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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.
What is the February RISC OS Iris browser release like?
One of the most exciting developments (for me personally) on RISC OS in the last 12 months has been the prospect of a modern browser on the platform. RISC OS Developments has been co-ordinating the development of not one but two separate browser projects - Iris and OWB. These are ports of existing Browsers to run on RISC OS. Of the two, Iris is based on the more modern Browser release.
What is your current RISC OS setup? (Ed Smale)
I play for an amateur theatre company, and was getting ready to be the orchestra for Jekyll & Hyde the musical in May, but that's on hold now because of the pandemic.
What is your current RISC OS setup? (Mark Stephens)
If you are reading this article in UK (or most of the rest of the world currently), the chances are that you are in 'lockdown' at home. Millions of people have been hastily rearranging their homes so that they can try to carry on working from home as much as possible.
March News round-up
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
RIP Jim Nagel - Computer Shopper to Archive
We are all very sad at The Icon Bar to hear that Jim Nagel has died (not related to the current pandemic).
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RISC OS Open
As I’m sure you are all aware, RISC OS Open places our user and developer community at the very top of our list of priorities. In the light of the current pandemic and the very latest advice from the UK Government, we find ourselves in a position of seeing no alternative but to withdraw from all face-to-face social engagements, such as user group meetings and shows, including the up-coming Wakefield Show.
Three interesting topics for our march towards April
With the added productivity of our bonus leap day behind us, there is still a lot to look forward to in the next couple of months. For example:Setting off towards our new RISC OS 5.28 stable releaseJourneying to Wakefield, UK for the 25th WROCC show on 18th AprilReaching new heights of bounty goodness
New Desktop Development Environment reaches out
Last year’s London show saw the snappily titled DDE29 becoming generally available.Packing in some 300 changes, the main highlights are:Latest Norcroft C compilerCode generation now tailored to use ARMv6/v7/v8 extended instructions where possibleOptimisations to substitute selected code sequences with ARMv6/v7/v8 media instructions where possibleInline assembler updated to accept ARMv6/v7/v8 mnemonicsLiteral pool reductions where available and enabled through use of MOVW+MOVTNew intrinsic functions to get access to operations not normally accessible from CABC (the BASIC compiler) now supports hexadecimal entered in mixed caseRevised User Interface Toolbox and ABC manuals plus detailed change logs for all the provided toolsLibrary improvements to the TCP/IP library adds RFC2553 supporting functions, part of the TCP/IP bounty work getting ready for IPv6, and stronger type checking for all functions in the Toolbox libraryDDT (the desktop debugger) now uses the same disassembly engine as other tools, and can step the new instructions which the compiler emitsTechnical enhancements to AMU, CMHG, and ABC’s command line processing
ROOL at the RISC OS South West Show
After a (relatively) mild winter of hibernation, we’re pleased to announce that some of the ROOL team will be making our annual pilgrimage to Bristol for the RISC OS South West Show.
We're throwing open the doors to our lab
Following a period of beta-testing by a small group of volunteers, ROOL is proud to announce that our GitLab is now accepting sign-ups for anyone wanting to contribute to developing RISC OS. Dive in, the water’s lovely and warm!
And maybe of interest....
Samsung calls it a day on liquid-crystal display, says quantum dot is really hot
Low demand, supply glut. Why bother?Samsung Display will discontinue production of LCD panels by the end of the year due to falling demand for the increasingly marginalised tech and a supply glut in the market.
Didn't see that coming: DataStax emits open source Kubernetes operator for Cassandra
Although you need to hop in the Management API sidecar for the really good stuffNoSQL slinger DataStax has released an open source Kubernetes operator for Apache Cassandra as it seeks to cosy back up to the community.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Xiaomi, phone home: Chinese everything shop currently making most sales on smartphones
For now. (Having mattresses and smartbogs to fall back on doesn't sound so nuts anymore)Over half of Chinese electronics, scooters and underwear corp Xiaomi's revenue came from smartphone sales, according to audited figures published today [PDF].
Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture
Plus note to admins: sending content to Microsoft is on by default and users cannot disable itHands On Microsoft made a number of Office 365 Microsoft 365 announcements yesterday, including touting an expanded set of AI capabilities in its core applications.
Epic Games floats $1m bounty to ID source of 'commercial smear' claiming Houseparty chat app has been hacked
Lots of non-savvy users may be recycling previously hacked credsGroup video chat app Houseparty has offered a $1m bounty to identify what it claims is an organised campaign to falsely depict it as a hackers' backdoor.
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