Aug 032017
 

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No… it’s Supersprow! (Imagine there’s exciting music here!)

Earlier this year, the Piccolo Systems website became the victim of hacking/hijacking, with the site as we knew it vanishing, apparently to be replaced by one providing a home to malware. Ben Avison is reported to have said he was aware of the issue, but working out how best to bring the site back online was taking time – and this all happened at a bad time, because of a house move.

Any sign of the malicious software has now been removed – though some browsers may still warn visitors that the site is a “reported attack page” – and the site declares itself as down for maintenance. Continue reading »

 August 3, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jul 202017
 

Elesar Ltd has made available a new release candidate ROM1 for Titanium-based systems, this being number five – known amongst family and friends as RC5 – and while there are a number of changes in the update, the headline feature is that it brings with it support for 256 colour screen modes.

Anybody thinking in practical terms, and who therefore uses their computer for practical things, might miss one of the key points of this – and that key point is FUN! While a ‘true colour’ screen mode might be the norm these days for desktop use, where words might be processed, photos might be shopped2, and desktops might be published3, things were not always so. Continue reading »

 July 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Apr 162017
 

Elesar Ltd is once again offering a ‘click and collect’ service for the Wakefield Show, with RISC OS Open Logistics transporting any goods ordered under the scheme for collection by punters at the event. To take advantage of the scheme, you simply need to select the relevant shipping method when ordering; it should say something to the effect of “Pick up from Wakefield Show”

Elesar’s Rob Sprowson informs me that the cut off time is likely to be noon on Friday, giving RISC OS Open “time to battle the Cambridge traffic before heading North for the show set up.”

 April 16, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 112017
 

But if you want more details, pop along to the ROUGOL meeting on Monday!

As well as talking about CloudFS, the mystery product that Elesar Ltd‘s Rob Sprowson is set to reveal at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London has been revealed as an updated version of Font Directory Pro, which was originally developed and sold by LOOKsystems. The software has been updated so that it can be used on the latest hardware, and on zero-page versions of RISC OS, and MW Software have provided an updated file scanner plug-in for Artworks files that contain text areas.

The only task remaining in order to be able to release the new version of Font Directory Pro is converting the large user manual, which is taking longer than expected – but in the meantime, the meeting on Monday, 16th January (full details in the previous announcement) is the place to be to see a demonstration of the software and pose any questions about it to Rob.

Jan 042017
 

But what is that something else? Why… It’s a Mystery1!

If you’re Sheep Farming in Barnett or lost in the Jungles of Jupiter on Monday, 16th January, you will probably miss out on having a Brilliant Day – well, okay, a Sensational evening – because Rob Sprowson of Elesar Ltd will be visiting the RISC OS User Group of London where he will Be Proud, Be Loud, Be Heard on the topic of CloudFS. Continue reading »

 January 4, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Dec 132016
 

‘Transactions’ when copying files reduced from a downpour to a drizzle.

A new version of CloudFS is available from Elesar Ltd, the main benefit of which is improved efficiency.

CloudFS provides RISC OS with access to remote, cloud-based storage, by integrating with OmniClient so that to the user it appears like a native filing system. The software currently works with just one cloud provider, pCloud, who are based in Switzerland and offer 10GB of free storage, with a range of price plans if you need more. In time it is hoped that more providers can be supported. Continue reading »

 December 13, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Dec 132016
 

So if this was a news nybble, it would be a nybble about having a nibble, then?

The RISC OS User Group of London‘s next meeting will take place on Monday, 19th December, and with no set topic of formal speaker arranged, the group will instead take the opportunity to have an informal discussion about what has happened in the RISC OS world during 2016, and what people hope to see happen in 2017 – and all of this over a drink and a meal. Continue reading »

 December 13, 2016  Posted by  User groups 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: ,
Feb 242016
 

And you won’t even need to go to the bar first!

The Titanium motherboard from Elesar Ltd features a pair of DVI-I video connectors, each of which is capable of driving a 1920 x 1080 display, with full 24-bit colour – and visitors to the the Southwest Show on Saturday will be able to see it doing just that, with both video outputs being utilised to display a single desktop spanning two screens. Continue reading »

 February 24, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Feb 222016
 

…by way of ROOL – that’ll be RISC OS Open Logistics, then!

Titanium motherboardIf you’re in the market for some swanky new hardware from Elesar Ltd and want to shave off the price of shipping, you can purchase it online and arrange for collection at the Southwest Show, which takes place on Saturday, 27th February. Continue reading »

 February 22, 2016  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , ,