First there was JFPatch – now there’s JFPatch-as-a-service

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For a short time only, RISC OS users can benefit from a cloud service that nobody expected or requested and, quite frankly, most people probably won’t actually use. Well, it’s aimed at developers really, not the average user, so there’s that.

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Improved GPX output in BusTimes 1.13

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Kevin Wells’ BusTimes application provides a means for RISC OS users who travel by bus to look up information online about particular stops – retrieving the times for buses that stop there, and additional route information about them. It does this by using Wget to communicate under the hood with the TransportAPI website.

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RIP Jim Nagel: You will be missed, my friend.

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It is with the greatest regret that I have to pass on some very sad news – the recent passing of Jim Nagel. Martin Wuerthner has been in contact with the family, and released the following statement on their behalf:

“It is with great sadness that the family of Jim Nagel announces his passing peacefully on Saturday, March 21.
 
Most RISC OS users will know Jim as the editor of the Archive magazine since 2007, and before that as the author of the Acorn column in the Computer Shopper magazine. Jim has been a well-known figure in the RISC OS community for a long time and a regular exhibitor at RISC OS shows. His humour, dedication and enthusiasm will be sadly missed.
 
On behalf of Jim’s wife Viola, his sons and grandchildren,
 
Martin Wuerthner”

I can only echo the above sentiment. I’ve known Jim for a long time and – like many of us in the RISC OS world – very much considered him a friend. He will be very sadly missed, and although the current situation means I will have to do so alone, I will be raising a glass in his honour tonight.

CJE Micro’s and 4D offer continued support but limited ordering

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While the current emergency restrictions are in place, introduced at the start of this week in order to try and slow the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-COV-2, CJE Micro’s and 4D have said that they are still able to offer support for customers by email and telephone.

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News bit: Descriptions and more examples on Graphics Programming site

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Section 8 of Richard Ashbery’s Simple Graphics Programming in RISC OS BASIC has been updated to include descriptions of many of the graphics shapes users will encounter when using a pair of parametric equations, and some additional example images have been added towards the end.

News nybble: StreetFix exports GPX files of report locations

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Kevin Wells has updated StreetFix, his software that allows RISC OS users to report problems to local authorities, such as potholes, broken street lights, etc. Using Wget, the software interfaces with the FixMyStreet website to do this.

It can also be used to look at existing reports, and version 1.02 of the software allows those reports to a GPX file – which can then be loaded into suitable mapping software to see where those reports are about.