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Autumn usergroup events

By dgs . Published: 12th Sep 2003, 01:52:28 | Permalink | Printable

CD burning frenzy!

Usergroup news motifIt's often easy to identify a common theme in RISC OS user group meetings. Right now, just about every second user group bulletin I read or write mentions demonstrations of CD burning; usually with an Iyonix involved somewhere.

There have been at least three or four RISC OS packages for writing CD-ROMs, most of which have concentrated on SCSI CD-writers only. Steffen Huber's CD-Burn has become the de facto standard in the RISC OS market, and comes free with the Iyonix (in a slightly restricted version).

This is largely due to Steffen grasping the nettle by supporting much more widespread (and cheaper) IDE ATAPI CD-writers as well as just SCSI ones. He has admitted that IDE drives have generated far more support queries regarding different drives than SCSI (due to the more vague nature of the IDE "standards"), but it certainly fits in with what modern users want. (If you don't already have an Iyonix, then you can buy CD-Burn for older machines from Warm Silence Software).

Ipswich
First up are the ICENI Computer Club. Their CD-burning evening takes place on the evening of Wednesday 1st October. This will not only include demonstrations of CD burning on the Iyonix (speed increase included!), but also CD burning on Wintel systems. If I manage to sort out my timetable, I might also add to this meeting by demonstrating CD burning on a Risc PC with SCSI CD writer and !CDBlaze from Cumana.

The ICENI club meet on the first Wednesday evening of every month, at the Bourne Vale Social Club, Halifax Road, Ipswich IP2 8RE. The November meeting will see a talk and demonstration on vector graphics by Frank Watkinson, and the December meeting will be a bring and buy auction. More information from iceni@woolridge.org.uk or by phoning Royal Moore on 01255 503 048.

Wakefield
Also running a CD burning evening, but combining it with other things, are the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club (WROCC). Their meeting on Wednesday 5th November will cover "Anti-Virus software, spam filtering plus CD burning". Closer still, their meeting on 1st October sees a return visit from John Cartmell, showing how Artworks 2, Ovation Pro, Draw and a wide variety of RISC OS vector graphics add-ons and extras are used to create printed boards for Fleur Designs board games.

Comparisons with ICENI continue - notice all the dates are the same! - as WROCC will also be holding a bring and buy auction at their December meeting.

More details can be obtained by emailing chris@cumbrian.demon.co.uk or stevepotts@blastzone.demon.co.uk. Alternatively, take a look at their website.

Cambridge
The Bottisham Acorn User Group (BAUG), near Cambridge and easily reached from the A14, plan to look at CD burning on the Iyonix on the evening of Tuesday 23rd September. If that doesn't take your fancy, they have a problem solving session on Tuesday October 14th. More details from david.mcdowell@ntlworld.com or take a look at the BAUG website

Sale (Manchester/M60)
CD burning with Iyonix is also likely to be on the agenda for the RISC OS North West User Group (RONWUG) in the near future, given that venue keyholder John Cartmell also has a review Iyonix on loan from Castle. For the time being, however, RONWUG has no set topics, but continues to meet at the Trafford Metrovick Rugby & Cricket Club, Finnybank Road, Sale, Cheshire M33 6LR on the third Wednesday evening of each month. As with many less formal user groups, admittance and membership are free. RONWUG can be contacted as info@ronwug.org or by phone on 0161 969 9820.

Blackpool (Cleveleys)
The Blackpool RISC OS user group also have no set topics in the near future, but will be meeting informally on Friday 26th September and Friday 31st October at the Victoria Hotel in Cleveleys. Their secretary, Maureen Lewtas, can be contacted as maureen@lewtas50.freeserve.co.uk.

Derbyshire and Romford (odd combination?)
Quickly re-capping events mentioned in our last user group round up, the Derbyshire Acorn RISC Club (DARC) have a question and answer session at their September meeting - see the DARC website. And Joe Taylor will talk about AppBasic ("the easiest way to write standard RISC OS applications for the desktop") at M25EROUG (near Romford, Essex) on 16th September - email barrywalsh@aaug.net for details.

London (Borough High Street)
The RISC OS User Group of London (ROUGOL) has finally succeeded in planning a reasonable distance into the future. Meeting on the third Monday evening of every month, forthcoming events include Peter Naulls in September (UNIX porting project, Linux for the Iyonix, etc), Andrew Davis in October (networking demonstration and explanation, RISC OS and Windows XP working together), informal meetings in November and December (even more Merlot than usual), Joe Taylor in January (AppBasic), and Richard Brown in February (Oregano UK Ltd).

