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…
Alan Buckley has released a new version of PackMan, a package manager designed to work with packages distributed via the RISC OS Packaging Project. The main reason for the update is compatibility with the Raspberry Pi 3 – although an existing bug has also been squashed, whereby it wasn’t possible to exit the application when first run without installing the ‘Packages’ directory.
No London Show again? Read about the last Wakefield one instead! Due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers, last year’s Wakefield Show morphed into the Wradfold show – Wakefield, but in Bradford – and this year, the show carried on in the same location, for much the same reason. It took place on 22nd April at the Cedar Court Hotel in – well, yes – Bradford.
Following a similar path to his last release, Cherry Bomb, Jeroen Vermeulen has released Porklike, another new game for RISC OS.
25th February 2023 saw the RISC OS Southwest Show return to the Arnos Manor Hotel in Bristol. This was the first time the event has taken place since just before the Covid pandemic hit the UK, with the last one pretty much on the eve of the plague landing on our shores in early 2020.
If you’re attempting to keep count of the number of different models of RISC OS computer available from RISCOSbits, you’ll have run out of fingers a long time ago – as well as toes and any other body parts you can use to help count. I have spare fingers lying around (don’t ask) and I’ve run out.
A collection of news for 2022 not already covered on RISCOSitory 2022 is about to draw to a close, so it’s time to cast one last eye over the various forums etc., to look for things that haven’t found their way onto these pages already.
If you’re in the market for some new RISC OS computing goodness, the little shop with a lot of stock, CJE Micro’s (who are now a slightly bigger shop – or rather industrial unit) with a lot of stock) may be able to help. Chris Evans has announced a couple of price reductions on their RapidO Ti and RaspberryRO computers that will run from now until the end of January.
With some notable exceptions, the history of RISC OS on laptops has never been great. Acorn themselves only ever launched one RISC OS laptop – the 24MHz, ARM3-based A4 – in 1992. Its name was based on its size, taking up about the same amount of space on a desk (or indeed a lap) as a piece of A4 paper, it sported a 640×480, greyscale screen, had 2 or 4MB of RAM, and needed an external mouse. The company also later announced the Stork notepad and NewsPAD ‘tablet’, but they…
I mean, don’t HIT a pipe, or you’ll GO down! Almost a decade ago, a very simple game was hatched from the mind of Vietnamese programmer Dong Nguyen. The game, Flappy Bird, was a very simple sideways scrolling game with only one control requirement – to tap the screen. This caused Faby, the flappy bird in question, to flap its wings and gain some height, otherwise it’d descend – all the while flying to the right. Update, 23rd June, 2022: The RISC OS version of this game has now been…