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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.
New RISC OS !FamTree application reviewed
RISC OS stalwart Chris Hall has turned his attention to a new product which will be released at the South-West Show this year. He was kind enough to send us a pre-release copy for review (version 1.3), so here is a taster of what you will be able to buy at the South-West Show.
January News Round-up
Some things we noticed in the RISC OS world this month. What did you see?
NetFetch reaches Version 5
R-Comp recently updated NetFetch to version 5. You can purchase it easily through the !Store (a very painless process) or get it directly from R-Comp.
South West Show is fast approaching
The South-West Show, the premier RISC OS Show in the South-West, is fast approaching....
RISC OS Open
RISC OS 5.24 approaches
The latest stable release of RISC OS is now entering its final stages ahead of a planned release date in April 2018. This has been a long, hard slog and represents a significant milestone – it will be the first stable release for the Raspberry Pi.
Desktop development and not a flat pack in sight
If you missed October’s London Show you may also have missed the release of DDE28 too.
USB bounty complete, only 1 finger needed
We can now count on just 1 finger the number of steps remaining to overhaul the aging RISC OS USB stack following the completion today of step 1. This initial bounty was carved off a larger block after recognising that the scale of the task couldn’t reasonably be achieved prior to the next stable release of RISC OS (version 5.24), yet we needed some of the work to help towards the Raspberry Pi port.
Get your hands on the definitive BBC BASIC reference
Launched at the London 2017 show, ROOL are now shipping from stock a fully revised edition of the BBC BASIC Reference Manual for anybody who wasn’t able to make it there in person.
The prime time London Show 2017
Set your clocks for this year’s London Show at the St. Giles hotel, Feltham, on Saturday 28th October. The show is open to the public from 11am to 5pm, which also happens to be the last day of summer time in the UK.
And maybe of interest....
The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies
Google, you're doing a heck of a jobComment YouTube is under fire again for promoting fake news, despite promising repeatedly in recent weeks that it is improving its systems to limit the exposure to false information.
Qualcomm disappointed by Broadcom's 'inadequate' shrinking package
Snapdragon giant confirms: Size really does matterQualcomm has told Broadcom to - and this is a technical term, here - go screw itself after Broadcom cynically lowered its per-share buyout offer to the Snapdragon chipset designer.
Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't
German boffins design solar reactor that, er, works at nightResearchers in Cologne, Germany, have successfully demonstrated a solar reactor known as CONTISOL, which promises to be able make hydrogen day and night while running on little more than air and sunlight.[an error occurred while processing this directive]
If at first you don't succeed, you're likely Intel: Second Spectre microcode fix emitted
Mitigations for chip design vulnerabilities, take twoFor the second time of asking, Intel has issued microcode updates to computer makers that it prays says will mitigate the Spectre variant two design flaw impacting generations of x86 CPUs spewed out over previous decades.
Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers - Gove
Better mobile coverage in Kenya than parts of KentUK Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised to use the cash Blighty no longer has to give to the EU to subsidise rural connectivity.
Clothing : Harry Potter Out of 10 T-Shirt
Hitting a brick wall. When it comes to Harry Potter knowledge, we are what the cool kids call "a ringer." $19.99
Collectibles : Mob Psycho Pin Set in Collectible Tin
Move! Move! Just like Mob! Our gratitude reached 100% when our Buyer Monkey decided to bring these in. For some reason we didn't have psychic powers when that happened. $19.99
Clothing : Harry Potter Deathly Hallows T-Shirt
Feeling a little cheated. Some people wish for wands or resurrection stones when they cheat Death. We would probably wish for unlimited pizza. If we die from eating too much pizza, we are more than willing to accept that. It would be an excellent way to go. $19.99
Tools : Fallout Pip-Boy Seat Cover - Exclusive
Vault Boy has your back while you're driving! Vault Boy is giving you the thumbs up, he must approve of your driving! Turn your car seat into the screen of a Pip-Boy with this Fallout seat cover, an exclusive that you can only get from ThinkGeek. $24.99
Accessories : 8-Bit Watch
20 Minutes into the Past. This 8-Bit Watch is analog with an understated face and a pixelated jaggy silicone band. With black stainless steel findings and a black band, it's extra sleek, almost sucking in the light around it. $29.99
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