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.

Nov 102018
 

Having very recently acquired Castle Technology, and therefore the rights to RISC OS itself, RISC OS Developments Ltd has made people sit up and take notice yet again – after last year doing the same when it announced itself to the world, with the news that it had successfully secured funding for a then unspecified RISC OS project.

If you were unable to attend the RISC OS London Show, during which the company’s Richard Brown gave one of the talks – and in so doing packed the room set aside for the theatre and all but emptied the main hall – then you might want to know a little more, and you may even have a question or two. In which case, why not pop along to the next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting, at which Richard will be talking?

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Nov 102018
 

AMCOG Games launched a new title at the London Show two weeks ago, and it is now available to purchase via !Store, priced at just £9.99.

A top-down racing game, Stunt Drivers pits you as a driver in a three-lap race against a number of computer controlled cars around a track on which there are obstacles to overcome – hazards such as oil spills, and ramps for you to use to jump over other objects.

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Nov 072018
 

Kevin Wells has updated VKeyboard, his application that presents the user with an on-screen keyboard, driven by the mouse. Whenever a key is clicked on, the relevant character is inserted into the keyboard buffer, and the system then sees it as a normal keypress and passes it to the application that has the input focus.

The update tidies up the menus by removing blank space at the end, and the relevant entry is now ticked for the selected keyboard – including the default keyboard when the application is first started.

Nov 062018
 

On Tuesday, 13th November, the Southampton RISC OS User Group will once again be meeting up in its usual venue, the Sports Centre of Itchen College, Deacon Road, Southampton. Running from 7:00pm until 9:00pm and free to attend, the meeting takes place in the College Centre, an open area with tables and chairs next to the Sports Centre Reception desk.

There will be a network of RISC OS computers, hopefully with internet access, and visitors are welcome to bring along any hardware or software they wish to show off or get help with.

Nov 052018
 

Elesar Ltd has released an update for Titanium users that will afford their computers a bit of a boost. The company found that there was a difference in what the datasheet for the system’s processor and the processor itself think are in some clock registers. Armed with this knowledge, although the processor core still runs at 1500MHz, it has been possible to speed up an internal bus by 100% – doubling the speed of data being transferred over that bus.

The update is free to all existing Titanium owners, by downloading it from the Resources section on the Titanium product page. It consists of a small program that lives in Boot – but if you are using a beta ROM dated after 12th September, 2018, you are already benefiting from the update; the changes are built-in, as are R-Comp customers running the latest version of the dual head application.

Nov 052018
 

The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) next meets on Wednesday, 7th November, and the guest speaker will be Mike Cook. He will be showing the group the projects he has been working on over the past year, including oscillators and oscilloscopes.

The meeting – free to enter for members, but £3.00 for non-members – takes place at 7:45pm at West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club, Sandal Hall Close (off Walton Lane), (A61) Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, WF2 6ER.

Oct 302018
 

Kevin Wells has released an updated version of TrainTimes, his application for finding out the times of trains due in at a given railway station.

The update brings with it a similar function to the not unrelated BusTimes, in that it now politely informs you when there are no trains expected at the station (though it doesn’t tell you if this is because there are leaves on the track). It also now correctly displays an ampersand (&) when it encounters the character’s UTF8 code.

Oct 292018
 

Courtesy of Leo White, the five talks from the RISC OS London Show 2018 are now available to watch on YouTube. So, in the order they were listed on the show programme, here they are:

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Oct 262018
 

As everyone in RISC OS land should know by now, this year’s London Show will take place tomorrow at the St Giles Hotel in Feltham. With my exhibitor hat on, I get very busy in the run up to a show – and I also deal with trying to get any last minute news posted here before the show takes place.

But, as ever, it depends largely on the news being sent to me in the first place – not all of it is. With that in mind, I’ve done a quick scan of the comp.sys.acorn.announce usenet group, and the most recent posts on the RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL) forums, to see if there is anything else to mention. And there is…

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Oct 262018
 

A couple of years ago, RISC OS was dropped from the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s NOOBS (New Out of Box Software) system, designed to make it easy for new Pi users to set their system up with whichever available operating system they wished. Our beloved OS was dropped because it took longer than expected (and hoped) to support the Raspberry Pi 3.

However, RISC OS is now back in the system, so new users (or even more experienced ones) can now choose RISC OS when they first set up their Pi using the Foundation’s tools. For more details, see the RISC OS Open Ltd announcement.