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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
Discuss this. Published: 8 Oct 2009
- '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.
14 comments, latest by rjek on 9/9/09 1:53PM. Published: 8 Sep 2009
- 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
16 comments, latest by Charlie on 20/9/09 1:43PM. Published: 8 Sep 2009
- 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.
3 comments, latest by rjek on 4/9/09 1:12PM. Published: 4 Sep 2009
- 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.
4 comments, latest by davehigton on 4/9/09 2:32PM. Published: 3 Sep 2009
- Video: Prof Steve Furber on 8-bit Acorn days and beyond
In an interview filmed at Manchester University on August 17, Prof Stephen Furber CBE talks about his involvement with the Mk14, how he became involved with Acorn Computers, the success of the BBC Micro, the development of the ARM processor and his latest project: SpiNNaker.
14 comments, latest by killermike on 8/9/09 5:50PM. Published: 3 Sep 2009
- Online RISC OS mag proposed
An anonymous editor has revealed he or she plans to produce an online quarterly magazine for RISC OS users. There will be no subscription charge as readers can instead pay per issue. The publication will be called Drag 'N Drop and downloadable in PDF format. Drobe has tried to contact the publisher, but there was no immediate reply: we were curious as to who was behind the venture, how much each issue will cost, what it will look like and why the decision to go for PDFs rather than a normal website of articles - this is beside the point of why should writers contribute to a completely new mag when there is a great alternative still going. Feel free to send in your screenshots and short assembler demos, though.
10 comments, latest by diomus on 4/9/09 1:25PM. Published: 3 Sep 2009
- Beside Drobe, where else do you get your RISC OS news?
Assuming you use Drobe as one of your sources of RISC OS news, where else do you look for the latest information?
2 comments, latest by diomus on 30/8/09 10:35PM. Published: 30 Aug 2009
- ARM-powered computer firm in RISC OS port talks
US-based company Genesi, which builds ARM Cortex-powered appliances that could be compatible with the RISC OS Open Beagleboard work, is said to be in talks with RISC OS companies over a possible port of the OS to its products. It's hoped ROS 5 could be made to run on the lightweight EFIKA MX Open Client, which sports a 800MHz Cortex-A8 processor, 3D graphics hardware, 512M RAM, wifi networking and more. Genesi analyst Matt Sealey said: "RISC OS is really popular in the UK and the last dedicated RISC OS box - the Iyonix - has been discontinued for six months. We are currently questioning the relevant companies in the UK, including [ROS 5 owners] Castle, about collaboration and marketing efforts, and the support they'd need to make it a reality." The EFIKA MX Open Client costs about 160 quid in real money.
71 comments, latest by rjek on 7/9/09 9:03PM. Published: 30 Aug 2009
- RISC OS Open seeks rep for Acorn World event
RISC OS Open has appealed for someone familiar with shared source RISC OS 5 to give a speech about the project at this year's Acorn World show. ROOL chief Steve Revill said: "This is an exciting opportunity for us to talk to people who may not be regulars on the RISC OS show scene about the shared source project and all of the interesting community developments that have come out of it. Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we here at ROOL find ourselves unable to attend. We are frustrated by this development but rather than pull out completely, we would like to invite one or more enthusiastic members of the community to go along and represent us."
7 comments, latest by Hairy on 1/9/09 11:07PM. Published: 30 Aug 2009
- Firefox port updated to release number eight
A new version of the RISC OS port of open source web browser Firefox was published earlier this month, making it the eighth such release. This bug-fix update brings the software in line with Firefox 18.104.22.168 for other platforms.
19 comments, latest by DrWhich on 6/9/09 11:59AM. Published: 27 Aug 2009
- Watch the trailer of BBC's Acorn versus Sinclair history docu-drama
The BBC have a uploaded a trailer on the BBC 4 website showing scenes from Micro Men, a drama that "provides an affectionately comic account of the race for home computer supremacy in the 1980s". It was previously titled Syntax Era, but the name was changed after executives feared non-geeks wouldn't get the pun. The programme charts the battle between Acorn and Sinclair, and stars Martin Freeman (The Office) as Acorn co-founder Chris Curry and Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong and Miller) as Sir Clive Sinclair.
