Show report: London 2021

30th October, 2021, marked the return to physical shows in the UK, when the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) hosted their customary October event at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham – the RISC OS London Show. Understandably under the circumstances, there were fewer exhibitors than in previous years, as well as few visitors; it was a much quieter show than usual – but despite that, it was still an excellent day for finding out what’s happening in the RISC OS world. So what happened? What did we…

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RISCOSbits would like to welcome you to join them for Stonking Saturday!

(Oh, and by the way, there’s a new RISC OS system available for that day only!) If you’re a bit fed up with those pesky Overpuddlians bringing their practices and other atrocities over here, such as the increasingly common use of ‘invite’ as a noun, or annual sales events like ‘Black Friday’ (which tend to last longer than that one day) – and even worse, certain operating systems, when we have a rather nice (if slightly flawed) home grown one that runs on a family of processors which also began…

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RISCOSbits squeezes out some Linuxbits

And pumps out a PiAno, and a Pi 4 upgrade scheme. A number of systems on which RISC OS can be run also have Linux distros available for them, which means it’s very easy for RISC OS users to have a hardware platform for running our operating system natively, and a hardware platform for running a more widely supported OS – while only having a single hardware platform on the desk. With the Raspberry Pi, for example, it’s just a matter of changing the SD card to the OS you…

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RISCOSbits serves up a Black Friday bargain

Today is the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving in them there United States of Overpuddle, a day that has become known as Black Friday, with retailers putting varying levels of reduction on their wares. This tradition has been expanding in recent years, both in duration and in distance, and we have seen Black Friday sales well beyond the Overpuddlian shores, including in our own little RISC OS community. This year, RISCOSbits has put up a special offer to celebrate the day after a day that isn’t special in any way on…

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RISCOSbits brings you an STD DOSE

Don’t worry, that doesn’t mean what you think! Read on… New from RISCOSbits is a new small-footprint Raspberry Pi 4-based system called the FOURtress – which, in an unusual move for the company, uses an off-the-shelf aluminium case, rather than something custom-designed. The case doubles up as a heatsink for the Pi, which allows the processor to be overclocked to 2.1GHz, yet remain cool.

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News nybble: The Wakefield Club’s charity auction is now live

The charity auction announced a couple of days ago by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club is now live. If you want to bid on a Deuce case, custom designed by RISCOSbits to commemorate the 2020 Wakefield Show, which had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, point your web browser at its eBay listing and place your bid now! The proceeds from the auction will be go to the Wakefield Hospice, which is usually supported by the Club on the charity stand at the annual show – so please…

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Wakefield Show prize draw for 2020 morphs into a charity auction

The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, organisers of the Wakefield Show, have for some years now run a prize draw at the show, with tickets available from the Club stand, and a selection of RISC OS-related prizes for the winner(s). Prizes for the draw are usually provided to the group by exhibitors, and because 2020 was to be the 25th annual Wakefield Show, the first prize planned for this year was something out of the ordinary: Andy Marks of RISCOSbits had produced a specially designed version of the Deuce case.

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