Re: [Ql-Users] For 1 person only - or maybe just 2!

2017-08-29 Thread Geoff Wicks via Ql-Users

On 28/08/2017 19:51, Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users wrote:

Hi Geoff, About your dictionaries ,, Qtyp is still a commercial program?

Giorgio

2017-08-28 20:41 GMT+02:00 Geoff Wicks via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:

Thanks for the email. It's a good point, but as it happens the 
dictionaries and word lists are all technically my copyright.


Frankly the quality of the non-english dictionaries supplied with QTYP 
and otherwise available to QL-ers was very low. I spent a good deal of 
time updating and correcting, splitting the english dictionaries into UK 
and USA spellings and adding new words. In fact the Dutch and English 
dictionaries I supply were largely my own work, but sometimes I had to 
call on help from native speakers of the other languages.


I am happy that I can make them freely available to others outside the 
QL community,


Best wishes,


Geoff


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[Ql-Users] For 1 person only - or maybe just 2!

2017-08-28 Thread Geoff Wicks via Ql-Users


I have always said that one of the strengths of the QL is that it caters 
for minorities.


For the one person - or maybe two people who are interested - the 2017 
version of my UK General Election analysis program is now available on 
the downloads page of my website.


www.gwicks.net/justwords.htm

I am making some changes to the dictionaries page of the site. Currently 
I am getting about 1,500 hits a month on the page and I have a feeling 
they are not QL-ers. The search engines have discovered me and I have 
become an established word list download site.


In the circumstances I am currently modifying the plain text lists from 
the QL to the PC character set,


Best wishes,


Geoff




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Re: [Ql-Users] Test email

2017-05-08 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 08/05/2017 12:30, Marcel Kilgus wrote:

Dilwyn Jones wrote:

Modern IT is getting so bad we will soon be better off going back to pencil
and paper.

I don't quite get why you don't just click yourself your own hosting
provider including a domain and eMail service and be done with it.
This costs as much as two coffees per month but I've been using mine
for 15 years now and never looked back. Sounds like the free stuff is
not working out for you so well anyway.


I agree with Marcel on this. I used a free host for several years and 
was very satisfied until it was taken over by another firm. Initially 
all went well but slowly the advertising on the site became more and 
more doubtful until it reached the point where Norton rated the site as 
being dangerous, not because of my content but because of the advertising.


I did think of closing the site, but a revival of interest in the advice 
content gave me second thoughts. Since 2011 I have used a commercial 
host, 1&1, and I have been very satisfied. Last year I payed £55.75 for 
the hosting and the domain.  Although the QL interest in the site is 
diminshing I am developing non- QL content so that I can justify 
maintaining the site.


The main snag with a commercial host is that they assume you are a 
business and you get regular requests to update your contract with new 
facilities.


BTW if Dilwyn's site is down I think I am right in saying that Urs' The 
Distribution has an image of the site,


Best Wishes,


Geoff

The main snag
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Re: [Ql-Users] SuQcess now freeware

2017-03-14 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 13/03/2017 15:45, Bob Spelten wrote:

Hi All,

I have removed the trail limitation for SuQcess 2.05 on my site.
Three language versions can now be downloaded.
I have used it almost daily over the past 10 years and am aware of 
bugs in the program, although nobody else has reported any problems.
I am busy testing the fixes and updates but I do expect to need a few 
more weeks before v2.06 is finished.


SuQcess forever,
Bob

I did some work on SuQcess many years ago, but I can't remember much 
about it.


I have a feeling that someone asked me to write a rule list for Dutch 
and this was the great strength of the program that you could set up 
your own version. If I remember correctly the big snag was that it 
started a new job with each search, but never cleared out the old jobs 
so that it continued to use memory until the machine crashed.


I hope this is sufficient to stimulate any one else's experience of 
using the program,


Best wishes,


Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] Email attachments

2017-01-14 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 13/01/2017 22:40, Norman Dunbar wrote:


And I have been known to keep the "Microsoft tech support" people on the phone 
for hours! At least when they are talking to me, they are not ripping off some 
unsuspecting person.

Mind you,  I wouldn't do any of the above with windows,  even in a vm!


Cheers,
Norm.


This is off topic, but whenever I am phoned by "Microsoft tech support" 
I put on my most sanctimonious voice:


"My dear boy, if the Good Lord had meant us to use computers he would 
never have given us the abacus.",



Best Wishes,


Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] Online SuperBasic Manual.

2016-11-05 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 04/11/2016 19:09, Ralf Reköndt wrote:


- Original Message - From: "Geoff Wicks"I am not sure whether 
I was the writer of the tools that Rich refers to,


Text87 was always the most difficult of the QL word processors as no 
one has ever been able to unravel the file formatting.


I will never understand, why Fred does not open this format.
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I wonder whether the probem may be that Fred used some library routines 
that he would be legally entitled to use in his own programs, but which 
were not his copyright and thus he cannot release the code. Not sure 
whether or not this would affect releasing the file formatting though.


Another thing that fascinates me is the compression routine for QTYP. 
Did TT use a standard routine? The reason is that the dictionaries page 
on my website has taken off with over 1,000 hits in the last quarter and 
it now comes high on the search engines. Most people are downloading the 
QTYP versions which indicates to me they are usable in other programs.


Nice to know that work you did for the QL years ago is still relevant,

Best Wishes,


Geoff





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Re: [Ql-Users] Withdrawal of my personal Software Preservation Project

2016-07-08 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 07/07/2016 14:31, Rich Mellor wrote:

On 07/07/2016 11:13, Wolfgang Lenerz wrote:

Hi,

Just my 2 cents worth.

As I understand it, Rich came under attack from some (as yet unnamed)
sources because he (i) sells old programs for the QL and (ii) sent
take-down notices (or was suspected of sending them) to sites that
apparently hosted copyrighted files without the owners’ consent.

It goes without saying that being attacked for these actions is just
unacceptable. I’m alarmed, Rich, that this should cause you health
problems. I believe that the echo your decision got on the list here
shows that people here do support you.

Except for the health problem, I’m not sure that I understand why this
causes you to stop your preservation project. Surely the best strategy
to adopt is to ignore the  who bring
these attacks - and go on as before ?

I think, Rich, that you should publish here extracts of the offending
emails or whatever form that correspondence took, together with the
author’s names, so that I, for one, could be sure not to have any
contact with them.


The discussion now seems to center on whether all QL software should be
made available for free. I agree with much of what Marcel writes, in
that I also think that all of this 30+ years old software **should** be
free. Like Marcel, I’m in the process of releasing my commercial
programs as freeware, as and when I get around to it. However, the
decision to do so is mine and nobody else’s. Likewise, the decision for
others to do so with their software is theirs. Do I think that that old
software should be released for free, like Marcel does ? Sure ! Would I,
like Marcel, refuse to pay a cent for any old game ? Yup : if it isn’t
free, I don’t even look at it.

But I don’t see what’s wrong with copyright owners holding on to their
property, nor with Rich trying to sell some software and make some money
from it. I do not understand the mindset of people who believe that
these things MUST NECESSARILY be free and if they aren’t, then the
copyright owners and traders are evil, and fair game for any sort of
abuse (I’m not accusing anybody on this list of thinking that way!).

Is the fact that some copyright owners try to make a buck off their
software in any way nefarious or detrimental to the QL scene ? In other
words, do we loose users because of it ? I don’t believe so. I frankly
fail to believe that someone new to the QL scene would look at it, look
at the software available, think « hey that’s a game I must have » and
then go away when he discovers that the game is still being sold….

As to the problem of hosting these still copyrighted files, I like
Marcel’s analogy with (minor!) traffic law violations – you can choose,
say, to double-park « just for a few minutes » and run the risk of
getting a fine. Likewise, you can also choose to host copyrighted files
and run the risk of criminal proceedings (with much higher penalties).
The risk of being sued is probably minimal. The operating words being
« probable » -i.e. not certain, and « minimal » i.e. not null. It is up
to each of us to assess that risk and ask themselves whether they want
to run it. However, as one of those darned lawyers myself, what would I
tell a client if he asked me whether he should/could host copyrighted
files (w/o the copyright owners’ permission, that is) ? The answer would
be a clear and unequivocal « no ».

QL forever!

Wolfgang
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Maybe with our legal backgrounds, we both see the need to protect 
rights and for that reason neither of us would get involved in hosting 
copyrighted files.


I think the need to obtain the copyright holders' permission is 
paramount - if you do not bother to approach them and are later found 
out as having breached their copyright, then it is a much more fraught 
position than if you contacted them first and ascertained what they 
would like to happen.


I have come into this discussion late as my online time has been 
restricted recently.


Unlike Rich and Wolf I am not a lawyer, but I was on officer of the 
British law courts for over 9 years and both think legally and know the 
importance of upholding the law.


I have discovered that you usually achieve more by working through legal 
channels than evading these. Rich is a good example. In practice he has 
achieved far more in preserving QL software than any of his critics.


It is not just software that is a problem. At the turn of the decade 
Dilwyn transferred several QL publications into e-reader formats. Others 
jumped on the bandwagon and not all were as careful as Dilwyn to ensure 
legal compliance. I remember talking to Dilwyn in my role as editor of 
QL Today and in his role as Quanta news editor to discuss who we could 
and could not trust. Just as Rich has to uphold the integrity of his 
website, so Dilwyn and I had to uphold the integrity of our magazines.


At the time there was a lot of clamour for an electronic version 

Re: [Ql-Users] Carlo Delhez

2015-10-29 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 29/10/2015 11:03, Bob Spelten wrote:


This weekend I came across the sad announcement that Dutch programmer 
Dr. Ir. Carlo Delhez had died a week before. He was only 48.
He was a familiar name among Sinclair users. He wrote programs for ZX 
& QL computers, both commercial and freeware. Among them Coral Basic - 
an extension bringing SuperBASIC to the ZX81 - and ZX emulators for 
the QL and PC. His Ungif tool has seen regular use on my systems.
He was not a club member nor a regular visitor at meetings but I 
remember talking to him in Eindhoven briefly, about 20 years ago, a 
very nice person and full of new ideas.


Our thoughts are with Carlo's family.

Bob

This is indeed sad. I never met Carlo, but I did have contact with him 
sending him Dutch and English word lists for his QLingo program, way 
back in 1995. He was probably not so well known outside the Netherlands, 
but he did produce some interesting software.


I am currently doing a massive task  of sorting out my QL floppies to 
decide which need copying to a more modern medium. I came across Carlo's 
disk and thought I must have a look at it again. Unfortunately some of 
the programs do not seem compatible with QPC2,


Best Wishes,

Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly eMagazine - Issue 2, now available.

2015-07-22 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 19/07/2015 18:31, Norman Dunbar wrote:


Finally!

http://qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_002/Assembly_Language_002.pdf 




Enjoy.

Cheers,
Norm.
I have just updated my newspage and checking that your weblink was 
working correctly I came across the question on page 13.


As part of the Just Words! service I can give you the answer as Theses.

Incidently on another topic the 2015 version of my General Election 
analysis program is now available on the downloads page.


www.gwicks.net.justwords.html

Best Wishes,


Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly eMagazine - Issue 2, now available.

2015-07-22 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 22/07/2015 20:05, Derek wrote:

Hi Geoff,

The link does not work, should the be slash after .net



Sorry about that - I hadn't noticed. Corrected it is

www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 and Win 8

2015-07-19 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 19/07/2015 09:39, Wolf wrote:

Good grief, whatever gave you that impression?
You can freely choose where your qxl.win file should lie, of course!
Wolfgang



On 07/18/2015 11:36 PM, jms1 wrote:

The real problem is the locations for the win1 to 8 is hard coded in the
scource of smsq and smsqe.

Either alter the source code, assembling or hack smsq.bin or smsqe.bin
by removing the drive locations,  and keeping the file the same length
by adding nulls after.

I have done this for years and the win files finish in the same
directory smsq(e).bin
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A qxl.win file doesn't even have to be on a hard disk.

When Roger Godley was doing his GD Xchange upgrade he sent me each of 
his updates on a small qxl.win file. I saved them to pen memory and then 
adjusted the QPC2 device list temporarily at runtime,


Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 and Win 8

2015-07-17 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 17/07/2015 18:07, peterfox wrote:

Hi Geoff,

Thank you for coming back to me. I am very vague about making QXL.Wins 
but is the command that you have given me is used in Windows or QPC2?




From within QPC2.

I can understand your problem as I have also been grappling with it this 
week. Usually I save basic to a dos file as it is not corrupted, but I 
am now working on the last stages of the 2015 edition of my General 
Election program and needed a a pure QL environment. I set up a 
temporary win3 file to do this and discovered quite a lot in doing so,


Best wishes,


Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 and Win 8

2015-07-17 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 17/07/2015 10:06, Marcel Kilgus wrote:

I have no idea how you even managed to do put them there in Windows 8,
this should be pretty much impossible for normal users. Also, they
would be write protected there.

Note for everybody: DO NOT PUT FILES IN C:\

Search your drive for other copies of QXL.WIN which are more recent.
The ones in C:\ are obviously not the ones you're actually working
with.

Marcel



I have had a similar problem that I have only discovered this month and 
Marcel has explained the reason. When I went over to Windows 8, I 
transfered my .win files using a pen memory. The result was that I could 
read the win disk but not write.


