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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News nybble: RISCOSbits Etsy shop

If you want to get away from the usual rectangular cases for your Raspberry Pi, a new range of shaped cases has been introduced by RISCOSbits. There are two basic shapes; Disq is circular, cut from 5mm fluorescent green acrylic, and there are five optional engraved designs on the top, such as a space invader, or Cthulhu, all of which are priced at £19.50 plus p&p. Then there are Winky, Hyde, and Stinky – ghost shaped cases, also cut from 5mm acrylic, but red, orange, and blue respectively, and all…

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Southwest Show – final round up of pre-show news

As the countdown until this year’s Southwest Show ticks over into the final twenty four hours – the show takes place tomorrow, Saturday, 22nd February at the Arnos Manor Hotel in Bristol – a few press releases and announcements have found their way to me. I can’t spend any real time crafting individual articles this time around, so instead here’s a round-up of show-related news that has come my way since I posted a show preview.

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Wispy made less… wispy

And given a bit of a shine to boot. RISC OS may not have built in support for WiFi, but there are tricks that can be employed in order to benefit from wireless connectivity. One of those tricks is to run Linux on a board that does support WiFi, and hitch a ride on that board’s connection. That may sound complicated to those who lack the tecnical knowhow, but there are a couple of solutions available to simplify the whole process. One of those solutions is Wispy, from RISCOSbits, which…

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RISCOSbits visits WROCC – 6th February

RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks will be the guest speaker at the next Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, 6th February, 2019, at 7:45pm. Amongst other things, Andy hopes to have with him a working PineBook (aka ARMbook), running RISC OS, along with a number of other ‘portable’ solutions for people to compare – from laptops such as the Pi-Top and Lapdock, to an easy-to-transport mini.m with one of RISCOSbits’ own eSATA docks.

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New toys from RISCOSbits at London

Saturday will be a Good Day to PiHard! There will be some new toys available from RISCOSbits at the London Show, which takes place on Saturday – new cases, docks for R-Comp‘s mini.m, and systems based around the Wandboard. In addition, the company’s website has been updated to reflect the new and existing range, with options to buy some items directly, rather than through eBay.

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Meet the mini.m and see the si.zeRO in London on Monday

Both small, but still visible without the use of a magnifying glass! This year’s Wakefield show (report coming to be started soon at some point) saw the launch of a new computer from R-Comp, called the mini.m. The system is most easily described as a mini version of the ARMSX ARMX6, squeezed down so that it fits in a cube measuring just two inches in each dimension. But what if you weren’t at Wakefield, and want to see this computer with your own eyes? Your best bet is to hope…

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News nybble: Ident Computer returns to the Midlands, 19th May

The Midlands User Group will be holding its next meeting on Saturday, 19th May – tomorrow – and the guest speaker will be Tom Williamson of Ident Computer, with a talk covering the company’s recent developments, such as the Ident CE, the new arrangement with RISCOSbits acting as a supplier, and 3D printing. If you wish to attend, the meeting will take place from 2:00pm at The Methodist Church Hall, Greenhill, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, B60 1BL, and there is a small charge to cover the costs of the hall and refreshments.

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