Re: [Ql-Users] CSME : The Track

2021-04-24 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
You do seem to enjoy sending rail-related messages to a Sinclair QL related
mailing list. It's causing much amusement.

My worry is that when you don't get the anticipated responses, you'll feel
ignored.

So where did you mean to send this?

Dave

On Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 10:47 AM Christopher Cave via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Gentlemen
>
> I should have written earlier but there you are! My impression is that
> the track itself is in good order and that the same is true of the coach
> bodies and seats. The tools for maintaining and erecting the track were
> present. To my mind the only question marks are against the coach bogies
> which must surely be due an overhaul (particularly if the coaches were to
> be included in any sale) and the braking capacity of the train
> (especially if hauled by a steam loco with no brakes of its own -
> electric locos stop quite quickly when the power is cut).
>
> Anyway thanks to you all for the work involved. If anyone is interested
> on Tuesday we could try out Pop on the track.
>
> Christopher
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly eMagazine - Issue 8 now available

2021-01-13 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Something to read and enjoy in this otherwise troubling week.

Thank you, Norm.

Dave

On Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 8:54 AM Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Greetings everyone. After a delay of a year and a  bit, Issue 8 of the
> irregular eMagazine on QL Assembly Language is now available for download.
>
> This (exciting?) edition covers:
>
> * Some more UTF8 stuff -- Wolfgang Lenerz has suggested some
> improvements to the code in Issue 7, and this has been implemented.
>
> * Reversing the bits in a register.
>
> * Finding the next power of two.
>
> * Some stuff on randomisation and generating random integers.
>
>
> The download is at
>
> https://github.com/NormanDunbar/QLAssemblyLanguageMagazine/releases/tag/Issue_8
> .
>
>
> Enjoy.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today Assembly Language Book.

2020-06-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Norman,

At your age you want to watch it. You might show your MSB, and the nurse
might think it's your LSB.

Dave

On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 4:16 AM Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> :-)
>
> I'll have the nurses check!
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
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>
> On 20 June 2020 10:05:33 BST, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >> format of data in registers as having the most significant bit at the
> >right end
> >I do certainly hope your MSB is at the correct end, Norman :-D  (ooer
> >missus...!)
> >
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Re: [Ql-Users] Select on

2020-06-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 3:03 AM Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Here is my un-subtle attempt, how about summing the ASCII codes for the
> character string to be selected and use SELect ON to select the option
> based on the sum total, for example:
>
> 10 a$="Goodbye"
> 15 asum=0
> 20 FOR a=1 TO LEN(a$): asum=asum+CODE(a)
> 40 SELect ON asum
> 50   = 255: REMark ASCII Code sum for "Hello"
> 51  PRINT "Hello World"
> 60   = 364: REMark ASCII sum for "Goodbye"
> 61  PRINT "Goodbye World"
> 70 END SELect
>

ooGyebd = Goodbye
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40i/Q60 board availability

2020-06-12 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I'd buy one.

DP

On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 12:25 PM Peter Graf via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Jason,
>
> > I realize I'm 19 years late to the party, but does these boards exist
> > anymore?
>
> Nice to hear that my good old design is still of interest. The Q60 still
> exists and has a die-hard user base, but is no longer officially
> manufactured. The Q40/Q60 version of the SMSQ/E operating system is
> still maintained.
>
> It appears that your interest is not QL related, but more driven by the
> 68060 CPU as such. Can you tell us a little more about it? Would you
> want a QL operating system at all, or is 68K Linux preferred?
>
> > How hard would it be to get them made again?
>
> There is a slow-going effort to build a few more boards from leftover
> parts, on a hobbyist basis. The outcome is hard to predict.
>
> From time to time, I vaguely consider designing a completely new 68060
> mainboard with modern HDMI video output, and SDHC cards instead of
> floppy and IDE harddisk. Would such a machine come close to what you like?
>
> All the best
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Re: [Ql-Users] Memory cards and the Q60 (was Re: SMSQE 3.36)

2020-05-11 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I have everything needed right here. If anyone wants to take it on and
gives me a part list, I'll make a care package.

Dave

On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 4:09 PM Thierry Godefroy via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> On Mon, 11 May 2020 15:38:42 -0500, Dave Park via Ql-Users wrote:
>
> > A small circuit can split the master/slave into two isolated masters
> > that would work in most or all cases. Is this of interest as a possible
> > solution?
>
> I thought about it but the problem is with finding all the deprecated
> 40 pins connectors, designing the circuit (that would probably mandate
> a double sided PCB), making it Lot's of troubles for a result that
> is not even guaranteed.
>
> Another, better solution, would be an ISA bus extender for the Q40/Q60,
> so that a second IDE controller card can be plugged (along the first
> one and the Ethernet card); I still have a couple such IDE (in fact
> IDE + serial + parallel ports) cards, but with the two slots already
> occupied on the Q60, I cannot use them.
>
> But I still don't despair to find a memory card adapter that will allow
> us to share the IDE bus and that does work...
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Memory cards and the Q60 (was Re: SMSQE 3.36)

2020-05-11 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
A small circuit can split the master/slave into two isolated masters that
would work in most or all cases. Is this of interest as a possible solution?

Dave

On Mon, May 11, 2020 at 3:35 PM Thierry Godefroy via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> On Thu, 23 Apr 2020 23:42:31 +0200, Peter Graf via Ql-Users wrote:
>
> > Fabrizio Diversi via Ql-Users wrote:
> > > -As a slave I have a 4 GB Toshiba SD HC with a CF adapter Type II.
> >
> > Ah! Very good idea! With the right passive CF-IDE adapters, those might
> > not suffer the same problem as the SD-IDE converters, which allow no
> > slave.
>
> I'm afraid things are not *that* simple... :-(
>
> Based on Fabrizio's report, I bought and tried this adapter:
> https://www.amazon.fr/gp/product/B06XD8ZP1P
>
> Sadly, when plugged into the IDE to CF Card adapter (duly configured as
> a slave and which does cause a genuine CF Card to indeed behave as an
> IDE slave device when plugged in this adapter), the SDHC+CF card adapter
> combo behaves like if it is alone on the IDE bus, masking any other
> device connected to it (in my case, an IDE HD configured as master).
>
> I also tried to configure the IDE-CF adapter as master and the DD as
> slave, but the DD is still not seen on the bus when the SDHC+CF card
> adapter combo is plugged into the IDE-CF Card adapter.
>
> I returned that device today since it's of no use at all to me...
>
> If Fabrizio could quote the brand and model of his working SDHC to CF
> card adapter, it would save us a lot of troubles finding one that works
> as intended...
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly language eComic, issue 7, out now!

2019-10-03 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Thu, Oct 3, 2019 at 2:41 AM Norman Dunbar  wrote:

> Hi Dave,
>
> On 03/10/2019 00:58, Dave Park wrote:
> Apparently, I am a pedant's baddest nightmare. :o)
>

worstest nightmare! :P

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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly language eComic, issue 7, out now!

2019-10-02 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I think we have to remember that people didn't communicate as easily or
freely then as we do today, so specifications were far more localized than
we'd suspect. If sites had 8 hole punched tape readers, it would be a
sensible use. When modems came along, and a parity bit was part of the
modem's protocol, it freed up that 8th bit. Lots of people hacking it to
their own purposes. Someone with the luxury of a CRT going, "h, I can
generate extra characters, graphical elements, all sorts!" and before you
know it, ASCII evolves by who communicates the best ;)

Fun times!

dp

On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 3:18 PM Norman Dunbar  wrote:

> Hi Dave,
>
> strangely enough, I read that the 8th bit allowed parity as, the then, top
> notch paper tapes could cope with an extra (8th) bit and it was put to good
> use for a parity bit. I haven't read the various standards though, so
> willing to be corrected. (Again!)
>
>
> Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly language eComic, issue 7, out now!

2019-10-02 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Wed, Oct 2, 2019 at 12:38 PM Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Marcel,
>
> yes, I agree ASCII is indeed 7 bit. I have to confess that since the
> early eighties - at least where I've been working or at college - it has
> been considered 8 bit with all those extra characters above $7F. But I
> sit corrected. (I like pedantry!)
>

Then pedantry you shall get!

ASCII uses 7 bits of an 8 bit field for data. The 8th bit was initially
defined to be used as a parity bit. People don't read the X3.2 standard,
and usually start with the X3.4 standard. Which used "up to" 8 bits for
data.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Wallpaper program

2019-02-19 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Having smaller, tiled images like the backgrounds often used on for example
the Acorn Risc PC helps with this. That machine did a tremendous amount
with a limit of 2MB of VRAM. Using smaller images actually increases the
CPU load, so that was the trade-off. Memory or CPU. Pick one ;)

Ah yes, fun times.

