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ABOUT ROUGOL

ROUGOL is a not-for-profit organisation consisting of Acorn/RISC OS computer users in London and the south-east. Our aim is to bring those users together. There is no membership fee and entry to all meetings is free. To find out more, email us.

MEETINGS

Meetings are held on the third Monday of every month. Most meetings feature a guest speaker, demonstrating the latest hardware or software, giving tutorials of software both new and old, or simply to kick off discussions on the current hot topic. Entrance is free, so why not come along and say hello?


Next meeting - Monday 17th February 2020 
BBC Micro Lives - Jason Nicholls, ABUG

Many ROUGOL members will have previously used a BBC Micro. Maybe you still have one, or have a hankering to get one? If so, this is the meeting for you! Jason Nicholls, an active member of ABUG (Acorn and BBC User Group), is going to be talking about some of the modern upgrades available to breathe new life into the Beeb.

Despite Acorn ceasing production of the Beeb over 25 years ago, that has not stopped enthusiasts producing new software and hardware for the systems, adding features the original designers could only have dreamt of. Much of this has been driven by discussions on the StarDot Forum and at ABUG get togethers.

On the hardware side, Jason will be showing some of the storage options that can be added to give access to USB sticks and SD cards, both of which can be used to mount images of your old floppy discs (and if we have time we will look at how to create these). The VideoNuLA graphics enhancer will also be on display, bringing a 4096 colour palette with a full 16 colours on screen in MODE 2 with smooth scrolling.

Rather appropriately combining Beeb and ARM, the PiTubeDirect uses a Raspberry Pi as a second processor connected via the Beeb's Tube interface. This is able to emulate all the original Acorn co-processors (6502, z80, x86, 32016) and more. It can of course also be run as an ARM co-pro, mimicing the first ARM Evaluation System used to test the ARM1.

On the software side, some of the new games that have been produced will be on display, and we will look at how modern development tools and emulators can greatly ease the programming and debugging task. We might end the night with a browse through the online archive of (almost) every Beeb game ever released at bbcmicro.co.uk.

Click here for full details


Future Meetings
17 Feb: BBC Micro Lives, Jason Nicholls (TBC)
16 Mar: TBC
20 Apr: TBC

If there is a topic you would like to see covered, or (even better!) if there is a subject/program you would like to talk about or demonstrate, please contact us.

ROUGOL will be attending the SouthWest Show
RISC OS SouthWest Show 2020


Recent Meetings
January: RISC OS Developments Ltd news, Richard Brown
November: Mobile RISC OS, group demonstration
October: Mystery new product - WiFi HAT, Rob Sprowson, Elesar Ltd
September: RISC OS Open Update, Rob Sprowson
August: Summer Party!
July: 3D Printed Robots, Leo White

Click here for a full index of past meetings, reports etc...
If you see a topic that hasn't been covered for a while that you think needs revisiting, please let us know.


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