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May 232018
 

Having just published an item concerning GDPR, this may be a good opportunity to pre-empt an obvious question and explain why RISCOSitory currently has no Privacy Policy published on the website.

The simple answer is that the site does not collect any personally identifiable information (with the exception of IP addresses in site logs, handled by the site’s hosting company). There are no user logins, so no visitor email addresses or other details stored, and the site does not store cookies on your computer. It does not need any of this, so does not collect or do any of it – and that’s all there is to it1. Continue reading »

May 232018
 

Many RISC OS users will have noticed an email or two arriving lately from RISC OS companies about personal data, privacy, and communications. Those emails almost certainly mention something called GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – which comes into force on Friday, 25th May, 2018 – the day after tomorrow.

Without going into any depth, the GDPR sets a new standard for protecting personal data, and giving control of that data to the people who actually own it – the people the data is about, such as you, or me. The general crux of those emails, therefore, is to tell you how the companies that sent them handle the information they hold about you. They may also seek your permission to communicate with you about products, promotions, special offers, and so on – and possibly even give you the option to be forgotten about. Continue reading »

May 222018
 

RISC OS Awards logoThe annual RISC OS Awards poll is coming to an end. The voting form will be taken down at some point on Saturday, 26th May, which is just three days from now.

The RISC OS Awards provides you with a way to thank those companies and developers who have provided a good service, or developed something – hardware or software – that you feel is worthy of note. If enough people feel the same way as you, those you vote for effectively receive some recognition for their efforts, with that result published  on the RISC OS Awards and RISCOSitory websites. Continue reading »

May 202018
 

Glass button, drawn by Steve Royd-Marker in ArtWorks2The following is a step-by-step guide to producing a glass-topped button, where a glassy surface covers the underlying button and any image depicted thereon. The steps are geared towards ArtWorks2, the premier vector editing package for RISC OS, and there is a supporting file on my website showing the full eight steps in ArtWorks format. The basic steps should be generally applicable to other vector graphics packages on other platforms, so there is also PDF version of the file. Continue reading »

May 202018
 
Introduction
55 BBC Micro Books - compiled by Drag 'n Drop onto one CD ROM

55 BBC Micro Books – compiled by Drag ‘n Drop onto one CD ROM

Christopher Dewhurst, the Drag ‘n Drop Publications editor, has released an excellent compilation of 55 BBC Micro Books, all together on one CD ROM.

For any RISC OS user who wants to have a go at BASIC programming these are an essential buy. Although biased towards the BBC Micro, quite a few of the programs will run on current RISC OS machines, or can be edited to do so quite simply. Some of the subjects covered in the books and programs are: Continue reading »

May 192018
 

Also: Pictures and words from Clive Semmens’ recent talk now online.

Announced a couple of weeks ago and taking place in two days time, Andrew Conroy will be the guest speaker at this month’s RISC OS User Group of London meeting. Regularly seen at shows with his CJE Micro’s employee hat on, Andrew exhibited at this year’s Southwest Show in his own right, exhibiting many interfacing projects using the Raspberry Pi and, of course, RISC OS. It is this subject that he will be talking about in London. For more details, please refer to the previous announcement, or the meetings page on the ROUGOL website.

Last month, Clive Semmens was the group’s guest speaker, covering his thirty years working and playing with ARM processors. The page on the ROUGOL website referring to the meeting has since been updated with a few photographs, and links to resources that Clive himself has made available – what he said (PDF), and the pictures supporting his talk.

May 182018
 

Harriet Bazley has announced the release of version 1.48 of Textseek, a multi-file search application that presents the results of its searches via throwback, allowing you to click on a particular result to be taken to the relevant place in the file.

The main change – which was actually made in 2015, but due to an oversight has only now been released – is to address a bug whereby the application could crash or produce a corrupted filetypes menu, neither of which is ideal, if used on a system on which filetypes have been defined without names. The program also now ignores errors caused by characters in filenames that RISC OS doesn’t normally allow when these are read over a network, and a fix provided by Martin Avison means the program can now better cope with scanning corrupt BASIC programs.

May 182018
 

The Midlands User Group will be holding its next meeting on Saturday, 19th May – tomorrow – and the guest speaker will be Tom Williamson of Ident Computer, with a talk covering the company’s recent developments, such as the Ident CE, the new arrangement with RISCOSbits acting as a supplier, and 3D printing.

If you wish to attend, the meeting will take place from 2:00pm at The Methodist Church Hall, Greenhill, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, B60 1BL, and there is a small charge to cover the costs of the hall and refreshments.

May 072018
 

If you haven’t yet voted, why not do so now?

The RISC OS Awards poll for 2017 has been open now since mid-March and will be coming to a close in a couple of weeks time. As such, now is an ideal time to take another look at some of the alternative nominations people have made if they felt something other than the options on offer deserve to win in any given category.

If you have yet to vote, please do so as soon as possible in order to your vote to be counted. Don’t forget that this is a good way for you to help highlight those things in the RISC OS world – both people, and products – that you think need to be highlighted.

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