Re: [Ql-Users] ice desktop

2019-01-31 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

On 03/01/2019 03:52, simon629--- via Ql-Users wrote:

Hi Rich M
Would
My QDT
And my
Ice desktop
Fit on one win file
Happy new year Rich
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Simon,

This is a general question - I have no idea if they could co-exist

Probably they could as you would use the cursor keys still to operate 
the ICE desktop - the QPC / QPTR mouse does not work with ICE


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[Ql-Users] Fwd: ProWesS Files

2018-12-07 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users
I attach an email correspondence I had with Joachim van der Auwera back 
in 2013 about the status of the other ProWess programs.


You will see that he stated that they were all made open source so any 
missing programs from the suite can be sent to Dilwyn for uploading to 
his website!



Phew


Rich



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Subject:Re: Sinclair QL Software
Date:   Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:56:33 +
From:   RWAP Software 
To: Joachim Van der Auwera <>



Hi Joachim,

The released versions of software I seem to be missing is:

fsearch
PWFile
PWList
PWSBasic

I know according to the site, there is supposedly stuff on
ftp://triathlon98.com/pub/ProWesS (anonymous login), but I can't access it!

Rich

On 31/10/2013 20:58, Joachim Van der Auwera wrote:

I is all (and has been) open source (GPL IIRC) for a long time.
Unfortunately though, I am unsure whether I still have sources (other 
than what is on the site) in a recoverable way. It seems the backup 
disks I have are next to useless because my IOmega ZIP drive no longer 
functions. ZIP disks have been sent to Urs König who is trying to 
recover them.


Kind regards,
Joachim

On 10/31/2013 01:20 PM, RWAP Software wrote:

Hi Joachim,

I hope you are keeping well.

i know that ProWesS was released into the public domain some time 
ago, but it is not clear what the position is regarding your other 
software:


DataDesign
LineDesign
PWFile
PFList
fsearch
fontutils

Whilst the sources are provided for things such as the DataDesign 
BASIC engine, the actual compiled version is not available on your site.


I was wondering if all of these are now public domain, or whether you 
wish to retain them as commercial programs?


Certainly it would make sense to offer the download of the BASIC 
engine for DataDesign


Kind Regards








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Re: [Ql-Users] PWfile and SMSQmulator

2018-12-07 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

On 07/12/2018 10:18, François Van Emelen via Ql-Users wrote:

Op 6/12/2018 om 15:18 schreef Wolf via Ql-Users:

Hi,

Yes, their website states:
"
ProWesS is now available for free using the GPL, you can download it 
(distribution, documentations, examples, source) "


That's right but  I think this is  only true for ProwesS itself not 
for PWfile, Fsearch,Fontutils,DATAdesign, PFlist. Have a look 
http://www.progs.be/Information/prices.html. Only  ProWesS itself. is 
free and can be downloaded  .The others have a price tag ( still in 
Belgian Francs) and are not downloadable.


I hope I'm wrong here.


We seem to only be missing PWfile and Fsearch from Dilwyn's site.

I have emailed Davide Santachiara - he now runs www.sinclairql.it

Rich

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Re: [Ql-Users] GDPR and 25th May

2018-05-04 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

On 04/05/2018 17:23, Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users wrote:

Article 30, section 5:

"5. The obligations referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2 shall not apply
to an enterprise or an organisation employing fewer than 250 persons
unless the processing it carries out is likely to result in a risk to
the rights and freedoms of data subjects, the processing is not
occasional, or the processing includes special categories of data as
referred to in Article 9(1) or personal data relating to criminal
convictions and offences referred to in Article 10."


That is surprising - you could of course have a huge mailing list...

Jochen was put off his own website because of the GDPR - I have not seen 
this exemption mentioned anywhere as it would apply to my 10,000+ 
mailing list too!


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[Ql-Users] GDPR and 25th May

2018-05-04 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

Hi all,

With the new GDPR legislation coming in on 25th May - how will the 
mailing list cope with this?


We seem to need to:

a) Keep a record of any emails sent asking to join the list

b) Keep a record of any emails sent to get removed from the list

c) Ensure there is simple to understand information on how to join the 
list / be removed; and who has access to the emails on the list


d) More problematic is the right to be forgotten - as surely all emails 
included in the thread history etc would need to be removed or at least 
anonymised in that case



Can the mailing list admin already cope with this?

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Re: [Ql-Users] FW: The wonderful Rick

2018-04-26 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users
That is indeed such sad news - Rick Dickinson was a true visionary when 
it came to computer design and will be sadly missed...


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On 26/04/2018 07:10, Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users wrote:

Dear all,

  


I'm so shocked and in deep sadness to hear that Rick passed away. I was in
tears when I read the email from his wife (see below).

  


I last met Rick last October in Cambridge around the Spectrum35 celebration.


  


He was such a great guy, very smart, with a great sense of humor and so
gifted. He created so many amazing an beautiful  things.

  


In autumn 2014 he was on vacation with his mother at the beautiful Lake
Lucerne, just a few miles from my home.

http://www.qlis30.org.uk/#Rick

  


May he rest in peace.

  


Urs

  


Von: Lizzy Dickinson
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 26. April 2018 05:31

Betreff: The wonderful Rick

  


Dearest Friends

  


With the hugest hole in my heart and a sadness I can't being to understand,
the wonderful person known to many as Rick the Viking, opened his wings and
started on another journey on Tuesday 24 April. And sadly I am not yet able
to join him, despite wanting so much to be with him.

  


I know that this will come as a shock to many as we had not been open about
his health issues, preferring rather to deal with them in private, even from
both of own families until fairly recently. Rick was diagnosed with cancer
in 2015 and despite successful treatment in 2016, he became unwell again in
early January 2017. I am sure some of you may have guessed something was not
quite right, and to those of you that perhaps did not understand why we
became less and less social during 2017, I hope now you can understand that
this was in no way a reflection of our friendship with you but rather
circumstances dictating what he was or was not able to do.

  


We have been at a specialist clinic in America - Texas to be precise - since
the end of March undergoing complimentary treatment as a last attempt at
hoping to heal him when he passed away quickly, without warning having
collapsed in the apartment we were rented here. He was in no pain and
surround by huge love from the amazing people that have become firm friends
here - that Texan southern hospitality truly was  - and continues to be  -
laid at our door.  Rick will be cremated here in Texas and I will travel
home with his ashes once the paperwork is sorted probably at the end of next
week.

  


And, rather than a traditional funeral (which you know is really not his
style) his much loved daughters that he was so proud of - Grace and Daisy -
and his mother Ursula and I will be planning for a celebration of his life
where we can all get together and remember him with love, laughs, smiles,
anecdotes and a few beverages. I will of course let you know details once we
have finalised plans.

  


Please also do pass on this email to any that you feel may wish to know;
Rick had many, many friends across the broad spectrum of his work and
interests and I have tried to find as many emails as I can from his computer
but am sure I have left some out.

  


And can I ask that - for the time being - please don't call as I simply
can't face talking right now, but I would dearly love to receive your
messages, emoticons and any photos or memories you wish to send of the
person who was - simply - the wonderful Rick, love of my life.

  


And please take 5 minutes , raise a glass or 10 , and think about the
beautiful Rick, the one and only Viking and all the good times we have all
had with him. As they always say - but I do believe - he is watching over us
and sends love to you all and is only sorry that he was not able to see you
all before he left.

  


XXX

  


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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 4.04 BUG

2018-04-23 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

On 23/04/2018 09:57, Bob Spelten via Ql-Users wrote:
Op Sun, 22 Apr 2018 18:00:20 +0200 schreef RWAP Software via Ql-Users 
<ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>:



Does anyone know why the following in QPC2 reports "Invalid Channel ID"

WINDOW 448,200,32,16
PAPER #1,3

In fact, any attempt to change #1 after the WINDOW command reports an 
invalid channel.



Tested on a bare QPC2v404, this could happen if channel #1 is closed.
The WINDOW command does then not produce an error on the default 
channel, which will be #0 now, but the PAPER #1 command does.


Bob

On QPC2 v4.04 here I didn't have to close anything - I just entered the 
two commands above as soon as it started


As stated, this does not happen in v4.05 so there must be something 
which has been altered




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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 4.04 BUG

2018-04-22 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

Confirmed - it affected v4.04 but is fixed in v4.05 :)

I also found some of the character combinations were not working in 
v4.04 (eg CTRL SHIFT - did not produce a down arrow).
That also now works in v4.05 but CTRL \ does not produce the left arrow 
still.


Rich

On 23/04/2018 05:24, Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users wrote:


Hi,
no problem with these commands here.

(QPC 4.05; not 4.04)

Wolfgang

Does anyone know why the following in QPC2 reports "Invalid Channel ID"

WINDOW 448,200,32,16
PAPER #1,3

In fact, any attempt to change #1 after the WINDOW command reports an 
invalid channel.


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Re: [Ql-Users] Classic Adventures

2018-04-05 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

On 05/04/2018 14:33, Ralf Reköndt via Ql-Users wrote:

Great!

BTW: Both AD1 and AD2 are written in C.

Cheers...Ralf




I guess you might need to update the QL Wiki entry then

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Re: [Ql-Users] Stuart Honeyball

2018-03-29 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users



-Original Message-
From: Ql-Users [mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] On Behalf Of Dilwyn 
Jones via Ql-Users
Sent: 29 March 2018 10:40
To: QL Users List
Cc: Dilwyn Jones
Subject: [Ql-Users] Stuart Honeyball

I regret to have to report that I heard this morning of the death of Stuart 
Honeyball of Miracle Systems.

He passed away peacefully last night (28th March) at 23:45 of cancer, according 
to his wife, Karin.

I’m sure you’ll all want to join me in extending our condolence to his wife and 
family and express our great admiration and gratitude for all the work he did 
for the QL over the years.

Dilwyn Jones
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A really sad bit of news.

In recognition of Stuart's contribution to the community, I have been 
using a Trump Card and Miracle Centronics adaptor today to do some more 
testing of my Retro-Printer


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Re: [Ql-Users] Buying DATA DESIGN Version 4.12

2018-02-27 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

Excellent - I had not seen this version either

Rich

On 27/02/2018 15:20, Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users wrote:
Pleased to say that thanks to a user in The Netherlands, DataDesign 
4.12 update (German and English executables and a version.asm updates 
file only) has now been added to the Prowess page on my website.


Apparently this is a high colour update to the program.

Dilwyn

-Original Message- From: Wolfgang Lenerz via Ql-Users
Sent: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 12:28 PM
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Cc: Wolfgang Lenerz
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Buying DATA DESIGN Version 4.12

Hi,

Datadesign is freeware now, you should be able to get it from Dilwyn's
site (perhap in the prowess section).

HTH

Wolfgang
Hi Everyone can you help me does anyone no where I can Buy DATA 
DESIGN Version 4.12 FromOK Thanks

simon629Simon Foster
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Re: [Ql-Users] CPORT

2017-11-02 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users

On 02/11/2017 09:18, Derek Stewart via Ql-Users wrote:

On 01/11/17 21:01, Michael Bulford via Ql-Users wrote:

Hi Norman,
I have both CPORT and CFIX.  I find that CFIX doesn't work correctly 
in QPC2,


so to get around that problem, I use Q-emulator for that one.

CPORT does work well in QPC2, provided that memory is limited to 16M.
There's also some other related files.
I'll dig them out.  How can I get them to you?

Kind regards,
Michael
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Hi,

Does any one know the commercial status of the DP Collection.

The rights to the various programs in the DP Collection reverted to the 
software authors when Digital Precision ceased trading.


Some have released their programs into the public domain (or as 
freeware), but the vast majority remains protected by copyright


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Re: [Ql-Users] QTYP II

2017-09-25 Thread Rich Mellor via Ql-Users
I have 3 boxed second hand copies of QTYP II on disk here for £10 each 
plus postage if anyone needs one.


Other than that, Jochen might be able to supply QTYP II

Rich
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On 25/09/2017 05:56, Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users wrote:

I don't know.
Sorry.


Il 24 set 2017 21:17, "simon629--- via Ql-Users" <ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com>
ha scritto:


Where can I buy QTYP From Thanks imon629 Simon Foster


 On Sunday, 24 September 2017, 19:54, Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users <
ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com> wrote:


  QTYP is still commercial

Il 24 set 2017 20:51, "simon629--- via Ql-Users" <ql-users@lists.q-v-d.com
ha scritto:


Hi can anyone help me I have GotQSpread2003QD20003Q-RouteFIFi 4.31Is
there any more Paid Software What is worth gettingOK Thanks Simon Foster
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Re: [Ql-Users] QubATA 3.10

2017-05-12 Thread Rich Mellor

On 12/05/2017 08:42, Alain HAOUI wrote:

Thanks to Dilwyn, QubATA V3.10 package is now available from his EXCELLENT
QL Home(less ;) Pages.

This package contains all driver binaries, docs and utilities at the same
version level for all supported platforms. Utilities (Trashcan manager, IDE
monitor, CD Player and CD Explorer) are now common and should work on all
configurations with the same binaries.

