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 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.
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.
RISC OS Midsummer MUG Show 2014 - Saturday 12th July
The RISC OS Midsummer Mug Show 2014 takes place on Saturday 12th July 11:00am - 16:30pm at St John's Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY.
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....
Sony borks fanboi funboxes with dodgy PS4 update
Ready for the new firmware? Not so fastSupport staff for Sony's PlayStation 4 have been sent scrambling after users reported issues with the console's latest firmware update.
Danish court finds Pirate Bay cofounder guilty of hacking CSC servers
Jury doesn't buy 'evil hackers pwned my computer' defenseGottfrid Svartholm Warg, cofounder of the Pirate Bay, has been found guilty of hacking charges by a court in Denmark, which ruled that he and a 21-year-old accomplice had hacked US technology company CSC to gain access to Danish government servers.
CoreOS offers private Docker container registries for world+dog
Your containers, your data center, behind your firewallContainer-loving Linux vendor CoreOS has made its on-premises Docker container registry software available as a standalone product.
Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA
Only one problem: it won't make the slightest difference. And they know itBrazil is moving ahead with plans to build an "anti-NSA" internet cable to Europe, even though it won't make the slightest difference to spying efforts.
Verizon set to pay $64 MEEELLION for overbilling customers
Company looks to settle charges of bloating family billsVerizon has agreed to pay $64m to settle claims that the mobile carrier overcharged some customers on their bills.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Home & Office : Captain America 16oz Molded Mug
Turn to Cap in your time of need. Add Captain America's chiseled mug to your morning routine. Filled with 16 oz. of coffee, he's sure to start your day off right. You'll feel more like a super soldier with every sip, even if coffee isn't your thing. $14.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Trek The Next Generation Wesley Crusher Uniform Hoodie
Zip it, Wesley. Light grey with dark grey on the shoulders and a black hood lining, this hoodie features the familiar three-horizontal-stripe design across the shoulders, with the green coming up and overlapping the red on the left shoulder just as in the original. $59.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Star Wars R2-D2 Carry-On Luggage
Luke never travelled anywhere without R2-D2, and now we know why: Artoo had Luke's underwear inside. Luke never travelled anywhere without R2-D2, and now we know why: Artoo had Luke's underwear inside. And now he can hold your underwear, too! $79.99
Home & Office : Firefly Magnetic Poetry
nothin' in the 'Verse as shiny. No more Firefly? Write your own with this magnetic poetry set! $9.99
T-Shirts & Apparel : Batgirl Yoga Pants
Because sometimes you just need pants. The stretchy, fold-over waist on these yoga pants is filled with yellow oval Batman/Batgirl logos. $29.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
LG's new smartphone screen bezel is thinner than a credit card
Smartphones would be so much better without all of that extraneous space around the screen, right? If you identify with this statement, then LG has something for you coming around the bend.The Full HD LCD panels have only 0.7mm of bezel on either side
Opinion: The Apple SIM is freaking everyone out - and that's a good thing
Technology needs shake-ups every now and again, otherwise we’d all be lumbered with the command line and floppy disks, and Snake on a Nokia dumbphone would be the cutting edge of mobile gaming.Sometimes, though, shifts in technology only occur when a company points out the obvious that somehow wasn’t entirely obvious to everyone at the time, and this may come with a side order of pain.The new iPads include an Apple SIM, and it could be the start of another Apple-led mobile revolution, says Craig Grannell
Drones too scary? Try flying this app-controlled robot bird instead
With quadcopters getting a lot of bad press lately (mainly due to the fact that any idiot can buy one then fly it over a professional football match or in an airport’s landing corridor), it’s high time (no pun intended) for an alternative aerial gadget. And the Bionic Bird just might be it.Designed by French aeronautics engineer Edwin Van Ruymbeke, the Bionic Bird weights just 9g and can fly up to 10 eight-minute sorties in a session (the battery charges from empty to full in only...An aeronautics engineer has made one of the most charming flying machines aroundhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dw0-WeXhjDQ
Motorola Droid Turbo
Motorola isn't exactly playing its cards close to its chest with its upcoming Droid Turbo smartphone.UPDATE 30/10/14: Motorola confirms the phone's specs - and a pesky exclusivity deal with Verizon
Silently waft across the wet stuff on Quadrofoil's innovative electric watercraft
Because Jet Skis are, like, so last year, dude
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