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.
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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] 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 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
> >
> >
> > -
> > No virus found in this message.
> > 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] 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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Excellent - many thanks Wolfgang - I always found this quite useful
 
 
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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
www.rwapsoftware.co.uk
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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] 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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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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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 ?
 
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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
!!

- see
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] 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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 Hi,

 I reinstalled QPCprint yesterday and the only thing I had to do is
 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] 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

 On June 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM Alexandre Souza alexandre.tabaj...@gmail.com
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 Being a N00B, how can I helP?

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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.
 
  8-)
 
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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] 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:
 http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2t=951p=7631#p7631

 Thanks!


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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
 wrote:


 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] 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
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 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
 - Original Message -
 From: Norman Dunbar nor...@dunbar-it.co.uk
 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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  Dunbar IT Consultants Ltd
 
  Registered address:
  27a Lidget Hill
  Pudsey
  West Yorkshire
  United Kingdom
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  Company Number: 05132767
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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.


 Cheers,
 Norm.

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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

 - Original Message -
 From: 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] 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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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
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  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] 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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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
  www.rwapsoftware.co.uk

 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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[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,
 Peter
 
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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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