Big up your laptop’s keyboard and screen with a Desk Dock from RISCOSbits

These days, RISC OS laptop computers are a proper real thingtm (again – we did have Acorn’s A4 once upon a time), with devices like the Pinebook and Pinebook Pro able to run the operating system. However, while a laptop is a handy thing to have when away from the desk, it’s probably not ideal to use as a main machine in its standard form: The screens can be a little on the small side, the keyboards horribly flat and fairly cramped, and a touchpad is a long way from…

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Pining for a PineBook Pro running RISC OS? Check out the next ROUGOL meeting!

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…

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Have ARMbook, will travel

R-Comp’s ARM-based RISC OS laptop lands, allowing its users to take off (or catch a train, whatever) First hinted at by R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley in the run up to last year’s London Show, and then shown off at the event itself, the ARMbook (aka ARMbok due to a typo in an early newsletter) is an ARM-based laptop that runs RISC OS natively1, rather than under emulation on top of another operating system.

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London Show snippets

As everyone in RISC OS land should know by now, this year’s London Show will take place tomorrow at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham. With my exhibitor hat on, I get very busy in the run up to a show – and I also deal with trying to get any last minute news posted here before the show takes place. But, as ever, it depends largely on the news being sent to me in the first place – not all of it is. With that in mind, I’ve done…

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