to midday today.
The company is, as always, willing to take any surplus Acorn/RISC OS items, saving you the effort of finding good homes for them – or worse, turning them into skip-food. Again, though, because of limited space in their car, don’t just bring larger items to the show without contacting them first.
A new version of leading bitmap graphics editor PhotoDesk will be available at the London Show on Saturday from 4D, the sister company of CJE Micro’s. The new version brings a number of changes, including better JPEG support and improved compatibility for a number of modern RISC OS platforms (with support for the Raspberry Pi 3 added) – but perhaps most importantly, it now supports those platforms on which the order of colour components are swapped, such as IGEPv5 and Titanium.
Upgrades – which start at £12.00 if upgrading from 3.12 – will be available at the show if customers bring their PhotoDesk CDs with them. For new customers, the software is priced at £84.00.
Finally, you can let your A4 cash in on its pension!
Anyone familiar with the Raspberry Pi scene will be aware of the Pi-Top, a laptop computer based around the credit card-sized computer that was developed after a successful crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo in 2014 – and anyone familiar with the RISC OS scene will know that Chris Evans of CJE Micro’s and Fourth Dimension has, since London 2015, been talking about releasing a RISC OS version of the machine.