Dave



On Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 6:26 AM Bob Spelten via Ql-Users <
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> Op Tue, 19 Feb 2019 11:19:19 +0100 schreef Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users
> :
>
> > Wallpaper Program
> >
> > Recent versionsof SMSQ/E from about version 3.00 feature high colour
> and
> > high resolution screens along with the new Window Manager. This makes
> > them very suitable for displaying colourful and attractive background
> > images behind your program windows.
> > (...)
> >The downside of using wallpaper on a high-colour system is the amount of
> > memory it takes. (...)
> >
> Thanks Dilwyn for automating the wallpaper process.
>
> Just a word about memory and compressed images.
> As other programs or other OSes appear to put compressed images straight
> to the screen, I suspect they all need to keep a final uncompressed
> version in memory to work.
> The space demands may go unnoticed as other systems have more RAM to play
> with.
> This is also true for compressed sprites that WMAN2 processes directly.
> Compressing _pic or _scr files is feasible but it's mostly WIN space that
> is won.
>
> Bob
>
> > Download the Wallpaper software and a few example graphic files from
> > http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/graphics/index.html
> >
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Re: [Ql-Users] sBASIC overloading...

2018-06-28 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I think it depends on which types of variables you're coercing...

In this case, because integers are stored as floats and are a wicked lie,
ints and floats are already the same thing logically speaking. So the only
invalid coercion is string to float where the string contents are of the
wrong type.

I wonder the history behind the shortcut?

On Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 1:01 AM, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I can't help but wonder whether the time taken to parse all your
> parameters to check whether they are the right type won't be longer than
> having several procedures.
>
> Wolfgang
>
>
>
> > I'll make sure to respond right away in future, before I've fully
> > understood the subtleties and implications of your replies. :D
> >
> > I was digesting the reply. I've been neck deep in developing a USB
> keyboard
> > solution for the QL - a project that has become a multi-headed beast that
> > required getting into elements of the 8302/8049 relationship I just never
> > knew I'd have to think about. Also neck deep in fence building after a
> > neigborhood dog broke into the pen and killed many of my chickens.
> >
> > It does seem that coercion gives similar results - if everything is
> passed
> > as a string, it can be coerced however we'd like, as long as the data is
> > checked for validity.
> >
> > It does seem the functionality of overloading can be implemented in
> > roundabout yet still brief and readable ways.
> >
> > Thank you.
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 1:57 PM, Per Witte via Ql-Users <
> > ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >
> >> So sorry for wasting my time trying to answer your question. It wont
> happen
> >> again.
> >>
> >> On 21 June 2018 at 16:38, Per Witte  wrote:
> >>
> >>> Im not familiar with C++ overloading, but S*BASIC allows some
> "parametric
> >>> polymorphism", viz:
> >>>
> >>> dim x%(2): for i% = 0 to 2: x%(i%) = 9 - i%
> >>> Test 'abc', 2.99, x%
> >>> :
> >>> def proc Test(a, b%, c)
> >>> print a\ b% \ c, \
> >>> enddef Test
> >>> :
> >>> Result:
> >>> abc
> >>> 2.99
> >>> 9  8  7
> >>>
> >>> The SBASIC compiler performs a number of additional passes to
> >> SuperBASIC's
> >>> parser, to end up with a much purer "executable". The compiled program
> is
> >>> not machine code, of course, it consists of fixed length tokens that
> >> still
> >>> need to be "interpreted". But all useless baggage has been eliminated
> >> from
> >>> the program flow, expressions teased into simple RPN steps, and
> locations
> >>> resolved to absolute addresses. So no, the size of the program or
> >> distance
> >>> to procedures does not effect the speed of execution.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> On 20 June 2018 at 22:35, Dave Park via Ql-Users <
> >> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
> >>>> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Hi all,
> >>>>
> >>>> How hard would it be to extend sBASIC functions to support C++ style
> >>>> overloading?
> >>>>
> >>>> Separately, does the sBASIC in SMSQ or Minerva still scan for
> >>>> procedures/functions from the beginning of the program, so earlier
> >>>> FN/PROCs
> >>>> have a speed advantage over later ones like in JM/JS?
> >>>>
> >>>>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Hello Rich and Dilwyn, and anyone else interested

2018-06-25 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I thought this was a death announcement at first.

Then it got weird.

Dave

On Mon, Jun 25, 2018 at 11:08 AM, paul via Ql-Users <
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>
> Hello out there,  Urs has left the Building.
>
> With him goes a 'working'  QL PM code, the ROMs and the Dongle
> melded into a single file that fired up in an emulator.
>
> Once he gets home and the box of stuff he also picked up,
> including a 'PM' QL sorted out, he just might have some news
> to share. He now has an intact naked QL motherboard also.
>
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] sBASIC overloading...

2018-06-21 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 3:13 AM, Jan Bredenbeek via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> SuperBASIC is quite unique in that it stores the *difference* in length of
> a line compared to the previous line, along with its line number. This way,
> because the current line length is also stored in a system variable, it can
> search for lines in both backward and forward direction. So a proc/fn call
> will be faster when the definition is closer to the calling line. This is
> also mentioned in the Minerva documentation.


​Hmmm. Are they stored in a known order, eg: alphabetical or order of
creation/declaration


> You cannot define a proc/fn multiple times but you can check the type and
> usage of a parameter using the PARTYP, PARUSE, PARNAM$ and PARSTR$
> functions in TK2 and act accordingly. An example of this is in my 'ls'
> procedure which uses an extra parameter as a flag for recursive directory
> searches. When this parameter is empty it only lists the current directory.


​I suppose it does reduce these stresses that while sBASIC has "strict"
typing of variables, it allows easy transfer between variable types.​ It
also has the concepts of undefined variables and defined but unset
variables.

Quite amazing for a language that fit in a very small part of 48K.


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Re: [Ql-Users] sBASIC overloading...

2018-06-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
My reason for asking was, I was wondering if an analysis of how frequently
functions were called, and from where, could affect how quickly they would
be stepped to. I have seen this behavior in SuperBASIC on JM/JS and
achieved often useful gains in improvements by placing the most frequently
called functions at the beginning or the program.

I was wondering if this was still true with the BASIC on SMSQ/Minerva.

That let to the overloading question, which would allow the collapsing of
many functions into a single function using polymorphism.

On Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 5:10 PM, Jan Bredenbeek via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> On 20 June 2018 at 22:35, Dave Park via Ql-Users  >
> wrote:
>
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Separately, does the sBASIC in SMSQ or Minerva still scan for
> > procedures/functions from the beginning of the program, so earlier
> FN/PROCs
> > have a speed advantage over later ones like in JM/JS?
>
>
> SuperBASIC (JM/JS/Minerva) stores line numbers along with proc/fn names in
> the name table and can search backward and forward for them in the program.
> So it merely depends on how far away the proc/fn definition is from the
> calling code in terms of lines.
> I don't know how SBASIC handles this but as it is said to be more a
> compiler than an interpreter it could be very well different (the most
> efficient way would of course be to store addresses rather than line
> numbers but this could break if the program is changed and then
> CONTINUEd/RETRYd).
>
> Jan.
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[Ql-Users] sBASIC overloading...

2018-06-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Hi all,

How hard would it be to extend sBASIC functions to support C++ style
overloading?

Separately, does the sBASIC in SMSQ or Minerva still scan for
procedures/functions from the beginning of the program, so earlier FN/PROCs
have a speed advantage over later ones like in JM/JS?


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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40 and Q60 video controller for flatscreen monitors

2018-05-01 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 12:26 PM, Peter Graf via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Dave Park via Ql-Users wrote:
>
> > What are the frames per second and number of lines in the image?
>
> Originally 72 Hz, 512 visible lines.


​Even just counting the visible pixels, the upgrade position looks
untenable.​

​512x256x72  =​  9,437,184 dot clock
​800x600x50  =​ 28,800,000 "
​800x600x25  =​ 14,400,000 "
​1080x720x30 =​ 19,440,000 "
1080x720x15 =  9,720,000 "
1080x720x12 =  9,331,200 "

Hmmm, I see the limitation...

It strikes me that 1080P at half intended frame rate, then externally frame
doubling using new hardware on the output would give 1080P/24, /25 or /30,
but... It requires an external frame doubler. That could be as simple as a
pair of FIFOs and a small CPLD though.

