Sadly, though, the time shift it has engaged isn’t some kind of time machine.
The date has been published for the Recursion Computer Science Fair, 2018 – a multi-platform event with a focus on education that takes place at the King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon. Despite Recursion not being a RISC OS show, there is usually a RISC OS presence in the form of the Midlands User Group, and a small number of other exhibitors.
Mark 21st April, 2018 in your diaries, folks – because that’s the date for the next Wakefield Show, according to the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club’s Events Diary page. With the doors expected to be open to the public from 10:30am until 4:30am, the entry says that the event will once again take place at:
Denby Dale Road,
As this year’s Wakefield Show drew near, news emerged of a new company – RISC OS Developments Ltd – formed by R-Comp’s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet’s Richard Brown, with an extra theatre slot set aside for Richard to explain why the company was set up, what it’s purpose is (to a certain extent; full details were, and still are, subject to a non-disclosure agreement), and how people could help.
A video of that talk is on YouTube:
May also result in a new version of NetFetch 4.
Tomorrow’s London Show will see the launch of a significant new version of R-Comp‘s NetFetch, which brings with it greater support for modern email security standards and protocols – SSL/TLS, SPF-checking, and so on. There have also been improvements to performance, stability, and other aspects of the software, including a major update to the main Hermes module. NetFetch 5 is priced at £30 (£20 to upgrade) plus P&P for a copy on CD, or without P&P as a !Store download.
During the development of NetFetch 5, a couple of issues “cropped up” with NetFetch 4-specific features – so the company is planning to hopefully make one further release of that version, bringing it up to version 4.13 if they do – but given the nature of the NetFetch 5 release, the sensible option for NetFetch 4 users would be to upgrade to that.
Start practising your squinting – they have small things. Chris will probably hold them up in the theatre for the audience to struggle to see.
There will be a wide range of goodies from the little shop with a lot of stock at the London Show tomorrow, with the usual CJE Micro’s and 4D presence. Amongst other things, there will be a selection of models from their RapidO range – but due to limited space in their vehicle (the TARDIS must be in for a service) Chris Evans asks that if there is something specific you want, please give them a call on 01903 523 222 by lunchtime today.
Particularly noteworthy is that the company hopes to be able to launch “another new significant RISC OS hardware system” – they’ve provided no firm details of what this is but say that whether this happens is subject to a key item being delivered on time, and suggest paying a visit to their stand to find out if it did and if it “is fully RISC OS compatible.”
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).
R-Comp Interactive will be demonstrating one of their TiMachine computers driving a 2560×1440 display at the London Show on Saturday. The Titanium system board on which the TiMachine is based is normally limited to 2048 horizontal pixels, but because it has two video outputs – intended to drive two displays side by side – it’s possible to get around the limitation with some clever trickery, if you have the right monitor. R-Comp, at the show, will have the right monitor.
The updated version of DualHead – the software supplied by R-Comp with TiMachine computers, and as part of the Titanium Support Scheme will be available to customers/subscribers shortly; keep your eye on the download site (details of which can be found in the documentation supplied with your computers or via the Support Scheme).
Seven months on? This must be some kind of a record!
The RISC OS Southwest Show this year took place on 25th February – so this show report sets quite a record for the time between the event and its appearance at just under seven months. Unfortunately, this is a reflection of the amount of time I’ve had available in that intervening period to sit down and write the report. Which is to say: very little.
To make matters slightly worse, I usually refer to the photos I’ve taken at the show as a means to remind myself of who was there, what they were demonstrating, and so on – and this year, I forgot to take my camera. I did take a few pictures with my phone, but I really don’t like my phone as a camera (it’s perfectly capable, it’s just the way it has to be held, etc.) and therefore only have a few pictures.
Recursion comes around again!
The Midlands User Group normally meets on the third Saturday of odd months, but July is a particularly odd month because this year they’re meeting on the first Saturday instead.
It used to be that the group hosted their own RISC OS show in early July, and treated that as their meeting for the month – and that’s more or less what they still do, with the exception that their show is now a small area within a much bigger event that covers a great deal more than just RISC OS.
That show is the Recursion Computer Science Fair, which takes place on Saturday, 1st July, from 11:00am – with no entry fee – at: