[Ql-Users] R: Brand-new QL-VGA first usage, updated QL-SD (v1.09)

2020-07-17 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Hi Urs,

Really nice and inspiring video, I am a little bit envious of your QL
dedicated room/workbench with all the collection of QLs and related items
;-)

But among many interesting things I saw QL-VGA card... Marcel, are you
hiding something? :-)) Any chance for a "mass-production"? :-)))

Ciao

Davide

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Cc: Urs Koenig (QL)
Oggetto: [Ql-Users] Brand-new QL-VGA first usage, updated QL-SD (v1.09)
Priorità: Alta

Hi QLers,

I did almost not do anything QL related recently, but yesterday - after a
chat with Marcel Kilgus - I took the afternoon off and went to my Lake
Valley (Retro) Labs to do some QL tinkering. Here's the result:
https://youtu.be/4WD-bsS_zDo

Links to Marcel's QL blog entries regarding QL-VGA and QL-SD:
https://www.kilgus.net/2020/01/08/ql-vga-the-second/
https://www.kilgus.net/2020/05/17/ql-sd-driver-v1-09/

All the best and take care!

Cheers, Urs
http://sinclairql.net/about_urs.html


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[Ql-Users] 16th Italian Sinclair QL meeting (virtual) - Report

2020-04-13 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
16° Meeting Sinclair QL Italiano – 5th of April 2020

The 16° Sinclair QL should have been held in Modena as it has been the case
since 2008. Unfortunately, due to the restriction enforced following the
Covid-spread 19 we had to meet on the virtual teleconferencing platform
Jitsi. Twenty people have attended the teleconference including Marcel
Kilgus, Dilwyn Jones and Urs Keonig as welcome international guests. 

Marcel, as also happened in the last two QL Italian meetings, had many
interesting news to report. Guest star was the new RGB-VGA interface for
Sinclair QL. This is yet another very useful piece of hardware to keep the
original QL alive at the time were only SVGA interfaces are available in
modern monitors. The prototype is almost finished and the image quality is
outstanding, everything is managed by a FPGA which scans the RGB signal and
transform it into a VGA signal. All the details can be found on

https://www.kilgus.net/2020/01/08/ql-vga-the-second/ An Italian QL user
living in Toronto since many years, Michele Perini, is designing a QL style
case to be realized with 3D print technology.  

The second news was that the excellent QL-SD interface card will not be any
more realized due to the effort at Marcel’s side needed to solder and
integrate the boards. That’s a pity, but do not despair as a new replacement
named QL-SD ROM is already in the pipeline. This board will connect to the
QL ROM port. The nice plus is that the new QL-SD ROM will have an onboard
flash ram capable to keep up to 8 QL ROMs which can be loaded and selected
with simple SuperBasic commands.
https://www.kilgus.net/2020/03/28/ql-sd-rom-the-early-days/

As side activity Marcel is also working in the port of SMSQ/E for the MiSTer
platform. MiSTer is a hardware platform capable to emulate most of the
“retro-computers”. You can find the Sinclair QL port on

https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/QL_MiSTer while a MiSTer description is
given at this link  
https://github.com/MiSTer-devel/Main_MiSTer/wiki

One of the possible future ideas which were mentioned by Marcel is the QL
port on the Spectrum Next  
https://www.specnext.com/ which has been shown “live” by Massimo Boccardi,
one of the few guys who managed to buy one. One of the nice things about the
Spectrum Next is that the case has been designed by the same designer of the
Sinclair QL case. 

Another nice video contribution was an original Sinclair QL connected to an
internet connection with this serial-ethernet interface

https://www.simulant.uk/shop/retro-vintage-computer-wifi-modem-rs232-serial-
hayes-compatible as well as V-Drive with a case made with SLS 3D printing
technology. The case was almost identical to the original Sinclair QL one.

Dilwyn Jones has shown his QL-IRC program. QL-IRC is written in structured
Super Basic (by Tim Swenson) and allows to any QL platform allowing to have
a TCP/IP connection like QPC2 to an IRC server (like e.g. the one hosted by
QLForum https://qlforum.co.uk/) 

During Dilwyn’s presentation I noticed QL IRC was running on QPC 4.99 so I
could not resist to ask whether this was an error or a special version
developed on purpose for QL IRC. Actually, Marcel forgot that he almost
completed the work on QPC 5 which is a version almost completely re-written
in C a part for the core. There are many advantages vs QPC 4 like full
Direct-X 11 support, an improved floppy driver and capability to save header
information on DOS files. Only minor drawback is that it will not run
anymore on Windows 95.

Last presentation was made by Giorgio Garabello who has shown the latest
developments of his Black Phoenix platform
http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/black-phoenix-en/ Most of the efforts have
been spent on a new sophisticated file manager called Quantum Explorer which
will be available in the next release. Roberto Porro in parallel has shown
the ongoing development work in the routines to allow image processing also
to be implemented in a new utility which will be part of Black Phoenix.

I hope I did not forget any of the very interesting information exchanged
during this virtual meeting, two hours and a half has flown and our wish has
been to organize a similar virtual event not far in the future. This was
however not new for us as since 2014 during our physical QL Italian meeting
we always organized videoconferencing sessions which allowed many people
from outside Italy to attend and present their projects. Obviously our hope
is that at least in 2021 there will be again a physical meeting where we
will manage to bring again our QL hardware and have together a lunch with
tigelle and Lambrusco.

It is remarkable that after 35 years from his launch and after 31 years
after the first Italian QL 

[Ql-Users] R: 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting goes virtual

2020-04-05 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
I will prepare a concise report soon

Kind regards

Davide

>> Anybody who would like to join us can just type on any browser (Chrome
>> preferred):
>>
>>    https://meet.jit.si/sinclairql
>>
>> or use the Jitsi app on Google Play for Android or App store for 
>> Apple, then connect to the meeting room sinclairql. We will start 
>> around 11:00 local time (Central European Summer Time - UTC +2h). 
>> Shall there be anybody who would like to present something from 
>> outside Italy is very welcome to join us and we will translate into Italian 
>> for everybody.
>>
> Some feedback would be nice.
>
> François Van Emelen


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[Ql-Users] 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting goes virtual

2020-04-04 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Dear All,

 

Due to Covid emergency the 15th QL Italian will not take place, but we will
virtually meet at 11:00 for some QL chats. 

Anybody who would like to join us can just type on any browser (Chrome
preferred):

  https://meet.jit.si/sinclairql

or use the Jitsi app on Google Play for Android or App store for Apple, then
connect to the meeting room sinclairql. We will start around 11:00 local
time (Central European Summer Time - UTC +2h). Shall there be anybody who
would like to present something from outside Italy is very welcome to join
us and we will translate into Italian for everybody.

ciao

Davide

 

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[Ql-Users] 16th Sinclair QL Italian meeting - minus 2 months

2020-02-04 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Dear All,

This is to remind the 16th Sinclair QL Italian meeting will take place on
Sunday 5th of April in Modena. We will start around 10:00 and the meeting
will continue till 17:00 with a break for lunch at the nearby shopping
centre.

Information to reach the meeting place by car or public transport can be
found here: 
http://www.dtm.it/home.php?id=40201=1

As in the last events it is foreseen to setup a WebEx conference (quite
likely also with dedicated English session with time slot TBD) so that
anybody interested can "virtually" take part at the meeting. Details on how
to connect will be provided separately. 

We would be of course very glad to host anybody who would like to present
ongoing or future projects.

