David Lane will be taking the floor at the next meeting of the RISC OS User Group of London to talk about DrawScript, a programming/script language developed by Joe Taylor that can be used to produce graphics in Draw format. Based on BASIC, but with extra graphics commands, DrawScript can be used to produce elaborate drawings with great precision – as demonstrated by the DrawScript gallery, linked from the software’s website.
The open source RiscPC emulator RPCEmu will be the subject of a talk by Matthew and Peter Howkins in London on Monday, 18th June.
The brothers have been maintaining and further developing the open source emulator, which was originally developed by Sarah Walker, for over ten years, and it can now support all versions of RISC OS from 3.50 to 6.20 – including version 3.80, which was the development version for the RiscPC 2, aka Phoebe, and never officially released.
Also: Pictures and words from Clive Semmens’ recent talk now online.
Announced a couple of weeks ago and taking place in two days time, Andrew Conroy will be the guest speaker at this month’s RISC OS User Group of London meeting. Regularly seen at shows with his CJE Micro’s employee hat on, Andrew exhibited at this year’s Southwest Show in his own right, exhibiting many interfacing projects using the Raspberry Pi and, of course, RISC OS. It is this subject that he will be talking about in London. For more details, please refer to the previous announcement, or the meetings page on the ROUGOL website.
Last month, Clive Semmens was the group’s guest speaker, covering his thirty years working and playing with ARM processors. The page on the ROUGOL website referring to the meeting has since been updated with a few photographs, and links to resources that Clive himself has made available – what he said (PDF), and the pictures supporting his talk.
Ask nicely, and he might show you a picture of his 43-incher!
Tomorrow evening, 16th April, is when the RISC OS User Group of London next meets, and the guest speaker will be Clive Semmens, talking on the subject of his time working and playing with ARM processors. Clive’s first encounter with the processor was when he purchased an Archimedes for a classroom in Stornoway, in the Outer Hebrides, and some thirty years later he is still using them, having retired as a Senior Technical Author for ARM in 2007.
Admission to the meeting, which kicks off at 7:45pm, is free. Head for the restaurant upstairs at The Blue Eyed Maid, 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR. Full details of the venue, how to get there, and so on, can be found on ROUGOL’s website.
Publicising things well in advance? This is so not RISC OS!
The RISC OS User Group of London has already made plans for guest speakers for a few meetings in the coming months, and has put that information “out there” so that anyone interested – and who is able to venture into the nation’s Capital – can plan ahead.
The last few years have seen a notable upsurge in game development on RISC OS, and this month’s ROUGOL meeting reflects that. Kicking off at 7:45pm, the meeting takes place on Monday, 19th March, at it’s usual venue: The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs, in the restaurant), 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR.
The subject matter is Game Development, with a presentation being given jointly by Tony Bartram of AMCOG Games and Tim H-Smith of Square Games. Tony is now a familiar name to RISC OS Users, but Tim is a both a returning user, and a newcomer as a RISC OS developer. Since leaving the platform as a user, Tim has since developed a game called Hero: The Realm, which runs on Windows, Android, and Wii, and is now looking at converting it to run on RISC OS.
There will be an extra meeting on Thursday, 22nd February for RISC OS users in the Bristol area. With the Southwest Show taking place on Saturday, 24th, ROUGOL‘s Bryan Hogan is staying in Bristol before heading down to the Webbington Hotel on Friday. This makes the evening before an ideal opportunity for a friendly chat over a drink and a meal about all things RISC OS, Acorn, and computing – as well as anything else that may come up in conversation.
The meeting will take place in a different venue from usual – at The Old Fish Market, 59-63 Baldwin Street, Bristol, BS1 1QZ – but at the usual time; from around 7:30pm, though some members may arrive earlier.
The next meeting for RISC OS users in and around London will take place tomorrow evening, kicking off at 7:45pm. ROUGOL’s Bryan Hogan will be speaking, with a topic entitled ARMs, ARMs, everywhere, apologetically referencing Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The talk will cover the phenomenal growth of ARM processors, which now outnumber humans on this planet by a huge factor, and look at the future – in particular, the problems RISC OS could face with the possibility of the ARM CPUs eventually losing their 32-bit mode.
The meeting takes place at the usual location – The Blue-Eyed Maid (upstairs in the restaurant), 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR. Entry is free, and the venue sells a range of food and and drink. More details about the venue and how to find it etc can be found on ROUGOL’s website.
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.
*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.