When you formatted a win disk formerly it was saved on the C: drive. If 
you format a win disk under windows 8 it is saved in a subdirectory. I 
cannot remember the path but the command PRINT WIN_DRIVE(x), where x is 
the number of the drive, will give you the path.


Marcel is now going to slap me on the wrist for being a naughty boy, 
because I copied the win drive from the  subdirectory to C:. Even here I 
can both read and write,


Best Wishes,

Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 and Win 8

2015-07-17 Thread Geoff Wicks




When you formatted a win disk formerly it was saved on the C: drive. 
If you format a win disk under windows 8 it is saved in a 
subdirectory. I cannot remember the path but the command PRINT 
WIN_DRIVE(x), where x is the number of the drive, will give you the path.



Sorry a typo.

The command is PRINT WIN_DRIVE$(x)

Best Wishes,


Geoff
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[Ql-Users] A little trumpet blowing

2015-06-11 Thread Geoff Wicks

This is blowing the trumpet for both myself and the QL.

The new edition of Family Tree magazine, which is in the shops tomorrow, 
contains an article I have written on DNA and surname distribution.


It is illustrated by three maps that were all drawn on the QL using the 
Just Words! mapping software - with, of course, grateful thanks to Hugh 
Rooms for his work on the Mercator projection.


The editor asked me for some information on how I had drawn the maps to 
help readers who may like to try it for themselves. I had to explain to 
her that it was not possible on a PC and that you have to use a QL,


Best wishes,

Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] Firefox speed problems (OT)

2015-02-24 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 24/02/2015 11:19, François Van Emelen wrote:

Hi Geoff,

It is rather difficult to test internet speed. I have been testing a 
dozen of progs with Frefox and Opera (installed temporarily) and all 
but one require Flashplayer to be active.
The results are all more or less the same: download=20 Mbps , Upload=9 
Mbps.
The only one that doesn't need Flashplayer is 'SpeedOf.me (test server 
in Amsterdam 1) . Results: Download = 17 Mbps, upload = 9.70 Mbps.


No tests with Internet Explorer because I don't want to use it.

Have a nice day.

François Van Emelen


Indeed this is the problem. The BT speed test uses both your default 
browser and flashplayer. It means I cannot test speed with flashplayer 
inactive.


The problem seems to be that the Firefox implementation of flashplayer 
consumes a huge amount of processing power so it slows down your whole 
system.


It all explains the nightmare I have had with the website of my local 
newspaper - very slow and often crashing. A lot of the advertising uses 
flashplayer. With it turned off it is useable,


Best Wishes,


Geoff






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[Ql-Users] Firefox speed problems (OT)

2015-02-23 Thread Geoff Wicks
This is strictly speaking off topic, but given the number of us that are 
using Firefox as our default browser probably still relevant and helpful.


Last week I went over to fibre broadband for financial reasons. My 
contract with BT was coming to an end, and to tempt me to stay they 
offered me fibre at an introductory low rate which saves me about £100 
over the next 18 months. Even when I am paying the full price it is 
still cheaper than my former broadband.


I was promised a speed of about 40Mb, but when I did the speed test I 
was getting only 10Mb. It took me quite a while to track what was going 
wrong and only after  I had the bright idea of temporarily making IE my 
default browser. Hey presto It has a speed of 37.5Mb.


From my internet searches it appears there is a long history of 
compatibility problems between Firefox and the Adobe Flash Player 
plugin. I am shocked by just how much it slows down Firefox.  Most of 
the information on the internet is from two years ago and there does not 
seem to be any obvious solution. Mozilla can suggest nothing better than 
try a reset and other users have resorted to using an earlier version 
of Flash Player.


I wonder if others on this list have come across similar problems and if 
they know a solution. What I have done in the interim is to reset the 
plugin to Ask me.  As I only regularly visit two sites where Flash 
Player is essential this is not a handicap.


If you are having speed problems with Firefox, you could try the same 
solution and see if that improves matters,



Best wishes,


Geoff

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[Ql-Users] 2014 review

2015-01-16 Thread Geoff Wicks
Somewhat belatedly,  because I had to give priority to a family history 
project that I had promised an editor, I have posted a review of 2014 on 
the news page of my website.


www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

Best Wishes,



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Re: [Ql-Users] OUT NOW!

2014-11-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/11/2014 22:42, John Gilpin wrote:
After following the thread, on this list, regarding the interest in 
Jan Jones's book QL SuperBASIC - The Definitive Handbook, I was 
asked by QUANTA to see if I could set up a rapport with Jan to see if 
she would give QUANTA permission to re-publish her book in electronic 
format - PDF or e Book formats -


You may remember that the book was first published by McGraw-Hill (UK) 
Ltd. in 1985 and due to overwhelming demand by QUANTA Members and with 
Jan's permission, the QUANTA LIMITED EDITION was published in July 
1989. Many QLers (both QUANTA members and non-QUANTA Members) now have 
copies of either the original or the QUANTA Reprint.


At first, when I contacted Jan, she expressed surprise that this book 
was still in such great demand and said that she would consider our 
proposal to re-publish the book and get back to me.


As a person who has said on many occasions that any reprint of the book, 
in electronic form or otherwise, was best done by Quanta, I have say a 
big thank you to John and Quanta,


Best wishes,


Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 report

2014-10-30 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 30/10/2014 18:45, Urs Koenig (QL) wrote:

Geoff Wicks wrote:

Somewhat belatedly the QLis30 report is now on the newspage of my
website:

www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

Great report Geoff!

Currently I'm having problems displaying your QLis30 webpages
http://www.gwicks.net/QLis30.htm
and
http://www.gwicks.net/qlis30dinner

Did you take them down?

The http://www.qlis30.org.uk/ (updated today) and maybe other places in the
web are still linking those pages.

Urs

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Indeed I did take it down as the workshop was over. However, I have just 
uploaded it again,


Best wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 report

2014-10-22 Thread Geoff Wicks

Somewhat belatedly the QLis30 report is now on the newspage of my website:

www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

Best wishes,



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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 - first goal achieved!

2014-10-13 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 10/10/2014 10:12, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
The Dinner information page is on Geoff Wicks's site - 
http://www.gwicks.net/qlis30dinner.htm


Holiday Inn, 132 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6UA. - there is a 
link to Google maps from Geoff's page. The page says function room 
open from 7pm.


I assume that if there are any last minute changes (I haven't heard of 
any) Geoff will raise his head at some point to tell everyone!


Dilwyn Jones

-Original Message- From: p...@zx81.de
Sent: Friday, October 10, 2014 10:01 AM
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 - first goal achieved!

May I ask for a reminder about the details when and where (Adress) 
today's dinner will be taking place?
There have been loads of mails about the dinner of course. But now 
it's getting closer I try to find the details ;-)

Kind regards
Paul

Thanks for the help - when Paul sent his message I was between Derby and 
Chesterfield on my way to Edinburgh and was totally out of contact.


Also thanks to everyone who made QLis30 such a successful event. I hope 
to write an account before the end of the week, but I have only just had 
time in the last few minutes to download the photos.


We had 26 people at the event which is slightly lower than we would have 
liked. We thought we would have about 30. The hall proved to be perfect 
for the number. As so often happens with this type of event it does not 
go exactly to plan. At one point we abandoned most of the planned 
program because everyone was so busy working at their machines and deep 
in discussion in small groups. This was the whole point of the event and 
we felt that presentations would only interrupt it.


At that stage the projector was already set up for a presentation which 
eventually took place two hours later at the end of the afternoon, so 
there was no possibility to set up a public Skype link. I later 
discovered it would have been impossible anyway as the wifi had crashed.


Two special words of thanks.

At the Friday dinner Valerie Taylor, wife of John former treasurer of 
Quanta, declared that catering was something that men were incapable of 
and immediately offered her services for the Saturday,. She did a 
magnificent job for lunch assisted by Sarah Gilpin.


Second word of thanks to Quanta. For all the faults they made some 
months ago when we were first discussing QLis30, they fully redeemed 
themselves in their help with this event. In particular the support with 
collecting payments for the dinner.


Incidentally the cost of the workshop was about £300. Worth thinking 
about for the future,


Best Wishes,


Geoff

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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 another presentation ready...

2014-10-08 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 07/10/2014 21:21, Urs Koenig (QL) wrote:

Hi all,

I took 2 days off from work to complete the update of QL is 30 2014 The
Distribution. I'm ready to demo the current state (RC2) at the workshop in
Edinburgh.
http://www.qlis30.org.uk/#TheDistribution

I will take my notebook computer with me. Best would be to present with a
beamer. Length of the presentation can vary from 10 minutes to an hour.

See you in Edinburgh this coming weekend.

Cheers,
Urs
--
http://www.qlis30.org.uk
http://www.youtube.com/QLvsJAGUAR
https://plus.google.com/104042128125238901905/posts
Sinclair, QL, ATARI, JAGUAR, NUON, APPLE  more...

Ever wondered what QLvsJAGUAR is about?
http://www.qlvsjaguar.homepage.bluewin.ch/QLvsJAGUAR.html


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Thanks for the offer. I am suggesting that we keep presentations short - 
say 20 minutes - and then try to encourage discussion.  We shall have a 
projector at QLis30, kindly provided by Quanta,


Best wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 by the back door

2014-10-08 Thread Geoff Wicks
Just a reminder that we are asking all people coming to QLis30 to go to 
the rear of the church.


This includes people arriving on foot. There is a path from the front of 
the church to the Gyle Hall, but I am told it is a maze. There is a 
danger you could get lost and your skeleton found by archaeologists in 
hundreds of years time as a well preserved example of early Sinclair man.


On leaving the church go down the first road on the left signposted 
Racquets  Health Club. Watch out for the large parking area on the 
left. There is a gate directly by the Gyle Hall on the parking area,


Best wishes,

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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 by the back door

2014-10-08 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 08/10/2014 15:00, Derek Stewart wrote:

Hi Geoff,

I have always found that a serious of sign posts indicating the route 
to be taken is a great help.


Regards,

Derek


Already prepared!,

Best wishes,

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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 name badges

2014-10-07 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 06/10/2014 21:42, extdgl42 wrote:


I will not be present at QLis30. Please donate the funds I committed to the 
dinner to expenses of the meeting. Don't waste a dinner. My regards to all the 
QLers I would've enjoyed meeting.

QL Forever!

Doug LaVerne 37830 USA

As a barely even peripheral member of the QL community, I had to realize that 
U$D 1000s for a trip had dubious aspects when the same $$ is needed for 
important reasons in the US before early November. Thanks again to all. I 
eagerly await news of the event!
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I am sorry to hear this. It would have been nice to meet you for the 
first time,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Native GUI and TCP/IP software at QLis30

2014-10-07 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 07/10/2014 08:52, pg...@q40.de wrote:
Fantastic. By the way, if the tables are planned in advance: It would 
be perfect to be in the middle between Paul and Derek. I need Derek 
for the Q60 demos and Paul to participate from his German-British 
power converter ;-)


This should not be a big problem. We have reserved 5 tables for the 
German group and we were going to suggest that all your tables were 
together.  We will probably reserve one side of the hall for your use,


Best Wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 name badges

2014-10-06 Thread Geoff Wicks
It has been suggested that we should have name badges at QLis30. These 
are not compulsory, but they will be available at both the dinner and at 
the workshop.


The badges are plain plastic pin on types 7.5cm x 4cm.  You will have to 
provide your own content on a piece of paper that can be slipped inside 
the badge. You may wish to do this in advance.


It has been suggested that it would be useful to have your country 
included and possibly your QL forum name. The QL forum will be present 
at the workshop,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 name badges

2014-10-06 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 06/10/2014 12:53, Geoff Wicks wrote:
It has been suggested that we should have name badges at QLis30. These 
are not compulsory, but they will be available at both the dinner and 
at the workshop.


The badges are plain plastic pin on types 7.5cm x 4cm.  You will have 
to provide your own content on a piece of paper that can be slipped 
inside the badge. You may wish to do this in advance.


It has been suggested that it would be useful to have your country 
included and possibly your QL forum name. The QL forum will be present 
at the workshop,


Best Wishes,


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Sorry I was a bit too quick in writing the original.  I have discovered 
cards in the packet that fit into the badges. However you can still 
design your own badge - printed ones look far more professional,


Best Wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 Skype address

2014-10-05 Thread Geoff Wicks

The QLis30 Skype address is QLis30.

Sorry it will be difficult to remember :-D .

I am not sure yet what use we will be making of Skype, but it is a 
useful facility to have.


BTW Overseas attenders will need to bring electrical conversion plugs 
with them,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql-Users Digest, Vol 127, Issue 11

2014-10-03 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/10/2014 15:39, paul wrote:



PS I hope this email comes over safely - BT have just made major
changes to my email account. I have lost all my sent files on
Thunderbird, although they are still on the BT server. Must find a
way to downlodd them.


I know on my ISP server that I can mark messages as unread and move
them to the inbox and thunderbird will then re-download them for me
to get locally


Thanks for the help, but this is not so convenient as I need them in the 
sent folder. I have discovered a way of transferring sent emails 
manually, but it cannot be done in bulk,


Best Wishes,


Geoff

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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 monitor appeal

2014-10-03 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/10/2014 17:10, Derek Stewart wrote:

Hi Geoff,

If the mail is still on the Server, all you have to do get Thunderbird 
to download the messages from the server, to the email client.



Regards,

Derek

Thanks again for the help. Unfortunately it does it for the inbox, but 
not for sent items. I even tried marking all sent items on the server as 
unread, but that did not work either.


However I am still happy - BT mail is no longer Yahoo under an assumed name,

Best Wishes,

Geoff
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[Ql-Users] QLis30 - Thanks Rich!

2014-10-01 Thread Geoff Wicks
On Monday Rich sent out a newsletter to his customers containing a link 
to the QLis30 website.


On the same day I had 138 hits on the site and I estimate that about 80 
of these were on the the QLis30 webpage.


Thanks Rich,

Best wishes,


Geoff

www.gwicks.net/Qlis30.htm
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[Ql-Users] QLis30 monitor appeal

2014-09-29 Thread Geoff Wicks

Is there any one with a car who could bring a CRT Multisync Monitor with
15 pin VGA input to QLis30?

We would like this to help one of the German guests with a presentation,

Best wishes,


Geoff

PS I hope this email comes over safely - BT have just made major changes 
to my email account. I have lost all my sent files on Thunderbird, 
although they are still on the BT server. Must find a way to downlodd them.



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[Ql-Users] QLis30 - first goal achieved!

2014-09-22 Thread Geoff Wicks
I am pleased to report that we have achieved the first aim of QLis30 - 
attracting an international group of QL-ers.


Of the 22 people who have booked dinner 11 come from the UK and 11 from 
overseas. On the Saturday we shall have QL-ers from Germany, the 
Netherlands, the USA, Finland, Switzerland and, of course, the UK.


I think we can boast of having the first truly international QL event to 
be held in the UK. It will be a unique opportunity for UK QL-ers to meet 
users from abroad.


Again a reminder. We are asking people who are likely to attend, and 
have not already done so, to let us know so that we can estimate 
attendance. We have made a decision to expand into a second hall, the 
Lennon Room, where we shall probably hold the presentations.


Please note there are a limited number of tables, so please book in advance,

Best Wishes,


Geoff

www.gwicks.net/QLis30.htm


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[Ql-Users] QLis30

2014-09-14 Thread Geoff Wicks
I understand there was some discussion on the QL Forum about QLis30 and 
the question was raised whether there would be a bring and buy stall.


There is no tradition of doing this in the UK, but it is an idea. Would 
there be interest? We would only be able to make 1 table available for 
bring and buy.


I have today updated the activities section of the website. It is not a 
final program but gives an idea of what will happen.


There has been a lot of interest in QLis30 - over 478 hits on the main 
website and 108 on the dinner page - but we don't know how his will 
translate into attendance. We were hoping dinner bookings would provide 
us with some indication, but unfortunately it has not. We would be 
grateful if people who hope to attend could let us know.


www.gwicks.net/QLis30.htm

Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 Dinner

2014-09-05 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 04/09/2014 21:49, Derek Stewart wrote:

Hi Geoff,

I have got no problems with the menu, except I do not like whiskey 
these days...


I was looking at the proposed activities, do you have a programme of 
events yet?


Will I be able to update/buy software of hardware.

Regards,

Derek

Thanks for the email, but tut, tut. Whiskey is Irish, but whisky 
Scottish. John is going to ask if there will be a drinks list available 
and also if we need to give/get advice about the various types of whisky.


As far as the program is concerned I am now at the stage when I am 
twisting a few arms. What I am suggesting to people is that we keep the 
presentations relatively short in the hope that we can then have a good 
discussion with lots of ideas flying around.


I still intend to stick to the three main themes of hardware. software 
and (electronic) communications. Another thing I would like to do is 
profile some of the classical software that has been preserved or 
re-released. I would be interested in hearing from a gamer who would 
like to demonstrate either in a formal presentation or informally at a 
table.


I have already opened a Skype account for the workshop, although I still 
have to do final tests that my laptop can cope. As I am new to Skype I 
may need someone to sit beside me and hold my hand (metaphorically, of 
course). I hope to have at least one presentation via Skype.


There will be no traders present at the event, although, of course, the 
German hardware developers will be there,


Best wishes,


Geoff




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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 Dinner

2014-09-05 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 05/09/2014 19:12, Norman Dunbar wrote:

Evening Darren,

Speaking as a Jock, can I just say that whisky does indeed taste like floor 
cleaner!



I am just curious - how do you know what floor cleaner tastes like?

Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 Dinner

2014-09-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 01/09/2014 19:34, John Gilpin wrote:

Hi Geoff,

Please can you confirm that the Starters, Main Courses and Desserts 
advertised on the QL is 30 web site are interchangeable. That is, can 
we mix and match the courses - otherwise how do we plan our dinner?  
Are the Sample Menus fixed  meals offered? What starter and Dessert go 
with the Haggis, Neaps and Tatties? or can we please ourselves?


Please advise.

Kind Regards,

John Gilpin.(Confused QLer)
QUANTA Membership Secretary
and QUANTA Treasurer
membership @quanta.org.uk
treasurer @quanta.org.uk

Our apologies for the uncertainty and the mixed messages there have been 
over the dinner. It has been just as confusing for us as for anyone 
else. The problem has arisen because we are dealing with two different 
sections of the hotel and we were getting mixed messages. We are being 
housed in one of the conference rooms and they are used to fixed tailor 
made menus with the price determined by the client. However we are being 
offered menus at the standard price.


The problem with mix and match is that a combination taken from the 
three different menus could mean that some one chooses three items that 
in total come to more than the standard price and that would mean 
booking in advance and a possible increase in the cost. For this reason  
the hotel had suggested choosing one of the three standard menus.


For clarification:

Cranachan in menu 1 is toasted oatmeal soaked in whisky and raspberries 
in whipped cream and honey laced with whisky.


Skirlie in menu 2 is toasted oatmeal mixed in mashed potato.

Haggis bonbon is similar in appearance to a scotch egg, but with a 
filling of Haggis instead of egg.


John Sadler and I thought that menu 3 was probably the best to opt for 
as it is the most neutral of the three, but we will listen to any 
opinions before booking.


www.gwicks.net/qlis30dinner.htm

Just a note about the bar arrangements. The room is situated on a 
different floor from the bars and restaurants. Our numbers are too small 
to justify a bar in the room, but there will be a waiter service.


I hope this clarifies matters,

Best wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner

2014-08-29 Thread Geoff Wicks

Just a reminder that bookings for the QLis30 dinner close this weekend.

I have added the payment link to the dinner webpage:

www.gwicks.net/qlis30dinner.htm

Best Wishes,


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[Ql-Users] Returnees

2014-08-28 Thread Geoff Wicks
Earlier this month I had a brief email exchange with a returnee who will 
be at QLis30. He queried whether there would be any former QL luminaries 
at the workshop. This was not for nostalgia purposes, but he instead 
would like to learn from them. Why did they do what they did? Why did 
they not do other things? What were the problems that prevented them 
doing what they would like?


To some extent it echoed some remarks made by Simon Carr on the QL Forum:

Speaking as only a recent QL user, and having followed this thread 
since last year, I have to admit that I am not sure what a QL is 30 
event would be about, or what its purpose would be, beyond a group of 
people getting together and saying 'hurrah'. As such, I can't really 
build much personal enthusiasm for what would currently seem to be a 
rather nebulous event.---


---Personally, what I would be REALLY interested in would be some event 
in which some of the experts from this forum, QUANTA and perhaps even 
some of those involved in the development of the QL  being brought 
together to present a 'how to be inspired with a QL' event, and one that 
is very practical in nature. Just something a little more dynamic than a 
retrospective view over 30 years.


I don't know whether there will be many returnees at QLis30, but I 
wonder whether we should take a look at their needs. After all  I don't 
want the workshop to be purely a nostalgia event, but I want it to give 
a new impulse to the QL. We owe a lot to the returnees especially in the 
UK. Indeed without them the UK scene would have fairly stagnant over the 
last five years.


I would be interested in hearing what returnees would like from us,

Best wishes,



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[Ql-Users] QLis30 Dinner

2014-08-24 Thread Geoff Wicks
Just a reminder that payments for the QLis30 dinner should be made by 
next weekend.


Because of continuing problems with the SQLUG bank account we are asking 
all people to pay by the Quanta PayPal account:



https//quanta.org.uk/ql-30

This will take you directly to Quanta's PayPal account for the dinner.

Many thanks to Quanta for this facility. We would have been in a 
difficult situation without them.


The Holiday Inn have indicated that if we want they would make the main 
course the quintessential Scottish meal of Haggis, Tatties and Neaps 
often accompanied by a wee dram. (Tatties are potatoes and neaps turnips)


Haggis is sheep's offal cooked with onion, oatmeal and spices and tastes 
far nicer than it sounds. I had some delightful haggis for breakfast at 
Kinlochbervie in June. However it is not to everyone's liking and we 
would like to hear your opinions.


Aparently there is a regional dish in North Hesse called weckewerk that 
is a form of Haggis,


Best wishes,



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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner - urgent

2014-08-16 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 16/08/2014 19:00, Michael Bulford wrote:

On 13/08/2014 17:45, John Gilpin wrote:

Hi all intended diners at QL is 30 Dinner.

QUANTA has, today added an extra page to it's Web Site containing two
new PayPal Payment buttons which can be used to pay for the dinner at
the QL is 30 event.

In an effort to limit the possibility of misuse by the general public
who have general access to this site, this new page has not been added
to the navigation details and will therefore be difficult for anyone
to find without the following info:-

Please enter (or Copy) the FULL URL into your browser. The URL is 
https://quanta.org.uk/ql-30/

any problems, please let me know.

Kind Regards,

John Gilpin.
QUANTA Membership Secretary
and QUANTA Treasurer
membership @quanta.org.uk
treasurer @quanta.org.uk


I cannot find the above link mentioned anywhere on the Forum. This means that 
for those QLers who only read the Forum and do not read these pages, they will 
be unable to order their dinner. Do you think the above link should be 
advertised on the Forum?

Michael

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Thanks for the email. The problem is that none of us is a member of the 
forum - I look at it occasionally, but I am not happy about anonymous 
contributions.


If you want to post it on the forum please feel free to do so. Or 
alternatively a member of the Quanta committee who is also a member of 
the forum.


I am also unable to post the details on the dinner page of the QLis30 
website, because Quanta does not want the address to become public 
knowledge,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner - urgent

2014-08-13 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 13/08/2014 17:45, John Gilpin wrote:

Hi all intended diners at QL is 30 Dinner.

QUANTA has, today added an extra page to it's Web Site containing two 
new PayPal Payment buttons which can be used to pay for the dinner at 
the QL is 30 event.


In an effort to limit the possibility of misuse by the general public 
who have general access to this site, this new page has not been added 
to the navigation details and will therefore be difficult for anyone 
to find without the following info:-


Please enter (or Copy) the FULL URL into your browser. The URL is   
https://quanta.org.uk/ql-30/ 


any problems, please let me know.

Kind Regards,

John Gilpin.
QUANTA Membership Secretary
and QUANTA Treasurer
membership @quanta.org.uk
treasurer @quanta.org.uk


Thanks John. This is very helpful,

Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] [ql-users] Sudoku. Was: screenshoots

2014-07-30 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 30/07/2014 02:55, paul wrote:

On 1/9/2006 6:17 AM, Phoebus R. Dokos (Φοίβος Ρ. Ντόκος) wrote:
Την Mon, 09 Jan 2006 03:33:44 -0500,ο(η) nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk 
έγραψε:


snip


In addition, Geoff, I have *almost* got a working Sudoku generator
giving the options of easy, medium, hard and bloody hell - I even
generate an unsolvable grid with only 4 blank spaces :o)


Here is one of the many websites with potential generators:

url: http://www.lemo.dk/sudoku/index.html


BTW: Incorrectly it is mentioned (I think by Geoff) in the latest QLT 
that

Sudoku is of Japanese origin.
Sudoku was originally called Number Place and it is an American 
invention

dating to 1979 (Together with the ZX80)



Watch this space .


well that was just plain smart (Duh, NOT!)
a reply to a 8-1/2 year old message
Never Mind


You did have me fooled there for a moment! What had I missed? It was a 
QL Today challenge many years ago!


Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner - partners permitted?

2014-06-20 Thread Geoff Wicks
Sorry I note I had not made it clear if wives and partners were 
permitted at the dinner.


Of course they are!,

Best wishes,



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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner

2014-06-19 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 18/06/2014 21:49, p...@zx81.de wrote:

As I am coming from a foreign country I definitely prefer a Scottish meal when 
I visit Scotland.


I have thought up a good Scottish Menu ;-)

Starter: Porridge
Main Course: Haggis, Tatties and Neeps
Dessert: Deep Fried Mars Bar

(Well that's buggered up my working relationship with SQLUG!)

Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner

2014-06-19 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 19/06/2014 08:46, Colin Mckay wrote:

I expect to attend the event, and the evening meal. I opt for the carvery.
If this is to be at the Toby Carvery in Corstorphine, then I can thoroughly
recommend it from visits there approximately 4 years ago. However, seating
probably would be on the basis of find a seat for yourself. At lunch times
it can be quite crowded. Is it expected that accompanying womenfolk will be
welcome to attend the dinner?