Kind regards

Davide

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[Ql-Users] R: QL-VGA

2020-01-17 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Hi Marcel,

I know the pain to explain what in principle should be very well known, but
could you explain a little bit more in practical details how you
configure/use the RSS reader (sw etc)? Because I admit I am not very used to
QL Forum and find a little bit awkward to navigate through it finding new
posts without loosing too much time. So I would be very curious to know a
little bit more about your RSS solution as that looks what could be the
right idea for me

Thanks a lot

Davide

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Kilgus via Ql-Users
Inviato: venerdì 17 gennaio 2020 11.34
A: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Cc: Marcel Kilgus
Oggetto: Re: [Ql-Users] QL-VGA

Wolf via Ql-Users wrote:
> I'd like that too, since I'm on no social media nor the forum.

I try to inform all 4 major venues (this list, the English forum, the
German forum and Facebook), which is a bit of a pain but they all have
distinct groups of users.

But while I do get the rejection of Facebook I encourage joining at
least the English forum, it is a very lively place (between 5 to 30
posts a day I would guess. If that is too much, the forum is split
into hardware/software/etc. so easy to filter for one's taste) and
unlike Facebook it is exclusively operated by QL enthusiasts.

I uses an RSS reader to read the forum, so I get to see new posts when
they arrive, just like in an eMail list, and can then decide to chime
in or not. This way reading it is very comfortable without having to
manually poll the site for changes, which in the past was my biggest
grievance with web forums.

Marcel

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[Ql-Users] R: 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting

2018-09-21 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Dear John (and everybody else interested)

 

We still have around 20 available virtual seat for the two online sessions 
where you can also interact via WebEX. I remind I just need your personal email 
address to which I  will send the personal invitation. WebEX application are 
also available through any android or ipad/iphone device.

 

Kind regards

 

Davide

 

 

 

Da: John Alexander [mailto:acontractor...@yahoo.co.uk] 
Inviato: venerdì 21 settembre 2018 00:02
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Cc: d.santachi...@libero.it
Oggetto: Re: [Ql-Users] 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting

 

Hi there will you be doing the live stream again ?...That worked really well!!

 

On Thursday, 6 September 2018, 14:45:18 GMT+1, Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users 
mailto:ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> > wrote: 

 

 

Dear All,

 

The 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting will take place on Sunday 14th October

at DTM Technologies premises in Modena. We will start around 10:00 and the

meeting will continue till 17:00 with a break of one hour for lunch in the

nearby shopping centre. 

 

Information to reach the meeting place by car or public transport can be

found clicking here: http://www.dtm.it/home.php?id=40201 
<http://www.dtm.it/home.php?id=40201=1> =1

 

We will organize educational sessions and we plan to have presentation of

ongoing projects both in Italy as well as abroad. The tentative agenda will

be provided before the meeting.

 

We would be glad if anybody from the international community would like to

present ongoing or future projects. Please don't be shy!

 

It will be possible to take part to the meeting via WebEX. Details on how to

connect to the web-conference will be provided separately to the interested

persons. 

 

For information and support: Davide Santachiara er...@libero.it 
<mailto:er...@libero.it>  Mobile +39

328 9454484

 

Web info and updates: 

 

Davide Santachiara web site: www.sinclairql.it <http://www.sinclairql.it> 

Giorgio Garabello web site (Quantum Technology):

http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/

 

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[Ql-Users] 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting

2018-09-06 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Dear All,

The 15th Sinclair QL Italian meeting will take place on Sunday 14th October
at DTM Technologies premises in Modena. We will start around 10:00 and the
meeting will continue till 17:00 with a break of one hour for lunch in the
nearby shopping centre. 

Information to reach the meeting place by car or public transport can be
found clicking here: http://www.dtm.it/home.php?id=40201=1

We will organize educational sessions and we plan to have presentation of
ongoing projects both in Italy as well as abroad. The tentative agenda will
be provided before the meeting.

We would be glad if anybody from the international community would like to
present ongoing or future projects. Please don't be shy!

It will be possible to take part to the meeting via WebEX. Details on how to
connect to the web-conference will be provided separately to the interested
persons. 

