Jan 142018
 

Looking at the year ahead for RISC OS

The RISC OS User Group of London will be holding their next meeting on Monday, 15th January, and with no formal speaker for this meeting the group has set the coming year as the topic of discussion. The meeting is therefore an opportunity for members and visitors to talk about their plans and hopes, and – more realistically than hopes – expectations for RISC OS in general, and ROUGOL itself, for 2018.

It is also an ideal time to bring up any particular topics, software, or hardware that could be covered in a future meeting. Continue reading »

 January 14, 2018  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Dec 302017
 

The question on everyone’s lips for countless years to come will be “Where were you on 28th October, 2017?”

Okay, they probably won’t be asking that – but I’m asking it now.

Well? Where were you?

I’ll tell you where I was: Feltham. More specifically, the St Giles Hotel – in the conference rooms on the first floor, where this year’s London Show was held. If you weren’t there, I’ll assume you’re reading this because you have an interest in RISC OS, and would like to know what you missed. In which case, read on… Continue reading »

 December 30, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: ,
Dec 162017
 

*They did not actually say this. It’s the group’s informal Christmas meal!

The December meeting for the RISC OS User Group of London takes place on Monday, 18th December – a date that necessitates a couple of slight changes to the normal monthly proceedings.

The meeting takes place in the usual venue – the Blue-Eyed Maid – but being a so close to Christmas, there is high seasonal demand for space in the restaurant, so the expectation is to meet in the bar downstairs for a more informal meeting. Continue reading »

 December 16, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Nov 182017
 

Having visited the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) twice before, Dr Colin Wright will be the group’s guest speaker again on Monday, 20th November, 2017.

Colin has visited the group before, in 2001 and in 2008, with the subject of both talks being RADAR – in particular, RISC OS-based RADAR systems. Those systems used the Iyonix and RiscPC, and ran a suite of applications that Colin helped develop at Denbridge Marine Ltd, Continue reading »

 November 18, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 272017
 

As this year’s Wakefield Show drew near, news emerged of a new company – RISC OS Developments Ltd – formed by R-Comp’s Andrew Rawnsley and Orpheus Internet’s Richard Brown, with an extra theatre slot set aside for Richard to explain why the company was set up, what it’s purpose is (to a certain extent; full details were, and still are, subject to a non-disclosure agreement), and how people could help.

A video of that talk is on YouTube: Continue reading »

 October 27, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Oct 272017
 

May also result in a new version of NetFetch 4.

Tomorrow’s London Show will see the launch of a significant new version of R-Comp‘s NetFetch, which brings with it greater support for modern email security standards and protocols – SSL/TLS, SPF-checking, and so on. There have also been improvements to performance, stability, and other aspects of the software, including a major update to the main Hermes module. NetFetch 5 is priced at £30 (£20 to upgrade) plus P&P for a copy on CD, or without P&P as a !Store download.

During the development of NetFetch 5, a couple of issues “cropped up” with NetFetch 4-specific features – so the company is planning to hopefully make one further release of that version, bringing it up to version 4.13 if they do – but given the nature of the NetFetch 5 release, the sensible option for NetFetch 4 users would be to upgrade to that.

 October 27, 2017  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272017
 

Start practising your squinting – they have small things. Chris will probably hold them up in the theatre for the audience to struggle to see.

There will be a wide range of goodies from the little shop with a lot of stock at the London Show tomorrow, with the usual CJE Micro’s and 4D presence. Amongst other things, there will be a selection of models from their RapidO range – but due to limited space in their vehicle (the TARDIS must be in for a service) Chris Evans asks that if there is something specific you want, please give them a call on  01903 523 222 by lunchtime today.

Particularly noteworthy is that the company hopes to be able to launch “another new significant RISC OS hardware system” – they’ve provided no firm details of what this is but say that whether this happens is subject to a key item being delivered on time, and suggest paying a visit to their stand to find out if it did and if it “is fully RISC OS compatible.”

 October 27, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , ,
Oct 272017
 

Hats off to Elesar – and on to the Raspberry Pi, since this is a HAT!

Details are now available about Elesar Ltd‘s mystery product that was expected to be launched at the London Show – the S&P HAT for the Raspberry Pi. A HAT is a standard for Raspberry Pi expansion boards, and is an acronym that expands to ‘Hardware Attached on Top’, while the S&P part comes from Elesar, and stands for ‘Serial and Parallel’. In other words, it’s an add-on board for the Pi that provides the credit card sized computer with two additional ways to connect external devices – a 25 pin parallel port, and a 9 pin RS232 serial port.

The card is priced at £38.40 including VAT, with postage on top – but until noon today, you have the option of ordering it for collection at the London Show if you’re planning a visit, along with anything else Elesar sells (and currently has in stock).

 October 27, 2017  Posted by  Hardware Tagged with: , , , ,
Oct 242017
 

R-Comp Interactive will be demonstrating one of their TiMachine computers driving a 2560×1440 display at the London Show on Saturday. The Titanium system board on which the TiMachine is based is normally limited to 2048 horizontal pixels, but because it has two video outputs – intended to drive two displays side by side – it’s possible to get around the limitation with some clever trickery, if you have the right monitor. R-Comp, at the show, will have the right monitor.

The updated version of DualHead – the software supplied by R-Comp with TiMachine computers, and as part of the Titanium Support Scheme will be available to customers/subscribers shortly; keep your eye on the download site (details of which can be found in the documentation supplied with your computers or via the Support Scheme).

 October 24, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , , , ,
Oct 132017
 

To talk about his Knight of the Round Table Disc!1

David Ruck – aka Druck in online circles – will be the RISC OS User Group of London‘s next guest speaker. David is very well known in the Acorn and RISC OS worlds; he has been on the committee The ARM Club for many years (and Chairman for a good many of those), and is responsible for a number of RISC OS software titles. Continue reading »

 October 13, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,