I wonder if 12fps would cause people to complain about responsiveness
during online gaming ;)




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Re: [Ql-Users] Q40 and Q60 video controller for flatscreen monitors

2018-05-01 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I have delved into video conversion and signal processing in some detail
for the QL, I have a few questions about the original signal:

What are the frames per second and number of lines in the image?
What 'legal' signal is it most similar to?
Is it possible to alter the frame rate, and/or to supply a pixel clock
signal? This could open up the option of DVI conversion. (I have never
owned a QX0 and don't know if it uses a card or custom logic.)


I'm just trying to understand the problem and why the LCD monitor won't
sync the nonstandard signal. If it's just one aspect of the signal it may
be easily fixable and retain full screen display. If there are multiple
elements to the problem, then not. Having access to the pixel clock and
being able to manipulate the frame rate to 30 FPS - or even better 60FPS -
 would be extremely useful.

On Tue, May 1, 2018 at 9:47 AM, Wolf via Ql-Users 
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
>
> > I have developed an alternative video controller for Q40 and Q60:
>
>
> I've been testing this for a few months now. At last I can use the Q60
> with a more modern flatscreen with VGA and 1024*768 resolution.
>
> The image is correctly displayed, but the bottom third of the monitor
> remains black (since the Q60 y resolution is 512 pixels, not 768).
>
> Kudos to Peter for making this work.
>
> Wolfgang
>
>
>
> On 01/05/2018 11:34, Peter Graf via Ql-Users wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> I have developed an alternative video controller for Q40 and Q60:
>>
>> http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2=2434
>>
>> All the best
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Re: [Ql-Users] SMSQ/E 3.33

2018-04-30 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Maybe it's time to have an SMSQ functionality to check for and download
SMSQ updates on request, or automatically if the user permits it?

Dave

On Mon, Apr 30, 2018 at 1:38 PM, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users <
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> Hi,
>
> I just re-upped the binary file.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] FW: The wonderful Rick

2018-04-26 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
This hits hard. Michele was talking with him just last week.

2018 is turning into a terrible year for our community.

Dave

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, Darren Branagh via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Thanks Urs,
>
> Lovely email. Ill put it on the group on Facebook, as many found it such a
> shock this morning as we had no idea he was ill.
>
> Glad to have met and known him. Quite a man.
>
> Darren Branagh
>
> Sent from My iPhone X.
>
>
> On Thu 26 Apr 2018 07:49 Rich Mellor via Ql-Users, <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>
> wrote:
>
> > That is indeed such sad news - Rick Dickinson was a true visionary when
> > it came to computer design and will be sadly missed...
> >
> > Rich Mellor
> > www.rwapsoftware.co.uk
> >
> >
> > On 26/04/2018 07:10, Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users wrote:
> > > Dear all,
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I'm so shocked and in deep sadness to hear that Rick passed away. I was
> > in
> > > tears when I read the email from his wife (see below).
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I last met Rick last October in Cambridge around the Spectrum35
> > celebration.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > He was such a great guy, very smart, with a great sense of humor and so
> > > gifted. He created so many amazing an beautiful  things.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > In autumn 2014 he was on vacation with his mother at the beautiful Lake
> > > Lucerne, just a few miles from my home.
> > >
> > > http://www.qlis30.org.uk/#Rick
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > May he rest in peace.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Urs
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Von: Lizzy Dickinson
> > > Gesendet: Donnerstag, 26. April 2018 05:31
> > >
> > > Betreff: The wonderful Rick
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Dearest Friends
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > With the hugest hole in my heart and a sadness I can't being to
> > understand,
> > > the wonderful person known to many as Rick the Viking, opened his wings
> > and
> > > started on another journey on Tuesday 24 April. And sadly I am not yet
> > able
> > > to join him, despite wanting so much to be with him.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > I know that this will come as a shock to many as we had not been open
> > about
> > > his health issues, preferring rather to deal with them in private, even
> > from
> > > both of own families until fairly recently. Rick was diagnosed with
> > cancer
> > > in 2015 and despite successful treatment in 2016, he became unwell
> again
> > in
> > > early January 2017. I am sure some of you may have guessed something
> was
> > not
> > > quite right, and to those of you that perhaps did not understand why we
> > > became less and less social during 2017, I hope now you can understand
> > that
> > > this was in no way a reflection of our friendship with you but rather
> > > circumstances dictating what he was or was not able to do.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > We have been at a specialist clinic in America - Texas to be precise -
> > since
> > > the end of March undergoing complimentary treatment as a last attempt
> at
> > > hoping to heal him when he passed away quickly, without warning having
> > > collapsed in the apartment we were rented here. He was in no pain and
> > > surround by huge love from the amazing people that have become firm
> > friends
> > > here - that Texan southern hospitality truly was  - and continues to be
> > -
> > > laid at our door.  Rick will be cremated here in Texas and I will
> travel
> > > home with his ashes once the paperwork is sorted probably at the end of
> > next
> > > week.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > And, rather than a traditional funeral (which you know is really not
> his
> > > style) his much loved daughters that he was so proud of - Grace and
> > Daisy -
> > > and his mother Ursula and I will be planning for a celebration of his
> > life
> > > where we can all get together and remember him with love, laughs,
> smiles,
> > > anecdotes and a few beverages. I will of course let you know details
> > once we
> > > have finalised plans.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Please also do pass on this email to any that you feel may wish to
> know;
> > > Rick had many, many friends across the broad spectrum of his work and
> > > interests and I have tried to find as many emails as I can from his
> > computer
> > > but am sure I have left some out.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > And can I ask that - for the time being - please don't call as I simply
> > > can't face talking right now, but I would dearly love to receive your
> > > messages, emoticons and any photos or memories you wish to send of the
> > > person who was - simply - the wonderful Rick, love of my life.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > And please take 5 minutes , raise a glass or 10 , and think about the
> > > beautiful Rick, the one and only Viking and all the good times we have
> > all
> > > had with him. As they always say - but I do believe - he is watching
> > over us
> > > and sends love to you all and is only sorry that he was not able to see
> > you
> > > all before he left.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > XXX
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > 

Re: [Ql-Users] Graphic objects and padding

2018-04-16 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
It's almost like we need some kind of public "infobase" or "programmer's
wiki" to make these nuggets easily searchable and reference-able.

Where might we find something like that?

PS: I offer free web hosting to anyone willing to run it.

On Mon, Apr 16, 2018 at 9:47 AM, pjwitte via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> On 14/04/2018 20:01, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users wrote:
>
>> pjwitte via Ql-Users wrote:
>>
>>> If those who "wrote the book" on these matters arent able/willing to
>>> pipe up, then we'll have to waste some time R-ingTFBs and doing the
>>> tests ourselves. I'll be back.
>>>
>> "The books" were written so long ago, even the people who wrote them
>> must usually spend some serious time to answer questions like yours.
>>
>> Regarding your question in the forum, the internal save area format
>> always has a "spare" long-word after each line, fuck knows why. So
>> that is why every line is 4 bytes longer, because it just writes out
>> the internal format. But it doesn't matter really, the "increment"
>> field in the file header is what's important, for all it's worth it
>> can be one 65kb per line and should still work, the field must just
>> match the data. If you construct a file yourself, use whatever line
>> increment pleases you.
>>
>> The fog is slowly clearing :) Thanks for your input. I
> assumed anyone "in the know" would just know the answer and
> not have to waste precious hours figuring out what was
> already known, as I did - and presumably many before me.
> Trying to derive the rules  from the various implementors
> proved frought, as it seems that, for pragmatic reasons (or
> perhaps to compensate for other's non-compliance) they
> mostly have their own rules for outputs and acceptable
> inputs. Anyway, once Im certain, Ill write it up, so no one
> needs to ask or answer this again.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] FiFi

2018-03-30 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Can I bundle it with my WiFi card and call it WiFiFi? ;)

Dave

On Fri, Mar 30, 2018 at 9:30 AM, Derek via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I supplied FiFi as part of a licenced software package on the Q60.
> Very nice software.
> RegardsDerek
>  Original message From: Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> Date: 30/03/2018  13:37  (GMT+00:00) To:
> ql-us...@q-v-d.com Cc: Marcel Kilgus  Subject:
> Re: [Ql-Users] FiFi
> > Am 30.03.2018 um 14:18 schrieb François Van Emelen via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
> > Thank you. I suppose it is the same version as the one I bought many
> year ago from Jochen Merz.
>
> Actually I know one user who has bugged Wolfgang so much that he did a few
> updates recently ;) No, it's not me!
>
> Fifi is such an essential tool for me, I've used it at least a million
> times to search through the vast sources that are SMSQ/E.
>
> Thanks! Marcel
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD news

2018-03-29 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
A Lattice JTAG programmer is all.