For information and support: Davide Santachiara er...@libero.it Mobile +39
328 9454484

Web info and updates: 

Davide Santachiara web site: www.sinclairql.it
Giorgio Garabello web site (Quantum Technology):
http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/

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[Ql-Users] R: QD 2018

2018-08-15 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
That's fantastic, thank you Jochen and Marcel

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Cc: Marcel Kilgus
Oggetto: [Ql-Users] QD 2018

To celebrate QD's 20th anniversary Jochen Merz gave me the premission
to release the fabulous QD text editor for free. Enjoy:

https://www.kilgus.net/smsqe/qd/

Cheers, Marcel

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[Ql-Users] R: QXL 3.33, DOS and W98

2018-05-21 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Dear Thierry,

thank you so much for all the detailed explanations, you fully answered to
all my doubts and questions

kind regards

Davide


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Inviato: lunedì 21 maggio 2018 15:36
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Cc: d.santachi...@libero.it
Oggetto: Re: [Ql-Users] QXL 3.33, DOS and W98

On Mon, 21 May 2018 00:41:47 +0200, Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users wrote:

> While it seems with my old SMSQ 2.90 I managed to run SMSQ under the
Windows
> 98 DOS (i.e. starting DOS inside W98, which allowed with ALT TAB to move
to
> Windows back and forth),

Bad idea... I never ran my QXL from within Windoze, only DOS: memory
management
under DOS (and Windows) are bad enough as they are already. What you might
be
experiencing is a lack of sufficient "low mem" (that 640Kb first block of
addresses that the totally retard x86 16 bits CPUs can only address via one
64Kb segment at any given time and that all DOS executables must fit).

> with the last SMSQE.EXE version 3.33 I had to force to run in as pure DOS
> program following a W98 reboot to have a proper QL boot.

Since newer SMSQ/E executables are much larger, and since W98 is already
using the low memory in part, it is not a big surprise that it cannot work
under W98.

You *might* be successful if using DOS memory optimizers (such as QEMM)
before launching W98, depending on the amount of DOS drivers you load
on boot.

> Linked to #1 after instructing W98 to restart in DOS mode there is a
> drawback: I did not find a way to kill SMSQE.EXE (like e.g. QPC_EXIT in
QPC2
> in Windows mode of course).

You don't "kill" SMSQ/E in the QXL, you kill (or rather exit) the DOS
process
that communicates with it, and this is done by hitting CTRL ScrollLock
under SMSQ/E. You can return back to SMSQ/E by relaunching the SMSQE.EXE
executable (i.e. SMSQ/E keeps running on the QXL even while you are doing
other stuff under DOS).

Thierry.

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[Ql-Users] QXL 3.33, DOS and W98

2018-05-20 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Hi all QXL users :-)

After probably 18 years I decided to try my QXL with the latest SMSQ/E version. 
I admit I was astonished when I saw my almost 20 years old multi-boot system 
starting smoothly 1024x768 high res with SMSQ/E 3.33 for QXL. I think this is 
quite impressive and I have to congratulate for maintaining a very high level 
of compatibility along such a long period where in any case quite a number of 
modifications have been introduced (as well as new hardware and software 
platforms).

I have a couple of questions though: 

# 1
While it seems with my old SMSQ 2.90 I managed to run SMSQ under the Windows 98 
DOS (i.e. starting DOS inside W98, which allowed with ALT TAB to move to 
Windows back and forth), with the last SMSQE.EXE version 3.33 I had to force to 
run in as pure DOS program following a W98 reboot to have a proper QL boot.

# 2
Linked to #1 after instructing W98 to restart in DOS mode there is a drawback: 
I did not find a way to kill SMSQE.EXE (like e.g. QPC_EXIT in QPC2 in Windows 
mode of course). Hence the only way to restat the system is via a hw reset. But 
W98 calls again the DOS mode launching SMSQE.EXE. The only way to restart the 
system in W98 was to modify autoexec.bat and REM the lines calling SMSQE.EXE. 
Has anybody a better solution?

Thanks and regards

Davide



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[Ql-Users] R: R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or v1.89?

