[Ql-Users] QL/E v3.21 is out now!

2021-12-31 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

as the final of a bombatic 2 months firework which brought us new releases of 
QPC2, SMSQmulator, SMSQ/E, QemuLator and sQLux, here's the Distribution which 
include all free ones!

QL/E v3.21 (Codename "Circle of Life", 2021 edition) is out now!

Details about it, Download & More as usual on the sinclairql.net website, link 
see message footer.

I wish you all a healthy, prosperous and Happy New Year 2022!

Cheers,
Urs


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Re: [Ql-Users] More Knoware

2021-12-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
What a repository of nice and handy things! Great work Per.

I'm working on the next release of QL/E and just yesterday, integrated Q2S, to 
be loaded as default on non-SMSQ systems. 

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] Knoware

2021-11-22 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Per wrote:
> Thereve been some changes to Knoware since the last announced update.
Wow, many 2021 updates. A lot to explore in the cold winter times.

Keep on doing the good work and keep Knoware alive!

I did little QL in summer/autumn due to both family and work reasons, but
recently started working on the next release of QL/E where I consider to
install at least some of your tools.

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 v5.01

2021-11-01 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Marcel wrote:
> In the wake of SMSQ/E 3.38 I can also finally release QPC2v5.01.
Thank you for this!

I call this a Halloween release weekend!

Due to 1) holiday today and 2) a rainy day, I already integrated all the new
releases into QL/E or at least had a quick view at them. Some minor findings
which I first need to double-check.

QL forever!
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Re: [Ql-Users] SMSQE 3.38

2021-10-31 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Wolfgang wrote:
> SMSQE 3.38 is out now.
That's great news! Thank you for the great work and support.

My QL season starts Oct 31 every year, so that's a perfect match!

Speaking of Oct 31, way back in 2009 we had the great "QL & Mac are 25"
international event at the Conference Center of the Verkehrshaus Lucerne in
Switzerland.
http://sinclairql.net/QL_and_Mac_are_25_international_event_EN.html
I remember we had very nice autumn weather those days. Same we had today,
sunny, blue sky, 16 degrees Celsius. I went hiking with beautiful view to
the Alps.

> Have fun!
Yes, I will.

I time and patience allows I will release QL/E v3.21 with latest SMSQ/E,
SMSQmulator and QPC2 later on this year.

QL forever!
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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 v5 released

2021-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
What a QL weekend!

In sequence, that's was highlight number four...

Marcel wrote:
> QPC1 went on sale in 1996, almost 25 years ago. Talk about commitment!
Yes, that's commitment & dependability!
Thumbs Up!

> It's become sort of a tradition to make QPC2 releases on the birthday
> of my daughter: exactly 7 years ago QPC2 became free, exactly 4 years
> ago I released the last version and today I can finally present QPC2
> v5!
Happy Birthday to Marla!

And many thanks for the present, QPC2v5!

> It has been a gruesome push to make the exact date, but thanks to
> Wolfgang Lenerz for making my time plan possible!
I know that type of stories so well, I tend to deliver best results with a
fixed deadline, either set by myself with a special date (Birthdays are good
ones) or set by the customer.

> Read up on the details here:
> 
> https://www.kilgus.net/2021/01/24/a-sign-of-the-apocalypse-qpc2-v5-is-
> here/
Good post!

QL forever!

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] SMSQmulator 2.30

2021-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
What a QL weekend!

In sequence, that's was highlight number three...

Wolfgang wrote:
> Hot on the heels of SMSQE 3.37, SMSQmulator 2.30 is out now.

Great news! Thank you for making it possible to run QL software almost
everywhere thanks to the Java implementation of a virtual QL machine.

Can't wait to explore the diffs and try it out with QL/E under Windows and
Linux (Intel and Raspi).

And not a bad timing to integrate it into the next version QL/E which is
planned to happen before Easter.

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Re: [Ql-Users] SMSQE 3.37

2021-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
What a QL weekend!

In sequence, that's was highlight number two...

Wolfgang wrote:
> SMSQE 3.37 is available on my site now.
Great news! Thank you for keeping it growing.

Can't wait to explore the diffs and try it out with both QL/E and Black
Phoenix on all my QL platforms.

And not a bad timing to integrate it into the next version QL/E which is
planned to happen before Easter.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fw: Next friday m68k chat: Sinclair QL and Alpha Micro Machines

2021-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
What a QL weekend!

In sequence, here's highlight number one...

John wrote:
> Urs will be presenting to the M68k group.I figured some may want to turn up
> as the show is pretty good!
Thank you very much John for your interest and support.

Yes, that happened Friday night and was such a great opportunity and awesome 
experience!

Invited and motivated by host Carsten Strotmann in November 2020, I had 
developed a plan and a worked out script to the present the QL in its glory. 
Preparation of the site and rehearsal took about 20 hours. Plus, without the 
work invested into "QL/E" in December 2020, the whole demo would not have been 
so smooth.

The whole thing has been recorded and is now available on YouTube!

The Grand Tour of Sinclair QL - Planet m68k evening chat Friday Jan 22nd 2021
https://youtu.be/Y4fhN5Qd5bo

This is all about the Sinclair QL world!

Here follows some written information given verbally in the presentation.

First-timers best start with the distribution "QL/E":
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

Have fun with QL/E!

In case you want everything (GBs of documentation, software and pictures), get 
"QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION, RELOADED!" which includes "QL/E":
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#TheDistribution

The book mentioned at the end of the presentation is called "DELETE." See the 
pictures of the Sinclair Industrial Design work in this 2013 video "RETURN, 
DELETE, TODAY...":
https://youtu.be/alP8r9dFxZs

QL web resources mentioned in the presentation:
https://www.youtube.com/QLvsJAGUAR
https://www.youtube.com/QLvsJAGUAR/community
http://sinclairql.net/
http://sinclairql.net/about_urs.html
http://www.wlenerz.com/smsqe/
https://www.kilgus.net/
http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/

And in the chat after the presentation we also talked more deeply about C 
compilers. Here's a good article on "C-Compilers for the QL" and "Cross 
Compilation for the Sinclair QL using qdos-gcc"
https://github.com/linneman/snake

I very much enjoyed presenting the Sinclair QL Professional Computer system on 
the Planet m68k evening chat!

Video recorded and edited by Carsten Strotmann of Planet m68k. Thank you very 
much Carsten for making all this possible!
http://m68k.info

QL forever!

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL/E v3.20 is out!

2021-01-07 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Simon wrote:
>  Thank You Ever So Much Urs  for QLE 3.20 it is Very Very Good  how easy to
> put My Bought  bought software on to it and the now QCP and QcCoCo can
> you please Help OK Thank's Urs
Thank you for your feedback on QL/E!
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

Yes I know, QCoCo and some other nice tools are still not integrated, but at 
least Colourways are in since version 3.19.

Focus for the new version 3.20 was:
- SMSQ/E v3.36 (released April 2020)
- SMSQmulator 2.29 (released April 2020)
- FiFi v5.04 (released March 2020)
- the updates which Marcel did during 2020 to packages such as QPAC2, QD, Chess
- Marcel's new MODPlay (release October 2020)
- Tobias' Magnetic Scrolls interpreter (released December 2019)
- Martyn's Q68 QL NET support (released June 2019)
- Martin's Q68 IP NET support (released December 2020)

More Information:
http://sinclairql.net/downloads/QLE_news.txt
http://sinclairql.net/downloads/QLE_README.txt
http://sinclairql.net/downloads/QLE_history.txt
http://sinclairql.net/downloads/QLE_changelog.txt

Download QL/E:
http://sinclairql.net/downloads/THE_DISTRIBUTION_qle.ZIP

Important note for Q68 users:
Q68 users should use CFG to set the NET TCP/IP either to „none“ or 
„192.168.1.x“ (I use x=8 as this is free in my LAN and reminds me of the Q68) 
to avoid boot failing at line 11425.

QL forever!
Urs

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[Ql-Users] QL/E v3.20 is out!

2020-12-31 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

QL/E v3.20 (Codename "Take a breath", 2020 edition) is out now! 

It is by far the best QL/E ever! 


Download as usual from the sinclairql.net website.

I wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year 2021!

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QD vB.07

2020-08-08 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Marcel wrote:
> I uploaded a new QD version to https://www.kilgus.net/smsqe/qd/.
Great news! Thank you for that and all the other QL stuff you do!

QL forever!

QLers, enjoy the summer and stay healthy!

Best wishes, Urs (off for a week in the Alps)
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[Ql-Users] Sinclair QL Design and Production Review by a CTO...

2020-08-01 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

Yes, I'm still enjoying the Sinclair hobby. Just last week I took a bunch of
QLs to the office, where we are currently having a design and production
review of our top-seller product, an AIO POS-PC with Touch-Screen. In the
kick-off session I used those QLs to give my team a bold view of what is
good design and what bad, and that the same design faults are being made
over and over again.

After work, before packing all the QL stuff away, I used the scenery to shot
a purely QL related Design and Production Review video. Here it is:
https://youtu.be/TEgOUTnGQYQ

QL forever!

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

2020-07-17 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

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

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

All the best and take care!

Cheers, Urs
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Re: [Ql-Users] QUANTA

2020-04-21 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Simon wrote:
> FREE Now

Thanks Simon for pointing this to us.

My membership somehow ran out end of 2017! And I missed to renew back then.

I did now rejoin using the webform.

QL forever!

Best wishes to all QLers and stay healthy!

Urs

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

2020-04-05 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Ciao a tutti,

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

Marcel wrote:
> I'll be there, at least for the first hour or so.
Me too.

Stay healthy!

Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-VGA

2020-01-08 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Norman wrote:
> I'm still here Marcel. ;-)
So am I. :-)

> I'll never have a facebook account. But I do use the Forum.
Same as me.

I like to see at least major posts here on the QL-Users mailing list.

QL forever!

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL-VGA

2020-01-08 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Great project Marcel!

I like the design decision to use a widely-available cheap platform.

Seeking for testers? I would jump in with my various QLs and multiple VGA
monitors.

Looking forward to see this thing become available for the QL community.

QL forever!