V3.10 is backward compatible and as usual comes with some improvements and
bug fixes. Please, update if you can.

>From this version, driver (_Rext form) has the ability to be configured as a
main WIN driver or as second QUB driver. You may even have both 2 instances
(I don't know what utility).

It can be added to any SMSQ/E binary version as an extra module and started
automatically with SMSQ/E. On Qx0 platforms, if driver is configured as WIN
driver then SMSQ/E will be able to start normally from a QubIDE (QLW1)
master device but beware no more access to QLWA disks format. Wiser starting
as QUB driver.

Please refer to included release notes for more details.

Excellent news - for me, QubATA has revolutionised the QubIDE :)


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Re: [Ql-Users] Toolkit II v2.31

2017-03-31 Thread Rich Mellor

On 31/03/2017 12:22, pg...@q40.de wrote:

On 31 Mar 2017 at 12:12, Marcel Kilgus wrote:


Fabrizio Diversi wrote:

if someone is wondering, Tk2 2.31 is perfectly working also in Mist (at
least as far as I can see:-))

Thanks for the feedback. Are there people badly missing the network
code in the new TK2, i.e. is this still a thing?

Depends on ROM or RAM.

The network code is an essential of the ROM version. If removed, I
would not call the result TK2 ROM anymore. So QL tinkerers who
actually burn that into ROM, are aware to lose a major feature they
probably expect.

Pure BASIC extensions can run from RAM, while the network code is
hardware dependant and must run from ROM. I would not remove code
from ROM which needs to run there, and replace it by code which can
run elsewhere.

By the way, retro-computing with the original hardware seems to
happen more often, not less often in recent years.

Peter

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Hmm - yes, I hadn't spotted the loss of the network routines and think 
these are essential in the ROM.


It would probably be better to offer a separate toolkit which can be 
loaded from disk and sit alongside the ROM version, containing the new 
commands and just update the existing Toolkit II ROM to include any 
updates / bug fixes or improvements, rather than removing features which 
users might expect to use.


The full RAM version of the Toolkit II should actually be listed as an 
upgrade to the 'configurable Super Toolkit' version which Care used to 
sell :)


Rich

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Re: [Ql-Users] The Quill (Adventure Writer)

2017-03-24 Thread Rich Mellor

On 24/03/2017 08:57, Ralf Reköndt wrote:

I remenber, you say, that Quill generated programs do not execute on QPC2, or 
SMSQ/E, where ACT executables do run. Where is the problem with The Quill?





Alas I cannot remember (it was almost 30 years ago) and do not have any 
of the original programs for testing - I think it was down to extra 
memory to be honest...


It also looks as though the Quill was updated since the original release


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[Ql-Users] The Quill (Adventure Writer)

2017-03-20 Thread Rich Mellor

Good morning all,

Does anyone have a copy of the Quill adventure writer by Gilsoft?

Tim Gilberts (who ran Gilsoft) has been looking into this and found a 
version A03 copy.  I myself only have version A00.


Tim asked if anyone has a later version than A03.


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Re: [Ql-Users] Future of the QL Wiki

2017-02-10 Thread Rich Mellor

On 10/02/2017 10:59, Graeme Gregory wrote:


On Fri, 10 Feb 2017, at 10:55 AM, Rich Mellor wrote:

On 10/02/2017 10:49, Graeme Gregory wrote:

On Fri, 10 Feb 2017, at 10:25 AM, Rich Mellor wrote:

Taking account of my ongoing health issues, I have been considering what
would be best for the QL Wiki and other community projects which I
currently run (such as the Z88 forums, the ZX80/ZX81 forums and the
Sinclair QL GitHub).

Looking at what happened with World of Spectrum when Marjin was unable
to continue with the site, it is important to consider the long term
viability and what should happen if I (for example) were to walk under a
bus tomorrow. My health issues also mean that I no longer have the time
or energy to continue in the way that I have been.

My family would not really know what to do with the forums - and would
not continue to pay for the hosting. There is also not really anyone
else involved in the administration of the site. I also think that the
QL Wiki is itself a barrier to people being involved, as there are
certain people out there who cannot see beyond the fact that it was set
up by me initially and is hosted on my server - so seem to think that it
is my duty to update it!

After deliberation, I think the answer is to set up a non-profit
organisation (Sinclair World ?) which could then own these resources and
be responsible for their maintenance, improvement and upkeep. It would
take some fund raising to set up the organisation, as well as willing
hands to set everything up and create the necessary constitution,
book-keeping etc to keep it viable.

What do others think - and who are the willing hands?


I wonder if we could get van/rob interested in this as part of qlforum
activities.

Graeme
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I think it is probably more a case that the non-profit organisation
would take over the QL Forum too - and maybe Van / Rob would be
interested in helping to run the organisation...

I did think about Quanta (of course), but they don't have enough willing
hands to help with their website and their membership model is too
restrictive


What is the overhead on setup and maintenance of an NFP in UK? My only
experience is in Germany where it was a bit of a bawache to setup. But
once setup was basically just a yearly form.

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Probably about the same over here - there are annual accounts to be done 
(and audited) and sent for tax (although the UK is moving to a system of 
quarterly tax returns) - nothing else would have to be done on an annual 
basis.


Initial setup costs are just preparation of the constitution (Quanta's 
could be used as a starting point), opening accounts etc and then the 
costs of hosting fees, domain names etc


The main cost would come if the organisation wanted to try for 
charitable status, or decided to register for VAT so that they could at 
least recoup the VAT on everything that was paid for.


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Re: [Ql-Users] Future of the QL Wiki

2017-02-10 Thread Rich Mellor

On 10/02/2017 10:49, Graeme Gregory wrote:


On Fri, 10 Feb 2017, at 10:25 AM, Rich Mellor wrote:

Taking account of my ongoing health issues, I have been considering what
would be best for the QL Wiki and other community projects which I
currently run (such as the Z88 forums, the ZX80/ZX81 forums and the
Sinclair QL GitHub).

Looking at what happened with World of Spectrum when Marjin was unable
to continue with the site, it is important to consider the long term
viability and what should happen if I (for example) were to walk under a
bus tomorrow. My health issues also mean that I no longer have the time
or energy to continue in the way that I have been.

My family would not really know what to do with the forums - and would
not continue to pay for the hosting. There is also not really anyone
else involved in the administration of the site. I also think that the
QL Wiki is itself a barrier to people being involved, as there are
certain people out there who cannot see beyond the fact that it was set
up by me initially and is hosted on my server - so seem to think that it
is my duty to update it!

After deliberation, I think the answer is to set up a non-profit
organisation (Sinclair World ?) which could then own these resources and
be responsible for their maintenance, improvement and upkeep. It would
take some fund raising to set up the organisation, as well as willing
hands to set everything up and create the necessary constitution,
book-keeping etc to keep it viable.

What do others think - and who are the willing hands?


I wonder if we could get van/rob interested in this as part of qlforum
activities.

Graeme
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I think it is probably more a case that the non-profit organisation 
would take over the QL Forum too - and maybe Van / Rob would be 
interested in helping to run the organisation...


I did think about Quanta (of course), but they don't have enough willing 
hands to help with their website and their membership model is too 
restrictive



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[Ql-Users] Future of the QL Wiki

2017-02-10 Thread Rich Mellor
Taking account of my ongoing health issues, I have been considering what 
would be best for the QL Wiki and other community projects which I 
currently run (such as the Z88 forums, the ZX80/ZX81 forums and the 
Sinclair QL GitHub).


Looking at what happened with World of Spectrum when Marjin was unable 
to continue with the site, it is important to consider the long term 
viability and what should happen if I (for example) were to walk under a 
bus tomorrow. My health issues also mean that I no longer have the time 
or energy to continue in the way that I have been.


My family would not really know what to do with the forums - and would 
not continue to pay for the hosting. There is also not really anyone 
else involved in the administration of the site. I also think that the 
QL Wiki is itself a barrier to people being involved, as there are 
certain people out there who cannot see beyond the fact that it was set 
up by me initially and is hosted on my server - so seem to think that it 
is my duty to update it!


After deliberation, I think the answer is to set up a non-profit 
organisation (Sinclair World ?) which could then own these resources and 
be responsible for their maintenance, improvement and upkeep. It would 
take some fund raising to set up the organisation, as well as willing 
hands to set everything up and create the necessary constitution, 
book-keeping etc to keep it viable.


What do others think - and who are the willing hands?


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL screw set needed :)

2017-01-25 Thread Rich Mellor

Hi Alexandre,

I can supply a set of screws - send me an email with which screws you 
need and quantities!


Rich

On 20/01/2017 16:31, Alexandre Souza wrote:


   Howdy people! :D

   Finally I finished the mods on my QL. I'll put it on a proper page 
soon, but a list of the mods is:

   - Changed 7805 for a swtiching regulator, so no more intense heat
   - Changed ROMs' sockets (they were green...)
   - Changed ROMs for a Minerva home-made board (MK1 of course)
   - Changed 8749 for a Hermes coprocessor
   - Cleaned the green goo of the board with some MEK
   - Repaired power input (and I still don't have an original power 
supply, but I can live with mine)
   - Made a "connector" for the microdrives' cables, so no more 
messing up with bare wires for connecting to te board

   - Home made RGB cable
   - Home Made mouse interface + PS/2 mouse adapter
   - Changed that dammed push-lock connectors for the speaker and leds 
to more common (and easier to handle) dupont connectors

   - Disabled the RF modulator
   - 512K memory extension

   But something bad happened: Since I left it on a shelf (and 
another, and another, and another...) for some time, I lost the screws 
of the case. Is there a good soul who could sell me a set of the 8 
screws and send it in a letter to Brazil, please? :o)


   Thanks!
   Alexandre

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Re: [Ql-Users] Level 2 Device Drivers

2016-11-29 Thread Rich Mellor

That is great and a potential way forward - I will email you direct

Rich

On 29/11/2016 10:29, Alain HAOUI wrote:

Rich,


For the Qubide side of question, I have no idea how to contact Phil but I
inform you that I rewrote entirely for my own need the Qubide driver derived
from the code written by Phil compatible with the ROM V2.

Initially, the driver was written to work with the Expander interface to
drive several IDE devices but it can run without the Expander, of course. I
use it with enough reliability for a yet long time with 1 CF card, 1 ATA/IDE
disk, 1 ZIP 100 drive and 1 CDROM drive.

This driver includes all necessary code to manage partitioning, formatting
without need to extra software like partition.exe and deals successfully
with QDOS slave blocks. It includes also a set of commands for audio CD
(like QPC) and RAW (Aliens) access. Trashcan is working also. All codes fit
happily within the 16K ROM and can be (re)loaded from ROM or RAM if needed.

So, I know now the source code pretty well. Let me know what kind of changes
you want to add for the new tetroid interface and I will see if I can help.

I can also send you a compiled ROM & RAM version to try. IDE Registers base
address can configured in config block.
Regards,
Alain

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On 2016-11-28 21:12, RWAP Software wrote:

Does anyone have any contact details for Jurgen Falkenberg, or Jochen
Hassler ?

Tetroid (on SellMyRetro) is working on a new QL interface which merges
the Trump Card and QubIDE interfaces and ideally it would be good to
include the Level 2 device drivers and ATR device for the Trump Card
element.

Alternatively, is there another way of adding Level 2 device drivers?

More details of the interface and pictures appear on the QL Forum
thread -
http://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2=1670


Whilst on this subject - does anyone have any contact details for Phil
Borman - there are a few things it would be nice to include in the QubIDE
driver.  There is also the problem, that whilst the source code for the
QubIDE v2 ROM was released, the v2 GAL code required to use that ROM code
does not appear to be available anywhere!

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[Ql-Users] RWAP Software 30th Anniversary - Week 4 Competition

2016-11-24 Thread Rich Mellor
For the final competition to celebrate RWAP Software's 30th Anniversary 
- we have decided to aim this competition solely at QL Users (after all, 
it was the QL which inspired the launch of our business back in 1986).


It is a big prize fund worth over £200.

For your chance to win a complete copy of the QL Adventures Box-Sets (1 
to 3), the QL Games Box-Sets (1 to 6), plus QWord for QPC2, simply 
comment on our thread on the QL Forum with which is your favourite game 
for the QL and why.


Get an extra entry for including a valid link to the game on the QL Wiki 
(if the link does not exist, you might need to create the page !), and 
another entry for a valid link to where you can get the program.


Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received on 1st 
December 2016.


Entries have to name the actual name of the QL Game - but they can be 
commercial, freeware or public domain games.



The QL Forum thread appears at: 
http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12=1714#p14957


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Italian meeting

2016-11-04 Thread Rich Mellor

On 04/11/2016 09:32, d.santachi...@libero.it wrote:

Hi everybody,

I take again the chance to inform that if anybody is interested to make even
a very short speech at our Italian meeting on Sunday 20th of November,
subscriptions are open :-)

Subjects for intervention are free (i.e. QPC2, SMSQ/E, software or hardware
etc.), baseline is to manage everything via web-ex sessions.

