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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 22.214.171.124 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.
DDE tools updated to DDE28c
Over the summer, ROOL quietly slipped out another update to their DDE toolset. We saw an update in April and the July release of DDEc is another incremental release.
PackMan in practice
For this first article looking at how to create PackMan/RiscPkg packages, I've decided to use my SunEd program as a guinea pig. Being a simple C application with no dependencies on other packages, it'll be one of the most straightforward things on my site to get working, and one of the easiest for other people to understand.
Orpheus hits crowdfunding target
In July, Orpheus announced their plan to crowdfund their new project.
RISC OS interview with Jerverm Vermeulen
This time, it is our pleasure to interview Jerverm Vermeulen, who has just released a RISC OS remake of the old BBC Micro game Dickie Brickie, which is now free on !Store.
Acorn World at Cambridge computer museum, 8-9th Sept 2018
Acorn World 2018
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RISC OS Open
Did you notice? We changed everything
There’s a surprising amount of behind-the-scenes work required to keep the services you’re using on the RISC OS Open website running, but it’s not glamourous work:Deleting spam accounts (thanks Dave!)Administering bounty donations and taming the beast (thanks Andrew!)Maintaining package lists (thanks Theo!)Keeping host OS versions patched and up to date (thanks James!)
Fruit of community effort ready to pick
Updating the User Guide from the parrot’s previous outing in 1996 has been a huge task. We’ve incorporated some of the introductory chapters about using RISC OS from the Welcome Guide (your supplier should still give you specific instructions about plugging the computer together), plus adding new chapters to cover the extra bundled applications and features in RISC OS 5.A total of 62 chapters and over 900 images were brought together, with contributions and reviewing from the community. There’s now also some tutorial material included in the latest HardDisc4 to accompany the text.In light of the community input we’ve squeezed the price down to just £20.00 (plus delivery, cost depends on destination) with an electronic copy following shortly for those who prefer to read on screen.
ROOL goes dutch at RISC OS eXperience 2018
Saturday 12th May sees the Big Ben Club hosting this year’s international RISC OS eXperience show. We look forward to seeing you there!
RISC OS 5.24 stable is now available
After a long run up RISC OS Open Limited (ROOL) are pleased to announce the much anticipated latest stable RISC OS release for many of the computers your favourite OS currently runs on.
RISC OS Open at Wakefield 2018
RISC OS Open look forward to seeing you at the Wakefield RISC OS show, this Saturday 21th April 2018.We’re on stand 15 all day, or come to hear what we’ve doing and how to get involved in the midday theatre slot.New releasesIt’ll be a chance to get hands on with RISC OS 5.24 – the new stable release – making its first public outing, packed with over 650 changes and improvements since the last version in 2015. Newly updated editions of the popular RISC OS Pi and ePic SD cards will also be launched on Saturday.The recently revised Desktop Development Environment (DDE28b) will be on sale for budding developers.And as if that isn’t enough, the brand new edition of the RISC OS 5 User Guide will be available to take away on the day; light reading for the long journey home.Easier ways to buyFollowing feedback at previous shows (we do listen!) we’ll also be able to take payment by card for the first time, including contactless payments. It’s never been easier to buy merchandise or pledge towards one of the open bounties.
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Twitter: Don't panic, but we may have leaked your DMs to rando devs
Internet outrage mobile insists year-long API bug would have been super-hard to exploitTwitter is in full damage control mode after disclosing that it may have inappropriately exposed some unlucky twits' private tweets and direct messages to strangers.
Couldn't give a fsck about patching? Well, that's your WordPress website pwned, then
Fiends use vulns to lure victims into tech support scamsWebsite admins are urged to update their WordPress installations as soon as possible to the latest version following a rash of attacks exploiting known vulnerabilities in the web publishing software.
Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market
But then again, it doesn't actually exist, so...Analysis Amid the enormous bundle of digital-assistant devices and technology Amazon super-hyped this week, one particular component has the potential to change the future of the smart home market.
Windows Admin Center gets an update, just in time for Server 2019
Who wouldn't like a Honolulu holiday? Legacy Windows admins, that's whoMicrosoft has released Windows Admin Center 1809 and its SDK, with a variety of tweaks and enhancements to Redmond's latest take on managing a Windows environment.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges - lawsuit
Stung punters seek compo for 'security feature' updateHP Inc customers in the US have asked a California court to sign off on a $1.5m settlement over a firmware update that bricked printers using third-party ink cartridges.
Clothing : Harry Potter Expecto Patronum Glow-in-the-Dark Lounge Pants
Summon your charm. Show off your wizarding skills with these black lounge pants with stag's horns and the words "Expecto Patronum" printed on the left leg. The design glows in the dark, 'cause that's where Dementors are and when you're going to want to remember these words. $24.99
Clothing : Harry Potter House Boxer Brief 2pk
No fake wands here. Pick up two pairs of coordinating boxer briefs in your house. One is house colors with the crest on the left leg, and the other features a checked pattern. Both feature a comfy elastic waistband that proudly declares your house. $29.99
Clothing : Harry Potter House Crest Lounge Pants
Perfect for studying in the Common Room. These comfy, soft black lounge pants feature the House Logo and Name (Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff) running down the left leg. They have pockets for stashing your last chocolate frog and an elastic waistband with a drawstring. $24.99
Home & Office : Marvel Ant-Man Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament
Basically actual size. Add big super hero excitement to your holidays when you pick up this Christmas tree ornament of Ant-Man. Design features Scott Lang in his incredible shrinking suit as he looks when he's teamed up with The Wasp. $17.99
Home & Office : Marvel Iron Man with Light Hallmark Keepsake Christmas Ornament
"What are you waiting for? It's Christmas." Suit up for epic excitement as Tony Stark dons his Iron Man armor. You can press the button to make the arc reactor and repulsors light up. We advise you keep it handy to help deflect any attack the Marvel Universe might try to make on your holiday. $17.99
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