News round upBy Chris Williams. Published: 23rd Dec 2003, 23:40:32 | Permalink | Printable
Old skool Beeb fun and more last minute news Quite possibly the last news article of 2003, we present a round up of last minute news that's been building up in our inbox. With Christmas day and the New Year climax fast approaching, the festivities are underway, the beer and wine are flowing and the worry of finding thrilling RISC OS news should be, for a change, the least of our troubles. And I better make this quick because, as the rest of the drobe.co.uk staff and friends will more than happily attest, it doesn't take much alcoholic refreshment to render this editor recklessly inebriated.
Justin 'one man software house' Fletcher has released his "christmas present to the RISC OS world", specifically a retro-adventure game called Feud. Feud is a game of magic, heroics and 4 colour MODE 1 BASIC and 6502 machine code action, originally written for the BBC B when Justin was a mere 10 years old. In time for Christmas, Justin, now 27, tells us he decided to tidy up and port the game to RISC OS whilst preserving the classic, tender Beeb gaming spirit, despite explaining that it's "primarily released for a laugh".
"I would like to thank Julian Fletcher, Simon Fletcher, Victoria Buckley and Suzanne Brill (ne Buckley) for their relevant contributions to this game. And to my parents for putting up with my continued and relentless ramblings about the game", Justin added in his email. You can download Feud from one of Justin's websites and you'll need a RISC OS computer capable of MODE 1 and MODE 7 'graphics'.
Solve mazes and mix herbs to discover and cast magic
Next, a Christmas pressie for puzzle people. Paul 'Paranoid about paranoia' Vigay has open sourced and 32 bitted his WordSearch software that can be used to create puzzle grids. An educational app called Foods, which teaches you nutritional analysis of the food we eat, is also now Iyonix happy. Finally, another 32 bit safe application re-released from Paul that'll go down a storm in our New Year drobe.co.uk internal training sessions, is NewsRoom, a newspaper news desk simulator. Grab Paul's software, as well as his updated desktop sillies, before the aliens do, only from here. On a more serious, honestly less Bilderberg sponsored note, version 1.56 of Paul's ANTUtils package of useful bits and pieces for Ant Internet Suite users, is now available from the aforementioned URL and primarily features a new email filtering system.
NewsRoom: Never again will we be the last to know!
Maarten Bezemer has rolled out a new release of his RISC OS CVS port. TapirMail, David Llewellyn-Jones' much welcomed zero-fuss email client is now Iyonix compatible. Finally, Dave Stratford has updated his WebGen2 software with a good dose of bug fixes and minor tidying up.
Finally, as highlighted by the Bar, the WROCC show organiser Chris Hughes has confirmed publically that MicroDigital sadly won't be at the Wakefield show next year as they've made other arrangements, apparently. Chris shrugged off the revelation, commenting that it was MicroDigital's "loss" - but certainly not ours as we can only look forward to yet more motorbike photos being posted online.
Also, Gavin Wraith of RISC OS Lua fame, has written in to tell us that Roberto Ierusalimschy's "long awaited book" entitled "Programming in Lua" is now in print and the publication, we're told, even gives RISC OS a mention. Hooray.
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