Jul 302017
 

I had no idea computers contained fat or sugar – but this one definitely doesn’t!

RaspberryRO Lite case

RaspberryRO Lite case

Putting on his 4D hat, Chris Evans has introduced a new computer in the RaspberryRO range, this one given the ‘Lite’ suffix.

The RaspberryRO Lite takes the form of a Raspberry Pi (but you probably guessed that from the name) in a ‘nano’ desktop case, Continue reading »

 July 30, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Jun 032017
 

Meeting probably safe – killer robots unlikely to appear.

The next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will take place on Wednesday 7th June, with the subject matter being “Things to do with Robots, Sensors, and a Raspberry Pi” – with no further information given beyond that, leaving plenty of room for speculation.

The most obvious guess (given that no speaker has been mentioned) is that it’s going to be an open discussion on the things that can be done with, well, robots, sensors, and a Raspberry Pi. The clue’s in the title, really, isn’t it? Continue reading »

 June 3, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Apr 212017
 

RISC OS Open Ltd have sneakily released a new RISC OS release candidate for the Raspberry Pi – if it can be called sneakily when they said at the recent Southwest Show (see Rob Sprowson’s talk) that it was coming soon. RC15 can be found on their Raspberry Pi downloads page, with full details on their news page.

As stated in the Southwest Show presentation, the new release candidate supports all models of Raspberry Pi, from the oldest to the newest, and from the smallest to the… well, standard sized. And as well as supporting all of the models of Pi, it benefits from all the recent improvements to RISC OS, such as the updated JPEG support, EDID monitor detection, and so on.

And if you come along to tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, you can purchase a copy of RC15 already on a ROOL-branded SD card for a mere £10 + VAT!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 022016
 

Er, that’s ‘pi ess ess dee’ – and note the ‘a’ before it!

First shown at off at the London Show on Saturday, the ‘never before seen’ thing hinted at on the RISCOSbits Twitter account was the PiSSD – and it is now available to buy.

Deserving of more than a news nybble, which unfortunately is all I can do at the moment, the PiSSD is a Raspberry Pi in a rather nice 11.8cm x 11.8cm x 5.5cm case, with a 128GB mSATA SSD installed and filecore formatted, and including a standard RISC OS disc image. It can be supplied with or without a Raspberry Pi, and will cost £199 with one (a 2B while stocks last, after which it will be a 3B), or £169 without – in which case you fit your own.

 November 2, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Oct 282016
 

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 related thing for the show. It is NOT the , 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!

 October 28, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272016
 

Andy Marks has posted a sneak peak picture to the RISCOSBits Twitter account, along with the hashtag #neverbeforeseen – but what the picture clearly shows is the box that the humble Raspberry Pi is usually supplied in, which is something that just about everyone interested in these things has seen. The picture, he says, is only a clue, and this is something else for the London Show on Saturday. So what gives?

The answer is probably a hitherto unannounced product called the PiPOD – a means to allow the Raspberry Pi to be mounted in a podule slot in either a RiscPC or A7000, with both the old and new systems able to be run simultaneously, with one running in a window on the other – presumably using VNC.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , , ,
Oct 262016
 

RISC OS Open Ltd have announced a new edition of Nut Pi – a collection of commercial software, all provided on an SD-card for the Raspberry Pi. The latest version, which will be available at the London Show on Saturday brings ARMv8 compatibility to the software, which means it is now compatible with the Raspberry Pi 3 – and some of the titles included in the collection have been updated to the latest versions.

The collection costs £35 plus shipping and VAT, which gets you a bundle of software that would normally cost around £600 – so represents excellent value for money. However, that low price means it’s not possible to offer discounted upgrade prices.

 October 26, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Oct 152016
 

Just the thing for the morning after the night before, and you’ve woken up wondering where on Earth you are!1

Chris Hall has released a new application, provisionally called ‘SatNav’, that can read the signal from a GPS receiver and feed it to other applications capable of understanding and acting on that data. One such application is Sine Nomine’s mapping software RiscOSM, which will then open a map showing your current location. Continue reading »

 October 15, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Jul 232016
 

The perfect computer for anyone who likes Airfix models. Or Ikea furniture.

A name not many people in the RISC OS world will have heard of until very recently is Ident Computer, run by Shrewsbury-based Tom Williamson. Tom founded his company, the Ident Broadcasting & Communications Group, in 2006, and Ident Computer is a comparatively recent addition to the group, with the aim of preserving and exhibiting retro computers, and to aid and build new resources for education and entertainment. Continue reading »

 July 23, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,