Apr 192017
 

With the last couple of months having been somewhat busy here in the bunker, I’ve not yet had time to write a Southwest Show report – indeed, it is only just over a week ago that I was finally able to sit down and watch the four talks given at the show, which I was able to capture with my video camera on the day.

Following that, I was able to devote some time over the Easter weekend to doing a little editing work on them, before uploading the results to YouTube – and that’s now done, so here they are:

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Apr 172017
 

Announcement from the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club

Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club would like to remind everyone in the RISC OS and 8-bit communities that the Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will be taking place this weekend, on Saturday 22nd April. The event is open from 10.30am until 4.30pm, with admission £5 on the door.

The platform’s premier event in the North is in its regular venue at the Cedar Court Hotel near Wakefield, and there are over twenty exhibitors confirmed as attending. Continue reading »

 April 17, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , ,
Apr 172017
 

Every girl user crazy ’bout a sharp dressed man Pi.

A name that should by now be well known in the RISC OS world, if only for having an even dodgier sense of humour than my own, is Andy Marks of RISCOSbits. Describing himself as a Wakefield exhibitor virgin, Andy has let me know what he has planned for the show.

Unsurprisingly, that means the usual array of RISCOSbits’ bits, which will be available at special show prices – but that’s not all. Getting the usual bits out of the way first, though, those bits include: Continue reading »

 April 17, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Apr 162017
 

With it being the Easter weekend, and with the RISC OS User group of London‘s next meeting taking place tomorrow evening, the group has sent out a reminder. The evening’s speaker will be Chris Gransden, talking about his efforts porting things from Linux to RISC OS – with Otter Browser being one of the most notable ports to date, as well as arguably the most important. And since the meeting is less than a week before this year’s Wakefield Show, it’s an opportunity to discuss the show with other like minded folk.

The timing of the meeting – on a public holiday – means two things: Firstly, it’s an ideal day to do some sight seeing in London before heading to the meeting and, secondly, for those who may choose to head into the city closer to the time of the meeting, there shouldn’t be as much traffic as you would normally expect. Full details can be found on the meetings page of the group’s website, or the earlier post about the meeting on this site.

 April 16, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Apr 162017
 

Elesar Ltd is once again offering a ‘click and collect’ service for the Wakefield Show, with RISC OS Open Logistics transporting any goods ordered under the scheme for collection by punters at the event. To take advantage of the scheme, you simply need to select the relevant shipping method when ordering; it should say something to the effect of “Pick up from Wakefield Show”

Elesar’s Rob Sprowson informs me that the cut off time is likely to be noon on Friday, giving RISC OS Open “time to battle the Cambridge traffic before heading North for the show set up.”

 April 16, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 112017
 

This year’s Wakefield Show takes place on 22nd April, so it’s time for a brief look at what’s in store for visitors – and judging by what’s on the show website, along with other factors, it very much looks as though there could be something interesting afoot. The starting point for suggesting that is a 4th April entry in the “latest news” on the show website’s front page, which notes that a short additional slot has been added at the start of the day’s talks in the show theatre.

Being short, in addition to the day’s talks, and at the start suggests an announcement of some kind can be expected – but although it is scheduled for the start, I’m going to save discussing it further until towards the end of this post. Instead, let’s quickly look at the general layout of the show and then any interesting highlights on the Exhibitors page of the website. Continue reading »

 April 11, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: ,
Apr 072017
 

No bunnies were harmed sent on their holidays in the arranging of this meeting.

If London on the Easter weekend is still too daunting for you, the next Southampton RISC OS User Group meeting will take place six days earlier, on Tuesday, 11th April.

However, this doesn’t coincide with any public holidays and is a normal working day, and there aren’t as many famous tourist attractions in Southampton as there are in London anyway. Readers could therefore be tempted to conclude that I’m just using the London meeting as a basis to add some verbiage to this announcement – and rightly so. Ahem. Continue reading »

 April 7, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Apr 072017
 

The Easter Bunny has taken a year out to travel the world.

One of the most notable ‘problem areas’ for RISC OS is the web browser situation. NetSurf is an excellent piece of work, but it still has a long way to go to get us to the point where we no longer need to switch to another system in order to perform some web-related tasks, and the developers have to fit their work on the browser around their normal lives and commitments.

Step forward, then, Chris Gransden, who brought an initial port of Otter, another open source web browser, to RISC OS. And stepping forward is exactly what Chris will be doing as the guest speaker at the RISC OS User Group of London‘s next meeting, which takes place on Monday, 17th April. Continue reading »

 April 7, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Apr 032017
 

The Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club‘s next meeting will be on 5th April, with Andy Marks of RISCOSbits stopping by to show off an early version of Wispy – his wireless bridge solution for RISC OS that also provides the platform with access to an up-to-date version of Firefox – along with one or two more of his impressive range of, er… RISC OS bits!

The meeting kicks off at 7:45pm and there is a £3.00 entry fee for non-members, with membership itself costing £15.00 (£7.50 in year one) and including free access to the meetings – full details on the Club’s website. The meeting takes place at:

West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club,
Sandal Hall Close, off Walton Lane,
(A61) Barnsley Road,
Sandal,
Wakefield,
WF2 6ER.
 April 3, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , ,
Mar 272017
 

CJE Micro’s has made a free patch available for photo editing and retouching package PhotoDesk, to address a problem experienced by some users of version 3.14 when using the application’s Special Effects filters.

In some cases, use of the filters can cause what Chris Evans described as a “serious crash” – which, judging by a discussion on usenet group comp.sys.acorn.apps (before it veered onto the subject of whether the application should be called PhotoDesk or Photodesk1), looks as though it might specifically affect Iyonix, ARMiniX, and ARMX6. Continue reading »

 March 27, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , ,