VinceH

VinceH, aka Vince M Hudd, owns and operates Soft Rock Software, providing services and software to not only the RISC OS market, but also to the wider world. RISCOSitory and its associated sites and services are provided for free as a result of that - so buying his stuff is probably quite helpful.

Aug 142018
 

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.

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Aug 142018
 

While in the world of Windows there is a great deal of software for businesses to choose from to look after their accounts, the choices on RISC OS are very limited in comparison. In recent years, the choices have become even more limited as the operating system (and underlying hardware) has moved on, and older software has become unsupported and is no longer updated by the original developers.

One such package, however, has been given a new lease of life – Prophet, originally written by Quentin Pain of Apricote Studios (now Accountz), is now available from Elesar Ltd in an updated form that is fully 32-bit compatible, and suitable for modern RISC OS platforms.

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Aug 142018
 

A brand new version of an old game has made its way to !Store, where it can be downloaded free of charge, thanks to the efforts of Jeroen Vermeulen.

Originally published as a type-in listing in volume 8, issue 1 of The Micro User, which hit newsagents’ shelves in 1990, Dickie Brickie was written by Mike Goldberg – one of six that he had published in the magazine. Twenty eight years on, Jeroen has released a RISC OS remake of the game, written using the AMCOG Development Kit by Tony Bartram – and Tony himself helped out by dealing with the sound conversion.

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Aug 102018
 

It will soon be time once again for RISC OS users in or around the Southampton area to get together to discuss the platform, and perhaps show off any new hardware or software they may have – whether bought or their own project.

That’s because the next meeting of the user group for the area will be taking place on Tuesday, 14th August. Running from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, the place to be if you are in the area is:

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Aug 052018
 

The RISC OS friendly ISP needs the help of its RISC OS friends.

At the start of last month, Orpheus Internet suffered an outage – on 1st July, the company’s servers became unreachable, apparently due to a network IP address issue.

That day was a Sunday, of course – and Richard Brown reported on the company’s news page that “It would be nice if this can be rectified on Sunday but I doubt it. I would expect services to gradually resume during Monday and reach 100% Tuesday-Wednesday.”

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Aug 042018
 

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.

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Jul 292018
 

That’s apparently pronounced “minim” which means I can’t make any Mini Me references. Um… like that one.

Shortly before this year’s Wakefield Show, R-Comp teased us with the news that they had a small surprise in store for visitors to the show, which visitors soon discovered was a new, small computer – the mini.m.  Based around the same processor as the ARMSX ARMX6, a quad-core Freescale i.MX6, the mini.m is for all intents and purposes a smaller version of the established machine – with some obvious differences due to its small size.

Just how small is it? The computer is housed in a cube-shaped case measuring just two inches in each dimension – a very small, incredibly convenient piece of kit that can be placed in a discreet location on your desk without taking up a lot of space. Continue reading »

Jul 132018
 

Allows text to be pasted into the viewer application.

Elesar Ltd has just released an update to popular font management package Font Directory Pro. The package, which consists of a suite of applications to help manage large collections of fonts, was originally developed by LOOK Systems and is now being maintained by the same company that brought us the Titanium motherboard, amongst other things.

The update brings the version number up to 3.23, and is described by Elesar as a minor update over the previous version. However, it does add a very useful feature, as suggested by a user: Continue reading »

Jul 082018
 

The next meeting for Bristol RISC OS Users will take place on Wednesday, 11th July. Taking place from 7:30pm until closing time, the meeting is an informal gathering where like-minded folk can have a chat over a meal and a pint. There is no set topic or speaker, although recent or upcoming events in the RISC OS world may get a mention, and individuals may bring along their current pet project.

So if you are in or around Bristol this Wednesday evening, the place to be is:

The Eldon House pub,
6 Lower Clifton Hill,
Bristol,
BS8 1BT.