Re: [Ql-Users] TYPE_IN

2017-10-04 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Thanks guys and especially to Michael, and to his last few questions.
Firstly I placed the query (cut down) to avoid a lengthy and possibly
boring explanation
I am periodically (while I can) in pre-production of a lengthy project that
I have dabbled in over the last two years and as I think about aspects of
the project, mini projects pop into mind. These result in functions or
procedures that I test out and if useful, I publish in QUANTA.

One such project is so large that the programming for it has to be fairly
rigorously planned out, which amongst other things includes plenty of REM
statements.
So I am writing a procedure called AutoREM which asks two questions, what
line to start at (An) and what it is all about (Final$), it will then
create REM statements and eventually DEF PROC and END PROC lines
automatically, all within the SMSQ/e environment. Specifically at the
moment QPC2. Although not compiled a version of this will be used in the
"big project" which will be.

I hope that satisfies your intrigueness (not a real word) Michael.

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On Wed, Oct 4, 2017 at 9:42 AM, Michael Bulford via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
>
> I am hoping now to explain what is going on.  First, here is some code
> that does work ..
>
> 100 DIM Top$  (100) : Top$   = "REMark " & FILL$( "*"  ,20)
> 110 DIM Final$(100) : Final$ = "REMark " & FILL$("text",20)
> 120 An = 2
> 1920 TYPE_IN An&":"$(10)
> 1930 TYPE_IN (An+1)$$(10)
> 1932 TYPE_IN (An+2)$$(10)
> 1940 TYPE_IN (An+3)$$(10)
> 1950 TYPE_IN "CLS#2:LIST"$(10)
> 1960 PRINT #0,"Program completed successfully"
>
> After running the above code, you may notice that the “completed” message
> does not appear.
> To explain why, we have to consider how this code works.  If this code is
> compiled, then SuperBASIC will act immediately upon each of the TYPED_IN
> commands.  Under the Interpreter, they will not be acted upon, but will get
> to be stored in #0’s buffer.  After the “completed” message gets printed to
> #0, the code comes to an end, and the SuperBASIC cursor comes back to
> life.  The contents of the #0 buffer then gets entered into the command
> line, and will be acted upon, scrolling the “completed” message out of the
> way.
>
> Now consider what can happen if we change the first line to read
> FILL$(“*”,60).  Running the code again with this larger figure will lead to
> it “locking up”, with nothing apparently happening.  What has happened is
> that #0’s buffer has become full, and it is waiting there for some
> characters to be removed, which never happens.  The only thing to do is to
> press Ctrl-SPACE and Ctrl-c to abort.
>
> As long as the buffer length of 128 bytes is not exceeded during a
> TYPE_IN, all should be well.
> Each TYPE_IN will need to be made separately, with the QL stopping, then
> continuing.
> The need to STOP is necessary to force the #0 buffer to empty its contents.
> Notice that we do not STOP if COMPILED, as doing that would remove the
> task.
> Here is the same code as above with these amendments …
>
> 100 DIM Top$  (100) : Top$   = "REMark " & FILL$( "*"  ,60)
> 110 DIM Final$(100) : Final$ = "REMark " & FILL$("text",60)
> 120 An = 2
> 1920 TYPE_IN An&":"$(10)   :IF NOT COMPILED:TYPE_IN
> "CONTINUE"$(10):STOP
> 1930 TYPE_IN (An+1)$$(10)  :IF NOT COMPILED:TYPE_IN
> "CONTINUE"$(10):STOP
> 1932 TYPE_IN (An+2)$$(10):IF NOT COMPILED:TYPE_IN
> "CONTINUE"$(10):STOP
> 1940 TYPE_IN (An+3)$$(10)  :IF NOT COMPILED:TYPE_IN
> "CONTINUE"$(10):STOP
> 1950 TYPE_IN "CLS#2:LIST"$(10) :IF NOT COMPILED:TYPE_IN
> "CONTINUE"$(10):STOP
> 1960 PRINT #0,"Program completed successfully"
>
> The above code works as expected in SMSQ/E.  It should not work under QDOS
> as after entering any new line in the code, QDOS will lose its place and
> would not be able to continue.  For QDOS it is best to compile the code.
> Another point to bear in mind is that any line TYPED_IN with invalid syntax
> will lead to the SuperBASIC cursor being re-entered to enable the faulty
> line to be edited.  There is a simple way to cope with this condition, by
> starting each TYPE_IN with a CHR$(27) - the Escape key.
> This kind of code can be far easier to write and get working if it is
> compiled with Turbo.  After any TYPE_IN to SuperBASIC, Turbo could wait in
> the background, in a loop, monitoring the SuperBASIC cursor position, and
> determining whether the typed-in line was successful or not.  This
> arrangement would allow the user to correct the command line and press
> ENTER.  Only when everything is okay could Turbo decide to exit the loop
> and continue.  If the 128-character limit is too restrictive, one could use
> a temporary MERGE file instead of using TYPE_IN.
>
> This discussion would be more entertaining if we had more details of what
> is trying to be achieved.
> What is being used? - The QL, Q-emuLator or QPC2? - also is this
> compiled?  I notice that each TYPE_IN starts with an integer, which would
> mean that lines 

Re: [Ql-Users] TYPE_IN

2017-09-30 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Yes the string is about 60 characters long which is probably why it fails
on the third TYPE_IN

tried using Pause to no effect :(

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On Sat, Sep 30, 2017 at 12:38 PM, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> I have a slight problem with TYPE_IN
>>
>> Using it to put some commands in #0, works well in an instance until I
>> reach what appears to be a maximum set of characters, where the QL just
>> hangs.
>>
>> e.g.
>>
>> 1920  TYPE_IN An&":"$(10)
>> 1930  TYPE_IN (An+1)$$(10)
>> 1932  TYPE_IN (An+2)$$(10)
>> 1940  TYPE_IN (An+3)$$(10)
>>
>>
>> An is an integer
>> Final$ is just text
>> Top$ is a string of asterisks
>>
>> it locks up displaying halfway through 1940
>>
>> Is there a buffer I can clear after using TYPE_IN?
>>
>
> How long i the string in line 194?
>
> IIRC, the Ql's keyboard buffer is 128 bytes long... You cannot increase
> this, AFAIK.
>
> I don't think you can clear this.
> Perhaps a pause after the earlier TYPE_In instructions will leave the
> system time to clear it.
>
>
>
> HTH
>
> Wolfgang
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[Ql-Users] TYPE_IN

2017-09-30 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Fellow QL'ers

I have a slight problem with TYPE_IN

Using it to put some commands in #0, works well in an instance until I
reach what appears to be a maximum set of characters, where the QL just
hangs.

e.g.

1920  TYPE_IN An&":"$(10)
1930  TYPE_IN (An+1)$$(10)
1932  TYPE_IN (An+2)$$(10)
1940  TYPE_IN (An+3)$$(10)


An is an integer
Final$ is just text
Top$ is a string of asterisks

it locks up displaying halfway through 1940

Is there a buffer I can clear after using TYPE_IN?

or can I increase the length of the number of characters TYPE_IN can use?

Many thanks in anticipation

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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Advanced Notice

2017-09-02 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Put me down for one
Regards Lee
On Sat, 2 Sep 2017 at 09:52, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Q68 Advanced Notice
> ---
>
> PCB Photograph available at:
>
> http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2=2082#p18729
>
> Features:
>
> - Operating System: SMSQ/E
> - CPU: 68000 compatible
> - Speed: 40Mhz
> - RAM: 32 MB
> - SDHC: Two fullsize slots, hot plugging
> - QXL.WIN style storage container format
> - Keyboard and mouse: Combined PS/2 Connection, scrollwheel support
> - VGA: 1024x768 VESA for flatscreen, CRT or HDMI converter
> - Graphic modes:
>  -  256x256 QL Mode 8
>  -  512x256 QL Mode 4
>  -  512x256 Q60 65536 colour
>  - 1024x512 Q60 65536 colour
>  - 1024x768 QL Mode 4
>  -  512x384 Q60 65536 colour
> - Serial port
> - Stereo sampled sound, 3.5 mm output socket
> - Buffered real time clock
> - I2C interface
> - Ethernet, no software support yet
> - QL style LED colours
> - PCB Size: 8x10 cm
> - Recommended power supply: 5V @ 1A
> - Silent operation, no fans or heat
> - Case: Optional
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] TURBO and testing it exists

2017-08-17 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
I have also been able to get this method to work with TURBO ptr extensions
as well by using the following

220 IF ACR<>0 THEN
230  PRINT "Done":STOP
240 ELSE
250  LRESPR win2_tptr_ext
260 END IF


Lee

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On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 12:22 PM, Lee Privett <lee.priv...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks for all the suggestions guys,
>
> 220 IF TK_VER$<>"" THEN
> 230  PRINT "Done":STOP
> 240 ELSE
> 250  LRESPR win8_turbo_sms_code
> 260 END IF
>
> this works exactly how I wanted it to, so  to Tobias.
>
> Many thanks to you all
>
> Lee
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Lee
>
>
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:47 AM, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
>
>> Lee,
>>
>> in case your question is really only Turbo Toolkit specific, you can very
>> well do away with a much simpler solution than WHEN ERRor clauses:
>>
>> 1000 IF TK_VER$ <> ""
>> 1010   REM do whatever you want to do when Turbo Toolkit is loaded
>> 1020 ELSE
>> 1030  REM Do whatever you want to do if it is not loaded
>> 1030 END IF
>>
>> This relies on the fact that the interpreter will interpret TK_VER$ as a
>> FUNCTION returning a string in case the toolkit is loaded, and an unset
>> string variable in case it is not. And unset string variables are by
>> convention "empty".
>>
>> Tobias
>>
>>
>> > Am 17.08.2017 um 12:37 schrieb Lee Privett via Ql-Users <
>> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
>> >
>> > Perhaps I should clarify this a little further.
>> >
>> > Using Q-emuLator, my boot first loads SMSQ_QEM and restarts with the
>> same
>> > boot, I will always do this or use QPC2, I am not really looking for a
>> BBQL
>> > solution as it is development for other things.
>> >
>> > Where this
>> >
>> > [code]IF VER$<>"HBA" THEN
>> >   LRESPR "WIN8_SMSQ_QEM"
>> > END IF[/code]
>> >
>> > loads SMSQ and fails the second time around (as designed, so all good)
>> as
>> > the same boot loads again, I then load (still in the same boot) the
>> > TURBO_SMS_CODE appropriate for SMSQ based system.
>> >
>> > This is all fine, however, I am developing the boot for different setups
>> > and change them a lot depending on what project I decide to work on.
>> >
>> > This means re-running the boot several times in the one session to test
>> > what I am trying to do and I don't want to keep using up space re-LRESPR
>> > the TURBO toolkit.
>> > Using another toolkit to test for the existence of a keyword in the
>> TURBO
>> > toolkit would then mean using another method to test for that additional
>> > Toolkit, a catch 22.
>> >
>> > So I may try the WHEN_ERR method as soon as I find the documentation on
>> it.
>> >
>> > Lee
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > Lee
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> >
>> > On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
>> > ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi Tobias,
>> >>
>> >> The WHEN solution is great, but on some version of QODS, the WHEN ERRor
>> >> did not work.
>> >>
>> >> There are some people still using AH,JM, roms which may have problems
>> with
>> >> WHEN ERRor
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >> Regards,
>> >>
>> >> Derek
>> >>
>> >>
>> >> On 17/08/17 10:39, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users wrote:
>> >>
>> >>> After I sent this, I realised a bit of explanation might be in order,
>> as
>> >>> WHEN ERRor is not so well-known:
>> >>>
>> >>> When the interpreter passes a WHEN ERRor/END WHEN pair during normal
>> >>> program execution, it doesn't do anything with the commands inside the
>> >>> clause but remembering "I should do this in case an error occurs".
>> So, line
>> >>> 1020 is not executed if no error occurs in line 1050. But in case
>> there is
>> >>> an error (the interpreter choking on the MANIFEST statement it
>> doesn't know
>> >>> when TT is not loaded), line 1020 is executed, telling us TT is not
>> loaded.
>> >>>
>> >>> After 1020 was executed, the program is continued at the point /after/
>> >>>

Re: [Ql-Users] TURBO and testing it exists

2017-08-17 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Thanks for all the suggestions guys,

220 IF TK_VER$<>"" THEN
230  PRINT "Done":STOP
240 ELSE
250  LRESPR win8_turbo_sms_code
260 END IF

this works exactly how I wanted it to, so  to Tobias.

Many thanks to you all

Lee








Lee




On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 11:47 AM, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Lee,
>
> in case your question is really only Turbo Toolkit specific, you can very
> well do away with a much simpler solution than WHEN ERRor clauses:
>
> 1000 IF TK_VER$ <> ""
> 1010   REM do whatever you want to do when Turbo Toolkit is loaded
> 1020 ELSE
> 1030  REM Do whatever you want to do if it is not loaded
> 1030 END IF
>
> This relies on the fact that the interpreter will interpret TK_VER$ as a
> FUNCTION returning a string in case the toolkit is loaded, and an unset
> string variable in case it is not. And unset string variables are by
> convention "empty".
>
> Tobias
>
>
> > Am 17.08.2017 um 12:37 schrieb Lee Privett via Ql-Users <
> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
> >
> > Perhaps I should clarify this a little further.
> >
> > Using Q-emuLator, my boot first loads SMSQ_QEM and restarts with the same
> > boot, I will always do this or use QPC2, I am not really looking for a
> BBQL
> > solution as it is development for other things.
> >
> > Where this
> >
> > [code]IF VER$<>"HBA" THEN
> >   LRESPR "WIN8_SMSQ_QEM"
> > END IF[/code]
> >
> > loads SMSQ and fails the second time around (as designed, so all good) as
> > the same boot loads again, I then load (still in the same boot) the
> > TURBO_SMS_CODE appropriate for SMSQ based system.
> >
> > This is all fine, however, I am developing the boot for different setups
> > and change them a lot depending on what project I decide to work on.
> >
> > This means re-running the boot several times in the one session to test
> > what I am trying to do and I don't want to keep using up space re-LRESPR
> > the TURBO toolkit.
> > Using another toolkit to test for the existence of a keyword in the TURBO
> > toolkit would then mean using another method to test for that additional
> > Toolkit, a catch 22.
> >
> > So I may try the WHEN_ERR method as soon as I find the documentation on
> it.
> >
> > Lee
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > Lee
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
> > ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi Tobias,
> >>
> >> The WHEN solution is great, but on some version of QODS, the WHEN ERRor
> >> did not work.
> >>
> >> There are some people still using AH,JM, roms which may have problems
> with
> >> WHEN ERRor
> >>
> >> --
> >> Regards,
> >>
> >> Derek
> >>
> >>
> >> On 17/08/17 10:39, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users wrote:
> >>
> >>> After I sent this, I realised a bit of explanation might be in order,
> as
> >>> WHEN ERRor is not so well-known:
> >>>
> >>> When the interpreter passes a WHEN ERRor/END WHEN pair during normal
> >>> program execution, it doesn't do anything with the commands inside the
> >>> clause but remembering "I should do this in case an error occurs". So,
> line
> >>> 1020 is not executed if no error occurs in line 1050. But in case
> there is
> >>> an error (the interpreter choking on the MANIFEST statement it doesn't
> know
> >>> when TT is not loaded), line 1020 is executed, telling us TT is not
> loaded.
> >>>
> >>> After 1020 was executed, the program is continued at the point /after/
> >>> the error occurred.
> >>>
> >>> The empty WHEN ERRor clause (1060-1070) simply de-activates error
> >>> processing back to "normal".
> >>>
> >>> Line 1080 will thus have the variable TurboTkLoaded to 1, if 1050 was
> >>> executed without a problem, and set to 0 in case there was an error.
> >>> Because we have made sure line 1050 is the only line that can be
> executed
> >>> while error processing is active, we clearly know the only problem in
> 1050
> >>> can only be "bad name". So it is important to pick a "test command"
> from
> >>> the toolkit you are testing for that cannot choke on a different error
> than
> >>> "bad name". MANIFEST is pretty ideal for thi

Re: [Ql-Users] TURBO and testing it exists

2017-08-17 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Perhaps I should clarify this a little further.

Using Q-emuLator, my boot first loads SMSQ_QEM and restarts with the same
boot, I will always do this or use QPC2, I am not really looking for a BBQL
solution as it is development for other things.

Where this

[code]IF VER$<>"HBA" THEN
   LRESPR "WIN8_SMSQ_QEM"
END IF[/code]

loads SMSQ and fails the second time around (as designed, so all good) as
the same boot loads again, I then load (still in the same boot) the
TURBO_SMS_CODE appropriate for SMSQ based system.

This is all fine, however, I am developing the boot for different setups
and change them a lot depending on what project I decide to work on.

This means re-running the boot several times in the one session to test
what I am trying to do and I don't want to keep using up space re-LRESPR
the TURBO toolkit.
Using another toolkit to test for the existence of a keyword in the TURBO
toolkit would then mean using another method to test for that additional
Toolkit, a catch 22.

So I may try the WHEN_ERR method as soon as I find the documentation on it.

Lee




Lee




On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 10:49 AM, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Hi Tobias,
>
> The WHEN solution is great, but on some version of QODS, the WHEN ERRor
> did not work.
>
> There are some people still using AH,JM, roms which may have problems with
> WHEN ERRor
>
> --
> Regards,
>
> Derek
>
>
> On 17/08/17 10:39, Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users wrote:
>
>> After I sent this, I realised a bit of explanation might be in order, as
>> WHEN ERRor is not so well-known:
>>
>> When the interpreter passes a WHEN ERRor/END WHEN pair during normal
>> program execution, it doesn't do anything with the commands inside the
>> clause but remembering "I should do this in case an error occurs". So, line
>> 1020 is not executed if no error occurs in line 1050. But in case there is
>> an error (the interpreter choking on the MANIFEST statement it doesn't know
>> when TT is not loaded), line 1020 is executed, telling us TT is not loaded.
>>
>> After 1020 was executed, the program is continued at the point /after/
>> the error occurred.
>>
>> The empty WHEN ERRor clause (1060-1070) simply de-activates error
>> processing back to "normal".
>>
>> Line 1080 will thus have the variable TurboTkLoaded to 1, if 1050 was
>> executed without a problem, and set to 0 in case there was an error.
>> Because we have made sure line 1050 is the only line that can be executed
>> while error processing is active, we clearly know the only problem in 1050
>> can only be "bad name". So it is important to pick a "test command" from
>> the toolkit you are testing for that cannot choke on a different error than
>> "bad name". MANIFEST is pretty ideal for this.
>>
>> Tobias
>>
>> Am 17.08.2017 um 11:25 schrieb Tobias Fröschle via Ql-Users <
>>> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
>>>
>>> Lee,
>>>
>>> there are a number of toolkits that allow you to check for specific
>>> other toolkit commands loaded or not - But this is a bit useless as it
>>> leaves you with a chicken-and-egg problem: How to check whether the
>>> checking toolkit is loaded?
>>>
>>> Your best bet on SMSQ/E would be a WHEN ERRor clause you place just in
>>> front of a Toolkit command you are about to execute:
>>>
>>> 1000 TurboTkLoaded = 1
>>> 1010 WHEN ERRor
>>> 1020TurboTkLoaded = 0
>>> 1030 END WHEN
>>> 1040 REMark Execute a Toolkit command
>>> 1050 MANIFEST : x = 100
>>> 1055 REMark de-activate error checker
>>> 1060 WHEN ERRor
>>> 1070 END WHEN
>>> 1080 PRINT "Turbo Toolkit loaded:"!TurboTkLoaded
>>>
>>> On a QL with non-working WHEN ERRor commands (pre-MG) you are a bit
>>> doomed, the only thing I could probably come up with is writing a BASIC
>>> program that PEEKs the name list, which is not quite so simple.
>>>
>>> Tobias
>>>
>>>
>>> Am 17.08.2017 um 10:49 schrieb Lee Privett via Ql-Users <
>>>> ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:
>>>>
>>>> I originally posted this on the forum:
>>>>
>>>> Hi community, I have searched for this on the forum but cannot find an
>>>> entry but I am sure this has been asked before.
>>>>
>>>> I currently test for the presence of the HBA ROM in a boot program using
>>>> VER$ and would like to test for other toolkits, specifically the TURBO
>>>> toolkit. Is there a

[Ql-Users] TURBO and testing it exists

2017-08-17 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
I originally posted this on the forum:

Hi community, I have searched for this on the forum but cannot find an
entry but I am sure this has been asked before.

I currently test for the presence of the HBA ROM in a boot program using
VER$ and would like to test for other toolkits, specifically the TURBO
toolkit. Is there a way to do this automatically in a boot so that when
subsequent runs of the boot it is not loaded again in one session?

e.g. for the HBA version I use:

Code: Select all <http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3=2063#>
IF VER$<>"HBA" THEN
   LRESPR "WIN8_SMSQ_QEM"
END IF


I feel there must be a way to test for TURBO toolkit, any ideas?

A reply from Derek suggested  the following:

There is a keyword: TK_VER$, but only returns the version of Turbo Toolkit,
which is the same for the SMS and QDOS versions.

A simple way would be to add "SMS" in the version number. Which would mean
a new version of Turbo Toolkit.

The SMS version calls the SMSQ/E extended traps, where the QDOS does not,
so maybe a test for SMSQ/E extended traps is the way, but I would favour
the about alteration to TK_VER$.

George Gwilt used to maintain Turbo and maybe the Toolkit. I think this
message needs to be posted in the QL-USERS mailing list, George Gwilt reads
that list.

Any views at all?

Regards Lee Privett
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Re: [Ql-Users] Bill Newell

2017-06-05 Thread Lee Privett via Ql-Users
Please send our wishes John, my own father in law suffers from Alzheimers
Disease as well as advance bowel cancer and I, as one of his carers know
too well the effects this terrible disease has on the person and their
loved ones.

regards
Lee Privett

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On Mon, Jun 5, 2017 at 4:18 PM, John Taylor via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:

> Bill Newell is ill.
>
> I have tried to avoid pestering Babs, Mrs Newell, but today I called her
> and asked for an update.
> As it stands at present.
> Mental Health.  Still very poor due to Alzheimers Disease.
> Babs say that on very rare occasions ,Bill does recognise her, but the
> recognition does not last above a few minutes.
>
> Physical Health. There is no concern now with Sepsis. The Antibiotics
> worked.
> However Bill must remain bed ridden.
> When ever he leaves his bed, if only to stand, his Blood Pressure crashes
> down, so the medics have decided, permanent bed.
> No one has offered any explanation.
>
> I will try to get to Bill, currently in a Nursing Home, when I can get
> some support from my family.
> I do not drive now as my eyesight is lacking and I expect the visit will
> require a full day, most of it spent travelling.
>
> I hope I can keep you informed of Bill’s wellbeing in the future.
>
> All the best.
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Software Preservation Project - Tasks

2016-07-10 Thread Lee Privett
Take off the https:// bit and it should be OK

On Sun, 10 Jul 2016 at 15:54, Norman Dunbar  wrote:

> Dilwyn,
>
> The link
> https://quanta.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/QUANTA-HELPLINE-07.pdf
> gets me to a security page telling me that quanta.org.uk is unsafe. It
> seems that the security certificate - SSL? - expired some 129 days ago. Is
> there ome one at Quanta who needs to know?
>
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Copyright

2016-07-09 Thread Lee Privett
There is an interesting bit on copyright that's list four things relating
to Software. One covers the code as literary, the other covers the output
from code as far as I can ascertain.

The code is a literary work
The on-screen display could be an artistic work
The soundtracks are musical works
Moving images can be protected as a film and so on

It goes on to cover non-literal copying of software, full article here.
http://www.inbrief.co.uk/intellectual-property/copyright-protection-for-software/

For me there is no question, it's copyrighted unless there evidence that is
not. Qliberator is a case in point, it's copyright protected until both
authors state it can be public domain.

Now it is interesting for a discussion perspective about non-literal
copying if a protected programme is hacked and the software no longer has
its anti copying protection then effectively it's not the same software
anymore.


On Sat, 9 Jul 2016 at 12:51, Colin McKay 
wrote:

> When a member of the Bristol Group, I remember being told that any program
> lodged in the QL system automatically became public domain. Can that be
> confirmed?
>
> Whilst searching the web, one site virtually stated that anything a person
> produces is automatically subject to copyright. Another site stated that
> copyrights can be registered. Do any of the QL programs expressly claim
> copyright? Compare the situation with that of books, many display the word
> 'copyright' on an introductory page.
>
> Entering the sordid topic of coin, it is difficult to imagine that it would
> profit any originator of a QL program to seek recompense from the courts
> for
> infringement of copyright. Consider the value of past sales, future
> possible
> sales, and legal costs. The case would have to be based on the miss-selling
> of a number of programs to create a sufficiently large claim.
>
> I have used Text87 almost since its availability. In those far back days I
> spoke to a member of the firm which produced it, and he explained some of
> its facilities. Later my memory failed, and I could not reconstruct the
> steps from the manual. From this, I suggest that whilst the program is very
> good, its value is diminished from the fact that its manual is seriously
> deficient. I suspect that situation could exist for many QL programs. They
> are written by insiders for the use of insiders.
>
> As regards the QL dying, to me the main factor for this is the inability of
> the QL community to create a system of durable software which would enable
> the purchaser of a machine (emulator) to instantly have a day-to-day
> coherent usable collection of programs not prone to enthusiasts
> ideosyncrasies.
>
> Colin
>
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Withdrawal of my personal Software Preservation Project

2016-07-08 Thread Lee Privett
Sir Cliff Richard :)
On Fri, 8 Jul 2016 at 16:39, Norman Dunbar  wrote:

> No, please don't shut up. Healthy discourse is good.
>
> I was attempting to say that comparing copyright theft to homosexuality
> was comparing apples and oranges. One is "inbuilt" and hard to avoid, the
> other is willingly done. They are completely different to each other.
>
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Software Preservation Project - Tasks

2016-07-08 Thread Lee Privett
Can I add Adrian Soundy to that list of QLiberator fame (Liberation Software
),
I have tried to no avail to get a response from him regarding his part of
the compiler program, as far as I know he is living in New Zealand, and I
have messaged through one of the people at Intercreate.org
 who passed this on to Adrian. If anyone lives
there or is going there you may have better luck. Over a year now of
trying, Facebook and Linked-in also proved unsuccessful routes.

Lee




On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 9:29 PM, Rich Mellor (RWAP) 
wrote:

> I thought it would be worthwhile listing the people I have tried
> contacting by
> letter but not received a response from:
>
> Steve Sutton (Lightning, some of Perfection, ACT
> Alan Bridewell (Text N Graphics)
> Robin Barker - Di-Ren (letter returned no longer at this address)
> Graham Kirk (MAXIM and QLART) - I spoke with his brother, who provided me
> with
> Graham's address, but there was no response to my letter
> Jurgen Falkenburg (Level 2 Trump Card drivers)
> Simon Okoloko - Okoloko Engineering, USA (FRAME, GRID, TRUSS) - I have a
> letter
> sending the software to QL World for review, plus the manuals, but alas no
> software!
> Shirley Butler (C-Fix program for use with SuperBASIC C-Port) - not sure
> if she
> had any more involvement in C-Port.  I also emailed Dave Walker, but no
> response
> from either
> Alex Waye - Waye Ahead (QL Ambition)
>
> I have had more luck with emailing and contacting people on facebook /
> linkedIn
> - but Facebook is not reliable as unless you are a friend of the person,
> your
> messages get put in an 'Other folder' and are not obvious!
>
> Rich
>
>
> Rich Mellor
> RWAP Software
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language eComic - Issue 3 now available.

2016-02-03 Thread Lee Privett
Thanks Norman, much appreciated, I may even get around to reading the rest
of pt 2 before starting this one.

I have just noticed something however, is the '&' not allowed as a
character when used as a publisher name or is that just your style?

regards Lee

Lee




On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 2:40 PM, Norman Dunbar 
wrote:

> after many months of the odd hour grabbed here and there, between work,
> driving, home life and so forth - did I mention Christmas, New Year and a
> holiday to boot - the latest somewhat exciting issue of the Assembly
> Language eMagazine is now available for download.
>
> Point your browsers at
> qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_003/Assembly_Language_003.pdf
> (or wget
> qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk//downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_003/Assembly_Language_003.pdf)
> and all will be revealed.
>
> We have 29 pages of articles on sorting data, printing multiple strings, a
> hexdump utility, all you never needed to know about using jump tables in
> your code, and and some information about upcoming articles on the (new)
> 68020 instructions available in QPC, but sadly, not in any of the other
> emulators - yet.
>
> Happy reading and hopefully, the next issue will be out much quicker than
> this one!
>
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language eComic - Issue 3 now available.

2016-02-03 Thread Lee Privett
Hi Norm, I think I forgot to include a tongue in cheek emoticon in my
original mail. He hee :-)
On Wed, 3 Feb 2016 at 13:01, Norman Dunbar <nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk> wrote:

> Hi Lee,
>
> On 03/02/16 11:15, Lee Privett wrote:
> > Thanks Norman, much appreciated, I may even get around to reading the
> rest
> > of pt 2 before starting this one.
> Oh well then, if people take so long to read each issue, maybe I don't
> have to speed up the production of each one after all! :-)
>
> > I have just noticed something however, is the '&' not allowed as a
> > character when used as a publisher name or is that just your style?
> I don't use an '&' in the publisher, which is just a joke anyway, it's
> not really published by anyone. This is the raw LaTeX code I use for
> that like:
>
> \noindent \textsc{Published by MeMyselfEye Publishing ;-)}\\ % Publisher
>
> So, you can see, no ampersands were harmed in the making of that page.
> In case you are wondering, \textsc{whatever} changes the text into small
> caps font in the final rendering.
>
>
> Cheers,
> Norm.
>
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Tynemouth Software QL keyboard USB interface

2016-01-31 Thread Lee Privett
http://www.deblauweschicht.nl/tinkering/tinkering.html

homemade version

Lee




On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 10:43 AM, Adrian Graham <
wit...@binarydinosaurs.co.uk> wrote:

> On 31/01/2016 09:14, "matras...@aol.com"  wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > Has anyone on this list come across this interface which links the QL
> keyboard
> > membrane to a USB connector to allow the keyboard to be used as a USB
> keyboard
> > for say a RPi or other system running a QL emulation. Does anyone know
> if if
> > works?
> >
> > Duncan
> >
> >
>
> http://blog.tynemouthsoftware.co.uk/2015/12/day-3-sinclair-ql-usb-keyboard.htm
> >
>
> Hi Duncan,
>
> I know Dave @ Tynemouth and have a couple of his PET addons, if the
> keyboard
> interface is of the same quality then it'll be sweet. He has the boards
> professionally made and hand-solders the components, the original
> keymappings were also hand-coded so there shouldn't be any problems.
>
> Cheers,
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] New QL Assembly Language Book.

