Obviously there is is no show this year. I hope someone has told Andy and he is not patiently sitting in the carpark wondering where everyone is (try the Science Museum)...
Nevertheless, RISCOSbits still have some exciting news and special offers. Andy says it much better than me, so here the press release and some teaser photos...
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RISCOSbits have been busy over the Summer and early Aututmn, working on a few new things, and developments for some existing items.
First up is a brand new product, based on EDOS, the dual operating systems for the Raspberry Pi 4.EDO/SD is a new version which runs entirely from a single SD Card. The specially formatted card contains both RISC OS and Linux, plus a partition that allows files to be shared between the two OSes. Priced at only £30 for a 128GB Class 10 SD card, EDO/SD is available now from the RISCOSbits website. See www.riscosbits.co.uk/edos.htm for information.
Work on EDO/SD has lead to developments on RISCOSbits Super Turbo Drive system to now allow a single drive to have both a standard, bootable partition and a faster Turbo partition. In future, both PiHarder and FOURtress systems will ship with the option of the new Super Turbo Drive as standard. Hard drives for other systems can be supplied with the Super Turbo Drive system pre-installed - contact RISCOSbits for details.
RISCOSbits have also been working on an NVMe option for the FOURtress range of machines. As NVMe is a faster technology than standard SATA technology, there is a minor speed increase for RISC OS disk access speeds, but under Linux and EDOS, there can be a more pronounced performance enhancement.
Initially available with 250GB storage, there are several options available. For new buyers, the FOURtress NVMe is available from £195, depending on the memory capacity of the Pi 4. For previous purchases of either a FOURtress Lite or a standard FOURtress with M.2 SATA SSD, RISCOSbits are offering upgrade options, from £70, including a new base for the FOURtress with NVMe drive pre-formatted and installed. There's also a trade in scheme to replace your existing base and SATA M.2 drive at a substantial discount - contact RISCOSbts for details. Adding EDOS to take greater advantage of the faster technology is only £25 extra, to cover the time taken to hand-tune the drives and Linux installation. Details can be found on www.pihard.co.uk/fourtress.htm
For the PiHarder, RISCOSbits have been testing overclocking settings and have found that an overclock to 2.28GHz is both possible and reliable and will ship as standard with new PiHarder machines. Even at that, temperatures remain low and constant, often without the need for the temperature-controlled fan. As a result of the same tests with FOURtress machines, all future FOURtress machines will come overclocked to 2.2GHz. Existing customers can contact RISCOSbits for the appropriate overclocking software, and settings.
FHANTom is a new temperature-controlled fan HAT for the Raspberry Pi and works with all models from the B+ onwards. Using our existing fan technology, as used in the FOURtress and the PiHarder, FHANTom allows RISC OS users to choose variable speed settings for the fan based on the CPU temperature. FHANTom connects tothe GPIO ports on the Pi and provides a through-link so that users can stack different HATs on top of the fan (even though this contravenes Raspberry Pi specifications for HATs). Not all HATs are compatible with the FHANTom HAT, so if you plan to stack HATs, get in touch first.
FHANTom fits in all HAT capable cases , including RISCOSbits own cases, such as the PiAno, Pi-Llok and the new MiniMedia cases. Priced from just £17, more details are available from www.riscosbits.co.uk/fhantom.htm.
The new MiniMedia case is intended as a budget-but-beautiful subtle desktop case for the Raspberry Pi 4, using our custom adaptor to bring all the ports out to the rear of the case. By using the USB capabilities of the standard power port on the Pi 4, the case and adaptor also manages to bring out a front USB port for USB drives and other peripherals. The case itself is made from oak-veneered layers, with black acrylic front and back plates. The MiniMedia comes with three cooling options - passive cooling, lid mounted fan, and the new FHANTom temperature-controlled fan HAT. Prices start from just £25. Details are available from www.riscosbits.co.uk/minimedia.htm.
Bear in mind that all of RISCOSbits website purchases give you the option to pay in three interest free instalments, courtesy of a partnership with PayPal.
And look out for extra 'Not the London Show' limited edition offers via @RISCOSbits on Twitter throughout the Not The London Show day. There are some MONSTER #RISCOSrewards deals and Lite bit(e)s to be had. If you're not on Twitter, contact RISCOSbits for details on Saturday 29th October, after 11am (the usual Show start time) for a heads up!