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South-West Show 2019 Report

The Iconbar - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 16:20
The South-West Show took place in its new (much more accessible and suburban) home in Bristol. Read on to find out more (any mistakes or omissions are mine)...

The view at the new hotel was not as scenic but first impressions were good - a more central location in a nice hotel (and good, free wifi). But there were long delays on the food orders.

There was a full selection of talks and the separate room was a little too small for the audience. As usual, one of the best things about the show is the chance to wander around the stands and talk to people...

R-Comp had their full range along with the new software release of FIreworkz and some Armbooks showing RISC OS in action.

MUG had a robot arm controlled from RISC OS and some educational python scripts on RISC OS.

SROUG were showing off lots of interesting hardware projects including a robot arm. Andrew convoy has been busy outside work with getting Sense HAT work on RISC OS which he was demonstrating.

You could try your hand at bell-ringing under RISC OS (and on some real equipment) and buy some jam.

Cameron Cawley was demonstrating some software he had ported to run on RISC OS such a Smb and DosBox which will be on his website. He has also written some ARM code as part of his assignments to play tracker tunes.

Rob Coleman had his BBC projects on display. He has a Pi connected as a second processor and was showing it running Amstrad games. There was and a working Doomsday machine.

ACMS had an impressive array of music hardware on their stand, all running from a classic Archimedes machine.

Amcog games had a new version of stunt car racer with a new level and the option to choose your car. There is a new concept game in development and rdsp now has a reverb feature and the ability to save and sounds you create as wav files.

Ident were promoting their wifisheep technical channel on YouTube and showing some enhancements to their Ident hardware. The sheep name is a reference to their very rural location.

Soft Rock had their selection of software and hardware cases which look like the RISC PC. Vince was also publicising the RISC OS awards - don't forget to vote.

Organiser have done lots of internal code tidying but no new features as yet. They are still keen on any user suggestions to enhance the software

Steve Fryatt had his full range of software on show with some bug fixes. There is lots of interesting developments going into CashBook.

ROOL had the full range of software, manuals and some stand machines playing videos. There is an update to ePic, DDE and some nice themed cards for different machines (the Pandaboard card is my favourite with a nice panda on it). ROOL has a list of new bounties which should appear in the near future.

Sprow was on the ROOL stand. With his Elesar hat on, he was showing Prophet able to make electronic VAT submissions (which will be compulsory from April).

Chris Hall was demonstrating his FamTree software and his range of hardware projects. The latest one is a data monitor which collects real-time data and provides reports in CSV format. It has been plugged into a level crossing, collecting real data since October.

The ROUGOL stand was full of detail on the London Show (in its usual venue on saturday 26th October) and the monthly talks. You can hear Chris Cox on monday.

RISCOS bits had the full range of cases with risqué names. Andy is working on some new items (doubtless with appropriate names) for Wakefield.

Orpheus had the usual free sweets and also cheaper prices (for both new and existing customers) on several packages. Richard was also doubling as show doorman and announcer.

Sine Nomine had an interesting new application called Recce which integrates Google Street view and Flickr into RiscOSM. So you can really visualise places on the map.

There was a big charities stand with second hand books and kit in the middle of the room.

It was a new venue with lots of exciting new developments....

Talks
Pictures

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South-West Show 2019 talks

The Iconbar - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 16:15
There was a full set of talks at the South-West show

12:00 - Talk by R-Comp & RISC OS Developments
Andrew promised a long talk as he had lots to show....He started with RISC OS developments update showing a browser. Thus is a port of OWB, running webkit. Interface looks like Browse. It is much faster than Otter. There is also a WebKit port - Iris. You wait ages for a RISC OS Browser to come along...

This Browser software is still very much beta but good to see running. Also updated us on license developments. It has generated lots of interest, especially in Far East and outside UK. 4/5 sales on Pling store over Christmas from North America.

R-Comp has a new version of Fireworkz which has new statement display modes(including a split view). Mail merge has been enhanced. Netfetch 5.5 now uses new ssl module for secure connection. Showed off the mini.m and Armbook. Mentioned the Titan and pifi

13:30 - Talk by Sine Nomine
There was a test drive of Sine Nomine games first, including House of Cards, and programs to create and solve Sudoku and a quick mention for Impact.