  


Colin McKay

  


34 Taylor Avenue Tel/fax  01505 70 4471

Kilbarchan

Johnstone

Renfrewshire

PA10 2LS

  


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Actually if it is the Carvery it will be in the Holiday Inn as we think 
that will be the a venue that could accommodate a large number,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner

2014-06-18 Thread Geoff Wicks
At the moment we are looking at a lot of the mechanics of QLis30. One of 
the things that is causes us a problem is the possibility of a QLis30 
dinner. We want to do this as we believe informal contacts as just as 
important as the event programme.


When we sounded out opinion on the date, you gave us some helpful 
suggestions and we would like your ideas about any dinner.


Our main problem is that it is impossible to estimate numbers attending 
QLis30 at this stage. There has been an enthusiastic response to the web 
page - 168 hits so far - but that does not translate into attendance. It 
is more an indication of interest.


The first question would be whether people would prefer a dinner on the 
Friday evening or as an after workshop event on the Saturday. The latter 
would be slightly easier to organise in that we could get final numbers 
(and a deposit!) on the day itself.


The other question is the cuisine. At the moment we are looking at 3 
options:


1: A traditional British Carvery
2: Italian
3: Chinese

By large numbers the first would probably be the easiest, but we have 
had a good recommendation for the Chinese which is near to the show 
venue. However, I wonder whether UK QL-ers have had enough Chinese 
cuisine stuffed down their throats in Manchester!,


Best Wishes,


Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 web page

2014-06-16 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 15/06/2014 20:09, Tobias Fröschle wrote:

Hmm. Page doesn't work for me.

'you don't have permission to access...'

Regards,
Tobias

I have no idea what has gone wrong here.  Could it be the device you are 
using? Try going to my normal website and access the page from there.


www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

To add to Derek's comment I have only tested with Firefox and IE. I 
noticed the google maps reproduced less well on IE,


Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 web page

2014-06-16 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 16/06/2014 12:48, Geoff Wicks wrote:

On 15/06/2014 20:09, Tobias Fröschle wrote:

Hmm. Page doesn't work for me.

'you don't have permission to access...'

Regards,
Tobias

I have no idea what has gone wrong here.  Could it be the device you 
are using? Try going to my normal website and access the page from there.


www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

To add to Derek's comment I have only tested with Firefox and IE. I 
noticed the google maps reproduced less well on IE,


Best wishes,


Geoff
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Adding to my reply to Tobias, I have just been accessing my statistics. 
Over 70 people visited the site yesterday.


I note a small number of people failed to access the site. Most had 
forgotten the .htm. Although the site is not case sensitive, your 
browser may make it so. It is QLis30.htm ie upper case QL and lower 
case is.


Many thanks Urs for the link - I had a lot of hits via this link. As a 
way of saying thank you just a reminder of Urs' site:


www.QLis30.org.uk

Best Wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 web page

2014-06-15 Thread Geoff Wicks

The QLis30 web page is now online:

www.gwicks.net/QLis30.htm

It is permissible to download the logo at the top of the page and place 
it on your own website provided a link to QLis30 is added (hint! hint!).


Just a word about tables because I caused a bit of a stir  when I last 
mentioned this. When you see the hall you will realise why I am calling 
QLis30 a workshop and not a show. The hall is smaller than would be 
usual for a typical Quanta style QL show and this means there is a limit 
on the number of tables we shall have.


Priority will have to be given to the hardware people as they have lots 
to demonstrate. To be fair to all the non hardware people I am thinking 
of setting up a largish communal hot table so there will be space to 
work on your laptop etc. for an hour or so even if you have no table of 
your own,


Best wishes,


Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-17 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 15/05/2014 17:16, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
One thing I would appreciate from Quanta is if someone would be 
prepared to say a few words about electronic participation in 
meetings. I am not thinking in terms of the technical details, but 
more how it has turned out in practice.
I have participated in a Quanta committee meeting by speakerphone 
group call, and the AGM this year by a Skype group call.


The speakerphone meeting was less than perfect, because although those 
of us on phones could hear each other well, we could not hear some of 
those at the meeting itself. The committee agreed to look into 
obtaining a purpose made phone, which has more than one microphone to 
pick up those around the table a bit better, although I don't know if 
one was purchased or not.


The telephone conference call was via an 0845 dial-in. We were told to 
dial in about 5 minutes before the meeting started, which gave enough 
time to identify ourselves and make sure we could hear each other. 
This type of call can become difficult if several people talk across 
each other, so one person (e.g. Chairman) needs to be in charge and 
ensure people speak in turn and invite comments from those on a phone, 
as it is easier to catch Chairman's eye in the room if you want to 
speak - telephone guests potentially at a disadvantage, although in 
our case Sarah handled this very well.


The disadvantage with this is that it is after all an 0845 number 
based system, which would be more costly for anyone overseas.


For this year's AGM, we used the Skype group call system (audio only). 
Three of us (Lee Privett, Dave Park and myself) participated - there 
was no video but I think we were identified by our avatars on screen 
at the AGM. Like the conference call, we connected about 5 minutes 
beforehand to set up, identify ourselves, check volumes etc. Keith 
(webmaster) had provided us with the Quanta Skype name beforehand, 
which we put in the contacts list and used to originate the call. I 
don't know if it was the same at the AGM end, but when someone on 
Skype talked, there was an on-screen highlight which helped identify 
who was speaking. Call quality was great, and as I was using a headset 
(rather than telephone handset) it let me operate the computer at the 
same time, e.g. if I needed to look something up during the 
discussion. If we couldn't hear someone at the meeting, we were able 
to ask and have Chairman repeat what was said.


We had done a quick test call that morning as it was new to some of 
us, but it all seemed to work first time, apart from me plugging my 
earphone and microphone plus the wrong way round on my PC for a few 
seconds (age, eyesight...)


With both methods, the participant dialled in rather than someone at 
the meeting calling us.


With regards to bandwidth - the connections are made at the server end 
and just the one two-way link to the server, so you _do not_ need a 
separate bandwidth for each participant, luckily, or it might put a 
strain on the broadband if you have a fairly slow connection at the 
venue - the fact it['s all joined together at the server end means it 
should work even on fairly slow broadband at the venue.


Up to 10 participants can take part in a Skype _video_ group call (5 
recommended for best quality). Callers can be on Windows, Mac, or Xbox 
One (if you have Xbox 1 Live Gold membership, whatever that is)  (more 
platforms planned - Skype website says mobiles and tablets etc planned 
soon too). Skype website says up to 25 people on a group _audio_ call.


Hope that helps...

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Actually I was hoping to get this information in October, but never mind.

This is about the level I was thinking of - more how it works out in 
practice than technical information - although some technical 
information would be welcome. I must say it must be quite difficult for 
the chairman to run the meeting. I know from when I chaired the AGM you 
rely heavily on visual contact to assess the mood of the meeting and who 
would like to speak. As Lee added - thanks to Lee also for his reply - 
there are protocol questions to watch.


I get the impression from what you and Lee write that there were 
teething problems, but no more than you would expect from a first attempt.


When we put electronic participation in meetings in the constitution I 
envisaged it as being a provision for sometime in the future, and I 
never expected it to be used so soon. No doubt a compliment to Keith's 
technical abilities,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-15 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 14/05/2014 20:48, John Gilpin wrote:

Geoff,

I have been following your ramblings about the QL-is-30 Workshop 
with more than a little interest (but not much!!)


Your comments regarding the help and interest for this event coming 
only from overseas, leads me to see that you have experienced the same 
apathetic response that the current QUANTA committee members have, for 
many years, experienced from the South-UK QLers (and especially QUANTA 
UK Members). Although the percentage attendance of the UK QUANTA 
members at QUANTA events during the last decade has been unacceptably 
low, it is far greater than the attendance of the OS QUANTA Members 
(which one can count on one had with half the digits removed!). It 
will be interesting to see what the attendance is like in Edinburgh 
from both UK and OS.


So far of the names I have 9 are overseas and 8 UK. (I believe there are 
two more  overseas but I do not have their names.) All told 6 countries 
should be represented.


Those of you who have spent some time as a QL Trader have the 
benefit of a wider address book of QLers than QUANTA has (their 
address book is limited to UK and OS members past and present), which 
gives you the edge when it comes to filling the void left by the 
apathetic UK QLers.


All the OS QUANTA members, have been invited (like the UK ones) to 
every event that QUANTA has put on, be it a Workshop (one or two days 
in length), Show or any other name that you would like to call it 
(QUANTA has consistently called it a workshop on the grounds that it 
is the attendees who make it into whatever type of event they want, 
when (and if) they get there.)


In practice I don't think Quanta shows have been workshops for about 10 
years, with the exception  of QLis21 and possibly 2011 when we had 
Quanta issues (constitution and subscription).
You have also identified that when QUANTA were able to attract UK 
people with any QL savvy to a QUANTA event, then we used them to give 
a talk or demonstration (and under the direction of a previous QUANTA 
Chairman, contributed financially to their out-of-pocket expenses - a 
move which has been greatly criticised as QUANTA Workshops/Annual 
General Meetings cost too much to put on). But then, QUANTA has got 
both money that it is not afraid to spend (since no one else seems 
interested in using it) and some equipment which you are welcome to 
use if you need it (Projector  Screen for presentations).


Very good policy and much appreciated. I was going to make use of it 
when I did the activities for Solihull in 2007, but I think my speakers 
all said it was not necessary.


As far as I know we don't need to use any of Quanta's equipment, 
although I was prepared to request the projector. The church are being 
generous in letting us use their facilities.


One thing I would appreciate from Quanta is if someone would be prepared 
to say a few words about electronic participation in meetings. I am not 
thinking in terms of the technical details, but more how it has turned 
out in practice.
It is also fair to say that the current QUANTA Committee have been in 
service for many years unlike some other EX-QUANTA committee members 
who, when times got tough, backed away from their volunteered 
responsibilities, or resigned from QUANTA altogether!


And finally, you seem to have accepted that one needs local people on 
the ground to investigate the availability of suitable venues for an 
event such as QL-is-30 and expecting people to travel hundreds of 
miles to do this is a complete waste of time, effort and money.


So we wish George Gwilt, John Sadler and all the QUANTA SQLUG Subgroup 
all the best in their efforts to host the QL-is-30 event in 2014. See 
you all there. :-)
Indeed George and John have not yet been given all the credit they have 
deserved,


Best wishes,


Geoff

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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-15 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 14/05/2014 19:10, j...@sinoda.demon.co.uk wrote:

Hi Geoff,


Let me say that the 2012 Quanta AGM was when I decided that I would 
never go to another Quanta show. It was a two day event with nothing 
whatsoever planned on the Saturday. I spent most of the time 
wondering whether I could quickly devise a presentation and not 
having my original material with me eventually gave up and left the 
show early. (My QL project at the time was the Just Words! QL mapping 
page that I had felt was too much of a minority interest for a show 
presentation.)
Then I am that minority. Of the top of my head, I would be interested 
in how you converted the mapping data, what zero point did you use, 
had you thought about pulling in data from the openStreetmap project. 
After that I would be interested in how QWord was written, how to 
convert other dictionaries, what to look out for when writing for all 
the different systems, what are the differences, what makes it hard to 
write are where would you want to see development, what is too far 
behind and what is way out ahead,


To be quite honest I doubt if I could tell you much technically. The 
mapping data all came from Hugh Rooms and were publically available NASA 
files. He did not have broadband at the time so I downloaded for him and 
sent him a CD.


The big problem was that they also contained a lot of extraneous 
material and it was a huge effort to extract this. The only program I 
found, both QL and PC, that could cope with the file size was 
Perfection! I converted latitude and longtitude to QL x,y co-ordinates 
via a short SuperBasic program using Hugh Room's formulae.


Any database containing data in the form Lat, Long could be used. I 
believe one QL has plotted simple maps of airports from publically 
available data.


QWord took several years to write and as new QL possibilities came along 
they were added. Frankly it is very bulky code and really needs a 
complete rewrite. The reason you have to have different versions for 
different languages is that the grids are optimised for maximum word 
generation, based on the frequency of words in that language. This was 
information I already had from writing Solvit-Plus.




The next day there were two events planned, George Gwilt and Adrian 
Ives. I was impressed that Quanta managed to get Adrian to the show 
as his work was the hot topic of the time. Both presentations were 
badly attended - about half the people present stayed at their tables 
instead. After his talk Adrian gave a live demonstration  at his 
table. There were just 6 of us interested.

I was one!
I was really disappointed at the lack of interest in Adrian, given all 
the effort he had put into the QL.


At the end of a show the committee had a post mortem. What was their 
answer in 2013?  A carbon copy of the 2012 event!
I had more fun personally at the 2013 event, but that was because we 
were trying to get speed comparisons between different emulators which 
started out because I was having such problems running the SMSQmulator 
compared to uQLx on a Raspberry Pi.


Although it is a long way off, what talks/plans have been offered so far?
Will there be WiFi and if so what is the bandwidth, especially if you 
are hoping to have Skype users?

Are you going to restrict any WiFi for those Skyping in?
Do you want people to set up tethering to MiFis to share out load?
Will it be recorded in any way such as film or just written down so 
the information could be shared with those who cannot attend?

A good place to say something about the situation.

As far I can see at this stage there are three main areas:

HARDWARE will probably dominate and more or less look after itself. 
Peter will be there together with some other German hardware 
specialists. We also hope to have a Skype link to Dave in the USA.


SOFTWARE is a bigger problem as it is a bit in the doldrums at the 
moment. I have had an interesting email from one of the Germans with 
some thoughts about the present state of QL software and I think these 
would form a good basis for discussion. I also think we should give some 
attention to software preservation which has been one of the themes of 
the last five years. Would there be a place for something on QL Games? I 
have no one in mind at the moment. Finally if anyone has a software 
project ongoing we would be glad to hear.


COMMUNICATIONS. It is one of my hobby horses at the moment, but I think 
we could make more effective use of the internet. All being well this 
will be the first UK event with a presentation by Skype. The problem is 
that none of the QLis30 organisors has any Skype experience. I think it 
is my job to put my money where my mouth is and to make learning to use 
Skype my personal QLis30 project.


As far as the WiFi is concerned we do have permission to use this, but I 
don't know if there are conditions or the nature of the church's connection.


At the moment no filming of the event is planned. Should anyone 

Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-15 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 15/05/2014 17:12, Paul wrote:

Are geoff. George and John the three that will receive my promised QL-SDs? If I 
get your Adresses I can already send them to you (or whoever will receive them) 
.
They are supposed to be used by you. They are not supposed to be prices for 
lottery (or however this should be called)
Kind regards

Liebe Grüße
Paul



Probably not as I no longer have useable native hardware.

Nice offer all the same!

Best wishes,


Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-14 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 14/05/2014 08:42, Derek Stewart wrote:

Hi Geoff,

All the Quanta Shows are were all called Workshops.

Most Quanta Workshops that I attended in the past had sub themes and 
interested talks going on.


When I used to organise QL/Quanta Workshops, I always had programme of 
events issued in advance and handed to each attendee. I also tried, 
make a positive view on the event.


Do you have a proposed programme of events.

Regards,

Derek

Very good point,  but you have not organised recent Quanta shows which 
have slowly deteriorated over the years. In fact I believe you have not 
organised a Quanta event for well over 10 years.


Remember QL2004 and QLis21 and how the broad programme of events were 
announced in advance. Go to the newspage of my website 
(www.gwicks.net/justwords.html)  to see the republished web pages for 
the two shows.


Sadly scarcely a single idea for the programme of QLis30 has come from 
the UK, but the Germans have made some helpful suggestions and are 
offering themselves as presenters,


Best Wishes,


Geoff







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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-14 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 14/05/2014 12:31, j...@sinoda.demon.co.uk wrote:


I had planned to attend Edinburgh, not to give a talk, but to gain 
information and learn. However, as I seem to fit all the criteria that 
Geoff has mentioned, I am happy if it is considered that I am not the 
target audience for QLis30.


If the plan is that everyone must give a talk, as I do not have a talk 
planned I will not attend, but I still think the show will be 
fascinating and I wish you all the best.




You are the sort of person we want at Edinburgh. You don't have to give 
a talk, but you have something valuable to contribute. I just don't 
think there is a role for AE at the event.


Let me say that the 2012 Quanta AGM was when I decided that I would 
never go to another Quanta show. It was a two day event with nothing 
whatsoever planned on the Saturday. I spent most of the time wondering 
whether I could quickly devise a presentation and not having my original 
material with me eventually gave up and left the show early. (My QL 
project at the time was the Just Words! QL mapping page that I had felt 
was too much of a minority interest for a show presentation.)


The next day there were two events planned, George Gwilt and Adrian 
Ives. I was impressed that Quanta managed to get Adrian to the show as 
his work was the hot topic of the time. Both presentations were badly 
attended - about half the people present stayed at their tables instead. 
After his talk Adrian gave  a live demonstration  at his table. There 
were just 6 of us interested.


At the end of a show the committee had a post mortem. What was their 
answer in 2013?  A carbon copy of the 2012 event!


Best Wishes,


Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-13 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 13/05/2014 14:44, pg...@q40.de wrote:

Hi,

we had a little conversation about Geoff's recent post on the German
QL forum. In conclusion, we are glad if *everybody* who is
interested in the QL, is very welcome at the meeting in Edinburgh.
Our hope is that nobbody feels discouraged, in case of limited QL
skills. The more QLers come, the better.

For one personal example, Paul had no QL skills whatsoever, when we
first got in touch. Now he made QL-SD possible.

All the best
Peter


Sorry if I caused some confusion here. Of course everyone is welcome. I 
was mainly concerned about UK QL-ers who have only known Quanta shows 
and have rigid ideas about how QL shows should be run. (And that 
includes Quanta's committee.)  Edinburgh is not a show but a workshop.  
I would hate someone to spend a lot of time and money coming to 
Edinburgh and then finding the event was not what they were expecting.


Frankly the last Quanta show I attended was ghastly. A lot of people 
sitting at their own table doing their own thing with scarcely any 
mixing. If that happened at Edinburgh it would destroy the event,


Best wishes,

Geoff
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[Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-07 Thread Geoff Wicks
The Edinburgh QLis30 event is booked for 11th October 2014. This was the 
date that most people wanted.


The venue is the Gyle Hall of the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Glasgow 
Road, EH12 8LJ.


The venue is on the main road from Edinburgh city centre to Edinburgh 
Airport and Glasgow. The bus service too and from the airport has a bus 
stop outside the church.


We shall be posting a dedicated website giving details of accommodation 
and travel arrangements, but this is unlikely to be online before mid 
June. I need to go to Edinburgh to do some research and photography for 
the site. I am in Edinburgh on 31st May and 6th June so it is saves me 
time and money to wait until then.


So far 17 people from 6 lands have expressed an interest so we have 
achieved our first aim of getting an international  group of QL-ers 
together.


There are Marriott and Holiday Inn hotels on the same bus route as the 
church but we shall publish detailed information of these and other 
hotels on the website.


Also travellers from the continent may like two early details. Any one 
wishing to come by car may like to consider the overnight DFDS ferry 
from IJmuiden in the Netherlands to Newcastle. This would save a long 
drive in the UK. Any one thinking of travelling by Eurostar should note 
that the London terminal is next door to Kings Cross station with trains 
to Edinburgh.


We hope to have Skype at the event, but none of the organisers has Skype 
experience. I hope to have this by October,


Best Wishes,


Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] Fwd: QLis30 update

2014-05-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 04/05/2014 09:54, Urs Koenig (QL) wrote:

Geoff Wicks wrote:

One of our considerations is that Edinburgh is a tourist destination. If

we hold

the event too early it could be too busy and hotels too expensive.

October might be possible,

I had a discussion with my family this morning. We could imagine spending
our autumn vacation in Scotland. Perfect dates for the QLis30 show would
then be Sat Oct 4 (favourite) and Sat Oct 11 2014.

I really hope that a QLis30 show will happen this year.

QL forever!

Very best,
Urs
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Thanks for this message. I was about to write another update.

We had decided that the best dates would be either 18th or 25th October. 
We were uncertain about 4th October because  3rd October is a public 
holiday in Germany. We were uncertain whether the Germans would want the 
event on a public holiday weekend. For a similar reason we thought it 
better not to go for 11th October.


However from private emails there may just be a consensus for early 
October. Could people indicate - including those who have sent their 
preferences - if they would prefer either 4th or 11 October rather than 
18th or 25th?


This is urgent as George Gwilt wants to book the venue next week. 
(Obviously there could be a problem if the venue already has bookking 
for the possible dates),


Best wishes,


Geoff
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Re: [Ql-Users] Printer query

2014-04-17 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 17/04/2014 10:51, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

Hi everyone,

I got asked the following question by a user in Italy – does anyone know the 
answer?

Dilwyn Jones



my printer epl 6200 (advanced) is practically out of service (after 12 years).

for the new printer I am evaluating a s SAMSUNG printer series C 410 B/W.laser 
type,scanner and fax included,Samsung Universal

Printer Driver 2 PLC6.

Before buying, THE VENDOR has accepted to verify the compatibility of Samsung 
printer with QPC/QPCprint installed in my computer

(Window 7) now working correctly with EPL 6200.

For preparing the Emulator in view of the compatibility test ,I think that  I 
should use INSTALL_BAS .

HOWEVER,the list of printers in it does not include any model of PRInters even 
by far similar to SAMSUNG:

my question is: what kind of selection should I do and which are the 
fundamental instructions to include beside the choice of

PARALLEL PORT ?
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I have a very old Samsung laser - about 14 years old - will have to be 
pensioned off when the present toner cartridge is empty. Not 100% 
compatible with XP, but no serious problems with Windows 8 using Samsung 
Universal Driver 2. This is in spite of having to use a parallel to USB 
cable.


I have no problems with QPC and QPCprint. The settings I use are Par4 
with the printer option ticked and use filter ticked,


Best wishes,

Geoff

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fwd: QLis30 update

2014-04-08 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 08/04/2014 18:10, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
From my point of view, I know of no particular weekend that is not 
possible for me, although I expect that early autumn might be 
preferable for me. At this stage, I don't know if Rich is still hoping 
to go ahead with the event he proposed earlier.


Obviously the later in the year, the more the risk of weather disruption.

Dilwyn


Thanks for the reply.

One of our considerations is that Edinburgh is a tourist destination. If 
we hold the event too early it could be too busy and hotels too expensive.


October might be possible,

Best wishes,


Geoff
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[Ql-Users] Fwd: QLis30 update

2014-04-07 Thread Geoff Wicks
Sorry if I am inflicting this on you for the second time, but it has not 
come in on my email and I fear it is lost in cyberspace. We are asking 
for some help on the date of QLis30.



 Original Message 
Subject:QLis30 update
Date:   Sun, 06 Apr 2014 19:00:06 +0100
From:   Geoff Wicks gtwi...@btinternet.com
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com



We think we have found the hall we would like to use for QLis30. It is a
church hall with a WiFi facility. These means the event would be on a
Saturday.

The hall is near the airport and there is a Marriott Hotel in the same
street. We shall be doing research on other hotels, and once things are
more definite I'll host a dedicated event page on my website giving all
the details.

Before booking we would like to sound out opinion.  The event will be
held in the Autumn, but are there any weekends you would prefer or think
we should avoid?

Best wishes,



Geoff



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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30

2014-03-31 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 30/03/2014 23:08, Dave Park wrote:

snip

Will this be a QUANTA event or independently organised?

Dave


I an not getting involved with the choice of venue and financing. This 
is primarily an SQLUG event and they have the local knowledge that I 
don't have. As Colin Mckay has said SQLUG has only 4 members and they do 
need extra help.


I was actively involved in organising the programmes for QL2004 and 
QLis21 and am happy to help SQLUG with this expertise.


It is for SQLUG to decide what involvement Quanta has in the event. 
However, given Quanta's insistence that all committee  members have to 
have their expenses paid they would seem to have excluded themselves 
from the event.


For all that I think Quanta has an important role to play especially in 
the field of electronic communication. It is a paradox that an 
organisation that has shown itself unable to run a website, is 
nevertheless a pioneer in electronic participation. There is a lot we 
can learn from them.


Please note that everything is still at a provisional stage. this 
discussion helps us to plan. However the information we would really 
like is an approximate idea of attendance,


Best Wishes,


Geoff


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-is-30 Edinburgh

2014-03-31 Thread Geoff Wicks

Thanks for the email. You have raised a lot of important points.

On 31/03/2014 09:56, Colin Mckay wrote:

The latest suggestion was that in terms of a meeting room, the event would
extend over one day, i.e. a Saturday.

  


Supposing the hours will be between 10am until 6pm, i.e. 8 hours, how will
the various topics suggested by Geoff relate to each other in terms of time,
and sound interference?
This is not possible to say at this stage. It depends on who attends and 
what they have to offer. Not everyone is happy to give a presentation - 
some may prefer to give demonstrations at their table. At QL2004 and 
QLis21 I had two software authors whose work I wanted to profile, but 
both disliked public speaking. They agreed to let me present their 
programs and to be present to correct me if I made mistakes and to 
answer any questions.


How to divide the time is one of the great problems. A criticism of 
QLis21 is that there was too much planned. I had planned a mixture of 
technical and general items and expected people to choose what they 
attended. In practice this did not work out. For example Dilwyn and 
Marcel had a full hall for a presentation on EasyPtr.
  


An outside interest  could be introduced in the form of a talk from a member
of Edinburgh University's Computing Department on general computer
developments, just to give the boffins of the QL world something to aim for,
also general interest.

A good suggestion and not ruled out. Anyone any ideas?

  


Will the event be open to the public? If so, then a two day meeting could be
more appropriate with only one day open to the public. QL people would be
needed to deal with the public. SQLUG can provide at best only four members,
unless some coffin lids will be prised open.


In principle QL shows are open to everyone.

I am not happy with two day events because my experience is that the 
second day tends to be a downer. At QLis21 people worked very hard on 
the first day and were tired as a result. Many enjoyed a relaxation in 
the bar after the show dinner and some overindulged. The next day few 
people ate breakfast. Most got up after 10.00 and went straight home. I 
had just 8 people for my GD2 colour tutorial that today is one of the 
most popular items on my website.


It is harder to find venues for two days and I suspect they are the more 
expensive venues.
  


Colin McKay

  


34 Taylor Avenue Tel/fax  01505 70 4471

Kilbarchan

Johnstone

Renfrewshire

PA10 2LS

  


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Re: [Ql-Users] A funny coincidence.

