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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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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, 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 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's Phil Mellor of the sell-out show is here - with pictures webzine publishes autumn issue
Drobe man Martin Hansen has updated his personal web publishing endeavour,, 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.


Chris Jordan, Music500, ArcElite @ ROUGOL on 21 Apr 2014
At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 26th April 2014
This year’s Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014, at its familiar home of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. Organised by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the north’s premier RISC OS event is now in its nineteenth year.
Acorn port of Acorn imminent
RISC OS 5 users seeking alternatives to Paint may be wondering how the enhancements to GraphicsV will affect them.
SouthWest show reminder
This year's RISC OS SouthWest Show is to be held next Saturday, the 1st of March, at the Webbington Hotel near Weston-super-Mare. The show is planned to run from 10:30 to 4:00, and the list of exhibitors is set to include:CJE Micro's and 4DMartin WurthnerR-CompOrpheus InternetRISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL)John Norris (Bell ringing)Drag & DropArchive & FriendsFortran FriendsOrganizerVarious User GroupsCharity StandA Raspberry Pi Jam will also be held, in order to help raise interest in RISC OS and usher in a new generation of coders.
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.


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.


Birthday celebration
Today ROOL are celebrating the 20th birthday of the launch of the revolutionary Risc PC.
RISC OS Open at the South West Show tomorrow
We’re all excited about the South West Show tomorrow – we’ve got loads of new stuff to show you, a talk to update everyone about what’s been happening in RISC OS Land and some exclusive show merchandise…See you there!
Meteoric Return to RISC OS
The old favourite game “Meteors” has been added to the ‘Diversions’ in our standard RISC OS disc-based software release. This can be downloaded in the ‘beta’ HardDisc4 image from our downloads page.
More awards for RISC OS Open
We’re very pleased here at RISC OS Open to have received several great awards from this year’s annual RISC OS Awards, over at RISCOSitory.This year, ROOL has won in the following categories: For our NutPi product. Best show of initiative, again for the NutPi. For SDFS – from Piccolo Systems.
Christmas Downtime
The various ROOL volunteers will be having holidays during the Christmas and New Year period. Broadly speaking, this means that for the two weeks from Saturday 21st December through to Sunday 5th January we are likely to be relatively unavailable. So please expect some delays in us responding to any correspondence during that period. Also note there will be delays fulfilling any orders from the ROOL site during this period.Normal service should be resumed from the week commencing Monday 6th January.Have a very merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year, from everyone at RISC OS Open.

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The Register

AOL Mail locks down email servers to deal with spam tsunami

Security problems like it's 1995

If you've been getting a lot of spam from AOL emails recently it's not because you've fallen into a time rift and it's the nineties all over again - the company has confirmed that it has been under an intensive spoofing attack.
Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age

Massive outage could last four weeks, sources claim

A massive computer failure at the US Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is reportedly wreaking havoc on US immigration courts, with application outages continuing well into their second week.
Apple fine-tunes touch and keyboard in latest iOS update

Security fixes also arrive for both iOS and OS X

Apple has released an update to iOS which will address security flaws and improve the accuracy of the Touch ID and keyboard components.
STEALTHY NANOROBOTS dress up as viruses, prepare to sneak into YOUR BODY

Cloaking techniques nicked from viruses tackle roadblocks on way to medical frontier

US scientists have tackled two main stumbling blocks to the development of injectable nanomachines for medical and scientific use.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog

Prerelease software now open to anyone, not just developers - as long as you keep quiet

Notoriously secretive Apple has always kept its beta builds of OS X out of the hands of the hoi polloi by limiting their availability only to registered developers, so it is with some surprise that said polloi can now get their own hands on said builds through a new OS X Beta Seed Program.

Think Geek

T-Shirts & Apparel : Mathematical Scarves
You've got pi on you We're all about giving you elegant ways to express your geekdom out in the world to your fellow geeks so when we saw these elegant pieces, we knew we had to have them. $24.99
Home & Office : Engineering Blueprint Placemats
Use a placemat to have a contest to see who can build the most perfectly-engineered peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You thought making the perfect s'more or banana split was easy. Little did you know that there are specs involved. Use these Engineering Blueprint Placemats to ensure that your next PB&J, s'more, banana split, or ants on a log is built to code. $19.99
Home & Office : Muffin Tops Cupcake Molds
You better limit your muffin-top intake or you will get a muffin top. A helpful reminder from Muffin Tops Cupcake Molds. There is nothing like a subtle reminder that you may be eating too much. Muffin Tops Cupcake Molds will have you squeezing your sides as you enjoy delicious baked goods. These jean-style cupcake molds are a playful reminder of a common problem. $11.99
Home & Office : The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
A retelling of the epic film: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension (as told by one of the Hong Kong Cavaliers: Reno Nevada)! This is more than a novelization of "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai." This is a retelling through the eyes of one of the main characters: Reno Nevada. You get the story of the movie - and a whole lot more! $18.95
Home & Office : Fighting Stickmen Bookends
A pair of bookends that look like stickmen fighting. Do your books fall down a lot? Time to threaten them with a bind-kicking if they dare try it again. This pair of fighting stickmen bookends is just what you need to keep your books in line. $19.99 Latest Gadgets

Apple iWatch
Apple's iWatch, unlike its leak-happy iPhone and iPad brethren, has been shrouded in mystery ever since rumours of a wrist-hugging Apple device began to surface at the beginning of this year.UPDATE 22/04/14: A Watch Utility app in a leaked iOS 8 screenshot all but confirms the existence of an Apple timepiece
Lytro introduces Illum, a pro-level camera that lets you focus after you shoot
Lytro has announced its second camera model. The Lytro Illum takes the light field photography capabilities of the 2012-launched initial model and puts them in a far more professional-quality body.If the first Lytro felt more like a proof of concept than an actual product – it took images that could be “refocussed” later, but said images were tiny, the interface was unwieldy and the product itself was uncomfortable to hold – the Illum looks to be a huge step forward.The second generation of Lytro's innovative light field camera looks like one we might actually want to own
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 could have a flexible three-sided wraparound display
More details about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 are beginning to trickle out, and the latest whispers suggest that this could be the craziest phablet the tech world has seen to date.According to ZDNet Korea, the Note 4 could feature a flexible 'Youm' display which could wrap around both edges of the phone itself, providing two additional sides to the main screen.The Note 4 could break the phablet mould by landing with a crazy curved display
Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG Coupe is a 155mph motorway missile
Release the horses! Mercedes crams a whopping 577bhp into its luxurious S63 AMG Coupe
iOS 8 leak confirms Apple iWatch is on the way
A leaked iOS 8 home screen displaying a Watch Utility app confirms that Apple does indeed have an iWatch in the works.If genuine, then this is the clearest indication to date that Apple is planning to reveal a smart wearable this year.Apple is preparing to jump into the smartwatch skirmish
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