The main focus was showing RiscOSM. This brings Open Street Map data to RISC OS. We were shown the Map of the area of Bristol where the show was taking place, with a master tour in all the features RiscOSM has to customise and style the maps. The new Recce application allows pictures to be pulled in from the Internet. We saw the Google Street View photo for the hotel. The 10 pounds for buying Recce is going to the ROOL bounty for TCP/IP stack.

New features are being added to exploit wikidata

2:50 - Talk by Steve Fryatt
Steve gave us a tour of his lesser know software which can be downloaded for free from his website or purchased on a CD (with the money going to Charity).

!IconClipbrd was written by Thomas Leonard and taken over by Steve who made it 32bit. It provides a global clipboard and can be setup automatically from !Boot on startup. Ctrl+D will remove a filename and Ctrl+E will remove all except filename. Ctrl+S does case swapping and CTRL+T adds in today's date (configurable in App).

!ClipBoard gives you access to the clipboard via a window.

!WinScroll provides a panning option to any Window.

!GetFiler allows you to save the commands to reopen your Windows and saves to an Obey file.

!PCKeys allows you to change the way the delete key works to the same way as Windows with Delete and backspace keys

Cross provide a standard 2D or 3D version of noughts and crosses.

There is also a nice implementation of Solitaire and Pairs.

Float is a bubble help which is configurable. Window furniture and Icon bar furniture can be switched off and there is an ignore list for tasks.

3.15 - Talk by RISC OS Open Ltd (ROOL)
Steve recapped on the last 6 months of developments. He started with the Open Sourcing of the software. This has led to lots of interest. As one example, the Raspberry Pi foundation now contributed to ensuring RISC OS runs on all Pi models.

DDE has been updated to 28D

ePic has been updated, fixing bugs in some releases and updating the DDE.

RISC OS has been moving from CVS to Git and GitLab provides access.

The scheme to double bounty donations with money from ROOL was a great success so several bounties now funded and claimed. Beta testers are needed for the new tool chain. Cut-n-paste/drag-n-drop is being released in phases. Filesystem partition support is underway. Paint has received lots of improvements. Still 2 unclaimed bounties. A new bounty list will appear shortly.

TCP/IP bounty fixes security holes and moves from SSL to more secure TLS. Based on mbedTLS (developed and maintained by Arm). Already in use by Messenger, Prophet, Organizer, Recce, AntiSpam.

Todo list at ROOL is to publish roadmap update, make the DDE more accessible, make source code more accessible, identify key items to migrate from Arm, push bounties forward, working with ROD on user experience, work with third parties on new platforms.

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South-West Show 2019 in Pictures

The Iconbar - Sat, 02/16/2019 - 16:00
Take a walk around the South-West 2019 with us....

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Don’t Miss HIMSS 2019!

Theresa Miller - Tue, 02/12/2019 - 06:30

This week is HIMSS 2019, and if you are in the healthcare field or a related field, be sure to pay special attention to coverage of this year’s conference. What is HIMSS 2019? HIMSS is the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, who has a conference annually.  Interestingly, HIMSS the organization is a non for […]

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Hardware-Encode Video in H.265 with Free Tools to Save Disk Space

Helge Klein - Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:37
Contents

Many web meeting services have a recording functionality. Most recordings are provided as MP4 files with the video encoded in H.264 because that offers the most universal compatibility. However, it also needs a lot of disk space. H.264 has a successor, H.265, which only requires half the space for the same visual quality. This post shows how to use StaxRip, a free tool, to re-encode H.264 video into H.265 quickly by making use of GPU hardware encoding.

