[Ql-Users] Wrongly addressed message!

2019-12-03 Thread Christopher Cave via Ql-Users
Sorry everyone for the earlier message - I'm getting too old to use a
computer!

Christopher Cave


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[Ql-Users] SSME: Wednesday

2019-12-03 Thread Christopher Cave via Ql-Users
Peter

Mary is unwell so I will not be around tomorrow.

As for Paul's suggestions, they are just what has drifted through my mind
as fixes for that point BUT we are still left with the problem that only
one bogie is involved from all those that run at Mill Lane. Your coaches
have a bogie joining two coaches which causes no problems. It has a
single central linking point so the bogie is free to rotate. Would this
be the same for a bogie tied to the coaches at its extremities? Might
Paul's not be constrained by the tension running through it from coach to
coach?

The lever pivots for the new point are in my car awaiting delivery.

Christopher


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Re: [Ql-Users] QMenu v8

2017-09-20 Thread Christopher Cave via Ql-Users
I'm sorry to be so slow but are we talking about the QMenu v8 manual in
front of me?

Christopher Cave

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[Ql-Users] Email attachments

2017-01-13 Thread Christopher Cave
It is my normal practice to delete any email coming from an unknown or
suspect origin WITHOUT looking at any attachment. Today I took such an
attachment, a zip-file, and opened it with ACP in a QL-environment. There
was a .ru (Russian ?) email address embedded in  the file. My usual
approach seems justified but was the procedure I adopted safe? 

Christopher Cave

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[Ql-Users] QXL card

2015-07-24 Thread Christopher Cave
I have just pulled a QXL card from an Amstrad 386 which will not boot
from the hard drive. How can I identify the card's version from the board
alone?

Christopher Cave

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[Ql-Users] Epson EPL-6200 compatibility with QL

2010-09-22 Thread Christopher Cave
Davide

I regret that I can not answer your question fully. A few months ago I
bought one and am generally very pleased BUT I do not use it with a QL
but rather with QPC under Windows 7. It prints my PostScript via
GhostScript and is easily used with XChange (treat it as a laserjet). The
real problem is that the utility to switch between modes explicitly does
not run under Windows 7 but Windows ME and I have not been able to find a
programmer's manual for the 6200 (should anyone do so please let me know).
If, from QPC, I copy text directly to par1 it is printed (does this
bypass the W printer driver). At the moment, I cannot access a QL/Q60 to
try it out.

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[Ql-Users] R: Epson EPL-6200 compatibility with QL

2010-09-22 Thread Christopher Cave
Davide

No. 'par1' is NOT aimed at 'printer' but at 'lpt1'. Does this not avoid
the Windows 7 driver?

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[Ql-Users] THINGs

2010-08-20 Thread Christopher Cave
There is (was) a file called THING_REXT distributed with the C68 runtime
stuff. Could this do what you want?

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[Ql-Users] MicroAPL

2010-07-20 Thread Christopher Cave
I do have MicroAPL, released from its dongle, on a QL system somewhere (I
no longer write APL). I also have the documentation from MicroAPL but,
being in the process of repairing the ceiling of my office, can not
immediately lay my hands on it.

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[Ql-Users] Quanta Subgroups - Survival - continued

2010-06-18 Thread Christopher Cave
Malcolm knows very well that I am still alive, so perhaps he ought not to
be quite so definite about the alleged demise of the Surrey group. Yes,
we are reduced in numbers but we do still meet about once a month on a
Wednesday evening. We are coy about where since it depends on the
generosity of a non-computer related club - should anyone want to come
they would need to contact us via Ken Bain (see relevant Quanta page).

Christopher Cave

 Original Message 

*From:* Malcolm Cadman q...@mcad.demon.co.uk
*To:* ql-us...@q-v-d.com
*Date:* Fri, 18 Jun 2010 19:32:26 +0100

Hi,

Following this up.

It is clear that the last two on this list  - 7- Surrey and 8 - Sussex 
- no longer operate.

Can anyone confirm the operation of numbers 1, 2, and 6 on the list ?

As George contributes regularly to this list, he can confirm the details 
for number 5.