On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 4:41 PM, Graeme Gregory via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

>
>
> On Thu, 29 Mar 2018, at 10:29 PM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users wrote:
> > Speaking of only announcing stuff that basically already works, I have
> > made huge progress regarding my work on QL-SD that I was going to
> > write about today anyway:
> >
> > https://www.kilgus.net/2018/03/29/ql-sd-news/
> >
> > Hope this is interesting to you all.
> >
> What is required to flash the CPLD (just in case I already have the
> widgets here).
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD news

2018-03-29 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
This is amazing work!

It also means I can stop my occasional work on my QL-SD version. I have no
desire to sell a QL-SD into a crowded marketplace.

Instead, I'd like to buy one for compatibility testing on Issue 8.

This lets me focus on other projects that I have been neglecting this last
month, due to life events.

Dave

On Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 4:29 PM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Speaking of only announcing stuff that basically already works, I have
> made huge progress regarding my work on QL-SD that I was going to
> write about today anyway:
>
> https://www.kilgus.net/2018/03/29/ql-sd-news/
>
> Hope this is interesting to you all.
>
> Cheers, Marcel
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Re: [Ql-Users] Quanta eMag

2018-03-09 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I’ll be upset if it isn’t. I just recently paid to renew for 3 years.

However, they have my utmost understanding. The magazine editor did
recently pass away.

I’d be happy to write a couple of things too.

Dave

On Friday, March 9, 2018, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> Has anyone received the recent Quanta eMags, the last one I received in
> October/November 2017. My subscription is in date.
>
> I tried to email John Southern, but no reply, where he asked me to do an
> article on the Q68.
>
> Is Quanta still running?
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Sinclair QL for Everyone on Facebook

2018-03-08 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
But instead, you work for Apple and they're already tracing the leak. :P

Good luck finding work. ;)


On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 2:16 PM, Darren Branagh via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> See, if we were on the Facebook group I could "laugh" at that :-)
>
> Darren.
>
> Sent from my Pipboy 3000.
>
> On Thu 8 Mar 2018 20:13 Dave Park via Ql-Users, <ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>
> wrote:
>
> > *grins*
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone XI
> >
> > On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 2:07 PM, Darren Branagh via Ql-Users <
> > ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >
> > > Nope.
> > >
> > > Especially since I actually use a Huawei P10 most of the time :-) like
> > > now...
> > >
> > > Darren Branagh
> > >
> > > Sent from My Android Phone.
> > >
> > > On Thu 8 Mar 2018 19:59 Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users, <
> > > ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Darren Branagh via Ql-Users wrote:
> > > > > Darren Branagh
> > > > >
> > > > > Sent from My iPhone X.
> > > >
> > > > Is that footer mandatory for people working for Apple? ;)
> > > >
> > > > Marcel
> > > >
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Re: [Ql-Users] Sinclair QL for Everyone on Facebook

2018-03-08 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
*grins*

Sent from my iPhone XI

On Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 2:07 PM, Darren Branagh via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Nope.
>
> Especially since I actually use a Huawei P10 most of the time :-) like
> now...
>
> Darren Branagh
>
> Sent from My Android Phone.
>
> On Thu 8 Mar 2018 19:59 Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users, <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
>
> > Darren Branagh via Ql-Users wrote:
> > > Darren Branagh
> > >
> > > Sent from My iPhone X.
> >
> > Is that footer mandatory for people working for Apple? ;)
> >
> > Marcel
> >
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Re: [Ql-Users] TK2 v2.32

2018-03-04 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
On Sun, Mar 4, 2018 at 2:54 PM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Well, the code only has the right timing from ROM as RAM is usually
> slower. Same would be true for MDV code.
>

​That'll stop being true when we copy ROM to 32 bit wide RAM. ;)

​However, I'm asking mainly for Issue 8, which runs the internal logic at 8
MHz.  It has a minimal amount of faster internal DRAM to allow IO and video
to work, and a larger amount of "external" DRAM that mirrors the internal
RAM where that's useful.​ The external RAM is optional, so people don't
need to pay for it if they don't want to, eg: if they're using a (S)GC. It
would be nice to know how to adjust the timing - even if by successive
approximation - until network and microdrives function correctly.


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Re: [Ql-Users] TK2 v2.32

2018-03-04 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Marcel,

As I am working on accelerated boards, would you be willing to outline the
tuning/timing issues and what code needs editing to achieve correct
performance? How do you test? By successive approximation, or using a
calculation?

EG: Issue 8 runs the logic at 8MHz and the 8049 has a standard 11.0592 xtal
(1/8th the price of an 11. xtal and still works) for baud rate
generation. This allows the Issue 8 to eke out about 10% extra CPU
performance by running the CPU a little faster.

Sidebar: I've been learning about the dirty tricks the QL pulls by
asserting /DTACK long before the data is actually ready in the hope it will
be, and how this limits CPU speed. It's surprising what you can do with
much faster RAM *and* a slight delay on the 8301's assertion of /DTACK will
do. Passing /DTACK through all four inversions of a 78LS00 bought me a 33ns
delay, and got me a bit of overclockability. That was a night, I can tell
you! Catch is, how does the CPU tell where /DTACK is being generated from?
 (Nasta is a good teacher.)

PS: "Overclockability" IS SO A WORD! :P

Dave

On Sun, Mar 4, 2018 at 9:59 AM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> I have released a new (or actually two new) versions of TK2.
>
> One versions only includes the timing critical parts of the QL-NET
> code and the rest can be LRESPRed afterwards.
>
> The other versions included the complete QL-NET code and misses the
> "ED" SuperBasic editor instead, which can be LRESPRed afterwards.
>
> Depending on your QL-NET affinity you can chose which version you like
> more, in the end both version have the same capabilities when the
> missing parts are loaded.
>
> https://www.kilgus.net/2017/03/19/toolkit-ii-the-sequel/
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or v1.89?

2018-03-04 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I am running Marcel's replacement code right now on a prototype QL-SD and
it certainly has different timing. I've successfully saved and loaded files
a few times. Unfortunately, I'm down both a test QL and a QL monitor
(vertical deflection went out so I get the horizontal line) and I need that
test rig for testing the 4MB SuperRAM.

On Sun, Mar 4, 2018 at 4:06 AM, François Van Emelen via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Op 3/03/2018 om 23:47 schreef Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users:
>
> Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users wrote:
>>
>>> As we are riding the wave do you see any chance to fix the palette bug in
>>> Qmenu which was found by Giorgio Garabello a few weeks ago (cut and paste
>>> below for your convenience)?
>>>
>> QMenu 8.05 is out
>>
>> https://www.kilgus.net/smsqe/qmenu/
>>
>> Marcel
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>> Thanks for the update.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or v1.89?

2018-02-27 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Would it be possible to send me a copy of this full repaired 64K ROM image
by email, for testing? I will not distribute it. I'm trying to solve a
qlnet issue and this might get me on the way...

Please? :D

Dave

On Tue, Feb 27, 2018 at 3:05 PM, Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Thank you Marcel also for this welcome fix of a really nusty bug!
>
> As we are riding the wave do you see any chance to fix the palette bug in
> Qmenu which was found by Giorgio Garabello a few weeks ago (cut and paste
> below for your convenience)?
>
> Kind regards
>
> Davide
>
> > Hi all, I found an error in the char_select menu of the extension 8.04
> menu
> > The INK color of the character table remains black regardless of the
> palette used.
> > Can you check if it happens to you too?
>
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[Ql-Users] New hardware announcement...

2018-02-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Hi all,

I'll be making a new hardware announcement this Saturday 24th at 8pm UK
time.

To join in, see the videos/photos and ask questions, join us on the QL
Forum chatroom at 8pm.

This new piece of hardware is not a small thing*, it is not a clone of
existing hardware but is completely new hardware for the BBQL.

To get to the QL Forum chatroom, simply surf to qlforum.co.uk, then click
on "Online Chat" at the top of the page, choose a screen name, and click
join. Anything you type will be seen by everyone.


​*ok, it IS a small thing. 100x63mm, but that includes a through-connector,
but it packs a punch for the size!

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL 2002 The DVD

2018-02-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Downloading now, since I probably have the fastest connection. I can
re-host if you like, to reduce Dilwyn's bandwidth bill?