2018-03-04 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Thank you Marcel

Then good-luck with your challanges and fight to make the QL-SD reliable
with GC/SGC...

Cheers

Davide

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Kilgus via Ql-Users
Inviato: sabato 3 marzo 2018 23:47
A: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Cc: Marcel Kilgus
Oggetto: Re: [Ql-Users] R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or
v1.89?

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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[Ql-Users] R: R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or v1.89?

2018-02-28 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Hi Marcel,

I have a very rough idea of the difficulty... wrt especially to the
available time. The message was just to keep it in the mind in case you
should look at the QMenu sources maybe for other reasons

Thanks and regards

Davide


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Kilgus via Ql-Users
Inviato: mercoledì 28 febbraio 2018 14.58
A: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Cc: Marcel Kilgus
Oggetto: Re: [Ql-Users] R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or
v1.89?

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)?

I don't think you all realize how much work these "tiny fixes" usually
are... but okay, I'll have a look eventually.

Marcel

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[Ql-Users] R: Source code availability for Minerva v1.92 or v1.89?

2018-02-27 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
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] R: 14° Sinclair QL Italian meeting

2017-11-02 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
Hi All,

Last reminder in case anybody would be interested (via web-ex) to make any
software, hardware or whatever presentation on QL related subjects during
the 14th Sinclair QL Italian meeting on Sunday 5th of November. Just contact
me privately to arrange time etc.

Thanks and regards

Davide



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Inviato: venerdì 27 ottobre 2017 00.51
A: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Cc: d.santachi...@libero.it
Oggetto: [Ql-Users] 14° Sinclair QL Italian meeting

 
Hi All,

The 14th Sinclair QL Italian meeting will take place on Sunday 5th November
2017 at DTM Technologies premises in Modena. We will start around 10:00 and
the meeting will continue till 17:00 with a break of one hour for lunch.
Information about how to reach the meeting place by car or public transport
can be found clicking
here: http://www.dtm.it/home.php?id=40201=1

As for the last Italian meetings we will organize educational sessions, we
will have presentation of ongoing projects in Italy and we will organize
web-ex conferences open also to international users. Details on how to
connect to the web-ex conference will be provided separately to the
interested persons. An open web-ex session is planned between 11:00 and
12:00 (Central European Time GMT+1 hour) but another session can also be
planned in the afternoon if there will be interest.

For information and support: Davide Santachiara er...@libero.it Mobile +39
328 9454484

Web info and updates:  Davide Santachiara web site: www.sinclairql.it
Giorgio Garabello web site (Quantum Technology):
http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/14th-italian-meeting-sinclair-ql/

Anybody who would like to give presentations of ongoing or new projects is
very welcome, just contact me privately.

Thank you

Best regards

Davide

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[Ql-Users] 14° Sinclair QL Italian meeting

2017-10-26 Thread Davide Santachiara via Ql-Users
 
Hi All,

The 14th Sinclair QL Italian meeting will take place on Sunday 5th November
2017 at DTM Technologies premises in Modena. We will start around 10:00 and
the meeting will continue till 17:00 with a break of one hour for lunch.
Information about how to reach the meeting place by car or public transport
can be found clicking
here: http://www.dtm.it/home.php?id=40201=1

As for the last Italian meetings we will organize educational sessions, we
will have presentation of ongoing projects in Italy and we will organize
web-ex conferences open also to international users. Details on how to
connect to the web-ex conference will be provided separately to the
interested persons. An open web-ex session is planned between 11:00 and
12:00 (Central European Time GMT+1 hour) but another session can also be
planned in the afternoon if there will be interest.

For information and support: Davide Santachiara er...@libero.it Mobile +39
328 9454484

Web info and updates:  Davide Santachiara web site: www.sinclairql.it
Giorgio Garabello web site (Quantum Technology):
http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/14th-italian-meeting-sinclair-ql/

Anybody who would like to give presentations of ongoing or new projects is
very welcome, just contact me privately.

Thank you

Best regards

Davide

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