Mar 132015

No, that’s Leila, not Leela – it’s the one from Hack Circus, not the one from Doctor Who!

The March meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London – ROUGOL – should be something quite special for those able to attend: The guest speaker for the meeting is a comedy writer, a technologist, a maker, and a broadcaster, all rolled into one in the form of Leila Johnston of Hack Circus, a quarterly live show and magazine exploring areas such as speculative science, subversive technology, and so on. Continue reading »

Jan 142015

Start singing programming for your supper Pi

David Feugey, who hosts and serves up the French language website using a Raspberry Pi, has announced the site’s first programming contest – to write something in BBC BASIC, the programming language that is included in the ROM image of all versions of RISC OS, as well as Arthur (ostensibly RISC OS 1) and the ROMs of Acorn’s older 8-bit computers, going all the way back to the very first BBC computer. Continue reading »

Aug 172012

IF LEN(string$)>255 THEN don’t be left stranded

Last month, Steve Drain announced the release of version 1.50 beta of Basalt, his module that provides extra features to BBC BASIC V. This version provides support for long strings, which Steve refers to as ‘strands’. There is also a comprehensive StrongHelp manual, but as yet there isn’t an online HTML version available.

Briefly explaining strands, Steve says: Continue reading »

Oct 092011

Pi in the sky – or, at least, near Heathrow Airport

For those interested in the Raspberry Pi, the RISC OS London Show (29th October, 2011, St Giles Hotel, Feltham) will be well worth a visit, since the tiny, low cost computer is set to make an appearance. It’s not known at this stage if it will be running RISC OS by the time of the show, but it seems likely that it will be on the RISC OS Open Ltd stand, judging by comments in their forum.

Speaking of the Raspberry Pi, in my Snippets post of 6th August I mentioned a logo competition. Well, that competition is now closed and an excellent winning design chosen.

There’s gold in them there web pages

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