Dave

On Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 3:44 AM, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Darren Branagh has kindly given me permission to make available an .iso
> image of "QL 2002 The DVD". Being an .iso image, you can burn your own copy
> of the DVD for posterity with most DVD burner software. A scanned image of
> the DVD sleeve is also available.
>
> It was originally released in 2002 by Q-Celt Computing in Ireland, edited
> and produced by Stephen Reyal and Darren Branagh.
>
> The DVD was shot on location at the 2002 Quanta Annual General Meeting and
> Workshop in Manchester and gives an insight into the QL scene at that time,
> some 20 years after the QL was first conceived by Sinclair Research.
>
> Presented by Darren Branagh, there are interviews with key players in the
> QL world, historical information, a tour around the dealers' tables and a
> look in on the Quanta AGM itself.
>
> Please note that this is a very large file to download. The .iso image is
> about 3GB in size even when zipped.
>
> My thanks to Simon Foster whose request to locate a copy of the DVD led to
> me seeking permission to make this available.
>
> Download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/ql2002dvd/index.html
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] A polite request

2018-02-14 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I don't know...

Having to read ALL THE THREADS sounds like an appropriate punishment for a
man who is so neglectful of his poor, loving wife. In a far off land, all
alone, just these young native men who are half naked all over the place,
virile and free.

Hell, got any of that wine left? :P

Right, to the request!

It's part of netiquette that if you drift a conversation of topic, you're
supposed to rename the thread to cover the new direction. It should still
nest under the original thread in mail readers.

This is why I mostly use the forums

I also hate it when people drift off topic within a thread!

Also, have you guys been following my new hardware releases on the forums
recently?

On Wed, Feb 14, 2018 at 1:40 PM, Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Good Evening All,
>
> my wife is currently in Central America, chasing sloths, and I've been
> lambasted because she didn't get her Valentine's card. Go figure, it's
> waiting here for he but that's not good enough - I should have hidden in in
> her suitcase!
>
> That's just so you know what kind of night I'm having, plus, is pi55ing
> down and I'm soaked having just (stupidly) decided to walk to the
> supermarket. And back, with the shopping!
>
>
> Right, the request...
>
> Please, please, please do not "hijack" a thread. Don't reply to a thread
> and change the subject to something completely unrelated. Thanks.
>
> It's a complete pain in the backside (see, I'm being polite!) when I miss
> out on some interesting topics because someone has replied to another
> thread that I'm not following.
>
> It's especially painful when someone replied to my threads - I don't tend
> to read my own stuff after the topic has come to a graceful conclusion, so
> the new topic thread remain hidden within my ramblings. I just noticed a
> new topic thread hidden in my recent "Assembly language ePeriodical Issue
> 4" thread.
>
> I use Thunderbird, I have it configured to list emails in threads, and in
> reverse date order with most recent first. If you start a new thread by
> replying to another, and change the subject, your threaded topic ends up
> hidden within the original topic thread and I miss out on stuff!
>
> Anyway, I just wanted to get that off my chest!
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
>
> PS. Yes, I have had a large glass of crisp white wine tonight! ;-)
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD new driver

2018-02-02 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Marcel, would you be willing to share your modifications for QL-SD2?

Dave

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 10:51 AM, pgraf--- via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> On 2 Feb 2018 at 16:25, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users wrote:
>
> > Well, I said I'd do it and apparently I did it:
> >
> > https://www.kilgus.net/2018/02/02/clonetastic-ql-sd-clone-
> working-with-goldcard-clone/
>
> What surprises me is this: "With the original Verilog code my clone
> didn't work at all, so it's definitely not just the different chip."
>
> With a normal GC, the original QL-SD worked relatively well,
> compared to the SGC. On some GC systems it was even fully stable
> hardware-wise. So if we assume that the electrical characteristics
> of the XC9572 play a minor role, why did it not work _at_all_?
>
> A significant difference between Original GC and Tetroid?
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD new driver

2018-01-22 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Does this new driver support QL-SD with two SD cards?

On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 8:37 AM, Alain HAOUI via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> Actually I am on the way to achieve a new browser (only browser now) for
> all ql platforms and emulators which can deal with qubide or qlwa/qwa
> multipartitioned devices or disk raw images, data cdrom or iso 9660 cd
> images and qxl.win containers in any device or image.
> It needs tk2, PE and should work on any ql platform with ~300kb of free
> ram, under qdos or smsq.
> For physical cdrom needs qubata driver or TG atapi/cdrom things.
> Will be available within a few days.
> Regards
> Alain Haoui
> Envoyé de mon téléphone
>
> De : Graeme Gregory via Ql-Users
> Envoyé le :lundi 22 janvier 2018 14:41
> À : ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
> Cc : Graeme Gregory
> Objet :Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD new driver
>
>
>
> On Mon, 22 Jan 2018, at 9:41 AM, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I've released a new driver for QL-SD that uses standard qxl.win drives
> > instead of Qubide ones.
> >
> > It's for Minerva only, though.
> >
> > You can download it from www.wlenerz.com/QLSD
> >
> And the next trick make qubide do the same :-D
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Baud

2018-01-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Once you're up into 230k territory, the quality of the cable starts making
an extraordinary difference, even if there is UART support for that speed.

On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 3:25 PM, Peter Graf via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Fabrizio,
>
> > configuring the driver in Win10 there are available different predefined
> > speeds, including 460800, so I assume it should work at least from PC
> side.
>
> I know, but that tells nothing about what the adaptor can physically
> hanlde. I have a lot of experience with that, unfortunately. Nine out of
> ten adaptors which allow to select such high speeds, can't even handle
> 230 kBaud PC to PC reliably.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Baud

2018-01-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I'm just happy that 230k has been shown to be physically possible on the
Q68 hardware. When mine comes, I'll test it with my Q68 wifi/bluetooth
dongle. If it works, I might make that the default configuration. I mean,
it is literally 2x as fast.

My serial wifi dongle and GPIO card (details on the QL Forum) will be
available February 14th and cost £39.

For those who don't follow the QL Forum, I am releasing a significant new
item of hardware every week or two. So far, a buck regulator for £7,
Minerva ROMs on carrier boards for £5, the last of the first batch of
miniplanes (now sold out), a Q68 wifi, bluetooth and GPIO dongle with
encryption engine, which can access secure sites, do DNS resolution, and is
working internet on your Q68, Q40 or Q60. A QL version will be available in
probably 2-3 months once more testing is done (but the 9600baud effective
useful limit makes it a bit unpleasant for anything but moving small
amounts of data).

I have two *HUGE* new items coming up in the next few weeks :D

All items go on sale February 14th, and will only be sold if in stock,
ready to ship. Flat rate shipping from the US is £10, so this lets people
order multiple items for a single shipping cost. All mail send by tracked
express mail.


On Sat, Jan 20, 2018 at 11:00 AM, Peter Graf via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Fabrizio,
>
> > Now playing with SMSQ/E sources, according Wolfgang suggestion
> (Thanks)
>
> How do you come to the idea your SER-USB adaptor supports 460 kBaud,
> even PC to PC?
>
> The required RS-232 line drivers are very seldom!
> Peter
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Re: [Ql-Users] Sandy SuperQBoard HD

2018-01-08 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
As I said in the other place, if you do this and use a WD1772, you might
get temperamental results. The VL1772 by VLSI is far more overclockable and
runs significantly cooler when double clocked.

I bought a bulk supply of them for SQBv4 ;)

Dave

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 5:15 PM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
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> Hi everybody,
>
> I described my quest for a HD capable Sandy SuperQBoard here:
>
> https://www.kilgus.net/2018/01/09/sandy-superqboard-now-in-hd/
>
> Enjoy ;)
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL ROM versions

2018-01-06 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
"Copyright 1985 Sirius Cybernetics" is the same character length as
"Copyright 1985 Sinclair Research." so it would be good internal security.

Dave

On Sat, Jan 6, 2018 at 8:30 AM, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> >> before the sale to Amstrad. It includes the copyright message 'Copyright
> >> 1985 Sirius Cybernetics' (whoever they were).
> >
> > http://hitchhikersguidetoearth.wikia.com/wiki/Sirius_Cybernetics_
> Corporation
> >
> > So Im guessing it was a joke!
> >
> > Graeme
> Ha ha!
>
> Various people have had the ROM itself working, but having read that I can
> see how the name itself might have been a joke!
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Some QL Newbie Questions: Modern video and storage upgrades for QL

2018-01-05 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
There's a lot of forks in the road for you.

There are emulators, that give you a functioning QL on your PC or Mac.
Hundreds of times faster, modern storage, semi-modern display capabilities
with higher resolutions and more colors.

If you want to stick with original hardware, there's a few choices. For
Black Box QL (BBQL) purists, there are QubIDE expansions that take
CompactFlash cards, and a nifty thing called QL-SD that fits internally and
offers one or two SD slots. There are Trump Card clones, Gold Card clones
(an accelerator that replaces the CPU with a faster one, and adds 2MBytes
of RAM.

Finally, you can get a Q68 - it is a small hand-sized QL clone with VGA
output, two SD slots, comes with a modern version of the QL operating
system called SMSQ/E, and uses a PS/2 keyboard and mouse and standard VGA
LCD monitor.

There are at least three or four hobbyists like me producing new hardware
even today, so the machines are well supported.

If your keyboard membrane fails (they get brittle with age) you can easily
buy a replacement.

Hope this helps...

Dave

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 7:26 PM, Michael R. Furman via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hello, I’ve been lurking on this list for many years and never posted, so
> I thought I’d introduce myself before asking my QL Newbie questions.
>
> Even though I’m in the US I've grown up with (Timex/)Sinclair computers
> around probably like many of you on this list.  While it was not the first
> computer I ever used or my favorite when I was a kid the first computer
> that was fully 100% mine was a Timex/Sinclair 1000.  In the mid to late
> 80’s my dad and I belonged to the Group Using Timex Sinclair Cambridge of
> Silicon Valley that met in Cupertino, CA.  A few of the people had QL’s.
> The user’s group coordinator used a QL to make the newsletter (
> https://archive.org/details/sincLink-v8-n7-1989-07 <
> https://archive.org/details/sincLink-v8-n7-1989-07>) and I was always
> jealous of a teenage programmer Mark Wahl that brought his QL with Amdek
> RGB Monitor and dual floppy drive system to the club meetings and showed
> off his nifty C programs (a few are mentioned in the newsletter) Mark
> seemed like the kind of whiz that Linus Torvalds probably was back when he
> was playing with his QL...
>
> I picked up a QL with a US power supply a few years ago off of Ebay.  I
> pulled it out of the closet around Christmas and it fired up and I could
> still load all the micro drives that came with it.  But using the RF TV
> output is a bit underwhelming, and while i could use the micro drives I
> want to leave them alone and use something more modern…
>
> What is the easiest way to connect a QL to a modern VGA or HDMI monitor?
>
> What hardware upgrades are currently available for connecting modern
> storage like SD Card or Compact Flash to the QL?
>
> Are there any servers that run on a PC that act as a file server to the QL
> over the serial port that could be used in place of floppy/CF/SD hardware?
> We have this for our Tandy RadioShack TRS-80 computers, it’s called
> DriveWire
>
> —
>
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> Phone: +1 (408) 480-5865
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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql-Users Digest, Vol 167, Issue 2

2018-01-05 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I did have an FB dongle around here once upon a time, but I haven't seen it
in five years.

Dave.

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 3:04 PM, pjwitte via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hehe! Spot on, Tobias
> Per
>
> On 05/01/2018 15:49, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users wrote:
>
>> AF = Awfully faulty
>> JM = jerkily mended
>> JS = just stable
>> MG = mainly good
>>
>> ;) (just joking)
>>
>> Tobias
>>
>> Am 05.01.2018 um 12:56 schrieb Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
>>> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
>>>
>>> Hi Paolo,
>>>
>>> as far as I remember, the code letters for the various QL ROMs have been
>>> named after:
>>>
>>> * Taxi Drivers used by Sinclair staff;
>>> * Engineers at Sinclair;
>>> * Women in the Sinclair offices.
>>>
>>> There may bo other "uses", but the letters in JM and JS etc are the
>>> initials of certain people from the above list. I have not seen a full list
>>> of the various names actually used though, so I can't tell you who JM and
>>> JS were. Sorry.
>>>
>>>
>>> HTH
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Norm.
>>>
>>> On 04/01/18 18:30, Paolo Del Bene via Ql-Users wrote:
>>>
 Today's Topics:
 1. Re: about JM and JS roms
  (Paolo Del Bene)
  34 years are passed, and I haven't
  anymore a QL Sinclair from 27
  years when my father before bought
  it for me and then he sold without to
  say nothing to me.
  I am here only to ask for what stand
  the name JM and JS in the roms.
  I haven't found any information
 about, if you can help me I'll be
  happy
  Happy GNU Year 2018
  Paolo Del Bene iw0fzw

>>>
>>>
>>> --
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>>>
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>>> United Kingdom
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>>>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql-Users Digest, Vol 167, Issue 2

2018-01-05 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Did the Tyche ROM ever get letters?

On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 8:49 AM, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> AF = Awfully faulty
> JM = jerkily mended
> JS = just stable
> MG = mainly good
>
> ;) (just joking)
>
> Tobias
>
> > Am 05.01.2018 um 12:56 schrieb Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
> >
> > Hi Paolo,
> >
> > as far as I remember, the code letters for the various QL ROMs have been
> named after:
> >
> > * Taxi Drivers used by Sinclair staff;
> > * Engineers at Sinclair;
> > * Women in the Sinclair offices.
> >
> > There may bo other "uses", but the letters in JM and JS etc are the
> initials of certain people from the above list. I have not seen a full list
> of the various names actually used though, so I can't tell you who JM and
> JS were. Sorry.
> >
> >
> > HTH
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Norm.
> >
> > On 04/01/18 18:30, Paolo Del Bene via Ql-Users wrote:
> >> Today's Topics:
> >>1. Re: about JM and JS roms
> >> (Paolo Del Bene)
> >> 34 years are passed, and I haven't
> >> anymore a QL Sinclair from 27
> >> years when my father before bought
> >> it for me and then he sold without to
> >> say nothing to me.
> >> I am here only to ask for what stand
> >> the name JM and JS in the roms.
> >> I haven't found any information
> >>about, if you can help me I'll be
> >> happy
> >> Happy GNU Year 2018
> >> Paolo Del Bene iw0fzw
> >
> >
> >
> > --
> > Norman Dunbar
> > Dunbar IT Consultants Ltd
> >
> > Registered address:
> > 27a Lidget Hill
> > Pudsey
> > West Yorkshire
> > United Kingdom
> > LS28 7LG
> >
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Re: [Ql-Users] Mode 33 to 32

2017-12-15 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
33->32 the W would be the least significant bit of G, and that bit would be
a copy of the most significant bit of G such that a full black pixel will
be full black and a full green pixel will be full green so white can be
white and not have a magenta tinge. This would cause a likely imperceptible
green boundary line from 0 to 1 (which would be 10001).

IMHO.

On Fri, Dec 15, 2017 at 11:51 AM, pjwitte via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> I want to convert a mode 33 screen (Qxx) to mode 32 (QPC2) and visa versa.
> I got this far with 33 to 32, but Im not sure this is the best translation:
>
> rem %grbw = mode 33
> rem %gggbrggg = mode 32
>
> c$ = BIN$(PEEK_W(a), 16)
> c$ = c$(3 TO 5) & c$(11 TO 15) & c$(6 TO 10) & c$(1 TO 2) & c$(16): rem =
> %gggbrggw
>
> What do I do with 'w' in either case for best results?
>
> Per
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Notice 3 - Update

2017-11-15 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Yay!

Mostly, glad your recovery is going well. Like most people, I am looking
forward to finding out my position in the queue.

