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    Due to the unfortunate unavailability of Jack Lillingston from Castle Technology, who has some business commitments, the Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club have had a last minute change of event for this Wednesday (3rd of July).

    We have luckily been able to arrange an alternative guest speaker. David Atkins from Microdigital has agreed to visit us with an Omega Computer. Why not come along to see one in action.

    Guests are more than welcome to our meetings, although non-members pay a small fee for entry (£1.50). Meetings are held at the West Yorkshire Sports & Social Club in Sandal, Wakefield and start at 7:45pm.

    Full details of the club venue are available on the club website at Free parking and bar facilities are available at the venue.

    Steve Potts - Club Secretary - Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club

    Note: Looks well worth a visit folks :-)
    Posted by StevePotts on Friday, June 28, 2002   

    Akalat Publishing wishes to announce that after publication of Vol. 8 issue 6 (August 2002) the ownership of Acorn Publisher will be transferred from Akalat Publishing to John Cartmell of Fleur Designs who will be responsible for publication of all issues from Vol. 9 issue 1 onwards (October 2002).

    Note: Which is your favourite RISC OS magazine? Vote in the poll
    Posted by MyRISCOS on Wednesday, June 19, 2002 Read full article: 'Acorn Publisher changes hands'   

    And the news you're all waiting for... Roy Heslop at RiscStation has just sent us this missive and it looks good!

    Demonstrations of the RiscStation Portable technology will be held on the RiscStation Stand in the morning and afternoon.

    Special offers on RiscStation Machines.

    • Free upgrades to 128MB Fast Memory and 40GB hard drives on all Plus and Scorcher machines ordered at the show.
    • Free upgrades to 32MB and 10Gb drives on Lite machines.
    • Free optical or wireless scroll mouse with software on all machines.

    The new NET100 card will be on sale at the CTA Stand.

    The new programable expansion ROM kit for the RiscStation 7500 series giving 2MB of user programable EEprom memory (i.e. 6MB of "System ROM" space) will be on sale at the CTA Stand.

    Specical offers

    14" refurb. AKF65 Acorn Multimedia monitors for only √ā¬£49.00 inc.

    17" refurb SVGA monitors √ā¬£85.00 inc.

    21" refurb Iiyama pro √ā¬£165.00 inc.

    HP refurb laser printers from √ā¬£85.00 inc.

    Canon BJC2100 @ √ā¬£59.00 inc.

    and many other memory, hard drive and other equipment deals.

    Exchange your old working Acorn machine for a new shiny RiscStation and Monitor and get a further √ā¬£50.00 off the new discounted prices.

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, May 16, 2002   

    This just in from Nathan at VOTI - and it isn't pleasant.

    The majority of RISC OS gamers know that VOTI have not done any development recently and many of you know that I have ceased all in-house software development due to personal differences with RISC OS' lead companies.

    This is an official statement to inform you that VOTI is now officially closed and will not be developing software. The reasons for this are two-fold:

    • Owain (main programmer) now has a job with a software firm and like Paul Thomson he does not want to write software around the clock.
    • Owain and the rest of us feel that the market will not recover from it's current situation and our enthusiasm has gone due to the "head factions" in the RISC OS world.

    What about our software? Our software will remain under the conditions of each respective program original documentation.

    EMD and all other projects (bar one, see below) are cancelled and we will not be releasing the code to the public domain for the forseeable future.

    As mentioned above there is still one project being worked on, the reason for this is that it is set for a commercial release so we are being paid. Like Krisalis software many years ago they left the market after releasing the brilliant Alone In The Dark, VOTI will leave with a bang. I cannot and will not mention any details about the project but it is big and if/when finished will show what a real game is like.

    The VOTI site is now used for my own little hobby but has Java Foul Egg and a small amount of information relating to the RISC OS scene.

    The remaining members are currently taking stock of the situation and may reappear under a different banner just to keep a group spirit.

    Thanks to our supporters, we have had an enjoyable time over the years and made a good number of friends. It is time to close the VOTI era so once again thank you all from Owain, Nathan, Lee, Andrew and Gordon.

    See you around.

    Nathan - Former Team Leader of Visions Of The Impossible.

