Oct 202017
 

No mention of eye of newt or toe of frog.

Doom TrilogyFans of first person shooters should have a soft spot for Doom from id Software. While it wasn’t the first game of this type, it’s certainly one of the pioneer titles that helped popularise the genre, and led to a number of follow-ups and expansions. The game  featured texture-mapped surfaces and varying room and level heights – a step up from the simpler Wolfenstein 3D, the previous game from the same company – as well as mood-setting MIDI music, and the ability to swap out the internal data files (WAD, which stands for “Where’s All the Data?”) with alternatives, featuring new levels.

The game engine was ported a number of platforms, including RISC OS, and a fully licensed commercial version was released and sold by R-Comp Interactive in 1998 – and last year the company released a new version of Final Doom, updated to work on modern RISC OS hardware, and benefiting from the option to use an MP3-based soundtrack rather than the original MIDI music. Continue reading »

 October 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 132017
 

To talk about his Knight of the Round Table Disc!1

David Ruck – aka Druck in online circles – will be the RISC OS User Group of London‘s next guest speaker. David is very well known in the Acorn and RISC OS worlds; he has been on the committee The ARM Club for many years (and Chairman for a good many of those), and is responsible for a number of RISC OS software titles. Continue reading »

 October 13, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Oct 082017
 

So what’s in store for you lucky RISC OS users this year?

The Long Gap is the period between the annual Wakefield Show, which usually takes place in April, and the London Show, which takes place a whole six months later (that’s half a year, doncher know), towards the end of October.

It’s October now (and has been for a week and a day), which means the Long Gap is almost over, and the London Show is imminent – it takes place on Saturday the 28th – so it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for anyone making the trip and, hopefully, encourage those on the cusp of deciding whether to visit to make the right choice!

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 October 8, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 082017
 

Can now bring you back to the future. Or the past. It depends where you start.

MiniTimeFred Graute has released a new version of MiniTime, bringing it up to version 1.08. The application displays the current date and/or time in a small window or icon, so that it is readily visible, yet unobtrusive at the same time – it doesn’t get in the way with the computer’s general, day to day use. Continue reading »

 October 8, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: ,
Oct 032017
 

The next meeting for RISC OS users in the Southampton area will take place on Tuesday, 10th October. The meeting runs from 7:00pm until 9:00pm and takes place at:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

The group meets in the open area with tables and chairs, which is next to the Sports Centre Reception desk, and the car park is accessed from Deacon Road, opposite Whites Road.

There is no admission fee, and anyone is welcome to pay the group a visit, and bring along anything you wish to show off or discuss. There will be at least one network of RISC OS computers with an internet connection.

 October 3, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , ,
Oct 032017
 

Tomorrow night – Wednesday, 4th October – Mike Cook will be the guest speaker at the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club‘s October meeting, with the subject being “Another year of random projects.” Mike was last listed as the group’s guest speaker in February 2016, so that should perhaps be “Another year and a half…” – but either way, he should have plenty to tell the group.

Meetings are open to members and non-members alike (with the latter paying an attendance fee of £3.00 – but check out the benefits of joining) and the meeting takes place from 7:45pm at:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close, off Walton Lane,
(A61) Barnsley Road,
Sandal,
Wakefield,
WF2 6ER.
 October 3, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 022017
 

My calculator doesn’t seem to like that calculation, but it’s definitely right.

Following last month’s offer of five games for the price of none when purchasing a Titanium motherboard, October sees another piece of software up for grabs from Elesar Ltd when purchasing their flagship product. This time, the offer is for a free full copy of RISC OS Open Ltd‘s Desktop Development Environment. The DDE (which is how it’s known to its friends) is normally priced at £50 including VAT, and includes a C compiler, ARM assembler, GUI resource editor, and more.

To take advantage of the offer, simply pop along to the Elesar Ltd shop page, and on the Titanium + RISC OS product page click on the ‘EH-008-9’ link in the product description to reach the bundle product page, and order from there – and when the product arrives and you’ve put the board in a suitable case, etc, get programming for RISC OS!

 October 2, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , ,