Apr 172018
 

Or whisper. It’s your choice, and under your control!

Jon Abbott, taking a break from making old games work via ADFFS as part of the Archimedes Software Preservation Project, has released a new version of pi-topUtils. The software provides things like a battery level indicator, screen dimming (which helps preserve battery life), automatic shutdown, and so on.

The new version – 1.04, which is for the original pi-top only, not the pi-top2 – adds support for (and control of) the speaker in the Raspberry Pi-based laptop, initialising them and allowing the volume to be adjusted via the mute and volume up/down keys on the pi-top keyboard.

Oct 302017
 
RISC OS branded Pi-Top acrylic slice in situ

RISC OS branded Pi-Top acrylic slice in situ

For any discerning RISC OS user who has a Pi-Top – whether bought from 4D as the Pi-TopRO, or elsewhere as just the Pi-Top – one thing obviously missing from the product is any kind of branding to make it a distinctively RISC OS laptop. RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks has now come up with the solution.

The Pi-based laptop features a slide-out panel between the keyboard and hinges, and RISCOSbits can now supply a RISC OS branded acrylic slice for the that fits neatly in place of the original strip on the v1 Pi-Top. The branding takes the form of a large cog that sits at the right hand edge of the strip, just above the trackpad. Currently available via eBay, the strip costs £11.50 plus £2.50 postage and packing.

Oct 252016
 

Function key fix, configuring the nano-router.

pi-topRO users, it seems, may be feeling somewhat befuddled about using their function keys “in the normal way with the Fn modifier key” – but if you are such a user, you can now be de-befuddled. Chris Evans has revealed, with thanks to Jon Abbott for spotting the cause and solution, that all you need to do is turn off ‘Num Lock’ – which can be via the RISC OS Configure app (double click Boot, or menu click the Switcher icon on the far right of the icon bar), in the keyboard section.

Chris has also confirmed that the nano-routers they supply, that help to bring wireless connectivity to RISC OS which doesn’t otherwise support it, can be configured using the Otter web browser, ported to RISC OS by Chris Gransden. It requires a little more effort than doing the same on another platform, but Chris says “it is practical.”

Sep 092016
 

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. Continue reading »

Sep 092016
 

Horsham, Southampton, Bristol, Midlands, Wessex… Everybody talk about… pop music! No, hang on, that’s not right.

There are quite a number of user group meetings taking place over the next week, so it seems sensible to wrap them up in a single post, covering all of those up to and including next Saturday (17th September). Continue reading »