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The BBC Domesday project was created to celebrate the 900th anniversary of the 1086 Domesday book, but is now in danger of being lost through technological obsolescence.
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You wait ages for ONE browser update for your Raspberry Pi...

Posted by Mark Stephens on 20:02, 4/9/2014 |
In my personal computer usage, the web browser has always been the weak link on RISC OS so it is really nice to see an update to Netsurf appearing with NetSurf 3.2 being released at the end of August. It looks like essentially a bug-fix and code tidy release, with some incremental improvements to support for CSS handling, but always welcome features. You can get the RISC OS release from here
One of the really cool features of the Rasperberry Pi is the ability to run the NOOBS software which allows you to install several different Operating Systems. With multiple SD cards ,swtiching between Linux and RISC OS is as easy as rebooting with a different card. Raspbian works well but its bowsers have been slightly disappointing (there is lots of choice with NetSurf, IceFox, experimental builds of Chrome but I have found them all either under-powered or sluggish).
So it is really great to see the release of Epiphany ( a new browser heavily optimised for the Raspberry Pi ). This is easily installed on your existing Linux SD card. You can read the official announcement here. It is especially interesting to note the heavy involvement of Ben Avison (one of the key memebers of RISC OS Open) in the development.
Happy browsing on your Pi...
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RISC OS Midsummer MUG Show 2014 - Saturday 12th July

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 21:32, 4/7/2014 | , ,
The RISC OS Midsummer Mug Show 2014 takes place on Saturday 12th July 11:00am - 16:30pm at St John's Church Hall, 205 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HY.
Entrance fee is £1.00 and free for children
Exhibitors include CJEInfo, RComp, RISC OS Open Ltd, Orpheus Internet, Sine Nomine and many more.
RISC OS and Raspberry Pi what better summer combinations can you find in one location so why not come and see the future with hopefully a good dollop of Raspberry Pi's running your favourite operating system along with RComp's ARMini plus RISC OS running on a variety of machines and through emulation.
There will also be a charity stand run on behalf of Tools with a Mission, a charity sending tools across the world. Donations can include old handtools and also working PC's less than 5years old, Flat screen monitors and printers etc.
So come along and support the RISC OS community and when you have finished and spent nearly all your money then why not take in the best that Kenilworth has to offer and take a stroll around this delightful Warwickshire town which includes a CastleInfo and many fine restaurants and pubs or perhaps have a picnic in the Castle Grounds, weather permitting of course unless you're of the hardy variety.
For more details visit:
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Getting FAT32FS working on a RiscPC with a Castle USB Card

Posted by Jon Robinson on 14:57, 28/6/2014 | , , , ,
I have a RISC OS 4.39 RiscPC with a CastleInfo USB card and Compact Flash card reader attached. This uses Castle‘s !SoftSCSI to access the flash cards.
For a long time, I have been frustrated by its inability to mount any flash card larger then 2 GB in size. I really wanted to use a single flash card, to back up my 40 GB hard drive, as having to use a pocket full of 2 GB cards is a real pain.
I had been put off experimenting with Jeff Doggett‘s FAT32FS before, because I had read somewhere that it only works with the USB stack on the Iyo.
But, as it‘s the only solution, I did have a go at trying to get FAT32FS working on my RiscPC, recently. And, luckily, it turns out that the USB podule card on the RiscPC, is sufficiently similar to the one in the Iyonix, that it does, in fact, work.
It did take a bit of experimentation, however, to work out how to do it.
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Latest Archive is dropping onto a door step near you....

Posted by Mark Stephens on 17:44, 13/5/2014 | ,
It has been a while since we flagged up Archive magazine (which continues to be published regularly and has a very 'retro' website). So the recent arrival of the latest release seems a good excuse to review it... 
Archive magazine easily wins the battle to be the longest running RISC OS magazine, and the only paper magazine still in print. It was originally started by Paul Beverley and is now run by Jim Nagel (the man who flew the flag for Acorn during the 'glory days' with his Acorn column in Computer Shopper). Jim has changed a few things (there is no longer a personal column of faith which Paul used to included) but the design and layout will be very familiar to any 'lapsed' readers (there used to be a offer of a free copy if you wanted to try the magazine before subscribing). One innovation added by Jim is that all the articles have a small snippet about each author and a picture.
So history lesson over, what is in the latest 48 page issue....
Archive has always been written by its readers and so it reflects a wide range of interests in the RISC OS community and is both both nostalgic and forward looking. This is probably the key to its longevity and it means that each edition is usually very varied and has something for everyone.
The news section has seen a revival with the Raspberry Pi and each month includes news of Raspberry Pi developments, shows and also software developments (this month featuring the !Store developed by RComp for distributing both free and commercial software).
Archive's readership has always included some fairly technical people and there is a very good article from Jim Lesurf on USB audio for RISC OS and some recommendations/reviews on USB devices you can plug into your machine. There is also another hardware article from the developer of a rather cool Raspberry Pi case and the latest instalment in the regular series from Rob Johnston on using GCC on RISC OS.
Many Archive users use other machines and you will find a Windows Column on the final demise of XP (with advice for RISC OS users using Windows to run an emulator on), a Mac column (bemoaning Apple's 'upgrading' of Samba which breaks !Lanman access) and a very snazzy proof of concept laptop design from Oracle using the Raspberry Pi. Finally, longtime regular Gerald Fitton ('Mr Pipedream/Fireworkz') has an article on setting up RedSquirrel to provide a free Windows emulator.
Archive has members at all the shows and the latest edition has detailed reports from the London and South-West shows (including the talks) .
There are regular articles from users as they explore various machines about their 'learning' journey and this month John Schild has an update on his experiences with the Panda board.
Lastly you get articles on a software update to !Keystroke and a new application to bring OpenStreet data to RISC OS with an application from Sine nomine software.
Speaking personally I enjoy being able to read a printed RISC OS magazine (much safer in the bath!) which appears on a semi-regular basis. Have you read it? Do you think there is still a real for a printed RISC OS (or any other computer) magazine in 2014?
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The Icon Bar needs YOU

