Feb 182017
 

That’s just seven days – so few you can count ’em on the fingers of, er, one and a bit hands!

In a week’s time, a large contingent of the RISC OS community – hardware and software developers, businesses, hobbyist programmers and, of course, general users – will be converging on a hotel in a rather nice setting on the Mendip Hills for the first main event of the year: RISC OS Southwest, organised by R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet‘s Richard Brown.

The hotel is, of course, the Webbington, which has hosted the Southwest Show since its inception in 1998, and the doors will be open to the public from 10:30 until 4:00pm, with an entry fee of (I believe – it isn’t specified on the show website) £5.00. Continue reading »

 February 18, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: ,
Feb 182017
 

Is that what a time traveller does when crossing the road?

At their next meeting, which takes place just two days from now on Monday, 20th February, the RISC OS User Group of London will be looking back over the last year, and forward to the next – but without the benefit of a crystal ball or a time machine.

Using this year’s RISC OS Awards nominees as an initial guide, along with the alternative options suggested by a number of voters, the group will start the evening by reviewing the highs and lows in the RISC OS scene over the last year. This will be followed by looking forward, with a discussion of people’s hopes and fears for the coming year – with what can be expected at next Saturday’s Southwest Show being a starting point. Continue reading »

 February 18, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Feb 122017
 

A last minute round-up before the bunker is sealed off for a few days!

Later today, the RISCOSitory/Soft Rock Software bunker will be sealed and secured shut while I disappear into the middle of nowhere for my annual mid-February break. Hopefully, there will be no kind of apocalyptic event while I’m away, so the bunker should be open for business again from next weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve had a last minute catch-up on my reading, and found a few things worth mentioning in a final round-up before I set off. Continue reading »

Feb 112017
 

Neil Thurlow has been in touch to let me know that the Surrey and Sussex Acorn User Group – aka SASAUG – will be holding their February meeting on Monday evening (13th February) from 8:00pm – but in a change from their previous schedule, the venue will not be the Horsham Methodist Church Hall. Instead, those wishing to attend should plot a course for:

The Olde Stout House,
Carfax,
Horsham,
West Sussex,
RH12 1EE.

Continue reading »

 February 11, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Feb 072017
 

Show RISC OS some LUUUURVE! (And read that in a really deep inner voice!)

Meeting on the second Tuesday of each month, the Southampton RISC OS User Group’s next meeting is on February 14th – Valentine’s Day – running from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

The group can be found in the College Centre, an open area with tables and chairs, next to the Sports Centre Reception. There is no charge for admission, so anyone with an interest in the operating system and the computers that is welcome – either to just attend, or bring along any software and/or hardware you want to show off, discuss, and so on.

 February 7, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Feb 052017
 

If you have yet to vote, here are even more options for you – so why not get voting NOW?

RISC OS Awards logoThe RISC OS Awards 2016 voting form was put online on 18th December, and while the number of votes looked promising compared to last year the first time the alternative options were published, this is no longer the case.

When the second round of alternative options were posted last year, approximately seven weeks after the polls were opened, the voting form had been completed approximately 140 times. Today – also about seven weeks in – the tally stands at around 120.

So if you have yet to vote, why not do so now? Continue reading »

 February 5, 2017  Posted by  Awards Tagged with:
Jan 312017
 

Originally developed by Guttorm Vik in the late 1990s as part of his editor project – which today we all know and love (Zap users excepted) as StrongED – StrongMen can display a hierarchical menu structure based on the contents of a text file. The menu entries can be used to run applications, launch URLs in the default web browser, provide a list of open files, and more.

Fred Graute, the application’s current maintainer, has just released version 1.27, which offers full Choices support, three new commands for use in the text file that defines the menu structure, improved keyboard support, increased configuration options, and a means to add new applications, directories and files to the menu by dragging and dropping them onto StrongMen’s icon bar icon.

 January 31, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Jan 292017
 

A bit of this, a bit of that, eye of newt, toe of frog – it’s all good.

WROCC logoThe next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) – the second meeting of 2017, but the first ‘normal’ meeting, because last month’s was the group’s annual general meeting – takes place on Wednesday, 1st February, and will feature not one, but two talks on two very different subjects. Continue reading »

 January 29, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Jan 222017
 

Having first appeared on the RISC OS Open forum in February of last year, Patrick M – who at that point said he was new to programming – has had a bash at turning what he’s learnt since that point into a simple Asteroid-clone called SpaceShip [zip].

Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has since modified SpaceShip to use sound effects produced by his RDSP sound module – making it the first game to use the module for sound effects. RDSP is currently only at an alpha release, but the results [zip] are quite impressive.

 January 22, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jan 202017
 

But cover up any private bits!

RISCOS FRIn yet another BASIC-based initiative on the part of David Feugey’s RISC OS FR, a tailored edition of the latest Desktop Development Environment from RISC OS Open Ltd is on offer to people who want to get into BASIC programming, for the grand price tag of zero pounds, zero pence1, and one screenshot of your RISC OS desktop. Continue reading »

 January 20, 2017  Posted by  Programming Tagged with: , , , , , ,