Instead if there are listeners interested I would need their email address
to send-out the web-ex link (which can be used also on e.g. tablets with the
appropriate app).

Regards

Davide

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Davide,

I have forwarded this to Tetroid in case he would like to talk about his 
existing Trump Card clone and his new interface (which is just being 
tested)


You can see some details of his new interface at: 
http://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2=1670


Might not be too easy for him as he lives in Russia - so I guess it 
depends whether he is confident to speak in another language as I assume 
there will not be many Russian speakers at the meeting!


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Software Preservation

2016-08-07 Thread Rich Mellor

On 07/08/2016 17:54, Ralf Reköndt wrote:
I remember, there was a problem to read your list. Would you please 
give the URL again?


Cheers...Ralf



https://www.dropbox.com/s/84m3eizdplf9fv3/%21%21%20Full%20QL%20Software%20List%20-%20Preserved.xlsx?dl=0

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Re: [Ql-Users] Software Preservation Project - Tasks

2016-07-10 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Yes - Simon Goodwin was the author of Turbo and Supercharge and released the
source code for Turbo when Digital Precision ceased business and all rights
reverted to the authors.
 
Chas Dillon also released his code as freeware (possibly even public domain).
 
No idea what happened with the other authors however...
 
Rich

> On July 10, 2016 at 2:14 PM Wolf <w...@wlenerz.com> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> isn't Turbo maintained by Grorge Gwilt?
>
> Wolfgang
>
> On 07/10/2016 02:22 PM, Norman Dunbar wrote:
> > Afternoon all.
> >
> > I think, but I'm not 100% certain, that the source code for Turbo, The
> > Editor etc, by the author who's name escapes me right now, are or were
> > online many years ago. I may even have downloaded them at some point. I
> > remember definitely looking through the source for The Editor so I did get
> > it somewhere legal.
> >
> > Having said that, I don't remember if Cport was included.
> >
> > Reverse engineering a compiled SuperBasic task might be more trouble than
> > simply rewriting from scratch? If necessary there's a program I wrote yes
> > ago, which Dilwyn updated, that decodes a QSAVE'd program. I'm certain that
> > could be used as the basis for a new Cport lexer perhaps. It is called
> > something like decode_qsave or similar.
> >
> > There's a doc file here, I think it's Word format:
> > http://www.sitelevel.com/click?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.dilwyn.me.uk%2fdocs%2fformats%2fsavfiles.doc=YCsXx5g7rfbNG11e
> > - which contains a listing of the program.
> >
> > Doing it as new should allow the cfix stuff to be included without needing a
> > separate task to do it. Plus, it could be made easier to translate to C -
> > how hard could it be? ;-)
> >
> > To be honest, I paid for Cport all those years ago, but have used it
> > infrequently. It's a great idea, it fell down in practice. There always
> > seemed to be far too much work post conversion just to get a clean C68
> > compile,never mind getting the code to work!
> >
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Norm.
> >
> > On 9 July 2016 22:17:45 BST, Michael Bulford <michaelbulf...@yahoo.co.uk>
> > wrote:
> >> On Thursday 7 July 2016, 21:29:04, Rich Mellor (RWAP) wrote :
> >>
> >>
> >>> 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
> >>
> >> Hi Rich,
> >> I also wrote to Shirley, but had no response. This morning,
> >> I tried ringing her on the number she gave in the C-Fix user manual
> >>from 1992, but this was unobtainable. Are you still in contact with
> >> Freddy Vaccha? Perhaps he might know something.
> >> What I would like to do is to get a copy of the source SuperBASIC code
> >> for both C-Port and C-Fix. The idea being to update them so that they
> >> can work fully with modern day emulators, and also to cure some bugs
> >> and generally improve them. I have actually managed to use C-Port
> >> with some success. Recently I have C-Ported a 58k SBASIC program into
> >> Cee without any problems. I did of course have to keep on changing the
> >> code until it finally Cported. The resulting Cee code certainly needed
> >> some tinkering with before it would C68 compile. The program was a
> >> version of the Travelling Salesman program, which I have been working
> >> on with Steve Poole. In my opinion, C-Port is far better than its
> >> reputation, but is certainly in need of some improvement. The C-Fix
> >> addition is very useful, however it is not complete. The numeric array
> >> bases have not been treated.
> >> If however the source is unavailable, then how about reverse
> >> engineering?Derek, have you thought any more about your idea of reverse
> >> engineering Turbo? I would be willing to work with you jointly on
> >> this. I am well acquainted with the Turbo parser and understand how it
> >> works. If you can regenerate the pseudo-code for C-Port, I am sure I
> >> could regenerate the SuperBASIC code from there. What we could end up
> >> with is a SuperBASIC program that perhaps works, but would be totally
> >> unreadable, since we would not know the original variable names used.
> >> We would just have to guess at how it works. But this would be a
> >> start. This may take some while to complete, but the more time spent
> >> on it, 

Re: [Ql-Users] Copyright

2016-07-09 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
 

> On July 9, 2016 at 5:41 PM Lee Privett <lee.priv...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> 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.
>

I am fairly certain that just bypassing the copy protection would fail the
substantial parts test (and any of hte other tests) as it would be easy to prove
on a byte by byte comparison that there were only very limited changes to the
original code.
 
Arguably it would be harder to prove that some of my MKII software breached
copyright under these rules (had I not originally obtained permission) - because
the original code can no longer easily be proven - eg, substantial changes to
D-Day and War In the East, which were originally SuperBASIC programs, then I
re-wrote large sections in native machine code, added a large amount of my own
code and then compiled them in Turbo - although here there is the issue of
access to sources could easily be proven, as the sources (SuperBASIC) were
provided in the originals.  I am not sure whether Nemesis and possibly some of
the other Talent adventures would be viewed in this light, as they were written
in Quill, so had to be de-compiled, changed and then re-compiled as a
Q-liberated program - leaving very little to compare apart from the actual text
on screen.

That said, both myself and Richard Alexander (when my programs were published by
CGH Services) always felt that it was only fair to pay royalties on sales to the
original copyright holders, or to offer my version as an upgrade to people who
proved they had the original.
 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Copyright

2016-07-09 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
 

> On July 9, 2016 at 4:26 PM Wolf <w...@wlenerz.com> wrote:
>
>
> Hi,
>
>
> > 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.
>
> Think:
>
> - statutory damages
> - punitive damages
>
> depending on where you sue...
>
> OK, 'nuff said on that subject.
> Wolfgang
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Copyright exists as soon as someone creates an item.  They are the owner of the
rights to that item - be it a physical item, some program code, a painting or
even a turn of phrase (this is why it has been generally referred to in
legislation as intellectual property).
 
Many people originally proved copyright by posting a copy of an item to
themselves, so that it is dated by a third party in a sealed envelope - just in
case they ever needed to prove that they created the item before someone else.
 
There used to be some countries which demanded registration of copyright but
since countries signed up to the Berne convention, they all agreed to do away
with this, but most countries retain the ability to voluntarily register
copyright if you wish (similar to posting a copy to yourself).
 
As for ever bringing court action - most countries will actually prosecute the
person on your behalf, as it is seen as a criminal offence under international
law; so there is no question of cost for the copyright holder.

Does QL software have copyright messages?  The answer is a resounding YES - out
of all the stuff I have preserved, there is probably less than 5% which has no
statement in the code as to copyright, or who wrote the program.  It is
generally clearly stipulated in the boot program, loading screen, manual or the
code itself.

As to what you do with the stuff which has nothing to indicate copyright - who
knows what the intention of the author was  It could have been donated to
the Quanta library, in which case, the terms of their constitution stipulate
that the library was available to members only.  It could have been a program
which appeared in QL World / QL User - which paid for the program listings, so
the rights may well have been transferred to the magazine publisher (all
depending on the terms of the submission and who the publisher was at the time).
 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Software Preservation Project - Tasks

2016-07-08 Thread Rich Mellor
Ian Stewart is happy for the Liberation software to be made freeware, 
but has said that Adrian needs to also give his consent


On Facebook, I have contacted the following, but no response -
Peter Mackeonis (Metacomco)
Grae Yeandle (Gilsoft - he wrote Quill for the ZX Spectrum, but not sure 
if he wrote the QL version)

Michael Slatford (QL Investment Monitor)
Janko Mrsic Flogel

Plus several others although they might not be the right people.

Rich


On 08/07/2016 08:31, Lee Privett wrote:

Can I add Adrian Soundy to that list of QLiberator fame (Liberation Software
<http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/index.php?title=Liberation%20Software>),
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
<http://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) <r...@rwapservices.co.uk>
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


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Re: [Ql-Users] Copyright

2016-07-07 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
The only slight difference on copyright for software purposes has been to allow
a backup copy for personal use.
 
There are also rules applicable as to the length of time copyright is active
which have bearing.  Basically it is life or lives in being plus 70 years.
 However, if the authorship of the work is unknown it is 50 years from date of
publication.  If a Company owns the copyright, then it is 70 years from the end
of the business.
 
Alas that is it - copyright law is something that does not get changed too
often, because of it being subject to the Berne treaty - ie it is an
international law, and therefore at least a majority of countries would need to
agree to any changes
 
Rich

> On July 7, 2016 at 9:21 PM Colin McKay <kilbarchan.co...@virginmedia.com>
> wrote:
>
>
> Has copyright in the electronic sense been investigated?
>
> An author publishes an article, and an individual makes one copy of it for
> only his use. That is allowable, but there could be qualifications of the
> situation.
>
>
>
> Colin McKay
>
>
>
>
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[Ql-Users] Software Preservation Project - Tasks

2016-07-07 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
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


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

2016-07-07 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
 

> On July 7, 2016 at 7:13 PM Kurt K <kur...@centurylink.net> wrote:
>
>
> If I may reframe the matter not as a discussion on the relative merits of
> Copyright but in regard to the effect on the greater community. It is simply
> wrong to discontinue a worthy project, harm and reduce the viability of those
> supporting the QL due solely to a sad minority of individuals. This is an
> extreme approach that punishes all and rewards the malcontents by caving to
> their actions. As a community, we have shown the willingness to help one
> another and find a more appropriate redress. Changes that lock down your site,
> altering and filtering communications and allowing others to assist to spare
> you the sole burden is a measured approach. By ending the project in this
> matter, it is more a condemnation on all of us, rather than those few who are
> driving this action. I would suggest a migration of the project if you feel
> you can no longer deal with this onerous issues. I know we need you and want
> you to continue but recognize we also must assist if your efforts are
> to survive.
>
 
As I have stated on the QL Forum - I wish I could continue with this project -
but having put up with these comments for 2 years, it does have an impact on the
reputation of my business and the extra stress does not help with my current
ongoing illness.

There is plenty of opportunity for others to step forward who are interested in
preserving QL software with plenty of jobs to do:

a) Check the spreadsheet I created on dropbox to see if any more titles are
already on Dilwyn's website (or even similar sounding ones so we can check them
against the preserved version).
b) Similarly check against software in the Quanta library - whilst that software
is generally not public domain (being donated to Quanta for the use of its
members), some titles are actually public domain when you read accompanying
quill files
c) Try to find copies of the software which is MIA or where they are marked as
corrupt on the spreadsheet
d) Try to identify and track down / contact the copyright holders for other
titles which are not currently available
e) Check the spreadsheet against the QL Wiki to identify where entries need to
be created or updated
f) Work through old QL User / QL World magazines (and other magazines) to
identify even more software titles and add details (however basic) to the QL
Wiki - particularly about when they were first sold and prices.  Watch out for
interviews or letters / news items which might indicate the name of the author
or person behind a publisher.


That is just off the top of my head - I am sure others will spot things that
they can do .
 
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] Withdrawal of my personal Software Preservation Project

2016-07-07 Thread Rich Mellor

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

Hi,

Just my 2 cents worth.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

QL forever!

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


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


Let's face it, if someone approached a best selling author and said - 
could we host downloads of your books from the 1980s which have been out 
of print for 20 years, they may well say yes - I would love to see it.  
But if you offer the books for download and then someone pointed them to 
your site, they are much much less likely to think that is acceptable.


As for the impact on my health - the problem is that (as some people are 
aware) I have been struggling with poor health now for 2 1/2 years - the 
stress of dealing with these personal attacks on both myself and my 
business just compounds that as it adds to my (already) poor sleep.


I would rather not publicise the attacks further by including extracts - 
but there are several (generally Spanish) forums and even a well known 
Spectrum forum where these attacks have been levied (generally started 
by the same username, but then carried on by others).