Dave

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 5:50 AM, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> There are some new updated features of the Q68.
>
>
> Q68 Features
> 
>
> Q68 Video modes:
>
> 0. Standard QL MODE 8 256x256 pixel (8 colours)
> 1. Standard QL MODE 4 512x256 pixel (4 colours)
> 2. Q40/Q60 highcolour mode 512x256 pixel (65536 colours)
> 3. Q40/Q60 highcolour mode 1024x512 pixel (65536 colours)
> 4. High resolution QL MODE 4 1024x768 pixel (4 colours)
> 5. Aurora mode 1024x768 pixel, 256 (colours)
> 6. Medium resolution highcolour mode 512x384 pixel (65536 colours)
>
> Monochrome display:
>
> In the standard QL modes and the high resolution mode 4, the Q68 offers
> special monochrome display functions, in black & white, amber or green
> colour, even if you attach a colour monitor.
>
> Sound:
>
> The Q68 provides a stereo sampled sound system. Digital-analog conversion
> uses 20kHz sample rate and hardware FIFO buffering for up to 1024 samples.
> Combined line / headphone output on jack socket.
>
> SDHC Drive Interfaces:
>
> The Q68 contains hardware for two independent SDHC card interfaces.
> Fullsize card slots are provided for easier handling and copying of data
> between two cards. One 4Gb SDHC Card Supplied with SMSQ/E Operating System.
>
> Realtime Clock:
>
> DS1374C-33 real time clock.
>
> Longlife super-capacitor for oscillator supply backup during power-off
> Integrated recharge capability.
>
>
> I/O Ports:
>
> Serial port with up to 115200 (46) Baud, external 9 pin SubD connector.
>
> I2C Interface:
>
> Internal 4 pin connector, hardware compatible with Minerva MKII I2C
> devices.
>
> Extension Bus:
>
> The Q68 mainboard contains a parallel extension bus with 8 bit
> data/address bus and control signals for the possibility of add-ons.
>
> Ethernet:
>
> The Q68 has an on-board CP2200 ethernet controller with integrated IEEE
> 802.3 MAC and 10 Base-T PHY. At the time this manual was written, no Q68
> specific software support for the CP2200 was released.
>
> Board Size:
>
> The Q68 mainboard has a size of 8cm x 10cm and can be mounted in an
> available case.
>
> Power Supply:
>
> The Q68 is powered by a standard regulated 5V supply with 2.1 mm coaxial
> plug.
>
> Recommended Power Supply provide at least 1A for the devices that are
> usually attached, for example keyboard, mouse and SDHC cards.
>
> Power supply not provided with Q68, due to country differences in voltage
> and mains pin configuration.
>
> PS/2 Keyboard and Mouse:
>
> 6-pin female Mini DIN connector.
>
> Keyboard and mouse ports are separate, but to save space, a combined
> connector with signals for both ports is provided.
>
> A standard PS/2 keyboard can directly be plugged into the mainboard. If a
> mouse is also used, an additional PS/2 splitter cable is required.
>
> Note: Splitter cables for PC notebooks usually have the mouse signals
> where the Q68 has keyboard. The mouse and keyboard require swapping, when
> using such a cable.
>
> A Belkin PS/2 Splitter is available with the correct Q68 Keyboard
> (Purple)/Mouse Green) colour designations.
>
> Mouse versions with scrollwheel are supported, but LEDs inside the
> keyboard are currently not used.
>
>
> Sales Information
> -
>
> Batch 1 consists of 21 x Q68 boards, with options on Case and PS/2
> Splitter cable.
>
> I have created a pre-sales unconfirmed order list, based on the date of
> the interest in purchasing a Q68.
>
> I will be contacting everyone in date order of the enquiry, commencing
> 20/11/17, to confirm the Q68 order and give purchasing information.
>
> Purchasing can be made by Paypal or Bank Transfer, shipping costs be
> calculated based on customer location.
>
> Q68 Batch 2, should be available in December/January
>
>
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>
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL MODE 8 Flash Bit

2017-10-27 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
The flash bit acts as half a toggle for latching of the BGCOLOR in the
8301, ANDed with the other component, the 1Hz clock.

On Fri, Oct 27, 2017 at 2:42 PM, Jan Bredenbeek via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> On 27 October 2017 at 21:03, Peter Graf  wrote:
>
> > > E.g. when a pixel has red colour with flash on, the rest of the pixels
> > > on the line will flash between the original pixel colour and red until
> > > the next set flash bit.
> >
> > The "until" is ambiguous. When that next pixel occurs, does it still use
> > the background colour of the previous pixels, or already the colour in
> > it's own colour bits?
> >
>
> The flashing is up to and including the pixel which has the flash bit on to
> turn flash off.
> This can be seen when PRINTing something with flash on. Each character is 6
> bits wide, but only the least significant ('rightmost') 5 bits are used as
> the leftmost bit is always 0. This is the bit used to turn flash on, and
> when flash is on the flash bit of the LSB (rightmost) bit is also on so
> flash is turned off after each character (even when you print multiple
> characters on the same line).
>
>
> > Also, is there any exact info about the blink frequency?
>
>
> I've tested this on a real QL and it looks like the blink frequency is
> 16/50th of a second which is a bit slower than the software-generated
> blinking of the window's cursor (12/50th second). So a complete blink cycle
> will be 32/50th second.
>
> Jan.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Advance Notice 3 - Delay

2017-10-20 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I hope you make a full recovery and your voice isn't permanently affected.

Dave

On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 4:33 AM, Martyn Hill via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Good morning Derek
>
> What a nightmare for you - we wish you a speedy recovery.
>
> If there is still room left on your first 20 for Q68, could I ask to be
> added (incl. the black case, but no need for the PS/2 splitter).
>
> Regards,
>
> Martyn.
>
>
> On 20/10/2017 09:00, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users wrote:
>
>> There will be a slight delay in the availability of the Q68, which I
>> stated in a previous message to be available on 09/10/2017
>>
>> I have had medical problems, I went into hospital on 22/9/17, to have a
>> throat operation. This should of been a one day operation.
>>
>> But there was a problem with the procedure they used and I ended up
>> having a Tracheotomy Tube inserted into my airway to keep me alive.
>>
>> I stayed in The Royal Liverpool Hospital Intensive Care Unit for 12 days
>> attached to a ventilator, which was assisting my breathing.
>>
>> The tube was removed and I was discharged home, to the care of a visiting
>> District Nurse. The nurse changes the dressings daily.
>>
>> I have been home for 2 weeks and just now, starting to regain my strength
>> and concentration.
>>
>> There was a notice posted on the QL Forum, regarding the delay, which
>> obviously did not get to everyone.
>>
>> The new date will be 06/11/2017.
>>
>> Here is the link to the notice:
>>
>> http://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2=2120#p19180
>>
>> I am sorry for the delay, I will try to update everyone on a regular
>> basis.
>>
>> With regards to availability of the Q68. I have created a list of people
>> who showed interest in date order. Which I will contact to arrange the sale
>> of the Q68.
>>
>>
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Re: [Ql-Users] vDrive QL

2017-09-24 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
They all sold out in minutes, which means they were priced too low.

Dave

On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 7:22 PM, Kurt K via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> I checked the link for the vDriveQL and all sold out, sadly, hopefully
> more will be available in the future.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Sep 23, 2017, at 3:33 PM, RWAP Software via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >
> > Charlie Ingley has now listed a batch of his vDriveQL units on
> sellmyretro :
> >
> > https://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/vdrive-ql-28715
> >
> > He has not yet listed the vMap.
> >
> > For those who have not come across this - the vDriveQL connects to the
> QL microdrive expansion slot (and can be mounted in a ZX Microdrive case if
> you like) and allows you to allocate microdrive image files to the QL
> microdrive slots.
> >
> > The vMap is an extra board which plugs into the microdrive connectors on
> the QL motherboard and allows you to move the slots allocated to the
> internal microdrive units, so it is then easy to (say) run a copy protected
> game from a microdrive image file on an SD card mounted in the external
> vDrive.
> >
> > Rich Mellor RWAP Software www.rwapsoftware.co.uk www.sellmyretro.com
> >
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Re: [Ql-Users] Fw: Stupid AND

2017-09-21 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Well, no it wasn't. And we're all kids of the 80s. Hit us up :D


On Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:41 PM, Ralf Reköndt via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Sorry, was private ;-))
>
>
>
> Am 21.09.2017 um 20:40 schrieb Ralf Reköndt:
>
>> Hi Dilwyn,
>>
>> after a very long time, I need again your help in identifying a song
>> text. No need to hurry, if you ever get the time. I think, you may have
>> heard this one in the 80s.
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>> Cheers...Ralf
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Re: [Ql-Users] Stupid AND

2017-09-19 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Your BASIC interpreter fits in 48K. With room to spare.

