Nov 202018
 

Kevin Wells has released another update to his TrainTimes application. The software, which uses Wget to interrogate the Transport API site, presents the user about trains due at a chosen station.

Clicking on a button for any of those trains will reveal stations and times for that train’s route – and the new feature in version 1.05 is that it is now possible to click on any of those stations to view the times of trains due there.

Nov 132018
 

The Midlands User Group (MUG) will next meet on Saturday, 17th November, and their guest speaker will be Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games.

Tony only became a RISC OS user a few years ago, released his first game for the platform in 2015. Since then he has built up quite a catalogue of titles, covering several different genres, with the latest addition being a top-down racing game called Stunt Drivers.

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Nov 112018
 

It’s a carp-carp card game, doncherknow – but not a version of Go Fish!

Rick Murray has released an implementation of a Japanese two-player card game, pitting you against the computer, called Koi-koi (or “come on”).

The game is played with a deck Japanese playing cards called Hanafuda, which translates as flower cards, and the aim of the game is to accumulate matches, called Yaku. These are pairs of cards of the same suit, and when the game ends, the winner is the player with the most points derived from those pairs.

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Nov 102018
 

Having very recently acquired Castle Technology, and therefore the rights to RISC OS itself, RISC OS Developments Ltd has made people sit up and take notice yet again – after last year doing the same when it announced itself to the world, with the news that it had successfully secured funding for a then unspecified RISC OS project.

If you were unable to attend the RISC OS London Show, during which the company’s Richard Brown gave one of the talks – and in so doing packed the room set aside for the theatre and all but emptied the main hall – then you might want to know a little more, and you may even have a question or two. In which case, why not pop along to the next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting, at which Richard will be talking?

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Nov 102018
 

AMCOG Games launched a new title at the London Show two weeks ago, and it is now available to purchase via !Store, priced at just £9.99.

A top-down racing game, Stunt Drivers pits you as a driver in a three-lap race against a number of computer controlled cars around a track on which there are obstacles to overcome – hazards such as oil spills, and ramps for you to use to jump over other objects.

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Nov 072018
 

Kevin Wells has updated VKeyboard, his application that presents the user with an on-screen keyboard, driven by the mouse. Whenever a key is clicked on, the relevant character is inserted into the keyboard buffer, and the system then sees it as a normal keypress and passes it to the application that has the input focus.

The update tidies up the menus by removing blank space at the end, and the relevant entry is now ticked for the selected keyboard – including the default keyboard when the application is first started.

Nov 062018
 

On Tuesday, 13th November, the Southampton RISC OS User Group will once again be meeting up in its usual venue, the Sports Centre of Itchen College, Deacon Road, Southampton. Running from 7:00pm until 9:00pm and free to attend, the meeting takes place in the College Centre, an open area with tables and chairs next to the Sports Centre Reception desk.

There will be a network of RISC OS computers, hopefully with internet access, and visitors are welcome to bring along any hardware or software they wish to show off or get help with.

Nov 052018
 

Elesar Ltd has released an update for Titanium users that will afford their computers a bit of a boost. The company found that there was a difference in what the datasheet for the system’s processor and the processor itself think are in some clock registers. Armed with this knowledge, although the processor core still runs at 1500MHz, it has been possible to speed up an internal bus by 100% – doubling the speed of data being transferred over that bus.

The update is free to all existing Titanium owners, by downloading it from the Resources section on the Titanium product page. It consists of a small program that lives in Boot – but if you are using a beta ROM dated after 12th September, 2018, you are already benefiting from the update; the changes are built-in, as are R-Comp customers running the latest version of the dual head application.

Nov 052018
 

The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) next meets on Wednesday, 7th November, and the guest speaker will be Mike Cook. He will be showing the group the projects he has been working on over the past year, including oscillators and oscilloscopes.

The meeting – free to enter for members, but £3.00 for non-members – takes place at 7:45pm at West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club, Sandal Hall Close (off Walton Lane), (A61) Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6ER.