Apr 212017
 
An epic amount of storage on RISC OS

An epic amount of storage on RISC OS

RISC OS Open Ltd promised us an epic announcement at Wakefield – and this might just be it: The company will be demonstrating “previously unheard of amounts of storage on RISC OS” with a 2TB – that’s two TERRABYTES – drive attached directly to a disc controller on a RISC OS computer, in native Acorn FileCore format.

An image of a RISC OS machine with a ‘Gargantuan’ hard drive was posted by Rob Sprowson to Twitter earlier this week (with the image stolen and included here), though at the time he denied that it could be called epic.

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , ,
Apr 212017
 

RISC OS Open Ltd have sneakily released a new RISC OS release candidate for the Raspberry Pi – if it can be called sneakily when they said at the recent Southwest Show (see Rob Sprowson’s talk) that it was coming soon. RC15 can be found on their Raspberry Pi downloads page, with full details on their news page.

As stated in the Southwest Show presentation, the new release candidate supports all models of Raspberry Pi, from the oldest to the newest, and from the smallest to the… well, standard sized. And as well as supporting all of the models of Pi, it benefits from all the recent improvements to RISC OS, such as the updated JPEG support, EDID monitor detection, and so on.

And if you come along to tomorrow’s Wakefield Show, you can purchase a copy of RC15 already on a ROOL-branded SD card for a mere £10 + VAT!

 April 21, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , ,
Mar 142017
 

Note: Being in the Midlands is not a compilation prerequisite!

The Midlands User Group‘s next meeting takes place from 2:00pm on Saturday, 18th March, and the guest speaker this month will be Chris Hall, who will be showing MUG members how to use RISC OS Open‘s Desktop Development Environment to build their own RISC OS ROM image – as well as touching on other uses for the software suite. The place to be is:

The Methodist Church Hall,
Greenhill,
Blackwell,
Bromsgrove,
B60 1BL.

There is a small entrance fee to cover costs, and refreshments will be available.

 March 14, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Mar 142017
 

The next monthly meeting of Cheshire-based RONWUG takes place tomorrow evening – Wednesday 15th March. Organised by Steve Potts, the meeting kicks off at around 7:30pm, and is open to anyone with an interest in RISC OS – and there are no membership or entrance fees. So, if you’re in the area tomorrow evening, the place to be is:

Trafford Metrovick Rugby and Cricket Club,
Finnybank Road,
Sale,
Cheshire,
M33 6LR.
 March 14, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 202017
 

But cover up any private bits!

RISCOS FRIn yet another BASIC-based initiative on the part of David Feugey’s RISC OS FR, a tailored edition of the latest Desktop Development Environment from RISC OS Open Ltd is on offer to people who want to get into BASIC programming, for the grand price tag of zero pounds, zero pence1, and one screenshot of your RISC OS desktop. Continue reading »

 January 20, 2017  Posted by  Programming Tagged with: , , , , , ,
Jan 162017
 

Techwriter and Easiwriter will be the subject of the next Midlands User Group meeting, with John McCartney providing hints, tips and demonstrations of both packages in use. The meeting takes place at 2:00pm on Saturday, 21st January, at:

The Methodist Church Hall,
Greenhill,
Blackwell,
Bromsgrove,
B60 1BL.

There is a small entrance fee payable, which covers the cost of the hall, and refreshments will be available.

 January 16, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Jan 162017
 

The next meeting of the RISC OS North West User Group will take place on Wednesday, 18th January, running from 7:30pm until around 10:00pm at the usual venue:

The Trafford Metrovick Rugby and Cricket Club,
Finnybank Road,
Sale,
Cheshire,
M33 6LR.

There are no membership or entry fees, and the meeting is open to anyone interested in RISC OS computers.

 January 16, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Jan 152017
 

Wrapped up well, fed hot soup.

RISC OS Open LtdRISC OS Open Limited have released a new version of the Desktop Development Environment (DDE), the set of tools used by many developers for writing software for RISC OS, as well as anyone working on the operating system itself.

The primary focus of the new release (aka DDE27) is the relocation of zero page, currently only included in release candidate versions of the operating system, but which will eventually find its way into a formal release version. As such, this version of the tools is itself free of any problems on such builds – according to ROOL, “In DDE27 the remaining illegal accesses which have been reported have been fixed.” Continue reading »

 January 15, 2017  Posted by  Announcements Tagged with: , , , , , , ,
Jan 082017
 

The Southampton RISC OS Users Group, aka SROUG, will next be meeting on Tuesday, January 10th, at:

Itchen College Sports Centre,
Deacon Road,
Southampton.

Anyone can attend the meeting, which has free admission and runs from 7:00pm until 9:00pm. There will be a small network of RISC OS computers, hopefully with an internet connection, and anyone attending is welcome to bring along any hardware or software they want to show off.

Aim for the College Centre, an open area with tables and chairs next to the Sports Centre reception desk.

 January 8, 2017  Posted by  User groups Tagged with: , , , ,
Dec 102016
 

That’ll be mark up creation all sewn up, then.

Gavin Wraith has released a new version of Weave, an application that can generate web pages from scripts, and thus remove any need to understand either HTML or CSS.

The script language used is a subset of Lua, so anyone who writes programs in that language will probably be at home writing Weave scripts – though a quick glance at the user guide suggests anyone who doesn’t probably won’t. However, for those who have the Archive Magazine CD/DVD including volume 15 – or indeed, those who still have the dead tree editions of that volume – Harriet Bazley wrote a two part article on Weave, published in issues 15:8 and 15:9.

 December 10, 2016  Posted by  Software Tagged with: , , , , ,