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October round up

By Chris Williams. Published: 25th Oct 2002, 19:20:50 | Permalink | Printable

More news than you can shake a stick at

It's standing room only for this monthly news round up, we just don't know where to start. Would it be rude of us to kick things off with some self-indulgent site news? Or prehaps totally blowing a non-RISC OS related affair out of all sane proportion? Betting ends.


drobe.co.uk news [drobe.co.uk]
snapshot of new drobe As many readers have pointed out to us via email, some RISC OS browsers are having problems logging into drobe.co.uk. As part of a new site design and layout (coming soon), this rather annoying problem will be hunted down and resolved. For a sneak preview of the new front page, see the thumbnail to your right. The site re-design is to tidy up the drobe.co.uk site and organise links and information into separate pages, leaving the front page just for news and searching previous articles. Also, this month saw the 1,000th user comment posted on drobe.co.uk, thanks everyone. Finally, multi-platform news site OSNews.com this month linked to drobe.co.uk in their coverage of RISC OS 4.32. Which was nice.

Midlands show readies itself [www.armclub.org.uk/shows/midlands/]
Last year's Midlands RISC OS show was apparently poorly advertised even though this usually forgetful editor happily attended and managed to drag an ex-RISC OS user along with him too. So, just so you get the message this time round, the ARMClub hosted Midlands RISC OS show is to be held in Birmingham at the National Motorcyle Museam on the 30th November 2002. RISCOS Ltd., Castle, R-Comp and more will be attending; be there.

Surf this [netsurf.f2o.org]
snapshot of latest netsurf We like Netsurf. It's a big project to develop a web browser for RISC OS from scratch and requires an awful lot of programming and project management skills. Despite the odds, it's slowly getting there judging by the new screenshot on the NetSurf page. Open source too.

Acorn Comedyvillage [acorn.cybervillage.co.uk]
Do you remember back to the start of the month when Stuart of RISC OS portal website The Acorn Cybervillage, threatened to redirect cybervillage.co.uk/acorn/ to some porn site in an attempt to get people to update their links? Well true to his word, Stuart has carried out that threat. Gasp! cybervillage.co.uk/acorn/ now shockingly points to www.thenakedpc.com. Those executives in suits are quite frankly terrifying. Thanks for the giggle Stuart.

RISC OS in 7.5 millions words [acorn.cybervillage.co.uk/archive/]
RISC OS magazine Archive has produced (and is now selling) a double CD containing 15 year's worth of Archive magazine back issues, including this year's copies, all in searchable HTML format for under 20 quid. That's 7,500,000 or so words covering the rise and fall and, um, rise of RISC OS. Excellent. Call Archive to order a copy.

Freeware goodies Software released or updated this month
Locate 0.80 has been released by Steve Fryatt. Locate is a super file searcher and now features an optionally more informative search results window and improved modification date setting; more information from the Locate webpage. Moving on, Maarten Bezemer has updated his CVS tools to version 1.01. drobe.co.uk reported on release 1.00 of the version control software at the end of September and Maarten's site describes the changes in this new version. Maarten has also updated his NetWatch software to version 1.63. NetWatch monitors a user's favourite webpages and informs the user when the pages change. Next is Sam Ellis' STem 2.02, his updated Atari ST emulator for RISC OS, with optimised disk image access routines and a memory viewer with integrated disassembler. Deep breath.

Appearing around the corner is Textseek 1.31 by Harriet Bazley. Textseek scans through files looking for a particular string of text, full changes from last version are listed on the Textseek webpage. Next is the now bug fixed Riscsearch 0.87 (beta), the meta-search engine for RISC OS developed by Patrick Mortara which contacts various internet search engines with a user's query, collects the results and displays them neatly to the user. Chris Terran of the Photodesk resources site has updated his EXIFinfo software to version 0.56 (beta), see the site for the big list of changes. EXIFinfo takes information embedded in JPEG images taken by digital cameras and uses it to create galleries and text summaries of your images. Another program getting the bug fix treatment is Jochen Lueg's utility FSI_Batch, which batch converts groups of files with ChangeFSI. Version 2.82 of FSI_Batch fixes a fault with aspect ratio locking. Finally, Andrew Hodgkinson has tweaked his JPEG image viewer application SwiftJPEG to be RISC OS Select compatible.


Finally, this may amuse you, a riscos.iswe.net spoof article. Banzai.

Chris, chief cookie tester

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