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The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Show 2010

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.

RISCOS.org seeks to not only introduce newcomers and experts alike to this wonderful system, but to act as a resource centre and help forum for existing users around the world. Our software database is probably the most comprehensive repository of RISC OS links anywhere on the internet, and we update it frequently with new releases.

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  • NEW! [27th Oct 2008] Latest Intel chips still can't match ARM for power saving - Intel issued a "correction" Thursday regarding comments one of its executives made earlier this week slamming the iPhone as incapable of working correctly with the internet.
    Among other things, the executives accused ARM chips of being unable to "handle the internet" and singled out the iPhone as an example of a smart phone that could be really great if it used one of Intel's low-power x86 architecture processors, known as Atom.
    More Info: Silicon.com
  • NEW! [12th Oct 2008] Major new RISC OS application in development - Long-term RISC OS devotee Paul Vigay has recently announced a new application he's currently working on. With a development version to be demonstrated at the forthcoming RISC OS SE Show, WebAnim8r is a powerful and comprehensive application for creating animations and graphics suitable for including on websites and presentations.
    A flexible built-in scripting language allows the user to create complex designs with the aid of simple keywords, or fall back on the intuitive user interface.
    More Info: WebAnim8r homepage
  • [27th Sep 2008] End of the line for Iyonix - From 30th September it will no longer be possible to purchase an Iyonix computer. After 15 years of business, Jack Lillingston and John Ballance would like to thank all their customers for their support. There are still limited supplies of Iyonix computers available, so order one now as remaining stock is available on a first come, first served basis. From 1st October, support for the Iyonix will continue through the Iyonix dealer network, website and email.
    More Info: Full press release

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Drobe

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 2.0.0.20 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.

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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.
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.

MyRISCOS

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).
Shellshocked?
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....

The Register

Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

Turns out Sony's stolen emails weren't all bad news

Google 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 pick

Tesla 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 security

The 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 appears

Hackers 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.

Think Geek

Our First Steps to Make Things Right
It's the holiday season and for many of you that means ordering gifts for yourselves and others. A great many of you have already received your orders from ThinkGeek and we hope that you enjoy them. That said, we also understand that there are those of you who have had issues and we want to take a moment to address them and let you know we're doing everything we can to make things right.
Electronics & Gadgets : Gunnar Computer Glasses
No stock. Activate SKUs. Add Additional images. Added late. Staring at your monitor all day and night is a strain on your eyes. Protect your peepers with these special frames and lenses that reduce strain and prevent dryness. Don't mess with your vision! $69.99
Home & Office : Planet of the Apes/Star Trek #1 Geek Points Exclusive Variant
Geek Points Exclusive. BISE. Launched early per email 12/18. Star Trek meets Planet of the Apes. It's a monkey of a story. You'll go ape over it. We'll stop now. $7.99
Home & Office : Star Wars #1 ThinkGeek Exclusive Variant
Star Wars adventures begin again in Marvel's canonical new line of comics with a variant cover by artist Pasqual Ferry! Star Wars adventures begin again in Marvel's canonical new line of comics with a variant cover by artist Pasqual Ferry! $7.99
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

Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets

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
Promoted: 5 Android apps that will genuinely change your life
Forget time-draining flicky games and download five Android apps that will actually change your world
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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