1 - West Midlands - Meets at the Bull, 1 Price Street, Birmingham.
Meet 1st and 3rd Monday of each month, members pay £1 a Meeting.
24 times a Year ?

2 - Dorset - No described location.
Meet on the second Sunday of every month, no cost indicated.
12 times a Year ?

3 - London - School Room, Welsh Congregational Chapel, London SE1.
Meet second Sunday of each month - 10 times a Year.
Now changing over to 8 times a Year in 2010.

4 - North-East Manchester - 181 Urmston Lane, Stretford, Manchester.
Meet last Thursday of each month, except December.
11 times a Year.

5 - Scottish - George Gwilt's home.
Meet second Sunday of every month.
12 times a Year ?

6 - Solent - Botley Market Hall.
Meet first Saturday of every month.
12 times a Year ?

7 - Surrey - No venue announced.
Meet last Wednesday of every month, except December.
11 times a Year ?

8 - Sussex - No venue announced.
No meeting place.
? times a Year.

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[Ql-Users] Printing from QPC

2010-03-20 Thread Christopher Cave
I have just suffered simultaneous failure of my Canon BJ10-ex and HP
Laserjet 6 printers. What printers do others now use with QPC? I want a
mono laser printer with PCL and/or PostScript compatibility so that I can
carry on using Jonathan Hudson's port of Ghostscript. The Epson 6200
looks likely. What please do others think?

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[Ql-Users] Printing from QPC

2010-03-20 Thread Christopher Cave
Rich

I use a printer to output letters fron Quill or XChange and also as a
device in Ghostscript. The problem with the latter is that our version is
no longer being updated and really wants 'heritage' intelligent printers
rather than 'modern it's all in Windows ones'. Printers that look like
early laserjets or deskjets for example are ideal. I suspect that ESC P
... type printers would do as well. Does any of this make sense to you?

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[Ql-Users] Read Pixel Colour

2010-02-20 Thread Christopher Cave
I think that the pixel scanning might provide a way of speeding up a
FLOOD by cutting out some recursion BUT re entrant shapes might require
some care. Anyway as far as I can recall, I haven't written any examples
using this.

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[Ql-Users] Read Pixel Colour

2010-02-19 Thread Christopher Cave
There has been a problem with reading pixels using this trap for ever or
at least since display modes became richer. I asked about it in this
group a year or two back but this attracted no interest at the time. I
was trying to write a flood facility into my CAD program but ended up
having to read pixels from the screen in my code - is this something that
should be done in atomic mode so all is done and dusted before another
program intervenes? Anyway, I found out the hard way that the code has to
allow for different display modes!

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[Ql-Users] I need help!!!

2009-06-15 Thread Christopher Cave
In-Reply-To: 200906140122.47702.frank-dibow...@t-online.de
Frank

It looks like you are reinventing the wheel but you will find much of what 
you want in Jonathan Hudson's code (C68) for CView. This is still to be 
found (tho' I haven't checked) on Dilwyn's web site. His handling of 
scrollable/pannable screens provided the basis for MView.

Christopher Cave

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[Ql-Users] SBasic Thing documentation

2009-04-02 Thread Christopher Cave
Thank you George for your response. I have now discovered the relevant
bit in the QPC/SMSQ manual and will try to decipher it. The Q40/SMSQ
manual doesn't appear to have this bit. From your message, I conclude
that it really isn't that easy but I'll persevere for a little while
longer!

Christopher Cave

 Original Message 

*From:* gdgqler gdgq...@gmail.com
*To:* ql-us...@q-v-d.com
*Date:* Fri, 27 Mar 2009 16:12:20 +

On 26 Mar 2009, at 08:59, Christopher Cave wrote:

 Does anyone know what the SBasic thing expects on the stack when it is
 used? Or can anyone please tell me where the appropriate documentation
 can be found (I have the SMSQ source but no idea where in it to look)?
 Looking at Jonathan Hudson's code, I can see that it can be passed a
 command string (cmd$) and up to 4 channel ids. Of the channels, one
 relates to a program to load (but is this necessary and how can the  
 thing
 tell when no program is meant to be passed?).


