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    Articles in March 2009

  • New debugging tool for RISC OS apps built with GCCSDK
    GDBServer enables the use of a debugger to aid the development of RISC OS applications built with GCCSDK for the first time. Applications, such as NetSurf, can now be run on RISC OS under GDBServer and be debugged using GDB on a remote computer.
     Discuss this. Published: 31 Mar 2009

  • Last issue of Foundation RISCWorld published
    The final edition of Foundation RISCWorld, a bi-monthly CD-based magazine published by APDL, has been posted to subscribers this month after editor Aaron Timbrell decided to call it a day.
     7 comments, latest by DrWhich on 3/4/09 8:24PM. Published: 29 Mar 2009

  • USB memory stick app bugfixed in time for British Summer Time
    Fat32FS, a filing system module that allows Iyonix users to use PC-formated USB drives that are over 2GB in size, is now up to version 1.14. Developer Jeff Doggett said he had tidied up the code a bit and corrected a problem with file timestamps after the change to BST.
     2 comments, latest by socris on 2/4/09 5:59PM. Published: 29 Mar 2009

  • What should be NetSurf's priority?
    Development work on the open source NetSurf web browser project will once again be funded by Google as part of the internet giant's Summer of Code scheme. NetSurf has been accepted into this year's GSoC, which pays students to develop open source software during their holiday, under the guidance of a mentor. This year it's hoped budding engineers, who must first successfully apply for a place to work on the browser, will work on various improvements. What do you think the NetSurf team should be focusing development on?
     29 comments, latest by adh1003 on 29/4/09 6:40PM. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Google to fund another round of NetSurf development
    Development work on the open source NetSurf web browser project will once again be funded by Google as part of the internet giant's Summer of Code scheme. NetSurf has been accepted into this year's GSoC, which pays students to develop open source software during their holiday, under the guidance of a mentor. Last year the NetSurf project mentored four students in the development of various improvements including a new HTML parser and PDF export functionality. This year it's hoped budding engineers, who must first successfully apply for a place to work on the browser, will work on keyboard shortcut support, improvements to the way the software displays web pages, a Windows and Apple port and more.
     16 comments, latest by martin on 27/3/09 9:26PM. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Mourners at tragic Paul Vigay's funeral to plant acorns in his memory
    At the funeral of RISC OS and civil liberties activist Paul Vigay, who died last month, acorns were passed around to mourners to plant across the country in his memory. Journalist Jim Nagel describes the touching service after attending the funeral, held in Petersfield, Hants.
     1 comment, latest by JohnR on 23/3/09 7:10PM. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • May date set for RISC OS Euro 2009 show
    RISC OS eXperience 2009 is set to take place on Saturday, May 16 at the same venue as last year's event - the Wijkgebouw de Vuister in The Netherlands. Co-organiser Paul Porcelijn said: "Last year between 70 and 80 visitors attended the show, many of whom brought their own system. The atmosphere was friendly and inspiring. Many people made new contacts or renewed old acquaintences." Punter who wish to set up their own stands and commercial exhibitors are welcome to contact organisers The Big Ben Club. There is no charge for table space.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Partis Computing takes over DigiFlash range
    Partis Computing has reveal it has taken over further development of Surftec's DigiFlash products, which it originally created for Surftec in 2001 and 2002. Existing users have been invited to apply to receive the latest driver updates. Gary Partis, of Partis Computing, said: "We are best placed for continued development of these products." Users can plug Flash memory cards into their RISC OS computers via the parallel printer port using a DigiFlash interface device. Surftec withdrew from the platform in 2003.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Mac OS X port of latest RPCEmu Spoon edition available
    Timothy Coltman has built and uploaded a Mac OS X version of RPCEmu Spoon 0.8.2 for users of Apple's shiny computers. Meanwhile, Matthew Howkins has been working on an improved version of Tom Walker's dynamic recompiler for RPCEmu for 64-bit computers. RPCEmu is an open source machine emulator of RiscPC-class machines.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Maths teacher wanted for top RISC OS-powered school for the deaf
    RiscPC-using Knightsfield School, in Welwyn Garden City, Herts, has been described as "very well resourced and well equipped" for teaching IT to deaf youngsters, according to standards inspectors. The school is also on the look out for a new maths teacher and has invited RISC OS-aware tutors to apply for the position.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • New developer sought for website gallery app
    Coder John Williams said he will make his shareware Pic_Index software freely available if no one else is interested in taking over development within the next fortnight. He said: "If anyone is seriously interested in developing it further, please contact me. This would be subject to continuing to support the existing user base (including me) for an agreed period, and to actually having concrete ideas for further development." John said he hadn't worked on the BASIC program in years and its website domain was due to be renewed, which promoted this month's action.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Home accounts package beta version made available for testing
    Developer Steve Fryatt has made a new version of his CashBook software available for beta testing. The release contains a number of minor tweaks and allows frequently used transactions, or parts of transactions, to be set up as templates and quickly entered into the transaction window at a press of a key or a click of the mouse.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Impact database coders survey punters
    Sine Nomine Software has launched a survey to try to find out how happy people are with database package Impact and which areas of the application could do with improvement.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • RISC OS sprite to BMP file converter released
    7th software has announced the release of a simple tool that can convert RISC OS sprite files into Windows BMP images. Programmer Steve Revill said: "It isn't particularly pretty or efficient but will do the job in most cases."
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • Byte Back convention: show reports and photos by Acorn fans
    This month a number of Acorn enthusiasts exhibited their favourite 8-bit kit at Byte Back convention - a two-day UK show that featured all manner of electronic equipment from C64s to arcade cabs demonstrated by their adoring fans. Dave Moore, who was able to secure a few tables for Acorn hardware, organised a meet up for like-minded enthusiasts at the event and gave us this round-up of reports and photos from the show.
     Discuss this. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • South West 2009 show was backed by 'massive' ad campaign
    Hundreds of leaflets, posters and plugs in the local press and by the local radio station advertised this year's RISC OS South West 2009 show, according to event publicist Rob Hodson.
     1 comment, latest by AW on 23/3/09 7:34PM. Published: 22 Mar 2009