Best wishes,
Urs

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> -Ursprüngliche Nachricht-
> Von: Ql-Users [mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] Im Auftrag von
> Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 8. Januar 2020 22:58
> An: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Cc: Marcel Kilgus
> Betreff: [Ql-Users] QL-VGA
> 
> In case anybody is still lurking here and has not jumped ship to
> Facebook or the forum, I made a new post about my QL-VGA hardware. You
> can read about it here:
> 
> https://www.kilgus.net/2020/01/08/ql-vga-the-second/
> 
> All the best, Marcel
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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-12-22 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
4th Advent today, brings 4th (re-)release of either THE DISTRIBUTION or QL/E 
this winter!

Today sees the release of THE DISTRIBUTION RELOADED! 2019 (latest v3.05) QL-SD, 
MIST & Q68 (QL) edition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg6wGxcD3TA

Download it here:
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#TheDistribution

Browse to the last column "Download" in the "THE DISTRIBUTION" section and look 
for:
Image of SDHC card with Distribution, RELOADED edition 1911 v3.05, for QL-SD, 
MIST & Q68, 472 MB

Have a nice and cozy Christmas time, QL forever!

Cheers, Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-12-22 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
François wrote:
> Thank you.
My pleasure! And there's more to come.

Have a Merry Christmas.

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-12-22 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Simon wrote:
>  Thank You Urs for all your Hard Work that you Do 10 out of 10
Thank you Simon for your support. Have a Merry Christmas.

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-12-15 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

3rd Advent today, brings 3rd (re-)release of either THE DISTRIBUTION or QL/E 
this winter!

Today sees the release of THE DISTRIBUTION RELOADED! 2019 (latest v3.05) 
Raspberry Pi (RP) edition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzar2Az0dd4

Download it here:
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#TheDistribution

Browse to the last column "Download" in the "THE DISTRIBUTION" section and look 
for:
Image of Raspbian Buster with Complete Distribution, RELOADED edition 1911 
v3.05, for Raspberry Pi, 8.48 GB

Have a nice and cozy Advent time, QL forever!

Cheers, Urs

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[Ql-Users] Oldest QL around?!

2019-12-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Currently there's one of the earliest QLs ever built for sale on ebay (item
283703938454, bidding starts at GBP 150; BTW: I'm not the seller, nor
related to him, nor will I bid for it*.). The QL on auction has serial
number D02-001058. This is a damn early serial number, looks like the oldest
QL still around!

I've seen pictures of D02-001059, but that's one after it.

I own a handful of early QLs (build standards D02, D03 and D04), such as
D02-001071 with a date label 15 Mar, D03-001108 (from CCH; with EPROMs)
D03-001123 (the one from Paul; with the PM EPROMs), D04-001276, D04-001305,
...

A rather old web page explains a bit the story of QL build standards &
serial numbers:
http://sinclairql.net/build_standards.html

Wonder what old QLs are still around?

I wish you a nice and cozy advent and Christmas time, QL forever!
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL/E version 3.19 (Edition 1904, Codename "On the move", last updated 28.04.2019) is out!

2019-12-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
I write:
> It took me over 7 months to complete work on 
> this release of QL/E. This time quite a huge
> change and so I hope, a vast improvement.
And it took me another 7 months to find time and patience to create a QUBATA
partition on a Compact Flash (CF) card with Tetroid Disk Interface (TDI).

Download it here:
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

Browse to the last column "Download" in the "QL/E" section and look for:
Stand-Alone Edition 1904 v3.19 for TDI QUBATA CF card, 317 MB
 
QL forever!

Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] PNG <-> SPR

2019-12-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Giorgio wrote:
> It's good news :-) I look forward to the Christmas present :-)
Speaking of PNG and SPR, I also have a wish list. :-)

Marcel's PNGConv.exe misses support for Colour Mode 4 (GD2), equal to QL
MODE 4.

Wolfgang's  SMSQESprites.jar misses multiple file processing and RLE
support.

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-12-01 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Simon wrote:
>  Thank You Urs for all your Hard Work that you Do 10 out of 10
It's a pleasure. :-)

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-11-28 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

well over 1000 copies of THE DISTRIBUTION have been downloaded since the
availability of the public download in April 2015. Maybe not the biggest
Release in QL software history, but quite a figure.

Because today is an important date for me, I decided to produce and release
a RELOADED edition of THE DISTRIBUTION. It is out now! Follow link in the
signature.

QL forever!

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2019-11-28 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi QLers,

well over 1000 copies of THE DISTRIBUTION have been downloaded since the
availability of the public download in April 2015. Maybe not the biggest
Release in QL software history, but quite a figure.

Because today is an important date for me, I decided to produce and release
a RELOADED edition of THE DISTRIBUTION. It is out now! Follow link in the
signature.

QL forever!

Cheers,
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] Updating my QLE

2019-06-06 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Derek wrote:
> Is it possible to have a user area in BP or QLE so user specific software can 
> be
> installed.
> 
> I use a Linux sydtem, which I have my home directory on a separate paritition
> from the system files.
> 
> So I can change Linux OS without altering the user data.
> 
> Could these QL distros use this type of system setup.
QL/E currently (v3) has no easy way of updating its WIN file. Currently a lot 
of hand work is needed to migrate user changes to a new release of QL/E. For 
the next major release a strategy and upgrade mechanism similar to Windows 10 
is planned. In other words starting with this future release, codenamed "Red 
kite", QL/E will preserve user installed software. Unlike Windows 10, QL/E will 
keep the installed system but upgrade with delta-files. This keeps the upgrade 
package as small and transparent as possible.

QL forever!
Urs

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[Ql-Users] QL/E version 3.19 (Edition 1904, Codename "On the move", last updated 28.04.2019) is out!

2019-05-05 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

 

It took me over 7 months to complete work on

this release of QL/E. This time quite a huge

change and so I hope, a vast improvement.

 

Highlights:

- Colourways, JMON, QD, QMovie, QSpread!

- Updated EE, FiFi, HyperHELP, IPNET,

  QED, SMSQ/E, TK2, TURBO, THINGS!

- Improved boot process: more FREE MEMORY,

  faster startup, more HOTKEYs, flavours.

- Added and reworked DO scripts.

- Cleanup and improvements here and there.

 

Many thanks to Markus, Marcel, Per, Martin

and Simon for their feedback and support.

 

QL forever!

Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] Kilgus.net update roundup

2018-12-17 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Marcel wrote:
> For those that don't monitor my blog or the QL-Forums, here are a few
> updates that happened the last few weeks:
Thanks for the note. QL-Users deserve to get informed of what's going on
elsewhere in the QL world.

> I think that was it for now... have fun.
A lot of great stuff!

I was pretty busy with non QL things the last few weeks, did not have time
to try any of the new stuff yet. The few hours I could spend on Sinclair QL
and related things were mainly QL/E related. Plus some non QL Sinclair and
ATARI JAGUAR stuff. Some of my recent activities are on my fading Google+
blog:
https://plus.google.com/+QLvsJaguar

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Re: [Ql-Users] QMac source code

2018-12-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Marcel wrote:
> Does anybody know who has the source code to QMac? The Quanta version
> doesn't look like simple patches to the GST binary, so I guess somebody
must
> have had it at some point. I'd like to make a few small updates myself.
>From my records Phil Borman maintained the QUANTA edition of QMAC (latest
version 1.06) and QLINK (latest version 1.03). From memory I've met Phil at
one of the QUANTA workshops in the early 1990s.

QL/E has QMAC and QLINK latest versions installed and ready to use (e.g. to
compile SMSQ/E or Minerva).

I did quite some research in the first decade of the 2000s, resulting in the
release of the GST QL software archive in 2010.
http://sinclairql.net/GST_QL_SW_is_PD.html
Dilwyn re-published most of this on his website.

I was trying to find the sources of all the GST software, updated QUANTA
editions of QMAC and QLINK in specific. All my tries (through QUANTA,
sending emails to all documented addresses of Phil) failed and I stopped
seeking exactly 5 years ago.

Unfortunately nobody seems to have the (latest) sources. A former GST
employee (Martin Dickens) recalled on 2009-10-21: "I seem to remember many
years later, and on Jeff's behalf, preparing a copy of the source code and
project files for the QL User's Group which spookily turned out to be in the
small town in Northamptonshire that I was dragged up in - in a building I'd
walked past everyday for 14 years on my way to school. There was a small fee
charged which didn't cover the cost of preparing it, in true Jeff
'barrow-boy' fashion. :-)"

Phil Borman not only maintained QMAC and QLINK, he wrote many other nice QL
software. Saving and sharing the source code would be a great Christmas
present to the QL community.

There must be anyone here or on qlforum who knows Phil personally, have or
find his contact details and can give him a call. Or at least share the
contact details. Anyone?

I wish you all a nice Advent time and Merry Christmas. All the best to you
and your families.

QL forever!
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[Ql-Users] Summer is over, QL time approaching...

2018-08-31 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Hi folks,

last day of summer 2018, a summer where I experienced so much. One if not
the greatest summer I ever had.

After I turned 50 just days before the summer started, I inhaled my
once-in-a-lifetime 5 weeks US road trip.

Normally summertime is a QL free time for me and many other QL folks. But
this summer was different.

The US is considered widely as a QL free zone, but in the end I had some of
the best meetings with QLers ever. See Highlights on my blog (Google+).

Before the trip I edited and published the story of MIRACLE SYSTEMS/Stuart
Honeyball based on video material of the Italian QL enthusiasts (YouTube),
scanned and published all those unique ultra-rare Sinclair-papers which I
wanted to scan for years, plus was finally reading all those unique EPROMs
from Sinclair Research and published their content (sinclairql.net).

During the trip I did release the long lost PM ROM (sinclairql.net).

After the trip I was telling the story of the last remaining early D03 build
standard QL with PM (EP)ROM as an unboxing video (YouTube).

Finally I was able to spend a full day plus some extra hours here and there
on QL/E and was able to release v3.18 (Edition 1808, Codename "Eternity",
last updated 12.08.2018) on the very same day Linus Torvalds released Linux
kernel v4.18. It is pure coincidence that both software reached sub-version
18 the same day.

Those were just my personal QL highlights, there were much more QL
highlights such as the releases of PAWN, QL_SD WIN driver, QD2018 and QL-SD
hardware to just name a few.

Tomorrow autumn starts and I hope all of us will find some quality time for
QL tinkering.

In this sense, QL forever!
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] FiFi 5.01

2018-08-31 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Wolf wrote:
> FiFi 5.01 is out. It contains various bug fixes including an Lrespr bug
(thanks to
> Marcel for pointing this out) and there is now an italian version (thanks
to
> Giorgio Garabello for translations).
Great news! Appreciate! 

Would be great to see more software available in French and Italian beside
English and German.

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Re: [Ql-Users] QD 2018

2018-08-20 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
That's great news! Thanks Jochen and Marcel for bringing back more and more
J-M-S and QJUMP titles back to life.

2018 is a mixed year for the QL community. Many releases on one hand, many
losses on the other.

I shall add QD to the next release of QL/E. Speaking of QL/E, v3.18
(Codename "Eternity", in memoriam of Sjef, Lee, Stuart and Rick) is out
since August 12th and v3.19 (Codename "On the move)"is in the making.

More info and download here:
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

QL forever!

Cheers,
Urs

> -Ursprüngliche Nachricht-
> Von: Ql-Users [mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] Im Auftrag von
> Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users
> Gesendet: Mittwoch, 15. August 2018 18:02
> An: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Cc: Marcel Kilgus
> Betreff: [Ql-Users] QD 2018
> 
> To celebrate QD's 20th anniversary Jochen Merz gave me the premission to
> release the fabulous QD text editor for free. Enjoy:
> 
> https://www.kilgus.net/smsqe/qd/
> 
> Cheers, Marcel
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Re: [Ql-Users] Stuart Honeyball

2018-06-17 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Derek wrote:
> I totally agree with Tony, Stuart was a very nice person to know.
> I talked with him alot when I organised 2 QL workshops in the North East.
> His product line was excellent quality and I must of bought everything
> Miracle Systems produced It does seem a loss to the QL community.

The last couple of weeks I re-viewed all the DVDs from the Italian QL community 
and compiled this playlist for the QL community:

Stuart Honeyball / Miracle Systems
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLQHAWWG2O0e1rLysASEw-8zRe0rojueA_
In memoriam of the miraculous Stuart Honeyball. R.I.P. my friend.

Thanks to Antonio Gareffa (ANT Videoproductions) and other Italian QL friends 
there’s video footage of many 1990s QL shows. Published with their permission. 
Thank you very much for this great work. Grazie mille!

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[Ql-Users] FW: The wonderful Rick

2018-04-26 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
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] Stuart Honeyball

2018-03-29 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Dilwyn wrote:
> 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.

Very sad news! He did so many great things for the QL. He was such a smart guy, 
fun to talk to. I remember well the QL shows where we've met. He and the 
miracle boys were an enrichment for the QL scene. Some pictures with Stuart are 
in this gallery_
http://www.sinclairql.net/pic/Index.php?sfpg=UGVvcGxlLyoqN2Q0ZmU3M2EyYzMzOGFlYWM3MGZlODgxOGIzYmJjODE5MDBjYzdkYTg1MmI5YzYyZjJhNjZiMTg2YjQ4MzBmOA

May he rest in peace. Thanks Dilwyn for letting us know.

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[Ql-Users] QL/E version 3.17 (Edition 1710, Codename "Liberated", last updated 30.10.2017) is out now.

2017-11-14 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Some highlights:
- Support for Q68 platform added
- Auto-positioning of QDT desktop icons at boot-up
- Liberation Software packages Q_Liberator, QLOAD, QREF and RPM added
- Updated Photon and new PHoton General ToolKit (PHGTK) added
- Latest IP Network Device Driver and SERNET added
- DISA and QMAKE added
- More benchmark programs added

Plus many updates and improvements here and there.

Get it from the link in the message footer.

QL forever!

Cheers, Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Advance Notice 2 - Pricing

2017-09-09 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Good news! Derek, please put me down for one Q68 plus case and PS/2 splitter. 
Thank you!

QL forever!

Urs
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> -Ursprüngliche Nachricht-
> Von: Ql-Users [mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] Im Auftrag von
> Derek Stewart via Ql-Users
> Gesendet: Samstag, 9. September 2017 10:22
> An: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Cc: Derek Stewart
> Betreff: [Ql-Users] Q68 Advance Notice 2 - Pricing
> 
> Q68 Price List - Batch 1
> ---
> 
> Q68 board, 4Gb SDHC Card, SMSQ/E: £150.00 Black Case: £20 Belkin Black
> PS/2 spliter: £2.00
> 
> General Release date: 09/10/2017
> 
> 20 completed and tested Q68 boards, available.
> 
> Once this quantity is exceeded, I will order more Q68 PCBs to be
> manufactured.
> 
> 
> --
> Regards,
> 
> Derek
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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Advanced Notice

2017-09-08 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Peter wrote:
> I hope to be able to comment more about the Q68 at a later time, right now
> let me say thanks to...
> 
> ... Laurence Reeves and Tony Firshman for releasing Minerva as free QL
> operating system, motivating me to develop the Q68 at all
> 
> ... Richard Zidlicky for bringing Minerva plus PS/2 driver to the Q68 and
his
> great help debugging CPU cores
> 
> ... Mark Swift for QDOS Classic, structured so nicely that even I could
port it to
> the Q68 in a single day
> 
> ... Tobias Gubener for the CPU core the Q68 finally uses
> 
> ... Adrian Ives for the QL-SD driver, initially used for Q68 mass storage
> 
> ... Tony Tebby for relasing SMSQ/E as free software after all
> 
> ... Wolfgang Lenerz for his outstanding achievement of porting SMSQ/E to
> the Q68
> 
> ... Wolfgang Lenerz again for very helpful tools, extra drivers and docs
> 
> ... Derek Stewart for his courage and lots of work manufacturing the Q68
> hardware and making it available for the public
This "who's who" is a kind of an extract of the all-time QL hall of fame.

But for the Q68 I believe the real work was done by Peter (HW) and Wolfgang
(OS) plus Derek (Manufacturing). Hence they deserve the roses.

QL forever!

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Re: [Ql-Users] Q68 Advanced Notice

2017-09-08 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Derek wrote:
> Q68 Advanced Notice
> ---
> 
> PCB Photograph available at:
> 
> http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2=2082#p18729
> 
> Features:
> 
> - Operating System: SMSQ/E
> - CPU: 68000 compatible
> - Speed: 40Mhz
> - RAM: 32 MB
> - SDHC: Two fullsize slots, hot plugging
> - QXL.WIN style storage container format
> - Keyboard and mouse: Combined PS/2 Connection, scrollwheel support
> - VGA: 1024x768 VESA for flatscreen, CRT or HDMI converter
> - Graphic modes:
>  -  256x256 QL Mode 8
>  -  512x256 QL Mode 4
>  -  512x256 Q60 65536 colour
>  - 1024x512 Q60 65536 colour
>  - 1024x768 QL Mode 4
>  -  512x384 Q60 65536 colour
> - Serial port
> - Stereo sampled sound, 3.5 mm output socket
> - Buffered real time clock
> - I2C interface
> - Ethernet, no software support yet
> - QL style LED colours
> - PCB Size: 8x10 cm
> - Recommended power supply: 5V @ 1A
> - Silent operation, no fans or heat
> - Case: Optional
> 
> Available: Mid October 2017
> Price: To be decided

Great announcement! I intend to buy one or two for my own tinkering.

QL forever!

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Re: [Ql-Users] QPAC2 bug

2017-09-06 Thread Urs Koenig (QL) via Ql-Users
Easy to reproduce here:
- Use QL/E (QPC2 v4.05, QLE.WIN)
- Set QPC2 to max. resolution on control panel
- Start the thing
- Once QL/E has completely booted call QPAC2 Files (Alt+f)
- Then choose drive WIN1_ (F2)
- Then enable TREE view (F3)
- Then select VIEW (F4)
- Then invoke a DO on arc_exe
- GOTCHA!

> -Ursprüngliche Nachricht-
> Von: Ql-Users [mailto:ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com] Im Auftrag von
> Dilwyn Jones via Ql-Users
> Gesendet: Dienstag, 5. September 2017 23:41
> An: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Cc: Dilwyn Jones
> Betreff: Re: [Ql-Users] QPAC2 bug
> 
> Hi Giorgio,
> 
> I have been able to reproduce this with QPAC2 v1.45 in mode 32 with
> 1920x1080 resolution, but I cannot pin it down to a certain action or set
of
> actions.
> 
> It seems to happen when QPAc2 is enlarged to fill the window at that
> resolution, a large list of files, and the file being viewed in View
window of
> the Files menu causes the pointer to go to the extreme right near or on
the
> scroll bar.
> 
> That's as close as I've been able to pin it down, sorry.
> 
> Dilwyn
> 
> -Original Message-
> From: Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users
> Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 10:13 PM
> To: ql-us...@q-v-d.com
> Cc: Giorgio Garabello
> Subject: Re: [Ql-Users] QPAC2 bug
> 
> Someone else can try?
> 
> Il 05 set 2017 19:56, "Marcel Kilgus via Ql-Users"
> 
> ha scritto:
> 
> > Giorgio Garabello via Ql-Users wrote:
> > > we ((Francois Van Emelen and I) have found a bug in the QPAC2
> > > internal
> > file
> > > viewer if the screen >>= 1440X990 QPC2 crash
> >
> > Hm, cannot reproduce at 1920x1080.
> >
> > Marcel
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Re: [Ql-Users] QPTR

2017-03-15 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Wolfgang wrote:
> Tony Tebby has allowed the QPTR toolkit to be made freely available.
Great!

I call this spring time feeling, the ice is broken!

Hope to see more and more programs become free.