Preparation
  • Download and extract StaxRip. I used the current stable version 1.7 x64
  • Start StaxRip
  • When opening the first video file, StaxRip may ask you to install AviSynth. Do so by clicking Install AviSynth+.
Configuring the Conversion Settings
  • Click x264 and choose one of the following depending on your GPU vendor: NVIDIA H.265, Intel H.265 or AMD H.265
  • Click MKV and select MP4 (mp4box) instead
  • Click the Opus entry next to the first audio stream field and select copy/mux
  • Click the Opus entry next to the first audio stream field and select no audio

The result should look like this:

Performing the Conversion
  • Right-click Source > Open > File Batch and select the files you want to convert
  • Click Next to start the conversion
  • The output files are placed in the same directory as the input files with the extension _new
Conversion Performance

The Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU in my desktop PC encoded H.265 at the impressive rate of approximately 420 frames per second (full HD, 1920×1080).

The Intel HD Graphics 620 (Core i7-7500U) in my laptop only reached about 113 frames per second for the same content. Still impressive, but a lot less fast.

An interesting difference between the two GPUs: while the Nvidia encode used the GPU’s dedicated video encoding engine, the Intel encode used the GPU’s generic 3D engine.

Another noteworthy difference: the file generated by the Intel encode was 38% smaller than the file generated by the Nvidia encode.

Space Savings

The original videos of a four-day training recorded with Skype had a size of 7.6 GB. Converted to H.265 the size was reduced to 2.4 GB, which amounts to 68% savings!

GPU Performance Monitoring

If you are interested in monitoring your GPU’s performance and find out how its various engines are used, take a look at our uberAgent product. During the Nvidia encoding, for example, the GPU’s video encoding engine was nearly at 100% load and its generic compute engine at approximately 20%:

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The ultimate Citrix Synergy survival guide – 2019 Atlanta edition

From the Architect - Neil Spellings' blog - Sat, 02/09/2019 - 16:40

I’ve published this Ultimate Synergy Survival guide now for seven years running and it’s always popular with both regulars and newbies. Now updated with 2019 links,  content and Atlanta-specific information. It’s a living document, so will be subject to updates as we get nearer the conference. Hope you find it useful (and if you end […]

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Show West Show 2019 preview

The Iconbar - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 08:44
Next weekend (Saturday 16th February) sees the regular South West show in its brand new venue. Organised as usual by R-Comp and Orpheus Internet, the show will take place at the Arnos Manor, in Bristol. The venue is really easy to reach by both car and public transport and you can book a room if you want to stay the night.

Exhibitors for this year include:

The show is planned to run from 10:30am to 4pm.

There will probably be show reports from the usual suspects and theatre talks online, but there is really no substitute for being there and supporting the RISC OS community.

For more information, check out the show website.

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Ensuring Quality Outcomes by Reducing EHR system Downtime

Theresa Miller - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 06:30

EHR implementations are typically a huge undertaking for the healthcare organizations.  In some cases, deployments can take more than a year, and the cost implication is millions of dollars.  No small task of any kind, but when it comes down to monitoring sometimes only standard monitoring tools are deployed to reduce cost.  Today we will […]

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January News

The Iconbar - Thu, 01/31/2019 - 08:37
Some things we noticed this month. What did you see?

Bounty updates from ROOL

RISC OS Blog reviews Doom.

!Vector now has a free manual (OpenVector) on !Store

Date for London Show confirmed as Saturday 26th October.

Review of RISC OS hardware option on RISC OS Blog

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Free and Powerful Equalizer for Windows 10

Helge Klein - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 07:23

Windows 10 does not come with an equalizer. That can be annoying when you have headphones that are too heavy on the bass, like the Sony WH-1000XM3. Enter the free Equalizer APO with Peace, its UI.

What You Get

Peter’s Equalizer API Configuration Extension (Peace) is pretty easy to use while offering powerful features:

  • Slider changes have an immediate effect
  • Settings can be applied to invididual devices only
  • Great flexibility
  • Saved configurations
  • Easy backup and restore of configurations
  • Can be started at logon so that configured settings are always applied

The UI looks like this (showing my adjustments for the Sony WH-1000XM3):

Installation

Installation is straightforward. Just make sure to install in the following order

  1. Engine: Equalizer APO
  2. UI: Peace Equalizer

Enjoy!

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