Aug 192018
 

André Timmermans has released new versions of DigitalCD (version 3.11), TimPlayer (1.26) and DiskSample (0.55). The changes to DigitalCD are mainly bug fixes, but the updates to both TimPlayer and DiskSample include additional changes, such as the ability to play RAW CD files in the latter, and improved and expanded loaders in the former.

In addition, André has also released version 0.04 of EmulTim, a collection of sound modules that are “emulated through calls to the TimPlayer module” with the goal of allowing their use (with some limitations) on versions of RISC OS on which they no longer work.

Aug 172018
 

Both small, but still visible without the use of a magnifying glass!

The mini.m computer - R-Comp's new tiny toy

This year’s Wakefield show (report coming to be started soon at some point) saw the launch of a new computer from R-Comp, called the mini.m. The system is most easily described as a mini version of the ARMSX ARMX6, squeezed down so that it fits in a cube measuring just two inches in each dimension.

But what if you weren’t at Wakefield, and want to see this computer with your own eyes? Your best bet is to hope someone brings one along to your local user group meeting – so if your local user group is the RISC OS User Group of London, you’ll be in luck on Monday, 20th August, because the mini.m is just one of the things that will feature at the group’s meeting that evening.

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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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