2014-03-30 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 29/03/2014 22:05, John Gilpin wrote:

Now, there's a funny coincidence - or is it?

Starting with Geoff Wicks' empty email at 19:12 on 28/03/2014 I have
received *THREE *copies of all emails from this list instead of my
usual two ( All quanta.org.uk email addresses are registered with this
list and having two roles (Treasurer and Membership) I get two copies
by default). I know that Geoff has strange influences over anything QL
but was this silence meant to be truly deafening??:-)

Once Geoff got his voice back - well since his email datelined 12:26
today 29/03/2014 - my in box has only received the usual two copies.

Now Geoff and I have worked together over many years - sometimes
agreeing, and sometimes not, and I recognise his influence over the QL
scene but this is truly weird :-)

Does anyone have an answer?


Easy John. Quanta is seen by GCHQ and NSA as a subversive organisation,

Best Wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30

2014-03-30 Thread Geoff Wicks
This is another email with pasted text. I have used a different 
technique and it worked OK in a test. Hopefully it will transmit without 
problems:



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[Ql-Users] QLis30

2014-03-30 Thread Geoff Wicks

Second attempt to avoid retyping:

Holding an event in Edinburgh is to a certain extent risky. There is no 
large QL community within the immediate catchment area. This means we 
have to attract QL-ers from outside the area and I think these will be 
mainly the more active QL-ers whom you might term the movers and 
shakers of the QL community.


One advantage of Edinburgh is that it is an interesting city and some 
may wish to extend their stay for a short holiday. There would also be 
plenty for partners to see elsewhere in the city when we are busy QL-ing.


One problem for us is that we have no idea what numbers to expect. When 
I talked to George Gwilt last weekend he suggested anywhere between 10 
and 50! Some indication of numbers would give us an idea of what to do 
at the event.


It has been suggested that if we can get the developers and more active 
QL-ers together, we do  not need an extensive program as they will 
automatically provide some of the content. An interesting argument 
worthy of discussion.



HARDWARE

Recently hardware is where most progress has been made and should have a 
prominent place at the event. Peter Graf would like to attend and Dave 
Park hopes to participate online. I think they will have much to contribute.



GAMES

I wrote my account of the last 5 QL years (www.gwicks.net/justwords.htm) 
with QLis30 in mind. One of the things that surprised me was that games 
have been an area of great progress. Rich Mellor has put a huge amount 
of effort into preserving and re-releasing vintage software and it also 
relevant is that many of the recent additions to Dilwyn's website have 
been software re-releases. I think this is worthy of a slot at QLis30. I 
would welcome ideas on how to build on this theme.



SOFTWARE

This is a difficult area as most of the recent software progress have 
been the emulators rather than new applications. Again I would be 
interested in suggestions on how to profile software at the event. Have 
there been any benefits from the loosening of the SMSQ-E licence 
restrictions?



ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

I would like to have an internet facility at the event, but thought this 
might not be possible. However John Sadler has indicated that 2 of the 
possible 4 venues have WIFI. We may need some technical help.


I think we could do far more electronically.  As far as I know there has 
only been one online presentation at a QL show in Italy a few years ago. 
Quanta did set up a WIFI network at their 2012 AGM, but I don't think 
much use was made of it.


I think, if they are interested, Quanta could have a valuable 
contribution to make following the constitutional change to permit 
electronic participation in all meetings. There has already been 
individual participation electronically at committee meetings and the 
AGM. At this years AGM there is a choice of participating personally; 
via Skype; or via telephone conferencing. An even more interesting 
development is that Quanta will soon have its first overseas committee 
member.


In short if Quanta is interested in describing their electronic 
participation experiences then we should give them a slot.




So far there have been few suggestions about the content of a QLis30 
event. I hope this will provide a starter for more ideas. So your 
feedback, please,


Best Wishes,



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Re: [Ql-Users] Aargh!

2014-03-29 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 28/03/2014 19:29, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

Probably the first time I've seen Geoff lost for words... :-D

Dilwyn

-Original Message- From: Geoff Wicks Sent: Friday, March 28,
2014 7:24 PM To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com Subject: [Ql-Users] Aargh!
Sorry about the problems. Content I pasted is not being transmitted.
I'll try again,

Best Wishes,


Geoff
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In my probation/trade union days management feared me most when I was 
silent. It was a sign I was planning something.


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30

2014-03-29 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 28/03/2014 22:22, jms1 wrote:

Dear QLis30 fans.

That is one thing that SQLUG has not thought off.

I can imagine it will enable a number of people to take part who
otherwise
would not be able to attend.

Will an optical fibre connection and wireless router to the internet do?
What other facilities would be desirable to achieve this?

John Sadler SQLUG


On 2014-03-28 19:51, Dave Park wrote:

Hi Geoff,

I am happy to support this. When this gets off the ground, I will
send in
my sponsorship money well before the event is held.

If you choose a location that has reasonable internet access, I'd
like to
attend by telepresence, and show off some of the items we're
designing and
making, a few more of which should be available by then.

Exciting times!

Dave


Just a quick reply. An internet link is one of the things that might be 
difficult, although I am hoping to find a way round these. I'll go into 
more detail when I write about the possible program shortly,


Best Wishes,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30

2014-03-28 Thread Geoff Wicks


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[Ql-Users] Fwd: QLis30

2014-03-28 Thread Geoff Wicks
Sorry about the first message. I am not sure what happened. Below is the 
original:



 Original Message 
Subject:QLis30
Date:   Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:12:47 +
From:   Geoff Wicks gtwi...@btinternet.com
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com





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[Ql-Users] Aargh!

2014-03-28 Thread Geoff Wicks
Sorry about the problems. Content I pasted is not being transmitted. 
I'll try again,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 pledge...

2014-02-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 04/02/2014 08:35, John Gilpin wrote:
Further to your emails Re: [QL-Users] QLis30 pledge..., I have great 
pleasure in advising you as follows:


At a meeting of the QUANTA Committee on Sunday 02/02/2014, the topic 
of a Workshop to celebrate QLis30 was discussed and it was decided 
that if, due to Rich Mellor's ill health, we (QUANTA) will not be able 
to support his venture in Cambridge, then we would like to add our 
name to the QLis30 pledge such that we will match the fund  up to a 
maximum of £500. It was also decided that QUANTA may offer further 
support by attending the event to show a QUANTA presence.


This came about after much discussion regarding QUANTA's willingness 
to support such an event and how much we should be prepared to spend 
in order to differentiate between over-spending and not wanting to 
support both of which have received some criticism of late on this list.


As we do not continually monitor this email list, please address any 
further correspondence tocommit...@quanta.org.uk   - thanks.




Thank you Quanta.  This is a very fair offer and realistically the 
maximum you can afford.


However, a warning. Has the thinking progressed further than finance, a 
hall and tables? So far I have heard no one come with plans of how you 
would fill such an event. The great success of QL2004  and QLis21 was 
that we had an idea of the program the details of a venue, and we 
publicised those ideas right from the start.


By comparison QLis25 was a damp squib.

I seen no point in QLis30 unless is has a wider benefit for all QL-ers 
including non-attendees and unless it gives the QL a kick into the future,


Best Wishes,


Geoff

PS I already have an idea for three topics I would like to see, but want 
first to hear ideas from other people.

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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 pledge...

2014-02-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 04/02/2014 17:20, Dave Park wrote:

Here's one:

I would try to have a skype video link established, since I cannot attend
in person.

I would run a virtual stall showing my new range of products. Depending
on when in the year it is organised, this might be the new UltimIDE, the
UltraQ multi-interface board, or even QL2! I would be able to offer show
pricing...

Dave
Sandy Electronics

Good, a Skype link is a good idea, although we have had this idea in the 
past but nothing happened in practice. However, several years and 
Quanta's recent Skype experience on, there is more hope on this occasion.


We now have four possible topics. Any more?

Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Today 30 years ago...

2014-01-14 Thread Geoff Wicks
I forgot to mention it in my email yesterday.  I had my weekly 
statistics report. 70 people have accessed the Last Five Years article 
and, more interestingly, 50 the QLis30 article. There is some interest 
in the subject.


Another interesting statistic was that 10 visitors came to the site via 
the links on Dilwyn's blog. Thanks, Dilwyn,


Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Today 30 years ago...

2014-01-13 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 12/01/2014 00:18, Urs Koenig (QL) wrote:

January 12th, what does this say to us? Right, on that date 30 years ago,
the Sinclair QL Professional Computer has been launched. Let's celebrate
with some great stuff for all Sinclair (QL) enthusiasts! Visit this new
website:
http://www.qlis30.org.uk

QL forever!

Cheers, Urs

P.S. There's even more to come. Stay tuned...
--


In the spirit of Urs' virtual QLis30 suggestion I thought it would be a 
good idea to look back 10 years on how we celebrated the 20th and 21st 
Birthdays of the QL. I was responsible for the activity programmes for 
both QL2004 and QLis21 and I also hosted web pages for both shows.


As a reminder I have reposted both web pages on my website. If nothing 
else it shows what the hot QL topics were 10 years ago. It is also 
interesting to note the detail we went into on travel arrangements and 
accommodation.


The web pages are accessed from my news page:

www.gwicks.net/justwords.htm

For those who are saddened that there are still no firm plans for a 
QLis30 event, the situation today is not so different from that of 10 
years ago. Quanta had behaved in a similar way in 2003 giving the 
impression it would organise QL2004 although it had no intention of 
doing so. It was only at the very end of 2003 that we realised that 
there was no chance of a Quanta QL2004 and decided at the beginning of 
2004 to hold the event in Eindhoven. Three of us Jochen Merz, Sjef v.d. 
Molengraaf and myself set up ourselves as the ad hoc committee.


On the first of February I met the Quanta committee and the then 
chairman was scathing about our plans. I didn't realise what a puny 
little organisation Sin_QL_Air was that would be incalpable of running a 
local show let alone an international one. QL2004 was doomed to failure 
and the entire committee smirked at me.


The irony was that I was the only person present in the room who had 
been a member of Sin_QL_Air for 7 years. (The inverted commas are 
because under Dutch law Sin_QL_Air had donors nor members.) I also knew 
that in the 1990s Sin_QL_Air had run an international show once a year 
that was a high spot on the QL calender.


It was only on 27th March we had our first face to face meeting as 
organising committee and we only had one other on 12th June. The event 
was held on 16th October.


After the June meeting we decided to set up a dedicated show website 
that was regularly updated and this proved to be very effective in 
raising interest in the event.  Even so it was a nerve-wracking time 
because the activity programme only got off the ground at the last 
minute. Jon Dent's offer to attend followed by Nasta's intention to come 
finally got the activity programme off the ground.


At the last minute we had a disappointment when the school refused to 
let us use some  facilities such as their projector and PA system and we 
had do some some rapid improvisation. However we had visitors from nine 
or ten different countries including most of the developers and those of 
us who were at the New Canton restaurant after the show will never 
forget the atmosphere.


QL2004 gave a much needed boost to the QL community. There is still time 
to organise another boost by a QLis30 event,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] The Last Five Years

2014-01-07 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 07/01/2014 03:50, Timothy Swenson wrote:
I've been sitting out the conversations about Quanta, QL Today, etc, 
but I thought I would chime in here.


When it comes to volunteer projects, we have to remember the old 
adage: You can take a horse to water, but you can't make him drink


Having been on the Board of 4 non-profits, and know how hard it can be 
to push volunteers to get things done.


For QL websites, we really have to wait for a volunteer to step up and 
do something.  Geoff is right about needing a place for long form 
articles.  At the moment, I use two QL websites; the QL forum for news 
and short discussions, and Dilwyn's site for downloads and basic QL 
information.


I have not done any longer QL writing in a while, but if I did, there 
is not a single location for it.  I'd probably host it on my website 
and point to it from the QL forums (I've done this some recent ZX81 
work).


Now, some have suggested that Quanta step up and fill some role, 
mostly an article oriented website, but they may not be able to find a 
volunteer to do that.  I'm working a new website for a local Museum, 
but I'm so rusty with HTML stuff that it is a bit of a struggle and 
not very enjoyable.


Eventually, someone will get frustrated enough and do it themselves. 
This might be enough of a catalyst that gets others involved.  Until 
then all the gnashing of teeth will do nothing.


I do admit until a few minutes ago, it had been years (8+) since I 
visited Geoff's web page.  I did not know it had a news section. I've 
really only been focusing on one website for my QL news (ok, on the 
mailing list).  I don't know if Geoff announced his news section on 
the QL forum.  If he did, I missed it.


So, if people to have long-form articles for the QL, don't just leave 
it sitting on your local system.  Use the existing web sites that we 
do have.  If you don't have a location to host it, ask the mailing 
list for someone who can.  If we have enough authors writing new 
material, that might encourage someone to create a newsletter.


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Perhaps I should explain the background. Originally I had a site on a 
free host financed by sensible and relevant Google adverts. This went 
well until the host was overtaken by another host with doubtful 
advertising. I took the decision to go over to a commercial host and 
have not regretted it.


I rewrote the site for the new host and eventually added a news section 
to encourage regular visits to the site. This was more news summary than 
news. After the closure of QL Today I decided to expand the news 
section, especially as Quanta's previously good news coverage had 
disappeared. I have been experimenting with in depth news coverage but 
kept quiet about it to see the reaction via the statistics. My present 
host has really good statistics.


