RISC OS is the superbly efficient operating system designed in the 1980's by Acorn Computers, and its latest incarnation is used by thousands of people around the world. However, many may never have even heard of RISC OS - so if you're one of them, you've come to the right place.
Pre-dating both Windows and Mac OS to use a task bar or 'Dock', RISC OS includes many revolutionary features which are only just being copied by other systems. Its anti-aliased font technology is still the envy of the computer world and its drag 'n' drop, stackable windows GUI, flexibility and ease of use make it arguably the most productive computer system in the world today.
Thousands of applications and utilities are available, often developed by small companies and individual users, mean that you should be able to find software on RISC OS to cater for all your computing requirements. It is hoped that new developers will come on board to help promote and enhance RISC OS even more.
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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 22.214.171.124 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.
Voting open for RISC OS Awards 2014
Vince Hudd of RISCOSitory and Soft Rock Software has announced that voting for the 2014 RISC OS Awards is now open.
Mysterious new product to be announced at London Show
Lots of announcements have been coming in in the past few days in the run-up to this weekend's RISC OS London Show. However I think it's safe to say that the most-talked about news is that of a major new product that's due to be revealed at the show. Said to have been development by a coalition of parties for a year, details of exactly what it is or who is behind it are surprisingly stark. However some sleuths over on the RISC OS Open forums believe they have found the answer, hidden in a series of cryptic messages from R-Comp: A new computer based around the Freescale i.MX6 SoC.
VirtualRPC gets a Spring clean
There is now an update to VirtualRPC for Mac and Windows (a commercial program which has been around for over a decade now). There is a selection of free and commercial emulators on offer for Windows and Mac to 'upgrade' your machine into a RISCOS machine.
RISC OS London Show 2014 [Updated]
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You wait ages for ONE browser update for your Raspberry Pi...
In my personal computer usage, the web browser has always been the weak link on RISC OS so it is really nice to see an update to Netsurf appearing with NetSurf 3.2 being released at the end of August. It looks like essentially a bug-fix and code tidy release, with some incremental improvements to support for CSS handling, but always welcome features.
ConfInfo 1.14 released
ConfInfo is a PD application that collects lots of configuration and status information about a RISC OS computer by running various commands and putting the output into a text file, so that this can be provided to people or organisations offering technical support.
Charm version 2.6.2 released
Charm version 2.6.2 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.6.0 released
Charm version 2.6.0 [32 bit,VFP] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.5.8 released
Charm version 2.5.8 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
Charm version 2.5.6 released
Charm version 2.5.6 [32 bit] the set of high level language tools and demos for RISC-OS computers and emulators is now freely available under the terms of the GNU GPLv3 license.
RISC OS Open
Sharper Tools for Crafting Code
RISC OS Open are pleased to announce the immediate availability of release 25 if the Desktop Development Environment (DDE25). The DDE is the definitive set of tools you need to author applications for RISC OS, and indeed to build the operating system itself.A considerable effort has been made to bring the DDE, C/C++, and Toolbox manuals back up to date. The Toolbox manual was last edited in 1994, so has some 20 years of catch up!The examples provided are now clearer, and make extensive use of the shared makefile scheme, which drastically simplifies building the most common of application and module arrangements.The tools themselves come with comprehensive change logs with fine level detail of bug fixes, but some of the highlights include:CC – the code generator can now optimise specifically for the ARM11 core, as featured on the Raspberry Pi platform, and accepts the #warning preprocessor directive to emit a throwback messageObjAsm – support for optional ARMv7 extensions and ARMv8 opcodes, plus stricter checking and more accurate warning reportingLinker – can now produce ‘Utility’ binaries directly from C object filesDDT – the debugger now works reliably on Cortex-A platforms such as the BeagleBoardMany of the new features and bug fixes are in direct response to
RISC OS London Show 2014
This year, we decided to celebrate the wonderful fact that our growing community of users and developers now spans every corner of the globe by asking some friends to translate our London Show announcement into a variety of languages.Many thanks to Alberto Bonamico (Italian), James Byrne (Japanese), Jose Manuel Ventoso Picos (Spanish), Katalin Szalay (Hungarian, Romanian), Lixin Cheng (Chinese), Martin Würthner (German), Moniek Hopman (Dutch) and Tina Evans (French).