2015-07-18 Thread Lee Privett
Norman, your psychic powers are amazing, how did you know I only had two
friends!

Many thanks for the update though 

On Fri, 17 Jul 2015 at 20:27 Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk wrote:

 Greetings everyone.

 After much work, some wailing, some gnashing of teeth and a good few hours
 typing on my phone while on holiday recently, I have finished updating the
 file at http://qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/QLToday/QL_Assembly.pdf
 which is the good old Assembly Language book I released into the wild just
 before Christmas.

 Changes are:

 George's observations and comments incorporated,
 Numerous typos fixed,
 LibGen removed until I fix it as there looks to be a chapter rewrite
 required,
 A new, much nicer format used,
 Code reformatted to not wander all over the margins,
 Proper table layout,
 Much nicer code layout,
 Orange! (You'll have to read it to follow that one!)
 375 pages of sheer bliss, and working cross references and a full,
 clickable index.

 Please download and give copies to both your friends! 


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Re: [Ql-Users] A little trumpet blowing

2015-06-11 Thread Lee Privett
Hee He hee :-) that may be lost on some people who read it in the magazine,
however excellent work Geoff. Who knows, a few more people back or in to
the fold.

On Thu, 11 Jun 2015 at 14:51 CPF via VirginMedia chrisfow...@ntlworld.com
wrote:

 Her article will probably report... created using SQL

 ;)


 Sent from CPF BlackBerry Z30 really smartphone!
   Original Message
 From: Geoff Wicks
 Sent: Thursday, 11 June 2015 14:43
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Reply To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Subject: [Ql-Users] A little trumpet blowing

 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,

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Re: [Ql-Users] Giga-Basic and E.A.S.E.

2015-04-14 Thread Lee Privett
I haven't been able to get them working on anything other than bbql and
qemulator with no smsq

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Wolfgang Lenerz w...@wlenerz.com wrote:

 Hi Dilwyn,

 (...)
  Covers the areas of graphics, sprites,

 I presume those won't work on extended screens?


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Re: [Ql-Users] Giga-Basic and E.A.S.E.

2015-04-14 Thread Lee Privett
Ah QPC4 yes (fail) but not tried in compatibility mode.

Regards

Lee Privett

On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 1:11 PM, Wolfgang Lenerz w...@wlenerz.com wrote:

 Hi,

 did you ever try with QPC in compatibility mode?

 Wolfgang

  I haven't been able to get them working on anything other than bbql and
  qemulator with no smsq
 
  On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Wolfgang Lenerz w...@wlenerz.com wrote:
 
  Hi Dilwyn,
 
  (...)
  Covers the areas of graphics, sprites,
 
  I presume those won't work on extended screens?
 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Firefox speed problems (OT)

2015-02-23 Thread Lee Privett
Ah you maybe experiencing the death of Flash, as more and more websites
transfer media controls directly using HTML 5.

Are you using Firefox in Windows? I too experience slow ups, however my
broadband is around 2 meg download and about 500k upload on good days when
it is working. Oh for fibre optic. I don't seem to have the same issues
using Firefox with Linux however so maybe...

Regards Lee



On Monday, February 23, 2015, Geoff Wicks gtwi...@btinternet.com wrote:

 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,


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[Ql-Users] Good Morning People - ‘QL SuperBASIC - The Definitive Handbook’

2014-06-17 Thread Lee Privett
The was some move awhile ago by a few on here to get this book legitimately
available in an electronic (possibly PDF) format, does anyone know how far
anyone got.

I am not talking about the one available on World of Spectrum among others
but a higher quality version.

I note Jan Jones seems to be contactable on here
http://www.jan-jones.co.uk/index.html via webmas...@jan-jones.co.uk

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Re: [Ql-Users] Edinburgh is go!

2014-05-16 Thread Lee Privett
I joined the AGM about five minutes beforehand to test everything was
working as it should be.  I was sitting in my hastily built shed next to
the newly adopted chickens which everyone apparently could hear.
Technically,  I was using an iPad, communication via Skype and about 30
metres away from the wifi in the house through two brick walls.  It seem to
work fine,  clear voices and nice to put a sound to a never seen in person
Dave from across the pond. I didn't notice any major delays other than
natural tendencies to be polite when the chairman was asking questions.
Something to bear in mind for Edinburgh is a protocol when a.  Someone
wants to say something and b.  Announcing who they are. Otherwise I think
the the electronic AGM went very well.
On 15 May 2014 17:16, Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk 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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Re: [Ql-Users] Things I have learned...

2014-04-29 Thread Lee Privett
In a previous move,  not the one I have just done,  this was downsizing
without losing anything.  Anyway in a previous move I went for.  A one bed
flat to a three bed house with a roof room and very large garage /shed and
managed to fill it up instantly,  I just don't know where all the stuff
came from. That was also pre returning to the QL as well,  so I have even
more stuff now.
On 28 Apr 2014 23:09, Rod H rod...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Long ago I learned one of life's prime lessons.  My wife and I lived in
 apartments for 2 1/2 years moving every six months (early gypsy phase) and
 each move cleared out all the unnecessary junk. Then into the 3-bedroom
 townhouse, still just the wife and I, for 17 years.  Then into the big
 house for 25 years - still just the wife and I.  When coming here we
 divided up the house equally - I got the workshop, half the two-car garage
 and the big room above the garage.  She got the rest of the house. I
 proceeded to fill my portion with Sinclair computer stuff, Timex-Sinclair
 computer stuff, QL computer stuff, ordinary computer stuff, camera stuff,
 car stuff, motorcycle stuff, and other stuff.  Now  she wants to move again.

 The lesson?  You always acquire stuff to fill the available space.  And
 more!

  Date: Mon, 28 Apr 2014 22:12:51 +0100
  From: r...@rwapservices.co.uk
  To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
  Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Things I have learned...
 
 
 
   On April 28, 2014 at 10:02 PM Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:
  
   I have the utmost respect for Rich at RWAP, who has hundreds of items
 and
   also very limited space. How does he do it?
 
  Simple - my office is designed as a Tardis - I remember moving - I
 emptied the
  contents of my office and they filled the van!
 
  Rich Mellor
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Re: [Ql-Users] Superbasic Syntax rules for Textpad

2014-03-17 Thread Lee Privett
Unbelievable I am currently working on one for Sublime Text a far better
Text Editor :)


On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM, Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk
 wrote:

 Superbasic Syntax rules for Textpad

 If anyone has the Textpad editor for Windows and would like to use it to
 edit QL SuperBASIC programs (with user definable sytax colouring etc) I've
 added a copy of SuperBasic.syn from Laurence Reeves (author of Minerva) to
 my website. There is a link to it from Laurence's website at
 http://www.bergbland.info but it's a broken link, however, luckily I had
 saved a copy of it some time ago which happens to still be on my PC.

 To use it, unzip the superbasic_syn.zip and place the file called
 superbasic.syn in your Program Files for TextPad, inside the Samples
 folder. Textpad can be downloaded from http://www.textpad.com

 Download it from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/basic/index.html (near the
 bottom of the page with the other syntax rules systems).

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Re: [Ql-Users] Superbasic Syntax rules for Textpad

2014-03-17 Thread Lee Privett
It's a very configurable text editor,  I went through 5 others  effort
settling on Sublime.  I've got colour schemes for the syntax done and turbo
and toolkit extension keywords,  drives however I cannot overcome certain
operators such as ^ \ and ^^ they seem to be preferred symbols as part of
the editor/python.  However,  I think it is possible to do auto numbering
like ED,  and running QemuLator or QPC2 from within the Editor,  something
the others cannot seem to do.  However  learning python even the dummies
guide is not telling me what I want to know.  The Sublime forums seem to
only speak in you already know it speech,  which is a bit off putting.
If anyone here knows more and wants to help please contact me.
On 17 Mar 2014 13:33, Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk wrote:

 Seem to have set the ball rolling what with the ones fro microemacs, VIM,
 TextWrangler etc. Hope these syntax files help you put one together for
 SublimeText - I've never heard of that particular one but will look it up
 now.

 Dilwyn

 -Original Message- From: Lee Privett
 Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014 12:34 PM
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Superbasic Syntax rules for Textpad

 Unbelievable I am currently working on one for Sublime Text a far better
 Text Editor :)


 On Mon, Mar 17, 2014 at 12:26 PM, Dilwyn Jones 
 dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk

 wrote:


  Superbasic Syntax rules for Textpad

 If anyone has the Textpad editor for Windows and would like to use it to
 edit QL SuperBASIC programs (with user definable sytax colouring etc) I've
 added a copy of SuperBasic.syn from Laurence Reeves (author of Minerva) to
 my website. There is a link to it from Laurence's website at
 http://www.bergbland.info but it's a broken link, however, luckily I had
 saved a copy of it some time ago which happens to still be on my PC.

 To use it, unzip the superbasic_syn.zip and place the file called
 superbasic.syn in your Program Files for TextPad, inside the Samples
 folder. Textpad can be downloaded from http://www.textpad.com

 Download it from http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/basic/index.html (near the
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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Issue 1 now available.

2014-03-06 Thread Lee Privett
Hi Norman, currently reading the article after a bit fiddling about.

You would think that e-readers, especially epub readers would be able to
handle 'all' epub files.

However to save others from a little frustration if you want to view your
document in Windows 8 on Chrome (this is the set-up I am currently using).
From the Windows App store, there are several epub readers, after filtering
out the 'paid for' ones, I have tried a few starting with the highest
rating first and working my way down.

*Bookviser *doesn't recognise you epub file at all
*Liberty *on the other hand doesn't display any graphics

The first one to work well is *Freda*, you can download this, it is
extremely configurable and you should adjust it for single column, black
ink on slightly grey paper. Works like a charm and you get the images in
colour! (he hee pat pending)

and now to reading more assembly...

Regards Lee


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 On 05/03/14 21:08, Norman Dunbar wrote:

  EPUB -
 qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/
 Issue_001/Assembly_Language_001.epub


 The epub has been tested on my own iRiver eReader and works fine, other
 than some of the cod'e sections comments slip off the right side of the
 page in portrait mode. It's fine if you switch to Landscape.

 To read the ePub version in a browser, use Firefox, add the epubReader
 add-on, and configure it for single column. Works like a charm and you get
 the images in colour!


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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Issue 1 now available.

2014-03-06 Thread Lee Privett
Read the ebook, 50 sheds of grey :-)
On 6 Mar 2014 09:31, WILLIAM WAUGH bill.wa...@btinternet.com wrote:

 Works on my Asus prime with Sony  Reader app, although twould be better if
 I tweak to one page displayed instead of two.
 I'm not up to the standard of all you guys but will have another peruse,
 at least I could have all the stuff in one place for further reading if and
 when time allows (shed restoration in progress - priorities a man must have
 a shed or three)

 All the best Bill





 
  From: Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Sent: Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 21:14
 Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Issue 1 now available.
 
 
 On 05/03/14 21:08, Norman Dunbar wrote:
 
  EPUB -
 
 qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_001/Assembly_Language_001.epub
 
 The epub has been tested on my own iRiver eReader and works fine, other
 than some of the cod'e sections comments slip off the right side of the
 page in portrait mode. It's fine if you switch to Landscape.
 
 To read the ePub version in a browser, use Firefox, add the epubReader
 add-on, and configure it for single column. Works like a charm and you get
 the images in colour!
 
 
 Cheers,
 Norm.
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Today 30 years ago...

2014-01-13 Thread Lee Privett
That's very useful information Dilwyn,  many thanks.
On 13 Jan 2014 19:52, Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk wrote:

 Geoff Wicks wrote:

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

 Rob from QL Forum announced this week that QL Forum now has the 'Live
 Chat' facility whereby a group of members logged on could discuss together
 in real time IRC (internet relay chat) style. Since the Forum has about 200
 members, and tens of members (at least) can be online at once, quite a
 group discussion could be had if someone was prepared to moderate it to
 prevent it falling into chaos at once!

 I thought this might be handy for a group of those interested in ensuring
 that a 'QL Is 30' goes ahead to meet online to 'brainstorm' ideas together
 at some point. All we'd have to do is appoint a day and time for QL Forum
 members to get together to discuss. That way it helps ensure Rich and one
 or two others aren't landed with the entire job of organising it by
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD Card Interface

2014-01-11 Thread Lee Privett
Never mind about all that Adrian,  what's this Head Up Display your using?
On 11 Jan 2014 15:33, Peter Graf pg...@q40.de wrote:

 Hi Adrian,

 you had contributed a large amout of work for QL-SD and this work
 deserves many thanks and respect.

 The drivers are free software and without any warranty, I can confirm
 here that you are not responsible for QL-SD or any support. I mentioned
 your name in the manual under the acknowledgements section. If you wish
 your name to be removed, or unmentioned in general, please let me know.

 I'm saying this for the hardware I designed, not sure if there is a name
 clash.

 Many thanks again,
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD Card Interface

2014-01-11 Thread Lee Privett
Ha ha lol and I thought someone was actually using Google glass or
something like that.
On 11 Jan 2014 18:55, Adrian Ives adr...@acanthis.co.uk wrote:

 Not what you think. It's a Tesco HUDL Android Tablet.

 Sent from my Hudl

 Lee Privett lee.priv...@gmail.com wrote:

 Never mind about all that Adrian,  what's this Head Up Display your using?
 On 11 Jan 2014 15:33, Peter Graf pg...@q40.de wrote:
 
  Hi Adrian,
 
  you had contributed a large amout of work for QL-SD and this work
  deserves many thanks and respect.
 
  The drivers are free software and without any warranty, I can confirm
  here that you are not responsible for QL-SD or any support. I mentioned
  your name in the manual under the acknowledgements section. If you wish
  your name to be removed, or unmentioned in general, please let me know.
 
  I'm saying this for the hardware I designed, not sure if there is a name
  clash.
 
  Many thanks again,
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD News

2013-12-04 Thread Lee Privett
Totally agree, excellent work and exciting to say the least.


On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM, Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:

 Cool! Excellent work!

 Dave


 On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 3:40 AM, Peter pg...@q40.de wrote:

  Hi,
 
  the restriction that a QL memory expansion is madatory for QL-SD has been
  removed.
 
  If a QL-SD filesystem of 3 MB size (and Groupsize 8) is attached, there
  still remains 62.5 KB free memory on an unexpanded QL. Not very much, but
  enough to load TK2 and still be able do useful things.
 
  This way, even an unexpanded QL has more mass storage than the ED floppy
  interface of a (Super) Gold Card offers, and that at harddisk speed
  without moving mechanical parts.
 
  (Larger filesystems, like the 64 MB default, can not be used on an
  unexpanded QL at all. This won't change.)
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Teleconference idea

2013-10-24 Thread Lee Privett
Not so well on iOS devices by my experience,  however that may have been a
one off.
On 24 Oct 2013 18:44, Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:

 Skype is the only stable mass market video platform that allows multiple
 callers/conferencing that is PC, Mac and Linux compatible and free to use.
 That's why I use it.

 Dave


 On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM, Mark Martin storycraf...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Recent discussions about holding a physical meeting have gotten me
  thinking. Someone mentioned skyping as a possibility, and I can tell you
  that another retro computing group (the CoCo group) have held online-only
  events in the past. These were very informal and low-key, and while they
  were repeated only a handful of times, they were extremely easy to
  coordinate.
 
  Along that line, I'm offering for your consideration two proposals:
 
  -- The informal approach is that I will lead an effort to determine the
  most common IM program used among interested parties (hopefully Skype). I
  will collect contact information and then schedule a first call. I'll try
  to gather consensus on a schedule and an agenda. In other words, I will
  facilitate and then happily let others lead discussions they are
 interested
  in.
 
  -- The Big Bang approach is to model after what the virtual tabletop
  role-playing conventions do -- they host schedules for individual tables,
  and allow interested parties to lead those tables. They allow signup
 for
  these tables and coordinate all of the interested parties into a
  (essentially) private meeting space. These are essentially a large
 online,
  virtual convention -- but focused on smaller interest topics (in this
 case,
  individual role playing game sessions). I could perhaps leverage websites
  that cater to this type of convention and, again, help facilitate smaller
  groups to get together at various times over some pre-planned convention
  weekend.
 
  I do not intend to step on Quantas toes here as I know they are
 separately
  trying to schedule a more robust and higher scale venture. I'm more
  interested in seeing if there is interest in something a lot less formal,
  on the side, and not necessarily tied to any Quanta business -- global in
  scale. I have very little to no budget to do this, although I believe
 there
  isn't much need for such a budget.  This is mostly a volunteer time kind
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Re: [Ql-Users] Teleconference idea

2013-10-24 Thread Lee Privett
IPad 3 :(
On 24 Oct 2013 20:11, Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:

 I haven't personally experienced that, but I have heard a couple of friends
 have that issue - they both have iPad 2's - which do you have? My iPad mini
 works flawlessly with Skype, but I rarely use it for that.

 Dave


 On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:40 PM, Lee Privett lee.priv...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Video on iPad didn't work for me
  On 24 Oct 2013 19:36, Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:
 
   I have used Skype on iOS 3 thru 7 on iPhones 2, 4, 4s and 5, without
   problems. I *have* had one set of problems with Skype due to skype's
 own
   server issues, but that was in 2008 and has not recurred. They were hit
  by
   problems for several days that affected a call to my mom in England.
  
  
   On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 1:25 PM, Lee Privett lee.priv...@gmail.com
   wrote:
  
Not so well on iOS devices by my experience,  however that may have
  been
   a
one off.
On 24 Oct 2013 18:44, Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:
   
 Skype is the only stable mass market video platform that allows
   multiple
 callers/conferencing that is PC, Mac and Linux compatible and free
 to
use.
 That's why I use it.

 Dave


 On Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 10:57 AM, Mark Martin 
  storycraf...@gmail.com
 wrote:

  Recent discussions about holding a physical meeting have gotten
 me
  thinking. Someone mentioned skyping as a possibility, and I can
  tell
you
  that another retro computing group (the CoCo group) have held
online-only
  events in the past. These were very informal and low-key, and
 while
they
  were repeated only a handful of times, they were extremely easy
 to
  coordinate.
 
  Along that line, I'm offering for your consideration two
 proposals:
 
  -- The informal approach is that I will lead an effort to
 determine
   the
  most common IM program used among interested parties (hopefully
Skype). I
  will collect contact information and then schedule a first call.
  I'll
try
  to gather consensus on a schedule and an agenda. In other words,
 I
   will
  facilitate and then happily let others lead discussions they are
 interested
  in.
 
  -- The Big Bang approach is to model after what the virtual
  tabletop
  role-playing conventions do -- they host schedules for individual
tables,
  and allow interested parties to lead those tables. They allow
   signup
 for
  these tables and coordinate all of the interested parties into a
  (essentially) private meeting space. These are essentially a
 large
 online,
  virtual convention -- but focused on smaller interest topics (in
  this
 case,
  individual role playing game sessions). I could perhaps leverage
websites
  that cater to this type of convention and, again, help facilitate
smaller
  groups to get together at various times over some pre-planned
convention
  weekend.
 
  I do not intend to step on Quantas toes here as I know they are
 separately
  trying to schedule a more robust and higher scale venture. I'm
 more
  interested in seeing if there is interest in something a lot less
formal,
  on the side, and not necessarily tied to any Quanta business --
   global
in
  scale. I have very little to no budget to do this, although I
  believe
 there
  isn't much need for such a budget.  This is mostly a volunteer
 time
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Re: [Ql-Users] Job data space - foibles?

2013-10-07 Thread Lee Privett
Norman, I use this all the time when hoodwinking students and
about how intelligent retro computers are.

Firing up Q-emuLator basic setup (if you have a QL then switch it on)
type in directly

PRINT the_answer_to_life_the_universe_and_everything then press enter
Note what appears on the screen
then type
PRINT CODE(?)  - replace the ? with what appears on screen then press
enter
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 Evening all,

 I'm experimenting for the first exciting episode of the new assembly
 language mailing list. It's the first time I've sat down with QPC since I
 started my new job!

 I have noticed something a little odd, well, even to be honest. Strangely
 enough, the answer is 42 - what is the question? ;-)

 Seriously, when I create a job with any given dataspace, when the job is
 activated, A5.L is always set to that data space value plus 42 extra bytes.

 There's nothing in the QDOS docs (from Jochen) nor in Dickens or Pennell.
 The closest I have found is in Pennell on page 20 where he says that ...
 TRNSP is expanded by D2+D3+$68, memory permitting when a job is created.

 D2 is the code size, D3 is the requested dataspace size and the extra $68
 is for the standard job header area.

 I'm wondering if the mysterious 42 extra bytes is also accumulated in the
 space desired in TRNSP (it has to be D2+D3+$68+42 or stuff would crash!)
 but where does it come from?

 I cannot see it as being a rounding to the nearest 16 or 8 or whatever,
 because it's always 42. When I say always, I have tried the same job with
 the following dataspace sizes, and every one set A5 to be 42 extra:

 126, 256, 500, 512, 1000, 1024, 2000, 2048, 3000, 3172, 4000, 4096.

 I could, I suppose, look up the source for SMSQ but I don;t, sadly, have
 the time at the moment. Not after doing all the above testing! I'm afraid I
 shall be lazy and rely on the good will and knowledge of the list for
 answers.

 Thanks in advance.


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Re: [Ql-Users] GST assemblers

2013-09-25 Thread Lee Privett
That's a great result Dilwyn, well done in your (and others) continued
efforts of the de-facto standard for QL stuff :)


On Tue, Sep 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM, Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk
 wrote:

 With much appreciated help from Rich Mellor, the GST QL Assembler, Macro
 Assembler and Quanta Q-Mac are now available to download from my website at
 http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/asm/index.html

 The Macro Assembler is available as a floppy disk version, or a two
 microdrive cartridge (program and library cartridges) version.

 Thomas Kral will be glad to know the editor is included now.

 Manuals are also available to download as PDF files. Note that the manual
 for the QL Assembler is rather large by QL standards at about 10MB.

 Urs Koenig got permission from GST’s founder to release GST’s QL software
 as freeware a little while back, and Quanta committee decided after that to
 allow the Q-Mac (Quanta modified version of the Macro Assembler) to be mad
 eavailable for all QL users (previously only available to members).

 I have to explain that these packages were prepared in rather a hurry
 tonight as I have to get up early for work tomorrow, so I haven’t had time
 to test them, especially as I am not familiar with these programs, so if
 anyone finds problems, please let me know (e.g. missing files).

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[Ql-Users] Invitation to connect on LinkedIn

2013-09-10 Thread Lee Privett
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Re: [Ql-Users] ICL One Per Desk Computer - Bedfordshire

2013-08-22 Thread Lee Privett
because their Rap with a C


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 Id avoid selecting YODEL as the courier though!

 Amazing how many people I've heard say that, wonder why?

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Re: [Ql-Users] ICL One Per Desk Computer - Bedfordshire

2013-08-22 Thread Lee Privett
the 'their' is deliberate


On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 2:30 PM, Lee Privett lee.priv...@gmail.com wrote:

 because their Rap with a C


 On Thu, Aug 22, 2013 at 10:43 AM, Dilwyn Jones 
 dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk wrote:

 Id avoid selecting YODEL as the courier though!

 Amazing how many people I've heard say that, wonder why?

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Re: [Ql-Users] Q-emuLator video

2013-05-22 Thread Lee Privett
Have you asked Daniele?


On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM, Dilwyn Jones
dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.ukwrote:

 That is exactly what is happening and exactly what I want to stop
 happening.

 Making matters worse, although the ratio is fine in full screen mode, the
 left half of the display is annoyingly animated - as though it is
 interpolating intermittently (it happens up to the second letter i in the
 word Sinclair at the bottom of the screen. Doesn't matter if I turn off the
 magnification filter etc.

 Most of today has been wasted trying to sort this out so I can try to run
 software to see what WMAN2 software works under PE2.01. At this rate I'll
 just give up and refuse to support Q-emuLator.

 Dilwyn

 -Original Message- From: Norman Dunbar
 Sent: Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:33 PM
 To: ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
 Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Q-emuLator video


 Hi Dilwyn,

 On 21/05/13 13:30, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

 Anyone know how to get Q-emuLator to work in 2:1 windows mode?

 Is it perhaps something to do with the ratio between the dimensions? 384
 scaled to 256 is going to be weird as you don;t have the same scaling on
 the 512 width?

 Just a thought. Sorry if it's no good.

 Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] SMSQE v.3.16

2013-05-18 Thread Lee Privett
This sounds really good Wolfgang, excellent work.
On 18 May 2013 09:15, Wolfgang Lenerz w...@wlenerz.com wrote:

 Hi all,

 SMSQ/E 3.16 is out.
 It contains Marcel's bug fix for the AURORA COLOUR_NATIVE command.

 There is also a new window move mode : move with transparency.

 (This is an extract of the display_txt file in the extras_new directory:)

 a - New move mode
 --

 The WM_MOVEMODE keyword has been extended to accept a new move mode:

 WM_MOVEMODE 3 : the full window with transparency move

 The window to be moved is made transparent : one can see through it.
 This is done via alpha blending. Alpha blending requires A LOT of
 computing power. So, even if your machine can theoretically handle this
 type of move, in practice it might not be feasible. I don't believe, for
 example, that the QXL can handle it
 For Q40/Q60 users, switching on the Cache is advisable...

 This type of move is only implemented for display modes where alpha
 blending actually makes sense, i.e. modes 16, 32 and 33. In other display
 modes, such as the QL screen modes, or Atari mono modes, this will be
 redirected to move mode 2.

 Please note that you cannot use this move mode with anything but the mouse
 - the keyboard (cursor keys) will not work.


 b - Configuring/setting the move mode
 --**---

 The move modes are configured on a system-wide basis - you cannot have
 onejob moving in mode 0 and the other in mode 1.

 Thus, all jobs are affected by the move mode, even those written a long
 time ago (unless, such as Qlib, the job doesn't use the WMAN move routine).

 The move mode can be changed in two ways:

 1 - Configure SMSQ/E  (WMAN) to a mode of your liking.

 2 - Use the new WM_MOVEMODE keyword

 This takes one parameter, an integer from 0 to 3:

 WM_MOVEMODE 0 : the old way

 WM_MOVEMODE 1 : the outline move

 WM_MOVEMODE 2 : the full window move

 WM_MOVEMODE 3 : the full window with transparency move


 c - Configuring/setting the degree of transparency : WM_MOVEALPHA
 --**--**--
 You can set how transparent the window is supposed to be when being moved,
 from nearly totally transparent to totally opaque. This is done by setting
 the alpha value, from 1 (nearly transparent) to 255 (totally opaque).

 The alpha value is configured on a system-wide basis - you cannot have one
 job moving with an alpha value of 100 and the other with 200.

 Thus, all jobs are affected by this, even those written a long time
 ago (unless, such as Qlib, the job doesn't use the WMAN move routine).

 The alpha value can be changed in two ways:

 1 - Configure SMSQ/E  (WMAN) to a value of your liking.

 2 - Use the new WM_MOVEALPHA keyword

 WM_MOVEALPHA : this new keyword defines the amount of transparency the
 window should have when moved about, from 1 (nearly transparent) to 255
 (totally opaque).

 Please note that
 1) no check is made on the value passed to this keyword, but only the
 lower byte is used.
 2) a value of 255 is actually equivalent to move mode 2.
 3) a value of 0 is allowed but, since this would make the window to be
 moved totally transparent when it is moved (i.e. you would only ever see
 the background) this is considered to be an error and a value of 255 will
 be used!
 4) alpha blending requires a lot of computing power - it may be too slow
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Re: [Ql-Users] AGM

2013-04-25 Thread Lee Privett
Yes it did, there were a number of pictures posted on the forum with brief 
details.

Sent from my iPhone

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 Although local, I wasn't able to attend the AGM; I'm surprised that there 
 hasn't been a word about it here.  Did it actually happen?
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today

2013-03-20 Thread Lee Privett
Hence my request :)



On Wed, Mar 20, 2013 at 10:33 AM, Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.ukwrote:

 On 19/03/13 21:29, Lee Privett wrote:

 Norman can you write something for The SUN, loads more to follow.

 Aha! I sense a new direction coming on, Instead of killing off
 publications I like and subscribe to, I can write for the tabloids, and
 hopefully, kill them off as well.

 It troubles me a lot, that the best selling newspaper in the UK is the
 garbage known as The Sun. :-)


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today

2013-03-20 Thread Lee Privett
Tony, that was a definite lol () moment.


Sent from my iPhone

On 20 Mar 2013, at 21:06, Tony Firshman t...@firshman.co.uk wrote:

 On Wednesday, March 27, 2013, Ian Burkinshaw wrote:
 
 Thankyou to everybody for correcting my grammer, I am now considered told
 off.
 
  so I had better not tell you of for your spelling  of 'grammar'
 then (8-)#
 
 
 Tony
 
 
 Back to QLToday. Question, how do we get more
 
 
 
 
 
 people to write stuff ?
 
 It is clear from the posts on here, that there is still a good following
 and lots of good stuff going on. But it does not all get written up for the
 wider audience.
 
 Seems to me, down to a very small number that contribute. One item from
 every QL user would keep us going for years. But we have all seen the
 appeals for material, and nothing seems to come.
 
 To use the buzz word from my own industry (Broadcast TV), it's all down to
 content. We need content.
 
 Ian
 - Original Message - From: George Gwilt grggw...@gmail.com
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Sent: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 6:49 PM
 Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today
 
 
 
 On 20 Mar 2013, at 18:18, Tony Firshman wrote:
 
 George Gwilt wrote, on 20/Mar/13 18:07 | Mar20:
 
 
 On 20 Mar 2013, at 18:00, Tony Firshman wrote:
 
 Ian Burkinshaw wrote, on 27/Mar/13 17:46 | Mar27:
 
 Sad though this is, I have to say it seems me inevitable this was
 going
 to happen sooner or later. The constant increase in postal rates is
 self
 defeating, the more they go up, the less poeple send.
 Really - so one leg is sending letters (8-)#
 You mean 'fewer' of course.
 
 the less people send means the same number of people send less in
 total.
 
 Not at all, but maybe it is different in Glasgow (8-)#
 
 'Less' and 'Fewer' are referring to 'people' not the letters.
 
 Fewer - when the noun can be counted. People, marbles
 Less - when it cannot. Flour, petrol.
 
 Why say there is less sand on the beach when you could, if you had time,
 count the grains?
 
 
 The other meaning would presumably be written as
 
 the smaller the number of people who send
 
 Anyway postage is rather high now and certainly to be avoided if
 possible.
 
 The small newsletter produced by the Scottish group SQLUG is now
 emailed to members.
 
 Tony
 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today

2013-03-20 Thread Lee Privett
Sadly QL Today and QUANTA have both suffered from a lack of copy and Geoff is 
quite right about the small number of contributors and reliance on them. I 
would like to spend more time on QL projects but my spare time is all taken up 
with editorialising (Norman have fun with that word). In response to vanpeebles 
comment about not knowing what to write about, the next issue of QUANTA will 
have such a list to give would be contributors that very start. Geoff would 
probably welcome in QL Today as well as I do for QUANTA, and regularly stated 
in the magazine, no contribution is to small.

Sent from my iPhone

On 20 Mar 2013, at 20:02, peet vanpeebles peetvanpeeb...@yahoo.co.uk wrote:

 
 - Original Message -
 From: Ian Burkinshaw ian.burkins...@btopenworld.com
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Cc: 
 Sent: Wednesday, 27 March 2013, 19:19
 Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today
 
 Thankyou to everybody for correcting my grammer, I am now considered told 
 off.
 
 Back to QLToday. Question, how do we get more people to write stuff ?
 
 It is clear from the posts on here, that there is still a good following and 
 lots of good stuff going on. But it does not all get written up for the 
 wider audience.
 
 Seems to me, down to a very small number that contribute. One item from 
 every QL user would keep us going for years. But we have all seen the 
 appeals for material, and nothing seems to come.
 
 To use the buzz word from my own industry (Broadcast TV), it's all down to 
 content. We need content.
 
 Ian
 
 snip
 
  
 On a personal note I'm terrible at thinking of things to write about so maybe 
 people thinking up topics would be good. The hardest bit for me is just to 
 start typing out something. Or what would people like to see reviewed etc? We 
 have lots of interesting characters in the QL scene with a long history so 
 maybe regular interview columns or old tales etc?   
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Today

2013-03-19 Thread Lee Privett
Norman can you write something for The SUN, loads more to follow.

Sent from my iPhone

On 19 Mar 2013, at 16:15, Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk wrote:

 On 19/03/13 14:16, peet vanpeebles wrote:
 
 One thing that made me very sad  the next issue which will be brought up 
 in September may with a DVD or CD will be the last issue of QL Today. I love 
 to receive QL Today (as a print magazine) ... what can we do?
 What! But I'm not finished my series on Assembly yet! I'm only half way 
 through LibGen for goodness sake! :-(
 
 I haven't got mine yet, but if this is true, I apologies. I've caused the 
 demise of yet another great QL magazine! Every one of the three I've written 
 for has closed. I'm a jinx!
 
 I am officially distraught.
 
 
 Cheers,
 Norm.
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Fonts

2013-03-03 Thread Lee Privett
Actually Ralf, it is not the font 'Syntax', the actual closest font is
SYNTAX® NEXT MEDIUM PRO, a professional font (by Linotype as you
mentioned) designed by H E Meier in 2000 which puts it way beyond in
years, the original one used by Sinclair in 1983/84 for box the QL
initially came in. The font used by Dilwyn's site is a damn close
facsimile and good for most basic uses. The 'Syntax' font you
mentioned does not have the correct Q as it contains a tail going in
to the circle, the original Q doesn’t. For a visual example obtained
from a forum where I put the original request , see here
http://www.fonts101.com/c/forum/topic/11130/Font_o_Talk/Identifying_a_
Font_Request_closed. For real picky people you will also see, if you
look carefully, that the width of the circle part of the Q is not
constant around the circumference although quite circular and although
the SYNTAX® NEXT MEDIUM PRO is very close it is still not exactly the
same and slightly oval. If anyone does come across the original font
used for the box on the Sinclair QL packaging I would be grateful. I
now realise I am starting to sound like a 'font nerd' (if there is
such a thing), so apologies for that :)

Regards, 
Lee Privett


-Original Message-
From: ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com
[mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] On Behalf Of Ralf Reköndt
Sent: 03 March 2013 10:37
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Subject: [Ql-Users] Fonts

Hi Dilwyn,

a little correction for your site:

The font used by Sinclair for their adverts was not

Saxony-Serial-Regular is a font which was used in QL advertising and
documentation

In fact, the font used was Syntax, a Linotype font. The
Saxony-Serial-Regular seems to be a derivat with minor changes to make
it a free font.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fonts

2013-03-03 Thread Lee Privett
Thanks Dave, I would not say violent agreement, just a discussion
that’s all!

The wiki describes original designs going back to 1954, so there maybe
a 'Syntax' version that is close or identical. From the links it
appears there are many variations of the 'Syntax' family and
derivatives. The 'Syntax' font download  from the link you supplied
font palace is indeed similar, however the Q tail is tapered towards
the circle and not the same as the original box design. I have now
three different versions of Syntax (no added classes) and one called
Syntax Two (which is closer than Syntax) however none of these are
exactly the same as the original design that I can see although I
stand to be corrected. I still say the SYNTAX® NEXT MEDIUM PRO seems
to me the closest. If Ralf can let us know where his version is from I
would like to see for myself.

Regards, 
Lee Privett




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[mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] On Behalf Of Dave Park
Sent: 03 March 2013 15:45
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Fonts

I found this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syntax_(typeface)

And this: http://www.fontpalace.com/font-download/Syntax/

Fun times!

Dave


On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM, Dave Park plasticu...@gmail.com
wrote:

 I believe you guys are in violent agreement.


 On Sun, Mar 3, 2013 at 8:55 AM, Ralf Reköndt
ralf.rekoe...@t-online.dewrote:

 As Syntax Next Medium Pro was designed in 2000, it can't be the
font. 
 I have an original Syntax font, be sure it *is* the font used by
Sinclair.

 - Original Message - From: Lee Privett



 Actually Ralf, it is not the font 'Syntax', the actual closest font

 is SYNTAX® NEXT MEDIUM PRO, a professional font (by Linotype as you
 mentioned) designed by H E Meier in 2000 which puts it way beyond
in 
 years, the original one used by Sinclair in 1983/84 for box the QL 
 initially came in. The font used by Dilwyn's site is a damn close 
 facsimile and good for most basic uses. The 'Syntax' font you 
 mentioned does not have the correct Q as it contains a tail going
in 
 to the circle, the original Q doesn't. For a visual example
obtained 
 from a forum where I put the original request , see here
 http://www.fonts101.com/c/**forum/topic/11130/Font_o_Talk/**

Identifying_a_http://www.fonts101.com/c/forum/topic/11130/Font_o_Tal
 k/Identifying_a_ Font_Request_closed. For real picky people you
will 
 also see, if you look carefully, that the width of the circle part
of 
 the Q is not constant around the circumference although quite 
 circular and although the SYNTAX® NEXT MEDIUM PRO is very close it
is 
 still not exactly the same and slightly oval. If anyone does come 
 across the original font used for the box on the Sinclair QL 
 packaging I would be grateful. I now realise I am starting to sound

 like a 'font nerd' (if there is such a thing), so apologies for
that 
 :)

 Regards,
 Lee Privett


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 On Behalf Of Ralf Reköndt
 Sent: 03 March 2013 10:37
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Subject: [Ql-Users] Fonts

 Hi Dilwyn,

 a little correction for your site:

 The font used by Sinclair for their adverts was not

 Saxony-Serial-Regular is a font which was used in QL advertising
and 
 documentation

 In fact, the font used was Syntax, a Linotype font. The 
 Saxony-Serial-Regular seems to be a derivat with minor changes to 
 make it a free font.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql-Users Digest, Vol 108, Issue 12

2013-02-11 Thread Lee Privett
Hmmm I just remembered how Thelma and Louise ended :-)

On Mon, Feb 11, 2013 at 8:08 AM, peet vanpeebles peetvanpeeb...@yahoo.co.uk
 wrote:

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 Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:04:21 -0500
 From: paul paulh...@ameritech.net
 To: ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
 Subject: [Ql-Users] On The Road Again!
 
  Heard from Mr park this am, Seems he is 1/3 the way
  on his 2,300 mile QL 'collection' trip, and so far
  so good.  The Weather hasn't impeded him YET!
 
 Greetings all, Mr Park has been, ended up collecting a few more
 odd bits and pieces, and for some reason I didn't ask that
 anything he was already carrying be left behind. It broke my back
 But maybe It created a little extra good will on the home front,
 More went out then came in.  :-)
 
 I wish he and his cargo well on the last (LONG) leg of his trip.
 
 (Psst, a little birdy suggests there might be some good news out
 of all this a little later for the QL using community)

 I hope all the goodies arn't bouncing around in the back of his pick up
 bed! I'd love a road trip like that, it would be a bit like the film Two
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Re: [Ql-Users] Quick QL Today Survey

2013-01-10 Thread Lee Privett
I concur, as well as any QL related articles, feedback positive or
otherwise gives atleast  an indication of something that has prompted
people in to a response. Norman, I read your Black Hole article with
interest on the DVD collection last year and likewise there are articles
about machine code, assembler, C etc. that I struggle to understand (being
more of a S*BASIC fan/user), does not mean I dont enjoy reading them, I do.

May I point also out that as the Sinclair QL approaches its 30th year, and
that today the C5 was launched (ahem) according to the radio and wikipedia
in 1985. To encourage new and possibly returning people to the auspices of
the QL and systems, the retelling, updating or reiterating such articles in
todays fast paced society wouldn't do any harm if contextulised well.  As
Geoff mentioned about games, other than IT support industry, careers
involving computers are fairly similar, if you want to get into the
Computer Games Industry (which has seen the biggest growth in recent years)
as a programmer there are several ways in which you can do this by learning
machine code, assembler high level languages based around the 'C' family as
already mentioned. However a knowledge of retro computing; skills in a
procedural language; being able to program in other languages as well as
those expected, could do just that.

May I make a plea for such contributions to either magazine, it is much
needed and welcomed.

Regards

Lee Privett
On Thu, Jan 10, 2013 at 12:29 PM, Geoff Wicks gtwi...@btinternet.comwrote:



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 Subject: [Ql-Users] Quick QL Today Survey


  As an author of a couple of articles in QL Today over the past 16 volumes
 (That's 16.5 years - my first article was The Black Hole in Volume 1,
 Issue 2 in July/August 1996!) I'm wondering, who (other than George)
 actually reads my stuff?

 Anyone?

 Is it useful? Do you make use of it? What could be better? What would you
 like to see? Etc.

 Just wondering, that is all.


 It is not just on your articles I would like feedback. There has been more
 emphasis on hardware in the last couple of years. Is this what people want?
 More recently we have had more coverage on games - a largely forgotten area
 in the magazines. I am also concerned about the lack of SuperBasic and
 general articles.

 Even if you don't want to write yourself it is always useful to have ideas.

 I am sure these comments would be echoed by the Quanta Magazine. I think I
 am the only person to have ever commented on the successful efforts that
 have been made to have a regular helpline,

 Best Wishes,


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Re: [Ql-Users] Happy New Year

2013-01-02 Thread Lee Privett
So far so good, already the first few days since Jan 1 have been better than 
last year:) and counting

Sent from my iPhone

On 2 Jan 2013, at 18:21, Dave Park plasticu...@gmail.com wrote:

 My hope and wish is that everyone has a better 2013 than 2012.
 
 Dave
 
 
 On Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 9:32 AM, QL-MyLink (f/fh) 
 q...@mylink.adsl24.co.ukwrote:
 
 Frank said -
 
 
 May I be the first to wish the entire QL community a very happy new
 year!
 
 Thank you Frank; and may I be the first to thank you on behalf of all list
 readers? [Promotion... at last!]
 
 Regards and best wishes to all,
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] A3 scanner

2012-09-13 Thread Lee Privett
Interestingly the new iPhone 5 has an app called Panorama designed to 
continuously take very wide pictures while you move the camera/phone and 
automatically stitches the slices together using sophisticated software to 
remove artefacts etc.

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On 13 Sep 2012, at 16:08, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

 Have you Freegle/Freecyce round there, Dilwyn?   It is surprising what 
 un-usual things can be found from a Wanted posting.
 
 Bryan H
 Ah, great idea, thanks Bryan. I'm not aware of one of those around here but 
 I'll see what I can find.
 
 Unfortunately, some of the items to be scanned are historical and fragile, so 
 I'd rather not entrust them to scanning services or risk postal damage, hence 
 why I'd prefer to get a scanner for this job if I can, and after that keep it 
 for any future such work. There's no great rush or urgent deadlines, though 
 and I'll try Lee's suggestion of photographing with a good resolution camera 
 when I get time to set up a suitable stand.
 
 A3 scanners seem surprisingly rare and expensive.
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] A3 scanner

2012-09-12 Thread Lee Privett
have you thought of photographing the documents with a high resolution camera?

My local coop allow A3/A4 scanning and copying, Boots may also offer something 

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On 12 Sep 2012, at 16:40, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

 I don’t suppose anyone on this list has a second-hand A3 scanner they’d like 
 to sell?
 
 I need to scan some documents (with photos) of roughly A3 size and stitching 
 2xA4 scans together doesn’t really work – the ‘stitching’ looks awful when 
 the two halves are joined after scanning.
 
 I know A3 scanners can be bought for about £200 on the internet, but the job 
 isn’t really big enough to justify buying a brand new scanner, so I thought I 
 might as well offer to buy second hand off a QLer first. It will be used with 
 a Windows 7 PC (the scanner, not the QLer).
 
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[Ql-Users] in a PiQL so to speak (pun intended)

2012-07-11 Thread Lee Privett
Has anyone been able to compile uQLx in Linux either the raspberry Pi or any 
other ARM based processor, following through the reported errors and the 
included documentation leads me to believe this is where the sticking point is.

I have tried alternatively to get WINE running on the Pi also, to see if that 
would be another possible route, also without success. I am a very green newbie 
to Linux so any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: [Ql-Users] Where has Knoware gone?

2012-06-19 Thread Lee Privett
This isn't the guy I suppose?

http://soundcloud.com/per-witte

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Re: [Ql-Users] SMSQmulator

2012-05-08 Thread Lee Privett
Cant resist, we got a mention again at a recent Spectrum Anniversary by the 
RaspBerry Pi guru Eben 32 minutes in to the video

see it here on Youtube 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKt-3lFYzYgfeature=player_embedded 

or currently on their website here http://www.raspberrypi.org/ 




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Re: [Ql-Users] WMAN Weirdness!

2012-05-05 Thread Lee Privett
As a deputy, I am grateful...





On 3 May 2012, at 23:02, Malcolm Cadman wrote:

 In message 4fa22264.9010...@dunbar-it.co.uk, Norman Dunbar 
 nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk writes
 On 02/05/12 22:14, Malcolm Cadman wrote:
 
 As the great Bob (Marley) sang ... no WMAN no cry . :-)
 
 And we all know how Bob Marley likes his donuts?
 We Jammin.
 
 (You started it!)
 
 
 Cheers,
 Norm.
 
 'Cos I knew you would appreciate the humour, my man .
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi - starts

2012-04-23 Thread Lee Privett
Google image is very retro today ZX Spectrum anyone
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Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi - starts

2012-04-19 Thread Lee Privett
ditto

On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 1:34 PM, Tony Firshman t...@firshman.co.uk wrote:



 On 19 Apr 2012, at 06:00, Bryan Horstmann b...@newlan.org wrote:

  I've had a look at Python too, Malcolm, and found Python Languages 
 Syntax Cheat Sheet.  Under basic arithmetic it says i=a%b   e.g.  11%3 
 2  I cannot make sense of that.  I'll just hope that we can get an
 emulator and stick to SBASIC I know.  But if RS have 220,000 outstanding
 orders, it'll be some time before I get one!
 
 I bet this includes a lot of duplicate 'registration of interest '  They
 still have not even asked if I even want to place an order, which I don't.
  In fact succesfully placed an order with Farnell on the second day.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi - starts

2012-04-17 Thread Lee Privett
Someone already has atleast one emulator running on the Pi

http://www.raspberrypi.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/simcoupe.jpg




On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 1:00 AM, Tony Firshman t...@firshman.co.uk wrote:



 On 16 Apr 2012, at 17:19, Malcolm Cadman q...@mcad.demon.co.uk wrote:

  Hi,
 
  Reading the Raspberry Pi web site - with some interesting videos - the
 first production Pi's have been delivered to a School in Leeds, UK. On
 Monday 16th April 2012.
 
  Delivery of early orders is now expected from Friday 20th April 2012.
 
  I wonder who will be the 'ql-er' to receive one ... :-)
 

 I am in the USA until the 25th, so it would be really ironic if mine
 arrived before then.

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Re: [Ql-Users] FORMAT ram1_mdv2 Oddities

2012-04-16 Thread Lee Privett
Just a thought, it wouldn't be a microswitch problem on the drive itself?

On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:19 AM, Rich Mellor r...@rwapservices.co.ukwrote:

 On 15/04/2012 20:20, Tobias Fröschle wrote:

 Ralf, Rich,
 the manual says different (From the Trump card manual):
FORMAT ram1_mdv2  loads an image of mdv2 into RAM Disk 1
 The RAM Disk can even load a Microdrive with a damaged directory. It
 cannot, however, load a Microdrive with a damaged map.

 Note the example - It's identical to what Rich tried to do, so it should
 work on drive 2, too. From what you write, Rich, I understand mdv2_ is
 working fine on other commands?
 Did you try on a newly reset machine?

 Cheers,
 Tobias



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 Just this one has problems - it works fine on other commands, and a clean
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Re: [Ql-Users] Quanta Library Guide

2012-04-16 Thread Lee Privett
*Quote* *PS. I have downloaded Q-Emulator and I've also tested it with JS
and Minerva ROMS. Same problems as everyone, JS fails. One thing is
exceedingly clear, we didn't half put up with really slow responses back in
1984 didn't we? God it's slow in QL mode! ;-)*

Bear in mind a 30 second advert on TV scarcely got through its ident and
strapline, todays fast paced flashing images and 3 worded catch
phrase aimed at the young market do it in half the time. tolerance and
expectation are the norm Norm. Students we get from school nowadays have a
very short attention span and activities have to be in 10 minute bursts
otherwise bordem and pandemonium become the issue you then have to deal
with. My personal feeling on this point is this i sa result of fast food
(content of chemicals not the name) fizzy drinks and all the chemicals it
entails affecting 2nd  3rd generation people. The BB QL emulated or not,
is still faster than a Windows PC booting up from power on, isn't it?





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 On 16/04/12 12:56, Rich Mellor wrote:

 I have forwarded the files and details to Daniele so that he can
 investigate further.


 Aha, this means I'm off the hook, for now! ;-)

 Cheers,
 Norm.

 PS. I have downloaded Q-Emulator and I've also tested it with JS and
 Minerva ROMS. Same problems as everyone, JS fails. One thing is exceedingly
 clear, we didn't half put up with really slow responses back in 1984 didn't
 we? God it's slow in QL mode! ;-)


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Re: [Ql-Users] Jan Jones

2012-04-01 Thread Lee Privett
Guys, I feel it would be remiss not to mention that owning the book (which I 
do) is one thing, however obtaining an electronic version from somebody else 
may indeed break copyright especially if the copyright owner has not yet agreed 
to this, however I do not know enough about copyright to positively state one 
way or the other. 

Lee Privett


On 1 Apr 2012, at 11:29, Billy wrote:

 On 31/03/2012 22:52, Timothy Swenson wrote:
 For those interested, I scanned the doc, checked that that image to text 
 worked well, but did not include the diagrams.  I have each chapter in a 
 .doc file.  I can zip it up and send it to whomever.  No need to re-invent 
 the wheel.
 
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 Hi Tim
 Yes please , I have the book so can't see any copyright issue.
 I'm looking at doing similar with Rich's Qhelp but god knows when I get the 
 time, also as Rick is still active I would have to send it to him to to 
 distribute unless I can persuade him to sell me the Doc file or whatever it's 
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Re: [Ql-Users] UK Postal Increases

2012-03-28 Thread Lee Privett
2p in 1984 is roughly worth about 5p today

Your QL, bought for £399 in 1984 would have the equivalent purchasing power
today of around £1052.28 according to the Bank of England.

So what QL equivalent can you buy for around £1000 now?

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 11:39 AM, Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk
 wrote:

 Pete van Peebles wrote:


 In todays climate your 2p worth is probably closer to 20p Not to mention
 the upcoming opinion tax :p

 Pete.

 Never mind the opinion tax - our beloved Chancellor is now to tax
 cornish pasties and certain take-away foods. I've just heard on the radio
 that it's to be called the Pie Tax and taxed at the rate of 3.1415926... %

 :o)

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Re: [Ql-Users] Jan Jones

2012-03-28 Thread Lee Privett
I think it may have been Malcolm, I did supply a regenerated front cover
for that very purpose. The sticking point (I believe) was about contacting
Jan Jones for permission for it to go out in to the wide world in
electronic form.

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 12:12 PM, Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.ukwrote:

 There was talk on this list some time ago, about someone converting the
 Jan Jones SuperBasic book to pdf. (Was it Dave Park?)

 I was wondering if any progress had been made?

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Re: [Ql-Users] Jan Jones

2012-03-28 Thread Lee Privett
Do we know if Dave was successful?

On Wed, Mar 28, 2012 at 2:29 PM, Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.ukwrote:

 On 28/03/12 13:37, Lee Privett wrote:

 I think it may have been Malcolm, I did supply a regenerated front cover
 for that very purpose. The sticking point (I believe) was about contacting
 Jan Jones for permission for it to go out in to the wide world in
 electronic form.


 Thanks Lee. I found an email from some time back and it was Dave Park,
 although Malcolm was involved as well along the line.

 Dave had sought permission from Jan Jones for permission to
 reprint/reformat it (whatever she agrees to) so a cleaner copy is available
 to the community than the scan that is generally available...

 Who knows, I might find time to do something with it myself ..



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[Ql-Users] QPC2 vs Q-emuLator

2012-03-16 Thread Lee Privett
I am running both of these programs on a Macbook Pro

Now Mac people will know that there is no # key and you have to ALT 3 to get it.

This works fine on Q-EmuLator the ALT 3 produces the # character as expected.

Not the same for OPC2 unfortunately , I am running this Windows program under 
WINE (through Play on MAC), when the initial configuration window comes up if I 
select devices and obtain a text box the ALT 3 works a charm producing  # 
characters, however  when getting past the configuration and into QPC2 proper 
i.e. QL emulation enhanced, the ALT 3 just produces 3. I cannot seem to get the 
# character at all in QPC2.

Any ideas?  

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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 vs Q-emuLator

2012-03-16 Thread Lee Privett
Thanks Dilwyn, tried that and it has worked yippee





On 16 Mar 2012, at 19:03, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

 Lee Privett  wrote:
 
 I am running both of these programs on a Macbook Pro
 
 Now Mac people will know that there is no # key and you have to ALT 3 to get 
 it.
 
 This works fine on Q-EmuLator the ALT 3 produces the # character as expected.
 
 Not the same for OPC2 unfortunately , I am running this Windows program under
 WINE (through Play on MAC), when the initial configuration window comes up if
 I select devices and obtain a text box the ALT 3 works a charm producing #
 characters, however  when getting past the configuration and into QPC2 proper
 i.e. QL emulation enhanced, the ALT 3 just produces 3. I cannot seem to get 
 the
 # character at all in QPC2.
 
 This will probably sound silly, but is there any chance the ALTKEY '3','#' in 
 your boot program for QPC2 might be a temporary solution until you can work 
 out how to proceed? (Or am I misunderstanding the problem?)
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] RaspberryPi

2012-03-07 Thread Lee Privett
Hi Norman, did she actually say to pseudo customers f off?:)

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On 7 Mar 2012, at 10:38, Norman Dunbar wrote:

 Morning all,
 
 eRant warning .
 
 
 On 06/03/12 22:15, Martin Wheatley wrote:
 There is a very good article about Raspberry Pi in the new edition
 of PC Pro Next time you are in W H Smith have a browse
 No, no, no, no and again, no!
 
 Next time you are in WH Smiths, don't stand in front of the magazine rack 
 reading the damned things, either buy one and get out of the way or just get 
 out of the way. It's a shop - you buy stuff - not a library - you borrow 
 stuff.
 
 eRant over! ;-)
 
 I don't mind people having a quick look through - that's what I do to see if 
 an article justifies the cost - but I object to people getting a free read 
 and then leaving a second hand magazine for someone else to pay full price 
 for. It's bloody dishonest in my opinion. I'd go so far as to say that it's 
 almost like theft.
 
 I hate going in to WH Smiths to get a comic (Linux, Electronics, Science etc) 
 because I can't get near the racks for a crowd of cheap skates reading the 
 magazines in the aisles. Bloody irritating.
 
 My wife used to work in WH Smiths on a Saturday and her job was to wander 
 around the store telling people to stop reading the magazines and either buy 
 one or foff!
 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 Keys

2012-03-06 Thread Lee Privett
I have this experience on a toshiba laptop making its use impossible, one of 
the keys to go somewhere else is the underscore _ and you know how often that 
gets used :(


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On 6 Mar 2012, at 12:10, Malcolm Lear wrote:

 Hi,
 
 Whenever I've been using QPC2 (latest version) and it gets left running 
 without use for a while, the keyboard seems to get remapped in some seemingly 
 random way. This happens on all my installs with XP or 7. Am I the only one 
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Re: [Ql-Users] RaspberryPi

2012-02-29 Thread Lee Privett
Unfortunately any account with CPC-Farnell is not recognised with
'Farnell', they are treated as two separate companies which means
registering with Farnell separately if you wish to purchase.

they had sold out of Raspi when I managed to get through by phone :(

On Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 6:16 AM, Tony Firshman t...@firshman.co.uk wrote:

 Lee Privett wrote, on 28/Feb/12 10:28 | Feb28:


  On Tue, Feb 28, 2012 at 10:15 AM, Bryan Horstmannb...@newlan.org
  wrote:

  Just received this:-

 The Raspberry Pi Foundation will be making a big (and very positive)
 announcement that just might interest you at 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29
 February 2012. Come towww.raspberrypi.org  to find out what's going on.


  Oh yes, set my alarm clock already
 
 ... and the Farnell site, huge as it is, cannot cope.
 Trying in vain to get it do do *anything*!

 Many won't realise Farnell owns CPC, which was the main UK distributor of
 QL spares.

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Forum

2012-02-24 Thread Lee Privett
What will they think of next as the new hip thing - Progs?


On 23 Feb 2012, at 10:50, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

 I’m having problems getting on QL Forum this morning – anyone else tried?
 
 Rob/Pete: if reading this can you check?
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Nascent project: Cross-platform SuperBASIC derivative.

2012-02-23 Thread Lee Privett
It is also relatively cheap software
http://www.thegamecreators.com/?m=view_productid=2030page=lite

with a bundle here http://www.thegamecreators.com/?m=view_bundleid=17 those
who try this out will find some similarities with this and S*BASIC and Neil
is quite right it is geared towards games and 3D environments but there are
a hell of a load of commands and functions.

On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM, Neil Riley neil.ri...@boxclever.co.ukwrote:

 I used to Dabble a little using Dark Basic Professional, a rather nice Gui
 front end Basic  mainly aimed at writing 'games'.
 A couple of my friends teenage boys enjoyed messing with it as it was very
 easy to code and results came quickly.

 This is worth a read for those interested.

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DarkBASIC

 Neil

 -Original Message-
 From: ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com [mailto:
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 To: ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
 Subject: [Ql-Users] Nascent project: Cross-platform SuperBASIC derivative.

 The Raspberry Pi project and my work at Oxford University supporting a
 science department has had me thinking for some time about  the need for a
 modern equivalent to the old home computer systems and the BASIC language
 which came on them.

 On the home computer front, as shown in the second episode of the BBC's
 Electric Dreams, teenage boys are still enthused by being able to
 program, as long as within 15 minutes they can start annoying their family
 with sounds and putting their name on the screen in gaudy colours. Plotting
 things on the screen simply is also important. The energy barrier must not
 be very high.

 On the scientific front, there are many people who need to do some
 programming but find the energy barrier for learning traditional
 programming languages (and even Matlab) too steep. They need a simple
 language with which to process data and plot their data in a publishable
 quality format.

 To this end, I see SuperBASIC as a very good starting point, which needs
 to be extended with modern data structures such as compound variables and
 proper variable scoping.

