May 072018
 

There will probably be flashing – but don’t worry, it’ll be LEDs rather than Andrew himself.

The next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London – ROUGOL – will take place two weeks today, on 21st May, and the guest speaker will be Andrew Conroy.

Although Andrew will be recognised by many people as one of the faces of CJE Micro’s, regularly in attendance as one of the team at RISC OS shows, he also uses RISC OS in his spare time – and his talk in London will centre around one aspect of that: Raspberry Pi interfacing projects, for which he uses BBC BASIC. Continue reading »

Mar 152018
 

Yesterday was Pi Day, a name reflecting that if you write your dates in either Overpuddlian form (mm-dd-yyyy) or as specified by ISO 8601 (yyyy-mm-dd) – in both cases ignoring the year – you get 3-14, which sort of looks like Pi to two decimal places if you squint a bit so that the dash looks like a decimal point. A fitting day, then, for the Raspberry Pi Foundation to release another version of its credit card-sized computer: A ‘+’ version of the Raspberry Pi 3 model B.

The most notable change for day to day use are that while the Pi 3B+ sports the same processor as the Pi 3, the ARM Cortex-A53, it’s running at a higher speed – 1.4GHz rather than 1.2GHz. Another notable change is that it also features Gigabit Ethernet over USB 2.0,  compared with the previous 100 megabit, support for power over ethernet (via a separate HAT device). Hopefully, RISC OS will soon be updated so that it can be used on the new Pi.

Feb 132018
 

CE are family… I’ve got all my versions with me!

Following the surprise teaser released towards the end of January of Ident Computer’s new Raspberry Pi-based kit computer, the Ident WinCE, more details of the system have now been revealed.

Benefiting from the latest in 3D printing technology, the snazzy looking CE (which stands for Compact Edition)  consists of a base unit which comes in three variations – one for RISC OS users, and one for users of other operating systems, and one especially for the retro gaming community. Continue reading »

Jan 282018
 

This was going to be a news nybble, but two paragraphs weren’t nearly enough!

A couple of years ago Tom Williamson of Ident Computer brought his Raspberry Pi-based kit computer, the Micro One, to the world of RISC OS – and in February he will be unveiling a follow-up system, the Ident Compact Edition, or Ident CE for short1.

A teaser image of the Ident Compact Edition, courtesy of Ident Computer

A teaser image of the Ident Compact Edition, courtesy of Ident Computer

Continue reading »

Oct 302017
 

The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will next meet on Wednesday, 1st November, at 7:45pm, when Ruth Gunstone will be the group’s speaker, covering the use of a Raspberry Pi as a Network Attached Storage device, and as a media player. The meeting is free for members, and a mere £3.00 for guests, and takes place at:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close,
Off Walton Lane,
Wakefield,
West Yorkshire,
WF2 6ER.
Oct 272017
 

Hats off to Elesar – and on to the Raspberry Pi, since this is a HAT!

Details are now available about Elesar Ltd‘s mystery product that was expected to be launched at the London Show – the S&P HAT for the Raspberry Pi. A HAT is a standard for Raspberry Pi expansion boards, and is an acronym that expands to ‘Hardware Attached on Top’, while the S&P part comes from Elesar, and stands for ‘Serial and Parallel’. In other words, it’s an add-on board for the Pi that provides the credit card sized computer with two additional ways to connect external devices – a 25 pin parallel port, and a 9 pin RS232 serial port.

The card is priced at £38.40 including VAT, with postage on top – but until noon today, you have the option of ordering it for collection at the London Show if you’re planning a visit, along with anything else Elesar sells (and currently has in stock).

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 »

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 »

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!