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Re: [Ql-Users] Withdrawal of my personalSoftware PreservationProject

2016-07-06 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
I can't issue a working email address - but I found him on LinkedIn -
 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/fred-toussi-41227591
 
Rich

> On July 6, 2016 at 6:40 PM Ralf Reköndt <ralf.rekoe...@t-online.de> wrote:
>
>
> Ok, has anyone a working email address for Fred Toussi?
>
> - Original Message -
> From: "Dilwyn Jones" <dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk>
> To: <ql-us...@q-v-d.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2016 7:08 PM
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Withdrawal of my personalSoftware
> PreservationProject
>
>
> >> For those of us who are unfamiliar with T87, is there some (short)
> >> example document and the ASCII of the text contained?
> >>
> >> Graeme
> > The drivers_info_t87 file supplied with it states that the sources for the
> > printer drivers were not included on the disk for lack of space but were
> > available on request from the author Fred Toussi. I'm not in contact with
> > him now, but if anyone did go to the trouble of getting these from him, it
> > might possibly help I suppose.
> >
> > There is some information at the end of the above file:
> >
> > STRUCTURE OF PRINTER DRIVERS
> >
> > Each printer driver file consists of tables of numbers and strings and a
> > small amount of machine code. The supplied files vary in size. The
> > Assembly Language source code for the driver files is available separately
> > from Software87. Some of the source code files are for more than one
> > printer driver. Modifying the driver files requires the use of an
> > assembler to re-assemble the modified source file. Modification can be
> > very simple, as in the case of changing a number representing the pitch of
> > a daisywheel, or more complex when a printer with a completely different
> > standard is aimed at. With many Epson compatible dot-matrix printers, the
> > width tables for proportionally spaced characters are different from those
> > of the Epson printers for which there is a driver. This means that when
> > proportional spacing is used within a line, that line may not justify
> > correctly. The width tables within the printer driver should be modified
> > for correct justification.
> >
> > The source listings are in the form of _T91 or _T87 documents. Extensive
> > comments on the structure of the printer driver files can be found in the
> > LX800 file. Once modifications have been made, driver files must be
> > |Export|ed using the |Ascii| command to make them readable by assemblers.
> > The SINCLAIR Macro Assembler or Assembler (written by GST) can be used for
> > assembling the printer drivers. The Macro Assembler can be purchased from
> > QUANTA.
> >
> > I have a working Text 87 (thanks to Marcel for the patch program) so could
> > export the data to help anyone prepared to look into this if we can find
> > these sources.
> >
> > As it is, I’ll privately send you some Text87 files to experiment with
> > along with exported ascii text to compare. I’ve not looked at it myself,
> > but I suspect that with all the options such as proportional spacing etc
> > etc Text 87 has to handle it might be a very complex file format.
> >
> > Dilwyn
> >
> >
> > -
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> > Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
> > Version: 2016.0.7640 / Virus Database: 4627/12565 - Release Date: 07/05/16
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Re: [Ql-Users] Withdrawal of my personal Software PreservationProject

2016-07-06 Thread Rich Mellor

On 06/07/2016 13:50, Marcel Kilgus wrote:

Rich Mellor wrote:

Hosting old software is more problematic than parking on a double yellow
line (sorry not sure what the equivalent is in Germany).

Tell that to e.g. http://www.homeoftheunderdogs.net/ They've been in the
business of hosting abandonware for 18 years and running.


That is a risk they are willing to take.  They admit that what they do 
is strictly illegal and yes, they say that they "will gladly remove 
download links to any game that is either 1) still being sold by the 
publisher, or 2) at the request of the publishers themselves"


Alas the issue has come about because people keep publishing the same 
titles which are still being sold by the publisher, and when asked to 
remove links, kick up a huge fuss about it!


World of Spectrum has been very successful in its repository of ZX 
Spectrum titles - mainly because it took the step of trying to contact 
as many copyright holders as possible before hosting their files.





Could I ask what your approach would be if you found (before QPC2 was
made freeware), sites who just offer free downloads of QPC2, QPCPrint
etc?  Would you have been happy and let them do it whilst you were
continuing to sell the programs yourself?

Don't muddle the issue. We're strictly talking about software here
that was written a long time ago and which the original authors have
long lost interest in. I still support QPC2 EVEN though I made it free.


But we are not - I am in contact with a lot of the copyright holders and 
they are still very interested in what happens with their software.  The 
titles everyone seems to moan about are the titles which I still sell 
and support, so how is that different to QPCPrint and QPC2  just because 
the support is not done by the original author, but by me as authorised 
distributor?





The thing hit the fan when somebody send take-down notices to a site
that has actually put copies for everybody to use on the internet. So
we're left with less copies than there were before.

But the software was mainly software which could readily still be
purchased online from myself and Jochen.

For example? I only see 3 QL software products left on Jochen's page
to purchase, which is QMENU, Lonely Joker and QD (last updated 13
years ago! With my help even). And yes, I think at least QD and QMENU
should now be free, too.


The Spanish sites included a lot of the Talent and Pyramide software 
titles, Text87, Hyperdrive, and at least one of Jochen's titles.





Rather than concentrating on trying to increase the range of free QL
software available, it tends to be the same 10 titles or so which were
published by a similar site in 2014 (and subsequently removed at the
request of the copyright holders).

Who are those mysterious copyright holders? The last request at the
Spanish site was apparently anonymous. How can an anonymous person
claim copyright to anything? I can't imagine Jochen sending out any
take down orders either.


Jochen emailed them in 2014 and was also involved this year.

Other copyright authors involved (that I know of) have been the man 
behind English Software, Tom Dolezal (Talent),  Fred Toussi 
(Software87), Daniel Purlich (Pyramide), Ken Brown (Eidersoft), Simon 
Goodwin and Steve Hollywood (Arrakis).


As to who contacted their hosting company 'anonymously' I don't know - 
it might well be that the hosting company didn't ask for details, or 
simply did not want to provide them to the website owner once they 
realised that they were in danger of being fined by the Spanish government.


It is always the danger that by approaching copyright holders, they will 
look to see whether their software or name is mentioned online anywhere, 
and might then take offense that whilst one person has found them quite 
easily and approached them on friendly terms to ask if the software 
could be made available freeware, they then find that someone else has 
decided to just offer it as a free download without making any attempt 
to contact them!





Unfortunately, in the 9 years since I decided off my own back to set up
the QL Wiki and start preserving what QL software I could, the number of
people who have shown willing to help take the project any further
forward can be counted on one hand.

Once again, I appreciate any work you have done. I also have
contributed to the Wiki a bit, but I was far too young back then so I
don't really know most of the titles listed. And will probably never
know them because they have either been taken down or are just
available "commercially".

But ok, I will try to exert what little influence I have left to get a
few more titles released.


Great - there are still various titles by Tony Tebby for example... - 
have a look at the long list on my spreadsheet - there are plenty of 
German authors too who need to be tracked down.


The whole argument about this could have easily been avoided if people 
who wanted to host a QL reposi

Re: [Ql-Users] R: Withdrawal of my personal Software PreservationProject

2016-07-06 Thread Rich Mellor

On 06/07/2016 13:09, Simone Voltolini wrote:

"Your email is understandably aimed at authors. Please bear in mind the
rough treatment Rich Mellor has had from some quarters for nothing more than
trying to keep some form of QL trading going. I presume that things like
keyboard membranes might not be available were it not for the little profits
Rich makes from his commercial activities.

Dilwyn Jones"

I totally agree ;)


Actually, it has been the small profits I have made from selling the 
commercial software and QL membranes which has enabled me to gather the 
100s of disks and microdrive cartridges needed to preserve the amount of 
software I have !


As everyone knows - microdrive cartridges are not very reliable, and 
when they are listed for sale on ebay, they are not cheap!



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

2016-07-06 Thread Rich Mellor
 be counted on one hand.


As I have said, I will now stand back - if people want the software 
which I have managed to preserve, then send me authorisation from the 
owner (or show that it was already public domain / freeware through an 
old PD catalogue) and I will forward it to Dilwyn.


If you want to go some other way and do file sharing of copyright 
material, then unfortunately, I will not be part of this.


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

2016-07-06 Thread Rich Mellor
In view of the highly negative (and offensive) comments which I have 
received on various forums about my approach to the preservation of QL 
software, I have now taken the decision to formally close my project.


It is interesting to read that World of Spectrum is also going through 
similar problems due to people becoming abusive to the people who invest 
time and money in the site.


Thankfully ql-users has remained immune, but since all of this is having 
a negative impact on my health, and taking me away from the small amount 
of time I am well enough to work each day, it is with regret that after 
9 years, my own project has now come to an end.


It is a shame as over 120 titles have been released as freeware in the 
past 2 years mainly due to my efforts in tracking down and contacting 
the copyright holders to ask them what they wanted done with their 
software.  A further 29 titles have also been re-released commercially 
as a result.


The majority of feedback seems to be that my commercial interests are 
ruining the software preservation and that a project where software is 
preserved and simply made free to download by all is what is required 
(without any willing hands to do the work).


I shall therefore no longer be updating the QL WIki and if there is not 
enough interest to keep this going (and updates by others), then perhaps 
I should remove its hosting as it is obviously of no value.  Similar 
comments apply to the SBASIC/SuperBASIC Reference Manual Online.


The QL community will now need to find others to take software 
preservation and the QL Wiki forward - there is a spreadsheet available 
for reference which shows the current list of known programs and status 
of preservation:


https://www.dropbox.com/s/84m3eizdplf9fv3/%21%21%20Full%20QL%20Software%20List%20-%20Preserved.xlsx?dl=0

There is also the Italian software preservation project - which has been 
running alongside my own personal project and concentrates on preserving 
img dumps of microdrive cartridges and disks (complete with copy 
protection etc) - although again, Simone (Outsoft) has been criticised 
for not making what he has preserved to date freely available for 
download, in breach of copyright.


So - where does it go from here?

That is up to the community to decide.

There is now a huge opportunity for the community to decide exactly what 
QL preservation should look like, how it should be funded and who should 
be responsible for preserving the software and maintaining any 
repository, dealing with copyright holders and hosting the websites / QL 
Wiki etc


If anyone can provide evidence that permission has been obtained for 
even more software to be released as freeware, then I can of course 
release it from my stored backups - although you may still need to 
remove copy protection, find additional copies to merge together into 
one fully working copy, or alter the software to get it working on 
modern systems and emulators.  I shall however, not get involved in 
software piracy.



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Re: [Ql-Users] Basic Linker

2016-05-21 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
 

> On May 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM Wolf <w...@wlenerz.com> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all,
>
> I've released the Basic Linker, a formely commercial title.
>
> I also updated outptr and the basic library.
>
> http://wlenerz.com/qlstuff
>
> Have fun!
>
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Re: [Ql-Users] Archive file

2016-05-08 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Change the 500 to 1000 - I think that sets the memory usage to 500K

> On May 8, 2016 at 12:00 PM Renato Barigazzi <renatobariga...@tin.it> wrote:
>
>
> I use exep win1_archive,P,500
>
> -Messaggio originale-
> From: Rich Mellor (RWAP)
> Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2016 12:56 PM
> To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Archive file
>
> OK - how are you launching QL Archive?
>
> The standard version grabs all of the QL memory, unless you use QPAC II's
> grabber which sets the maximum memory available to the programs.
>
> You may be better with Xchange - that has a QL configuration block (from
> memory)
> to set the maximum space available, so you would need to use QL Config or
> MenuConfig to change the space available
>
> Rich
>
> > On May 8, 2016 at 11:44 AM Renato Barigazzi <renatobariga...@tin.it>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi
> > I am using QPC II v.4.04, I have expanded the memory to 128 MB, but with
> > the
> > same result.
> > Best regards
> > Renato
> >
> > -Messaggio originale-
> > From: Rich Mellor (RWAP)
> > Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2016 12:35 PM
> > To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> > Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Archive file
> >
> > It is rare to come across this. Do you have expanded memory on your QL
> > and/or a
> > disk drive?
> >
> > If you are loading it from microdrive cartridge, then ensure that anything
> > else
> > which uses the QL memory is disabled (such as Toolkit II and other
> > toolkits).
> > Disk interfaces also use some of the QL memory.
> >
> > If you only have a bare QL and have nothing but QL Archive running -
> > ensure
> > you
> > are running v2.38 of Archive (the last version) as that may help. Ask
> > someone
> > else to put the database on disk for you.
> >
> > If you have it on disk, then use an emulator on a PC to set up a QL
> > session
> > with
> > more memory, and then you will need to find some way of splitting the
> > database
> > into smaller segments, or reducing some of the data for example.
> >
> > Rich Mellor
> > www.rwapsoftware.co.uk
> > www.sellmyretro.com
> >
> > > On May 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM Renato Barigazzi <renatobariga...@tin.it>
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > Hi
> > > Using Psion Archive I made a _dbf file too big and now I cannot open it:
> > > “error 80, out of memory”. Is there any solution to open tihs file ?
> > > Best regards
> > > Renato Barigazzi
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Re: [Ql-Users] Archive file

2016-05-08 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
OK - how are you launching QL Archive?
 
The standard version grabs all of the QL memory, unless you use QPAC II's
grabber which sets the maximum memory available to the programs.
 
