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: , , , , , ,
Oct 082017
 

So what’s in store for you lucky RISC OS users this year?

The Long Gap is the period between the annual Wakefield Show, which usually takes place in April, and the London Show, which takes place a whole six months later (that’s half a year, doncher know), towards the end of October.

It’s October now (and has been for a week and a day), which means the Long Gap is almost over, and the London Show is imminent – it takes place on Saturday the 28th – so it’s time to take a look at what’s in store for anyone making the trip and, hopefully, encourage those on the cusp of deciding whether to visit to make the right choice!

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 October 8, 2017  Posted by  Shows Tagged with: , , ,
Sep 142017
 

Return of the Mack Tribbeck!1

Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, a name you will have almost certainly seen in the Acorn and RISC OS world was Jason Tribbeck.

In the early 1990s, Jason was a developer for Vertical Twist/VTi, a company that produced a number of upgrades and add-ons for Acorn computers, including a SCSI interface, and a sound sampler that connected to the parallel printer port. Argonet was formed in the mid-1990s, and Jason developed some of the software supplied to its users for internet connectivity, including the Voyager launcher application, and usenet reader Newsagent. Continue reading »

 September 14, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Aug 192017
 

Just to clarify, I mean it’s an informal meeting, not that Phil Collins is performing tracks from his 1985 album.

The holiday season is in full swing, so for the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London there will be no formal speaker. Instead, the meeting is to be an informal one, allowing for a general discussion of all things RISC OS over a drink and a meal. Continue reading »

 August 19, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , ,
Jul 132017
 

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at writing games, but you’re unsure how to go about it, then attending the next RISC OS User Group of London meeting on Monday, 17th July, might not be a bad start – because Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games will be the group’s guest speaker for the evening, talking about the AMCOG Development Kit.

While it can’t take care of the most difficult part of game development – coming up with the initial idea – the Kit is designed to make game development extremely simple. It comes with libraries to cover core areas such as screen plotting, screen transitions, MP3 playback, sound, and so on, as well as a selection of game sprites, music tracks and sound samples to get you going. Continue reading »

Jun 172017
 

A reminder has found its way into the RISCOSitory inbox about the next RISC OS User Group of London meeting, which takes place on Monday, 19th June, from around 7:45pm in the restaurant (upstairs) at The Blue-Eyed Maid, 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR.

Full details of the meeting can be found in the previous announcement but, to sum up, the guest speaker will be Dr. Nat Queen of Birmingham University, who will be talking to the group on the hot topics of cryptography and security. The talk will begin with a look at how encryption works, covering the difference between symmetric-key and public-key encryption, and on to the software in this area that available for RISC OS, including some of his own.

 June 17, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jun 052017
 

This post has been double-encoded with ROT13, for your added security1.

Cryptography and Security is the topic for the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London, with a presentation by Doctor Nat Queen of Birmingham University.

Computer security is a topic that should be important to everyone these days, with so much of our lives stored on not only our own machines, but also those belonging to third party companies – from our energy supplies to our tax records; it’s all computerised, and the data is in some way accessible online. Continue reading »

 June 5, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , ,
May 122017
 

It’s not only Smarties that have the answer – ROUGOL does too!

If you want to know what happened at last month’s Wakefield Show, a reasonable approach would be to read the RISCOSitory report – but I haven’t written it yet. The workload here in the bunker is such that the report is still to be written for the earlier Southwest Show – so the Wakefield one might be a while. You could also look at the videos of the theatre talks, but apart from one, I haven’t even watched them, let alone edited and uploaded them for you to do the same.

So what is the discerning RISC OS user who was unable to attend Wakefield to do? Continue reading »

 May 12, 2017  Posted by  User groups 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 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: , , , , ,