The RISC OS Awards poll for 2016 was brought to a close on 29th February. As before, the results were processed and counted on a RISC OS computer (using a home-brewed program to turn the votes into a file for each category, ready to be loaded into Fireworkz), and initially announced on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed. Those results are now online on the RISC OS Awards website and the various winners have been notified – where possible – by email.
Didn’t we have a lovely time the day we went to
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.
The RISC OS Awards poll for 2015 officially drew to a close in mid-February, with the votes being counted and initially announced on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed about a week later – and those results have now been published on the RISC OS Awards website, and – where possible – the winners will be formally notified by email today.
The who and the what. The only why is why weren’t you there?
The 2015 RISC OS London Show took place on 24th October, 2015 – and while the number of visitors was (I believe) just shy of 110, there were plenty of RISC OS users unable to attend. So what did they miss?
Breathe in – likely to be standing room only!
This year’s London Show – which takes place in five weeks time, on 24th October, 2015 – is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with an impressive 27 exhibitors currently listed on the show website. Those exhibitors include plenty of familiar faces at RISC OS shows, and quite a number who are new – be that to shows in general, or just this one.
And to cap all that, it seems that some of the regular attendees have asked for bigger tables.
Remembering it for you, so you don’t have to.
With the form for the 2014 RISC OS Awards poll now having been online for more than half of the intended period – it was opened for votes at the start of December, and will be closed in just three weeks at the end of January – it’s disappointing to note that the number of votes is worryingly low, at just 50 so far. And glancing at those votes, quite a number of people have only cast votes in a small number of categories, either leaving others blank or inserting comments such as “I couldn’t remember anything”.
Because while no news is good news, some news is better. Or something.
Keen eyed readers of RISCOSitory will no doubt have noticed that for the last couple of months they have in fact not been keen eyed readers of RISCOSitory at all. As is sometimes the case, the workload here at the Soft Rock Software office became somewhat hectic for a while – moreso, I think, than it’s ever been before – leaving no time for any updates to the site.
And to cap that, a nasty bout of flu has meant most of the Christmas holiday so far has been spent wrapped up in bed with either the TV on, or a good book open – but now I feel I can sit at the computer long enough to compile the news that has been missed into a final snippets post for 2014!
Coming soon to a hotel near
At this moment, the exhibitor list stands at just shy of two dozen and includes the bigger RISC OS names, along with plenty of smaller companies and individuals showing off their latest software and hardware projects. The current list is:
Pinch me, I must be dreaming!
First of all, I must apologise for the very long delay in producing this show report and keeping up with RISC OS news in general. The reason for this has been a combination of the usual workload (with the period after this show normally being one of my busy ones) with some health issues thrown in for good measure, including a short but unexpected – and very unwelcome – stay in hospital.
The most recent significant event in the RISC OS Calendar took place on October 27th, at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham, near Heathrow – the London Show, 2012 – and with new RISC OS computers, the official launch of RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi, and a visit from Eben and Liz Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation, that day can be summed up in one simple word: Wow!
It’s now less than 3.14159265359 days away.
Why don’t you want to miss it? Well, make yourselves comfortable, and allow me to explain…