This year was my first attempt at publicity and it been very successful.

In my farewell article in QL Today I did plead for an in depth website, 
but no one seemed to be interested. I suggested that Tony Firshman 
offers cheap hosting  - Dilwyn's site is hosted by Tony, but also said I 
would be able to host it on mine. If I hosted it, I was thinking of a 
sister site to Just Words! possible called QL in Depth. I did warn in my 
article that there are legal problems with an open website because of, 
for example, copyright and potential libelous content, but I am well 
used to subediting for QL Today and I think these would be problems that 
could easily be addressed,


Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] The Last Five Years

2014-01-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/01/2014 10:04, Derek Stewart wrote:

Hi Geoff,

I like your web site, no problems with Firefox and PDF plugins, but I 
am using Linux.


Regards,

Derek



Thanks for the compliment.

Since the closure of QL Today I have had a 50% increase in hits on my 
news page. It happened suddenly and sharply in September and has 
remained stable since then. I think this indicates there is a demand for 
online news. Quanta would be advised to get its news service back online 
ASAP.


On Thursday and Friday 40 people accessed the Last Five Years article, 
which is very encouraging. I have been keeping very quiet about the 
changes to the news page, but watching the statistics carefully. The in 
depth articles are popular.


In my last QL Today piece I suggested we needed an in depth website, but 
only one person reacted (hartelijk bedankt, Bob!) . I still think there 
is a place for online articles if anyone is interested.


 If we work hard we can make the 30th QL year something to be proud of 
as Dave Park suggested,


Best Wishes,


Geoff

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[Ql-Users] The Last Five Years

2014-01-02 Thread Geoff Wicks
If anyone is still interested in organising a QLis30 event, I have 
written an account of the last five QL years. There have probably been 
more positive developments than most of us think, but also a few 
disappointments.


It is available on the news page of my website:

www.gwicks.net/justwords.html

Just a word of caution to Firefox users. I am currently having problems 
with the PDF plug in following an upgrade last week from Windows 8.00 to 
Windows 8.1. Apparently this is affecting other users after various 
upgradings.  If you get a problem either download the pdf file or, 
better still, click on Open with a different viewer and choose Adobe,


Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-12-03 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/12/2013 15:15, Peter wrote:

Urs Koenig (QL) wrote:


[...]

8. It should not be restricted to the QL only, but at least be themed and
addressed as an all Sinclair event. Open for everyone, even for alien retro
computer systems (ATARI, COMMODORE, AMSTRAD, etc.).

Even at a Sinclair-only meeting, the QL would already be an almost
negligible minority. If the scope is widened to even more systems (with
even bigger user base), the QL completely moves out of focus.

I have attended retro meetings in the past - they are nice if one is
primarily interested in general computer history and chat, but I would not
travel to England for just that. For my taste, QL is 30 requires a very
clear focus on the QL!

I would definitely prefer a dedicated QL event with an audience of only 10
or 20 persons, to a general retro meeting with 100 or more. The recent
German QL meeting has proved how busy and interesting a small event can
be.

Maybe I'd drive 50 km for a general retro meeting, 300 km for an all
Sinclair meeting, but to motivate me for travelling to the UK, only the QL
will do ;-) Please consider this just my personal taste - if the majority
prefers a general event, it's fine.



I agree with Peter on this.  We need to think small - quality not 
quantity. If a meeting of 10 people results in benefits for the whole QL 
community then it is a worthwhile event.


Small events are easier and cheaper to organise. You can use smaller and 
cheaper halls - workplaces, schools, church halls or - dare I say it - a 
scout hut. Catering can also be done cheaply and easily. Tea, coffee, 
biscuits plus soup and rolls.


For this reason I liked the idea of a possible Edinburgh event 
especially as Peter and other German users had expressed an interest. It 
would be the core of a good meeting.


I have already announced my intention not to renew my Quanta 
subscription in January. I would be happy to give the £20 saved as a 
contribution to the cost of a hall,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-11-12 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 11/11/2013 22:31, John Gilpin wrote:


On 11/11/2013 19:54, Geoff Wicks wrote:

On 11/11/2013 19:14, Derek Stewart wrote:

On 10/11/13 16:57, Geoff Wicks wrote:

On 09/11/2013 20:27, Derek Stewart wrote:

On 09/11/13 16:21, Norman Dunbar wrote:

Evening all,

new job, no time for hardly anything at the moment, so a serious 
delay

in replying.

In the event of there being a QL is 30 event, in the UK or 
abroad, it is

highly unlikely that I would attend.

Cheers,
Norm.


Hi,

Why not have a QL Show in each country and we support each other...


How very kind of you to offer to organise and finance the UK event!

Best Wishes,


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Please do not be silly...



I am not being silly. You are the one that's being silly.

Someone has to organise a UK show and Quanta has refused to do it,

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Hey, Hang on Geoff,

I cannot find any record of QUANTA refusing to organise a UK show - 
ever.


Who's organised the AGM weekend for the past decade or so?

If QUANTA have failed to organise the right TYPE of event, then that's 
a different issue. It hasn't been for the want of asking for someone 
else (or some other sub-group) to put on a suitable event that QUANTA 
can use to hold their AGM at.


I seem to recall that it was you who condemned one of the very few 
other offers of help as unsuitable venue - a point that the QUANTA 
Committee had to agree with after receiving your report.


Another occasion of  You die if you do and you die if you don't I 
think!!


Can YOU get information from the QUANTA Membership regarding just what 
they do want 


As usual John you have missed the point. We are talking about a specific 
event.


When I suggested the Birmingham venue was unsuitable I continued to work 
for an alternative and in fact organised the activity program for that 
event.


That is the difference between Quanta and me,

Best wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-11-12 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 11/11/2013 20:59, Richard Mellor t/as RWAP Services wrote:

On Mon, November 11, 2013 8:54 pm, Tobias Fröschle wrote:

Am 11.11.2013 um 21:00 schrieb Peter Graf:


SQLUG could probably find a location and maybe pay for the hall in
Edinburgh or even possibly Glasgow.

Would be somewhere different and attract people both from the continent
and Britain?

Who would come?

QL is 30 in Scotland sounds cool :) I would try to come.

Peter

I might as well - It's way too long I have not been there.

Tobias


Actually, it might be a good idea - but the main issue is whether speakers
would be willing to travel!




Good to see so much interest and let's hope it can be pursued, but can 
we be clear on one point. This would not be an alternative to a 
continental event.


This would be a UK event. Who is going to finance and organise?

Best wishes,


Geoff




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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-11-11 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 11/11/2013 07:53, Wolfgang Lenerz wrote:

Hi,


Why not have a QL Show in each country and we support each other...


How very kind of you to offer to organise and finance the UK event!


Let's not get sidetracked.

I'd like to repeat my earlier question : can anyone guestimate how 
many people would attend? What about the last 6 or 7 shows, either in 
the UK or abroad : how many people came (roughly?).


Then let's be serious. What is the minimum number you would want at a 
continental show to ensure its viability?
Personally I would see nothing wrong with an attendance as low as 12. 
With the type of people who would be likely to attend a continental show 
you are likely to get a good cross fertilisation of ideas that will, 
either directly or indirectly, benefit the entire QL community.


Unfortunately we cannot say the same about the UK because, unlike the 
continent, there is no experience of running small scale shows,


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-11-11 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 11/11/2013 15:27, Wolfgang Lenerz wrote:

Hi,


Then let's be serious. What is the minimum number you would want at a
continental show to ensure its viability?


Actually, none. I just want to get a feel for the number that *might* 
come. Suppose someone were to organize something. Would it make sense 
to organise a location that can hold 20 people? 30? 100? etc


I'm quite aware that any number anyone can give is highly speculative, 
but at least I'd get a feel of what one might expect.



Personally I would see nothing wrong with an attendance as low as 12.
With the type of people who would be likely to attend a continental show
you are likely to get a good cross fertilisation of ideas that will,
either directly or indirectly, benefit the entire QL community.


Ah yes, quality not quantity...:-)

Thanks for your input!


I am suprised that so far no one has referred to the numbers attending 
the 25 year Lucerne show. I believe  about 20 people attended.


I am not sure that the Quanta attendance figures in their present form 
are  helpful, so a little amplification. As far as I can tell of the 
people who have recently attended a Quanta show only four have ever been 
to a continental event.  There is a complication that attendees at 
Quanta shows represent only about one twentieth of the UK QL community 
and a further complication that there have been no UK shows in the south 
for over 10 years. Thus the number of potential UK attendees is probably 
higher than 4, but I suspect you could still count the total on your 
fingers,


Best Wishes,


Geoff



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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-11-11 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 11/11/2013 19:14, Derek Stewart wrote:

On 10/11/13 16:57, Geoff Wicks wrote:

On 09/11/2013 20:27, Derek Stewart wrote:

On 09/11/13 16:21, Norman Dunbar wrote:

Evening all,

new job, no time for hardly anything at the moment, so a serious delay
in replying.

In the event of there being a QL is 30 event, in the UK or abroad, 
it is

highly unlikely that I would attend.

Cheers,
Norm.


Hi,

Why not have a QL Show in each country and we support each other...


How very kind of you to offer to organise and finance the UK event!

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Please do not be silly...



I am not being silly. You are the one that's being silly.

Someone has to organise a UK show and Quanta has refused to do it,

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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-11-10 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 09/11/2013 20:27, Derek Stewart wrote:

On 09/11/13 16:21, Norman Dunbar wrote:

Evening all,

new job, no time for hardly anything at the moment, so a serious delay
in replying.

In the event of there being a QL is 30 event, in the UK or abroad, it is
highly unlikely that I would attend.

Cheers,
Norm.


Hi,

Why not have a QL Show in each country and we support each other...


How very kind of you to offer to organise and finance the UK event!

Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 programme

2013-11-07 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 30/10/2013 17:01, Geoff Wicks wrote:




I shall be just as happy with no feedback at all. No feedback is also 
feedback!


There have been three items of feedback - all meaty and helpful - but 
three is not enough. I am, however, quite happy with the outcome as it 
gives clarity to the situation.


This makes life easier for three people:

1: Quanta

Reprehensible though Quanta's behaviour has been, they can now state 
with certainty that there is no evidence of widespread interest in QLis30.


2: Rich

Any doubts about whether or not the event he wants would be a QLis30 
event have been removed. He can now claim that the financial and 
manpower demands he is asking of Quanta are at the lowest level.


3: Me

I have now been able to take a final decision on something I have been 
seriously considering for the last 18 months. I shall not be renewing my 
Quanta subscription in January,


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Re: [Ql-Users] R: R: QLis30 programme

2013-11-04 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/11/2013 22:52, Davide Santachiara wrote:

Dear Geoff, Ian,

Of course with my email I had no intention whatsoever to propose an event in
Italy. The last international meeting was held here in 2003 and the boundary
conditions for its organization were already at the limit 10 years ago. I
just wanted to provide a feedback on the way we organized the last event
knowing that we would have had a limited attendance.

Best regards

Davide



Thanks for the two emails. For me there was no misunderstanding at all.

My problem is that in the UK there has only ever been one type of show 
and there is no longer any interest in that type of show. I have been 
trying to get over the message that there are other types of show and 
that we can learn fron what has happened in other countries, including 
Italy. For this reason I very much welcomed your first email,


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Re: [Ql-Users] R: QLis30 programme

2013-11-03 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 03/11/2013 16:51, Ian Pine wrote:


I'm not sure which country is preferred to hold an event but I could 
not justify the expense of travelling outside UK at the moment.


If to be held in UK what about seeing if something could be done in 
co-operation with The National Museum of Computing 
http://www.tnmoc.org, perhaps at their place in Bletchley Park? One 
advantage is that there would be plenty of other computing history, 
aside from the QL, to attract visitors.


I've been meaning to make another visit to Bletchley Park for ages, so 
a one-day QL event there would certainly coax me out of my armchair.


Ian.


I hope I have not caused confusion. If there is an event it would be a 
UK event.


My personal opinion is that there is no point in having a traditonal 
Quanta show. They are burnt out and are of no interest to the members. 
Last year's show at Manchester was the worst I have ever attended. Two 
days with just two presentations both on the Sunday. Scarcely any mixing 
and badly attended presentations. I had the impression that some people 
were only there because they felt they had to be and just stayed at 
their tables doing their own thing.


At the end of the show the committee had a tut tut session and asked how 
we could approve attendance. They came up with a brilliant solution for 
this year - a carbon copy of last year! And then Sarah grumbles why 
attendance was bad and screams APATHY in the Quanta Magazine. 
(Although she did spare us the capital letters this year.)


We have to break with this pattern. That's why I referred to shows 
abroad as possible models. Let's stop having the obsession with numbers 
and instead look at the quality of the event.


I don't know whether Bletchley Park would be financially feasible, but I 
like the idea of combining some form of social activity with the 
business. It would also get us back nearer to the South of England.  No 
problem with day travel for the commitee - Bletchley is on the West 
Coast Line which also serves the small village of Manchester. The venue 
is 300 metres from the station,


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[Ql-Users] QLis30 programme

2013-10-30 Thread Geoff Wicks
So far discussion of a possible QLis30 event has been on whether or not 
such an event should be held at all; whether it should be a two day or 
one day event; and whether anyone will bother to attend.


