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 220.127.116.11 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.
RISC OS London Show, Saturday 26th October 2013
This year’s RISC OS London Show is on Saturday 26th October, open 11am-5pm, at its usual venue of the St Giles Hotel in Feltham.
Software preservation project bearing fruit
The preservation project for Acorn software, JASPP, has so far been focused on preserving old games. Many of the titles concerned required 20 year old hardware and obsolete versions of RISC OS to run. Over the last year or so, the project has obtained disc images and box/manual scans for well over 100 of the games released for the Acorn platform. Most of these have been contributed by users.
Portsmouth show reminder
This is a quick reminder to say that RISC OS Open's free Portsmouth show is next Saturday, the 28th of September. The show takes place at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth, between 11am and 5pm.
RISC OS 5.20 released, free Portsmouth show in planning
RISC OS 5.20 released
Old games on new screens
Steve Harrison, the original developer of the tracker player Q The Music, has produced a new RISC OS module which allows games to be played on old Archimedes systems hooked up to modern monitors or televisions. LCDGameModes patches the screen modes that games use on the fly, such that they work correctly with a VGA or SVGA compatible screen. The effect of this is to prevent scrambled displays and fix the aspect ratio of "letter-boxed" games.
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
More expansion cards join RISC OS 5
BackgroundSince the first fully 32 bit RISC OS appeared over a decade ago a relatively small proportion of expansion cards have been updated compared with the number of general purpose applications that have been.This need not be the case – the platforms running RISC OS 5 which have an expansion bus inside (Iyonix PC; Risc PC; A7000; and A7000+) are all electrically unchanged when the processor talking to them is in 32 bit mode, so a podule which works on the Iyonix PC can just as easily plug into an A7000.It’s just the software that needs attention.The process of updating an expansion card driver is fairly formulaic, and by using official operating system calls the result is still backwards compatible with earlier versions of RISC OS. This makes maintaining the driver a lot easier as there’s only one version to keep track of!
Portsmouth Show Update
Don’t forget – next Saturday, 28th September, will be the RISC OS Portsmouth Show at Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth. Doors open to the public at 11am and the show runs until 5pm. Admission is free.2nd Floor, Innovation Space building
Portsmouth Show confirmed for Saturday 28th September
RISC OS Open is very pleased to announce in conjunction with Innovation Warehouse Portsmouth that we will be hosting a RISC OS Show on Saturday 28th September 2013.Doors will open to the public at 11am and the show will run until 5pm. Entry will be free of charge to both exhibitors and visitors. If you are interested in exhibiting at the show, even as a one man band, please get in touch here.The location of the show will be 2nd Floor, Innovation Space Building, 1 Hampshire Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 2QF which is in a great central location in Portsmouth, with good transport links and parking in several nearby locations.Full show details (including transport, parking, exhibitor information and so on) will follow in the next week. Please keep an eye on the RISC OS Open news pages for more updatesWe look forward to seeing you all there!
RISC OS 5.20 (stable) is now available
RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the immediate release of the latest stable RISC OS ROM release, it incorporates a massive 625 changes for the Tungsten platform (used in the IYONIX pc from Castle Technology) and 654 changes for the OMAP3 platform (used in the ARMini from RComp).For the first time the stable release includes the IOMD platform (used in Acorn’s Risc PC, A7000, and A7000+), and users can purchase this on physical ROMs for their computer too.You can download RISC OS 5.20 free of charge from the ROOL downloads page and there are some brief upgrade instructions on this wiki pageThis software is subject to continual improvement and work has already commenced on RISC OS 5.21! Using the convention of even numbers for stable editions and odd numbers for development editions, users can feedback any issues seen to make it into the next version.
RISC OS 5.20 at the Midlands Show
RISC OS Open are very pleased to announce that we will be attending the Midlands RISC OS Show this Saturday, 13th July.At the show this year we will unveil the latest stable release of RISC OS, version 5.20, which has well over 600 changes, improvements and bug fixes since the previous stable release.RISC OS 5.20 is an even-numbered release so it has been verified as stable for the Castle Iyonix PC, the RComp ARMini and – for the first time ever with RISC OS 5, on Acorn-branded hardware such as the RiscPC and A7000.There will be a lot of show exclusives so come along and take a look! If you want to buy any of these items online, more information will be following on the ROOL site next week.
And maybe of interest....
Poker ace's vanishing hotel laptop WAS infected by card-shark - F-Secure
Trojan on 'swiped' laptop could peek at player's hand, we're toldA laptop apparently stolen from a top-flight poker pro's hotel room and mysteriously returned while he played in a card tournament was infected by spyware.
Google puts kibosh on Hong Kong data center plan, says it's too costly
But all systems still go for Singapore and TaiwanGoogle has confirmed that it has abandoned plans to build a new data center in Hong Kong, citing the cost and difficulty of acquiring land for the facility.
We'll predict your EVERY MOVE! Facebook's new AI brain talks to El Reg
Social panopticon to foresee 'what a user is going to do next'Facebook wants to know what you're going to do before you do it, and has hired a big-brained boffin to give it the AI chops to do this.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN
Another day, another vulnerabilityAndroid has taken another step to cement its place behind Java in the world of repeatedly-vulnerable software, with German group Curesec discovering that an attacker can get past users' PINs to unlock the phone.
Mars One's Red Planet foray is still on - but not until 2018
Lockheed Martin, Surrey Satellite signed on as technology partnersMars One, the not-for-profit foundation dedicated to establishing a human colony on Mars, won't be able to launch its first mission to the Red Planet until later than originally planned.
T-Shirts & Apparel : Doctor Who Collector Series Watches
Keep track of that wibbly-wobbly stuff. Here are two classy options for those who need a new watch: the Doctor Who Collectors' Series Watches. You can pick from the Dalek or TARDIS version. $199.99
Geek Toys : Plushtography Camera Lens Pillows
For old-school developers. Perfect for decorating your own personal darkroom (aka bedroom) or couch, these plush camera lenses take your focus to new depths. $44.99 - $79.99
Electronics & Gadgets : Marvel Vintage Hero Cases For iPhone 5
Venom and The Punisher lend some protection to your iPhone 5/5s with this polycarbonate case. Clad your iPhone 5/5s is hero-approved polycarbonate protection with the power of The Punisher and Venom in this officially-licensed Marvel Vintage Hero Case for iPhone. $29.99
Electronics & Gadgets : evoMouse - Virtual Mouse
The Snuffleupagus of mouses. Mice? Whatever. Once you flip the little guy on (who looks like a little dog, which doesn't hurt), almost any flat, smooth surface becomes a touchpad. You can click and drag, scroll, even right click - just with your fingers. $79.99
Home & Office : TARDIS Night Light Limited-Edition Chrome Version
Let the Doctor help scare away the closet monsters (and aliens). The TARDIS Night Light plugs into any standard outlet and shines from both the windows and top providing adequate illumination for late night bathroom trips or for discouraging midnight Dalek attacks. $19.99
Stuff.tv Latest Gadgets
Fully Charged: The Smarty Ring, Google's triple threat, and Apple's smart shopping iBeacon hits stores
Get up to date in an instant with our quick fire roundup of all the tech news you may have missed http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXQlpY0LXgg
Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: New Star Soccer is our Game App of the Year
2013 has been a fantastic year for mobile gaming, with everything from sweet-squashing action to creepy adventuring invading our phone screens and keeping us occupied during the morning commute.But after much brain-racking, it's an updated game about the ups and downs of life of a football star that has grabbed our top prize... The simple, addictive and tongue-in-cheek simulation of a professional footballer's on- and off-pitch life finishes top of the league table http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nkxyKo09Qs
Samsung Galaxy S5
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is still one of the most powerful phones on the market, but as surely as night follows day, Samsung will be unveiling a replacement in the coming months.So what can you expect from the Korean company’s next flagship smartphone? We’ve gathered all the latest news, rumours and other information in one place. Expect regular updates as more gossip filters through.UPDATED: Samsung's next flagship could have a 2K HD screen. That's a resolution of 2560x1440. But it might not be AMOLED anymore....
Naim UnitiQute 2
The stuffy, tweed-and-pipe image of high-end hi-fi is a thing of the past, with every manufacturer worth its salt having now embraced music streaming in its many and varied forms.But British brand Naim was one of the first and most dedicated to the digital audio switchover, and it's constantly refining its streaming systems and setting the pace in terms of usability, sound quality and control apps. The dinky, all-in-one UnitiQute 2 might be entry level by Naim standards, but it might just...Proper hi-fi meets Wi-Fi in an all-in-one of small stature and big ability
Stuff Gadget Awards 2013: The Fitbit Flex is our Fitness Gadget of the Year
With eating season right around the corner, exercise might be the last thing on your mind. After all, who wants to go on a 10k run with half a tub of Quality Street sloshing away in their insides?We've prepared ourselves for the December food-fest by testing out the latest and greatest fitness gadgets over the past year. Of the six worthy contenders, wearable activity tracker the Fitbit Flex ended up topping the podium. Find out why it bagged gold below.Of the gadgets that got our hearts beating over the past year, the simple activity tracker proved the standout performer
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