 I've been thinking about this quite hard in the last few days and have
 written up my initial thoughts on my blog:

http://www.lingula.org.uk/wordpress/2012/02/23/notsobasic/

 Any comments and possible help appreciated. ;-)

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Re: [Ql-Users] 32 bit

2012-02-13 Thread Lee Privett

I asked a similar question on the QL Forum here 
http://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3t=285 

Dilwyn responded first with 

There was a Maths package by Helumt Aigner but not if it can do what you want 
- have a look at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/tk/index.html.
Also, have a look in Quanta Library - disk MA01 - at CalQLator which claims to 
do up to 120 decimal places. Author was E G Whitbread in 1985. I think program 
is in SuperBASIC so you might be able to look at the code to see if it does 
what you want.
I seem to remember a QL program to calculate PI to some alarming number of 
decimal places such as 1900, but can't remember where I saw it - I just did a 
quick search on my website and Quanta library but can't seem to find it. 
Possibly, it might have been in Phil Jordan and Steve Johnson's PD libraries 
(disk 17 perhaps?)


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 Hi,
 
 Does anyone know if or how a 32 bit number can be printed without the 
 scientific exponent jumping in?
 
 Cheers
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Re: [Ql-Users] Update on QL-SD

2011-12-14 Thread Lee Privett
Wow Peter this looks promising, I await with interest how this develops, any 
pics appreciated (links to of course)

Lee Privett





On 14 Dec 2011, at 15:20, Peter Graf wrote:

 I wrote:
 
 SDHC cards can be inserted just like microdrives
 
 Microdrive _cartridges_ of course :-)
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Update on QL-SD

2011-12-14 Thread Lee Privett
You can see some of Peter's images here with his kind permission, of what he is 
currently achieving

https://sites.google.com/site/theqlimagerepository/products

Click on the link that says QL Modifications ( 6 lines down) and then you be 
taken to the actual album


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On 14 Dec 2011, at 15:20, Peter Graf wrote:

 I wrote:
 
 SDHC cards can be inserted just like microdrives
 
 Microdrive _cartridges_ of course :-)
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] n00b alert an introduction of sorts

2011-12-13 Thread Lee Privett
Welcome Allie, you might want to catch up via a lot of reading by looking
here

from this site http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/index.html loads of stuff, software,
documents, and especially a few sections for those new or returning to the
QL community

another site regarding those new or returning to the QL
https://sites.google.com/site/iwant2learn2/ (mine)

QL Today - A4 publication - subscription 4 issues per year
http://qltoday.com/
QUANTA - still going,  A5 publication or e-mag - subscription 6 issues per
year http://www.quanta.org.uk/

You will also find by surfing the above and those recomended by RWAP
(Rich), the small number of traders who still operate within the Sinclair
QL and its derivatives.

Enjoy your experiences :)

Lee


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  On 13/12/2011 06:05, Alison Cassidy wrote:

 Hi all,

I just joined your mailing list and have rejoined the QL community
 after ... umm ... a break of some 25 years :) My name is Alison Cassidy,
 I'm originally from Ireland tho' I'm now living in the US and have been for
 some years. I'm a diagnostic developer at Apple Inc. and have been working
 professionally with computer hardware and software for some 26 years now.
 As a very young teen, I started on Commodore PETs - that would have been
 1979 or so. I 'progressed' to the ZX80, 81 Spectrum and ORIC-1. I remember
 building RAM packs for the ZX series out of my bedroom and selling them on
 to fellow-nerds at school :) One Summer, I saved up all my cash from my
 Summer job and blew it all on a new QL. That was in 1984 or so, and my
 parents were *not* impressed! For my birthday, I remember my aunt and uncle
 buying me a blank Eurocard and a SP0256 speech chip, and I went on to
 interface it to the QL, producing, I believe, the first speech synthesizer
 for the QL.

Anyways - I managed to pick up a second-hand one on eBay last
 week. It showed up on my doorstep today and I'm now drowning in a wave of
 nostalgia. *sigh* :) I've no idea if the thing works or not - it's supposed
 to - but I'm going to try fire it up later this week. Can't wait to get
 back into QL programming again!

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 to the QL).

 Alas some of us have been here from the very beginning - others are too
 enjoying the joys the QL for the first time, or after a break.

 You may also want to check out the QL forums - www.qlforum.co.uk and the
 QL wiki - www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fw: A runtime version of QPC2?

2011-12-08 Thread Lee Privett
If the License is too restrictive and doesn't carry with today's fast paced
information age, then what is there stopping people to go back to the
current license holder and ask it it could be changed?

On Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 1:19 PM, Marcos Cruz q...@programandala.net wrote:

 En/Je/On 2011-12-07 10:48, Daniele Terdina escribió / skribis / wrote :

  You can use SMSQ/E with Q-emuLator,

 I know, but you have to purchase it (the Gold Card version). Am I right?
 That's what I meant. Thanks to the QLPAK format, currently Q-emuLator is
 more
 suitable than QPC2 for distributing QL software for non-QLers, but with
 almost
 all limitations of the original machine (speed, screen, QDOS...); well, you
 can use a Minerva ROM, what is an improvement.

  there would be at least three clauses in the current SMSQ/E license
  preventing users from redistributing SMSQ/E for free with their SBASIC
  code:The SMSQ/E binary can only be distributed by resellersResellers
 need to
  provide support for SMSQ/EResellers need to pay 10 euros for each copy to
  Tony Tebby In other words, to distribute a free SMSQ/E runtime with your
  program, you would need to first register as a reseller (the easy part),
  cover for the 10 euros for each copy out of your pocket, and be on the
 hook
  to provide SMSQ/E support even though you are giving it away for free.

 Thank you. I didn't rememeber the precise details, but I read about all
 this
 some time ago...

 ...and it still sounds plain Midle-Age to me :)

 In my opinion, such arrangement could work in the early 1980s (before the
 Internet and before the free documentation and software licenses) but today
 it's impossible to promote a software platform that way -- on even keep it
 alive!  No new users will ever come, no matter how potentially useful for
 certain tasks (or for developing certain software projects) a modern QL can
 be.

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Re: [Ql-Users] PD Software

2011-11-28 Thread Lee Privett
Hi Roy I will take it off your hands

Editor
QUANTA
The QL Users And Tinkerers Association
http://www.QUANTA.org.uk






On 28 Nov 2011, at 13:35, Roy Wood wrote:

 I was clearing out a load of stuff here and I discovered a large floppy disk 
 box containing PD software I bought from SJPD and Qubbesoft a long while ago. 
 Does anyone want any of this or chall I chuck it out? I also have a box which 
 I used to lug to an from QL shows when I was selling. Most of my remaining 
 QBranch stock went off to Bruce but there are some bits in there along with a 
 load of floppies. Too heavy to post so you will have to come and get it. 
 Boxes may be useful as would the gloppies I suppose.
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[Ql-Users] S*BASIC

2011-10-23 Thread Lee Privett
I seem to remember awhile ago Dilwyn asking about the first use of term S*BASIC 
was used. 

If it is any help, reading Vol 5 Issue 4 Nov/Dec 2000 there is an article 
written by DJ and GG re:Turbo Compiler

I quote in the first paragraph Note: ln this article I will use the expression 
S*Basic to refer to
both SuperBASlC (QDOS) SBASIC (SMSQ/E) 


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Re: [Ql-Users] Aurora discussion

2011-09-22 Thread Lee Privett
Hi Dave, MAC owner reporting, however not knowing the elegant solution I am
unsure what you need the cables etc. for, I thought this was a software
manual conversion issue

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM, Dave Park plasticu...@gmail.com wrote:

 Thank you Dilwyn!

 For those who suggest elegant Windows solutions, I foil thee with my Mac!

 It seems I need a few custom cables, and to reset some jumpers, and a
 keyboard interface.

 As I need to make cables for me, maybe others need cables too. If so,
 it would be a lot cheaper for me to make a batch of ten of each, for
 example...

 Who needs what, and are they available anywhere else?

 Dave

 On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:18 AM, Dilwyn Jones
 dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk wrote:
  Dave Park wrote:
 
  To kick things off for this... Could someone kindly convert the Quill
  format manual to a format I can access, as I don't have a working
  Quill (or any of the Psion apps) for my QL...
 
  Then I'll be able to participate in my own discussion ;)
 
  Dave
 
  Hi Dave,
 
  I've sent Word DOC and PDF versions of both the Aurora Manual and
 Technical
  Guide to you privately.
 
  As I'm in the process of moving to my new PC and just found that the old
  HotMetalPro4 web page editor won't work on Win7-64bit (the installation
  program is rejected) I need to find another web page editor I'm
 comfortable
  with, ideally an HTML editor with a Tags view to flick between html
 source,
  tags view and WYSIWYG before I can resume updating my website to add
 these
  files there. Any suggestions for a reasonable free or cheap little
 editor?
  Until such time, I'll keep the old PC to hand just to update my website!
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Repository DVD on OS X ?

2011-09-18 Thread Lee Privett
It won't auto run but the web pages display Ok

most navigation you will have to do manually

On 18 Sep 2011, at 16:14, thorsten herbert wrote:

 Hi all,
 
 Just a fast question upfront subscribing to QL Today. Does the DVD work well 
 On OS X?
 
 Thanks for Info. 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Huge Sinclair repository on DVD out now!

2011-09-17 Thread Lee Privett
Ditto, mine arrived today in the UK/south, a worthy DVD
On 17 Sep 2011, at 14:16, Bob Spelten wrote:

 Op Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:26:42 +0200 schreef Urs Koenig (QL) q...@bluewin.ch:
 
 This summer I volunteered to work on a Sinclair related retro computing DVD 
 which is out now.
 
 And QLToday plus The DVD arrived in Amsterdam this morning in good health.
 Compliments to all who contributed to this project.
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QPCII discussion...

2011-09-15 Thread Lee Privett
A fading transparency is what I was originally referring to

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM, Bob Spelten b...@chello.nl wrote:

 Op Thu, 15 Sep 2011 11:10:21 +0200 schreef gdgqler gdgq...@gmail.com:


  On 14 Sep 2011, at 15:48, Lee Privett wrote:

  A transparency option on the use of colour so that perfect antialiasing
 can be achieved


 I thought that was already available. I have certainly been able to
 superimpose two pictures so that you could see both through each other, if
 you see what I mean.

 George


 It depends on what you mean by available.
 George has written about merging colours on screen to give a transparent
 effect (Quanta v27i4).
 But the pic/psa standard does not support alpha values.
 Modern PE sprites do support them and they can be used instead as a picture
 format.

 PNGCONV (a w$ program) can convert png files to sprites and keep any
 transparency that is set.
 www.kilgus.net/smsqe/**sprtconv.htmlhttp://www.kilgus.net/smsqe/sprtconv.html
 

 EDDICON (a QL sprite program) can read bmp or pic files and set an alpha
 value for each pixel up tp 128x128.
 Or you can create sprites from scratch.
 www.dilwyn.me.uk/sprites/

 Also BMP2SPRT can convert bmp to sprites and change a given colour to an
 alpha value.
 www.dilwyn.me.uk/graphics/

 The sprite definition provides room for new options but are not implemented
 so far.
 How about fading transparency?


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Re: [Ql-Users] QPCII discussion...

2011-09-14 Thread Lee Privett
Qemulator does it for you though, you just link say FLP?_ to the zip file
directly and you just access the Zip file as the drive. That feature would
be nice in QPCII, however DJ has just completed a whole series of articles
on zip and unzip in a QL magazine, now what one was it, I recall

On other suggestions for QPCII I would like to see are:

Direct screen handling routines (sprites etc.)
Direct whole number graphic commands (ie not scalable like current original
SuperBASIC LINE  CIRCLE commands)
A transparency option on the use of colour so that perfect antialiasing can
be achieved
A more comprehensive line editor
Either built in scalable fonts or a few more size ranges to the
existing ones, say CSIZE 4,1,  CSIZE 5,2, CSIZE 6,3.

With bigger and bigger resolution screens the original sizes are starting to
look too small now



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 On 14 Sep 2011, at 12:48, François Van Emelen wrote:

  Never had a problem either but you need a working version of 'unzip'
 first ... and to get hold of one can be a problem for non-QLers.

 The program I prepared which allows a user to assemble hie (or her) own
 version of SMSQE has UNZIP attached as DATA lines to the _BAS program which
 starts the process, RUNning the program automatically stes UNZIP which is
 then used to uinzip the files on the official SMSQE site.

 So there is a way of getting UNZIP.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Video plug memory prod...

2011-09-01 Thread Lee Privett
Ah Ha I know this mod, search the web for this tinker on a Spectrum or ZX
Spectrum it should be found easily enough (I can't do it during the day as
BB is watching). If I remember rightly the at the end of the article/item it
suggest that the same mod could be done on a QL or any computer with this
same modulator. From memory I think a decoupling capactior was used (there
may be a couple of resistors in there to correct voltage levels i.e. PD, but
I may be mixing that up with the SCART adaptation).

Hope this helps,

Lee

On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 7:02 PM, Dave Park plasticu...@gmail.com wrote:

  On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 12:32 PM, Dilwyn Jones
 dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk wrote:
  Dave Park wrote:
 
  I have heard there is a simple colour composite video mod but after
  extensive googling I have not found it. Does anyone have details of
  this mod, to get me through until I can locate a working old school
  TTL RGB monitor?
 
  I have restarted work on a couple of games I was writing before the
  heatwave and drought made it too pleasant to be outside ;)
 
  There are a couple of articles by Richard Cooke, Marcel Flipse and Bob
  Gilder on my website at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/docs/hardware/index.html
  which show various calculations required for video mods for various types
 of
  monitor.
 
  Does your TV have a RGB SCART input? Richard Cook's article might help to
  work out making
 
  Have a look at this too (again a suggestion from
  Lee):
 http://www.fruitcake.plus.com/Sinclair/Spectrum128/SCARTCable/Spectrum128SCARTCableQL.htm
 
  There is also a British company JS Technology who do a little RGB to TTL
  video converter which has been tweaked for QL overscan etc. Lee Privett
 has
  one of their little video scalar boxes and there is an article about it
 in
  Quanta magazine June/July 2011 issue. See their website
  http://www.js-technology.com/store/category.php?id_category=5
 
  Hope something there helps... :-)
 
  Dilwyn Jones

 Alas, I am in the US and have a US QL. There is no such thing as SCART
 over here.

 I read that the composite mod is simply disconnecting power to the
 modulator and connecting the composite input to the center pin of the
 output. This will work well for mode 8, but not so well for mode 4 due
 to color timings. In a US QL it would also be very noisy due t the QL
 ground being so noisy. Also, I'm not sure I will be able to see all
 the screen area.

 I think I am destined to buy the RGB-VGA converter board for $39.95
 as one of the programs I am writing does not fit well with mode 8.

 Oh well, back to building my home-made floppy enclosure...

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Re: [Ql-Users] [QL-Users] Update on my projects etc...

2011-09-01 Thread Lee Privett
John A, you would need to trwel back through the discussions around Feb
March of this year to find the answers to that without Dave going through it
all again :)

On Wed, Aug 31, 2011 at 9:38 PM, John Alexander
acontractor...@yahoo.co.ukwrote:

 So what are you writing this Game in and what exactly are you having
 difficulty in processing within this 1 second. With out knowing this I
 think any advice would be
 opinion at best.

