Oct 222017
 

There is now less than a week to go until this year’s London Show – it takes place next Saturday, 28th October – and as well as the extensive line up of exhibitors, there is now a very full theatre programme.

When he emailed exhibitors a week ago, ROUGOL‘s Bryan Hogan listed the main five talks, and asked if anyone would care to give short snappy talks of five to ten minutes – and it looks like that request has been answered. In alphabetical order, that line-up in full is: BBC Media Preservation, CJE Micro’s, MW Software, R-Comp, RISC OS Developments Ltd, RISC OS Open Ltd, Sine Nomine Software with RISCOSbits, and VideoNuLA.

Oct 202017
 

No mention of eye of newt or toe of frog.

Doom TrilogyFans of first person shooters should have a soft spot for Doom from id Software. While it wasn’t the first game of this type, it’s certainly one of the pioneer titles that helped popularise the genre, and led to a number of follow-ups and expansions. The game  featured texture-mapped surfaces and varying room and level heights – a step up from the simpler Wolfenstein 3D, the previous game from the same company – as well as mood-setting MIDI music, and the ability to swap out the internal data files (WAD, which stands for “Where’s All the Data?”) with alternatives, featuring new levels.

The game engine was ported a number of platforms, including RISC OS, and a fully licensed commercial version was released and sold by R-Comp Interactive in 1998 – and last year the company released a new version of Final Doom, updated to work on modern RISC OS hardware, and benefiting from the option to use an MP3-based soundtrack rather than the original MIDI music. Continue reading »

 October 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 152017
 

The problem with needing both a Windows or MacOS computer system as well as a RISC OS one is space – two computers take up more valuable space on your desk than just one. A good emulation of one that works on the other is a neat solution to this, because it means you can have just the one computer, but reap the benefits of both platforms.

This has always been where VirtualRiscPC has shown its worth, offering a very strong and just about seamless emulation of the RiscPC computer. R-Comp have long since recognised this, and provide Windows computers with the emulator installed and ready to use as standard, in the form of their RISCube range. Continue reading »

 September 15, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 152017
 

If it supports two heads, does that mean it’ll soon support three ARMs?1

Users of R-Comp‘s TiMachine computer – and those who are subscribed to their support scheme for Elesar‘s Titanium – can now make use of the two DVI-I outputs found on the motherboard. The company has released DualHead, which makes it easy to drive two separate monitors from the board. Continue reading »

 September 15, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 212017
 

R-Comp have put out a press release about what they’ll have at tomorrow’s Wakefield Show – and they say there will be the usual array of software releases, such as the newly announced Genealogy 1.80, and Fireworkz 2.20 (a fiver and your disc for the old version gets you the new), the latest updates to SafeStore, and more.

They will also have PiFi v2. PiFi is the product that allows you to use a handy spare Raspberry Pi (running Linux) into a WiFi bridge of sorts for another RISC OS computer. One of the benefits of version 2 is that instead of configuring it with your web browser, you’ll actually be able to configure it with a RISC OS application designed for the purpose – and it sounds as if it can now use the built-in WiFi of the Raspbery Pi 3 if that’s the version of Pi you use it with.

There was a lot more in the press release, but being sent late last night, there’s not enough time spare here in the RISCOSitory bunker to do it justice – just come to the show!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Apr 212017
 

Just in time for this year’s Wakefield Show, R-Comp have announced the release of DP Genealogy version 1.80, a package designed for those investigating and documenting family trees. The new version sees a significantly revamped and expanded ‘Scrapbook’ system, which allows the linking and storing of external files – scans, pictures, audio, video, etc. Improvements have also been made to Ancestor/Pedigree charts, making it much easier to explore a chart/tree and plot sections of the tree.

The software is available by post, coming as a CD pack that includes the companion “Genealogy Records” software, or both packages can be purchased separately via !Store.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Apr 192017
 

With the last couple of months having been somewhat busy here in the bunker, I’ve not yet had time to write a Southwest Show report – indeed, it is only just over a week ago that I was finally able to sit down and watch the four talks given at the show, which I was able to capture with my video camera on the day.

Following that, I was able to devote some time over the Easter weekend to doing a little editing work on them, before uploading the results to YouTube – and that’s now done, so here they are:

Continue reading »

Feb 242017
 

R-Comp have announced a new network driver for the ARMX6 that can provide a performance boost of between one and a half and ten times. Most users should see a benefit, but some more so than others – users with mixed speed devices on their networks, for example, should see more consistent behaviour and less problematic networking with Acorn Access or ShareFS.

The latest RISC OS build for ARMX6 computers also now includes support for disc partitioning – something that has been notably lacking on RISC OS until now. Partitioning a disc means it is split up into more than one ‘logical’ drive, which is especially useful for larger drives, and means RISC OS can now make full use of the space. In addition, partitioned discs use GUID Partition Tables – an industry standard that means other platforms should recognise the partitions (even if they can’t actually read the contents).

ARMX6 users can upgrade in by visiting the users’ website and logging in as usual. You can also expect to hear Andrew talking about this at the Southwest Show tomorrow.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , ,
Feb 222017
 

New product from R-Comp at the Southwest Show this Saturday!

With a nod towards the potential hurdles setting up network attached storage for those less technically inclined, and another towards the need to have good backups (which many people to this day still fail to do), R-Comp will be launching a two disc RAID mirrored storage solution for RISC OS users on Saturday. Bundles will be available consisting of the RAID solution, and SafeStore 2, the company’s backup software.

Related to this, the company will be announcing disc partitioning support for ARMX6 at the show – which allows multiple partitions to be set up on larger discs, something that is common on other platforms, but which has been sadly lacking on RISC OS.

 February 22, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 272016
 

Users of RISC OS on Titanium-based machines have the option of booting into Linux thanks to GoLinux from Elesar, suppliers of the motherboard itself. However, as shown in this video recording of Chris Hall speaking to the Midlands User Group back in September, what that gets you into – initially – is a command line system, on which a graphical user interface needs to be set up, if that’s your preference.

Back in summer, R-Comp produced a ‘graphical’ Linux disc for a customer, and they will be making such discs available at the London Show on Saturday – so armed with such a disc and Elesar’s GoLinux, Titanium users can boot into a desktop environment on Linux. Prices will vary according to the size of disc, and whether or not you have purchased either a TiMachine or Titanium support scheme subscription, but start at £35.00.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,