The manual says:

On being invoked, SBASIC expects to find some channel IDs on the  
stack (standard QDOS conventions).

SBASIC will normally treat the first ID as the SBASIC program source  
file, the next ID as channel #0, the next ID as #1 and so on. The  
string defines the initial value of the CMD$ variable within the  
SBASIC program.

I have not been able to start a program in this way using EXEP. So I  
wrote the keyword EXEG which does work. This is available by using the  
address:

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/george.gwilt/

and going via downloads to the sqlug site.

This contains an example.

George
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[Ql-Users] SBasic Thing documentation

2009-03-26 Thread Christopher Cave
Does anyone know what the SBasic thing expects on the stack when it is
used? Or can anyone please tell me where the appropriate documentation
can be found (I have the SMSQ source but no idea where in it to look)?
Looking at Jonathan Hudson's code, I can see that it can be passed a
command string (cmd$) and up to 4 channel ids. Of the channels, one
relates to a program to load (but is this necessary and how can the thing
tell when no program is meant to be passed?).

Thank you

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[Ql-Users] BJ-10ex Quill driver

2008-02-21 Thread Christopher Cave
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Thanks George for that info. I missed that point when reading the 
manual. Since I have settled on the other mode, I'll have to stick with 
what I now have - at least I can now print UK Pound signs. Thanks again,

Christopher Cave

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[Ql-Users] BJ-10ex Quill driver

2008-02-20 Thread Christopher Cave
I have just had to re-setup my little Canon BJ-10ex  printer to use with 
Quill - no apologies for using such ancient kit - and wonder whether I 
have made it more complicated than necessary? The problem arose with the 
UKPound sign. To get this I have
1) switched to the multilingual code page 850 by setting the preamble 
code to: ESC,[,T,chr$(4),NUL,NUL,NUL,chr$(3),chr$(82) and
2) setting up a translate: £,ESC,'6',chr$(156),ESC,'7' which picks up 
the alternate character set where the UKPound is found.

The manual gives me the impression that with the DIP switches 6,78 set 
to OFF,ON,ON '#' should be replaced by the UKPound sign but it isn't.

Has any one any experience in this area please?

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[Ql-Users] Q60 power supply

2007-12-03 Thread Christopher Cave
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My Q60 is now working as it ought. I appeared to have two problems. 
Firstly, yes Tony there was a mechanical on-off switch on the incoming 
mains but this had become unreliable. Secondly, I found an interesting 
note on using AT power supplies on model railway circuits which 
suggested a minimum current drain not far short of 1 amp was required 
else the thing shut down automatically (something to do with 
non-linearity at low outputs). There is now a sturdier switch taken off 
an old AST chassis and a resistor between a 5v line and ground.

Anyway, thanks to all.

Christopher Cave

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[Ql-Users] Q60 power supply

2007-12-02 Thread Christopher Cave
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I am not sure Tony that you are thinking of an old-fashioned AT power 
supply. The latter have 2 six pin plugs - i.e. no pins 1415. They also 
do not use a green wire. The only pin neither ground nor a given voltage 
is the P(ower) G(ood) pin which is orange - but since this stabilises at 
+5 VDC, I don't think that shorting to ground would be quite the thing 
or am I wrong here?
Christopher Cave

 Original Message 

*From:* Tony Firshman [EMAIL PROTECTED]
*To:* [EMAIL PROTECTED]
*Date:* Sat, 01 Dec 2007 17:25:02 +

Christopher Cave wrote:
 In-Reply-To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Thanks Tony but what quite do you mean by describing the 'green' wire as 
 relevant in this context. Am I missing something else here?

You are.  The pin you short to black ground (15) is coloured green (pin 
14).

What wire were you going to short to ground then?  Not the red I hope (8-)#

Tony

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[Ql-Users] Q60 power supply

2007-11-30 Thread Christopher Cave
When I assembled my Q60, I just used a PC case that came to hand. The 
motherboard power on this is delivered by two connectors labelled P8  
P9. To get the power supply to switch on in the absence of a M'board 
using these plugs I had to link one of their lines to a ground on one of 
the other 4-pin plugs. This has worked for a year or so but now the link 
has come adrift from P8/P9 and I can't remember where it should go. Can 
anyone help please?

