Wakefield RISC OS Computer Club meets on the first Wednesday of every other month: February, April, June, August, October and December. Our meetings usually consist of a talk or demonstration, with plenty of time for informal discussions and trips to the bar before and after.

Recent meetings have included visits from major RISC OS hardware, software and operating system developers, along with demonstrations of specific pieces of software by experienced users. In addition, we have covered a wide range of other subjects including digital photography, hardware upgrades, networking and problem solving. More information about the topics covered in recent meetings can be found further down the page, and details of future meetings can be found below.

Meetings start at 7.45pm, at the West Yorkshire Sports and Social Club in Wakefield. Doors open at 7.15pm, and the scheduled part of the evening is generally complete by about 10pm. See the directions to the venue for details of how to find us.

Visitors are always welcome to attend our meetings (with the exception of the AGM). There is a small fee on the door for non-members – see the Join Us page for details.

Forthcoming meetings

The following meetings are planned for the near future (note that presentations may be re-scheduled due to events outside of our control).

COVID-19 update

During the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, WROCC is following UK Government guidance and this is having an effect on our activities. Our meetings have moved online using Zoom, and we advise members and visitors to keep an eye on the website, newsletter and announcements through email or the usual RISC OS forums for updates.

Details to be announced
6 October 2021

This will be a ‘real’ physical meeting, not a ‘virtual’ one via Zoom.

Chris Johns
3 November 2021

Chris will be talking about the port of Python 3 to RISC OS.

Recent meetings

WROCC’s meetings cover a wide range of topics relating to RISC OS and computing more generally. Here are some of the events from recent months; for a longer list including videos and links to more detailed reports, see our past meetings page.

September 2021

Alan talked us through the evolution of a canoe slalom timing system, as it developed from the BBC Micro to the Raspberry Pi. The project is first and foremost a system for producing results at competitions, but over the years has has extended it to include online entry, multiple display screens showing (almost) live results, and most recently, timing to better than one tenth of a second accuracy, and results available over WiFi.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

August 2021

Martin gave us a quick summary of his RISC OS background, before taking a look at the software that he has written or supports. Over the course of the evening he looked at Task Usage, ArmSort, Reporter, StopClose0, ListCache, Pluto and Organizer.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

June 2021

Chris Hall talked about the development work currently underway on the Impression familty of DTP applications, before moving on to look at some of his own software. He demonstrated his disc cataloguing utility Cat, showing how to use it to find files and report on changes between different dates. Finally, he looked at FamTree which will convert genealogy data into graphical family tree diagrams.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

April 2021

Cliff Hatch talked about us his PiDP-11 minicomputer simulator, and his memories of the PDP-11 more generally, with some examples of the kinds of things that could be donw with the system. He was followed by Doug Webb, who gave us his experience of using the YTPlay YouTube video player application. Ruth Gunstone closed the evening with a demonstration of the software tools that she uses to edit and render the WROCC meeting videos, and some thoughts and questions on the use of ArtWorks and its Windows counterpart Xara.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.

March 2021

Phil Pemberton virtually visited to tell us about the effort to preserve 8-bit and RISC OS software for the future, and how we can all help. He covered the low-cost tools available, the (free) software needed, and the ongoing work of the Acorn Preservation Team. He was followed by Andy Marks of RISCOSbits, who showed us some of the new hardware and software that he’s been developing over the past year – including the new FOURtress system.

You can find links to the meeting on YouTube via its page.