Validate VAT numbers from the desktop

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If you run a business (or look after the books for one), sometimes it can be useful to be able to double check VAT registration numbers to ensure they are valid, or to simply look them up to find an address. Double checking a UK VAT number can be done with some simple maths1, but all that does is ensure it could be a valid number, not that it is one. Better, then, is to be able to punch the number into an online service, and be told not only that it is valid, but who it belongs to.

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Sophie Wilson talks the Future of Microprocessors to ROUGOL

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Exactly eleven years since she last spoke to the group about the history and future of the ARM processor, Sophie Wilson CBE will pay a virtual visit to the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) on 19th April. This time, the subject will be the Future of Microprocessors.

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What do a PiDP-11, YTPlay, and editing meeting videos have in common?

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They’ll all be discussed at the next Wakefield meeting!

Offering a range of topics, rather than just one speaker talking on one topic, the next Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) meeting has been designated a Potpourri evening, with spots from Cliff Hatch, Doug Webb (infiltrating the Club from the Midlands), and Ruth Gunstone.

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Wakefield exhibitors bringing their wares to your doorstep

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If that’s where you choose to watch it – which may depend on the device you use (and the weather)

The next Wakefield Acorn & RISC OS Computer Show will take place on Saturday, 24th April, 2021 – almost exactly one month from today – and like last year’s London Show, it will take place online using the Zoom video conferencing system, and simultaneously streamed on the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) YouTube channel.

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QrCode receives a little house training

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A QR Code linking to this page

Kevin Wells has released a new version of his QrCode application. The software is used to produce ‘Quick Response’ codes – two dimensional bar codes that can contain a little more information than their simpler older relatives, with URLs being a common example, whereby you scan a QR Code with your phone or other device, and from there your web browser can be launched pointing to the relevant address. For example, the one used on this page – somewhat pointlessly, I admit – leads to this page.

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LanMan98 2.08 released under open source licence

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Developed by Paul Gardiner and released as a Warm Silence Software (WSS) product, LanMan98 provided a means to access other devices on a network using the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol. In its original form LanMan98 worked alongside LanManFS and Omniclient, and offered support for long filenames on remote filing systems, but the software grew from those origins and became something that could work independently of Omniclient.

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Introducing the DARIC programming language at ROUGOL – 15th March

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The next RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) meeting will take place on Monday, 15th March, and once again it will be an online event, held using the Zoom video conferencing system. The guest speaker will be Daryl Dudey, talking on the subject of DARIC, a programming language he has been developing for both RISC OS and Windows.

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