Within the last couple of days, you might have heard about a really nasty security problem that’s so important it has already been given a name and an unofficial logo (!):Shellshock on WikipediaThe server running the ROOL web site was vulnerable to this issue but has been patched, with another patch due for a secondary, much less serious aspect of the bug for which a fix is not yet available.
Raspberry Pi Model B+
The folks at the Raspberry Pi Foundation have been busy producing an enhanced version of everybody’s favourite credit card sized ARM11 computer, to arrive at the “Model B+”.This mirrors the line up that Acorn provided with it’s educational microcomputer range in the 1980’s – the cut-down Model A, the more common Model B, and an enhanced Model B+.The Model B+ has a number of features including doubling the number of USB sockets and switching to a micro SD card for booting and storage.Fortunately RISC OS Open have had the inside track on this new development ahead of time and Ben Avison of Piccolo Systems has been able to update the SD card filing system hardware drivers to talk to the changed hardware.Users of the Model B+ should ensure that they use the RC12A beta release of the software, as this includes the necessary changes but is otherwise identical to the RC12 download.To jump start your adventures into the Model B+ you might want to buy this on a ready-to-go micro SD card from the ROOL Store. The great value NutPi is also now available in micro SD card format.Due to the popularity of anything new from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, please be aware that stocks may become exhausted quickly or be subject to longer than normal despatch times.
Save a Frog!
Many users might remember playing the BBC Micro version of Hopper (Acornsoft, 1983) having loaded all its 8 colour goodness off an audio cassette.
And maybe of interest....
Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'
Turns out Sony's stolen emails weren't all bad newsGoogle is taking legal action against the Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, claiming he exceeded his authority in suing the search giant over piracy - and taking his cues from the Motion Picture Ass. of America.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Staples comes clean: Hackers swiped 1.16 MILLION bank cards
Run for the tills! Run for the tills!Staples says malware that infected its registers in 115 stores swiped bank card numbers from 1.16 MILLION customers.
Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus - even though car tech test is an expected bonus
Free charge or a fast battery switch - take your pickTesla Motors has a Christmas present for a few owners of its Model S all-electric cars, in the form of a pilot program for its new battery-swapping technology beginning in California next week.
ICANN: The TRUTH about that hacker attack on our DNS zone file database
But vague details raise questions about org's securityThe internet's critical IANA body - which allocate IP addresses and manage global DNS - was not compromised by hackers who broke into domain-name overseer ICANN's systems, the organization has stressed.
Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods
Keys to sysadmin accounts nicked, abused, it appearsHackers obtained system administrators' passwords to pull of the mega-hack against Sony Pictures' servers, according to reports. This will come as no surprise to IT professionals.
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T-Shirts & Apparel : Crawling Dungeons Ladies' Tee
Before it was cool. This design from Oliver Trockle was the runner up in Mighty Fine's Dungeons & Dragons design contest. $19.99
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Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: The Motorola Moto X is the Smartphone of the Year
Despite the best efforts of smartwatches to steal the limelight, 2014 has been an incredibly strong year for smartphones.Never before have we been so spoilt for choice, with incredible flagships landing left, right and centre, each offering superb specs, unique designs and killer features - all of which were fighting for that coveted space in your pocket. Or handbag. Or wherever you keep your tech.Moto's latest flagship has the X factor. And it's enough to earn it a shiny crown
Microsoft's Xbox VR headset is coming to a face near you in 2015
Sony has Project Morpheus, Facebook has Oculus Rift; and now it looks like Microsoft is set to join the virtual reality party.The VR headset is currently in the hands of developers and could be unveiled at E3
Stuff Gadget Awards 2014: Monument Valley is the Mobile Game of the Year
Although we love our console games, you can’t take them with you on the bus.So we turn to our smartphone games to keep us company on our commutes, to kill time when we’re queuing and to generally block out the cold grey world. And what better way to escape quotidian mundanity than the mind-bending trip into a magical world you undertake in Monument Valley? It's our favourite mobile game of 2014.The Escher-inspired puzzler is the finest phone or tablet-based diversion of the past 12 monthshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUABzeh55hQ
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Your next iPhone could let you swipe to unlock with Touch ID
AuthenTec, a company bought by Apple to power its Touch ID sensor, has filed a patent called "Electronic Device Switchable to a User-Interface Unlocked Mode Based Upon a Pattern of Input Motions and Related Methods".This translates into "Enhanced lock screen patterns" and could soon help you make your iPhone more secure.AuthenTec patent points to more powerful fingerprint sensor in future iPhones
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