Sep 032018
 

The Centre for Computing History, a computing museum based in Cambridge, will be playing host to an event this coming weekend that should be of interest to any and all fans of Acorn Computers: Acorn World 2018.

Organised by the Acorn and BBC User Group (ABUG) in association with the museum, the event will run from 10:00am until 5:00pm on both Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of September, and will offer an eye-popping range of hardware and software from both the Acorn and post-Acorn eras, with many of the computers on display running software for visitors to try out.

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Aug 042018
 

Better late than never, but not as late as last year – so that’s something, right?

This year’s Southwest Show took place on Saturday, 24th February, at the Webbington Hotel and Spa – the same venue at which it has been held every year since its inception. This year’s show was therefore the 21st, marking twenty years since the very first one, held in February 1998. There was therefore cake – which you missed out on if you didn’t come to the show, and which everyone who was present enjoyed. And so ends this show report: That’s all you need to know, really.

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Apr 272018
 

If you need more detailed information about a small selection of Wakefield Show exhibitors and their wares than is provided in Mark Stephens’ show report and pictures on the Icon Bar website, but can’t wait for the usual RISCOSitory show report and videos, Ruth Gunstone has stepped in to fill in the gap. Ruth is a member of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club and, along with Peter Richmond, looks after the show theatre – and has now uploaded her recordings of the various talks to Youtube:

Apr 272018
 

 And it has found a new home… in Bristol!

With the most recent Southwest Show having taken place in February, the organisers revealed the date of the 2019 event at the time of the even more recent Wakefield Show last weekend. The date of the next Southwest show will be on 16th February, 2019, so please mark that date in your diaries now.

The date of the next show isn’t the only thing to be revealed, though. The RISC OS Southwest Show 2019 will be taking place in a different venue – the Arnos Manor Hotel in Bristol – with much better links for people coming by both public and private transport alike.

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Apr 192018
 

But size isn’t everything, you know. Honestly.

In a pre-show tease, R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley has posted to the RISC OS Open Forum to say the company will have something new at this weekend’s show – in a thread entitled “Good things come in small packages.” He goes on to explain that you shouldn’t be deceived by it’s small size, because this mysterious item – which he also describes as small, powerful, and shiny – packs quite a punch.

This mysterious item, we are told, is fully ARM’d – and we should think a Lord of the Rings dwarf. Continue reading »

Apr 192018
 

And you thought I was slow putting my videos online!

Ruth Gunstone is one of the duo that handles the theatre at the annual Wakefield Show, along with Peter Richmond, and she has also made video recordings of the talks for the last couple of years. Her recordings from last year’s show are now online for your viewing pleasure – just in time for this year’s show! The videos in question are:

 

Apr 172018
 

Also: No touching – ew!

RISC OS Open Ltd will be bringing RISC OS 5.24 to Wakefield. This will be the first public outing of the new stable release of the operating system, which will cover all platforms except iMX6 and OMAP5 – and for Pi users, this will be the first chance for people to get their hands on a copy for themselves, with newly updated editions of the RISC OS Pi and ePic cards. The company will also have the latest edition of the Desktop Development Environment, and some reading material for people to take home in the form of a brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide.

For the first time, ROOL will also be able to take payment by card at the show, including the option to pay without any of that icky touching, with contactless payments.

Apr 152018
 

Save the cost of postage – put it towards your rail fare instead!

Once again, Elesar Ltd – makers of the award winning Titanium motherboard – are offering a click and collect option in the run up to this year’s Wakefield Show, which takes place on Saturday, 21st April. In order to benefit from it, all you need to do is place your order by midday (UK time) on Friday, 20th April – selecting the appropriate option for delivery.

Well, when I say that’s all you have to do – you obviously also have to come to the Wakefield Show, which is probably a good idea anyway. Once there, you will be able to collect your Elesar order from the RISC OS Open Ltd stand.