User groups

RISC OS Awards at ROUGOL

An opportunity to reminisce about good times long very recently gone.

The RISC OS User Group of London have announced the date and subject of their next meeting – and it’s a subject that I hope all but fifty or so members of the RISC OS community are currently thinking about!

That subject is the 2014 RISC OS Awards poll, which is currently underway and has only received a handful over fifty votes so far – with a closing date that is a little over two weeks away, at the end of this month.

ROUGOL’s meeting takes place on Monday, 19th January, from around 7:45pm, at their usual venue – upstairs in the Spice Lounge restaurant of the Blue-Eyed Maid, 173 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1HR – and for the first meeting of the year, they will be taking a look back at the year just past, with the focus being the categories in the 2014 Awards, for which this time around there are no options to tick, just a text box to enter your vote.

The aim is for the attendees to put their collective heads together to come with a list of options for each category, something the members can use to decide upon their own votes – and ROUGOL’s Bryan Hogan informs me that if there are enough useful suggestions from those at the meeting, and if he is suitably organised, he’ll try to put the suggestions on the ROUGOL website, so this could be a useful list of suggestions for other RISC OS users to consider, along with the trip down memory lane posted on RISCOSitory a few days ago.

Admittance to meetings is free, and everyone is welcome. The venue sells a range of hot and cold food, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. It is located between the London Bridge and Borough tube stations, with both stations being a five minute walk away through well lit, CCTV’d main streets – so easily accessible by public transport. There is also ample cycle parking close by and, if you you are arriving by car, Congestion Charging ends at 6:00pm.

Also mentioned in the announcement of the next meeting was the talk at the November meeting by FedNet’s Andrew Hutchings, on the subject of Star Fighter 3000 and how it came to be – a video of which has been uploaded to YouTube by Leo White:

It was following discussions between Andrew and the game’s current maintainer, Christopher Bazley, that the decision was made to make the game available to download for free.