ROUGOL meets at The Blue-Eyed Maid, 173 Borough High Street, London SE1 1HR. For more information see the ROUGOL website or email info@rougol.jellybaby.net.

Essex (Great Baddow)
I managed to phone the Essex Acorn User Group's secretary, webmaster and PR guru half way through their latest meeting (oops!), in order to confirm details of their next meeting. So I'm afraid you've now missed the practical networking evening (try ROUGOL instead!)

However, EAUG's secretary/webmaster/PR guru (Frank Watkinson) is back on Tuesday 14th October 2003, with the topic "Backing up to Hard Discs? Can it be sensible?" We're assuming the answer will be yes (for some purposes at least), and if anyone can explain how - in an entertaining way - that'd be Frank.

The Essex Acorn User Group meet in Great Baddow village hall (Chelmsford is a large town near there, I'm told) on the second Tuesday evening of each month. For more information email eaug@aaug.net or visit http://www.wattys.fsnet.co.uk/eaug/ - or indeed phone Frank on 01621 860 773.

And remember
If your user group's next meeting isn't mentioned above, drop drobe.co.uk an email. Do remember to include as much information as possible; venue, date and time, topics, speakers, key contact details, which day of the month the group normally meets, or anything else you think is important. "Three of us meet in a pub" is acceptable as a starting point, but you'd better mention which pub, when, and at least one mobile number... [I've been reminded to point out the Midlands usergroup that looks like it may finally emerge, drop Rob Andrews an email if you're interested - Ed]

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Good to see so much activity amongst Acorn users from all corners of the country!

 is a RISC OS Userrussebay on 12/9/03 9:11AM
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Actually, there were three CD writing apps released for RISC OS: CDScribe(2) by Eesox, which also supported a few IDE drives, CDBlaze by Cumana (SCSI only) and CDBurn.

There was also an interesting piece of software from Thomas Olsson, but due to problems with the distributor, it was never released.

Anyway, Eesox and Cumana gave up even before CDBurn became IDE capable, so the reasoning in the article can't be quite correct ;-)

 is a RISC OS Userhubersn on 12/9/03 11:00AM
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How's Mode 2 writting support, can one write VCDs? SVCDs? DVDs?

 is a RISC OS Usermavhc on 12/9/03 1:59PM
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And over here we have Arche Acorn User Club meeting tomorrow (Saturday), taking place in Wuppertal (see [link]). I will bring the Omega along again, this time with the official release 12 of the firmware, although with a bit of luck release 14 might arrive today.

-- Julian G. F. Zimmerle

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 12/9/03 2:04PM
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It's interesting that you mention Thomas' work. What is the current situation regarding multitasking burning on RISC OS? Is it still a no-go due to the OS being co-op? I'm sure the Iyonix has the power to handle a multitasking burn safely (providing nothing hogs the computer). -- Spriteman.

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 13/9/03 1:08AM
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Latest CDBurn betas (1.59b7 and later) can be configured to do writing in multitasking mode.

On the Iyonix, I usually write CDs with 8x speed in multitasking, and you hardly notice that anything goes on in the background.

If you have a BURN-proof supporting writer, you can even use multitasking on your humble Risc PC, provided that you restrict yourself to 2x speed writing.

Now, who is this Thomas guy?

Steffen

 is a RISC OS Userhubersn on 13/9/03 2:47PM
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Steffen: he's this mythical guy we made up to scare childen with. "Behave, or the Zappo will get you". He's even posted to drobe once ;-)

I've even seen his CD writing software in action.

-- Peter, drobe.co.uk

 is a RISC OS Usermrchocky on 13/9/03 8:18PM
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hubersn: - oh? how? I have that version and see no multitasking option. This is running on RPC.

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 13/9/03 10:01PM
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I take it you haven't bothered to read either the CDBurn mailing list or the CDBurn support pages?

Steffen

 is a RISC OS Userhubersn on 14/9/03 4:20PM
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I have read any manuals that came with it and I do watch the list but certainly not all the time. I have not seen any information on this. Thank you for such an emotive response pointing me that the support pages I did not know exist.

 is a RISC OS Userdansguardian on 14/9/03 10:11PM
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