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[Ql-Users] Q60 power supply

2007-11-30 Thread Christopher Cave
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Thanks David for the info. All I need to do now is work out which ground 
to use.

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[Ql-Users] Q60 power supply

2007-11-30 Thread Christopher Cave
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Thanks Tony but what quite do you mean by describing the 'green' wire as 
relevant in this context. Am I missing something else here?

Christopher Cave

 Original Message 

*From:* Tony Firshman [EMAIL PROTECTED]
*To:* [EMAIL PROTECTED]
*Date:* Sat, 01 Dec 2007 01:54:54 +

Christopher Cave wrote:
 In-Reply-To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Thanks David for the info. All I need to do now is work out which ground 
 to use.
They are *all* the same - any black wire.  There is one right next to the
relevant wire (green I believe).

Tony


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[Ql-Users] Qubide - hard disk format

2007-11-22 Thread Christopher Cave
The title of this message says it all really. I want to disentangle some 
SyQuest cartridges with Qubide style formatting on my Q40. Can anyone 
please tell me where I can find details of the Qubide hard disk format? 
I have the qxl.win data sheet from Dilwyn's site but that is not quite 
enough.

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[ql-users] XTcc

2007-06-13 Thread Christopher Cave
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My original posting on this topic was a bit short of detail(!) so I now 
offer J.Hudson's original README file which I found amongst my archives 
with the compiler etc.

Christopher Cave

xtc68 : c68 cross compiler for Unix and DOS-like systems


Requirements


386 or above with at least 4Mb of memory.

Distribution


xtc68-linux.zip ELF Binaries for Linux/i386
xtc68-dos.zip   DOS binaries for DOS (*), Win3.1, Win95, Win NT
xtc68-libs.zip  Latest lib and include files with correct path
for xtc68.
xtc68-cwsdpmi.zip   DPMI services for DJGPP DOS programs

(*) requires the freely distributable CWSDPMI DPMI extender for DOS.

The 'DOS-like' binary archive is cross-compiled (how appropriate!)
using DJGPP under Linux. This has the advantage that I do not have to
boot a DOS -like OS to compile this software. The downside is that
you're limited to 8.3 file names, even on Win95/NT. If you don't like
this, get the source code and recompile it yourself.

Components
~~


as68[.exe]as68 assembler
qcpp[.exe]GNU pre-processor
c68[.exe] c68 compiler
qld[.exe] linker
qcc[.exe] compiler driver

ql.makMakefile definitions to use native Make programs
  to compile xtc68 programs

Environment Variables
~

QLINC   Directory for c68 *.h files 
default = usr/local/qdos/include
  [usr\local\qdos\include]
Note that sys_ files are stored in a real sub-directory.
sys_stat_h - sys/stat.h [sys\stat.h]

QLLIB   Directory for c68 library and startup files 
default = usr/local/qdos/lib
  [usr\local\qdos\lib]

The library and startup files are taken verbatim from the c68
distribution.

C68PATH Used by qcc[.exe] to find other c68 programs (if they are not
in PATH).

Using the supplied defaults, and having the binaries in your PATH, you
should not need these.

Make


xtc68 works well with existing Unix, DOS and Win make programs (for
example GNU make, Watcom's WMAKE or Borland's maker.

LD extensions
~
qld[.exe] adds an extension to standard LD. 

qld -oprog @files.lnk

The @file contains the files to be linked, this is to bypass the
restrictive 16bit DOS command line limit of 128 bytes.

The @file may contain many lines of .o files separated by space. For
example, the DOS version of the QTPI ld qtpi.lnk file is:

 qtp.o qtpmenu.o qsetup.o qsdata.o pqem.o pqproc.o pqset.o qedit.o
 pqmenu.o pqdial.o qdsetup.o qvt100.o xprstuff.o about.o xprwin.o
 hotload.o view.o xprthing.o wild.o qserver.o minnymb.o srvspawn.o 
smagic.o
 litem.o menu-cho.o menu.o menusubs.o menu-chk.o menu-tex.o list.o
 menu_bfr.o resize.o
 qsprites.o jcall.o qtasks.o qemasm.o qfont1.o qfont2.o qfont3.o qfont4.o
 qchar.o spawn.o picker.o qconfig.o mono.o ioopen3.o hvers.o

The following link command is used.
 
ld -oQTPI @qtpi.lnk -lhotthg -lcsm

(note the position of the @qtpi.lnk option and the -l (library) options.)