> I upgraded an old version of the source code to correspond to the latest
> compiled version known to me (0.14).
The latest version of the QPTR binary I have is 0.08. The corresponding
Floppy Disk is labelled (STAT) 0.23. I think this is the release number of
the package. Here's the file list:
boot376 26.07.1991 16:06
Config  6'174   26.07.1991 16:06
Config_demo_asm 5'809   26.07.1991 16:06
Config_mac  5'474   26.07.1991 16:06
cvscr   2'144   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_action_asm 7'329   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_bas16'588  26.07.1991 16:06
demo_bin2'152   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_draw_asm   1'373   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_init_asm   4'777   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_keys   786 26.07.1991 16:06
demo_link   633 26.07.1991 16:06
demo_mlyot_asm  8'364   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_mmain_asm  1'701   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_panscr 11'172  26.07.1991 16:06
demo_panscr_bas 15'713  26.07.1991 16:06
demo_setup_asm  5'190   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_sms491 26.07.1991 16:06
demo_sprite_asm 6'106   26.07.1991 16:06
demo_text_asm   952 26.07.1991 16:06
demo_wman_asm   572 26.07.1991 16:06
edspr_bas   19'171  26.07.1991 16:06
fixpf   212 26.07.1991 16:06
keys_colour 426 26.07.1991 16:06
keys_k  3'296   26.07.1991 16:06
old_ptr_kbd 9'452   26.07.1991 16:06
old_wman4'986   26.07.1991 16:06
paint   49'682  26.07.1991 16:06
paint_bas   46'250  26.07.1991 16:06
ptr_gen 14'500  26.07.1991 16:06
ptr_keys6'845   26.07.1991 16:06
qdos_io 5'798   26.07.1991 16:06
qdos_pt 3'510   26.07.1991 16:06
Qptr9'328   26.07.1991 16:06
stk23'894   26.07.1991 16:06
stkinc  2'356   26.07.1991 16:06
Updates 754 26.07.1991 16:06
Wman10'122  26.07.1991 16:06
wman_keys   1'062   26.07.1991 16:06
wman_menu_mac   22'831  26.07.1991 16:06
wman_text_mac   4'078   26.07.1991 16:06
wman_wdef   7'708   26.07.1991 16:06
wman_wstatus3'554   26.07.1991 16:06
wman_wwork  9'660   26.07.1991 16:06

Wolfgang, I can supply you those files in a ZIP file created under our OS
(to make sure the file headers are intact).

QL forever!

Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] DISA manual

2017-03-14 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel wrote:
> Thanks to Albin Hessler (who provided the Word document for DISA v2) and
> David Westbury (who provided a scan of v3) plus some effort on my side I
> can now provide the manual for DISA. Get it here:
Thumbs up!

Last QL post for today, had my one hour quality QL time for today, need to
rush a bit to go to work, am already a bit late.

QL forever!

Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QMake released for free

2017-03-14 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel wrote:
> I already mentioned I secured the rights from Bernd Reinhardt to
distribute
> his QMake tool. Today I got the manual from Jochen and spend a good time
> converting the Text87 file into a PDF. But it is done and I can finally
present to
> you the venerable QMake tool:
Great! Thank you!

Keep the good spirit to ask your friends to finally free their QL stuff.

> Have fun
Yes, I do.

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Re: [Ql-Users] SuQcess now freeware

2017-03-14 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Bob wrote:
> I have removed the trail limitation for SuQcess 2.05 on my site.
> Three language versions can now be downloaded.
> I have used it almost daily over the past 10 years and am aware of bugs in
the
> program, although nobody else has reported any problems.
> I am busy testing the fixes and updates but I do expect to need a few more
> weeks before v2.06 is finished.
> 
> SuQcess forever,
Great stuff! Thank you!

SuQcess will be added to a future release of QL/E.

I feel the spirit of more and more QL software becomes freed.

It's time to end this non-sense of "commercial" QL software. The only chance
for the QL to survive is that it becomes as free as possible. Rigid and
strict positions in this respect are preventing the QL from having a future
in the niche of hobbyist retro and what-could-have-been computing area!

QL forever!

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL/E v3.16 (Codename "Snow white swan", Edition 1702) is out now!

2017-03-14 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Thanks guys for the feedback.

I'm fully aware and realistic that for QL experts like you, who all
developed and maintained their own setups (QXL.win), QL/E is not the 1st
choice. In fact QL/E (QLE.win) is a derivate of my own developed QXL.win
which I started when I got my first QXL card in the early 1990s.

As you said, for "back to the QL" or "new to the QL" users, QL/E is a quick
and easy start. Zero installation, zero configuration, just download the ZIP
file, unzip it to your desired storage location and start the QL VM of your
choice. Not only the wide choice of prepared VMs, also the huge amount of
preinstalled software and the possibility to build/make SMSQ/E are so much
time-saving for beginners and even experts.

But I'm pretty sure QL/E can be handy for you guys too, because it comes
with all the latest QL VMs and documentation (roadmap is to release updates
of QL/E quarterly) and, even more important, the setup and configuration is
built and tested with maybe the widest line-up of QL compatible systems
(QPC2, SMSQmulator under Windows and Linux, QXL card, QemuLator, uQLx on
both Raspberry Pi and PC, QL with GC and QL-SD, MIST) with both SMSQ/E and
Minerva.

A nice option for experts is to replace the QLE.win file of QL/E with their
own maintained QXL.win file (just copy your file to become the QLE.win
file). They then benefit from the QL/E framework (the preinstalled and
preconfigured VMs and SMSQ/E).

And, as said, QL/E is pretty handy as a Live-System to try out new things.
And its sensitive BOOT program and the option to configure and fine-tune the
boot process without changing a single line of code in the BOOT program is a
neat feature. A lot of time went into developing the BOOT program and the
QLECFG script.

And with the work on QL/E I found and reported many bugs in the VMs and OS
and also submitted change-requests. Thanks to QL/E, SMSQmulator and QPC2 are
in the current great state.

More info and download here:
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

QL forever!

Cheers, Urs
Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] QL/E v3.16 (Codename "Snow white swan", Edition 1702) is out now!

2017-03-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel wrote:
> Good job, thanks. It just seems to contain so much software that I can
only
> briefly test a small part of it :-o
Appreciate. Your feedback is the one and only since it was released 12 days
ago. Plus my old Swiss friend Markus took up some of my work and expanded
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[Ql-Users] QL/E v3.16 (Codename "Snow white swan", Edition 1702) is out now!

2017-02-28 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
More info and download here:

http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

 

QL forever!

 

Cheers, Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] uQLx 2017

2017-02-21 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Dilwyn wrote:
> A newly revised version of the Linux QL emulator uQLx (uQLx 2017) is now
> available.
Great news!

Is it only me or is the 32-bit binary qm_x86-32 missing in the ZIP file?

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[Ql-Users] ZX8301 explored - facts and figures

2017-02-21 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Hi QLers,

the ZX8301 is the 'Master Chip' of the Sinclair QL Professional Computer.
Its purpose is documented in the Sinclair QL Service Manual. See:

http://www.sinclairql.net/srv/qlsm1.html#s1-p6

The chip designed by David Karlin and manufactured by Plessey. See:

http://www.sinclairql.net/story/The_long_lost_interview_with_David_Karlin.ht
m

There are two known editions of the chip, the CLA2310 and the later CLA2345.
Their mask differs.

Way back in May 2014 I explored the die of a Sinclair ZX8301 CLA2345 chip
with my newly acquired BRESSER MicroSet microscope. Another QLer is
currently exploring a CLA2310. This motivated me to review my work and
publish the material (both video and stills) I've shot using the microscope.

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jx52phYHc9E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzN9zgPXcmo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o79SPPTkVMg

Stills:

https://onedrive.live.com/?id=c250d8748980ce5a%2134212
 =C250D8748980CE5A 

More to come from either me or other QLers.

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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 and a few more surprises

2017-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Wolf wrote:
> On menu_rext, I seem to have a version 8.02, iss there a significant
> difference with 7.66 on your website?
Version 7.66 is the last that works well with QDT, version 8.02 has some
changes in the API which QDT does not cope.

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Re: [Ql-Users] QPC2 and a few more surprises

2017-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel wrote:
> I'm too tired to write much more, but I just released a bunch of stuff on
my
> web site. You can read about it here:
> 
> https://www.kilgus.net/2017/01/25/new-qpc2-disa-and-more/
> 
> Have fun, Marcel
Great stuff and congratulations to your daughter's birthday!

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Re: [Ql-Users] Smsqe 3.28

2017-01-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Wolf wrote:

> Marcel Kilgus has fixed a bug in SMSQ/E.
> 
> You could write:
> 
> a$="1243"
> PRINT a$(5 to)
> 
> without any error, which was wrong.
Maybe wrong, but at least the behavior was the same as on Minerva. Minerva
allows this, at least with v1.63 to v1.98.

QDOS SuperBASIC (AH, JM, TB, JS, MGG, TY05) does not allow this and all
report error -4.

This is quite a change of behavior for SMSQ/E's SBASIC. Getting a bit closer
to SuperBASIC, but not 100% identical because SBASIC reports the error as
-168.

But due to the fact that our S*BASIC variants handle this differently most
likely the programmers gave attention to this. Only time will tell if this
fix is a good one or if we see programs failing which worked until v3.27.

> The new version is at wlenerz.com/smsqe
Thank you very much for keeping SMSQ/E alive.

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[Ql-Users] QL/E v3.15, Codename "Grey heron", Edition 1611 is out now!

2016-11-13 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Main change is that it comes with brand-new versions of SMSQ/E and
SMSQmulator (September/October 2016) from Wolfgang Lenerz plus very latest
IPNet from Martin Head.

And support for the various QL compatible platforms (QPC2, SMSQmulator, QXL,
QPC1, QemuLator, uQLx, QL-SD) has been vastly improved.

Plus QL/E can now be fully and easy be configured.

Go and get it here:
http://sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

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Re: [Ql-Users] [ql-users] North American QL Show Saturday September 30th 2006

2016-09-30 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Do you remember todays date 10 years ago? It's been a while...

Yes! In fall 2006 a North American QL show did happen in Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada.

Here's my journey report which I wrote on October 1st 2006:
“Once I had collected enough bonus miles to take an intercontinental flight
from Zürich via Frankfurt to Toronto I finally decided to join this show. I
was so busy at work that the final decision to attend was made the weekend
before the show. My wife said: “Do something good to you. If QL tinkering
makes your mind happy, go for it.” Even the flights were booked on bonus
miles for more than a month already, the car and hotel stays were booked
just days before the journey. I arrived on Thursday September 28th in
Toronto. The next day I drove to Niagara Falls where we all met at 6 p.m.
for the traditional QL group dinner. We went to a Korean restaurant just
across the street of the hotel. For me this was my first and only Korean
food experience. On Saturday September 30th the QL show was held at the
meeting room of the Super8 Hotel. Eleven QLers (not counting their wives and
other family members) were attending. Jim showed the new QDT FileManager and
an intensive discussion regarding suggested additions to it happened. Tony
was busy all day to fix QLs of the North American users. I had some good
chats with Colin and Herb on Memory Management. Herb and myself continued to
swap experiences and files for over an hour after the show had already
ended. It is definitely not enough to have a QL show every second year (not
only to fix the many broken systems). On Sunday those who stayed went
downtown and to the Falls. Those who stay in the Toronto area will meet for
a dinner on Tuesday night.”

