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RISC OS London Show 2016

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:10, 19/10/2016 | , ,
This year's London Show is due to take place on Saturday the 29th of October, at the usual location of the St. Giles Hotel in Feltham. The show runs from 11 AM to 5 PM, with tickets being £5 at the door (and under-16's free). Exhibitors this year are set to include:The theatre schedule is yet to be finalised, but presentations are expected to include CJEInfo, R-CompInfo, ROOL, Sine Nomine Software, and newcomer Ident Computer who are showing off their BBC Micro inspired Raspberry Pi keyboard/case (although if BBC Micro keyboard nostalgia is your thing, there's only really one winner).
For up-to-the-minute show news, remember to check out the show website.
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Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 16th April 2016

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 23:15, 4/4/2016 | ,
This year's Wakefield show is due to take place on Saturday the 16th of April, at the usual location of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. Doors will be open to visitors from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, with tickets costing £5 on the door.
The list of exhibitors for this year is set to include:The provisional theatre schedule is set to include presentations by R-Comp, ROOL, CJE, Sine Nomine Software, and MW software (or should that be Microsoft?)
For further information and all the latest news and updates, don't forget to check the show's website.
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RISC OS SouthWest Show 2016

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:00, 15/2/2016 | ,
Saturday the 27th of February is set to be the date for this year's SouthWest show, at its usual location of the Webbington Hotel near Weston- super-Mare. The show is planned to run from 10:30 to 4:00, and although the full list of exhibitors is yet to be confirmed, you can expect to see at least the following familiar faces:As with previous years, there are also plans to hold a Raspberry Pi Jam event, in order to help raise interest in RISC OS and usher in a new generation of coders.
For more information about the show - or if you're interested in exhibiting - please see the show website.
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Mysterious new product to be announced at London Show the day before London show

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 20:30, 23/10/2015 | , , ,
In a surprise announcement, ROOL have revealed the existence of "Titanium", a new RISC OS machine based around a dual-core Cortex-A15 SoC. No - it's not CJE's dual-core Cortex A15 IGEPv5 machine - it's an entirely new board design produced by Elesar Limited, and utilising TI's 1.5GHz AM5728 (a cousin of the also-1.5GHz TI OMAP5 used in the IGEPv5). And unlike the IGEPv5 or the Wandboard (as used in R-Comp's ARMX6), which are technically meant to be for embedded or developer/prototyping markets, the Titanium board seems to be aimed squarely at the desktop PC and server markets - it utilises the standard ATX form factor and power connector, has dual DVI video output, dual gigabit Ethernet, four SATA ports, eight USB 2 ports, and even two PCI-E slots.
It's unclear exactly how much of the hardware is currently working under RISC OS, apart from SATA, which is called out as using a new version of ADFS developed by Piccolo Systems (previously known for the RISC OS 5 SDFS driver and related disc management utilities). However with the machine launch expected to be only a few weeks away, and with pre-production units being on display at the London Show tomorrow, expect to see much more information about the new machine appear over the next few days.
The Titanium board is available to pre-order now through Elesar's website (with choice of RISC OS or Linux as the OS) - however that will only get your the bare board. Users are encouraged to wait for news from CJE and R-Comp, who are both on board with the project (if you pardon my pun) and will be announcing their own plans for fully cased consumer units within the near future (quite possibly at the London Show tomorrow).
Also, have we mentioned that it's the London Show tomorrow?
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ROUGOL & London Show news

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 19:15, 13/9/2015 | , , ,
Bryan Hogan of ROUGOL has got in touch to let us know the details of some upcoming events.

RISC OS Open at this month's ROUGOL meeting - Monday 21st September

First up is news that Rob Sprowson will at this month's ROUGOL meeting, talking about all the things that ROOL have been up to recently, and some of their plans for the future. The meeting is due to start at 7:45 PM at the groups usual hangout of the Blue Eyed Maid pub in London SE1. Admittance is free.
For more details of the event and venue, make sure to check out the ROUGOL website.

RISC OS London Show 2015 - Saturday 24th October

The second bit of news is that this years London Show is due to take place on the 24th of October, at the usual location of the St. Giles Hotel in Feltham. The show runs from 11 AM to 5 PM, with tickets being £5 at the door (and under-16's free). Details of the theatre presentations are yet to be announced, but so far there are 25 exhibitors confirmed as taking part, and the list is still growing. Highlights this year are likely to be:

Remember to check the show website for all the latest details.
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Games news

Posted by Michael Drake on 21:25, 7/7/2015 | , , , , , ,

Time for a round-up of recent games news.

JASPP to release more classics

Jon Abbott of the JASPP software preservation project has recently announced that they have acquired the rights to distribute games previously developed/published by Artex Software, Eterna, Minerva and Visions of the Impossible.

These games include such classics as: Ballarena, Botkiller, Exodus, Poizone, Prime Solver & SunBurst. The games are being released through the JASPP forum, so keep an eye out for updates there.

No mention was made of Artex Software's later games Ankh and TEK, or the never released for RISC OS Iron Dignity, with its impressive 3D rendering engine.

The announcement does mention that JASPP are looking to update some of the titles by Artex Software and Visions of the Impossible to run natively on 32-bit systems. The first to get such treatment will be VOTI's SunBurst. Whether this news will lead to a 32-bit multitasking desktop WIMP conversion of Super Foul Egg, or Exodus running natively on the Panda Board is unknown at this time.

Star Fighter 3000 released for free

This happened a while back, but the full Star Fighter 3000 game has been released for free. This is the latest souped-up version, which features improved rendering distances, desktop play, and a host of other improvements. It runs on RISC OS machines from the latest dev-board hardware, right back to the old Archimedes systems it originally appeared on. To run it on an old Archimedes system at full frame rate, you'll need to make sure you have the nested WIMP installed, reduce the game's graphics settings and force it to run in fullscreen mode.

New game: Overlord

Anthony Vaughan Bartram of Ambiguous Contrasts Games has produced Overlord, a space shoot-em-up on available PlingStore. The latest version, 1.40, has just been released.

RailPro-like game progressing

In other news, James Shaw has been keeping us informed of his progress on the development of a RailPro-like game.

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Aemulor/Spellings.net account details posted online

Posted by Andrew Poole on 19:08, 1/5/2015 | , , ,
According to an email sent out by Neil Spellings this evening, the usernames and hashed passwords of all registered users on the old aemulor.com and newer buyit.Spellings.net websites have been posted online.
The leak, which contains just under 1200 email address and password hash combinations, appears to have been obtained through an SQL injection attack on some "very old" PHP code from the original aemulor web store and was posted to the Pastebin website on Thursday evening (29 April).
People who have accounts with the Spellings.net website are advised to change their password and also change the password on other sites that they use the same password on.
You can view the full email sent to registered users of the Aemulor/Spellings websites by clicking here.
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Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 25th April 2015

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:20, 14/4/2015 | ,
This year's Wakefield show is due to take place on Saturday the 25th of April, at the usual location of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. With the doors open from 10:30 am to 4:30 pm, this will be the show's 20th anniversary, a major achievement for the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club who are responsible for organising the event.
This year the list of exhibitors is set to include:For all the latest show updates, don't forget to check the show's website.
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