On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 2:27 PM, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> Just a rant about the SBasic AND operator.
>
> Suppose this:
>
> 10 a=0
> 20 b=10
> 30 if (a<>0 AND b/a=5)
> 40   do_something
> 50 end if
>
> Run it and what happens?
>
> You get an "overflow" error at line 30.
> You get this error because it is trying to evaluate the second condition
> (b/a) and failing as a=0 and you can't divide by 0.
>
> BUT WHY IS IT TRYING TO EVALUATE THE SECOND CONDITION IN THE FIRST PLACE?
>
> The first condition (a<>0) is NOT met and so, in any other programming
> language I use, the second condition isn't even tested, as the result will
> be "false" anyway because of this.
>
> Apparently though, Sbasic still also tests the second condition.
>
> G.
>
> Wolfgang
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Re: [Ql-Users] Returning to the QL

2017-08-26 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Welcome back, Daniel. :)

On Sat, Aug 26, 2017 at 12:09 PM, Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Daniel, welcome, you're back home :-D
> I still use your program very often.
> The community is small but very active, especially in the last two years
> there is a new enthusiasm in the air, or at least that seems to me.
>
> Giorgio Garabello
>
> 2017-08-26 18:51 GMT+02:00 Daniel Baum via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > I originally bought a Sinclair QL some time in the mid 1980s. It was my
> > main computer for a while, but I eventually replaced it with an Atari ST
> > and it went into the attic.
> >
> > A few years later I got back into the QL. I used QPC1 and then QPC2 on
> > whatever PC I had at the time. I gradually got interested in other
> things,
> > and then I seem to remember getting my first PC that had no diskette
> drive
> > and so I couldn't run QPC anymore.
> >
> > During this period (1998 apparently) I wrote a program called Qbase that
> I
> > am astonished to find is available from Dilwyn's site and is part of the
> > Black Phoenix distribution.
> >
> > So, a while ago I thought I'd see what was happening in the QL world (or
> > rather, if there still was one) and I found that it still existed and so
> > here I am, configuring my boot file and trying to get my head around
> > EasyPtr, again...
> >
> > Outside the QL World I am actually a professional programmer and also a
> > linguist and researcher into automatic language analysis and speech
> > analytics.
> >
> > It's nice to be reunited with the QL, and also to find so many familiar
> > names still involved with it.
> >
> > I do already have a couple of questions, but I think they might be better
> > in a separate thread.
> >
> > Regards to all,
> >
> > Daniel Baum
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Re: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse

2017-08-16 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
This logic and etc. are all built in on the SSQB (that's the SUPER
SuperQBoard v4!) so it has a PS/2 port and a USB socket (PS/2 adaptor, USB
only mice will not work)...

Dave

On Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 10:54 AM, via Ql-Users 
wrote:

> Hi Derek
>
> Thanks for that. Making your own seems like a lot of work when USB to PS2
> adapters are dirt cheap. Yes I know the mouse would need to understand both
> PS2 and USB protocols. That's the current PS2 combo mouse type. I will look
> at the QIMI mouse connection on the Aurora board with the Atari/Amiga USB
> adapter, but I am also still interested in the serial mouse if it it still
> available. I will contact you off list about it.
>
> Cheers
>
> Duncan
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Derek Stewart via Ql-Users 
> To: ql-users 
> Sent: Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:07
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse
>
> Hi Duncan,I do not have your email address. My email address is:
> derek@q40.deThe USB to Atari/Amiga adapters work really well, fr
> connection to QIMI the adapter must be in Atari mode. As the Amiga has some
> lines going to different pins on the DB9 side.There are USB -> PS2
> adapters, which connect the USB +Data/-Data line to the PS/2 Data/Clock.See
> this web link:http://www.instructables.com/id/USB-to-PS2-convertor/But
> the USB mouse has to support PS/2 mode.I have not had much success with USB
> to PS/2 adapters, I have lots of the USB to PS/2 Plug adapters, Maplin
> Electronics sell them for £0.61, so could worth risk...-- Regards,DerekOn
> 16/08/17 07:59, via Ql-Users wrote:> Hi Derek, looks like I don't have your
> current email address as the email I have sent just came back undelivered.
> Could you email me at the aol address you have for me as that is still the
> same.> > Cheers> > Duncan> 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse

2017-08-15 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
Ooops, I thought that was a private email!

*blush*

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 2:39 PM, Derek via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

>
>
> Hi Duncan,
> Still the sameemail address.
>
>
> Regards,
> Derek
>
>  Original message 
> From: via Ql-Users 
> Date: 15/08/2017  20:34  (GMT+00:00)
> To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse
>
>
> Hi Derek,
>
> Yes I am interested, Have you changed your email address since the last
> time I emailed you which would have been a while ago.
>
> Best Wishes
>
> Duncan
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -Original Message-
> From: Derek via Ql-Users 
> To: ql-users 
> Sent: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:47
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse
>
> Hi Duncan,
> I have a 3 button serial mouse with DB9 connector. It was ysed on a Q60,
> so any PC serial port will do.
> Email if you want it.
> RegardsDerek
>  Original message From: via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> Date: 15/08/2017  10:09  (GMT+00:00) To:
> ql-us...@q-v-d.com Subject: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse
> Hi,
>
> I have been having a problem sourcing a replacement mouse for my Aurora
> system. Serial mice have vanished even on ebay and also PS2/serial combo
> mice scarce. Does anyone know is mice adapters for the Atari and Amiga will
> work with Aurora/Qx0 serial ports?
>
> See link to ebay : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-New-MKIV-Amiga-Atari-USB-
> mouse-adapter-converter-with-mode-switch-jumpers-/
> 121413700949?epid=1788636590=item1c44
>
> The adapter if it works allows use of easily obtained USB mice.
>
> Thanks
>
>
> Duncan
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Re: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse

2017-08-15 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I have designed an adapter that allows the use of PS/2 mice directly with
the QL. It is actually a licensed development off of that MKIV adapter
designed by Kevin Mount. If you're willing to wait a few weeks, could I
send you a free sample to test?

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 8:48 AM, Derek via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Duncan,
> I have a 3 button serial mouse with DB9 connector. It was ysed on a Q60,
> so any PC serial port will do.
> Email if you want it.
> RegardsDerek
>  Original message From: via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> Date: 15/08/2017  10:09  (GMT+00:00) To:
> ql-us...@q-v-d.com Subject: [Ql-Users] Replacement Mouse
> Hi,
>
> I have been having a problem sourcing a replacement mouse for my Aurora
> system. Serial mice have vanished even on ebay and also PS2/serial combo
> mice scarce. Does anyone know is mice adapters for the Atari and Amiga will
> work with Aurora/Qx0 serial ports?
>
> See link to ebay : http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/The-New-MKIV-Amiga-Atari-USB-
> mouse-adapter-converter-with-mode-switch-jumpers-/
> 121413700949?epid=1788636590=item1c44
>
> The adapter if it works allows use of easily obtained USB mice.
>
> Thanks
>
>
> Duncan
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Re: [Ql-Users] PCB Design v7.52

2017-07-27 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
After trying a couple of different companies, I use EasyEDA.

Their web-based EDA tool isn't terrible either for smaller projects.

Dave

On Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 4:50 PM, Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Interesting, indeed. My boards were fine, so far, but I'll keep an eye out
> in future. If I ever get time to finish my design! (I can't do it at work
> in my lunch break!)
>
> Who does your boards now?
>
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
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Re: [Ql-Users] PCB Design v7.52

2017-07-26 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
I'm an Englishman married to a Korean and my name is very Korean. She's a
Korean married to a Brit and her name's Atwood - whiter than Casper!

I used Osh Park twice. Both times I had minor quality issues with the
boards that meant every board had to be checked carefully before assembly.
Both times copper debris/incomplete etch where there shouldn't be.

On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 4:30 PM, Norman Dunbar via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> I'm not an electronics expert, and I font play one on TV, but I never got
> on with Eagle very well. I had the two layer limited board sized free
> version.
>
> I use Fritzing these days and Kicad. It depends. For something quick and
> dirty,  I tend to drop into the former.  For my ongoing attempt at a DIY
> "Arduino" it's Kicad.
>
> Osh Park (no relation Dave?) do my boards for me. Good quality, free
> postage too.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
>
> On 26 July 2017 21:00:41 BST, Dave Park via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >This amuses me as I just quit using Eagle this year because I could not
> >stand it any more.
> >
> >And my educational license expired and they wanted HOW MUCH?!?!?!
> >
> >*cough*
> >
> >On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 2:49 PM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
> >ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users wrote:
> >> > Malcolm Lear has made available an updated v7.52 of his PCB Design
> >> program.
> >> > Download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/graphics/index.html
> >>
> >> I will not quit using Eagle anytime soon, but I tried PCB Design
> >> nonetheless and I must say the examples look pretty amazing. Good
> >job.
> >>
> >> Cheers, Marcel
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Re: [Ql-Users] PCB Design v7.52

2017-07-26 Thread Dave Park via Ql-Users
This amuses me as I just quit using Eagle this year because I could not
stand it any more.

And my educational license expired and they wanted HOW MUCH?!?!?!

*cough*

On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 2:49 PM, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users wrote:
> > Malcolm Lear has made available an updated v7.52 of his PCB Design
> program.
> > Download from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/graphics/index.html
>
> I will not quit using Eagle anytime soon, but I tried PCB Design
> nonetheless and I must say the examples look pretty amazing. Good job.
>
> Cheers, Marcel
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