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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.
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.
And maybe of interest....
GitHub wants a piece of the Actions with new code jamboree
Social code biz makes bid to turn workflows into codeAt San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts on Tuesday, GitHub held its annual tech touting talk in a space that once housed the city's Exploratorium science show.
Huawei's Watch GT snubs Google for homegrown OS
Behold, a new Chinese platform?Google's decision to shove Java everywhere it can may be as catastrophic as Microsoft's "Windows everywhere" from the 1990s.
Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence
Storm-savaged waterworks having to rebuild from scratchA water company in the US state of North Carolina already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence will now have to juggle a complete database rebuild - thanks to a nasty ransomware infection.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug
Investors sue over failure to 'fess up in financial filingsGoogle's parent has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to disclose to investors a bug - secretly fixed in March - that could have exposed half a million users' data.
Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?
Samsung-screened mobe not easily repaired, just like a SamsungTeardown demon iFixit has pulled Google's shiny new flagship Pixel 3 phone to pieces, revealing more glue and glass than strictly necessary.
Collectibles : DC Artists Alley Joker Figure by Nooligan
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Part of the second wave of DC Artists Alley figures, this figure features HaiNaNu "Nooligan" Saulque's take on The Joker. It's a very approachable, cartoon-y style, which fits The Joker just fine, including those classic kicks. $39.99
Collectibles : DC Artists Alley Harley Quinn Figure by Nooligan
"I'm Bored. Play With Me." Part of the second wave of DC Artists Alley figures, this Harley Quinn figure features HaiNaNu "Nooligan" Saulque's take on our girl. It's a very approachable, cartoon-y style, which fits Harley Quinn just fine, thankyouverymuch, including those kicks. $39.99
Home & Office : Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Metal Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament
Conifers: The Final Frontier. Let the Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise Metal Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament hang boldly from your tree this year. Celebrate over 50 years of the original classic with this new ornament in metal, an essential addition to any Star Trek collection. $39.99
Collectibles : Funko POP! Fallout Vault Dweller w/ Mentats Vinyl Figure - Exclusive
Need to get smart, quick? This Funko POP! vinyl figure is a Vault Dweller in Destroyer's armor with a tin of Mentats. With how he's clutching them in that fist, we're going to go out on a limb and say he's probably addicted. Sort of like some of us with our Funko POP! figures. $9.99
Home & Office : Marvel Spider-Man Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament
Deck the halls with Spidey's webs. The friendly neighborhood webslinger is just playfully hanging there from one of this spider-webs. Well, really, he's hanging from the included chain hanger, but we won't tell. It's the perfect way to celebrate the season, Spidey-style! $14.99
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