Jun 172017
 

A reminder has found its way into the RISCOSitory inbox about the next RISC OS User Group of London meeting, which takes place on Monday, 19th June, from around 7:45pm in the restaurant (upstairs) at The Blue-Eyed Maid, 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR.

Full details of the meeting can be found in the previous announcement but, to sum up, the guest speaker will be Dr. Nat Queen of Birmingham University, who will be talking to the group on the hot topics of cryptography and security. The talk will begin with a look at how encryption works, covering the difference between symmetric-key and public-key encryption, and on to the software in this area that available for RISC OS, including some of his own.

 June 17, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 122017
 

Following the release of a new version of Font Directory Pro in March, having taken over development of the product from LOOKsystems, Elesar Ltd has made available a maintenance update free of charge to those people using version 3.20 of the software.

Font Directory Pro is a boon for those RISC OS users with a hefty font collection, being designed to make managing those fonts – and therefore finding the right one amongst them – much, much easier. The software is actually a suite of six applications – Fonts, Viewer, Choices, Filer, Access, and Reset – that together allow you to: Continue reading »

 June 12, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Jun 082017
 

The Southampton RISC OS User Group will be holding their next meeting on Tuesday 13th June, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, at:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

The meeting takes place in the College center, an open area with tables and chairs, next to the Sports Centre Reception, and the car park is accessed from Deacon Road opposite Whites Road.

There is no entry fee, and visitors are welcome to bring along any hardware or software they wish to discuss with the group – and there should be at least one small network of RISC OS computers, hopefully with an internet connection.

 June 8, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 052017
 

The website may be gone, but the Twitter feed lives on!

Some people may have noticed that the RISCOScode website has disappeared. During a brief discussion on comp.sys.acorn.misc, Chris Evans reported that the site’s owner, Martin Hansen, had made the decision to ‘retire’ the site in order to “free up time for other RISC OS projects.”

However, that retirement isn’t all that it seems! Continue reading »

 June 5, 2017  Posted by  Websites Tagged with: ,
Jun 052017
 

This post has been double-encoded with ROT13, for your added security1.

Cryptography and Security is the topic for the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London, with a presentation by Doctor Nat Queen of Birmingham University.

Computer security is a topic that should be important to everyone these days, with so much of our lives stored on not only our own machines, but also those belonging to third party companies – from our energy supplies to our tax records; it’s all computerised, and the data is in some way accessible online. Continue reading »

 June 5, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 052017
 

Gains Gemini Man functionality1.

MiniTimeFred Graute has released a new version of MiniTime, an application that displays the date and time in a small icon or window, without being obtrusive and getting in the way of the day to day usage of the computer.

There have been a couple of changes to the user interface in version 1.07: Continue reading »

 June 5, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Jun 042017
 

Well, their output does, anyway, thanks to Richard Ashbery.

Those who have been on the RISC OS scene long enough to remember our printed magazines – Acorn User in particular – will undoubtedly remember the graphics delights provided by Danish programmer Jan Vibe, whose programs featured regularly as type-in listings in the magazine (and later ready to run from the cover discs).

Richard Ashbery, who is well known for his work with ArtWorks2, and publishes a graphic of the month created with the application on his website, has taken a look at many of Jan’s old programs, and made the necessary code changes to get them to run on modern ARM hardware – more specifically, the Raspberry Pi running at 1920×1080. Continue reading »

 June 4, 2017  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 032017
 

Meeting probably safe – killer robots unlikely to appear.

The next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will take place on Wednesday 7th June, with the subject matter being “Things to do with Robots, Sensors, and a Raspberry Pi” – with no further information given beyond that, leaving plenty of room for speculation.

The most obvious guess (given that no speaker has been mentioned) is that it’s going to be an open discussion on the things that can be done with, well, robots, sensors, and a Raspberry Pi. The clue’s in the title, really, isn’t it? Continue reading »

 June 3, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
May 302017
 

Reduced inertia to get you going.

Elesar‘s GoLinux application allows a Titanium-based computer to boot from the RISC OS desktop straight into Linux1 – Debian (Jessie) – effectively¬† making those systems equipped with the software dual OS machines. This can be hugely useful, because even the most ardent of RISC OS users would have to admit there are many shortcomings in the software available for the platform – so being able to switch from RISC OS to Linux, all in the same box – allows a lot more software to be run without any extra space being taken up on the desk. If it can’t be done in RISC OS, there’s a good chance it can in Linux.

However, Linux comes with a significantly larger footprint than RISC OS, which has a bearing on boot time – quite simply, it’s not as quick to start up! Continue reading »

 May 30, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
May 122017
 

It’s not only Smarties that have the answer – ROUGOL does too!

If you want to know what happened at last month’s Wakefield Show, a reasonable approach would be to read the RISCOSitory report – but I haven’t written it yet. The workload here in the bunker is such that the report is still to be written for the earlier Southwest Show – so the Wakefield one might be a while. You could also look at the videos of the theatre talks, but apart from one, I haven’t even watched them, let alone edited and uploaded them for you to do the same.

So what is the discerning RISC OS user who was unable to attend Wakefield to do? Continue reading »

 May 12, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , , ,