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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 184.108.40.206 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.
GDPR and RISC OS
You may have been receiving quite a few emails recently related to GDPR. This is a new set of rules which into effect across the whole EU and impacts anyone who holds individual data. Companies now need to be much more careful on what data they hold on you and have your permission to hold it. You also have a right to ask Companies to forget you and delete any emails which include you.
Messenger Pro reaches release 8
A surprise (but very welcome) release at Wakefield was a new release of the perennial RISC OS client, Messenger Pro. In his talk, Andrew Rawnsley said that R-CompInfo had brought forward the update as the code needed some reworking to ensure it worked with RISC OS 5.24 - we are not complaining.
RISC OS 5.24 arrives
Wakefield saw the official release of RISC OS 5.24 - we saw 5.22 in 2015 so there have been just a few changes since then (total of 708 changes and 21 main ones). Several key bounties have delivered major new features.
Power Switching a RaspberryPi
Chris Hall has been trying to make the most of power for a RISC OS based RaspberryPi for his GPS system. In his guest post , he lifts the lid on how he does this...
April News Round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
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RISC OS Open
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.
RISC OS 5.24 approaches
The latest stable release of RISC OS is now entering its final stages ahead of a planned release date in April 2018. This has been a long, hard slog and represents a significant milestone – it will be the first stable release for the Raspberry Pi.
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Comet 67P's cute rubber duck shape perfect for causing eruptions
When sunlight hits the comet, gas and dust sublimeScientists have found that the jets of ice and dust wafting from comet 67P are down to the way sunlight beams hits its unique rubber ducky shaped surface.
Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke
Three men charged over 2017 hoax hostage situation that had a tragic endThree men were this week indicted for their alleged roles in a fatal police "swatting" of a home in Kansas, USA.
New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy
The horse is a speck on the horizon - but at least the barn door now has a bolt on itFacebook has rolled out its promised disclosure regime for political and issue advertising, heralding a new age of transparency and civic responsibility. Or so Facebook folks suggest.
FBI agents take aim at VPNFilter botnet, point finger at Russia, yell 'national security threat'
Feds warn admins malware is rather tough to destroyThe FBI says it is taking steps to stop the spread of the VPNFilter malware and botnet, warning that it's a national security issue.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened
US pair's private chat sent to coworker by AI bugUpdated It's time to break out your "Alexa, I Told You So" banners - because a Portland, Oregon, couple received a phone call from one of the husband's employees earlier this month, telling them she had just received a recording of them talking privately in their home.
Collectibles : TOTAKU™ Figures - PaRappa the Rapper
"I gotta believe!" Meet PaRappa as he appears in PaRappa the Rapper from the TOTAKU™ Collection. TOTAKU (pronounced Toe-Tak-Oo) figures are a unique series of highly detailed figurines from video game franchises past and present. $9.99
Collectibles : TOTAKU™ Figures - Tekken 7
OH YEAH! Meet Heihachi Mishima as he appears in Tekken 7 from the TOTAKU™ Collection. TOTAKU (pronounced Toe-Tak-Oo) figures are a unique series of highly detailed figurines from video game franchises past and present. $9.99
Collectibles : TOTAKU™ Figures - God of War
Boy, these are great figures. Meet Kratos and son Atreus as they appear in God of War (2018) for PS4 from the TOTAKU™ Collection. TOTAKU (pronounced Toe-Tak-Oo) figures are a unique series of highly detailed figurines from video game franchises past and present. $9.99
Clothing : Overwatch Widowmaker Ultimate Hoodie
One shot, one kill. If the other team also has a Widowmaker, it's going to be hard to escape being targeted in this hoodie. We figured we'd better point that out right out of the gate. But, of course, you are the superior Widowmaker so it shouldn't matter, n'est ce pas? $59.99
Clothing : Overwatch It's Gonna Be Mei Ladies' T-Shirt
Meibe she's born with it. In Mei's story she wakes up and kicks some butt after realizing that none of the other scientists made it. This young innovator builds her own Endothermic Blaster and gets out there to set the world on fire. Or uhh... set the world on ice? $19.99
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