He’s been MIA for a few shows lately, but Martin has now confirmed he will be exhibiting at the London Show on the 28th October.
So what’s in store for you lucky RISC OS users this year?
The Long Gap is the period between the annual Wakefield Show, which usually takes place in April, and the London Show, which takes place a whole six months later (that’s half a year, doncher know), towards the end of October.
It’s October now (and has been for a week and a day), which means the Long Gap is almost over, and the London Show is imminent – it takes place on Saturday the 28th – so it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for anyone making the trip and, hopefully, encourage those on the cusp of deciding whether to visit to make the right choice!
Talk about leaving it until the last minute, that’s only 320 days away! EVERYBODY PANIC!
Completing the trio of dates in 2017 for the main shows that take place in the United Kingdom, the date on which next year’s RISC OS London Show will be taking place has been announced as 28th, October, 2017.
The St Giles Hotel, Feltham will once again be the venue, and while it may be a little too early to be absolutely certain who will be there (well, I will be – and you can obviously expect ROUGOL to be there, since they organise it) the show website has already been updated with banners for people to promote it on their own websites.
And for the first time ever, that means this website is sporting banners for all three UK shows down the left hand side!
One of the rarest species these days in the world of RISC OS is the Lesser-spotted Archive – well, more specifically, it’s new editions of the Lesser-spotted Archive. However, the London Show, which opens its doors to the public in a little over an hour from now, is expected to be the scene of a mass sighting.
Jim Nagel will be bringing a hot-off-the-press new edition – volume 24, issue 2 – and subscribers attending the show will be able to collect their copy, whereas subscribers who don’t attend can jolly well wait for it to arrive in the post! Jim will also be taking orders for a new end-of-volume DVD, which is currently being prepared, with a price tag of £22 (£20 at the show), or £12 (£10) for those upgrading from the volume 22 edition.
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.
Yup – tomorrow, initially available at the London Show!
Christopher Dewhurst will be bringing along the newest issue of on-off-on-off-under-new-management PDF magazine Drag ‘n Drop to the London Show tomorrow, with it becoming available to purchase online after the event. Costing just £3.50 for a single issue, the magazine includes a wide range of articles, news, and type-in listings – which can also come in type-in form when purchasing via !Store.
There is no news as yet on whether this issue of the magazine features any crazy page numbering fun!
A new version of Organizer, the – no, THE – personal information manager for RISC OS, will be launched at the London Show, which takes place tomorrow. The headline feature in this new version is the ability to password protect the application, and to encrypt your data – adding a level of data security that those wishing to access their data from a cloud-based storage location.
Offering a good level of flexibility, a passphrase needed to run the software can be set in Choices, and encryption is a second option, which can be applied to the data in some or all of the various sections.
It turns out that the sneak peak picture published yesterday on the RISCOSbits Twitter account was, in fact, not the PiPOD that I speculated it might be. Another picture has been posted, with the text “Another sneak preview of that
#pi related #neverbeforeseen thing for the @rougol @RISCOS_London show. It is NOT the #PiPOD, Sherlock!”
This second picture shows the edge of a case with a number of ports visible, so perhaps the mystery new product is a case for a Raspberry Pi, or a complete system with a Pi at its heart. Either way, I say
we nuke the site from orbit you come along to the show tomorrow – it’s the only way to be sure!
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.
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.