Pictures of the show can be seen in the QL PICTURE GALLERY (QLPG) either
online on OneDrive
https://onedrive.live.com/?id=C250D8748980CE5A%21328=C250D8748980CE5A
or in the pic section of THE DISTRIBUTION. See folder Shows\2006 Niagara
Falls Canada\.

Meanwhile QDT is freeware and is part of THE DISTRIBUTION and QL/E. See
links in the message footer.

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> -Ursprüngliche Nachricht-
> Von: ql-users-boun...@lists.q-v-d.com [mailto:ql-users-bounces@lists.q-v-
> d.com] Im Auftrag von Bill Cable
> Gesendet: Donnerstag, 6. Juli 2006 21:17
> An: QL Users List
> Betreff: [ql-users] North American QL Show Saturday September 30th 2006
> 
> The North American QL Show will be held on September 30th in Niagara
Falls,
> Ontario, Canada. We will meet in the lobby of the Super 8 Motel for a
group
> dinner at a nearby restaurant at 6pm Friday September 29th. The show will
> be in the Super 8 Motel conference room from 10am till 4pm on Saturday. A
> simple free lunch will be provided during the show.
> 
> The foliage will be starting to change in late September so there will be
lots of
> colors to enjoy in addition to Niagara Falls and casinos which are within
> walking distance of the motel. Visitors from distance places can fly into
> Toronto or Montreal and stay within Canada the whole time if they wish.
> They can also fly into many US cities. The Canadian $ is currently about
.9 US
> $.
> 
> So far Jim Hunkins, Roy Woods, Tony Firshman, Al and Dorothy Boehm, Bill
> Cable and Mary Boyle are planning to attend. Jim will give a live QDT demo
> and Roy will show off the latest QPC and Tony will fix whatever is broken.
> Please spread the word.
> 
> Location of Motel where show will be held:
> SUPER 8 MOTEL - NIAGARA FALLS - Canadian side - Prices in CAN $ QEW to
> Hwy 420 * 5706 Ferry St, Niagara Falls, ON  L2G 1S7, CA
> Phone: 888-442-6095 * Fax: 905-356-7760 * E-mail: 3...@hotel.cendant.com
> 
> http://www.super8.com/Super8/control/
> 
> The price of a room with 2 double beds for Friday Sep 29th will be $80 and
> Saturday night $116. When reserving specify that you are with the QL
> Computer Club and eligible for the General Managers Discount. There is
> wireless internet at the motel. Check in time is 1pm.
> 
> Some distances from Niagara Falls, Ontario to various cities
>MilesKM
> Toronto, ON80 128
> Montreal, QC  400 640
> Boston, MA470 752
> NYC, NY   410 656
> Buffalo,NY 23  37
> 
> I will be the contact person if there are any questions or you need any
help.
> 
> Bill Cable
> 510 St Gaudens Road
> Cornish, NH 03745 USA
> 
> 1-603-675-2218
> 
> ca...@cyberportal.net
> bca...@coat.com
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[Ql-Users] QL/E v3.14, Codename "Fix-it", Edition 1607 is out now!

2016-07-31 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Not a bad timing this time. Two days before Microsoft releases their next
Windows 10 version a new version of QL/E is out.

Go and get it here: http://www.sinclairql.net/

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Re: [Ql-Users] Another topic.

2016-07-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel wrote:
> Looks like the Windows 10 drivers are not optimized for 2D anymore.
> This trend has been going on for years, they only optimize for 3D
> performance these days. QPC2 uses the DirectDraw 3 API, which was
> available starting with Windows 95 and at least still works on Windows 10,
> albeit with reduced performance it seems.
I expected that it is something in that area.

> One could rewrite the screen driver for a newer API, but then who cares if
> the QL is 900 or 1200 times faster than the original, other than in
artificial
> benchmarks you will hardly notice it.
Maybe no need for a rewrite but for a tweak. Why? Did you notice that the
slow graphics are not constantly slow?
Watch those 20 seconds of Photo QL again
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4xwT65cLU0#t=2m9s
and you'll see that when picking another QL window then the graphics are
fast again.

If it would be consistent (slow or fast) then I would not argue.

And as said, not all machines running Windows 10 have this problem. I still
do not have a clear pattern but it looks like more recent machines (Intel
Haswell or Skylake platforms with i*-4xxx or i*-6xxx CPUs) are affected.
I've seen a Sandy Bridge Machine (i5-2xxx CPU) which runs QL graphics at
rocket speed, even under Windows 10.

Can some other QLers please step in and report how their upgraded (or new)
Windows 10 machines are performing QL graphics wise compared to the time
before the upgrade?

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[Ql-Users] Another topic.

2016-07-11 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Hi QLers,

I think we need another topic.

Recently most discussions on ql-users and qlforum were about Rich's Software
Preservation Project and Copyright. Even I have a clear opinion on all that
I will not write it down here for two major reasons:

1.   English is not my native language and I feel a bit uncomfortable to
find 100% the right words. Also to write it down that it clearly expresses
what I think my need some considerable amount of time, which I do not have
or do not want to spend at the moment (just days before my summer vacation
with plenty to do at work and private life).

2.   I better spend my QL time with doing QL stuff than to discuss the
above.

Last week I started the Windows 10 upgrade job on all my PCs and all the PCs
I somehow control.

Last week I documented how our fastest PC in the family was performing QL/E
under Windows 8.1 64-bit. There's a video about that which shows - among
other things - how QTop-Index (New PCW benchmarks) and QTop-Demos are
performing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDhpsHZocAM

This was before the upgrade to Windows 10 which was done the next day as a
fresh installation, not as an in-session update.

Having Windows 10 64-bit on this machine for almost a week now is nice. All
runs great, but running QPC2 shows that some QL graphic operations are
substantially slower than expected and what counts more, they are much
slower than running exactly the same under Windows 8.1. To document this
behaviour I made another video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4xwT65cLU0

Watch it carefully and re-test on your rig.

I think that the slow performance of Photo QL, QTop-Index (TEXTSCRN,
GRAFSCRN benchmarks) and QTop-Demos (CIRCLE, ELLIPSE, SPACE, WORM demos) is
just the symptom not the source of the problem.

It's not the first PC with this weird QPC2 behaviour. I have seen this on
several PCs running Windows 10 but not all. Some are running (fast) as
expected. About a year ago I first reported this on qlforum (Fri Jun 05,
2015 8:36 pm), but nobody took up the line on that.

http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=3
 =1282#p10936

Anyone? Marcel?

QL forever!

Urs
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P.S. SMSQmulator seems not affected; its performance is comparable when
running on the same hardware under various Windows versions (7, 8.x, 10).
Using latest QPC2 (v4.04) and SMSQ/E (v3.26) does not better the situation.

 

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[Ql-Users] uQLx on Linux (various HW platforms, various Linux distributions)

2016-06-17 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Hi QLers,

the only three Linux machines I own are my NAS, a SubNotebook and my
Raspberry Pi. While the NAS has its job to do, the SubNotebook gets dust on
a shelf, the Raspi gets at least fired up whenever I want to test a new
version of QL/E.

At work the situation is completely different, at least at the moment. We
are ramping up some new point-of-sales computers (3 series with the
following platforms: BayTrail, Haswell, Skylake) and are making sure the
retail applications work smoothly under both Windows and Linux. While the
Windows world is easy for me, Linux is still a bit of a mystery. Don't get
me wrong, installing a Linux distribution is most of the time trouble-free,
installing professional packages such as Java or device drivers for receipt
printers, barcode scanners, etc. is also easy and works most of the time. My
personal Unix/Linux know-how is somehow limited, but I'm save on the
desktops and with graphical dialogs plus I know some basic shell commands
and the purpose of some folders.

Installing and running SMSQmulator under Linux is trouble-free, I just unzip
the QL/E distribution and start it using the shell command "java -jar
entire_path_to_jar_file".

But even I wrote the step-by-step installation guide for uQLx ARM for the
Raspberry Pi, I constantly fail to install and run uQLx on Intel based Linux
systems. IIRC the last time I succeeded was about 12 years ago at a Swiss QL
workshop where Jon Dent and Markus Dettwiler were giving me a helping hand.

A year ago John was wrote to me:

> Have you seen  
https://github.com/slimlogic/uqlx-fork

> This has a version of uQLx that now works on native 64bit Linux boxes 

> without seg faulting when trying to modify files.

> You could previously run uQLx on a 64bit Linux only if you had the 

> 32bit i386 architecture packages.

 

End of 2013 Peter Graf sent me a work-in-progress version of uQLx with
QL_BDI support (uqlx-src-peter-17-11-2013.zip). He stated that this works on
his (then) recent Debian 32-bit.

 

Is it only me or is it true that all the old uQLx distributions plus the two
above are not able to be installed and run on recent Linux systems (modern
HW platforms, recent 32-bit or 64-bit Linux distributions). I one says one
or the other uQLx distribution works could he or she provide an
understandable and working step-by-step guide.

 

Urs

 

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Re: [Ql-Users] More Help Please

2016-06-17 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Peter Fox wrote:
> What I have managed to do is find a much better boot file which solve all my
> problems provided that I can get it into QPC2 which is not working at the
> moment and without a floppy drive available.
> 
> Have you any ideas?
Hi Peter,

I have an easy way for you at hand:
Download QL/E, a well maintained and ready to run QPC2 configuration with zero 
setup work to do.
http://www.sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

It's just a 1-2-3 and you're ready:
1. Unzip it to your preferred location (e.g. your user profiles document folder 
where you have full read-write access).
2. Well zero configuration only if you want to use QL/E without your QXL.win. 
In your case start the QPC2.exe in the qle folder and make sure you hold the 
SHIFT key when starting QPC2.exe otherwise yu will not get the QPC2 config 
dialog.
3. Open the "Devices" form and configure WIN2 to the full path-filename of your 
personal QXL.win file (e.g. D:\DATA\QXL.win) and close the form using "OK".

Now you're ready, start the QL emulation using "OK" on QPC2's main form.

