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By dgs . Published: 23rd May 2004, 23:27:17 | Permalink | Printable

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Usergroup motifLondon
Following the announcement on 18th May of Castle's six week consultation process for the future development of RISC OS, the RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) will be joining in the process in June by devoting their monthly meeting to a workshop for discussion of which features would most benefit RISC OS users.

Tommy Lowe will be directing the meeting and helping to organise the suggestions that are put forward. Other ROUGOL members with technical expertise in different areas of RISC OS will be contributing their knowledge as to what may or may not be technically feasible, or can already be achieved in other ways.

But the real focus is for ordinary users to put forward their ideas as to what they would like to see in RISC OS. To this end, ROUGOL will be preparing handouts summarising some of the suggestions that have already been made, and also collating the conclusions of this "RISC OS workshop" to be sent back to the developers. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own ready-made lists of ideas, to help streamline the discussion - perhaps bring along ideas about things you don't like about RISC OS currently, as well.

Like all ROUGOL meetings, this one takes place at The Blue-Eyed Maid public house, 173 Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR. The date is Monday 21st June 2004, and the formal start is likely to be 7:45pm. As is often the case, there will be informal discussion, eating and drinking from 6pm onwards. For more information, see rougol.jellybaby.net or email info@rougol.jellybaby.net

In July, Harriet Bazley will be giving a talk at ROUGOL about StrongEd, its advantages and some of the features not everyone might know about; and hopefully also covering some of the software she's written herself.

August sees an informal meeting at ROUGOL, and it's likely that the agenda will mostly be based around the club's Risc PC, which runs RISC OS 4.37. Investigating SCSI, Artworks 2 or Ovation Pro are all possible options for the evening.

In September, Tommy Lowe will be presenting a slightly different talk, focusing on the technicalities behind how the ARM-based mobile phones we all carry around actually communicate with each other. With a background of working at BT for many years, Tommy will also be offering his own views on the "tunnel fire" that hit quite a few RISC OS businesses in north-west England earlier this year. Tommy has been in the tunnel in question (not when it was on fire), so has both experiences and viewpoints to share.

All ROUGOL meetings happen on the third Monday evening of the month.

Bottisham (Cambridge)
The Bottisham Acorn User Group (BAUG) claim to be the oldest established Acorn and RISC OS user group, though this distinction is also claimed by one or two other groups. BAUG normally meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month, for two hours starting at 7:30pm. The venue is Bottisham Village College, Lode Road, Bottisham, Cambridge CB5 9DL.

We've almost missed the visit to BAUG by Peter Naulls to give a demonstration of RISC OS Adjust, on 25th May. BAUG will also be meeting on 8th June, 14th September, and 28th September. On 22nd June there will be a practical tutorial on Photodesk, and CD-burning on IYONIX pc and Windows PC is the provisional topic for 13th July.

That's the last BAUG meeting for July, and BAUG have no meetings during August 2004, and do not meet on 26th October. However, they plan a scanner comparison and demonstration on 9th November, and a bring and buy sale on 14th December.

David Holden of APDL will be visiting the Bristol Area RISC User Group (BARUG) on the evening of Wednesday 26th May 2004. He can bring along any hard drives, memory, software or other items from his comprehensive stocks - phone him on 0208 778 2659 beforehand.

BARUG meet at 7:30pm on the last Wednesday of each month at the Brook Way Community Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol (just off M5 J15). There is plentiful parking. For more information, see www.barug.co.uk or phone 0117 973 6237.

East Kent
We've asked for more information about the planned user group in East Kent, but have heard nothing further. If you live in Kent and might be able to make it to a meeting, email Peter and give him some encouragement, he is hopefully contactable as peter@petercb.f2s.com

Stuart Tyrrell will be visiting the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC) on the evening of Wednesday 2nd June. On 7th July WROCC provisionally plan a networking workshop, and on 4th August creating presentations with RISC OS is the provisional topic.

WROCC continue to meet on the first Wednesday of each month, including September, October and November. On 1st December, they'll be holding their annual bring and buy auction.

For more information, see the WROCC website at www.wrocc.org.uk

The Essex Acorn User Group (EAUG) continue to meet on the second Tuesday of each month. At present, the group meets at the Great Baddow Village Hall. For more information, see the EAUG website at www.wattys.fsnet.co.uk/eaug.

Why isn't your user group mentioned here?
We can easily update this article with news of your own RISC OS user group, so do send all available information through to news@drobe.co.uk As will be evident already, just mentioning dates and a website leads to an entry just containing dates and a website; so the more detail
you can provide, the better.


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Great idea ROUGOL :-) An opportunity maybe for New Zealanders to collect ideas on our [groups.yahoo.com/group/riscos-newzealand/] Kiwi chat site ;-) NZ north and south islands could include the west island (Australia)! Maybe because most New Zealand and Australian users are so spread out and not in one city, a collection of ideas might be of interest as a meeting not possible? What do you think? Could someone hint how you make those nice little blue text coloured Web site links - I'm only new at this thanks. Also, how do you do the face/logo's - do you need your own web site to do this? Cheers, Steve.

 is a RISC OS UserSawadee on 24/5/04 9:08AM
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I presume Monday 17th May is a typo as it was last week...

 is a RISC OS Usermarkee174 on 24/5/04 12:06PM
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Oops - should be Monday 21st June 2004.


 is a RISC OS Userdgs on 24/5/04 1:54PM
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Oops, indeed. That'll teach me for proofing articles when I should have been revising. Error corrected, sorry.


 is a RISC OS Userdiomus on 24/5/04 2:28PM
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