  • ARM in half of all netbooks by 2012, says analyst
    Linux Today reports that an industry analyst reckons that ARM chips will surpass Intel's Atom chips in 55 percent of netbooks by 2012 - however, another analyst suggests ARM will only get 10 to 20 percent.
     1 comment, latest by torbenm on 23/3/09 3:16PM. Published: 13 Mar 2009

  • Paul Vigay's family reveal funeral arrangements
    The family of tragic Paul Vigay have announced details of his funeral, which will be held later this month in Hampshire. His mother, father, sister and partner Louie Smith are still coming to terms with their loss and were touched by messages of support and tributes to Paul. They have invited his friends and colleagues to attend the service.
     Discuss this. Published: 5 Mar 2009

  • ROL RISC OS versions round-up
    A brave stab at outlining the various versions of RISC OS released by RISCOS Ltd under the RISC OS Select brand.
     Discuss this. Published: 5 Mar 2009

  • Should ROL concentrate on a new ARM port of the OS?
    Should RISCOS Ltd focus on porting its OS to new ARM-powered devices, such as the recently unveiled prototyped netbooks, following work on bringing the RISC OS Open flavour of the OS to the ARM Cortex-A8 platform?
     22 comments, latest by rjek on 28/3/09 8:25PM. Published: 1 Mar 2009

  • VNC remote desktop app updated
    Steve Potts's user interface for RISC OS VNC servers can now automatically turn off the desktop backdrop when a remote desktop connection is opened in order to increase efficiency.
     3 comments, latest by druck on 16/3/09 9:04AM. Published: 1 Mar 2009

  • Space invaders clone bug-fixed and tweaked
    A new version of Gareth Lock's space invaders clone is available for download. The source code is provided and documented as Gareth started the project to find out how to write a computer game using BBC BASIC.
     1 comment, latest by AW on 2/3/09 12:06AM. Published: 1 Mar 2009


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