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  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,
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  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
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  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , , , , ,
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  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , ,
Mar 182017

At the recent Southwest Show, RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks was showing off an early version of an in-development product, called Wispy – and Bryan Hogan has managed to get his hands on a pre-release sample, which he will be presenting to the RISC OS User Group of London on the evening of Monday, 20th March, 2017, when the group next meets. Continue reading »

 March 18, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Nov 152016

…with the Absolute ZeRO!

What do you get if you take one Raspberry Pi Zero, add an expansion board to provide an ethernet socket and two standard USB ports, and throw in a 16GB microSD card with a fully licensed RISC OS ready to run?

The answer is the Absolute ZeRO – the latest product from RISCOSbits.

Limited to one per customer until further notice, the Absolute ZeRO costs £42.99 plus P&P (or £32.99 plus P&P without the RISC OS card – but who in their right mind would want that?) and provides a very small, yet very capable RISC OS system in a neat and compact form.

 November 15, 2016  Posted by  Hardware 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

Labelled as ‘Coming Soon?’ on the RISCOSbits website is a product called GeminX – the page for which sports a large image showing a RISC OS desktop, with a window open featuring what appears to be Windows 10. Given that no current RISC OS solution would be capable of emulating a system fast enough to sensibly run Windows 10, it’s very likely this is either neatly packaged (as in easy for the average user) software involving VNC, or perhaps a hybrid hardware/software solution.

Either way, further down the page the words “Preview at the RISC OS London Show” can be seen – so perhaps a good profit could be made on the Soft Rock Software/RISCOSitory stand selling baseball bats.

 October 27, 2016  Posted by  Misc 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: , , , , ,