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May 122017
 

It’s not only Smarties that have the answer – ROUGOL does too!

If you want to know what happened at last month’s Wakefield Show, a reasonable approach would be to read the RISCOSitory report – but I haven’t written it yet. The workload here in the bunker is such that the report is still to be written for the earlier Southwest Show – so the Wakefield one might be a while. You could also look at the videos of the theatre talks, but apart from one, I haven’t even watched them, let alone edited and uploaded them for you to do the same.

So what is the discerning RISC OS user who was unable to attend Wakefield to do? Continue reading »

 May 12, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
May 092017
 

The next meeting of the Southampton RISC OS Users Group, which was originally planned for this evening but had to be cancelled due to a double booking by the venue, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 16th May – next week. As per the original – and usual – arrangements, the meeting will run from 7:00pm until 9:00pm at:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
Deacon Road (opposite Whites Road),
Southampton.

There is no admission fee, and everyone is welcome – head for the College Centre, an open area with tables and chairs, next to the Sports Centre Reception. There should be a network of RISC OS machines, with internet access, and visitors are welcome to bring along any hardware or software of their own.

 

 May 9, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , ,
May 082017
 

The meeting scheduled and announced for the Southampton RISC OS User Group – which would otherwise have taken place Tuesday, 9th May (tomorrow night) – has been cancelled.

It appears that the venue has made a double-booking, and the room used by the group is therefore unavailable – so any RISC OS users who make the mistake of turning up will be joining an event concerning something else entirely.

Organiser Andrew Conroy says he will try to arrange an alternative date, and let everyone know as soon as possible.

 May 8, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , ,
May 042017
 

A modern event with a retro bent!

IAcorn World 2017n just over a week’s time, the Centre for Computing History, based in Cambridge, will be hosting an event that should be of interest to anyone with fondness for computers that came from the Acorn stable – Acorn World 2017.

The event has been organised by the Acorn & BBC User Group in association with the museum, and will give visitors an insight into how Acorn started, some of their innovations, and the legacy they left behind – successes such as ARM and other technologies, RISC OS, and modern systems that use the processors and operating system. Continue reading »

May 032017
 

You’ve heard of ‘Four from Toyah’, right? Well this is free from Tony!

Mutant Penguin from AMCOG Games

Mutant Penguin from AMCOG Games – click for full size version

Hot on the heels of the new AMCOG Development Kit and Cyborg, a game written with it by Tony Bartram, AMCOG Games has released yet another game – this one being the first free game from AMCOG, which can be downloaded via !Store.

Mutant Penguin sets the player as a penguin that is, well, mutated slightly from your normal, everyday penguin: It’s not made of chocolate (bizarre, yes, I know). Worse than that, it’s not the only thing that has been mutated: Each level is populated by spods, slug-like creatures that are hazardous to the touch, and the goal is to push blocks of ice around in order to squash them and progress to the next level. Continue reading »

 May 3, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
May 032017
 

For when playing just isn’t enough.

In the period leading up to the recent Wakefield Show, Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games was working on a system to aid those developing RISC OS games. The fruit of that labour is the AMCOG Development Kit, which was first sold on CD at the show, and is now available to buy from !Store for a mere £14.99.

The driving principle behind the kit is to make writing games on RISC OS much simpler, and it includes a core library providing functions in BBC BASIC – the language Tony uses himself for game programming – for sprite plotting, error handling, screen transitions, MP3 playback and much more.

Continue reading »

May 032017
 

No late 1980s dodgy scripting, directing and special effects involved – thankfully!1

Cyborg screen grab from AMCOG Games

Cyborg screen grab from the AMCOG Games website – click for full size

First launched and sold on CD at the recent Wakefield Show, Cyborg is a new release from AMCOG Games, and for those unable to attend the show, it is now available from !Store for £9.99.

In the game, you play a cyborg treasure hunter who has travelled to Castle CyberDroid in search of ancient treasure – and your objective is to find all of the items of treasure that can be found on each level, then head to the teleport to progress to the next. Continue reading »

 May 3, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 302017
 

WROCC logoTaking place on Wednesday, 3rd May, the next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club will see Rob Sprowson as the guest speaker. The man behind Elesar Ltd and the Titanium motherboard, Rob will be demonstrating a Titanium-based computer and talking about its development.

Elesar also has a growing range of software titles, both home-grown such as CloudFS, and taken over and updated from a previous owner, such as Font Directory Pro (originally from LOOKsystems). Continue reading »

 April 30, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Apr 242017
 

Oops, sorry, I meant released under a three clause licence. Silly me.

Fred Graute has released a new version of StrongHelp with some changes not only to the software, but also to the licence under which it is available – now the three-clause BSD licence.

The software is designed to be a simple hypertext system, and considering its original release was at least twenty four years ago it has certainly proven the test of time, and remains a popular method of distributing manuals with RISC OS software. Continue reading »

 April 24, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,