A9home DIY laptop: first picturesPublished: 1st Dec 2007, 23:36:04 | Permalink | Printable
And other odds and sods from the Christmas 2007 showThe Christmas 2007 show, a relatively quiet affair held earlier today in leafy Warwickshire, has been and gone. The main highlight was the appearance of Paul Stewart's home made portable. Paul has managed to pack an A9home, laptop keyboard, touch pad, flatscreen monitor, a couple of speakers and other bits and pieces into what appears to be a slim flight case.
Although he is remaining tight lipped about the project, Paul is set to reveal more details in the new year. It's understood the case has sockets for USB, video-out and ethernet, includes electronics to take power from a battery, and video is supplied to the flatscreen via analogue VGA.
Speaking after the event, Paul, pictured below, said: "It was certainly a small venue but there appeared to be a steady stream of visitors during the the morning. This filtered off in the afternoon. It was well worth attending."
Also: RISC OS Now had issue five for subscribers and editor Louie Smith was plying punters with free chocolates. RISCOS Ltd were selling a reprinted volume three of the Programmer's Reference Manuals. NetSurf may get improved mouse gesture support to save users the effort of going to the menu button or title bar. There were also rumours of RISC OS appearing on the ASUS Eee PC mostly likely as a VirtualRiscPC-based package.
The show was organised by the ARM Club and the Midlands User Group. MUG member Doug Webb said: "The show was well received by exhibitors and punters alike. A good steady stream of punters came through the door on the day and there wasn't the usual rush to dismantle the stands at 4pm as the show overran a little.
"Paul Stewart was showing off his RISC OS portable based on a A9 - cue Man in a suitcase theme music for those punters old enough to remember the TV show. According to Paul, it nearly didn't get made as it took all his might to prise the A9 euroboard out of its little blue case where it was glued into."
Pictures in brief
| ||Aaron Timbrell, of VirtualAcorn and RISCOS Ltd, with a show organiser. |
| ||The CJE Micros stand |
| ||NetSurf developer Dan Silverstone does some light reading. |
| ||What show would be complete without the cardboard shape people? |
| ||Allan Rawnsley, of R-Comp, and Castle's Jack Lillingston. |
| ||The NetSurf stand was able to hook up some Internet connectivity. |
| ||NetSurf running on a tablet PC. |
| ||The RISC OS Open crowd: Ben Avison, Steve Revill and Andrew Hodgkinson. |
Pictures by Rob Kendrick, Doug Webb and Paul Stewart. Click on a thumbnail for a larger view. Additional reporting by Doug Webb.
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