Jul 082018
 

The next opportunity for RISC OS users in and around the Southampton area to meet up is Tuesday, 10th July. The meeting will run from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, at:

The Sports Centre,
Itchen College,
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

Taking place in the College Centre – an open area with tables and chairs, next to the Sports Centre Reception desk – there will be at least one small network of RISC OS computers and, hopefully, internet access.

Jul 022018
 

David Lane will be taking the floor at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London to talk about DrawScript, a programming/script language developed by Joe Taylor that can be used to produce graphics in Draw format. Based on BASIC, but with extra graphics commands, DrawScript can be used to produce elaborate drawings with great precision – as demonstrated by the DrawScript gallery, linked from the software’s website. Continue reading »

Jun 062018
 

The open source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu will be the subject of a talk by Matthew and Peter Howkins in London on Monday, 18th June.

The brothers have been maintaining and further developing the open source emulator, which was originally developed by Sarah Walker, for over ten years, and it can now support all versions of RISC OS from 3.50 to 6.20 – including version 3.80, which was the development version for the RiscPC 2, aka Phoebe, and never officially released. Continue reading »

Jun 062018
 

A new version of RPCEmu was pushed out early last month, featuring two significant changes leading to its version number jumping from 0.8.15 to 0.9.0. Those changes – for which test versions have been available for a while – are the shift from the Allegro 4 library to the Qt5 library (which enabled Chris Gransden to build a version that runs on RISC OS), and the threading model now sees the GUI on a different thread to the actual machine emulation.

RPCEmu can be run on a number of platforms, and its aim is to emulate the hardware of a RiscPC, allowing suitable versions of RISC OS to be used on those platforms.

Jun 062018
 

But don’t panic – it’s a gathering of geeks, not immortals with a bent for beheading!

There can be only one place to be if you’re a RISC OS user who happens to be in or around Southampton on the evening of June 12th: Itchen College, which is when and where the next meeting of the Southampton RISC OS User Group will be taking place. Continue reading »

Jun 052018
 

Get a motherbook with a motherboard!

RISC OS 5 User Guide front cover, courtesy of RISC OS Open LtdIf you have been thinking about buying a Titanium motherboard from Elesar Ltd, you now have an additional incentive: The option of having a printed copy of the new RISC OS 5 User Guide included in the price – although, if you so choose, you can have the motherboard without the Guide.

The new User Guide matches the latest stable release of the operating system, RISC OS 5.24, released in April and is the first printed edition of the tome to be produced in over twenty years; the last edition came from Acorn in 1996. Continue reading »

Jun 052018
 

RISC OS is so intuitive to use its User Guide is how big?

RISC OS 5 User Guide front cover, courtesy of RISC OS Open LtdA new version of the User Guide has been published by RISC OS Open Ltd – the first printed edition since Acorn’s last one in 1996, and one that is bang up to date with the latest stable release of RISC OS, version 5.24 released in April.

The new tome is a mighty one, with a total of sixty two chapters and eight appendices, all of which span a total of 616 pages, and it features over nine hundred images to illustrate the text and make it easier to digest. Continue reading »

Jun 052018
 

Well, actually, it’s optional – and other colours are available.

MiniTimeThe latest version of MiniTime has just been released by Fred Graute. The application, designed from the outset to be small and unobtrusive, displays the date and time in a small icon or window, which can be in a fixed position on screen and configured to appear above all other windows, to disappear briefly so as not to get in the way, and more besides.

Version 1.09 of the software adds a number of choices relating to colours: Continue reading »

Jun 042018
 

They’re coming to get you Barbara <um… insert name here>!

“You have been unable to contact air-traffic control, and after running out of fuel crash landed on an abandoned military base. Strange beings that reek of dead and rotting flesh attacked you and you became separated from your plane.”

Well, that can’t be good, but that’s how the blurb for AMCOG Games‘ latest release begins. That release is Island of the Undead, a brand new game from Tony Bartram that puts you in a fight for your life – against the living dead. Continue reading »