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Sep 172017
 

Seven months on? This must be some kind of a record!

The RISC OS Southwest Show this year took place on 25th February – so this show report sets quite a record for the time between the event and its appearance at just under seven months. Unfortunately, this is a reflection of the amount of time I’ve had available in that intervening period to sit down and write the report. Which is to say: very little.

To make matters slightly worse, I usually refer to the photos I’ve taken at the show as a means to remind myself of who was there, what they were demonstrating, and so on – and this year, I forgot to take my camera. I did take a few pictures with my phone, but I really don’t like my phone as a camera (it’s perfectly capable, it’s just the way it has to be held, etc.) and therefore only have a few pictures. Continue reading »

 September 17, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , ,
Sep 082017
 

If you can find it, you’ll be able to find out where you are. Or something.

The next RISC OS Users meeting in Bristol will take place on Wednesday, 13th September, in the Hope and Anchor pub, and will run from around 7:00-7:30pm until the pub’s closing time. An informal affair, the meetings are an opportunity for anyone in the area to meet up for a drink and a chat about all things RISC OS, and more besides.

This month, Chris Hall intends to bring along the latest version of his RISC OS-based satellite navigation device, Continue reading »

 September 8, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Apr 202017
 

In my preview of the Wakefield Show, which is looming ever closer as I type this, I mentioned that Sine Nomine will have a new version of puzzle game Wrangler available, and were expecting to have new versions of RiscOSM and, possibly, other products from their range. Sine Nomine’s Matthew Phillips has now been in touch to confirm exactly what they will have – rather than just expect to have. In short, the Durham Duo will be releasing several updates to their range at the event, so here’s the low-down on those updates: Continue reading »

 April 20, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Mar 202017
 

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. Continue reading »

 March 20, 2017  Posted by  Awards Tagged with: ,
Feb 182017
 

That’s just seven days – so few you can count ’em on the fingers of, er, one and a bit hands!

In a week’s time, a large contingent of the RISC OS community – hardware and software developers, businesses, hobbyist programmers and, of course, general users – will be converging on a hotel in a rather nice setting on the Mendip Hills for the first main event of the year: RISC OS Southwest, organised by R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet‘s Richard Brown.

The hotel is, of course, the Webbington, which has hosted the Southwest Show since its inception in 1998, and the doors will be open to the public from 10:30 until 4:00pm, with an entry fee of (I believe – it isn’t specified on the show website) £5.00. Continue reading »

 February 18, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: ,
Feb 122017
 

A last minute round-up before the bunker is sealed off for a few days!

Later today, the RISCOSitory/Soft Rock Software bunker will be sealed and secured shut while I disappear into the middle of nowhere for my annual mid-February break. Hopefully, there will be no kind of apocalyptic event while I’m away, so the bunker should be open for business again from next weekend.

In the meantime, I’ve had a last minute catch-up on my reading, and found a few things worth mentioning in a final round-up before I set off. Continue reading »

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: , ,
Oct 152016
 

Just the thing for the morning after the night before, and you’ve woken up wondering where on Earth you are!1

Chris Hall has released a new application, provisionally called ‘SatNav’, that can read the signal from a GPS receiver and feed it to other applications capable of understanding and acting on that data. One such application is Sine Nomine’s mapping software RiscOSM, which will then open a map showing your current location. Continue reading »

 October 15, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,