Nov 052018
 

Elesar Ltd has released an update for Titanium users that will afford their computers a bit of a boost. The company found that there was a difference in what the datasheet for the system’s processor and the processor itself think are in some clock registers. Armed with this knowledge, although the processor core still runs at 1500MHz, it has been possible to speed up an internal bus by 100% – doubling the speed of data being transferred over that bus.

The update is free to all existing Titanium owners, by downloading it from the Resources section on the Titanium product page. It consists of a small program that lives in Boot – but if you are using a beta ROM dated after 12th September, 2018, you are already benefiting from the update; the changes are built-in, as are R-Comp customers running the latest version of the dual head application.

Apr 272018
 

Because it’s all Dutch English to one of their customers!

R-Comp have put out a request for someone to help translate some material from English to Dutch.

The company has been contacted by a Dutch customer whose English skills are not very good, and who is therefore having trouble reading up on the software he has purchased. The instructions and tutorial are written in English, and due to his limited English, he would obviously like to be able to read it in his native tongue. Continue reading »

Nov 232017
 

So let’s all have a Black Celebration1.

For the second year running, Elesar Ltd is allowing RISC OS users to benefit from Black Friday – a sales event from the Untidy States of Overpuddle2 that has started to catch on here in the UK.

For Overpuddlians, the last Thursday in November is a national holiday called Thanksgiving, and the day following it is considered to be the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Major retailers on that side of the puddle have sales and open early that day, which has become known as Black Friday. For the past few years it has started to become something of an event here in the UK, and last year Elesar brought a Black Friday sale to the RISC OS community. Continue reading »

Jul 302017
 

Richard Ashbery has struck again – and again – and uploaded two more videos to YouTube.

The graphics output of Danish programmer Jan Vibe, which used to feature regularly in the pages (and cover discs) of Acorn User magazine, were always a delight to behold – but these programs were written to run on the RISC OS computers of the time, designed with the type of displays in mind that we typically used with them, and the resolutions and colour depths that the machines could cope with.

Richard Ashbery – who publishes an Artworks graphic of the month on his ‘Artworks art works’ website – has spent some time exploring Jan’s code and updating the programs to run at 1920×1080 on his Raspberry Pi, then recording the output and uploading the resulting videos to YouTube. Continue reading »

Jun 042017
 

Well, their output does, anyway, thanks to Richard Ashbery.

Those who have been on the RISC OS scene long enough to remember our printed magazines – Acorn User in particular – will undoubtedly remember the graphics delights provided by Danish programmer Jan Vibe, whose programs featured regularly as type-in listings in the magazine (and later ready to run from the cover discs).

Richard Ashbery, who is well known for his work with ArtWorks2, and publishes a graphic of the month created with the application on his website, has taken a look at many of Jan’s old programs, and made the necessary code changes to get them to run on modern ARM hardware – more specifically, the Raspberry Pi running at 1920×1080. Continue reading »

Nov 262016
 

Note, that was “Pah!” not “Bah!” – and there was no sign of a “Humbug!”

Black Friday – the day following Thanksgiving in the Untidy States of Overpuddle, and which has become recognised as the first day of the Christmas shopping season on which many large retailers hold promotional sales – was yesterday. Well, mostly1.

Today is therefore Random Colour Saturday. Continue reading »