It’s been a while!

I’ve long since been aware that the Soft Rock Software blog has gone untouched for quite some time. In fact, I’ve more or less been aware of this fact since the last post became more than a few weeks old. That last post was on July 6th, 2012 – some eighteen months ago – reporting that I would be appearing at that year’s Midsummer Midlands Mugshow, and the banner for that show has been displayed since even earlier that year; probably shortly after the 2012 Wakefield Show, which was in April, and which didn’t even get a mention!

There have been many occasions when I’ve thought “It might be worth posting about…” with subjects ranging from accounting related matters, back-ups (and how not enough people take adequate back-ups) and other IT issues, and, of course, the software I write (or have written over the years). Each time I’ve thought about it, though, I’ve ended up putting it off for one reason or another.

It’s about time that changed.

The first thing that needed to be done was to update that show banner and link – so let’s do that now.


There – it’s now showing the banner for the next RISC OS show that I will be attending; the South West Show, on 1st March, 2014, at the Webbington Hotel, Loxton, in Somerset.

So, with that out of the way, what is there that I could write about?

Well, on the subject of bookkeeping and accounting – which is, after all, my “day job” – there are many things that crop up from time to time, which may merit a piece. Or they may not. So it’s possible that subjects in that area may appear from time to time. Secondary to that, of course, is IT – so, it’s possible subjects in that area may appear, such as the example of back-ups mentioned above.

The main focus, though, really should be the software.

Firstly, whenever I release an update to any piece of software at all, I need to mention it here. This is something I have tended to forget to do – but it’s something I absolutely must write about, with each and every release!

Secondly, there are the RISC OS shows. As with the software, though, this really is a necessity; the shows are where I get to demonstrate and talk about the software (as well as RISCOSitory and other related issues), and discuss ideas and suggestions with users, so I really should post about it whenever I book into one, and perhaps post a reminder shortly before any given show.

Thirdly, there are a number of software related features I could write about, such as:

  • How to use WebChange as a simple gallery generator – something I was demonstrating at shows a few years ago.
  • Progress updates on things I’m working on – for example (although the status of the software remains unchanged in the 18 months since my last post) the only mention of Quicksand running in a window is in the reminder of the 2012 MUG Show.
  • And speaking of Quicksand, how about a feature on the photographs used in the game?
  • Have I mentioned at all the rough demo I put together of a new Trellis feature (the software used to write Quicksand) – that images in games can be in portrait format, down one side of the display, instead of the usual landscape format, across the top? No, I haven’t!
  • And so on.

The point being that there are plenty of possibilities of things to write on this blog, so I really, really should start doing so.

And I will. I really, really will. (Does that sound convincing enough?)

Meanwhile, having been reminded by the update to the show banner on this blog, I am reminded that I need to update the main Soft Rock Software website – which is still advertising Wakefield 2013!

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