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, May 16, 2002   

    For the first time in Cerilica's history, one of its products is getting fully discounted for a show. To welcome in Cerilica Vantage's new product format, Cerilica will be providing an amazing 66.50ukp discount for visitors wishing to buy RISC OS' most advanced design and publishing system from the previous 241.50ukp to a more palatable 175.00ukp (fully inclusive).


    News in that even this close to Wakefield, those bods at R Comp have released a new package...

    Grapevine, is a brand new application for RISC OS users which has been under development for some time.It will be available at the Wakefield show this weekend!


    Communication is an essential part of our daily lives, be it talking to friends, family or business colleagues. The more in-depth letter has its electronic counterpart in the form of email, but what about the immediacy of phone or informal conversation? The answer is Instant Messaging, and that's where Grapevine comes in. It allows you to communicate in real-time with friends, family and colleagues directly from your computer.

    It's amazing just how useful this is - you go online to check email, or browse the web, and can see any of your friends or contacts who are also online. You can then have a conversation, whilst also doing the browsing or emailing you started out to do. These people can be anywhere in the world, not just local people, allowing you to keep up with old acquaintances many miles away.

    In the PC world, instant communication tends to be split into lots of different programs, making it laborious to use if you have friends on different services. Grapevine's aim is to provide a single application, initially supporting Microsoft's "MSN" service and the more chat-room orientated "IRC".

    Why is Grapevine significant?

    Instant communication is one of those things that may seem pointless until you have used it. Now that the Internet has become commonplace, the ability to see friends and family online, and converse with them when you are browsing the web, or checking email, becomes an essential part of internet usage. And you thought that the internet was about passively browsing the web!!!

    By bringing everything under one actively developed roof, RISC OS users can communicate with people without needing lots of disparate applications, and enjoy a consistant user interface. And of course, although you are using RISC OS, your friends can be on Windows, or Mac, or Linux etc...

    From a personal perspective, I now have the choice of Grapevine under RISC OS, or Microsoft's versions under Windows. And I can tell you, for the last few weeks (or more!) it has been Grapevine that has been my weapon-of-choice (it's running a conversation as I'm typing this!)

    Posted by bluebottle on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 Read full article: 'R-Comp on the Grapevine'   

    The Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club will be giving away a free floppy disc to visitors to our club stand at the Wakefield 2002 Acorn RISC OS Show.


    TEK has ARRIVED!!!! 3852 Reads announcements
    After more than four years of development, Artex Software are proud to present the realtime strategy game TEK 1608!

    Some features:
    1. High resolution rendered graphics
    2. State-of-the-art design
    3. Stunning gameplay, easy to understand but challenging
    4. Screen resolutions from 640x480 up to 1024x768 (the latter requires 2MB VRAM)
    5. Additional smaller windows can be opened for guarding or tracking your battle units or buildings
    6. A small map of the whole area is displayed on the status bar, showing all your units/buildings, and everything you know about the enemy
    7. The surface consists of isometric fields with four height levels
    8. Your units can only see what's within their radar. So you can hide movements and make really nasty unseen attacks.
    9. Everything outside the radar of your units is displayed dark.
    10. Every place never visited before is unknown, ie black.
    11. Three different terain sets
    12. 12 different battle units

    Posted by bluebottle on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 Read full article: 'TEK has ARRIVED!!!!'   

    Archive Publications, publishers of the ever green and well respected subscription only magazine, Archive have announced a new magazine - Living with Technology.

    Paul says in the latest Archive

    "Ah, but what is it about?

    "Well, technology is here to stay, and with the speed which it changes is likely to increase tather than decrease in the years ahead, so we have to live with it, like it or not. The new magazine will aim to help you keep up with the changes, understand what is going on and what the newer technologies involve."


    An opportunity not to be missed!

    If you'd like to help publicise the Wakefield 2002 show, please visit and go to the "News" page, where you'll be able to download some posters in PDF and/or Draw format. Your help greatly appreciated. Let's make this year's show THE BEST!


    Posted by ruthie_riscos on Friday, April 19, 2002   

    Tau Press the publishers of Acorn User have announced that Robert Donaldson has taken over the helm.

    Good luck Rob - from past experience, you'll need it ;-)

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, April 18, 2002   

    The list of exhibitors at Wakefield 2002 is growing daily. Please check the show website for the very latest news.

