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    A massive fire has wiped out a third of the motorcycles at the National Motorcycle Museum near Birmingham. 650 machines, out of the 900 collection, valued at an estimated £8m have been destroyed.

    Fire investigators say the blaze, reported at 4.40pm yesterday (16th Sept), started in boxes old air conditioning units, triggered by a carelessly disgarded cigarrette.

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, September 17, 2003 Read full article: 'Fire wipes out Acorn Midlands show venue'   

    We've just received this press release from Castle Technology. Castle are offering a free 4-port hub with every new Iyonix ordered in September and October, see full press release below:


    From the comp.sys.acorn.announce newsgroup

    RISCOS Ltd

    Press Release 2nd September 2003

    RISCOS Ltd and Virtual Acorn have today signed an Agreement to allow for the distribution of RISC OS 4 ROM images with the Virtual Acorn range of Emulators.


    Martin Wuerthner has sent out this press release (quoted in full below).

    This could mean that RISC OS Printing could be given a new lease of life. Leveraging off work done in the Linux world under GPL, Martin is looking at developing a new RISC OS printer driver based on the Linux gimp-print system.


    Castle Technology have put together an FAQ about their recent purchase our favourite OS RISC OS.

    In a nutshell,

    • RISCOS Ltd can still produce RO4 & Select

    • Castle want Select for RO5

    • Castle can grant new licences for RO (for new areas so as not to get the backs up of existing licencees)

    • Tematic deal with all the new embedded RO versions

    For the full low-down visit the FAQ

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Friday, July 18, 2003   

    Just spotted on our fellow RISC OS news sites (Iconbar and Drobe), Castle and Pace have done a deal, with Castle buying the rights to RISC OS and Pace will receive technical support for their existing products which use RISC OS.

    Full details of the deal can be found in the Castle Press release

    The impact of this move will no doubt have a major effect within the market....


    It's been a little while now, since the RISC OS Expo 2003 show, but following various articles in the press, The Iconbar have published an article with another viewpoint of the Microdigital talk in the Show theatre.


    For those whom are not already aware, Microdigital appear to have been listening to some of the noises out there and have made a higher specification laptop available for running RISC OS 4 / Windows XP Professional.

    Note: As mentioned in the comments, the Alpha and Alpha Professional run RISC OS under a host Windows XP (Home / Professional)Operating System.

    Following a gap of nearly two years, Cerilica !Vantage has been updated from version 1.01 to version 1.10 closely followed by 1.10a.

    This so called 'stability' release has had, and indeed still does have, a few teething troubles. In particular, users running on RISC OS Select 4.29 - 4.36 will not be able to run the current version.

    So what's new in this long awaited 'upgrade'?...


    I've recently been updating my background control application to include some new features and also made it a little more compliant with RISC OS style conventions.

    Posted by StevePotts on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 Read full article: 'Background Control - updates'   

    Microsoft will not create a new version of Internet Explorer for Macs in a move that leaves Apple users in an uncomfortable spot.
    It reckons users are in good hands with Apple's own Safari browser, and so the trouble begins.
    Comment: Should be good news for us! As another non IE browser might pursuade people to write pages that dont require IE! Well we can but hope


    Congratulations WROCC 5772 Reads news
    Our congratulations go to the WROCC for their Wakefield show efforts and to the visitors to the show who helped raise over £1100 for charity at this year.

    Also, our thanks go to MicroDigital for providing the Creative Labs Inspire 5.1 speakers for the 2nd prize draw at the show - we won them and so now the office is nicely wired for sound, if only it had been draw three?!? :-S

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Monday, June 09, 2003   

    We've just received a press release from Mike Williams on behalf of Castle Technology, announcing today, the availabilty of support for USB storage devices for the IYONIX pc.


    New news feeds 5647 Reads announcements
    From today you will be able to see, once registered and logged in, three new news feeds on the site. Those of Drobe Launchpad, RISC OS C Programming Info and the Unix Porting Project which should nicely add to the mix of news and information already available on this site and the news feeds we also carry from, The IconBar and Acorn Arcade

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Tuesday, June 03, 2003   

    A long day in coming 5249 Reads gnu
    I for one hoped but never imagined it would actually happen!

    RISC OS Ltd have released some code into the open source community!

    The open sorce code in question is the front end to !Printers+ and secondly, although not open source still welcome, Pop-up Printers (developed for the Iyonix).

    Posted by MyRISCOS on Tuesday, June 03, 2003 Read full article: 'A long day in coming'   

    Simtec have recently been updating their USB stack and this is now up to version 1.42.


    Since exhibiting at the recent Wakefield Show, Microdigital have resumed their web site's NewsDesk feature (apparently by popular demand).


    I am trying to find all the old and un supported commercial software that has been produced for the RISC OS platform over the years in an effort to keep this software alive.

    I am currently able to offer full copies of Enterprise Accounts with printed manuals to any one that wants this software and I am looking for other packages to bring to the RISC OS community.

    I am thinking about all those companies that have left(?) the RISC OS scene such as OAK, MINERVA, CC, etc they had or have wonderful software that can still be of great use to users at the right price.

    If you have or know any one that has the rights to packages that are no longer published then please get in touch with me and maybe we can help RISC OS users together.
    Thank you
    Robert McCann

    Posted by Rob on Sunday, May 04, 2003   

    One of our registered users has submitted this little item for interest.

    "For those interested in what might have been, you can purchase the one and only (I think!) Nucleus case in existance on ebay."

    The item can be found at:

    Note: Well the auction ended just under an hour ago. There were 23 bids, the highest being £312 and the reserve was still not met. MyRO thinks that 'astute nick', in setting a high reserve price on the Nucleus, was not so astute after all! Looks like this piece of nostalgia is set to gather dust in its original home.
    Posted by graphite on Tuesday, April 29, 2003   

    Martin Wuerthner has sent us a press release about the forthcoming ArtWorks 2.

    First benchmarks of the current development version of ArtWorks 2 running on Castle's XScale-powered Iyonix computer have shown stunning results beyond expectation.


    Our April meeting is the club's 20th Anniversary, and to celebrate the metting will be a little different with a couple of videos and a range of computers from the past to wonder at. Rick Sterry, one of our founder members, will tell us a little story!


    After André's email to inform us of some updated software, I thought it was time that I announced my own little application (!BgrndCtrl).


    André has just emailed us to tell of updates to some popular RISC OS software...


    As we get closer to the Wakefield show, more exhibitors are booking all the time. If you've not looked recently, check out the show website for the latest details.


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