In addition, xtc68 qld adds an extra 8 bytes to the excutable, the first
long word contains the text XTcc, the second long word contains the QDOS
data size requirement for the program.

XTcc blocks are supported by a number of cross-platform support
programs such as INFOZIP zip/unzip, qltools, and the uQLx qcp/qls
programs.

Other Issues


To avoid confusion with other compilers, some of the c68 images are
renamed.

CC = qcc
LD = qld
CPP = qcpp

The easiest way to handle this is to have a makefile 'include' file,
for example:


# ql.mak
CC = qcc
LD = qld
AS = as68
CPP = qcpp

%.o : %.s
$(CC) $(ASFLAGS) -c $ -o $@

And start your c68 make files with

include ~/ql.mak# or where ever it's hidden

I suggest the c68 files go into /usr/local/bin.

This works really nicely with 'make -j' for mega fast compiles.

Credits 
~~~ 
xtc68 is based entirely on the work of Dave and Keith Walker.  I am
grateful to Dave and Keith for making the complete source code
available. 

xtc68 is compiled with GNU/gcc for Linux and DJGPP for DOS.

xtc68 carries NO WARRENTY. You use it at your own risk.

xtc68 is (sort of) maintained by:

  Jonathan R Hudson [EMAIL PROTECTED]

FOR MORE INFO on c68, including all documentation and source code, 
please look at:

   http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/DaveWalker/


This release of xtc68 includes all binary, library and include patches
to 24/02/97, including support of wm_rptrt ().


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[ql-users] XTcc

2007-06-12 Thread Christopher Cave
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Some long time ago, Jonathan Hudson set up the C68 compiler, assembler 
etc to work on PCs (as in IBM-XT etc.). This enabled one to use, 
e.g.,Watcom's workbench to produce UQXL executables. Is this your 
reference?

Christopher Cave

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[ql-users] Q60 display

2006-06-12 Thread Christopher Cave
Apropos Tarquin's latest, what is this logic chip bodge? Here's me 
assuming I can't use my Q60 with a flat screen display.

At Hove, Tony Firshman was kind enough to open my laptop to seek out the 
little battery powering the settings. This enabled me to replace the same 
in minutes - unlike PCWorld who wanted to send the machine to Timbuctoo or 
wherever. Thanks Tony.

Christopher Cave

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[ql-users] Executable Things in C68 (or otherwise)

2004-10-22 Thread Christopher Cave
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If I were faced with this problem, I would start by looking at 
two groups of code by Jonathan Hudson; that for QASCADE and that 
for LIBHOT. Both of these were (are?) on his website - something 
like DARIA.CO.UK. Jonathan's code is really a very good 
instruction manual for advanced C68!

Christopher Cave

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[ql-users] Printers - Ghostscript

2004-10-22 Thread Christopher Cave
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For what it's worth, I found that the main problem with 
Ghostscript, as ported to the Ql, was its size. With QPC and the 
Q60 this is not a problem. I am now using it to print out 
drawings - not pages of text - and am entirely happy with it. 
The Postscript file is generated in a RAM device so that I can 
tinker if necessary and then just passed to PAR on both 
machines.

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[ql-users] 5.25 inch drive wanted

2004-07-07 Thread Christopher Cave
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Dilwyn

Mail me your address and I'll send the drive for the price of 
postage. Please indicate what level of postage you want 
(insured,recorded or whatever) and we can settle up i.d.c.

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[ql-users] 5.25 inch drive wanted

2004-07-06 Thread Christopher Cave
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I have a couple of 5 1/4 drives sitting next to me at this 
moment. It would give me great pleasure to get rid of them other 
than to the Croydon tip. Both are Cumana drives and at least one 
has its own power supply. Over to you Dilwyn.

Christopher Cave

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