23 comments, latest by diomus on 3/9/09 11:18PM. Published: 21 Aug 2009
- Archimedes emulator Arculator updated
Tom "RPCEmu" Walker has updated Arculator, his Acorn Archimedes hardware emulator for Windows users, to version 0.99. It now features A3010 joystick emulation, ICS IDE interface emulation and numerous improvements and tweaks.
3 comments, latest by Pete on 20/8/09 11:37AM. Published: 16 Aug 2009
- RISCWorld mag back-issues reprinted online for free
Volumes 1 to 8 of RISCWorld, a now defunct bi-monthly CD magazine, can now be read for free online. The extensive archive dates from March 2000 through to April 2008, although the latest volume, number nine, is still on sale and has not been published for all to peruse. The articles cover a range of topics from programming tutorials to reviews and news, which provide a welcomed boost in online documentation of the RISC OS platform, as well as wonderfully hilarious rants like this one by RW editor Aaron Timbrell.
71 comments, latest by rjek on 25/8/09 2:44PM. Published: 16 Aug 2009
- Prof Steve Furber joins Acorn World 2009 talks
Prof Steve Furber, one of the masterminds behind Acorn's 8bit microcomputer, has been booked to give a talk at this year's Acorn World show next month in Huddersfield. Matthew Atkinson, author of REPTON 3, will also be a guest at the show, and RISC OS Open will also give a presentation at the retro-themed event. Meanwhile, the RISC OS London 2009 show has confirmed more exhibitors and speakers.
3 comments, latest by jonesd98 on 19/8/09 3:50PM. Published: 16 Aug 2009
- Prototype Acorn Unix-powered A680 lands on eBay
A rare Acorn A680 running an ARM port of BSD 4.3 has hit online auction site eBay with a minimum opening bid of 100 quid. According to the seller, believed to be ROL's Paul Middleton, there are only a half a dozen of these pre-production systems left in existence. The A680 was developed by Acorn for Olivetti in 1988, and features an ARM2, 8MB of RAM, a 66MB hard drive and an early version of Acorn 4.3 BSD Unix kernel in ROM.
13 comments, latest by diomus on 25/8/09 12:09AM. Published: 16 Aug 2009
- Dual-head DVI ViewFinder graphics card announced
A dual-head DVI-capable ViewFinder graphics card for RiscPCs and A7000s was announced today by hardware guru John Kortink. This new kit, which connects off-the-shelf PC hardware to legacy Acorn machines, allows punters to hook two DVI-quality monitors to their RISC OS computers.
60 comments, latest by Stoppers on 10/9/09 8:55PM. Published: 14 Aug 2009
- NetSurf on RISC OS faces axe
Support for the RISC OS port of open source web browser NetSurf could be dropped as the project focuses on future development. The ROS flavour of the software hasn't been worked on for more than two years - although the browser core is being actively improved - sparking concerns by the development team. In a mailing list post today, the group appealed for a RISC OS programmer to take on the role of maintaining NetSurf for ROS. NetSurf was first developed for RISC OS desktops but later branched out to other platforms, including Linux.
81 comments, latest by em2ac on 10/9/09 7:07AM. Published: 6 Aug 2009
- RISC OS 5 port hopes for netbook now in production
The new Touch Book netbook, which uses the Beagleboard ARM-powered hardware, could run RISC OS 5 thanks to efforts to port the RISC OS Open flavour of the OS to the ARM Cortex processor family. The tiny netbook is available now to buy, and Bryan Hogan has offered to test the OS port on his Touch Book. Click here here for more potential products that have a realistic chance of running RISC OS 5.