The most important thing - the content of the event - has scarcely been 
mentioned. In fact I believe that Dilwyn and I are the only people to 
have made suggestions. If we can't do better than that we should forget 
the whole business.


If we are expecting Quanta to finance an event then they have a right to 
expect a detailed business plan rather than just a vague idea. There is 
no point in having an event that will be nothing more than a Manchester 
show at another location.


To concentrate our minds on the content of the event, I have devised 
this little exercise. The scenario is deliberately very restrictive to 
avoid unnecessary side issues. In practice I would expect the actual 
event to be more flexible.


The QLis30 event will be a single day held in the function room of a 
hotel between 10.00 and 16:00. There will be only the one room available 
the size of which will be determined by the program of the day. Only 
three tables will be permitted. One for Quanta, one for Dilwyn and one 
for Rich. Any other person wanting a table would have to apply with a 
good motivation.


The first thing we have to decide is the target group of the event. This 
may seem a strange concept, especially to UK QL-ers who only know one 
type of show - a large hall with lots of tables and possibly 
presentations. However if you look at shows worldwide there have been a 
wide variety of styles.


For example QL2004 was a day for the developers more than for the punters.

Recent continental shows have had a small, but enthusiastic, attendance 
and have had an above average technical content.


The former North American shows also had a small, but enthusiastic, 
attendance and always included lively social events outside the formal 
sessions.


A few years ago there was a successful event in Italy attended, if I 
remember correctly, by about 12 people. Several were no longer QL-ers 
and the event was a form of reunion. It included a video presentation by 
Daniele Terdina from America.


A small number of people attending is not necessarily a negative thing. 
It depends on who the people are and whether they can produce something 
out of the event that can benefit the QL community at large.


I have used a hotel function room because of access to catering. Do we, 
for example, include catering as part of the day's events? A communal 
buffet lunch or even a sit down lunch? A structured relaxation session 
in the bar? (The bar at QLis21 was well patronised after the show dinner 
with some Quanta members becoming Brahms! It buggered up the programme 
for the following day.)


The content is open ended, but has to be entirely on the theme Qlis30 - 
that is looking at the past or looking to the future. Thus a 
presentation on the QLSD would be on topic but one on assembler off 
topic (sorry George!). I for one would like to see some brainstorming 
over the future especially in a non QL Today world and I suspect, 
shortly, a non Quanta world. We would have about 6 hours to fill. You 
can do a lot in six hours.


I hope we can have a lively discussion on this list from which we can 
build up the structure of a possible event to put to Quanta. (Or decide 
to do privately? I would not rule that out.) I prefer an open 
discussion, but I will understand if anyone would prefer to contact me 
privately.


I shall be just as happy with no feedback at all. No feedback is also 
feedback!



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Re: [Ql-Users] Why?

2013-10-24 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 24/10/2013 11:48, Rich Mellor wrote:

On 24/10/2013 08:11, Dave Park wrote:

It sounds like Rich is making a proposition that Quanta should at least
investigate, without individuals shooting it down in flames. One 
thing it

does is give Quanta access to a lot of Sinclair fans who aren't QLers -
which is the best form of advertising for the QL there is.

imvvho

Dave



I don't think that Geoff was trying to shoot the proposal down in 
flames - I just don't think he probably quite understood the proposal.


I understand that the Chairman of Quanta is currently away and 
hopefully we can get some comments from Quanta next week



Let's not confuse two entirely separate things.

When I write I am writing purely about whether or not Quanta will 
celebrate 30 QL years. What Rich does is between him and Quanta. You 
cannot hold a Quanta QLis30 event if only two members of Quanta have to 
attend.


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Re: [Ql-Users] Why?

2013-10-24 Thread Geoff Wicks



So the questions which arise are:

a) What would people wish to see at such an event
b) What would be the deciding factor on whether people would want to 
attend
c) Should the event be organised and run by Quanta, or do people think 
it would be better to have a wider Sinclair event at which Quanta 
would be represented?

d) Is anyone willing to help organise such an event?
e) Where should it be held (and yes, that means people living south of 
the M25 must expect to travel north of London !) unless you are going 
to organise the event.


Good questions and I have been thinking on much the same lines. In fact 
I am working on an idea of a exercise to be posted on this list to test 
whether people have any ideas or whether there really is interest,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Why?

2013-10-21 Thread Geoff Wicks
We need to inject some realism into this discussion  and that means 
looking in some detail at Quanta's finances.


We have to stop thinking that Quanta has a huge pot of gold. Admittedly 
there is still some gold, but it is a very small pot.


In practiced Quanta's finances are in a more serious condition than most 
members realise and there is no quick fix for the problems.


Quanta has made a financial loss in 8 of the last 10 years and, on 
average, the loss works out at £700 per year. Almost £600 of that loss 
is down to the QLis21 and QLis25 events. In other words these shows have 
made a major contribution to Quanta's present financial trouble.


Now consider income. On the last available membership figures we now 
have under 100 subscription paying members. On the basis of this figure 
I would predict a future annual income between £2,000 and £2,500, and 
probably nearer the lower value than the higher.


A QLis30 event run on the lines of the previous two shows would cost 
more than Quanta's income in 2014. In the worst case scenario it would 
cost one and a half times the annual income.


In those circumstances I would fully support John Gilpin when he says we 
cannot afford QLis30.


Where I depart from Quanta is they have failed to look at alternative 
ways of running a 2014 event. In particular they have not looked at the 
possibility of a 1 day event. I have suggested that this could be done 
for £1,000. This is not a figure that I have just thought up for this 
discussion, but one that I reached a year ago and suggested in a QL 
Today editorial.


Quanta's problems is that is still lives in the world when it had 2,000 
members and has the mentality that what we have always done, we always 
have to do. It needs to start thinking simply and go back to first 
principles. Learn how to organise a no frills show. It is what happens 
at a show that is important and not the Quanta frippery.


I would urge Quanta to go back to the drawing board and look at the 
possibility of a 1 day event.


I have considered Rich's proposal carefully and I like it, but sorry 
Rich, you have not produced for me a business case. I have no idea from 
what you write how much the show would cost Quanta. If you want this 
show to go ahead you really need to do  more homework. I need to know 
who the partners will be, how reliable they are, and what the relative 
costs would be for Quanta. I need to know an estimate of attendance and, 
given that there was a loss on the last occasion, what you anticipate 
the loss to be. I also need to know more than just the venue costs. As 
Sarah has pointed out there are many other costs to a show. Venue costs 
represented about a third of the total costs of QLis21 and about a half 
of the costs of QLis25.


Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the discussion so far,

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Re: [Ql-Users] Why?

2013-10-20 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 19/10/2013 20:16, Dilwyn Jones wrote:



A celebratory event would be great if we could find a suitable venue, 
not too expensive and could be certain of visitors.  Rich has 
suggested the Computer Museum as a venue and it's the closest we've 
got to one, I think. It needn't necessarily be a Quanta event, Rich 
has mentioned the possibility of organising it himself if his health 
allows and someone was able to help him:  time to privatise a Quanta 
workshop perhaps?


Unfortunately, with my partner's ill health over the last year (hi 
Ann!) , my commitment to Quanta has been a bit less than I'd like it 
to be) over the past few months, and I haven't been involved with the 
workshops planning at all apart from the odd email in response to 
Rich's efforts.


The only other way to run an event like this is to find a smaller 
affordable function room, perhaps do a QL History type of display 
again, plus any other celebratory little events we could think of. But 
we've been there before of course. I'd like a special event to occur 
less year, but I'm uneasy about whether it could become value for 
money and best use of funds if the will and commitment wasn't there 
for it to stand a good chance of success.

So let's try picking up the pieces and seeing what could be done.

1: The idea of the Computer Museum would be great, but it is too 
expensive. Probably the best bet would be a one day event in a hotel 
function room. That would solve any catering problems.  (But we should 
check on their hygiene ratings. The Allesley scores a 2/5 and the much 
vaunted Pond Quay habitually a 1/5).


2: The event could be combined with the Quanta AGM, but it would not be 
necessary. Provided it is held in Manchester Quanta can easily organise 
an AGM without a show. A event later than April would give us more 
planning time.


3: We would need to think about a program with something more than an 
exhibition. One thing I would like to see is getting some of the movers 
and shakers together to discuss how we should handle the post-QL Today 
world. Also we should bear in mind the possibility of Quanta being wound 
up. I think this could be a possibility in 2015.


4: Let's not get too hung up about a low attendance. It will be what 
happens at the show more than numbers attending that will be important.


5: I don't think it is unreasonable to ask for Quanta funding up to 
£1,000. After all they still had £7,869 in the bank at the end of 2012. 
And recently that have been willing to spend £692 on a non-functioning 
website.


Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today + DVD (QPC2)

2013-09-27 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 27/09/2013 10:34, Rich Mellor wrote:

I thought I would just add my pwn comments on the sad demise of QL-Today.

Many thanks for all of the efforts and contributions which have been 
made over the years - I always enjoyed reading the magazine and 
following various articles.


It was interesting that, despite being a member of the QL-users 
mailing list and also the QL forums, there were always snippets of 
news which never found their way into other avenues of disseminating 
information.


It was interesting to see that the former owner of SD Microsystems who 
wrote some of the early business software, acquired this issue out of 
interest and we have been talking about the QL Wiki.


One minor comment that has come back from him is that the version of 
QPC2 on the DVD could not access his disk drives, whereas q-emulator 
could - seems very odd - has anyone else noticed this?



I am in touch with Stephen on this one. He seems to be having general 
problems with QPC2 that are difficult to understand. I've got an idea on 
how to help him, but I have a little work to do on it.


Incidentally because he was an early QL software developer (and also 
other early systems) he has a QL compatible printer, but he says he is 
having difficulties printing out from Qemulator,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today + DVD

2013-09-24 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 24/09/2013 17:38, Per Witte wrote:

Great DVD! Nice last read! I particularly enjoyed Marcel's piece on how QPC
came to be. Thanks for that.

Now its over, mainly due to the lack of copy and readers, which in turn is
probably due to much reduced activity. For my part, I stopped contributing
due to the almost total lack of feedback. You spend hours of free time on
something, doing your best to make it relevant, intelligible and enjoyable,
and then pour it into a black hole. Pointless. In my case, it was probably
the QL-community telling me to shut up and take up knitting instead;
I don't think you should blame yourself. It is a universal problem in 
the QL community.

in the
case of Norman and others, perhaps it was merely the silence of eager
anticipation.
The tragedy is that Norman now has had feedback and knows from the 
number of people that registered with him how much his articles were 
appreciated. I found it frustrating as editor of QL Today that we had 
very little feedback. In the later years there was a heavy emphasis on 
assembler and I wondered whether it was too technical for most readers. 
Given the reaction to Norman's registration offer I think perhaps not.

The problem is it is virtually impossible to tell the
difference! Duh! In a commercial environment feedback is amply provided in
terms of profit/loss (and complaints), however on the free/open/voluntary
scene it is much harder to tell whether more of the same is wanted,
correction is needed, or whether its time to change tack. I think that this
laziness(?) is one of the reasons for our rapid demise.
I think one of the problems we have is that there are many people in the 
QL community who are loyal to the QL, but who are no longer active 
QL-ers. We should never forget how revolutionary the QL was at the 
beginning and how much that meant to people.


Since the last issue was published I have had an email from a former 
trader from the black box days who came across some old issues of QL 
Today on eBay. He now seems to follow my website and is one of the 
people who bought a subscription to volume 17 to get the DVD. He has 
never seen QPC and is looking forward to trying it out.


One of the things I like about the web is that you get feedback from the 
statistics although it is not easy to discover who are the QL-ers and 
who not. (I get numerous hits from China - their search engine robot!) 
Nevertheless I get an idea of what topics people are interested in. This 
is one of the reasons I think an in depth website would be a good idea, 
but, guess what, no feedback!


Finally to get on  my favourite hobby horse, the Quanta officers want 
the members to be apathetic. The organisation has frequently stifled 
discussion and the constitutional amendments in the last decade were 
designed to decrease democracy rather than increase it.


Thanks to those who persevered for so long! Goodbye QLToady!

Thanks from me to our, all too few, faithful writers. I first felt QL 
Today was becoming editorially unviable 3 years ago, but we managed to 
go on for another 3 years. I particularly liked the practical nostalgia 
content of the final issue,


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today + DVD

2013-09-20 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 19/09/2013 21:17, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

Geoff Wicks wrote:

It was Jochen you have thank.

I objected to the last two words on the grounds that there were no 
known QL-ers in Wales,

Probably true, we all (3 of us?) probably use QPC2 now!


Posted from a reinforced bunker at an undisclosed destination.

The bunker-buster has just been launched ;-)


Dammit, I'd forgotten you were the Launchpad expert!

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today + DVD

2013-09-19 Thread Geoff Wicks

On 19/09/2013 18:17, Dilwyn Jones wrote:


On a personal note, as the first editor of the magazine, it was so 
nice that the last words on the back cover of the very last issue were 
in Welsh, not sure of that was a subtle and personal note or not, but 
in case it was (and knowing Geoff it might well have been) thanks for 
that and for the number of times my name appears in this last issue.


Dilwyn Jones
#

It was Jochen you have thank.

I objected to the last two words on the grounds that there were no known 
QL-ers in Wales,


Best Wishes,

Geoff

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