Nov 132017

Meanwhile, I have yet to get the final Wakefield Show video finished and uploaded!

ROUGOL member Leo White, who records the theatre talks at the London Show, has now uploaded the recordings of this year’s talks to YouTube. In alphabetical order:


  •  November 13, 2017
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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.

  •  October 30, 2017
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Oct 252017

No product called Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch, apparently.

The king of amusingly named products, Andy Marks of RISCOSbits, has come up with the goods once again in time for this year’s London Show, with a new interlocking acrylic case for the Raspberry Pi, suitable for the credit card-sized computer with or without a PiSSDup add-on board – another of Andy’s products.

It’s for the Pi, it’s made of acrylic, it’s interlocking, and it’s ace1, so if you pull together the parts of that I’ve highlighted, it’s easy to see that the name can really only be one thing, Continue reading »

  •  October 25, 2017
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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.

  •  October 22, 2017
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Apr 242017

Imaginations were fired up thanks to all the excitement!

In the run up to the Wakefield Show, which took place a couple of days ago, it became very clear that there was going to be some big news. Something was kicked off shortly before the event, and it seemed likely there would be an announcement of some significance about that at the show.

However, I am led to believe that there has been some disappointment, not only from people who attended but also from people who didn’t and who have been eagerly waiting to find out what the fuss was all about.

Well, fear not, because RISCOSitory has the scoop you’ve all been waiting for. Continue reading »

  •  April 24, 2017
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Apr 212017

One thing you will often hear in the RISC OS world is the mantra that people need to ‘get involved’ more – indeed, if you watch the video of Rob Sprowson’s Southwest Show talk on behalf of RISC OS Open Ltd, part of the talk is about just that: How you, the ordinary RISC OS user, can get involved.

Well, here’s another way: RISCOSbits is launching a new product at tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, and is running a poll to decide on that product’s name. There are three options, ÜBER, BÜRP, and ‘Other’ – though RISCOSbits’ Andy Marks has clarified that ‘Other’ isn’t itself an option; if you choose this option, you need to make a viable suggestion – with one such suggestion having come from RISC OS Open’s Ben Avison: Universal Board ENclosure (Development), or U-BEND for short.

so if you have a Twitter account, help get that product named!

  •  April 21, 2017
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Apr 172017

Every girl user crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man Pi.

A name that should by now be well known in the RISC OS world, if only for having an even dodgier sense of humour than my own, is Andy Marks of RISCOSbits. Describing himself as a Wakefield exhibitor virgin, Andy has let me know what he has planned for the show.

Unsurprisingly, that means the usual array of RISCOSbits’ bits, which will be available at special show prices – but that’s not all. Getting the usual bits out of the way first, though, those bits include: Continue reading »

  •  April 17, 2017
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Apr 032017

The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club‘s next meeting will be on 5th April, with Andy Marks of RISCOSbits stopping by to show off an early version of Wispy – his wireless bridge solution for RISC OS that also provides the platform with access to an up-to-date version of Firefox – along with one or two more of his impressive range of, er… RISC OS bits!

The meeting kicks off at 7:45pm and there is a £3.00 entry fee for non-members, with membership itself costing £15.00 (£7.50 in year one) and including free access to the meetings – full details on the Club’s website. The meeting takes place at:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close, off Walton Lane,
(A61) Barnsley Road,
WF2 6ER.
  •  April 3, 2017
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