 John A


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 From: Dave Park plasticu...@gmail.com
 Subject: [Ql-Users] [QL-Users] Update on my projects  etc...
 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Date: Wednesday, 31 August, 2011, 20:11

 The ATC game: I got bogged down on two aspects - one a programming
 issue I have resolved now. The other is a speed issue - I can't do all
 the calculations within a 1 second tick on a native speed QL -
 anything GC+ it can work well. I investigated compilers to try and get
 a speed boost but my mind wasn't ready to absorb that yet, so I
 shelved it until my mind is.

 The Gravity game: I am having fun with this and you may see a
 beta/demo in the coming months - the game-play is actually quite
 catchy! Again, needs a GC or faster QL or simulator...

 Gold Card batteries: I ran out of money after ordering the PCBs and
 being delivered the wrong battery holders. This is on hold until
 later.

 Backplanes: All partially assembled, awaiting a couple of components...

 I have also gone through and tried a lot of hardware combinations...

 I have the following which work:

 US QL with JSU ROMs (Wish I had plain JS ROMs), Gold Card, Sandy
 SuperQBoard mk 2 w/ mouse port, a Trump Card (896K)

 I have the following untested (due to lack of documentation/other
 needs) Aurora, QubIDE.

 I am working on the following: a US-suitable dual floppy drive. I have
 a suitable PSU and mechanisms, but no suitable cable or case as yet. I
 may buy an aluminum case at Fry's and do some metalwork. Also, a
 better display method...

 With a backplane/case/PSU, will a Gold Card, Aurora and QubIDE play nice?

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Re: [Ql-Users] Panasonic driver(s), KX-1124(?)

2011-09-01 Thread Lee Privett
Any article sent to the Editor can be in electronic format, TXT, Word DOC,
QL DOC, if to duplicate or show screen output (i.e. text on the screen of a
QL) then a screen dump would be OK

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:31 AM, Rich Mellor r...@rwapservices.co.uk wrote:

  On 31/08/2011 18:45, extdgl42 wrote:

 Hope this is appropriate for the list:
 Can someone point me to Panasonic driver(s) [printer]? Where does one
 look?

 I am sending an article to QUANTA and may need to, or have to, print from
 the QL in question for the hardcopy required. The above printer, despite
 years of inactivity, worked last night except for some overprinting and
 garbling. Sounds like the right driver is needed.

 I am using a SGC, Rebel HDD, mini-tower (w/ 4 floppies), Panasonic on SER1
 (KX-1124 I believe), and to see if the printer works at all, Quill print
 from Xchange 3.90. Maybe that's P(X?)-1124; yes, 24-pin.

 I've googled (Sinclair QL printer drivers or Sinclair QL printer
 drivers panasonic) and done initial investigation of some QL sites such as
 RWAP--that could take forever rather than a day or few. I'm thinking on ways
 to get this article going.

 Doug LaVerne 37830 USA

 P.S. The next few months, with the parents' estate settled and the housse
 largely refurbished, I will be able to catalog all the extra QL kit, for
 whomever might be able to pick it up. I am in E. Tennessee, near where
 Interstates 40  75 intersect. Four or five original black boxes, some still
 in styrofoam, and more bits  pieces. Logically for a USA QLer who passes
 through. Few of such critters have been seen in the wild, but, I've heard
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 use the standard Epson printer drivers in Xchange).

 See 
 http://support.microsoft.com/**kb/68902http://support.microsoft.com/kb/68902as
  to how to ensure it is in the correct emulation mode (not often the
 answer to a query on the QL user list points you in the direction of the
 microsoft site!)

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fwd: [Raspberry Pi] August update - boards back and running content

2011-08-30 Thread Lee Privett
Just picked this up as I have been rather busy, Italy has lovely icecream
and lastly I confess :)

On Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 4:50 PM, Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.ukwrote:

 Sunday, 29th August.

 Just watched a video of Eben doing a presentation. At around 11:45 he
 mentions the best email he has had in which someone asked if they could
 have a Rasberry Pi with a QL emulator so that it could fit inside the old QL
 Case to make it look as if they were still running their old QLs.

 Ok, confess, who was it? ;-)


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Re: [Ql-Users] Fwd: [Raspberry Pi] August update - boards back and running content

2011-08-30 Thread Lee Privett
Well I hope so, even if you're not a QUANTA member but still a QL
enthusiast, I believe that every additional hint/quote/comment or thought
dropped on to the Raspberry  Pi website forum or directly in an email to one
of the people there adds the chance to get others on board in supporting the
QL and SuperBASIC being a noted part of this hardware, stimulating young
people all over the world in to the joys of QL programming. Incidentally I
have recently got a copy (finally) of Jan Jones' definitive guide (QUANTA
version) and found it takes a total of just over fours to read cover to
cover (2 hours on the plane going, 2 hours on the plane back) and found a
good quote I really liked, SuperBASIC is a language designed by programmers
for programmers



On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 5:36 PM, Bryan Horstmann b...@newlan.org wrote:

 I've also been in contact with them about SBASIC and the QL on it, and
 probably many more have too.

 Bryan H


 On 30/08/2011 05:33, Norman Dunbar wrote:

 Hey Lee,

 On 30/08/11 16:50, Lee Privett wrote:

 Just picked this up as I have been rather busy,

 Me too.

  Italy has lovely icecream

 Oh indeed it does. And the food as well, yum!

  and lastly I confess :)

 Good man, well done. The Ql is famous (famouser (sorry Tony!)) now.

 Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL2K on Windows 7

2011-08-22 Thread Lee Privett
I had this problem awhile back with the same request, alas no solution 
presented itself, save running in administrator mode


On 22 Aug 2011, at 20:16, Dilwyn Jones wrote:

 I am having some problems getting QL2K build 101 to work on Windows 7 64 bit. 
 I installed the full build, then added the update files for each version 
 until the most recent.
 
 I have installed the 64-bit Windows version QL2K-x64.exe and when I try to 
 run this I get a brief flash of the round egg-timer icon then nothing, no 
 error, no nothing. It just fails to start.
 
 I can of course get the 32-bit version to work on Windows XP OK. I also got 
 QPC2 and Q-emuLator working OK on both systems of course.
 
 Anyone with any experience of installing the 64-bit version with any handy 
 hints and tips for the installation?
 
 Dilwyn Jones (breaking [in] a Windows 7 64 bit PC)
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Prices of QL Books+

2011-08-09 Thread Lee Privett
They don't even bother with a picture! Probably because of the glare
and reflection from the gold leaf they are wrapped in.



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[mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] On Behalf Of Rich Mellor
Sent: 09 August 2011 08:55
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Prices of QL Books

On 09/08/2011 08:49, Norman Dunbar wrote:
 On 09/08/11 08:46, Norman Dunbar wrote:
 OUCH! £82.13 for a QL book. When you read the small print, it's an
ex 
 library book as well. Someone is taking the p*ss!

 It seems everyone may be taking the p*ss:


URL:http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/0273021877/ref=dp_olp_us
 ed?ie=UTF8condition=used


 3 used copies of the same book, £55.60, £79.43 or £80.23 - take your

 pick.

 Or get it from Rich for £4.00 ;-)

 Cheers,
 Norm.
There are a couple of cheaper books also listed:

url:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Sinclair-QL-Companion-Boris-Allan-/2006
32533317?pt=Fictionhash=item2eb6a18145

and

url:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Inside-Sinclair-QL-Introductor-Diane-Ro
gers-/200632962623?pt=Fictionhash=item2eb6a80e3f



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Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi the £15 PC

2011-08-04 Thread Lee Privett
Cluttering of cables sounds bad however based on the size it is likely
to turn out then the whole thing including a USB hub could be fitted
inside a QL BB, a way of converting the existing keyboard matrix to a
USB may prove difficult, however alternative USB keyboards could be
used instead, but then it wouldn't look like a QL :(

My second point (or question) for what it's worth is that other than
machine code routines, peek and poke for fixed memory (screen or
systems variables) does SuperBASIC need 680?? emulation?

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[mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] On Behalf Of Norman Dunbar
Sent: 04 August 2011 13:50
To: ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi the £15 PC

On 04/08/11 12:43, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
 Whilst I agree with most of what you say, Bryan, the likeliest 
 scenario for using it as a QL is that it will have some form of 
 native OS with which a QL emulator would have to be run..

Based on the actual price of the device, around $25, then I am having
extreme difficulty seeing how they can even begin to think about
putting a commercial OS on there.

Many devices nowadays, for example, most ebook readers,  have embedded
Linux of some sort simply because (a) it works and (b) it's free and
so keeps the prices down.

I don't see Microsoft giving away free versions of Windows to help
keep the price of anything down - well, not unless you are a big
government agency or similar, but then you get screwed on support and
software costs.

I suspect, but don't know, that it will come with some form of Linux
onboard.


Cheers,
Norm.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi the £15.50 PC+

2011-08-04 Thread Lee Privett
Thanks Norman, I really don't know how much of a problem it is, its'
been over 25 years since I dabbled in m/c and then it was 8085 (I
think) using a hex keypad, too much for me but then came along
Sinclair ZXBASIC whoopee and the rest is history.

Moving to a PC with processors 8086, 286, 386, 486, 586? I have no
idea what is used now, dual core all singing and dancing means nothing
to me really. Point being, if machine code is essential, should not it
be using current systems rather than being original then  emulated
ones (whatever they are are)? RISC was supposed to be simpler and
faster I thought!

Two other unrelated points, is it just me that finds a QL emulated on
a RISC/ARM system ironically funny considering the history?

We are now in August the 'estimated' deadline has passed and surprise
surprise (no its not Cilla) à bicyclette from Sinclair not forth
coming n'est-ce pas :(

 
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[mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] On Behalf Of Norman Dunbar
Sent: 04 August 2011 17:00
To: ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Raspberry Pi the £15 PC

Hi Lee,

On 04/08/11 16:37, Lee Privett wrote:
  ...
 My second point (or question) for what it's worth is that other than

 machine code routines, peek and poke for fixed memory (screen or 
 systems variables) does SuperBASIC need 680?? emulation?

Well, I suspect that QPC will run under WINE on any flavour of Linux,
and not necessarily one that has an Intel Processor of x86 fame
beneath it. So QPC will probably run fine under WINE under Ubuntu on
the Pi.

More specifically, SuperBasic is just a language - albeit a good
one. 
So I suppose someone could write a SuperBasic interpreter/compiler in,
say C, to be packaged up and/or compiled from source on any Linux.

If this person wasw to use something  like wxWidgets or QT, then the
code would be cross platform and SuperBasic on Windows would be a
possibility.

The obvious problem would be Machine code - unless the SuperBasic
system had a built in 68000 emulator, then assembly will be a
non-starter.

None (I presume) of the system variables and so on would be the same
either. The *language* would be there, just not the platform itself.

I think!


Cheers,
Norm.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Just Words! wwebsite link

2011-08-04 Thread Lee Privett
It was on the original email from Geoff, just under his signature

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Sent: 04 August 2011 22:58
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Just Words! wwebsite

On 04/08/2011 21:45, Tony Firshman wrote:
 On Aug 4, at 19:59 | Aug4, Geoff Wicks wrote:

 Geoff/

 I have now added a QL news page to the Just Words! website.

 This is experimental and I hope it will be a permanent feature, bit
I give no guarantee.

 Thanks to all the people who have visited the site. There were 489
visits in the first month although 168 of these were the Google and
Yahoo search engine robots. I estimate about 300 visits from QL-ers
which far exceeded my expectations,

 It is worth repeating the URL - I for one don't know it.
 Tony

Yes - it is worth repeating the URL of Geoff's website -

www.gwicks.net/justwords.htm


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[Ql-Users] RaspberryPi computer - a possible future system running the QL emulation?

2011-07-24 Thread Lee Privett
Well, the website has been updated and now looks very clean and
professional, no further information there yet though  
http://www.raspberrypi.org/


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[Ql-Users] someone absent?

2011-07-21 Thread Lee Privett
Does anyone know what has happened to Dave from USA, neither his
non-stick glue site or his promised SinclairQL site are up and running
and although he had a server blow up on him, I would have thought he
would have made some headway by now?

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Re: [Ql-Users] someone absent?

2011-07-21 Thread Lee Privett
Glad to hear you Ok Dave:)

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I'm still here...

Yes, my server died and no, I haven't fixed it yet. I'll get around to
it when I have more free time.

Recently, I have been helping a friend with the restoration of their
1950s Airstream - I'm doing all the cabinetry. The work is taxing and
pushes my limits physically, but it's great to see my health
improving.

I still plug away at the QL. I recently got a replacement US PSU, and
I am still slowly assembling backplanes and battery holders as the
parts come in. It's just taken second place to cabinet-making :)

Dave

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wrote:
 Does anyone know what has happened to Dave from USA, neither his 
 non-stick glue site or his promised SinclairQL site are up and
running 
 and although he had a server blow up on him, I would have thought he

 would have made some headway by now?

 Thanks, Lee

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fujitsu Printer ribbons

2011-06-24 Thread Lee Privett
Podge! that must ba QL technical term I haven't come across before, the
urban dictionary give three versions of the meaning, regarding the ribbon I
cannot find any other better than Fujitsuprinters.co.uk although slightly
cheaper in the US
http://www.themrprint.com/index.php?main_page=product_free_shipping_infocPath=1_21_43products_id=547
the
postage may nullify any advantage (I cannot tell about quality) though.


On Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 8:25 AM, Bryan Horstmann b...@newlan.org wrote:

 On 22/06/2011 08:57, Malcolm Cadman wrote:

 In message 4e022bc0.1090...@newlan.org, Bryan Horstmann 
 b...@newlan.org writes

 Hi Bryan,

 You could look for a re-inking device for the ribbons that you already
 have.

 Does anyone know a source of good ribbons for my Fujitsu DL1150 dot matrix
 printer.  The last ones were old stock dried out.  Is there anyone
 re-manufacturing them, perhaps.  This takes A4 landscape which is useful for
 spreadsheets, printing a long strip although I have difficulty getting
 Windows to understand this.

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 small one on the carriage with a sponge plastic reservoir and feed strip.
  Both these deteriorate to a podge.


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Re: [Ql-Users] LaunchPad

2011-06-10 Thread Lee Privett
D, twice now Apple have tried to use the word iTV on their hardware
product 'Apple TV' and I can only assume the people who own ITV have
said cease and desist, this is interesting as the stock value of ITV
is well within small change for Apple. 

It's tempting as you have two options, contact them now as suggested
by the QL Users list members so that they oblige, change all the
documentation, programming and start beta testing 'Lion again delaying
the sale. 
The knock on effect is that the small boys took on the big boys and
won, media coverage and profile raising for the QL hurrah! 

The second option is to wait until the product 'Lion' is released, and
then contact them, too late to change so they give you loads of money
for the use of name, the knock on effect here is that the individual
took on the big boys and won, media coverage and profile raising for
the QL hurrah! Hey win/win

Hmmm can't fail, now where is that emoticon for tongue in cheek?

Thanks, Lee

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