The QL/E environment boots and you get a desktop with many utilities available. 
Use your preferred ones (QPAC2 Files, MasterSpy, SBASIC, you name it) to review 
and edit your personal BOOT file which is on WIN2_.

Whenever you feel ready exit QPC2 and restart it like explained in step 2. Then 
open the "Devices" form and configure WIN1 to the full path-filename of your 
personal QXL.win file (e.g. D:\DATA\QXL.win) and close the form using "OK". Now 
your (edited) QXL.win is mounted as WIN1.

Start the QL emulation using "OK" on QPC2's main form and your QXL.win BOOTs. 
If the boot process still fails, go back to step 2.

If all is well, you can save QPC2's device configuration using the "Save" 
button on QPC2's main form.

Good luck!

QL forever!

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Re: [Ql-Users] New QPC2 plus SMS/E v3.26

2016-04-26 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Wolf wrote:
> Yes v. 3.26 is out.
> 
> Marcel has done it again!
> 
> Have fun.

Gave it a try yesterday, looks good! Will now carefully test and integrate
into QL/E!

Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] New QPC2 plus SMS/E v3.26

2016-04-26 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel Kilgus wrote:
> QPC2 v4.04 has been released a few minutes ago, along with SMSQ/E v3.26,
> which is also available from Wolfgang's site for all other platforms.
> 
> I have written up the long story here for people interested in the back
story
> (picture included):
> 
> http://www.kilgus.net/2016/04/23/new-qpc-v4-04-plus-smsqe-v3-26/

Great work, thank you very much!

Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2016-04-26 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Wolf wrote:
> danke dafür, leider hat sich das mit einer neuen Version von SMSQE
> überschnitten.
> 
> Und ich hatte gerade erst die letzte Version von THE DISTRIBUTION
> heruntergeladen.

Wolfgang, PM sent. ;-)

It was my intention to release the last and final version 3.04 of "QL IS 30
2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION" before any new release of QPC2 or SMSQ/E. I
succeeded by a few hours. :-)

Reason is that this DISTRIBUTION is somehow linked to the QL IS 30
anniversary (2014). Hence it deserves to come with the 2014 edition of QPC2.
;-)

Future releases of THE DISTRIBUTION will be named, organized and published
differently.

I shall now archive all the works and then start working on something new,
“QL/E+ – THE DISTRIBUTION”. While “QL is 30” was somehow retrospective (see
the crow on the wallpaper of QL/E v3.1x which looks back), “QL/E+” is
visionary and forward oriented. It will for sure come with the 2016 edition
of QPC2. More about “QL/E+” later. Stay tuned.

QL forever!

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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2016-04-23 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Today is the release of the final version 3.04 of "QL IS 30 2014 - THE
DISTRIBUTION". This marks the end of my "QL is 30" activities.

The new version comes with the latest versions of SMSQ/E (v3.25) and
SMSQmulator (v2.18) carefully integrated into QL/E, QL EMULATORS, QL ON A
STICK and ZEXCEL SPECTRUM EMULATOR. Late additions in the SQPP exclusive
gems part are the original QL Demonstration software by Sinclair Research
Ltd and the QL SCREEN-COLLECTIONS (QLSC). QL/E has been vastly improved and
now supports at least seven (7) QL compatible platforms (QPC2, SMSQmulator,
QXL, QPC1, QemuLator, uQLx and QL-SD). Plus many improvements and tweaks
here and there. This new and final version of "QL IS 30 2014 - THE
DISTRIBUTION" fits again on a DVD, previous versions were slightly over the
limit. Almost perfect.

Have fun with THE DISTRIBUTION!

Download link see message signature below.

QL forever!

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

2016-04-23 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Hi QLers,

April 23rd, what does this date say to us? Saint George's Day, The
Bayerische Reinheitsgebot (regarding the ingredients of beer) was signed 500
years ago, William Shakespeare died on that day 400 years ago, the Sinclair
ZX Spectrum was launched 34 years ago. Great day in history!

The QL’s official life span was from January 1984 to April 1986 when Amstrad
axed the QL. Well, I’ve seen some Samsung QLs manufactured in May 1986, but
those were most likely built that month on behalf of the last valid order
from Sinclair Research Ltd.

Although 2 ¼ years sound like a short period and I cannot remember how long
it felt back in the 80s, I personally felt exactly how long it is when I
judge the “QL is 30” activities which started on the QL’s 30th launch
anniversary back on January 12th 2014. Even I was busy in both life and work
I’ve spent quite an amount of time (several hundred hours) for and with the
QL during the last 26 months. To name just the major milestones like the “QL
is 30” website http://www.qlis30.org.uk/, “QL IS 30 2014 – THE
DISTRIBUTION”, the ZX-TEAM-meetings 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Germany, meeting
Rick Dickinson and David Karlin again in 2014 and 2015, attending La Nuit
des Musées 2014 in Switzerland, the QLis30 dinner and workshop in Scotland,
testing and integrating new versions of SMSQ/E and SMSQmulator, updates to
QL/E and THE DISTRIBUTION, this was a very intense QL period, at least for
me.

Today is the release of the final version 3.04 of “QL IS 30 2014 – THE
DISTRIBUTION”. This marks the end of my “QL is 30” activities.

QL forever!

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[Ql-Users] Today is a very special day for me...

2016-04-13 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Dear QLers,

 

In that week 30 years ago the Sinclair computer business was bought by
Amstrad and the QL was axed. It was that Sunday after the press conference
when the message did arrive here in Switzerland. I was in my first months
with my first personal QL so the news hit me hard.

 

On today's date 16 years ago my son was born. This was one of the greatest
moments in my entire life.

 

I'm currently in the process of releasing the next version of THE
DISTRIBUTION. Recent updates of SMSQ/E and SMSQmulator have been worked in.
Major changes and enhancements are in the QL/E part of THE DISTRIBUTION. The
start-up sequence (aka BOOT program) of QL/E has been reworked and enhanced
to enable QL/E to also run on QPC1, uQLx (Raspberry PI), QL with QL-SD
(should also run on the MIST) and Q-emuLator. As a goody QL/E now comes with
Per Witte's D-Miner game and an adapted version of Francois Lanciault's 2048
game.

 

While QL/E is ready for release today, completion of THE DISTRIBUTION may
take some more days.

Download link see message footer below.

 

QL forever!

 

Cheers,

Urs

 

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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Per wrote:  
> Urs, I get the freeze if I boot the system from a USB memory stick with
the
> QLE distribution, but only with SMSQmulator (as if I use QPC2, it takes
its
> configuration from my installed configuration.) However, if I use my own
> QPC2 installation (4.02, w SMSQ/E 3.24) and boot from QLE.win, the freeze
> doesnt occur. The same if I use my own SMSQmulator installation and boot
> from QLE.win: No freeze.
That's what I expected and what I'm also experiencing. On systems with a
slight different configuration of QPC2 and SMSQmulator (e.g. screen setting)
this freeze does not happen even if I use this QLE.win and do exactly the
same steps.

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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Derek Stewart wrote:
> I have tried to reproduce your failures on QPC2 and SMSQmulator8, I can
> report that on my Fujitsu H700 Core i7 620 laptop with 4Gb ram running
> Ubuntu 15.10, I can not reproduce the freezing.
Did you try it with the configuration of QPC2 and SMSQmulator supplied in the 
THE_DISTRIBUTION_qle.ZIP?
Using your configuration may give a change to the scenario which may result in 
a non freeze.

> Can you try your tests using a Linux system running QPC2 under Wine. I
> would think this will not fail.
I have a CentOS v6.7 at hand at work. Will give it a try next week. My guess is 
that it will also fail.

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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Ralf Reköndt wrote:
> as usual, REM out one Toolkit after another and try the same procedure.
I've been through this already. At least partly. There are extensions which
are essential.

As written and showed in my videos, disabling QDT would help, but this is
not the solution because QDT is nice to have it loaded.

Changing the position of QPAC2 Files does also help as does changing of the
screen resolution.

But as Marcel has pointed out, the source of the problem may still be there.

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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Bob Spelten wrote
> I repeated your process to the letter with SMSQ/m (8217) and QPC2
> (4.02/3.22) and an unchanged copy QLE.win from the Nov.2015 update. Both
> did NOT freeze on access to WIN1_.
It is essential that you use the complete QL/E, not only the QLE.win.
Especially the screen settings (e.g. resolution, colour depth) are
important. QPAC2 Files must popup itself at exactly the position with
exactly the number of files to display like in my scenario. Otherwise the
system may not freeze. I did not (yet) found another scenario to Freeze
SMSQ/E with QL/E.

> I selected and Viewed the Boot file from Files using only the keyboard. No
> problems.
The freeze comes after the content of WIN1_ are being displayed. When you're
able to view a file then the scenario was not 100% equal.

> My laptop is already in its seventh year with a conventional SATA HDD
> running W$7.
Nothing to complain about if it's at least a Core2Duo with at least 2GB RAM.
:-)

> Yours I suspect, is running W$10 from an SSD. Could that be an issue?
Win7 on my year 2007 (32-bit) and 2011 (64-bit) notebooks, both with SSD.
No.

> > I then found an easy workaround for the Freeze case.
> > Perform one time a simple SAVE WIN1_boot_bak (e.g. between steps 3
> and
> > 4) and you never get the freeze.
> >
> > My feeling is that QPAC2 Files has a problem when displaying the
> > content of the chosen Source Directory WIN1_ at exactly the position
> > where QPAC2 Files is positioned in above mentioned scenario.
> >
> So you suggest to write something to WIN1_ before opening Files?
> That's something my normal Boot already does. A list of actually loaded
> extensions is generated and saved before I have time to do anything
useful.
> That is the beauty / problem with SMSQ/E, everybody has a completely
> different Boot.
You did misinterpret/misunderstand this. Just save a file (e.g.
WIN1_boot_bak) ONCE. Then reboot and try my scenario. QPAC2 Files will not
fail anymore. I think it's because displaying the content of the ROOT of
WIN1_ is then slightly different (it has 1 file more in the ROOT directory)
and the failure/freeze is not happening here anymore. At least not at this
stage.

> > Enjoy the sunny Sunday!
> >
> At the moment it's quite gray here.
> That's why I have a sunny picture of the Scottish Highlands as wallpaper.
Nice!

Enjoy the long Easter weekend.

Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel Kilgus wrote:
> Okay, I can reproduce it. But the crash happens in the screen driver.
> The problem is that SMSQ/E does not have any kind of memory protection
> and you're loading a quadrillion extensions at boot-time. Any one of them
> could be responsible of corrupting the memory in a way that QPAC2 will
crash
> later on without being at fault itself.

There are only a few (less than 20, depending on the host and target
machine) extensions loaded, not a quadrillion. ;-)

I did some more tests earlier this week and can tell you that when you
disable QDT to load (use the S*BASIC PROC QLE_CFG), then with the same
scenario QPAC2 Files and the System will not Freeze at all. 

> Trying to track down these kind of problems is a huge pain, not sure if I
can
> find the time to do so.
That's true. I know those pains from my job.

Yes, cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-24 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Wolfgang Lenerz wrote:
> I downloaded QLE from your website.
Great. :-)

> used SMSQmulator 8 from that distribution, with the SMSQE that came with
> it.
It is essential that the configuration of the QL/E package is used,
especially the screen settings. One needs to make sure that local/personal
qpc.ini and SMSQmulator.ini is not in use when testing for the Freeze.

> I followed all of your steps.
Good.

> No Problem here.
Not good. Did you check the steps I did in this video:
QL/E (v3.11, SMSQ/E v3.22, SMSQmulator v2.12) freezes!
http://youtu.be/HZ9jj162UN4


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Re: [Ql-Users] WIN drive gone missing

2016-03-20 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Marcel Kilgus wrote:
> > Yesterday I had a similar freeze/crash but I put that down to a fault
> > in the program I am updating.
> > No QPAC2 File access at that moment.
> > So today's QPC2 session started OK but at the time of the crash I was
> > using Files (?).
> 
> There are about a billion ways to crash SMSQ/E, so I wouldn't count on
your
> problems being the same. Personally I never had Files crash on me and even
> then it's more likely that the device driver is at fault, but if somebody
can
> reproduce it I can have a look.

As it may be known I'm maintaining QL/E - a pre-configured and ready to go
QL environment (applications, desktops, games, tools, utilities) using the
latest versions of the virtual QL machines (aka emulators) QPC2 and
SMSQmulator and the Operating System SMSQ/E - since 2002. Since 2014 QL/E is
part of THE DISTRIBUTION. Core of QL/E is a "QXL.WIN" file named QLE.win (a
virtual WINchester hard-drives in QXL format). Last public release is v3.11
from Nov 2nd 2015. This version is fine-tuned for use with QPC2, SMSQmulator
and QXL. Download link:
http://www.sinclairql.net/repository.html#QLE

For a couple of months now (the winter) I was busy adapting QL/E for other
QL compatible platforms running under QDOS/Minerva, such as systems which
include the emulators Q-emuLator, uQLx (Raspberry Pi) plus also real
hardware like MIST (QL core with QL-SD support) and the original Sinclair QL
with QL-SD. I'm almost ready with this and shall release QL/E v3.13 in the
coming weeks if not days.

While testing QL/E on various systems and with various scenarios and use
cases I experienced several FREEZEs of the OS (the QL side, not the host
when running the QL as an emulation). After such freezes the only
possibility to bring the QL/E system back to life was to "power it off" and
restart it. In terms of QPC2 a restart was only successful after a remaining
but invisible QPC2 task has been terminated using the Windows Task manager.

At around the 2016 ZX-TEAM meeting  which took place last weekend in Germany
I experienced multiple freezes of QL/E. OK, I was QLing many many hours
recently. The more hours you run QL(/E) environments the greater is the
chance you experience something. The good thing was that I got the
impression that there's a common pattern to the freezes. I got the
impression that it always was when QPAC2 Files was used.

Because we have a Windows Freeze case at work which is very hard to trace
and analyse (visitors of the ZX-TEAM meeting will know) I wanted to at least
catch the QL/E Freeze case.
Last Thursday I was repeatedly able to reproduce the freeze using my QL/E
v3.13 wip (work-in-progress). I then reduced the steps needed to get the
freeze. In the end I can say you can get the freeze when doing this
scenario:
1. Start QL/E (e.g. start QPC2.exe).
2. From now on do not use the mouse, do not use the mouse pointer.
3. After the BOOT sequence of QL/E is completed (SBASIC job 0 is minimised
as "System" in the button frame, wait until Photo QL has completed
displaying the QL collection photo) press +<\> to pick "System".
4. Now that you see the BOOT process windows in the middle of the screen
press + to pick QPAC2 "Files".
5. Once QPAC2 "Files" is on screen press  then  followed by 
to choose the drive "WIN1_" as the Source Directory.
6. Now the QL/E system freezes!

What I did to isolate the problem relies on QPAC2 or at least is caused by
QPAC2 is:
- Running QL/E with SMSQmulator does also freeze. > It's not a QPC2 problem.
- Running QL/E with other version of SMSQ/E does also freeze. > If it's a
SMSQ/E problem then it's there for some time already.
- Executing DRVCHK and DRVLINK does not find anything wrong with the
QLE.win.
- Copying the entire content of the QLE.win to a freshly formatted QLE.win
and the running QL/E. with this does also freeze. > It's not a problem of
the content/structure of the "QXL.WIN" file
- Using the BOOT file of previous versions of QL/E does not help; such a
modified system does also freeze.
- After inspecting and comparing various QLE.wins (some which have been used
and new files have been created or files have been deleted) I found out that
some of those do not freeze. I then found an easy workaround for the Freeze
case. Perform one time a simple SAVE WIN1_boot_bak (e.g. between steps 3 and
4) and you never get the freeze.

My feeling is that QPAC2 Files has a problem when displaying the content of
the chosen Source Directory WIN1_ at exactly the position where QPAC2 Files
is positioned in above mentioned scenario.

Enjoy the sunny Sunday!

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

2016-01-20 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
I bought my 1st personal Sinclair QL Professional Computer. This changed my
life in many ways. To celebrate this I've spent an hour today to re-publish
the QL chronology webpage which has been taken down by the ISP Swisscom last
autumn due to end of service of their xy.homepage.bluewin.ch hosting
package.
http://sinclairql.net/chronology.html#MyFirstQL

QL forever!

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[Ql-Users] QL equipped bunker?!

2016-01-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
The other day someone on http://qlforum.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=12=1464
called my name and asked for a QL equipped bunker. QL?, Bunker? Hmm...

ENTER might be the answer. ENTER?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDDgj1mr1xk

Happy 32th QL Launch Anniversary today!

QL forever!
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Re: [Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2015-11-05 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
On 04/30/2015 12:25 PM, Wolf wrote:
> On 04/29/2015 10:09 PM, Urs Koenig (QL) wrote:
> > Lucerne, Apr 29th 2015 – Urs König of COWO Enterprises LLC proudly
> > releases QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION for public download. This
> > distribution is the successor to the QL Today 2013 The Final DVD which
> > was sent out to subscribers in September 2013 with The Final Issue of
the
> QL Today magazine.
> > The new version holds everything which was on the DVD, but has been
> > carefully updated and supplemented with new material - Urs has been
> > able to add some real long lost gems and an exclusive new release of a
> > formerly commercial package, QDT the ultimate QL desktop - created or
> > preserved during the last few months. Altogether there are 4.7 GB of
> > QL related documents, software and pictures on this distribution.
> > Preconfigured QL emulators for use under Windows, Mac OS and even
> > Linux make it easy to bring the QL (back) to your desk. Great ways to
> > (re-)start programming for the QL or using QL programs. QL IS 30 2014
> > - THE DISTRIBUTION is free which means it can be downloaded, used and
> > given to friends by anyone at no cost. QL forever!
> >
> > http://www.sinclairql.net/
> 
> Good work Urs!
> 
> Wolfgang
Another QL update in year 31 after launch:
The other day I had another look on the good old year 2000 version of the QL
Picture Viewer program Photon. I’ve learned that Photon has a nice wallpaper
option (\w). Gave it a go and re-implemented wallpaper in the BOOT program
of QL/E - the ultimative pre-configured virtual QL Environment for use on
your PC. As desktop background I have chosen a nice picture of a crow on
green grass which I’ve photographed last summer. This tinkering with Photon
eventually resulted in a new release of QL/E (v3.11) and THE DISTRIBUTION
(v3.03).
Go and get it here: http://www.sinclairql.net/

QL forever!
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Re: [Ql-Users] New QL clone

2015-08-13 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Tobias wrote:
 Till Harbaum, the originator of the MiST (an FPGA-based „anything“-
 Computer) has just released his first open-source implementation of a QL on
 FPGA.
 It implements a basic QL with 1 Microdrive and 640k Memory. (But I’m sure
 we’ll grow from there…)
Another QL is born. Great work! Looking forward for more features, dreaming 
about SGC/Aurora expansion stage.

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[Ql-Users] Any QL User on Mallorca?

2015-07-15 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Hi folks,

 

are there any QL User living on Mallorca?

 

Enjoy the summer!

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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql-Users Digest, Vol 134, Issue 16

2015-05-11 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
 Since the GA 4 weeks ago I released two updates. Latest release is from
 today. See:
I've created a cumulative incremental delta update package of version 3.02
(32 MB ZIP file) for those who have already downloaded (and installed) v3.01
(GA, 11.04.2015) or v3.01A (29.04.2015). Just unzip this ZIP file at your
storage location of the unzipped distribution and confirm to overwrite
existing files.

The download link for the update is on The Sinclair QL Repository website
which has been updated today:
http://www.sinclairql.net/

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[Ql-Users] THE DISTRIBUTION - Word is out!

2015-04-29 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Lucerne, Apr 29th 2015 – Urs König of COWO Enterprises LLC proudly releases
QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION for public download. This distribution is
the successor to the QL Today 2013 The Final DVD which was sent out to
subscribers in September 2013 with The Final Issue of the QL Today magazine.
The new version holds everything which was on the DVD, but has been
carefully updated and supplemented with new material - Urs has been able to
add some real long lost gems and an exclusive new release of a formerly
commercial package, QDT the ultimate QL desktop - created or preserved
during the last few months. Altogether there are 4.7 GB of QL related
documents, software and pictures on this distribution. Preconfigured QL
emulators for use under Windows, Mac OS and even Linux make it easy to bring
the QL (back) to your desk. Great ways to (re-)start programming for the QL
or using QL programs. QL IS 30 2014 - THE DISTRIBUTION is free which means
it can be downloaded, used and given to friends by anyone at no cost. QL
forever!

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[Ql-Users] OUT NOW!

2014-11-03 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
http://www.qlis30.org.uk/#Jan

 

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[Ql-Users] Today, 5 years ago...

2014-11-01 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
http://tinyurl.com/ql-mac-show

Can't believe it's already 5 years!

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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 report

2014-10-30 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Geoff Wicks wrote:
 Somewhat belatedly the QLis30 report is now on the newspage of my
 website:
 
 www.gwicks.net/justwords.html
Great report Geoff!

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

Did you take them down?

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

Urs

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

2014-10-07 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Hi all,

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

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

See you in Edinburgh this coming weekend.

Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 dinner

2014-06-19 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Update from my side: Flights (easyjet from Basel), Car and Hotel are booked
now. Arriving on Wednesday with my family, the trip will have 3 major topics
Scotland, Edinburgh and the QLis30 workshop.

I prefer a QLers dinner on Friday. Other family members should be
allowed/welcomed ;-), but I think my folks will enjoy this evening on their
own (let Daddy talk on his QL things) ;-).

@Geoff: When running the QLis25 show in 2009 I had great success using
Doddle to manage attendance for both the show and dinner, including
preferences. It's easy to setup and use and it's free.
http://doodle.com/en_GB/

In my opinion emails on this list are ok but will not reach the complete QL
community and may not show the full picture.

Cheers,
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Re: [Ql-Users] QLis30 web page

2014-06-16 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Geoff Wicks wrote:
 Many thanks Urs for the link - I had a lot of hits via this link. As a way
of saying
 thank you just a reminder of Urs' site:
 
 www.QLis30.org.uk
Even I'm currently in lurking mode due to life and work I was simply
catching your yesterdays' post, updated the QLis30 website and spread the
word on qlforum, World of Spectrum, the German QL Forum, Google+ and on
LinkedIn. I hope the event gets some more attention by doing this.

Cheers, Urs

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Re: [Ql-Users] Fwd: QLis30 update

2014-05-04 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Geoff Wicks wrote:
 One of our considerations is that Edinburgh is a tourist destination. If
we hold
 the event too early it could be too busy and hotels too expensive.
 
 October might be possible,
I had a discussion with my family this morning. We could imagine spending
our autumn vacation in Scotland. Perfect dates for the QLis30 show would
then be Sat Oct 4 (favourite) and Sat Oct 11 2014.

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

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[Ql-Users] QL Picture Gallery v3.30 - Release Information

2014-02-10 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Yesterday the QL Picture Gallery v3.30 - which is also part of QL is 30 2014
The Distribution (see http://www.qlis30.org.uk) - has been released and is
already available as online web content. The Picture Gallery has grown from
1797 to 1979 pictures with many new exclusive photographs. See
http://tinyurl.com/sqpp25

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

2014-01-19 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Dilwyn Jones wrote:
 He he, I had to laugh when I spotted Stuart Honeyball's picture in the 
 list of staff at Sinclair.
Glag to hear that you surfed that deep through the material.

 Nice project, Urs.
Thx.

BTW: Anniversary website http://www.qlis30.org.uk has updated today with
more links.

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

2014-01-19 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Peter Graf wrote:
 Thanks. As for the story by Jürgen Malberg, did you read it? I was
actually
 disappointed that he only wrote there was a successor on 68040 basis. This
 sounds like the Atari/Amiga lines of 68K history went technologically
ahead of
 the QL. In fact the Q60 was one of very few 68K machines where the
 mainboard was directly designed for the 68060.
Yes, I did. It’s a relatively short ( 12’000 characters) story of the QL’s
features (3/4) and history (1/4) with very nice rendered illustrations. Some
details are just not that accurate (yes, he had better wrote 68040/68060) or
- even worse - very few are just wrong (“Sinclair Ltd. sold to Amstrad”, it
was “Amstrad bought the Sinclair computer business and brand name on
computers”). Don’t get me wrong, the article is great. But if offers little
news for QLer like me but may be a great and compact story for many others
(non QLers or those back to the QL).

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

2014-01-12 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Dave Park wrote:
 The content looks good! Good work.
Thx.

 Hopefully we'll be able to give you a lot
 to write about over the next 12 months :)
YES! YES! YES!

 The background makes some of the writing quite difficult to read.
Background removed. Better?

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

2014-01-11 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
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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[Ql-Users] Warm-up!

2014-01-09 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
2nd Thursday in January, what does this say to us?

Right, on that day 30 years ago, the Sinclair QL Professional Computer has
been launched. The anniversary date is just days ahead. Let's warm-up for
some great stuff to come. Watch this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoWq_CxPa3c

Stay tuned...

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[Ql-Users] How to label a (fresh) (QXL.)WIN

2014-01-07 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
I've just created (FORMATted) a fresh (QXL.)WIN with QPC2 and cannot
remember how to label (set/change the name which is listed at commands
like STAT) it. I remember that floppy disks could be labelled using the
FORMAT command (e.g. FORMAT FLP1_Games), but for WIN the only parameter
allowed seems to be the size in MB (e.g. FORMAT WIN1_128). Anyone?

 

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Re: [Ql-Users] How to label a (fresh) (QXL.)WIN

2014-01-07 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Thanks for the fast response Bob.

Bob Spelten wrote:
 There is a tool QWIRC by Per Witte to rename hard disks (Dilwyn's site).
Now I remember, one needs a tool for that and what a wonder QWIRC is already
on my system.

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Re: [Ql-Users] Ql is 30

2013-12-03 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Derek Stewart wrote:
 Why not have a QL Show in each country and we support each other...

Hi folks,

back on the QL retro track (after being busy with the JAGUAR for a while) I
would like to share my thoughts about a QL-is-30 event. I already had some
email back and forth with Rich last spring.

1. The QL (community) definitely deserves such an event.

2. Such an event should be hold in the home country of Sinclair and the QL,
in England.

3. It should be an international event, addressing visitors from all over
the world.

4. It should be held at an attractive place/city where beside the show
visitors (and their families) can enjoy other activities may it be
historical, cultural or just shopping/dining.

5. Catering does not have to be a priority as because of #4 there will be
plenty of restaurants/c-stores/markets of all quality and price ranges
available. And, BYO food/drinks always works at such events.

6. The event should be 2 days, a full weekend. Held in either in late
April/Mai or in September/October 2014 (to leave the summer free for family
vacations and avoid the cold and travel-unfriendly winter).

7. The event should be a good mixture of activities in a meeting room
(traditional QL show style), with desks for tinkerers, users and traders and
sessions  talks in a lecture room.

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

9. The event should be promoted to a much wider audience than only posting
it to ql-users and ql-forum. More forums, retro-magazines, facebook, twitter
and the like. Even e-mailshots to (former) Sinclair/QL users.

Taking all this together my favourite location is Cambridge may it be at the
Cambridge Campus of the Anglia Ruskin University (with the option to visit
the Sinclair building) or in the Centre for Computing History. London would
also be an option as it is always worth visiting. I'm pretty sure
continental visitors mostly agree with my thoughts.

Together with my Swiss QL friends I ran the QL-Mac-are-25 international
show - the last big scale QL show - in Lucerne 4 years ago with a similar
concept. The website (with facts  figures, pictures, videos and
presentations) of that event is still up at http://tinyurl.com/ql-mac-show.
We had some 50 visitors. Thanks to the remaining funds of the Swiss Sinclair
User Group and donations by QUANTA and others the event has been fully
sponsored and could be ran as a free entry event (no admission fee). Total
costs were CHF 3257 whereof CHF 2532 were for the posh venue (rooms and
associated services). All work and travel by us enthusiast was voluntary and
unpaid.

10 days ago there was the E-JAGFEST 2013 in Duisburg, Germany - a two days
international event celebrating the 20th anniversary of the ATARI JAGUAR -
which was ran on a similar concept. There were some 50 visitors from
Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and Switzerland. Budget was tight, so a
fair admission fee applied. And back to topic, two QLers - Jochen and myself
- attended. Here's a playlist of videos about that event
http://tinyurl.com/Jag-is-20. Jochen and myself can be seen in part 10.

Even life is not easy and things get complicated sometime, I would
definitely work hard to attend such an event. Excuses like my car is not
fit, I don't like trains, a 4 hours trip within Britain is horrible, etc.
sound strange to me (and most likely to other continentals who will travel
much longer ways and days). If you're a Sinclair/QL enthusiast then such
things should not stop one from attending the show.

Just my two pennies...

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[Ql-Users] Of Jaguars, November, pre-Thanksgiving, Decades with year 3.

2013-11-22 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Jag is 20 - The Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4hXwTF43qY

 

My biggest and most sophisticated video production so far. I hope you like
it. Enjoy!

 

The JAGUAR and this video production is the reason why I was absent of the
QL scene in the last couple of weeks. From next week on the Jag may rest and
in accordance with my web alias QLvsJAGUAR the QL becomes again my
retro-topic no. 1.

 

Cheers,

Urs

 

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[Ql-Users] 30 years - Domesdos, not Domestos

2013-10-26 Thread Urs Koenig (QL)
Let's throw in a new topic to get more relaxed.

 

Domesdos was the working title of the operation system for the Sinclair ZX83
which eventually became QDOS for the Sinclair QL.

 

In a CONFIDENTIONAL (at that time) document dated 26 October 1983 (hey,
that's today 30 years ago), Tony Tebby wrote: The changes from Version 0.05
are mostly in the internal organisation. These reflect the change in
emphasis from a small machine to a 128Kbyte minimum configuration, a high
probability that a 512Kbyte expansion will be available at launch, a hard
disk will be available soon after, and the machine is a flagship of a new
line.

 

Decades later, back in 2009, TT wrote in a series of articles called 25
years in the QL Today magazine: ln a fit of hubris over this design for
reliability approach, the new operating system was called Domesdos {a home
{domestic) DOS, even though it was designed for business use and it was a
ROM operating system and not a disk operating system) after the slogan for a
brand of bleach Domestos which kills 99% of all known germs (bugs).

 

Even 30 years later no single operating system has proved to be bug free.
Time to dig out Domes*os... ;-)

 

Access the PDF of the 1983 Domesdos documentation:

http://tinyurl.com/prsaafh

 

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