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.
The following meetings are planned for the near future (note that presentations may be re-scheduled due to events outside of our control).
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.
Elesar’s Rob Sprowson will be showing us just how easy it can be to put together anything from a simple letter to a presentation for Zoom, with a newly available application.
This meeting will be held using Zoom video conferencing – to request the link details to join the meeting, please email email@example.com nearer the time.
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 some links to more detailed reports, see our past meetings page.
Rob Coleman talked about emulating other 8-bit micros on the Beeb, including the Sinclair ZX81, Jupiter Ace, ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC, using a Raspberry Pi via the Tube. Andy Vawer told us about his current and recent projects, having returned to the RISC OS fold after several years away in Linux-land. He looked back at what he worked on originally in the 90s-00s, before covering the bounty bits (Clipboard and PNGs), and giving us a preview of some new projects. Steve Fryatt spoke about why he’d spent some of the last six months properly releasing the source to his software projects.
From a corner of the Lake District, Mike gave us a virtual tour of his workshop and told us about his quest to purchase an affordable laser cutter which would fit in a former shower room that he had spare. We saw the machine in action, before Mike went on to demo a number of recent projects which had benefited from its use.
Ruth Gunstone talked about Open Broadcaster Software, and Open Media Vault on a Raspberry Pi; Cliff Hatch demonstrated a PiDP8/I simulator and gave us a brief history of the PDP-8; Bernard Boase took us on a voyage around his RISC OS desktop.
In WROCC’s first “virtual meeting”, Steve Fryatt looked at what can be found on the disc of a RISC OS Direct system.
Mike’s visit to Wakefield had to be postponed due to the Covid-10 pandemic.