Dec 022016
 

New maintainer, new home, new very low price!

DPlngScan iconThose in the world of RISC OS who possess long memories will know that there was a time when if you wanted to connect a scanner to your Acorn computer (because this was at a time when Acorn were still around, and the only suppliers of computers that ran RISC OS), there was a very good chance you’d be buying the necessary software from David Pilling. Continue reading »

 December 2, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,
Nov 302016
 

Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to Bangor London?

Looking down the main hall at London 2016

Looking down the main hall at London 2016

This year’s RISC OS London Show took place on 29th October, and while it wasn’t as large as last year’s event (which I’ll discuss near the end of this report) it was still an enjoyable and worthwhile one. So, without any further preamble, here is a run down of what visitors could have seen, working clockwise from the entrance.

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 November 30, 2016  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Nov 262016
 

Note, that was “Pah!” not “Bah!” – and there was no sign of a “Humbug!”

Black Friday – the day following Thanksgiving in the Untidy States of Overpuddle, and which has become recognised as the first day of the Christmas shopping season on which many large retailers hold promotional sales – was yesterday. Well, mostly1.

Today is therefore Random Colour Saturday. Continue reading »

 November 26, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: , ,
Nov 222016
 

Not to be confused with Black Thursday1.

Titanium motherboardIn the Untidy States of Overpuddle2, the fourth Thursday in November is Thanksgiving, a public holiday that dates back a few hundred years. Not dating back quite so far, and not an actual holiday, the day after this has become known as Black Friday, which is considered to be the first day of the Christmas shopping season, and most large retailers have promotional sales to celebrate it. Continue reading »

 November 22, 2016  Posted by  Misc Tagged with: ,
Nov 212016
 

As well as covering sound synthesis, as previously announced, tonight’s ROUGOL meeting will also cover 3D graphics modelling and projection in BBC BASIC. This is presumably because the presentation is being given by Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games, who has over the last few years written a number of games – all in the language that has been supplied as standard with RISC OS since day one.

The meeting takes place from 7:45pm tonight (2st November, 2016) at the Blue Eyed Maid (upstairs, in the restaurant), 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR. The venue serves a range of food and drinks, and can be found between (and a short walk from) London Bridge and Borough tube stations. There is no fee for attending – so if you’re in the area, feel free to join the meeting!

 November 21, 2016  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Nov 212016
 

For those who have yet to read it, The Icon Bar – a site that once upon a time saw regular news and features posted to it, and seems to be starting to do so again – has this weekend published an interview with Jeffrey Lee.

Jeffrey, as every RISC OS user should know, puts a remarkable amount of effort into the operating system, and has been heavily involved in bringing it to some of the newer platforms we now enjoy. Not entirely surprisingly, therefore, he has also won Best Overall Contributor in the RISC OS Awards for the last two years running.

 November 21, 2016  Posted by  Websites Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 162016
 

And pencil in 16th January to hear about CloudFS and an as yet unannounced new product from Elesar!

Anthony Bartram of AMCOG Games will be talking about sound synthesis at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London, which takes place on Monday, 21st November, kicking off at 7:45pm. Tony – a musician, as well as a games developer – is working on a sound synthesiser for RISC OS, based on Wavebox for Windows, but with some differences in the sound engine, which will be geared towards chip tunes and sound effects.

The group meets at the Blue Eyed Maid (upstairs, in the restaurant), 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR – which serves a range of food and drinks, and can be found between (and a short walk from) London Bridge and Borough tube stations. There is no fee for attending – so if you’re in the area, feel free to join the meeting!

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Nov 162016
 

The next meeting of the Midlands User Group – the last one of this year – will feature a hardware repair clinic, covering some common hardware faults that can occur with RISC OS computers, and how to deal with them. The group will also review the exciting RISC OS year, and look forward to the next with a planning session on future meetings.

The meeting takes place on Saturday, 19th November, starting at 2:00pm, at the Methodist Church Hall, Greenhill, Blackwell, Bromsgrove, B60 1BL – a mere couple of miles from M42 junction 1. There is a small entrance fee, and refreshments are available.

 November 16, 2016  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 152016
 

…with the Absolute ZeRO!

What do you get if you take one Raspberry Pi Zero, add an expansion board to provide an ethernet socket and two standard USB ports, and throw in a 16GB microSD card with a fully licensed RISC OS ready to run?

The answer is the Absolute ZeRO – the latest product from RISCOSbits.

Limited to one per customer until further notice, the Absolute ZeRO costs £42.99 plus P&P (or £32.99 plus P&P without the RISC OS card – but who in their right mind would want that?) and provides a very small, yet very capable RISC OS system in a neat and compact form.

 November 15, 2016  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , ,
Nov 142016
 

The RISC OS North West User Group next meets up this coming Wednesday evening from around 7:30pm. The meeting will take place at the Trafford Metrovick Rugby & Cricket Club, Finnybank Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 6LR, and anyone interested in RISC OS is welcome to come along – there are no membership or entry fees.

The group usually gets together on the third Wednesday of each month, but organiser Steve Potts points out that the November meeting is actually the last one of the year – there is usually no meeting in December due to Christmas holidays.

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* The original version of this post had the date in the subject line as 16th October, as well as the URL – both of which are obviously incorrect (though I’ve left the URL as it was). When it was pointed out to me, I thought it was simply my mistake due to being in a hurry. On checking further, however, I can see that Steve Potts’ announcement has the correct date in the subject line, but 16th October in the body text – I obviously copied that, without spotting the error. So that’ll be a broken cog nomination for him for that, and one for me for not spotting the mistake.

 November 14, 2016  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,