May 232018
 

Many RISC OS users will have noticed an email or two arriving lately from RISC OS companies about personal data, privacy, and communications. Those emails almost certainly mention something called GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – which comes into force on Friday, 25th May, 2018 – the day after tomorrow.

Without going into any depth, the GDPR sets a new standard for protecting personal data, and giving control of that data to the people who actually own it – the people the data is about, such as you, or me. The general crux of those emails, therefore, is to tell you how the companies that sent them handle the information they hold about you. They may also seek your permission to communicate with you about products, promotions, special offers, and so on – and possibly even give you the option to be forgotten about. Continue reading »

Apr 272018
 

If you need more detailed information about a small selection of Wakefield Show exhibitors and their wares than is provided in Mark Stephens’ show report and pictures on the Icon Bar website, but can’t wait for the usual RISCOSitory show report and videos, Ruth Gunstone has stepped in to fill in the gap. Ruth is a member of the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club and, along with Peter Richmond, looks after the show theatre – and has now uploaded her recordings of the various talks to Youtube:

Apr 272018
 

 And it has found a new home… in Bristol!

With the most recent Southwest Show having taken place in February, the organisers revealed the date of the 2019 event at the time of the even more recent Wakefield Show last weekend. The date of the next Southwest show will be on 16th February, 2019, so please mark that date in your diaries now.

The date of the next show isn’t the only thing to be revealed, though. The RISC OS Southwest Show 2019 will be taking place in a different venue – the Arnos Manor Hotel in Bristol – with much better links for people coming by both public and private transport alike.

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Apr 272018
 

Because it’s all Dutch English to one of their customers!

R-Comp have put out a request for someone to help translate some material from English to Dutch.

The company has been contacted by a Dutch customer whose English skills are not very good, and who is therefore having trouble reading up on the software he has purchased. The instructions and tutorial are written in English, and due to his limited English, he would obviously like to be able to read it in his native tongue. Continue reading »

Apr 192018
 

But size isn’t everything, you know. Honestly.

In a pre-show tease, R-Comp‘s Andrew Rawnsley has posted to the RISC OS Open Forum to say the company will have something new at this weekend’s show – in a thread entitled “Good things come in small packages.” He goes on to explain that you shouldn’t be deceived by it’s small size, because this mysterious item – which he also describes as small, powerful, and shiny – packs quite a punch.

This mysterious item, we are told, is fully ARM’d – and we should think a Lord of the Rings dwarf. Continue reading »

Apr 192018
 

And you thought I was slow putting my videos online!

Ruth Gunstone is one of the duo that handles the theatre at the annual Wakefield Show, along with Peter Richmond, and she has also made video recordings of the talks for the last couple of years. Her recordings from last year’s show are now online for your viewing pleasure – just in time for this year’s show! The videos in question are:

 

Apr 192018
 

Communication sometimes leaves links incomplete – but this new version should help!

This year’s Wakefield Show, which takes place on Saturday, 21st April – a couple of days time – will see the release of a brand new version of Messenger Pro, which now gains a big, shiny ‘8’ on the end of its name to replace the old, dusty ‘7’.

R-Comp released version 7 of the email and news client some three years ago, and – building on the work done to NetFetch, bringing that up to version 5 – with this major release an emphasis has been placed on both security, and compatibility with other platforms. Continue reading »

Apr 172018
 

A new version of the Doom Trilogy is available from R-Comp through !Store – priced at £14.99, or available in ‘My Software’ as a free update if you have already purchased. If you have an aversion to purchasing through !Store, ‘over the counter’ at Wakefield is also an option.

There  have been some small improvements to Doom, the main game in the pack, but the headline feature is the inclusion of an updated and enhanced copy of Wolfenstein 3D, thanks to work done by Jon Abbott and internal RCI staff. The game now works natively on modern hardware without any need for Aemulor, and enhancements include new sound effects, a ‘damage indicator’ (whereby the screen flashes red when you take any damage), and a default higher resolution screen mode (subject to monitor compatibility).

Apr 052018
 

Stopped working due to the wrong kind of snow on the PCB tracks. Or something.

A new version of R-Comp‘s WeatherUK, written by Malcolm Hussain-Gambles, is available to download from !Store.

The application connects to a server to download current and forecast weather, displaying that information in a window on the RISC OS desktop – but a change at the server end meant the program had stopped working correctly. The new version addresses the changes, and as an added bonus increases the list of built-in, known locations – and the user can expand that list still further.

Mar 172018
 

You receive 25 health!

Following R-Comp‘s release of a new version of Quake just before this year’s Southwest Show, further work has been carried out on the source code, and there is now a new version available from !Store.

The updated version benefits from hardware-accelerated floating point capabilities of modern CPUs, which provides a significant performance boost, with profiles included to offer either smooth 60 frames per second gameplay, or higher resolutions, or aspect-correct widescreen, and so on. The game can now be played on the Raspberry Pi 3, and handles more downloadable add-ons.