You may be better with Xchange - that has a QL configuration block (from memory)
to set the maximum space available, so you would need to use QL Config or
MenuConfig to change the space available
 
Rich

> On May 8, 2016 at 11:44 AM Renato Barigazzi <renatobariga...@tin.it> wrote:
>
>
> Hi
> I am using QPC II v.4.04, I have expanded the memory to 128 MB, but with the
> same result.
> Best regards
> Renato
>
> -----Messaggio originale-
> From: Rich Mellor (RWAP)
> Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2016 12:35 PM
> To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Archive file
>
> It is rare to come across this. Do you have expanded memory on your QL
> and/or a
> disk drive?
>
> If you are loading it from microdrive cartridge, then ensure that anything
> else
> which uses the QL memory is disabled (such as Toolkit II and other
> toolkits).
> Disk interfaces also use some of the QL memory.
>
> If you only have a bare QL and have nothing but QL Archive running - ensure
> you
> are running v2.38 of Archive (the last version) as that may help. Ask
> someone
> else to put the database on disk for you.
>
> If you have it on disk, then use an emulator on a PC to set up a QL session
> with
> more memory, and then you will need to find some way of splitting the
> database
> into smaller segments, or reducing some of the data for example.
>
> Rich Mellor
> www.rwapsoftware.co.uk
> www.sellmyretro.com
>
> > On May 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM Renato Barigazzi <renatobariga...@tin.it>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi
> > Using Psion Archive I made a _dbf file too big and now I cannot open it:
> > “error 80, out of memory”. Is there any solution to open tihs file ?
> > Best regards
> > Renato Barigazzi
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Re: [Ql-Users] Archive file

2016-05-08 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
It is rare to come across this.  Do you have expanded memory on your QL and/or a
disk drive? 
 
If you are loading it from microdrive cartridge, then ensure that anything else
which uses the QL memory is disabled (such as Toolkit II and other toolkits). 
Disk interfaces also use some of the QL memory.
 
If you only have a bare QL and have nothing but QL Archive running - ensure you
are running v2.38 of Archive (the last version) as that may help.  Ask someone
else to put the database on disk for you.
 
If you have it on disk, then use an emulator on a PC to set up a QL session with
more memory, and then you will need to find some way of splitting the database
into smaller segments, or reducing some of the data for example.
 
Rich Mellor
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> On May 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM Renato Barigazzi <renatobariga...@tin.it> wrote:
>
>
> Hi
> Using Psion Archive I made a _dbf file too big and now I cannot open it:
> “error 80, out of memory”. Is there any solution to open tihs file ?
> Best regards
> Renato Barigazzi
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Re: [Ql-Users] smsqe3 v 3.26 and smulator

2016-04-29 Thread Rich Mellor

The link to the ebook on Amazon is:

*http://tinyurl.com/zhnmhfd

*Rich

On 29/04/2016 14:59, Caroline Mathieson wrote:

there was an email recently about jan jones ebook. Can anyone remind me of the 
amazon details please?






To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
From: de...@q40.de
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:52:23 +0100
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] smsqe3 v 3.26 and smulator

Hi Wolfgang,

The new update works great.

SMSQmulator looks to running faster on my Ubuntu 14.04 X64 Core i7 laptop.

Regards,

Derek

On 28/04/16 19:57, Wolf wrote:

Hi,

yes, sorry about that.

I've updated the binaries zipfile on the SMSQE website.

I also just uploaded SMSQmulator v. 2.19 with a certain number of bugfixes.

Support for the Java 6 version of SMSQmulator has now been discontinued.

Have fun!

Wolfgang





On 04/28/2016 02:48 PM, David Gilham wrote:

I just download the binaries for smsq3.26
Unless I have done some thing nstupid  It wolud appear that the binary
for
SMQmulator
seems not to work needeing  me log out
version 3.25 of SMSQE works ok
I am using full screen mode and hi colour in my configuration.
My setup is an IBM Thinkpad running linux kernal 3.13
The version of SMsQmulator is 2.18 and Iam using Java7


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Re: [Ql-Users] screen info in assembler

2016-01-13 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
You could also have a look at the source code for the display toolkit by Dilwyn
- http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/tk/

This works on all QL systems.

> On January 13, 2016 at 9:02 PM Tobias Fröschle <tobias.froesc...@t-online.de>
> wrote:
>
>
> Marcos,
>
> that is not exactly trivial to do portably over all QDOSMSQ platforms. Below a
> recipe how I do it:
>
> Check for PE (IOP.PINF). If available, screen extent is easy: you can get
> scr_xlim and scr_ylim via the IOP.FLIM PE call. (If not, xlim is a bit more
> difficult and ylim not 100% possible afaik)
> open a con_ channel (or use channel id 0, which might give you wrong info on
> Minerva)
> Get System Variable address (MT.INF)
> get the channel table address from SV_CHBAS from system variables
> Walk the channel table starting at that address, looking for the tag part of
> your channel id from (2) in $10. Some people simply take the first channel
> table entry, which is for con_ #0 most of the time….. But sometimes it
> isn't...
> once you found your channel, look into sd_scrb (or scr_base, $32 from start of
> that con_ channel definition block) and scr_llen at $64 from start
> If you don’t have PE, scr_xlim can be derived from the current mode (which
> gives you bits per pixel, 2==Mode 4, 4 == Mode 8, 8 ==Mode 256,…) . You simply
> divide scr_llen * 8 by the # of bits/pixel and get the number of pixels per
> line.
> I currently have no idea how to properly get at scr_ylim without PE - My code
> normally just guesses from the above. The only platform that does not
> necessarily have PE loaded (because of SMSQ/E) and still supports other than
> the standard QL resolutions is uqlx, to my knowledge.
>
> For the exact layout of the data structures, have a look at the QL Technical
> guide or the QDOS/SMSQ Reference Manual.
>
> Hope this helps,
> Tobias
>
>
> > Am 13.01.2016 um 21:26 schrieb Marcos Cruz <q...@programandala.net>:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I need some help.
> >
> > Which is the easiest way to get the screen info from assembly is SMSQ/E?
> > I mean, what `scr_base`, `scr_xlim`, `scr_ylim` and `scr_llen` do in
> > SBASIC.
> >
> > I've found the code of those keywords in the SMSQ/E sources, and I'm
> > studying it in order to remove the SBASIC stuff, but I'm wondering if
> > someone has done this before.
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
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[Ql-Users] Trump Card Clones

2015-11-04 Thread Rich Mellor
I see that someone from Russia has now cloned the Trump Card and is 
offering them for sale (they have a few in stock at the moment):


http://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/Sinclair-QL-RAM-expansion-and-floppy-disk-interface-10861

At last someone has managed to make a replica :)

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Re: [Ql-Users] Toolkit 3

2015-06-28 Thread Rich Mellor
So far as I know I only have the files which are on the Sinclair QL 
Homepage - certainly I can't see anything on my hard disk!


Rich


On 28/06/2015 10:51, Ralf Reköndt wrote:
Rich Mellor has the complete package, as has George Gwilt. So maybe 
one of them can send this to Dilwyn.


Cheers...Ralf

- Original Message - From: Derek Stewart de...@q40.de
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 11:21 AM
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Toolkit 3


Hi Ralf,

Thank you for the clarification, I remember in the early 1990s Martin
sent me an message via FidoNET: QL.INIT indocating that the WIN device
could be included in the DEVLINK process, by patching the TK3 file the
the WIN device.

This allowed the WIN to have TK3 style directories, at that time I used
Minerva, as SMSQ/E was not stable at that time.

I will see if I can find the echomail message and post it here.

With regards to the Manual, there is a manual in the archive with the 
ROM.


I have just noticed that the TK3_ROM is a rom image, so LRESPR will not
load it, you have use EPROM_LOAD.

I have a Digital Precision Disk of TK3, which has a LRESPRable file, I
will send this to Dilwyn, since it id freeware now.

Seems all the QL software I have bought is free now...

Regards,

Derek

On 28/06/15 09:16, Ralf Reköndt wrote:

No, they aren't Hard Devices. Martin has developed an idea from me a s
follows:

I had quite a few games on one flp. And I wanted to put them in a kind
of directory, say Game1_, Game2_ and so on. That was long before TT's
hard directories, lets call them TK2 directories, just an addition to
the filename. As the different game programs can't cope with this
addition in the filename, I asked Martin to make a solution to that, so
I can (of course with TK2)

DDOWN Game1_
LRUN BOOT

And the games code finds all of its files, TK3 pushed the addition
GAME1_ to all of its file operations. That worked under SuperBASIC and
under machine code level.

As I said, all without TT's hard directories. It is not guaranteed, that
it will work with that. Martin links all drectory devide drivers during
initialisation of TK3 (or DEVLINK), except the device WIN, as this
should always do his own stuff.

A problem is, that Martin uses some kind of free places of system
variables, which TT later used on his own, although Martin has sent
documentation about that early enough to TT.

One can read in the SMSQ/E version documentation, that from one version,
TT has disabled the intialisaton of TK3. So things may go wrong.

There were times in the 1980s, where not all programmers are loved.

Cheers...Ralf

I hope, to make it a bit clearer.

- Original Message - From: Derek Stewart de...@q40.de
To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
Sent: Sunday, June 28, 2015 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] Toolkit 3




On 28/06/15 07:54, Michael Bulford wrote:

Hi,

In the latest Quanta magazine, Toolkit 3 is now advertised as
freeware. After downloading and unzipping the file, it wouldn't work,
it just freezes the QL.  I've tried using LRESPR with both QPC2 and
Q-emuLator, both without joy.  There's no instructions in the user
manual.  Has anyone tried this?

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Hi Michael,

I used use on a Minerva when the Toolkit 3 was commercial.

As far as I can remember Toolkit 3 has a procure called DEVLINK, which
alters the QDOS devices MDV, FLP, RAM to use attempt at hard 
directories.


This was prior to SMSQ/E and Level 2  3 device drivers, Toolkit 3
maybe not run on an SMSQ/E system for that reason.

There is a manual in the Digital Precision software.

Regards,

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Re: [Ql-Users] Toolkit 3

2015-06-28 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
From memory, LRESPR does not work with it - you need to get the file size and
add another 2K
 
It has been a while since I tried it!
 
Rich

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 Hi,

 In the latest Quanta magazine, Toolkit 3 is now advertised as freeware. After
 downloading and unzipping the file, it wouldn't work, it just freezes the QL.
 I've tried using LRESPR with both QPC2 and Q-emuLator, both without joy.
 There's no instructions in the user manual. Has anyone tried this?

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[Ql-Users] QL Workshop in Manchester - 26th 27th September 2015

2015-05-29 Thread Rich Mellor
NEMQLUG have asked if I could promote a QL workshop which they are 
running in Manchester on the weekend of 26th and 27th September.


Everyone is invited to attend - would be great if Paul could come along 
with some QL-SD interfaces for sale (for example).


I am hoping that I will be fit enough to attend also  :D

More details appear on my website:

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Workshop in Manchester - 26th 27th September 2015

2015-05-29 Thread Rich Mellor
That's a shame, but I am sure if you make some stock someone will sell 
them on your behalf :)



On 29/05/2015 10:15, p...@zx81.de wrote:

Hello Richard
Unfortunately I won't be able to attend. I have a seminar that weekend.
And I doubt I will be able to make any profits regarding the travel costs.
But if you are able to attend I can send you a package with some QLSD and ram 
cards. If you can't attend but know a trusted person I can send the package to 
someone else.
Kind regards
Paul




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NEMQLUG have asked if I could promote a QL workshop which they are running in 
Manchester on the weekend of 26th and 27th September.

Everyone is invited to attend - would be great if Paul could come along with 
some QL-SD interfaces for sale (for example).

I am hoping that I will be fit enough to attend also  :D

More details appear on my website:

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Re: [Ql-Users] QDOS / SMS,Reference Manual ebook

2015-05-12 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
I thought there was already an online version - or is it just pdf?

 On May 12, 2015 at 8:09 PM Derek Stewart de...@q40.de wrote:


 Hi Rich,

 I am using Sigil to edit the epub file, which formats each page pr
 section into a series of HTML files and uses ZIP compression to produce
 the final epub file.

 Which is how I produced the SBASIC Reference Manual Ebook, I dumped the
 HTML web pages into Sigil and after a little reformatting produced a
 nice ebook for my Kindle.

 Sigil can merge all the HTML pages into a single HTML file.

 So I suppose a web version is possible, on the assumption the detail can
 be corrected.

 Regards,

 Derek

 On 12/05/15 16:56, Rich Mellor wrote:
  That is great - any contributions to correct errors in the text are of
  course welcome, so that they can be incorporated into the free online
  version of the manual!
 
 
  On 12/05/2015 16:32, Derek Stewart wrote:
  I have been converting the QDOS/SMS Reference Manual PDF manual to
  work on my Kindle, using Sigil to convert the screen copied text to
  epub - mobi. This for my reference.
 
  I have nearly finished and corrected some obvious mistakes.
 
  However, there is a little problem in the manual:
 
  Section 5.2 File I/O, Page 3, Last Paragraph:
 
  quote
 
  The IOF.FLSH and IOF.TEST commands are subtly different: IOF.FLSH
  ensures that all write operations are complete, whereas IOF.TEST
  ensures that all write and read operations (including
  prefetches) are complete.
 
  /quote
 
  I can not find any reference to IOF.TEST
 
  Should this be IOB.TEST ?
 
  Regards,
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QDOS / SMS,Reference Manual ebook

2015-05-12 Thread Rich Mellor
That is great - any contributions to correct errors in the text are of 
course welcome, so that they can be incorporated into the free online 
version of the manual!



On 12/05/2015 16:32, Derek Stewart wrote:
I have been converting the QDOS/SMS Reference Manual PDF manual to 
work on my Kindle, using Sigil to convert the screen copied text to 
epub - mobi. This for my reference.


I have nearly finished and corrected some obvious mistakes.

However, there is a little problem in the manual:

Section 5.2 File I/O, Page 3, Last Paragraph:

quote

The IOF.FLSH and IOF.TEST commands are subtly different: IOF.FLSH 
ensures that all write operations are complete, whereas IOF.TEST 
ensures that all write and read operations (including

prefetches) are complete.

/quote

I can not find any reference to IOF.TEST

Should this be IOB.TEST ?

Regards,

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[Ql-Users] Sinclair Prototypes

2014-12-30 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
It is a real shame to see, but someone has been listing prototype mock-ups /
casings which were given to his father by Sinclair from their archives many
years ago.

The user has already sold a ZX Spectrum and ZX81 prototype, but has a ZX80 case
prototype or two, as well as some others (including a ZX90 !) - no sign of any
QL related items, although there is something which looks very similar to a Z88
!!

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http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/710-53481-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=2pub=5574650064toolid=10001campid=5336429263customid=icep_item=261717863599ipn=psmainicep_vectorid=229508kwid=902099mtid=824kw=lg

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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly eMagazine - Latest News

2014-12-03 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
 On December 3, 2014 at 8:42 PM Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk wrote:


 Christmas is coming,
 Norm is getting fat,
 Time to put something,
 In everyone's hat!

 Ok, I'll stop doing the poetry!

 Edition 2 of the eMagazine is in progress, there's still time to sign up
 if you haven't already, but what I have managed to do is take all the
 previous articles that were published in QL Today over the many years,
 and merge them together (with George's corrections of course!) into a
 small PDF book of about 300 odd pages.

 The various ASCII Art diagrams have been redone as dot files which
 then get converted to png images with Graphviz. A nice tool when yo can
 get your head around it! You describe the diagram you want and it draws
 it for you.

 All the linked list images and such like have been changed to proper
 images now.

 The original articles have been run through a tool called db2latex which
 takes my original source files in Docbook XML format, and spits out a
 pile of latex files (pronounced Lay-tech, as in a Scottish loch as
 opposed to an English lock!)

 These were modified slightly to add captions etc to the diagrams and
 (most of) the tables, then typeset with pdfLatex to produce the book you
 will find at:

 http://qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/QLToday/QL_Assembly.pdf.

 I hope you enjoy it. I know from some of the feedback I've received
 since March (yes, it really was back in March that issue 1 came out!)
 that some people wanted a beginners' section. Hopefully this helps!

 Happy (early) Christmas and/or whatever Winter festival you celebrate.


 Cheers,
 Norm.


Many thanks Norm - a huge amount of re-reading there as I enjoyed your original
articles - it is nicely laid out and easy to pick out the actual assembly
listings which is useful.


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Re: [Ql-Users] Paruse Partyp

2014-11-29 Thread Rich Mellor

Hi all,

There is some more explanation and worked examples of PARNAM$, PARTYP 
and PARUSE in the SBASIC/SuperBASIC Reference Manual - see


http://www.rwapsoftware.co.uk/SBASIC_reference_manual_online/KeywordsP.html#PARTYP

Rich


On 29/11/2014 14:04, François Van Emelen wrote:

Hi all,

(Is there still someone listening here?)

Three questions

1. Can someone tell me why the values printed for PARTYP and PARUSE in 
lines 240 to 350 are always 2?

 Is there something wrong with these functions or am I missing something?

100 :REMark  test return values of par_use,par_typ,parnam$
110 REMark string
120   pay$=Belgium
130 REMark array
140  DIM 
langue$(2,10):langue$(0)=Dutch:langue$(1)=French:langue$(2)=German:

150 REMark float
160  keyboardcode=32
170 REMark integer
180  a%=1
190 PRINT TEST_PARAM(pay$,langue$,keyboardcode,a%):PAUSE
200 :
210 DEFine FuNction TEST_PARAM (p$,l$,k,i%)
220 :
230 :
240 PRINT PARNAM$(1)  :REMark prints 'pay$' as expected
250 PRINT PARTYP(1)   :REMark prints 2  :shouldn't that be 1 -string
260 PRINT PARUSE(1)   :REMark prints 2  :shouldn't that be 1 -variable
270 PRINT PARNAM$(2)  :REMark prints 'langue$' as expected
280 PRINT PARTYP(2)   :REMark prints 2 :shouldn't that be 1 -string
290 PRINT PARUSE(2)   :REMark prints 2 :shouldn't that be 2 -langue$ 
is an array

300 PRINT PARNAM$(3)  :REMark prints 'keyboardcode' as lexpected
310 PRINT PARTYP(3)   :REMark prints 2: correct - keyboardcode is a 
float

320 PRINT PARUSE(3)   :REMark prints 2::shouldn'tthat  be be 1 -string
330 PRINT PARNAM$(4)  :REMark prints 'a%' as expected
340 PRINT PARTYP(4)  : REMark prints 2 :shouldn't that be be 3 - a% 
is an integer

350 PRINT PARUSE(4)  : REMark prints 2 :shouldn't be be 1 -variable
360 REMark the values for partyp and paruse are always 2:why?
370  RETurn What's wrong?:
380  REMark the returned value is not important here
390 :
400 END DEFine TEST_PARAM
2. Is there a way to find out how many languages are supported 
(English,French,..)?
3. Once we know which language is active (with language($), can we 
access the strings containing the days of the week

and the string with the names of the months?

Some help would be appreciated.
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Re: [Ql-Users] PC issues

2014-10-09 Thread Rich Mellor
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Re: [Ql-Users] Quanta News

2014-10-01 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Hi Dilwyn,

If the magazine is due to come out after 11th October, please include details of
the new QL Games Box-Sets (3, 4 and 5) as they will be launched at the show in
Edinburgh

Rich

 On October 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk
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 I’ll be putting together the news column for Quanta magazine later this week,
 and this month we are very light on news! So if you have any QL-related news
 you’d like to see in print, please send it to me by the end of this week.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Prowess Printer drivers

2014-09-14 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
It depends - there are standard ESC/P drivers built into ProWess which support
up to 360dpi and work with QPCPrint, or you can install my enhanced ESC/P2
drivers which support 720dpi - never did manage to work out how they get
1440dpi!

There is a program configure supplied with Prowess which allows you to install
the default printer driver if it is not already set to an Epson printer

Rich

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 Peter Fox schreef op 17/08/2014 om 19:38:
  Hi there,
 
  Having installed QPCPrint, I need to change the printer driver in Prowess
  but have completely forgotten how to do this.
 
  Can someone please help?
 
  TIA  Regards
 
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 configurate QPC2.
 No need (at least for me) to modify the printer drivers in Prowess. I
 can print from within Prowess/Paragraph using the default driver.

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[Ql-Users] MicroP QJUMP ROM

2014-08-16 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Can anyone actually get Tony Tebby to respond to emails?

I emailed him ages ago to ask about whether we could make the QJUMP ROM upgrade
for MIcroP and Medic Interfaces available for free download, but have not
received a response.

I know that QPAC1, QPAC2 and QPTR have now been made freely available - but what
about QRAM, QTYP and QMON ?

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[Ql-Users] SBASIC / SuperBASIC Reference Manual - Online (HTML)

2014-08-10 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Thanks to some sterling work by tcat to further develop the automatic conversion
tool, the first version of the SBASIC/SuperBASIC Reference Manual is now online
at:

http://www.rwapsoftware.co.uk/SBASIC_reference_manual_online/Foreword.html

JOBS to do - volunteers are required, as I will not have time for this - it
is now going to be a community project

If you don't come forward with changes, then they are unlikely to be done!

a) Write a home page to form the main link to the manual
b) Improve CSS and layout
c) Some more work on the conversion tool to handle the non-English characters -
especially needed for Appendix 8 and 9.
d) tcat to add the latest version conversion tool source to the forum for
comments / changes to be suggested and made - you might spot more ways in which
it can be improved to reduce the amount of manual effort needed.
e) Volunteers to take ownership of a specific page and hand edit it to improve
the layout - remove some of the line breaks for example in each paragraph.

If you download a page to edit the HTML in a WYSIWYG editor, you will need
access to the CSS file:

http://www.rwapsoftware.co.uk/SBASIC_reference_manual_online/css/QLManualStyle.css

If someone wants to set up some sort of online system where people can edit
pages (eg. a wiki ?) then let me know and I can send a zip with all of the HTML
files.

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Re: [Ql-Users] News from DJ

2014-08-04 Thread Rich Mellor

On 04/08/2014 00:19, Marcos Cruz wrote:

En/Je/On 2014-08-03 16:56, Dilwyn Jones escribió / skribis / wrote :


I’ve added a new page to my website where I hope to include scanned
copies of QL-related magazines.

Thank you!


These are downloaded as zipped collections of scanned pages, one jpeg file per 
page.
If anyone would like to make these into PDFs, please feel free!

I suggest an easier alternative:  The filename extension can be changed
to .cbz; then a comic viewer will open the file, and you can read it
as comfortably as with a PDF viewer.


scan copies of other QL related magazines, copyright situation permitting

Do you know what's the copyright situation of Sinclair QL World?

Sinclair QL World rights are still (so far as I am aware) owned by 
Arcwind Limited.


However, it is impossible to get them to respond to an email about QL 
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[Ql-Users] QL WIki - HELP NEEDED !!!

2014-06-04 Thread Rich Mellor

I just do not have the time to keep working on the QL Wiki.

When I have asked people for help / comments, all I seem to get is 
'there is no information about X'


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair QL - we should be 
making the most of any publicity surrounding the anniversary, and 
promote the QL, its hardware and software as much as possible, so as to 
get some impetus behind the various projects going and maybe tease out 
some of the copyright holders, so that more software can be re-released.


The Wiki is crucial to this effort - there is masses of information 
which could be added to it - by anyone with half an hour to spend 
looking at a QL World / QL User magazine and entering some of the 
information from an advert (say the Digital Precision adverts which had 
a mass of information / hype about their programs).


If people want to sit back, bemoan the lack of software and information, 
then expect me / Dilwyn and Urs to enter all of the information - well, 
give us another 30 years and we might find time.


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Re: [Ql-Users] QL WIki - HELP NEEDED !!!

2014-06-04 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Hi Alexandre,

Many thanks for the offer.

You will first of all need to register on www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki

Do you have access to QL User / QL World magazines at all?  Basically, what we
need is someone to enter some of the information about the Digital Precision
products (as an example) - some of them already have entries - so if you take
something like:

http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/index.php?title=Media%20Managerlang=en

Once logged into the site, you can click on edit and then use the text which has
been entered for that title as a template for other programs.

To use it, go to the main Digital Precision page
http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/index.php?title=Digital%20Precision%20Ltd

And click on each software title - if there is no entry, you can click on Edit
Content to start the information.

If you don't have any details about Digital Precision, then see what you do have
- you may have copies of manuals, or inlays etc which will give you most of the
information required.

Rich

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 I just do not have the time to keep working on the QL Wiki.
 
  When I have asked people for help / comments, all I seem to get is
  'there is no information about X'
 
  This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Sinclair QL - we should be
  making the most of any publicity surrounding the anniversary, and
  promote the QL, its hardware and software as much as possible, so as to
  get some impetus behind the various projects going and maybe tease out
  some of the copyright holders, so that more software can be re-released.
 
  The Wiki is crucial to this effort - there is masses of information
  which could be added to it - by anyone with half an hour to spend
  looking at a QL World / QL User magazine and entering some of the
  information from an advert (say the Digital Precision adverts which had
  a mass of information / hype about their programs).
 
  If people want to sit back, bemoan the lack of software and information,
  then expect me / Dilwyn and Urs to enter all of the information - well,
  give us another 30 years and we might find time.
 
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL WIki - HELP NEEDED !!!

2014-06-04 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
If I had time to develop the wiki software then I could add some form of picture
upload.

As it is, send them to me and when I get chance I can upload them - the
preservation project goes alongside this, so basically when we test software, we
try to save a screenshot ready to upload onto the wiki

Alas my time is limited (for unpaid work), and my health is also hampering
progress.

It does not help that when I asked for help 2 years ago, very little help was
forthcoming - just criticism about the Wiki content and the preservation project
!

 On June 4, 2014 at 9:50 PM Marcel Kilgus ql-us...@mail.kilgus.net wrote:


 Rich Mellor wrote:
  I just do not have the time to keep working on the QL Wiki.
 
  When I have asked people for help / comments, all I seem to get is
  'there is no information about X'

 I will try to contribute a bit of what I know, though I have little
 knowledge of most old software.

 Are there any plan to support easy upload of pictures? I think
 screenshots would be a welcome addition to most articles.

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Re: [Ql-Users] GST QC

2014-06-01 Thread Rich Mellor
Realistically without more information as to what he means by 'won't 
work' is needed


Has he unzipped it in Windows or inside the QL for example - he should 
have attached the zip file directly as a drive in q-emulator and then 
extracted to a folder - I just tried the version here which is in the 
Preservation Team's shared folder and that seems to work fine in 
q-emulator (although I am not sure how to test it!)


Rich


On 01/06/2014 19:45, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
A user in Belgium has reported a possible problem with the GST QC 
compilers on my website - it looks like it doesn't work on QemuLator 
at least.


Not being C literate, I haven't a clue how to address this - can 
anyone help us?


(BTW - I realised it was messy having one version on my C page, 
another on my Programming Languages page, so I've moved them all onto 
the C page at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/c/index.html )


Dilwyn Jones


I'm a bit confused with the GST-QC package.
When I download it from the 'C and C68' directory, this version will 
unzip, boot, show a nice shell environment...and won't work.

I use Q-emulator BTW. (and i'm having the same problem with Xchange)
In the Programming Language Section there is another version of 
GST-QC. This won't even unzip, a problem with the directory

or something.
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Re: [Ql-Users] QL backplanes....

2014-05-03 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
I no longer use a QL with a back-plane - when I did have that set up it was to
use an Aurora, Super Gold Card and QubIDE in a PC Tower Case.

I also liked to have a spare slot for access to a QEP III for example (although
I never had one at the time)...

The main issue now is that ATX cases (for which this combination was designed I
think) are now hard to find.

The main problem I used to have with that original set up (and with other
backplane setups I have looked at) was how each card is fitted into the
backplane - typically with nothing to support them other than a bit of cardboard
between each board, or maybe some plastic toothed strips which it was not always
easy to attach onto the edge of the boards (due to chips near the edge) and
quite often fell off in transit...

 On May 3, 2014 at 6:50 PM Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:


 I tried to start a discussion earlier on
 QL forum about
 QL backplanes, and asked people to send photos of their systems and tell me
 how they used them, and what factors made their decisions... I got a very
 poor response of zero to th
 at
 request. :)

 I have decided I phrased the question too narrowly. The area I am looking
 at is much wider than my question, so I have decided to rephrase the
 conversation in a new thread.

 QL2 looks like it will have some built-in expansion, possibly including two
 or three pre-decoded areas. It will need to be able to work as a swap-out
 replacement for QLs or Aurora in cased systems, while still fitting in the
 footprint of the original QL board so it can fit in a QL case. This implies
 an edge connector like the QL's own...

 Given the generally poor signal quality of the Qplane, and the (some say)
 uncomfortable layout of the Mplane, and the slew of new hardware soon
 looking for a spot in systems that are already full, I have to consider the
 possibility of a new backplane learning lessons from everything currently
 existing.

 I asked my question in the light of the above. I was hoping to learn what's
 important and what's not to most people.

 This doesn't just feed into a maybe new backplane, but also feeds into the
 ultimate design and expansion possibilities of QL2 itself.

 So, what do you think about expansion? What's the deal with your set-ups?
 What would you like to improve them?

 If you are both here and on QL Forum, please reply there:
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Re: [Ql-Users] Is there any interest?

2014-05-01 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Depends on weight, but it might be worth sending it to Dave Park first to
replace the sponges on the microdrive cartridges - then if it all came to me
(you send the other stuff direct), then I can disseminate it to the various user
groups who are specifically interested in the ZX81 / TS1000 and the TS2068 - as
well as preserving the QL stuff.

Rich

 On May 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM paul paulh...@ameritech.net wrote:


 Secreted away in my trove of Sinclair materials is a box of goodies left
 over from the days of SyncWare News.

 SyncWare News was a technical and software featuring USA publication of
 about 6 years, 1983-1989, totaling somewhere around 42 issues before it
 retired.

 Software (on a varity of media), articles, reviews, contest submissions,
 and various bits and pieces of what was once interesting stuff, all
 ZX81, TS1000, TS2068, and QL related.

 Would anyone be interested enough for it to be worthwhile cattylogging
 some of it and listing it for sale here?

 I believe that most of the box's contents are the original submissions
 for publication, so what would end up available would be the original
 media, Docs, proposed article writeups and what ever else is located and
 attached with the material.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Things I have learned...

2014-04-28 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)


 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!

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[Ql-Users] Quanta AGM Tomorrow (27th April 2014)

2014-04-26 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Just a quick reminder that the Quanta AGM is happening tomorrow (27th April) - I
have to admit that I had forgotten about this, until I received an email from
Keith Dunbar reminding me to add quanta.org to Skype if I intended taking part.

Is anyone else taking part in this virtual AGM ??

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL Meeting Italy

2014-04-23 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Whereabouts are you planning on holding the show?

I can email the QL users in Italy for you - maybe other countries if it is in
the North!

Rich

 On April 23, 2014 at 9:41 PM Davide Santachiara d.santachi...@libero.it
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 Hi All,

 We are trying to organize a QL meeting in Italy on 18th of May (Sunday) very
 similar to the last one held in 2008. You will find information and a report
 on www.sinclairql.it - i.e. it will be something very informal with the main
 goal to spend a day together and having a good lunch in a nearby trattoria.

 However we would really appreciate if somebody from outside Italy would be
 willing to join us by teleconference presenting his products or latest
 software or hardware development. That could be easily (tbc) managed by
 skype or other videoconference systems as we did in 2008 with Daniele from
 the US.

 The date is not yet fixed in stone as we are trying to reach a minimum
 number of person to justify the effort but it appears likely so far. If
 anybody is interested in joining us with a telecon for a presentation please
 write me privately.

 Thanks in advance

 Kind regards

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Re: [Ql-Users] Bestmalt Limited - QL Cadette and more

2014-04-08 Thread Rich Mellor

Richard,

That is excellent - it will be interesting to see what else you might 
have for the Preservation Project!!


We are still missing all sorts of titles, and foreign versions of Psion 
software - but then there are only a handful of people offering stuff 
for the project!


Rich


On 08/04/2014 11:49, Richard Howe wrote:

Hi Rich

The author gave me a copy of QL Cadette at the time of its release. I seem
to recall the A4 manual had a yellow front cover and red spine. All my QL
software is in boxes in a shed but I will see if I can locate it in the next
few days. It will probably be on a 20 year old floppy if it is still there.

Best wishes
Richard Howe (Tech)

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To: QL Users
Subject: [Ql-Users] Bestmalt Limited - QL Cadette and more

Does anyone have a copy of the software released by Bestmalt Limited - their
best known title was probably QL Cadette?

The copyright holders have confirmed that this can now be re-released as
freeware - if only we can find a copy of the software !!

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fwd: QLis30 update

2014-04-08 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)

 On April 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM Dilwyn Jones dil...@evans1511.fsnet.co.uk wrote:


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

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

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From my point of view - at the moment, there has been no improvement in my
health and tests are failing to diagnose the issue.

No-one else came forward to help organise an event in Cambridge, so it looks as
though Edinburgh is the only option open at the moment.

I am hopeful I will be able to attend as a trader, but cannot guarantee that
without a drastic improvement in my health unfortunately.

Rich


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[Ql-Users] Bestmalt Limited - QL Cadette and more

2014-04-07 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Does anyone have a copy of the software released by Bestmalt Limited - their
best known title was probably QL Cadette?

The copyright holders have confirmed that this can now be re-released as
freeware - if only we can find a copy of the software !!

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[Ql-Users] ByteBack Software

2014-04-07 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Does anyone know anything about Byte Back that used to advertise software for
the QL - they published Quest for the Dragon Sword for the QL, and a few other
titles for the Amiga and Atari.

They were NOT the same company as Byte Back which produced interfaces for the
ZX81 unfortunately (as I am in contact with them)



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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Mailing List News

2014-03-21 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
I have had a quick glance, but struggling to find the time to read it at the
moment - there is just SO much material to consider :)

Rich


 On March 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM Ian Burkinshaw ian.burkins...@btopenworld.com
 wrote:


 Hi Norman

 Yes, I have read it.
 Yes, I like it, more please.
 Yes, the PDF version looks great, to me.
 Nothing, to be changed as far as I am concerned.
 I prefer PDF.
 I am sure I will have questions, when I try to make it all work. But working
 on another QL project which is exciting, hopefully more news soon.
 Keep going George, keep Norman on his toes.

 Ian Burkinshaw
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 To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
 Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2014 8:12 PM
 Subject: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Mailing List News


  Evening all,
 
  the latest news from the Assembly language mailing list is:
 
  1. Kindle version now available.
 
  Issue 1 of the QL Today Memorial Assembly Language Mailing List irregular
  eMagazine is now available in a fourth flavour, added just today we now
  have:
 
  MOBI (aka Kindle) -
  qdosmsq.dunbar-it.co.uk/downloads/AssemblyLanguage/Issue_001/Assembly_Language_001.mobi
 
  * You can download the Mobi version and then transfer it to your Kindle
  via the USB, or;
 
  * You can send the file directly to your Kindle using your Kindle's email
  address (You can find this under settings on your device) - however, make
  sure you are on WiFi otherwise Amazon will charge you for this service if
  you have or use 3G to download the file.
 
 
  2. The amount of feedback I have had on Issue 1 so far has been a
  resoundingly huge amount of nothing! :-(
 
  Has anyone read it?
  Do you like it?
  What don't you like?
  Is the format reasonable?
  What would you like to see changed?
  Does it look ok on your eReader, if you use one?
  Do you prefer HTML, PDF, ePub or Mobi?
  Do you have any questions?
  Will George find something wrong? ;-) (I hope so!)
  Etc?
 
  Anyway, enjoy the added flavour!
 
 
  Cheers,
  Norm.
 
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  Registered address:
  27a Lidget Hill
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Re: [Ql-Users] Ekotek The Simulator

2014-03-18 Thread Rich Mellor

On 18/03/2014 12:13, Ian Burkinshaw wrote:

Has anybody been able to get passed the copy protection on this Flight Simulator program. 
I am trying to run it on QPC, but get Illegal Copy notice. I guess the 
program looks up something hidden on a MDV. Thanks to Dave Parks felt pads, they do work. 
I have rescued all the files off my MDV's but am now stuck.

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This is one of the most problematic programs.

I have a disk based version which can be used under q-emulator to make 
new master disks, but that is it.


Email me separately if you need a new master disk (you will need to 
supply me with a photo of the cartridge or packaging as proof of 
ownership of the original).


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

2014-03-17 Thread Rich Mellor
I use TotalEdit as my preferred text editor - anyone fancy working on 
one for that?



On 17/03/2014 12:34, Lee Privett wrote:

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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[Ql-Users] SMSQ/e - Some oddities in PRINT

2014-03-14 Thread Rich Mellor
For those of you not on the QL Forums, one of the users has noticed a 
minor oddity when using multiple instances of a string in a PRINT 
statement and that string is amended by a Function at the same time.


Although the way it works is understandable, it has highlighted an issue 
in SMSQ/e where the resulting PRINT statement gets confused - see


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Re: [Ql-Users] QFLP Replacement ROMs

2014-03-13 Thread Rich Mellor

OK - I have now emailed Tony Tebby as no-one else offered


On 12/03/2014 20:21, Rich Mellor (RWAP) wrote:

I don't have Tony Tebby's email address - could someone who is in fairly regular
touch with him, ask him if the QJUMP QFLP ROM upgrades for the Medic and MicroP
disk interfaces could now be made freely available please?

QPAC1 and QPAC2 have now been made available as freeware (thanks Marcel and
Tony).

We should also ask about the other QJUMP products

QTYP II
QMON
QPTR (or is this already available?)

Was there anything else produced by QJUMP ?

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[Ql-Users] QFLP Replacement ROMs

2014-03-12 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
I don't have Tony Tebby's email address - could someone who is in fairly regular
touch with him, ask him if the QJUMP QFLP ROM upgrades for the Medic and MicroP
disk interfaces could now be made freely available please?

QPAC1 and QPAC2 have now been made available as freeware (thanks Marcel and
Tony).

We should also ask about the other QJUMP products

QTYP II
QMON
QPTR (or is this already available?)

Was there anything else produced by QJUMP ?

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[Ql-Users] Foreign versions of Psion Software

2014-03-11 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Does anyone have a copy of the French Psion software?

