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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 18.104.22.168 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.
Elesar releases new version of Prophet
Hot on the heels of updating Font Directory Pro, Elesar have announced a new release of the resurrected Accounting package Prophet.
Orpheus launch crowdfunding campaign
RISC OS friendly ISP and hosting provider Orpheus Internet have recently launched a crowd funding campaign, with the goal of helping to raise the funds needed to set up a second data centre in a new location. This new data centre will act as a mirror of their primary data centre, providing some much-needed redundancy for when things go wrong - like the incident early last month that left all of their servers unreachable for several hours, and left some systems down for a couple of days.
July News round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
RISC OS ports website
If you are a MacOS user, you have probably heard of MacPorts (unless you are a Howebrew fan).
RiscOSM continues to expand its horizons
We wrote previously about the welcome continued improvements in Organizer. Another application which continues to see welcome regular improvements is RiscOSM, the software which allows you to create your own maps from raw data. These can then be exported to other RISC OS applications.
500 Server closed connection without sending any data back
RISC OS Open
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.
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2018
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the Wakefield RISC OS show, this Saturday 21th April 2018.We’re on stand 15 all day, or come to hear what we’ve doing and how to get involved in the midday theatre slot.New releasesIt’ll be a chance to get hands on with RISC OS 5.24 – the new stable release – making its first public outing, packed with over 650 changes and improvements since the last version in 2015. Newly updated editions of the popular RISC OS Pi and ePic SD cards will also be launched on Saturday.The recently revised Desktop Development Environment (DDE28b) will be on sale for budding developers.And as if that isn’t enough, the brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide will be available to take away on the day; light reading for the long journey home.Easier ways to buyFollowing feedback at previous shows (we do listen!) we’ll also be able to take payment by card for the first time, including contactless payments. It’s never been easier to buy merchandise or pledge towards one of the open bounties.
Padlock clicks shut on network stack project
We’re excited to be able to reveal two important steps in the overhaul of RISC OS’ creaking network stack today.It’s a lock-in on step 1After a number of briefcases containing keys were exchanged, and several complex meetings concluded in a three way handshake the bounty, which opened in February 2017, has now begun at a top secret location.This particular bounty received a generous sponsorship from equally hush hush RISC OS Developments Ltd as part of their vision to improve that particular area of the OS. We’re very grateful for that, and invite other companies to present giant cardboard cheques to accelerate their favourite bounties towards each target amount too.
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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom
It has potential, but don't expect anything useful too soonThe world's smallest transistor can be controlled by a single atom, according to a scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany.
Juno this ain't right! Chinese hackers target Alaska
Tsinghua University blamed for espionage attackAn attack on US government facilities in Alaska has been traced back to China's Tsinghua University and a larger hacking effort.
Your Twitter app stopped working? Here's why
Social media shifts APIs, starts charging for some featuresIs Twitter broken? That's what many are asking today as their favorite apps for the social media service suddenly appeared to stop working.
Pavilion compares RocE and TCP NVMe over Fabrics performance
TCP slower but not by much and enables Ethernet useAnalysis Pavilion Data says NVMe over Fabrics using TCP adds less than 100Ás latency to RDMA RoCE and is usable at data centre scale.
Don't you just love Windows 10 refreshes, yells Lenovo
Chinese biz exploits PC upgrade cycle... for the momentWindows 10 PC refreshes in business land helped Lenovo report double digit sales growth for the first quarter of its fiscal 2019 earnings - the Chinese giant made hay while the sun shone.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
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Only 364 days left till next Halloween. Make sure you keep track of time. You still have Halloween to plan and if you're too busy daydreaming in every mausoleum you'll never finish in time! $39.99
Accessories : Pokémon Poké Ball Watch
Roar of time. You don't exactly make gym appointments. You kind of just walk in the front door and throw down the gauntlet. That's great and all, but the dentist appointment you scheduled for afterwards isn't exactly walk-in. Don't be late. $39.99
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What a wonderful phrase. We could all use a little Hakuna Matata in our lives. Any day of the week is better when you have no worries. Especially when you realize you hear something break in the next room. $39.99
Clothing : Pac-Man Boxer Brief 3pk in Tin
A brief history of video games. Before the next session where your 8-year-old niece or nephew or neighbor owns you at Fortnite, gird your loins quite literally with retro pride with these Pac-Man Boxer Briefs. These three pairs of unders come with a Pac-Man tin. $39.99
Clothing : Star Wars Call Me the Boss Lounge Pants
Now people can legitimately call you "bossypants." Don these red pants to show everyone who's the boss. Hint: It's not Tony Danza. With Vader's helmet and the phrase "Call me the boss" on your left leg, who would dare defy you? We mean, besides those pesky Rebels. $24.99
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