May 232018
 

Having just published an item concerning GDPR, this may be a good opportunity to pre-empt an obvious question and explain why RISCOSitory currently has no Privacy Policy published on the website.

The simple answer is that the site does not collect any personally identifiable information (with the exception of IP addresses in site logs, handled by the site’s hosting company). There are no user logins, so no visitor email addresses or other details stored, and the site does not store cookies on your computer. It does not need any of this, so does not collect or do any of it – and that’s all there is to it1. Continue reading »

May 222018
 

RISC OS Awards logoThe annual RISC OS Awards poll is coming to an end. The voting form will be taken down at some point on Saturday, 26th May, which is just three days from now.

The RISC OS Awards provides you with a way to thank those companies and developers who have provided a good service, or developed something – hardware or software – that you feel is worthy of note. If enough people feel the same way as you, those you vote for effectively receive some recognition for their efforts, with that result published  on the RISC OS Awards and RISCOSitory websites. Continue reading »

May 072018
 

If you haven’t yet voted, why not do so now?

The RISC OS Awards poll for 2017 has been open now since mid-March and will be coming to a close in a couple of weeks time. As such, now is an ideal time to take another look at some of the alternative nominations people have made if they felt something other than the options on offer deserve to win in any given category.

If you have yet to vote, please do so as soon as possible in order to your vote to be counted. Don’t forget that this is a good way for you to help highlight those things in the RISC OS world – both people, and products – that you think need to be highlighted.

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Mar 202018
 

RISC OS Awards logoThe annual RISC OS Awards poll undertaken by RISCOSitory on the RISC OS Awards website is now under way – so you can now cast your votes.

The poll is running a little later than planned, but between now and late May you will be able to vote for your favourite piece of software, the show you enjoyed the most, the project you find most interesting, and so on.

As usual, there are up to six initial suggestions in most categories, along with an option to make an alternative nomination, with a text field into which you can enter that alternative. Continue reading »

Mar 202017
 

The RISC OS Awards poll for 2016 was brought to a close on 29th February. As before, the results were processed and counted on a RISC OS computer (using a home-brewed program to turn the votes into a file for each category, ready to be loaded into Fireworkz), and initially announced on the @RISCOSitory Twitter feed. Those results are now online on the RISC OS Awards website and the various winners have been notified – where possible – by email. Continue reading »

Feb 182017
 

Is that what a time traveller does when crossing the road?

At their next meeting, which takes place just two days from now on Monday, 20th February, the RISC OS User Group of London will be looking back over the last year, and forward to the next – but without the benefit of a crystal ball or a time machine.

Using this year’s RISC OS Awards nominees as an initial guide, along with the alternative options suggested by a number of voters, the group will start the evening by reviewing the highs and lows in the RISC OS scene over the last year. This will be followed by looking forward, with a discussion of people’s hopes and fears for the coming year – with what can be expected at next Saturday’s Southwest Show being a starting point. Continue reading »

Feb 052017
 

If you have yet to vote, here are even more options for you – so why not get voting NOW?

RISC OS Awards logoThe RISC OS Awards 2016 voting form was put online on 18th December, and while the number of votes looked promising compared to last year the first time the alternative options were published, this is no longer the case.

When the second round of alternative options were posted last year, approximately seven weeks after the polls were opened, the voting form had been completed approximately 140 times. Today – also about seven weeks in – the tally stands at around 120.

So if you have yet to vote, why not do so now? Continue reading »

Jan 022017
 

And a drum loop, and some chords…

If you’ve not yet had a chance to look at this year’s RISC OS Awards poll, or simply have yet to decide what to choose in some categories, Tony Bartram of Amcog Games has released something to help you make that decision in at least one category.

Tony is one of the nominations in the Most innovative or interesting project category for a Wavebox-inspired synthesizer project which, amongst other things, should result in a simple to use sound capability on modern hardware – think in terms of how the SOUND and ENVELOPE commands worked on a BBC Micro, in particular because one of the benefits of the project is that it means those commands now work as they do on the BBC.

An alpha version of the module, along with sources and some example programs, is now available to download – and with just a quick glance here in The Bunker, it’s looking pretty neat.