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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Mourners at tragic Paul Vigay's funeral to plant acorns in his memory
    At the funeral of RISC OS and civil liberties activist Paul Vigay, who died last month, acorns were passed around to mourners to plant across the country in his memory. Journalist Jim Nagel describes the touching service after attending the funeral, held in Petersfield, Hants.
     1 comment, latest by JohnR on 23/3/09 7:10PM. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Acorn celebs to mark 30th anniversary with reunion
    Big bash planned for former staff in Cambridge
     7 comments, latest by heds on 4/2/08 11:01PM. Published: 28 Jan 2008

  • Byte Back convention: show reports and photos by Acorn fans
    This month a number of Acorn enthusiasts exhibited their favourite 8-bit kit at Byte Back convention - a two-day UK show that featured all manner of electronic equipment from C64s to arcade cabs demonstrated by their adoring fans. Dave Moore, who was able to secure a few tables for Acorn hardware, organised a meet up for like-minded enthusiasts at the event and gave us this round-up of reports and photos from the show.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Acorn Archimedes featured in-depth in Micro Mart mag
    This week’s mainstream IT magazine Micro Mart includes a six-page feature on the Acorn Archimedes, written by Drobe contributor Michael Reed. It’s in issue 1043, out now until Thursday, February 26.
     3 comments, latest by BernardUK on 5/3/09 11:21AM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • Acorn grandee Steve Furber to visit usergroup
    Prof Steve Furber, who was one of the designers behind the BBC Microcomputer and the 32bit ARM processor, will give a talk about the history of Acorn and what he's up to these days to the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club next month.
     1 comment, latest by Wakeman on 3/2/09 6:49PM. Published: 20 Jan 2009

  • Beeb fans to show off Acorn kit at 8-bit convention
    A number of Acorn enthusiasts plan to exhibit their favourite 8-bit kit at next March's Byte Back convention - a two-day UK show that sees all manner of electronic equipment from C64s to arcade cabs demonstrated by their adoring fans. Dave Moore, who was able to secure a few tables for Acorn hardware, is organising a meet up for like-minded enthusiasts at the event.
     Discuss this. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Techie docs for mystery Acorn CAD workstation surface
    Documentation for Acorn's 1988 prototype 'high end' technical publishing workstation have been scanned and published online by collector-of-old-kit Chris Why. The A680 was an advanced Archimedes-series machine that ran Acorn's Unix attempt, RISC iX. It was initially powered by a 25MHz ARM2 and had a 67MB hard disc with up to 8MB of RAM and a monochrome display.
     5 comments, latest by davidb on 12/12/08 8:16PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • 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

  • New Acorn reveals PC laptop website
    Calls time on RISC OS
     31 comments, latest by Pete on 05/10/06 10:53AM. Published: 6 Sep 2006

  • 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

  • Maudlin over RISC OS
    Martin Hansen brings one of his old apps up-to-date while reflecting on the past 27 years of using Acorn and RISC OS kit
     31 comments, latest by jlavallin on 08/06/08 08:17AM. Published: 3 Jan 2008

  • Wakefield 2009 wrap-up, photos and video
    The weekend's RISC OS event has been and gone and we've got the rest of our lives to look forward to. Here's a round-up of extra news and Drobe's show-related coverage and some photos taken from Wakefield 2009 - plus a video from the show floor.
     16 comments, latest by AW on 29/4/09 7:41PM. Published: 27 Apr 2009

  • New RISC OS ownership claim may derail ROOL RiscPC ROM release
    RISCOS Ltd, the developers of RISC OS 4 and 6, may attempt to block RISC OS Open Ltd from releasing a RiscPC-compatible ROM built from the RISC OS 5 Shared Source project, drobe.co.uk has learned.
     131 comments, latest by Stoppers on 20/5/09 5:58PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • Acorn brand name in PC laptop launch
    [Updated] The rabbit hole runs deep
     80 comments, latest by aschamberlain on 17/06/06 11:01AM. Published: 5 May 2006

  • South West 2009 show report
    Martin Hansen describes his time as both a punter and an exhibitor at this year's annual RISC OS event held in the south west of the UK. While there were no major announcements ahead of the show, the otherwise friendly and mildly busy atmosphere was coloured by Friday's tragic loss of Paul Vigay.
     3 comments, latest by mosschoppers on 1/3/09 8:15PM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • Classic Archimedes technical bible republished online
    A PDF conversion of the Van Somerens' formidable "Archimedes Operating System - A User's Guide" has been uploaded to the internet. Originally published in 1991, the 320-page tome revealed how the internal gubbins of the Acorn Archimedes and its operating systems (including an early RISC OS) worked - all in an easy to follow guide for novice and advanced programmers and computer hardware enthusiasts.
     7 comments, latest by JohnR on 30/1/09 12:30PM. Published: 26 Jan 2009

  • The new apple of my eye
    Would you swap your dusty Acorn for a polished Apple computer? Martin Hansen has been checking out the world of Steve Jobs and his range of shiny kit.
     15 comments, latest by adh1003 on 6/1/09 1:06PM. Published: 17 Nov 2008

  • RISC OS 5 pictured running on ARM Cortex-A8 kit
    Picture exclusive - This grainy photograph shows a port of RISC OS 5, sourced from the RISC OS Open project, running on a Beagleboard - a device powered by a 600MHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor with a built-in graphics chip. The port, developed by Jeffrey Lee with help from Uwe Kall and ROOL staff, is seen as a major breakthrough for the shared-source project as it proves the OS can be ported to new hardware without the need for a large team of engineers.
     75 comments, latest by rjek on 30/4/09 3:15PM. Published: 25 Apr 2009

  • Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation review
    Star Fighter 3000: The Next Generation was born from the 3D0 version of the original SF3K that was ported back to RISC OS and this year freed from programmers' hard discs for the platform to enjoy, writes Andrew Weston. In this review Andrew weighs up much-improved graphics and sound against playability and stability.
     19 comments, latest by AW on 9/12/08 8:45PM. Published: 17 Nov 2008

  • Moving tributes to Paul Vigay flood in
    Hundreds of heartfelt tributes have been paid to popular RISC OS advocate and ISP owner Paul Vigay, who was found dead off the south coast on Friday morning. Close friends described civil liberties campaigner Paul, 44, as "kind, sincere and patient" and "an extremely clever deep-thinker".
     4 comments, latest by harmsy on 2/3/09 9:43AM. Published: 23 Feb 2009

  • RISCOS Ltd's head licence with E14 leaked
    A partial scanned copy of what appears to be the original 1999 licence between ROL and E14 - the company formed from the break-up of Acorn that kept the RISC OS technology - has been anonymously leaked to several RISC OS magazines and websites this afternoon. The disclosure, which arrived by email from a gmail account, is believed to have come about following the recently revived licensing dispute between ROL and Castle.
     11 comments, latest by DaveLane on 22/12/08 5:27PM. Published: 20 Dec 2008

  • Science Museum hosts 'fathers of Beeb' reunion
    Record of Acorn history ceasing after 1986 non-shocker
     8 comments, latest by Loris on 28/3/08 2:53AM. Published: 20 Mar 2008

  • Acorn Prof Furber made a CBE
    Didn't he do well?
     9 comments, latest by druck on 5/1/08 1:31PM. Published: 29 Dec 2007

  • Get an Archimedes pin badge for Xmas - for 25 quid
    It's mind-boggling what you can find on online auction house eBay - and in this instance, we've stumbled across this classy pin badge with the Acorn Archimedes logo on it. A snip at just 25 quid the last time we looked. Do you have any old Acorn memorabilia that could be flogged on eBay? Let everyone know in the comments below so we can compare our Acorn World plastic bags and such materials.
     3 comments, latest by TonyStill on 11/12/08 9:45PM. Published: 10 Dec 2008

  • ROS fan loses Acorn domain in dispute
    Acorncomputers.co.uk handed over to new Acorn
     34 comments, latest by mrmac on 02/10/06 12:14AM. Published: 6 Sep 2006

  • Using ROL's 4.02 ROM image in Linux RPCEmu
    Test driving a virtually free package on a very open road
     11 comments, latest by hzn on 13/1/09 5:27PM. Published: 14 Dec 2008

  • The leaked ROL licence is the dullest thing you will ever read
    Having had the authenticity of an anonymously leaked partial copy of RISCOS Ltd's licence to develop and distribute RISC OS confirmed and having read through its contents, we wondered why we bothered.
     4 comments, latest by bucksboy on 22/12/08 1:58PM. Published: 21 Dec 2008

  • South East 2008 show round up
    News from the event in the south of the UK
     42 comments, latest by diomus on 9/11/08 8:45PM. Published: 19 Oct 2008

  • Video of the week: Shoot'em-up classic Quark
    Battle your way through wave upon wave of tanks, aliens, robots and all manner of monsters as miles of vivid landscapes scroll beneath your ship. Here's level three of the top Acorn game Quark, a joy to behold and a challenge to complete.
     1 comment, latest by tlsa on 17/11/08 2:03PM. Published: 17 Nov 2008

  • Website aims to publish new Beeb games
    It's the year two-thousand-and-eight-bit
     6 comments, latest by AW on 29/3/08 11:36PM. Published: 26 Mar 2008

  • Acorn football team plays on
    Club of ex-staff approaches decade of lunchtime kick abouts
     2 comments, latest by druck on 3/9/07 11:09AM. Published: 2 Sep 2007

  • Midland Christmas show this Saturday
    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.
     2 comments, latest by NickMason on 4/12/08 9:23PM. Published: 2 Dec 2008

  • Star Fighter 3000 revamp revealed
    New textures and more
     11 comments, latest by AW on 26/4/08 8:29PM. Published: 29 Mar 2008

  • Adventures with a Lego-cased A7K web server
    Having previously built desktop and laptop cases of out Lego bricks, model building Peter Howkins has turned his attentions towards crafting a slim box to slid his A7000 into a rack, alongside other rackmount servers. Having pieced together the housing, Peter puts a legacy RISC OS machine through its paces as an internet-facing server.
     11 comments, latest by jess on 3/12/08 2:07PM. Published: 21 Nov 2008

  • Prof Steve Furber to visit user group
    Former Acorn boffin to give talk in north west UK
     Discuss this. Published: 23 Mar 2008

  • Hallas to study history of Acorn PhD
    He gets backing for new book from Acorn and ARM founders
     85 comments, latest by AMS on 15/09/06 9:49PM. Published: 3 Sep 2006

  • Prof Furber to present future of technology lecture
    Former Acorn engineer to debate new tech in central London next week
     Discuss this. Published: 4 Feb 2008

  • Show your love for RISC OS on Facebook
    Let everyone know what's on your desktop
     6 comments, latest by Cogs on 3/4/08 8:00PM. Published: 26 Mar 2008

  • Click right on with RISC OS
    Martin Hansen runs through a few useful desktop tricks you may not be aware of
     16 comments, latest by Anon on 26/3/09 1:01PM. Published: 22 Mar 2008


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