At the moment, Dilwyn's site only has the English, American, Italian and German
versions.

I presume there may well have also been other versions - possibly Spanish

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Re: [Ql-Users] Assembly Language Mailing List

2014-03-03 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Norman,

Many thanks - I received my copy - how do you confirm?

Rich

 On March 3, 2014 at 9:22 PM Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk wrote:


 Evening all,

 I've just sent out the first email to the Assembly Language mailing
 list. If you are a registered and confirmed subscriber, you should have
 received it. Most of you have requested plain text emails and a few are
 getting the fully HTML'd version.

 There isn't a magazine as yet, it's coming though - as the mailing
 should explain.

 If anyone who has subscribed doesn't get an email then please check your
 spam bucket and if you find it there, please whitelist the mailing list.

 This is a small test to be sure everything is working as well as can be
 expected for something I'm involved in! ;-)

 If you don't get the email, and it is not in your spam bucket, let me
 know your username and email address (the one you subscribed with) and
 I'll see what's what.

 email to assembly @ qdosmsq . dunbar-it . co . uk (delete the spaces!)
 if you did not get an email from the list, and you did not fidn it in
 your spam bucket. Please don;t clog up the QL Users list with
 complaints, send them to the address above. Thanks.


 FYI there are 56 subscribers and one of you has not yet confirmed.


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[Ql-Users] ARK (Applied Research Kernel)

2014-02-26 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Richard Howe has provided a license to add the former ARK software titles to the
QL Homepage -

Does anyone have a copy of these please:

Spy v3
MasterSpy v3.3
Mailfile
Librarian
Stripper
Mailmerge

I have Cardfile and Archivist already

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Re: [Ql-Users] ARK (Applied Research Kernel)

2014-02-26 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Dilwyn has now found v3 of Spy - he has v2.1 of MasterSpy

 On February 26, 2014 at 7:52 PM Ralf Reköndt ralf.rekoe...@t-online.de
 wrote:


 I think, I have a Spy, Master or not, I will look.

 Cheers...Ralf

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  Richard Howe has provided a license to add the former ARK software titles
  to the
  QL Homepage -
 
  Does anyone have a copy of these please:
 
  Spy v3
  MasterSpy v3.3
  Mailfile
  Librarian
  Stripper
  Mailmerge
 
  I have Cardfile and Archivist already
 
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[Ql-Users] Jurgen Falkenberg QL Scanner

2014-02-25 Thread Rich Mellor

Does anyone have the software for the Jurgen Falkenberg QL Scanner ?

A user has contacted me who has the hardware, but his floppy disk is 
corrupt!



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[Ql-Users] Anelpum Quat Text Adventure

2014-02-19 Thread Rich Mellor
Does anyone have a copy of Anelpum Quat - it was written by Nick Ward, 
and published by CGH Services


Nick has agreed that his software can be released as freeware - 
unfortunately, I no longer have a working copy of Anelpum Quat


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Re: [Ql-Users] UnARJ, QATS, Home Finance

2014-02-19 Thread Rich Mellor

On 18/02/2014 19:07, Ralf Reköndt wrote:
As Home Finance is written in MC, I do not really understand, why the 
author do not change it, so it may be run with more memory. Or simply 
make the source code available. The program is very good (I have used 
it in early times a lot) but has a few things like lower case printing.


Cheers...Ralf



I guess the answer there is to try and track down the original author - 
Ron Dunnett managed to find him and get it released as freeware in the 
days of QUBBEsoft Public Domain, which was quite a few years ago now...


It was only by coming across one of Ron's old catalogues that I realised 
that this program should have been made available on Dilwyn's site...


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Re: [Ql-Users] Colossal Cave

2014-02-16 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)

 On February 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM Wayne Weedon wa...@fdos-design.com wrote:

 On 16/02/2014 14:50, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
  The first ever “interactive fiction” adventure game, Colossal Cave by
  William Crowther, is available for the QL. Tobias Fröschle obtained the
  sources from http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/games/source/ and ported it
  to the QL.

 Does anyone remember the Squaddies Text adventure? by Bob Weeks.

 Now whatever happened to that!

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I am sure that was a public domain adventure - I just remember all the bad
language!!

I bet Dilwyn has this somewhere

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Re: [Ql-Users] Colossal Cave

2014-02-16 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)

 On February 16, 2014 at 8:54 PM Tobias Fröschle
 tobias.froesc...@t-online.de wrote:

 I won’t bet.
 He has.


 Am 16.02.2014 um 21:53 schrieb Rich Mellor (RWAP) r...@rwapservices.co.uk:

 
  On February 16, 2014 at 8:07 PM Wayne Weedon wa...@fdos-design.com wrote:
 
  On 16/02/2014 14:50, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
  The first ever “interactive fiction” adventure game, Colossal Cave by
  William Crowther, is available for the QL. Tobias Fröschle obtained the
  sources from http://www.ifarchive.org/if-archive/games/source/ and ported
  it
  to the QL.
 
  Does anyone remember the Squaddies Text adventure? by Bob Weeks.
 
  Now whatever happened to that!
 
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  I am sure that was a public domain adventure - I just remember all the bad
  language!!
 
  I bet Dilwyn has this somewhere
 
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So he does - Squaddies appears at :

http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/games/index.html



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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 v4.02 released

2014-02-10 Thread Rich Mellor

On 09/02/2014 23:26, Marcel Kilgus wrote:

Rich Mellor (RWAP) wrote:

Just a query - what is the status of QPAC1 and QPAC2 now ?  Has Tony Tebby
released them as public domain?

Well, I've been the sole maintainer of both packages for the last 10+
years and have decided that it's about time for QPAC2 to be released
freely. Haven't even thought of QPAC1 because apart from sysmon that's
pretty much useless, but yeah, why not. Have at it.

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Excellent - can you please send the latest QPAC2 to Dilwyn to include on 
his Sinclair QL Homepage.


I will send him QPAC1 if you do not have it.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Concept 3D

2014-02-09 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
It works on q-emulator - what are you trying to run it on?

One of the problems with the original version was that it used a file called
'con' which SMSQ/e and Minerva don't like.  I think that has been renamed in the
distribution from Dilwyn's site.

Rich


 On February 9, 2014 at 4:28 PM jms1 j...@supanet.com wrote:

 On 2014-02-09 16:23, jms1 wrote:
  Has anybody got this program working and if so how did they do it?
 
  We have tried it and all we get is an error message *** Supercharged
  Basic halted after line 3 ***
 
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 Correction, error message should be:-

 *** Supercharged Basic halted after line 3 Error: already exists ***
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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 v4.02 released

2014-02-09 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)

 On February 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM Marcel Kilgus ql-us...@mail.kilgus.net wrote:

 Hi everybody.

 QPC2 v4.02 has just been released. I have only recently converted to
 Windows 7 and found that the SMSQ/E soft reset using
 CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+TAB didn't work anymore as Windows now uses
 CTRL+ALT+TAB for one of its many task switchers (ignoring the SHIFT
 key). It wasn't exactly easy, but I finally found a workaround for
 this.

 Also, QPC_VER$ was broken on QPC2v4.

 Includes SMSQ/E v3.19 with fixed appsup-window support.

 Also, there is a new qpcdemo.win with updated software on it. Plus it
 now includes QPAC2, as every proper system should have that ;-)

Great - many thanks for the update

Just a query - what is the status of QPAC1 and QPAC2 now ?  Has Tony Tebby
released them as public domain?

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Re: [Ql-Users] QubIDE II Source Code

2014-02-02 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Just be careful with the last ROMs - not sure if it was an error with the ROM
code, or the utilities which went with them - I recall that the disk could be
corrupted if you used the recycle bin facility !!

I also had problems that if the QL had not been switched on for a while, QubIDE
would no longer recognise the drive...

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 On February 2, 2014 at 7:03 PM Dave Park d...@sinclairql.com wrote:

 Hehe

 I don't know how I missed that! Actually, I do! I have two identically
 named folders, and looked in the same one twice - the wrong one!

 Thanks Marcel!

 Dave


 On Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 12:51 PM, Marcel Kilgus
 ql-us...@mail.kilgus.netwrote:

  Dave Park wrote:
   We would like to make further improvements, but unfortunately we do not
   have the source of the QubIDE II ROMs. If anyone out there has the
  source,
   we'd be grateful for a copy.
 
  Google qubide source and voila:
 
  http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/qlrom/qubide-gpl.zip
 
  Not that difficult it turns out ;-)
 
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[Ql-Users] Microdrive Emulator Driver

2014-01-29 Thread Rich Mellor
Martin Head has published a new driver for use on emulators which 
provides access to microdrive images.


Ideal for use with QPC2 and q-emulator (although q-emulator has its own 
native access to microdrive images)...


See http://www.qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=19t=749

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Re: [Ql-Users] Microdrive pinch rollers: Any sources out there?

2014-01-24 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Steve,

If you need some cartridges to use as part of the display - let me know and I
can let you have some of my better ones - I have a few which seem to be in good
condition - although not sure how long they will last.  One suggestion is to
apply glue to the felt pad before it splits - has anyone tried this?

Rich
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 On January 24, 2014 at 7:54 PM Stephen Usher st...@lingula.org.uk wrote:

 On 23/01/2014 11:20, Rich Mellor wrote:
  I have 3 replacement rollers left in stock
 
  See
  http://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/Replacement-Sinclair-QL-~~-ZX-Microdrive-Rollers-2630
 
 
  I have also been speaking with Louis Siedelmann who got these made about
  making some more
 
  Rich
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 That sounds excellent!

 I'm just prepping a QL for a hands-on display as part of an exhibition
 at the Oxford Museum of the History of Science, probably during May and
 it has a split roller. I might check out the other QL at the same time.

 I've tried some Microdrive cartridges, but they all seem to have succumb
 to the dreaded perished foam disease. A couple of years ago they were
 fine. :-/

 Still, at least the MICE ROM and mouse still works fine, as you can see...

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Re: [Ql-Users] Microdrive pinch rollers: Any sources out there?

2014-01-23 Thread Rich Mellor

I have 3 replacement rollers left in stock

See 
http://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/Replacement-Sinclair-QL-~~-ZX-Microdrive-Rollers-2630


I have also been speaking with Louis Siedelmann who got these made about 
making some more


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On 23/01/2014 01:53, Dave Park wrote:

Rich at RWAP was holding some stock of newly made replacements, I believe.

Dave


On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM, Stephen Usher st...@lingula.org.uk wrote:


I was just wondering if there were any sources of pinch rollers compatible
as replacements in Microdrives.

If not, I'm sure that there would be a market for them in the retro scene,
both QL and ZX Spectrum.

Rich, any ideas?

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[Ql-Users] z88DK Cross Compiler

2014-01-12 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
Has anyone ever looked at converting the z88DK C compiler (or any other C cross
compiler) to work with the QL?

There is an Amiga version which may provide a starting point.

It could be useful to help convert some of the games produced by the Mojon Twins
for the ZX Spectrum / CPC for example

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

2014-01-12 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
We should all try posting as much stuff on Twitter / Facebook and Google Plus
with the #sinclairql hashtag today!


 On January 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM Urs Koenig (QL) q...@bluewin.ch wrote:

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

 QL forever!

 Cheers, Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-SD Card Interface

2014-01-11 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
I'm afraid that I am probably the guilty party here - so please accept my
apologies.

I just thought it right that you should receive some credit - you did a lot of
work with these drivers without which the product would never have come to
market.

It is just a shame that you have not been able to get the drivers / hardware
working reliably on Javier's own version of the QL-SD.

Rich

 On January 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM Adrian Ives adr...@acanthis.co.uk wrote:

 References in the manual are OK, but I do not want to see my name in any
 advertising blurb - as I have done these last couple of days.

 Anyway I'm very pleased to see the QL-SD getting distributed at last. Well
 done to all involved.

 Sent from my Hudl

 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 Rich Mellor (RWAP)

 As to Javier (I thought his name was Miguel, by the way) and the alternative
 QL-SD, which is really just a QL-SD for the ROM port: Anyone with decent 68K
 assembler skills can port the driver. It is only necessary to create a new
 set of hardware-level interface modules - basically the routines that (from
 memory) init, getSize, GetLBA and PutLBA. In fact you can probably port the
 driver to any block-oriented device in that way. Of course, you do need at
 least one reliably working QL to do that ;)

 I believe most of the documentation needed is actually in the commented
 source code.

Oops yes, it is Miguel ( apologies Miguel) - I had just written an email to a
Javier - but then it is Saturday evening and I've been relaxing!!

Where is the source code for the driver by the way - has it been published?

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[Ql-Users] QL-SD Card Interface

2014-01-09 Thread Rich Mellor (RWAP)
The first QL-SD Card Interface based on Peter Graf's design, and with drivers
written in part by Adrian Ives is now available on SellMyRetro -

http://www.sellmyretro.com/offer/details/QL-SD-internal-SDHC-Card-Interface-for-QL-3596

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