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The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Show 2010

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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.
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  • 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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May 2023 News Summary
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?
Drag'n'Drop 12i3 edition reviewed
the Spring edition of Drag'n'Drop magazine was released to coincide with the Wakefield Show (sadly the Editor was unable to attend). It's another 32 edition of news, reviews, tools and lots of coding!
WROCC Newsletter Volume 41:1 reviewed
You should now have received the April edition of the club magazine, bringing us back up to date and into a new year.
Rougol May meeting - Paul Stone makes Archimedes live
The May Rougol meeting was a hybrid meeting with Paul Stone talking about Archimedes live.
Archimedes Live at ROUGOL May meeting
Rougol is back to a hybrid meeting this month (so you can attend in person or on Zoom). This month's speaker (who will be in the pub) is Paul Stone.


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Big Ben spotted on mainland Europe
RISC OS Open will be packing as much as possible into a suitcase ahead of the Big Ben Club annual day on the 13th May. Located in Koog aan de Zann, it’s only a short distance north of Amsterdam and is easy to reach by plane, train, or automobile from the rest of Europe.The eXperience is a perfect opportunity to network with other RISC OS users in the local area, whether in person, or using trusty Econet communications.
WROCC show touches down in Bradford
While the ROOL starship didn’t quite make it to Mars this month, the countdown has started at ROOL for the A6177 orbital approach around Bradford ready for the WROCC show on Saturday 22nd April 2023.And what could be more apt than the Cedar Court Hotel being on Rooley Lane?
RISC OS in Spaaaaace!
A major announcement from RISC OS Open: SpaceX has chosen our operating system for their mission to Mars! Preparations are already underway, and RISC OS’s reliability and efficiency make it the perfect fit for the harsh conditions of space travel. RISC OS Open is thrilled to be working with SpaceX on such a ground-breaking project. In fact, our innovative system will be instrumental in helping the first human colonisers establish a home on the Red Planet. Ladies and gentlemen, we are honoured to be selected by SpaceX for this historic mission.For us, this is the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication. Our team is thrilled to be collaborating with SpaceX on such a colossal project. Of course, we know this will not be easy! Let’s celebrate this incredible news and look forward to RISC OS making history on Mars. Stay tuned for more updates from RISC OS Open and SpaceX.
Looking to spark your imagination?
SparkFS is undoubtedly one of the must have RISC OS applications when it comes to working with compressed files/archives, so much so that we’ve bundled a read-only version as part of RISC OS 5 since as far back as 2014.Having worked closely with David Pilling, SparkFS’ original author, we are very pleased to announce that from today, the full read-write version is now included for free with RISC OS 5.
ROOL heads South West to Bristol
RISC OS Open are looking forward to attending the South West show on 25th February, there are lots of amazing things to see – we expect the atmosphere will be electric!

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The Register

Microsoft has made Azure Linux generally available. Repeat, Azure Linux

Come for the Kubernetes, stay for the containers

After using Azure Linux internally for two years and running it in public preview since October 2022, Microsoft this week finally made its distribution generally available.
US govt pushes spyware to other countries? Senator Wyden would like a word

Uncle Sam confirms it's saying nothing

The US International Trade Administration (ITA) has admitted it promotes the sale of American-approved commercial spyware to foreign governments, and won't answer questions about it, according to US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR).[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Why you might want an email client in the era of webmail

New beta versions of Thunderbird (and Firefox, while we're at it) to help set you up

It's beta season in Mozilla land and some cool shiny stuff is on the way. Versions 114 of both the Firefox browser and its distant cousin the Thunderbird email client are heading our way.
Mozilla so sorry about that intrusive Firefox VPN ad popup

'We accomplished the exact opposite of what we intended...'

LIGO cranks up the sensitivity to sniff out gravitational waves

The instrument that proved Einstein right is back

The US ultra-sensitive space science project, which first proved the existence of gravitational waves, is back after three years of upgrades and maintenance made it 30 percent more sensitive.

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