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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.
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RISC OS Open
We're throwing open the doors to our lab
Following a period of beta-testing by a small group of volunteers, ROOL is proud to announce that our GitLab is now accepting sign-ups for anyone wanting to contribute to developing RISC OS. Dive in, the water’s lovely and warm!
Pi rounded up to four
24th June saw the launch of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s latest pint-sized educational computer – the Pi 4. Sportinga faster Cortex-A72 processormore RAM (model options with 1, 2, or 4GB)built in gigabit Etherneta move to VideoCore VI for 4k graphics at 60fpsand much more besidesThe form factor is largely unchanged, apart from a few connector movements.
Raft of new bounties floated
With the bumper infusion of pledges in our end of 2018 blowout, a number of the previously accumulating bounties have since been claimed by eager developers. That’s left us with some slots to fill for where we want to steer RISC OS next – what big ticket items are missing from everyone’s favourite OS?So we’ve scoured your suggestions, checked the wish list (twice), and unfolded the roadmap to bring this next set to the surface…
Connecting with the 21st century
Barely a day goes by without a data leak or hacking attempt on some of the world’s biggest corporations, so it’s more important than ever to keep your security software up to date. One of the aims of this first step in overhauling the RISC OS network stack was to purge any out of date and weak protocols.
Another bounty gets under way for 2019
Following the unprecedented pledges made by the community during November and December, we’re able to announce that the bounty to teach the C compiler some new tricks is now under way.
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The Hurt Docker: Mystery Hub repository, website outage leaves fuming devs unable to deploy containers
Work ongoing as site recovering from morning meltdownDocker says its services are back up and running after a Tuesday morning outage briefly left some developers unable to access its centralized Hub registry service.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Hands off our phones, says Google: Radar-gesture-sensing Pixel 4 just $999 with a 3-year lifespan - great value!
You're probably holding it wrong alreadyVideo At a press event in New York City on Tuesday, Google announced its Pixel 4 phone, revised Pixel Bud earphones, its Pixelbook Go laptop, a revision and rebranding of its Wi-Fi mesh router as a Nest product, and a tweaked Nest Mini smart speaker.
Sure is quiet from Adobe. No security fixes this month? Great job. Oh no, wait, what's that stampede sound...
If you thought Reader, Acrobat, Experience Manager were skipping October's Patch Tuesday, think againAdobe has finally released its October batch of security updates. It was quiet on Patch Tuesday last week, and now it's roaring in with scores of fixes for Reader, Acrobat, and Experience Manager.
Telstra chairman: If those darn kids can earn $5m playing Fortnite, why can't execs?
Plus: 35-year-old CEO who took over from dad blasts millennials for being entitledThe chairman of Aussie telco Telstra threw a bit of a strop at the firm's AGM in Sydney today, comparing exec pay packets to the vast amounts a small handful of lucky millennials can earn by being good at gaming's current hotness, Fortnite.
Microsoft says .NET Framework porting project is finished: If your API's not on the list, it's not getting in
Unless you ask really nicelyMicrosoft's .NET Core 3.0 team is done with the project to port the venerable .NET Framework API to the open source platform.
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