Midland Christmas show this SaturdayBy Paul Stewart. Published: 2nd Dec 2008, 23:42:05 | Permalink | Printable
The Midland Christmas 2008 RISC OS show is fast approaching - pencil Saturday, December 6 in your diaries. For the organisers, the Midlands User Group, this is a big challenge. While they co-organised the last one with the ARM Club, the organisation for this year's event has been primarily a MUG affair.The main issue this year was the change of venue: while Gaydon last year was leafy and a pleasant enough venue (notably lacking the boot fair feel some RISC OS shows tend to have), it was a bit out in the sticks for many people as not all show goers drive. It was also not the easiest of venues to get to on public transport. So for 2008 the show's organisers have plumped for the University of Birmingham Guild of Students. It would be unfair to say this is a bargain basement location - it has several advantages. Birmingham has both good air, train, road and canal links, so getting to Birmingham itself is a fairly easy task, plus there is ample accommodation to suite modest and extravagant budgets.
The venue itself has on-site catering in form of a bar, a Subway sandwich shop and a Spar store. On the technical front, the Guild provides wireless internet access for the exhibitors to use. Stands including the NetSurf display will not doubt find this invaluable.
Speaking of exhibitors, Advantage Six will demonstrate progress made towards improving the RISC OS port for their diminutive A9home computer. When will RISC OS 6 be available for the ARM9-powered box? The answer, as always: when it's ready. Also on the stand expect to see their A9-all-in-one prototypes running across two screens. RISCOS Ltd will show off the latest version of RISC OS 6 with a 64,000 colour mode for RiscPC users.
R-Comp will have a full stand and highlights to look out for here include the recently released Safestore backup package and their PDF Maker products. CJE Micros will have copies of the latest version of bitmap editing suite Photodesk and A9homes to buy. Magazines Qercus, RISC OS Now and Archive will also haev their latest editions and past issues to pick up while MW Software will take your money for Artworks and Easi/TechWriter upgrades.
A stand titled RISC OS Thru The Ages will feature Acorn Atoms, BBCs, Archimedes, an A7000 and the 3rd generation A9home DIY portable (assuming I finish it in time) and the 1st generation A9exec - an A9home strapped into a briefcase.
This brings us neatly on to the entrance fee: 3 quid for adults, 2 quid for students with a valid Student Union card and the under-12s can walk in for free. The show runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm this Saturday in Birmingham.
Midland Christmas 2008 show website
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