Attend Dr Wimp’s Surgery with MUG

The Midlands User Group (MUG) meeting will take place online, via the Zoom video conferencing system, on Saturday, 4th February at 2:00pm. John McCartney will be taking the main stage for the meeting, to discuss Dr Wimp’s Surgery – a book published by the late Ray Favre that provided an introduction to programming the RISC OS desktop using the Dr Wimp BASIC library.

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DME Launchpad… launched!

Every RISC OS user should be familiar with the ‘Apps’ icon that appears on the left hand side of the icon bar. It first appeared with RISC OS 3, released in 1991, and was used to access and launch the bundled applications (such as Edit, Paint, and Draw) that were built into the RISC OS ROM for this version, rather than supplied on disc.

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News nybble: Developers’ meeting, 21st January

There is a developers’ meeting scheduled for Saturday, 21st January, starting at 7:30pm – which, for anyone without a calendar to hand (hang on, you’re reading this on a computer, tablet, or phone, right?) that’s tonight. The subject matter is the use of Git for RISC OS software development. The meeting is an online one, using Zoom, and the credentials should be the same as the two previous ‘fireside chat‘ meetings – but if don’t already have them and want to join, get in touch ASAP!

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Funeral for Steve Drain

Martin Avison has been in touch to relay details of Steve Drain‘s funeral and memorial gathering. The service will take place on the afternoon of Monday, 30th January, at a venue near Exeter. Anybody in the RISC OS community who knew Steve is welcome to attend. Those who wish to do so should contact Martin for details, and so that he is able to provide numbers to Sue (Steve’s wife). Martin can be contacted by email using his first name at avisoft#f9#co#uk.

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To be and not to be – RISC OS Developments at ROUGOL

Whether ’tis nobler in the pub to imbibe. Or something. The next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting will be another hybrid meeting, with both a physical presence at the group’s regular venue, and an online one – but with an added twist: There will be two guest speakers for the evening, and one will be appearing in person, while the other will be at the other end of an internet connection.

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Big up your laptop’s keyboard and screen with a Desk Dock from RISCOSbits

These days, RISC OS laptop computers are a proper real thingtm (again – we did have Acorn’s A4 once upon a time), with devices like the Pinebook and Pinebook Pro able to run the operating system. However, while a laptop is a handy thing to have when away from the desk, it’s probably not ideal to use as a main machine in its standard form: The screens can be a little on the small side, the keyboards horribly flat and fairly cramped, and a touchpad is a long way from…

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