In an astounding start to April, some frankly brilliant news has landed on the RISCOSitory desk: the long running issue of two separate parties laying claim to ownership of RISC OS has finally been put to bed thanks to the proceeds of a large win on the Euro Lottery.
The Easter Bunny has taken a year out to travel the world.
One of the most notable ‘problem areas’ for RISC OS is the web browser situation. NetSurf is an excellent piece of work, but it still has a long way to go to get us to the point where we no longer need to switch to another system in order to perform some web-related tasks, and the developers have to fit their work on the browser around their normal lives and commitments.
Step forward, then, Chris Gransden, who brought an initial port of Otter, another open source web browser, to RISC OS. And stepping forward is exactly what Chris will be doing as the guest speaker at the RISC OS User Group of London‘s next meeting, which takes place on Monday, 17th April.
TrainTimes is a new application from Kevin Wells. Less astute readers might assume that’s some kind of newspaper for train spotters, but everyone else will surely realise it’s actually for viewing the times that trains are due.
The application can display the times for up to the next eight trains that are due at any given UK railway station, with a button for each of those trains that will show you the stations and times for that individual train.
The question on everyone’s lips for countless years to come will be “Where were you on 28th October, 2017?”
Okay, they probably won’t be asking that – but I’m asking it now.
Well? Where were you?
I’ll tell you where I was: Feltham. More specifically, the St Giles Hotel – in the conference rooms on the first floor, where this year’s London Show was held. If you weren’t there, I’ll assume you’re reading this because you have an interest in RISC OS, and would like to know what you missed. In which case, read on…
As this year’s Wakefield Show drew near, news emerged of a new company – RISC OS Developments Ltd – formed by R-Comp’s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet’s Richard Brown, with an extra theatre slot set aside for Richard to explain why the company was set up, what it’s purpose is (to a certain extent; full details were, and still are, subject to a non-disclosure agreement), and how people could help.
A video of that talk is on YouTube:
With it being the Easter weekend, and with the RISC OS User group of London‘s next meeting taking place tomorrow evening, the group has sent out a reminder. The evening’s speaker will be Chris Gransden, talking about his efforts porting things from Linux to RISC OS – with Otter Browser being one of the most notable ports to date, as well as arguably the most important. And since the meeting is less than a week before this year’s Wakefield Show, it’s an opportunity to discuss the show with other like minded folk.
The timing of the meeting – on a public holiday – means two things: Firstly, it’s an ideal day to do some sight seeing in London before heading to the meeting and, secondly, for those who may choose to head into the city closer to the time of the meeting, there shouldn’t be as much traffic as you would normally expect. Full details can be found on the meetings page of the group’s website, or the earlier post about the meeting on this site.
No bunnies were
harmed sent on their holidays in the arranging of this meeting.
If London on the Easter weekend is still too daunting for you, the next Southampton RISC OS User Group meeting will take place six days earlier, on Tuesday, 11th April.
However, this doesn’t coincide with any public holidays and is a normal working day, and there aren’t as many famous tourist attractions in Southampton as there are in London anyway. Readers could therefore be tempted to conclude that I’m just using the London meeting as a basis to add some verbiage to this announcement – and rightly so. Ahem.
At the recent Southwest Show, RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks was showing off an early version of an in-development product, called Wispy – and Bryan Hogan has managed to get his hands on a pre-release sample, which he will be presenting to the RISC OS User Group of London on the evening of Monday, 20th March, 2017, when the group next meets.
If you have yet to vote, here are even more options for you – so why not get voting NOW?
The RISC OS Awards 2016 voting form was put online on 18th December, and while the number of votes looked promising compared to last year the first time the alternative options were published, this is no longer the case.
When the second round of alternative options were posted last year, approximately seven weeks after the polls were opened, the voting form had been completed approximately 140 times. Today – also about seven weeks in – the tally stands at around 120.
So if you have yet to vote, why not do so now?