Mar 052017
 

Insert witty comment about Witty Pi here. Um… that’ll do.

The next meeting of Bristol RISC OS Users (BRU) will take place on Wednesday, 8th March, at the Hope and Anchor pub in Bristol – and, as ever, anyone with an interest in RISC OS who is in the area is welcome to come along; there are no membership or entry fees.

Running from around 7:30pm until closing time, the meetings are generally informal in nature, and consist of a group of like-minded people meeting up for a chat over a pie1 and a pint2. Continue reading »

 March 5, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Mar 042017
 

MiniTimeFred Graute has released another new version of MiniTime, an application that displays the date and time in an icon or a small, unobtrusive window, allowing the user to see the information at a glance, but without the application or its window getting in the way.

The headline features of version 1.06 are: Continue reading »

 March 4, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,
Mar 042017
 

AMCOG games has released a new version of Mop Tops, the company’s most recent game, with more levels, more music tracks, new sound effects, and improved graphics.

Launched at London 2016, the game was inspired by Lemmings and involves the player placing various tools and objects on the play area for the titular Mop Tops to interact with, the aim being to guide them to the exit on each level. As such, each level is a puzzle that needs to be solved, and the player is given the building blocks to try to solve that puzzle. Continue reading »

 March 4, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , ,
Feb 272017
 

The next meeting of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club takes place on Wednesday, 1st March – two days from now. The theme of the evening covering a selection of hardware and software, that visitors will be able to look at and play with. The meeting starts at 7:45pm, and anyone with an interest is welcome to come along. Members get in for free, and non-members have to pay £3.00 – but annual membership costs just £15.00, discounted to £7.50 in the first year, and full benefits of doing so are described on the Club’s website.

Where to go? Try:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close, off Walton Lane,
(A61) Barnsley Road,
Sandal,
Wakefield,
WF2 6ER
 February 27, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , ,
Feb 242017
 

R-Comp have announced a new network driver for the ARMX6 that can provide a performance boost of between one and a half and ten times. Most users should see a benefit, but some more so than others – users with mixed speed devices on their networks, for example, should see more consistent behaviour and less problematic networking with Acorn Access or ShareFS.

The latest RISC OS build for ARMX6 computers also now includes support for disc partitioning – something that has been notably lacking on RISC OS until now. Partitioning a disc means it is split up into more than one ‘logical’ drive, which is especially useful for larger drives, and means RISC OS can now make full use of the space. In addition, partitioned discs use GUID Partition Tables – an industry standard that means other platforms should recognise the partitions (even if they can’t actually read the contents).

ARMX6 users can upgrade in by visiting the users’ website and logging in as usual. You can also expect to hear Andrew talking about this at the Southwest Show tomorrow.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , ,
Feb 242017
 

Coming soon: Two announcements!

In a very meta-move, Chris Evans has announced that there will soon be two more announcements from CJE Micro’s. Well, more specifically, he’s announced that CJE Micro’s will be launching two new products at the Southwest Show tomorrow, and referred people to separate announcements to find out more – presumably, they’ll either appear later today (which might make them too late for RISCOSitory this side of the show), or he’ll be announcing them at the show, with online announcements after the event.

Either way, one good way to find out more is, of course, to head on down to the show itself.

Go on. You know you want to.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: ,
Feb 242017
 

Cutting it a bit fine with the timing of your announcement there, Chris!

With the Southwest Show taking place tomorrow, CJE Micro’s/4D have announced a deadline for anybody who wants a particular item ordered and brought to the show. They will, of course, carry a their usual wide range brought along from the little shop with a lot of stock – but they won’t be able to squeeze everything into their car, so if you have a specific requirement, it’s best to contact them prior to midday today.

The company is, as always, willing to take any surplus Acorn/RISC OS items, saving you the effort of finding good homes for them – or worse, turning them into skip-food. Again, though, because of limited space in their car, don’t just bring larger items to the show without contacting them first.

 February 24, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , ,
Feb 222017
 

If you’re going to be at the Southwest Show (if not, why not?) and you wish to order something from Elesar Ltd, then provided you do so by the final cut-off point you will be able to visit the RISC OS Open Logistics stand on Saturday to collect your goodies. When ordering, all you need to do is select ‘Pickup from RISC OS Southwest Show, Loxton 25-Feb-2017’ when choosing your shipping method at the check out stage.

Elesar’s Rob Sprowson informed me that it should be possible to place orders under this scheme until Midday Friday – but the final deadline will depend on RISC OS Open’s departure time, and the option will be disabled when the window has closed.

 February 22, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , ,
Feb 222017
 

New product from R-Comp at the Southwest Show this Saturday!

With a nod towards the potential hurdles setting up network attached storage for those less technically inclined, and another towards the need to have good backups (which many people to this day still fail to do), R-Comp will be launching a two disc RAID mirrored storage solution for RISC OS users on Saturday. Bundles will be available consisting of the RAID solution, and SafeStore 2, the company’s backup software.

Related to this, the company will be announcing disc partitioning support for ARMX6 at the show – which allows multiple partitions to be set up on larger discs, something that is common on other platforms, but which has been sadly lacking on RISC OS.

 February 22, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Feb 182017
 

That’s just seven days – so few you can count ’em on the fingers of, er, one and a bit hands!

In a week’s time, a large contingent of the RISC OS community – hardware and software developers, businesses, hobbyist programmers and, of course, general users – will be converging on a hotel in a rather nice setting on the Mendip Hills for the first main event of the year: RISC OS Southwest, organised by R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet‘s Richard Brown.

The hotel is, of course, the Webbington, which has hosted the Southwest Show since its inception in 1998, and the doors will be open to the public from 10:30 until 4:00pm, with an entry fee of (I believe – it isn’t specified on the show website) £5.00. Continue reading »

 February 18, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: ,