40 comments, latest by Pete on 1/9/09 9:10AM. Published: 26 Jul 2009
- Acorn World show is back this September
A two-day event - named after Acorn's annual shows during its heyday - will celebrate the history of Acorn at a conference hall in Huddersfield in September. It will feature a talk by RISC OS Open and exhibitions by Viewdata BBS, The Centre For Computing History and plenty other groups and companies.
20 comments, latest by tomato on 29/7/09 10:48PM. Published: 24 Jul 2009
- Richard Brown takes over day-to-day running of ISP Orpheus
Richard Brown - IT consultant, friend of Castle and best-known for overseeing sales and support of RISC OS browser Oregano 2 and the demise of Oregano 3 - will take over the day-to-day running of the late Paul Vigay's ISP, Orpheus Internet. Richard has also joined the company's board of directors.
13 comments, latest by Anon on 7/8/09 11:07AM. Published: 29 Jun 2009
- BBC to record film on Acorn versus Sinclair in the 1980s
A film to be called Syntax Era, that will document the rivalry between Clive Sinclair and Acorn co-founder Chris Curry, will be screened by the BBC with the help of The Centre of Computing History. The programme will star Martin Freeman, from The Office, alongside Alexander Armstrong, of Armstrong and Miller sketch show fame, who will play Sinclair. It is likely to be aired in the autumn on BBC4, we're told. Filming starts on Monday, June 22 in London. It was written by Tony Saint. More to follow later.
14 comments, latest by Monty on 26/6/09 10:30PM. Published: 20 Jun 2009
- New London RISC OS show to be held in October
More details to follow. It is understood this is to replace the annual South East RISC OS show, which is usually held in Guildford but will not take place this year as the venue that hosts the event is unavailable. Freeware developers are invited to exhibit their work for free at the London show. To book a space or for more information, email the organisers.
22 comments, latest by Anon on 11/8/09 11:19AM. Published: 31 May 2009
- Bug-fixed NetSurf 2.1 released
A bug-fix release of the NetSurf web browser has been released. Version 2.1 improves on page layout, mouse click handling, and for RISC OS users, improves drawfile export.
3 comments, latest by hzn on 7/6/09 1:50PM. Published: 23 May 2009
- First screenshot: Beagleboard runs RISC OS 5 desktop
Picture exclusive - This is the first screenshot of Jeffrey Lee's port of RISC OS 5 for the ARM Cortex-A8-powered Beagleboard reaching the familiar ROS desktop and running several built-in applications. The port was produced using source code made available by the RISC OS Open initiative.
250 comments, latest by rjek on 5/6/09 5:01PM. Published: 10 May 2009
- Five tips for ROL over the next five years
Opinion - Drobe man Paul Stewart offers a few suggestions to RISCOS Ltd to ensure the company and its platform survives over the coming years.
188 comments, latest by druck on 27/8/09 12:39AM. Published: 10 May 2009
- Entry-level animation app Flicker goes on sale
Flicker is a new application that can playback animations made from standard RISC OS sprites and can combine these simple films and music from tracker modules to produce complete packages. It comes on a CD-ROM with seven sample movies to show off its capabilities and was developed by Drobe man Martin Hansen. Animations produced by Flicker can also be created from sprites generated by Complete Animator and Martin's ArtGraph Film Studio.
Discuss this. Published: 5 May 2009
- New version of database package Impact available
Sine Nomine Software has announced that Impact version 3.33, launched recently at the Wakefield 2009 show, is now available on general release. Users can now edit data for almost all field types direct from the enhanced table view of the database, among other updates.
Discuss this. Published: 5 May 2009
- New RPCEmu Spoon version with RISC OS 5.15 support
Open-source emulator RPCEmu Spoon Edition 0.8.4 has experimental support for the latest RISC OS Open ROM for RiscPCs and other IOMD-chipset machines, plus a couple of other bug fixes and updates.
1 comment, latest by Becky on 16/5/09 8:24AM. Published: 5 May 2009
- News in brief
Links to interesting things from RISC OS Open, Organizer and more, including a RISC OS-themed podcast.
1 comment, latest by egel on 5/5/09 6:05PM. Published: 4 May 2009
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