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 »

Jan 012015

#VATMESS: New EU VAT regulations, 1 – Sanity and good sense, 0

Ben Avison, of Piccolo Systems and RISC OS Open Ltd, has announced the removal of the ability for customers to download software purchased via the Piccolo Systems website.

The reason for withdrawing the downloads is due to a change in the way value added tax is handled in the EU for the sale of digital goods and services that are delivered online via an automated process. The change is to where the ‘place of supply’ is made – and it is the place of supply that determines the VAT rate that is applicable, and to which member state the resulting VAT liability is due. Continue reading »

Aug 162014

A selection of hitherto unreported items from the past few months.

B gets beefed up to become B+

On 14th July, just a couple of days after the Midlands Show, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced a new version of the Raspberry Pi. The Model B+ is the same size as its predecessors (give or take – well, take – about half a millimetre or so in one dimension) but features an improved layout and specification. Continue reading »

Dec 252013

Announcement from Ben Avison of Piccolo Systems, 18th November, 2013

Piccolo Systems is pleased to announce the immediate release of SystemDisc 1.01.

SystemDisc is a general-purpose tool for managing the system software on modern RISC OS systems. The benefits of using SystemDisc over the pre-existing solutions include: Continue reading »

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 »

Jun 102012

Arrives in a flash.

Something missing from RISC OS, which is increasingly apparent with support for them on modern devices on which the operating system can be run (or could be theoretically run if it was ported), is a filing system and driver for MMC/SD cards, allowing them to be accessed and used when inserted in the MicroSD card on hardware such as the BeagleBoard, in much the same way as any other storage media are accessed, like a hard or floppy disk or a CD or DVD ROM.

MMC/SD cards can, of course, be read from or written to when inserted in a card reader plugged into a USB socket, but that’s much less convenient – especially considering (for example) that the card from which RISC OS is booted on current modern platforms will be in the SD card slot. With RISC OS taking up only a few megabytes, and the card almost certainly having considerably more space available, that’s either wasted space, or space which can only be made use of in an inconvenient way.

Until now, that is. Continue reading »