RISC OS News
- Latest Intel chips still can't match ARM for power saving - Intel issued a "correction" Thursday regarding comments one of its executives made earlier this week slamming the iPhone as incapable of working correctly with the internet.
Among other things, the executives accused ARM chips of being unable to "handle the internet" and singled out the iPhone as an example of a smart phone that could be really great if it used one of Intel's low-power x86 architecture processors, known as Atom.
- Major new RISC OS application in development - Long-term RISC OS devotee Paul Vigay has recently announced a new application he's currently working on. With a development version to be demonstrated at the forthcoming RISC OS SE Show, WebAnim8r is a powerful and comprehensive application for creating animations and graphics suitable for including on websites and presentations.
A flexible built-in scripting language allows the user to create complex designs with the aid of simple keywords, or fall back on the intuitive user interface.
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- BBC4's Micro Men: an interview and review - Ahead of tonight's Micro Men programme, which charts the rivalry between Sir Clive Sinclair and Acorn Computers in the early 1980s, drobe.co.uk spoke to the film's producer, Andrea Cornwell, to find out more about the show - and now you can read our review of the film
- 'Threaded' Firefox for RISC OS build released to test - An experimental build of the RISC OS port of Firefox that promises a smoother experience has been released for people to test. You'll need the latest 188.8.131.52 version and then replace its executable with the one from here. The technical bit: developer Peter Naulls has moved the browser's polling for user interaction into a separate thread to aid multitasking with the rest of the RISC OS desktop.
- In brief: Acorn World show this weekend - Archive editor Jim Nagel summarises what to expect at the retro-themed show. Official website here [Update 2] A report by iconbar.com's Phil Mellor of the sell-out show is here - with pictures
- RISCOScode.com webzine publishes autumn issue - Drobe man Martin Hansen has updated his personal web publishing endeavour, RISCOScode.com, with a new issue for the autumn. It includes interviews with an organiser of the inaugural London RISC OS show, to be held in October 2009, and Richard Hallas, plus more bits and pieces. Go check it out. It's free.
- Tanks a lot! Double USB toy driver joy - RISC OS USB guru Dave Higton has released drivers for two remote-controlled gadgets: an 'executive mayhem' tank and a mini car. Get ready to order your armoured, missile-firing kit into position and destroy your office colleagues, or instead swap your computer's circuits for your own race track with a remote-controlled banger. The source code is available and the software should work on Simtec and Castle USB stacks.
- More Acorn Magazine nostalgia - In a previous article, we covered some of the online resources for reading online some of the magazine from past years.
- RISC OS London Show 2018 - This year's London Show is due to take place on Saturday the 27th of October, at the usual location of the St. Giles Hotel in Feltham. The show runs from 11 AM to 5 PM, with tickets being GBP5 at the door (and under-16's free). Exhibitors this year are set to include:3rd Event Technologies, with the AMCS Music Creation systemABUG, aka the Acorn and BBC Micro User GroupAdrian Lees with Aemulour and GeminusAnthony Bartram of AMCOG Games, possibly with a brand new game ready for releaseArchive Magazine, who will be celebrating their 30th birthdayBBC Media Preservation with Paul EmertonChris Hall, who will be selling his new !FamTree app, as well as showing off his Raspberry Pi powered GPS unitCJE Micro's / The Fourth Dimension, who plan to have their band-new Pi-topRO v2 available, along with as many of their existing products as possibleDrag 'n Drop MagazineNigel WIllmott with OrganizerR-Comp with many of their products, including the new mini.m (providing they haven't lost it down the back of the sofa)Retro Software, including some previews of in-development gamesAndy Marks of RISC OS Bits, who will also be showing off some of Ident Computers's productsRISC OS Developments Ltd, who may have new information to share during their theatre presentationRISC OS Open Ltd, who are likely to have copies of RISC OS 5.24 available, along with progress updates on the bounty system and moreNeil Fazakerley's Riscy RobotsThe RISC OS User Group Of LondonMatthew and Peter Howkins with the latest version of RPCEmuSine Nomine SoftwareVince Hudd of Soft Rock SoftwareSteve Drain with Basalt and other thingsSteve Fryatt with CashBook, PrintPDF and Locate2Richard Broadhurst's Tricky GamingRobC's VideoNuLA addon for the BBC MicroAnd last but not least, the charity stand, who will be raising money for Combat StressIf that's not enough, there's also likely to be a full set of theatre presentations, from presenters including CJE, R-Comp, RISC OS Developments, and RISC OS Open.
- September News round-up - Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
- DDE tools updated to DDE28c - Over the summer, ROOL quietly slipped out another update to their DDE toolset. We saw an update in April and the July release of DDEc is another incremental release.
- PackMan in practice - For this first article looking at how to create PackMan/RiscPkg packages, I've decided to use my SunEd program as a guinea pig. Being a simple C application with no dependencies on other packages, it'll be one of the most straightforward things on my site to get working, and one of the easiest for other people to understand.
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RISC OS Open
- Cheque, mate. Castle changes hands. - The cat is out of the bag – Castle Technology has been acquired by RISC OS Developments as a part of their long-term plans for the development of our favourite operating system.The team at ROOL is extremely pleased to see this happen and we are very much looking forward to the possibilities that it unlocks. We’ll be happy to speak to you all at the London Show where you will be able to find out more from both RISC OS Developments and from ROOL.
- Did you notice? We changed everything - There’s a surprising amount of behind-the-scenes work required to keep the services you’re using on the RISC OS Open website running, but it’s not glamourous work:Deleting spam accounts (thanks Dave!)Administering bounty donations and taming the beast (thanks Andrew!)Maintaining package lists (thanks Theo!)Keeping host OS versions patched and up to date (thanks James!)
- Fruit of community effort ready to pick - Updating the User Guide from the parrot’s previous outing in 1996 has been a huge task. We’ve incorporated some of the introductory chapters about using RISC OS from the Welcome Guide (your supplier should still give you specific instructions about plugging the computer together), plus adding new chapters to cover the extra bundled applications and features in RISC OS 5.A total of 62 chapters and over 900 images were brought together, with contributions and reviewing from the community. There’s now also some tutorial material included in the latest HardDisc4 to accompany the text.In light of the community input we’ve squeezed the price down to just £20.00 (plus delivery, cost depends on destination) with an electronic copy following shortly for those who prefer to read on screen.
- ROOL goes dutch at RISC OS eXperience 2018 - Saturday 12th May sees the Big Ben Club hosting this year’s international RISC OS eXperience show. We look forward to seeing you there!
- RISC OS 5.24 stable is now available - After a long run up RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the much anticipated latest stable RISC OS release for many of the computers your favourite OS currently runs on.
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