Sep 172017
 

Seven months on? This must be some kind of a record!

The RISC OS Southwest Show this year took place on 25th February – so this show report sets quite a record for the time between the event and its appearance at just under seven months. Unfortunately, this is a reflection of the amount of time I’ve had available in that intervening period to sit down and write the report. Which is to say: very little.

To make matters slightly worse, I usually refer to the photos I’ve taken at the show as a means to remind myself of who was there, what they were demonstrating, and so on – and this year, I forgot to take my camera. I did take a few pictures with my phone, but I really don’t like my phone as a camera (it’s perfectly capable, it’s just the way it has to be held, etc.) and therefore only have a few pictures. Continue reading »

 September 17, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Sep 152017
 

The problem with needing both a Windows or MacOS computer system as well as a RISC OS one is space – two computers take up more valuable space on your desk than just one. A good emulation of one that works on the other is a neat solution to this, because it means you can have just the one computer, but reap the benefits of both platforms.

This has always been where VirtualRiscPC has shown its worth, offering a very strong and just about seamless emulation of the RiscPC computer. R-Comp have long since recognised this, and provide Windows computers with the emulator installed and ready to use as standard, in the form of their RISCube range. Continue reading »

 September 15, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 152017
 

If it supports two heads, does that mean it’ll soon support three ARMs?1

Users of R-Comp‘s TiMachine computer – and those who are subscribed to their support scheme for Elesar‘s Titanium – can now make use of the two DVI-I outputs found on the motherboard. The company has released DualHead, which makes it easy to drive two separate monitors from the board. Continue reading »

 September 15, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 142017
 

Return of the Mack Tribbeck!1

Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, a name you will have almost certainly seen in the Acorn and RISC OS world was Jason Tribbeck.

In the early 1990s, Jason was a developer for Vertical Twist/VTi, a company that produced a number of upgrades and add-ons for Acorn computers, including a SCSI interface, and a sound sampler that connected to the parallel printer port. Argonet was formed in the mid-1990s, and Jason developed some of the software supplied to its users for internet connectivity, including the Voyager launcher application, and usenet reader Newsagent. Continue reading »

 September 14, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Sep 132017
 

The guest speaker for the next Midlands User Group meeting is to be Rob Sprowson, who will be popping in to talk about all things Elesar Ltd, with its growing range of both hardware and software.

Hardware, of course, includes the Titanium motherboard, designed from the outset with RISC OS in mind, while software includes Elesar’s own CloudFS and LOOKSystems’ Font Directory Pro. Continue reading »

 September 13, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Sep 092017
 

It’s that time of the month again when RISC OS users in Hampshire area can get together to discuss all things RISC OS – the next meeting of the Southampton RISC OS Users Group will take place on Tuesday, 12th September from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, in the usual venue:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
(The open area with tables and chairs, next to the Sports Centre Reception desk),
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

The car park is accessed from Deacon Road, opposite Whites Road.

There is no admission fee, and anyone is welcome to come along. Visitors are welcome to bring any hardware or software they want to show off, and there will be at least one network of RISC OS computers with an internet connection.

 September 9, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Sep 082017
 

If you can find it, you’ll be able to find out where you are. Or something.

The next RISC OS Users meeting in Bristol will take place on Wednesday, 13th September, in the Hope and Anchor pub, and will run from around 7:00-7:30pm until the pub’s closing time. An informal affair, the meetings are an opportunity for anyone in the area to meet up for a drink and a chat about all things RISC OS, and more besides.

This month, Chris Hall intends to bring along the latest version of his RISC OS-based satellite navigation device, Continue reading »

 September 8, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Sep 042017
 

WROCC logoThe next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will take place on Wednesday, 6th September, with Dr Nat Queen of Birmingham University as the guest speaker. Originally delivered to the RISC OS User Group of London in June, the talk will cover modern cryptography, the difference between symmetric (conventional) cryptography and public-key cryptography.

Admission is free for fully paid up members of the group, or £3.00 for visitors – with details and the benefits of joining detailed on the WROCC wesbite, where you will also find a map and directions to the venue. Speaking of which, starting at 7:45pm the meeting takes place at:

The West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close, off Walton Lane,
(A61) Barnsley Road,
Sandal,
Wakefield,
WF2 6ER.
 September 4, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Sep 012017
 

Five games for the price of none! (Well, ignoring the price of the Titanium, obviously!)

Titanium motherboardThe summer holiday period is just about over, and people with kids will soon see them returning to school (here in the UK, at least). Things will be quiet around the house during the day, so you’ll need some way to pass the time, having got used to entertaining the children during their time off.

Elesar Ltd have provided a simple solution with their latest announcement, by offering a a bundle of five titles from AMCOG Games free with any purchase of a Titanium motherboard. Once the little angels are sent off to school1, you can while away those hours playing: Continue reading »

 September 1, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Aug 192017
 

Just to clarify, I mean it’s an informal meeting, not that Phil Collins is performing tracks from his 1985 album.

The holiday season is in full swing, so for the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London there will be no formal speaker. Instead, the meeting is to be an informal one, allowing for a general discussion of all things RISC OS over a drink and a meal. Continue reading »

 August 19, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,