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Mar 212017
 

Elesar Ltd has released a new version of its Linux micro SD card for the Titanium motherboard. The original Titanium build featured version 8.1 of Debian (Jessie), and the new release features version 8.7. The company says there have been  lots of technical changes since the previous release, but the two most obvious ones for customers will be that DHCP is enabled by default, and that there are now CD/DVD-ROM drivers built in by default – so there is no need to resort to arcane command lines to install them.

For those who feel capable of imaging their own micro SD card, full instructions can be found on GitHub, and the company also provides GoLinux [zip] as an additional resource for the Titanium motherboard – an application for RISC OS that reboots the computer into Linux. And for those who bought the earlier micro SD card and who have at least one support token remaining, the company will re-image the card – simply get in touch with them to arrange things.

 March 21, 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: ,
Mar 182017
 

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. Continue reading »

 March 18, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Mar 152017
 

Er… 150 issues, that is – it’s 25 years!

GAG News, the magazine published by Herbert zur Nedden for the German Archimedes Group, has reached something of a milestone. Herbert has been in touch to let me know that he has just published issue 150. The magazine is published in printed form every two months, and it doesn’t take a maths genius (luckily for me) to work out that 150 issues is 300 months – which is twenty five years.

Congratulations to Herbert and everyone else involved for that achievement, and good luck for the next twenty five years!

 March 15, 2017  Posted by  Magazines Tagged with: , ,
Mar 142017
 

Note: Being in the Midlands is not a compilation prerequisite!

The Midlands User Group‘s next meeting takes place from 2:00pm on Saturday, 18th March, and the guest speaker this month will be Chris Hall, who will be showing MUG members how to use RISC OS Open‘s Desktop Development Environment to build their own RISC OS ROM image – as well as touching on other uses for the software suite. The place to be is:

The Methodist Church Hall,
Greenhill,
Blackwell,
Bromsgrove,
B60 1BL.

There is a small entrance fee to cover costs, and refreshments will be available.

 March 14, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Mar 142017
 

The next monthly meeting of Cheshire-based RONWUG takes place tomorrow evening – Wednesday 15th March. Organised by Steve Potts, the meeting kicks off at around 7:30pm, and is open to anyone with an interest in RISC OS – and there are no membership or entrance fees. So, if you’re in the area tomorrow evening, the place to be is:

Trafford Metrovick Rugby and Cricket Club,
Finnybank Road,
Sale,
Cheshire,
M33 6LR.
 March 14, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 092017
 

The Southampton RISC OS User Group will be holding their next meeting on the evening of Tuesday 14th March, from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at the usual location:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

The car park entrance is accessed from Deacon Road opposite Whites Road, and the meeting itself will be in the College Centre, the open area with tables and chairs, next to the Sports Centre Reception.

There is no charge to attend the meeting, and visitors are welcome to bring along any hardware and/or software for the group to look at.

 March 9, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Mar 072017
 

In January, Elesar‘s Rob Sprowson paid a visit to the RISC OS User Group of London to talk about CloudFS, and another ‘mystery’ product, later revealed to be font management system Font Directory Pro, originally from LOOKsystems. At that point, a new version of the software was ready, and the only remaining task before it could be released was converting the large user manual. The last release from LOOKsystems was all the way back in 2003, and the new version (3.20) sees the software updated to work on newer ARM processors, and modern versions of RISC OS.

Coming with a hefty 108 page manual, the new version costs £22.50 including VAT (plus p&p) to upgrade from an earlier version (proof of an existing licence will be needed), and £45.00 including VAT (plus p&p) to those buying it for the first time.

 

 March 7, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Mar 072017
 

AMCOG Games’ Tony Bartram has released an updated beta [zip] version of his Wavebox-inspired synthesiser module, RDSP. The module provides modern RISC OS computer systems with the means to both synthesise sounds, and play back sound samples with various effects applied to them.

The latest version – the second beta release – adds support for modulating samples via BASIC’s ENVELOPE command, support for sample looping (which means a simple drum loop, for example, can be made to play indefinitely), increases the number of channels to sixteen, and much more. For more details, refer to Tony’s post on the RISC OS Open forum, and to the documentation within the zip file.

 March 7, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Mar 062017
 

With yet another successful Southwest Show disappearing in the rear view mirror (report coming soon…ish), and the Wakefield Show now looming on the horizon, there has been a small amount of behind the scenes discussion about issues surrounding the RISC OS shows in general.

An idea put forward in one of those discussions was for a general mailing list for people to discuss recent and upcoming events – and that idea has now been turned into reality with the RISC OS shows and events discussion list. Continue reading »

 March 6, 2017  Posted by  Mailing lists Tagged with: , , ,