Nov 112018

It’s a carp-carp card game, doncherknow – but not a version of Go Fish!

Rick Murray has released an implementation of a Japanese two-player card game, pitting you against the computer, called Koi-koi (or “come on”).

The game is played with a deck Japanese playing cards called Hanafuda, which translates as flower cards, and the aim of the game is to accumulate matches, called Yaku. These are pairs of cards of the same suit, and when the game ends, the winner is the player with the most points derived from those pairs.

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Aug 192018

Since its initial release last year, Rick Murray’s Manga application, which allows RISC OS users to access manga – a form of Japanese comics – found on Rick has released a number of updates to the software since its initial release, and amongst other things the latest version gains support for Ctrl-Left and -Right keypresses to go backwards or skip forwards by ten pages, scroll wheel support in the What’s new, Suggestions, Search results and History editor windows.

The software can be downloaded from Rick’s home server whenever that’s online (variable due to things like the weather), and it will become available from !Store in a few days.

Apr 012018

In an astounding start to April, some frankly brilliant news has landed on the RISCOSitory desk: the long running issue of two separate parties laying claim to ownership of RISC OS has finally been put to bed thanks to the proceeds of a large win on the Euro Lottery. Continue reading »

Mar 252018

Rick Murray has dug out an old graphics application, Imagery, that was originally a commercial package and subsequently released on an Acorn World cover disc in 1993. With some basic – or in this case BASIC – hacking, the application now works again on modern systems.

For more details – and a link to download – have a read of this thread on the RISC OS Open forum.

Mar 172018

Learning Japanese, I think I’m learning Japanese, I really think so!

For a number of years now, Rick Murray has been trying to learn the hiragana and katakana Japanese syllabaries, which are components of the written language. To assist with the process, he has developed an application called KanaTutor, which is now available free of charge from !Store.

Rick explains that the program is not a one-stop tool for learning Japanese, the written form of which is very complicated – it’s merely a self-help learning/testing tool. You really need to be learning from other sources, with KanaTutor being used as an additional resource to assist.


Jan 132018

A round-up of 2017 news that could have been reported on at the time if people had only sent it this way!

With 2017 now behind us, looking back over the RISCOSitory posts for the year might leave people thinking there has been very little activity in the RISC OS world – but in fact it merely means there have been very few posts on the site over the course of the year. This, sadly, is a reflection of the amount of news submitted to RISCOSitory by developers etc, more than anything else, with their news being posted elsewhere.

So, over the last few weeks, I’ve been scouring forums and feeds that have gone unread due to a lack of spare time, and where something has jumped out at me as something I might have reported on, I’ve rounded it up in the snippets post below. Continue reading »

Aug 262016

Round up, round up; news in a very late style. (That was what China Crisis sang, wasn’t it?)

The bunker has been engulfed in chaos for quite a while – with a heavy workload leading to a period of hectic and frantic headless chicken impersonations. On top of that, a partial change of platforms has been undertaken, with some work being migrated from Windows (grr, spit, hiss) to Linux – and being completely new to Linux, that has meant adding a bit of self-education into the mix, not to mention that the installation didn’t go entirely smoothly!

However, today there is a brief lapse in the chaos, so how about a round-up of some news over the several months that wasn’t dealt with as individual items? Continue reading »

May 192013

Wait! What? Why did I put the pun in the title instead of here? D’oh!

First released a little over a year ago, MoreKeys is an application designed to make it easier to enter ‘extended’ characters – those not normally found on a standard keyboard – in a way that was inspired by the on-screen keyboard on developer Rick Murray’s mobile phone. Continue reading »