Snippets – 1st January, 2021

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A final round up of 2020 news that hasn’t found its way to RISCOSitory before

I was aiming to get this final round up of news posted on the last day of 2020, but as ever other things got in the way, so what was intended as the last post of 2020 has become the first post of 2021. Still, never mind, better late than never – which should probably be the official motto here in the RISCOSitory bunker!

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Sine Nomine takes a virtual trip to Wakefield – 6th January

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In a break to the regular schedule, the January meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) – which is customarily the group’s annual general meeting – will be a regular meeting, with a guest speaker, and to which you are all invited.

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Scroll wheel support added to BusTimes and TrainTimes

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The wheels Windows on the bus screen go scroll round and round up and down

Kevin Wells has released updates to two of his applications – BusTimes and TrainTimes – bringing them up to versions 1.16 and 1.15 respectively. The update adds scroll wheel support in both cases, so where they present a window that can be scrolled vertically, the wheel is now functional for that purpose.

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Choose your default VKeyboard

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Kevin Wells has released version 1.07 of his virtual keyboard application, which provides a means on current RISC OS computers to ‘type’ with the mouse – and if you’re using a touchscreen device that is able to pass taps to RISC OS as though they’re clicks, to ‘taptype’.

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Re-Fused: Spectrum emulation

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The computer with the infamous rubber keyboard, the Sinclair Spectrum, was a popular platform back in the early to mid-1980s; it was fairly cheap for parents to buy for their kids and, for those kids, there was never a shortage of games available for it. And despite the computer’s fairly low resolution screen, some of them were actually quite good fun.

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Both R-Comp and RISC OS Developments to give talks to ROUGOL on 14th December

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And Andrew Rawnsley will be doing an ‘AMA’ as well. What a bargain!

The next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting will take place on 14th December, which is a week earlier than it normally would – the second Monday of the month rather than the usual third.

This month there will be a talk on behalf of RISC OS Developments Ltd about some of their projects, given by Andrew Rawnsley, followed by a talk about the latest R-Comp products, given by (checks notes) Andrew Rawnsley. And following that there will be an ‘Ask Me Anything’ session where (checks again) Andrew Rawnsley will answer any questions presented to him.

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Python 3 comes to RISC OS

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RISC OS Developments Ltd has announced that the work that has been underway for some while by Chris Johns and others to bring Python 3 to the platform has now seen fruition, with the latest version of the very popular programming language now generally available.

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CDVDBurn hots up with a new version

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If you have any need to transfer files from your computer to optical media, perhaps for backup purposes, or to author discs ready for selling to customers, hubersn Software has the tool you need with CDVDBurn 3 – a major new version of the software that started life as CDBurn, before later being re-branded as CDVDBurn for its second major version.

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