    One unexpected addition is RISCOS Ltd have now said that they will be attending. Initially they were not going to.

    Posted by stevepotts on Wednesday, April 17, 2002   

    With just over a month to go, the Wakefield 2002 Acorn RISC OS Show is nearly upon us. With this in mind, we are asking for donations to the Bring and Buy Charity stall. If you have any items that you would like to donate but are unable to bring them to the show, we are pleased to announce that goods can be sent prior to the show to the following address:

    Wakefield Hospice (Fund Raising) Ltd
    Hemingway House
    Thornes Moor Business Park
    Thornes Moor Road
    WF2 8PG

    Please note that The Wakefield Hospice fundraising department can accept deliveries direct by hand between 8:30am and 4:00pm Monday to Friday.

    All donations are gratefully received, please keep them coming. Thank you.

    For information about the show, visit the show
    website at
    Steve Potts, Co-Organiser - Wakefield 2002, The Acorn RISC OS Show.

    Posted by stevepotts on Sunday, April 14, 2002   

    The RISC OS Banner Network has finally been moved to a faster server at

    Posted by andrewduffell on Tuesday, April 09, 2002 Read full article: 'RISC OS Banner Network'   

    The ever popular C application development library Desk is back and is now available from Iconbar.


    At the Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club on Wednesday 3rd of April 2002, R-Comp were talking about Networking amongst other things.


    The Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club are pleased to announce that R-Comp will be our guests at our April meeting on Wednesday 3rd of April 2002.

    R-Comp have a range of products to offer and will be demonstrating some of them at the meeting.


    BAUG: Special Event! 4221 Reads announcements
    On Tuesday 26th March, BAUG (prn. "borg") - the Bottisham Acorn User Group, near Cambridge - will be playing host to a VERY special presentation, by an un-named company...

    Note: Unfortunately, this event was postponed at the very last minute. On usenet, it was noted that this was a provisional arrangement.

    Please can those submitting ensure that if there is a change, we are told so we can update the announcement previously made?

    Posted by harmsy on Wednesday, March 20, 2002 Read full article: 'BAUG: Special Event!'   

    Twenty Years of BAUG! 3071 Reads announcements
    According to the BAUG (prn. "borg") archives, the inaugural meeting happened on 23rd February 1982 in a house in Bottisham. The three founding members had had their BBC Micros on order since September 1981, and they didn't arrive until April 1982! Unless you know otherwise, this makes BAUG the oldest Acorn User Group in the world.

    Posted by harmsy on Saturday, February 23, 2002 Read full article: 'Twenty Years of BAUG!'   

    The Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club (organisers of Wakefield 2002, The Acorn RISC OS Show) are pleased to announce that we now have a new Internet Domain name.

    The new domain for the club and the club website is

    Posted by stevepotts on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 Read full article: 'Wakefield Domain Name Change'   

    The next meeting of the Hemel Hempstead RISC OS User Group (HHRUG) will take place on Wednesday 20 Feb.


    Everyone is welcome.

    Consult the website ( for more information.

    Posted by pjwerdna on Friday, February 15, 2002   

    BAUG get WIMPy! 4024 Reads announcements
    BAUG (prn. "borg"), the Bottisham Acorn User Group, will be meeting on Tuesday 12th February to take a look at programming in WIMP Basic. This is a second look at Clares's excellent desktop programming environment.

    Note: We will not be assimilated ;)
    Posted by harmsy on Monday, February 11, 2002 Read full article: 'BAUG get WIMPy!'   

    Cerilica is proud to announce that its brand-new software product Insignia has been officially released and is now in stock.

    Posted by bluebottle on Thursday, January 24, 2002 Read full article: 'Cerilica Insignia is here!'   

    The Wakefield RISCOS Computer Club are pleased to announce that Chris Morison, author of the excellent desktop organiser program "Organizer" for RISC OS, will be our guest speaker for February.

    Meetings are held at the West Yorkshire Sports & Social Club, Sandal in Wakefield. The venue has free parking and visitors are welcome (for a minimal fee). Meetings start at around 7:45pm.

    For more information about the club, or how to get to the venue, visit the Club website.

    Posted by stevepotts on Thursday, January 24, 2002   

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