Dec 212013
 

Change your mind site; nothing ever stays the same.

It’s once again time to make some changes here at RISCOSitory.

The keen-eyed readers will already have noticed the first change – which is that, following a change to the site’s appearance earlier this year, it has now reverted to something similar to how it was before that change. Continue reading »

 December 21, 2013  Posted by  Administrivia Tagged with: , , , ,
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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Aug 292011
 

Christopher Martin has announced the availability of version 1.20 of FFmpeg and FFplay. FFmpeg is a versatile, open-source, multi-platform video and audio conversion system and FFplay is a very simple media player built upon FFmpeg and SDL. Christopher has also released a new version, 2.13, of Murnong, an application for fetching and decoding videos from YouTube, this update having been made necessary due to changes implemented on the video sharing website.

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 August 29, 2011  Posted by  Snippets (mixed news) Tagged with: , , , , ,
Aug 062011
 

Dorian Computing have made available from their website one updated and one new piece of software. Originally written by Philip Macfarlane in 1991 and “released into the public domain,” DragCom is an application designed to provide a desktop front-end for star commands, making it easier to specify arguments (often files) by allowing them to be dragged onto the main window. This not only reduces the potential for errors when typing the path and filename, but it also removes the need to repeatedly type it if a series of commands needs to be applied to it – you drag the file in once, then type each command into the relevant icon in turn, executing them as you go. There are other ways of achieving the same goal, for example by setting the commands in an obey file, but the WIMP front-end presented by DragCom might seem a more user-friendly approach to some, although it could be greatly improved – particularly in terms of compliance with the RISC OS Style Guide.

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 August 6, 2011  Posted by  Snippets (mixed news) Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,
Jul 212011
 

Hot off the virtual press, the RISC OS community now has another source of news and opinion in the form of The RISC OS Blog. The emphasis, states the blogger, will be on “modern RISC OS”. He (or she) intends to write “the occasional snippets of news regarding the RISC OS operating system and all that surrounds it, and just generally [write] about the platform as a whole.”

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 July 21, 2011  Posted by  Websites Tagged with: , , , ,
Jul 162011
 

Chris Gransden has announced the availability of version 3.02.1.24 of PDF, allowing users to view files in the ever prevalent Portable Document File format from Adobe. Changes in this version include better interaction with Paint and better facilities when saving images.

PDF can, of course, be used to view Drag ‘n Drop, a PDF based magazine aimed at Acorn 8-bit and RISC OS 32-bit communities – and volume 2 issue 4 is now available to purchase online for £3. Features in this issue include part 9 of Dave Stratford’s series on sorting, an article about upgrading to Messenger Pro 6, a selection of photographs from the 2011 Wakefield Show, along with a number of other articles.

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 July 16, 2011  Posted by  Snippets (mixed news) Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Jun 012011
 

Although I have been publishing the occasional bit of RISC OS related news on this site for a while now, it’s tended to be things which have caught my eye along the way: something spotted in a forum here, discussed at an event there, and so on. What there hasn’t been is any formal way to submit news and announcements to me that they may be considered for publication.

As of today, that changes.

News and announcements can now be submitted for consideration to news@riscository.com.

The site continues to be one I maintain while also operating my day to day business, amongst many other things – so I can’t guarantee that all submitted news will be published, or that everything that does get published appears particularly quickly, but I will do my best to publish what I can, when I can.

 June 1, 2011  Posted by  Administrivia Tagged with: , ,