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 22:40, 24/4/2014 | ,
  • Are you tired of looking at the front page and seeing those same old articles from over a year ago?
  • Have you noticed we haven't done anything new for April Fools day for several years?
  • Have you noticed how most of our show announcements are dangerously close to being made too late?
  • Do you have a keen interest in RISC OS?
  • Are you capable of forming basic sentences?
  • Do you enjoy working long hours for no pay and little reward?
If you answered YES to all of the above, then good news! We're looking for new writing staff to supplement the current lot, most of whom left the RISC OS scene behind a long time ago, or are far too busy with other things to update the site on a regular schedule.
At The Icon Bar we're primarily interested in delivering original content in the form of news, articles and reviews, rather than just regurgitating press releases all the time. So if that fits your bill then feel free to get in touch, either via the contact form or by posting in the thread below. And if you're lucky, we'll get back to you before you die of old age!
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Chris Jordan, Music500, ArcElite @ ROUGOL on 21 Apr 2014

Posted by Bryan Hogan on 21:10, 15/4/2014 | , ,
At the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group Of London on 21st April 2014 we are very pleased to have Chris Jordan as our guest speaker. Chris had a long involvement with Acorn, all the way through the Beeb and Archimedes era.
He was a member of the BBC Micro design team, Publications Editor at Acornsoft, co-inventor of shadow RAM, co-author of book/disc Creative Sound on the BBC Micro, and designer of the Acorn Music 500 and Hybrid Music Systems.
In the guise of Hybrid Technology he was also the publisher of Archimedes Elite, and went on to develop the SNES, Sega and Gameboy versions of Elite.
Chris will be coming along to tell us about some/all of these, and other fascinating bits of Acorn history, and is happy to answer questions afterwards.
ROUGOL meetings are free to attend and held in a pub/restaurant near London Bridge station. What better way could there be to spend a bank holiday evening?
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Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show, 26th April 2014

Posted by Jeffrey Lee on 20:50, 15/4/2014 | , ,
This year’s Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place on Saturday 26th April 2014, at its familiar home of the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield. Organised by the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club, the north’s premier RISC OS event is now in its nineteenth year.
Details are still being finalised, but we can confirm that we currently expect the lineup to include:We’re still adding names to the list, however: keep checking the website for the latest information along with details of what each of the exhibitors will have with them for you to see and buy.
The format will be similar to that of previous years and will once again include the popular Show Theatre with a range of talks covering the RISC OS market. We also expect the Raspberry Pi to feature heavily on the day. The charity stall will also be present, raising money for Wakefield Hospice once again.
More information about the event, including the location of the venue and how to get there by car or public transport, can be found on the show website at http://www.wakefieldshow.org.uk/ — the site will be updated as more information becomes available.
If you are interested in exhibiting at the event then there are still a few places available: please contact the show organisers for details. Email can be sent to show2014@wakefieldshow.org.uk and alternative contact details are on the website.
Advertising banners in a couple of standard sizes are available on the site for anyone who wishes to help us publicise the event via their own website. Full instructions are supplied with the images. Full page adverts are also available in PDF and bitmap formats if you would like to help us spread the word.
The show organisers, WROCCInfo, celebrated their 30th Anniversary in 2013. More information about the club can be found on their website at http://www.wrocc.org.uk/
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Acorn port of Acorn imminent

Posted by Trevor Johnson on 00:10, 1/4/2014 | ,
RISC OS 5 users seeking alternatives to Paint may be wondering how the enhancements to GraphicsV will affect them.
In May 2013 Acorn v.4 for the Mac was released (this one slipped under the radar last year). This popular package supports alpha masking and has been "available for all" since August 2013.
We've recently been contacted by a long-time user who is "on the verge" of releasing a port of the bitmap Acorn application to the former-Acorn platform. The user says that outstanding matters are now purely administrative, and that an announcement can be made at the forthcoming Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Show 2014.
We are witnessing exciting times in the RISC OS marketplace, although it is not clear whether the Acorn port of Acorn will benefit from quite the same level of developer attention as another well-established vector graphics package.
Some of those loose ends which are being tidied up:
  1. Sprites11
  2. PlingStore integration (demo version)
  3. SDFS compatibility testing
  4. Filing system improvements (step 2)
  5. Filing system improvements (various)
So, what will you do with your Acorn?
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SouthWest show reminder

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RISC OS London Show, Saturday 26th October 2013

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Software preservation project bearing fruit

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Portsmouth show reminder

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RISC OS 5.20 released, free Portsmouth show in planning

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Old games on new screens

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