This year’s London Show, which marks the end of the Long Gap in the main shows in the RISC OS calendar, takes place on Saturday, 27th October. So with today being the last day of September, it is now just 27 days away.
A round-up of news items found anywhere but the RISCOSitory news submission address!
With time rarely being on my side, I’m always glad when people who release software or other resources for RISC OS, or who do anything else relevant to the platform let me know about it by sending their news to the email address made available for the purpose.
However, there are still plenty who don’t send me their announcements, and that is the purpose of these ‘Snippets’ posts – so what follows is the result of me attempting to catch up on my reading of RISC OS-related newsgroups, mailing lists, and other online fora.
Better late than never, but not as late as last year – so that’s something, right?
This year’s Southwest Show took place on Saturday, 24th February, at the Webbington Hotel and Spa – the same venue at which it has been held every year since its inception. This year’s show was therefore the 21st, marking twenty years since the very first one, held in February 1998. There was therefore cake – which you missed out on if you didn’t come to the show, and which everyone who was present enjoyed. And so ends this show report: That’s all you need to know, really.
Oh, you want a little more detail? Oh well, if you insist…
It’s where the discerning RISC OS user will be on Saturday, 21st April.
It’s now only a little over a week until this year’s Wakefield Show takes place – so let’s take a quick look at what’s in store for you, the discerning RISC OS user in question.
Getting some important details out of the way first, the show will take place at its regular venue:
And, oh yeah… I should probably say something about the show as well, shouldn’t I?
It is now just two and a half weeks until this year’s Southwest Show, which will be taking place at the Webbington Hotel, its home since the first one took place all the way back in 1998. With there having been no show one year – I believe in 2000 – that makes this the twentieth Southwest Show.
Having been developing and showing off his SatNav application and RISC OS GPS device at recent shows, Chris Hall will be taking visitors off in a new direction at this year’s Southwest Show. The event takes place just four weeks from today, and as well as the GPS device Chris will be launching a new genealogy application, FamTree, which will be available to purchase for £15.00.
As its name suggests, the application builds and displays a family tree. However, rather than working from data previously entered into a rigidly structured database, it instead works from data stored in a more simple manner – the directory structure of your disc or other media. Starting at a directory you choose, it parses the structure below that, with each sub-directory representing a child, containing a number of relevant files and, of course, further sub-directories for subsequent generations.
A round-up of 2017 news that could have been reported on at the time if people had only sent it this way!
With 2017 now behind us, looking back over the RISCOSitory posts for the year might leave people thinking there has been very little activity in the RISC OS world – but in fact it merely means there have been very few posts on the site over the course of the year. This, sadly, is a reflection of the amount of news submitted to RISCOSitory by developers etc, more than anything else, with their news being posted elsewhere.
So, over the last few weeks, I’ve been scouring forums and feeds that have gone unread due to a lack of spare time, and where something has jumped out at me as something I might have reported on, I’ve rounded it up in the snippets post below.
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…
The newly established record for how long it takes to publish a show report is broken again! Er… yay?
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.