Re: [ql-users] QL is 21

2005-10-09 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 9 Oct 2005 at 14:36:15, Robert Newson wrote:
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BHA! Hit wrong button; should have added:
BHA? ... or is it unrepeatable (8-)#


From The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Original Radio Scripts,
ISBN: 0-330-29288-9
I have those too - there is a lot in there that was cut out of the
actual broadcasts.
... and the notes after each show are very revealing
... and also Douglas Adams' FX (sound effects) notes.

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Re: [ql-users] QL is 21

2005-10-08 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 7 Oct 2005 at 19:33:42, Timothy Swenson wrote:
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On Fri, 7 Oct 2005 20:49:37 +0100, Malcolm Cadman [EMAIL PROTECTED]
wrote:

 Do modern computer users do any programming any more ?

 Or is it all web pages, video clips and MP3 downloads ... ?

Given that the computer has pretty much become an appliance (sold along
side TV, Washers, etc), I'm sure most computer users treat it that way.
The same way that most of us treat our cars, ie. just a way to get
around.  I'm sure the early horseless carraige hobbyists were not too
happy when the car gained mass appeal.

I'm sure that those that want to program, do.  And those that don't, don't.
It isn't exclusive to modern systems.
Only the other day a QL black box user with Trump Card was having
problems with his floppy drive.

Roy showed him some advanced debugging tricks,
urmm dir flp1_

What is that? he said.

I don't think he had ever used superbasic - he was a 'press F1 to run
Quill' man it seems.

Mind you surely even he _must_ have had to use 'format flp1_ - or maybe
that was why his floppy disks did not work (8)#


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Re: [ql-users] US QL Show Oct 8-9 2005 canceled

2005-09-26 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 26 Sep 2005 at 08:07:13, Bill Cable wrote:
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As many of you know Al Boehm suffered a serious stroke this summer. He was the
organizer of the US QL show. He is slowly recovering but still is partially
paralyzed on his left side. I spoke with him by phone two days ago and he
appointed me to decide what to do. The original Motel picked as the show site
has changed hands and can not be located by its original name. I am not
aware of
anyone coming to this show at present. If anyone is please contact me. I am
canceling the show as originally set up although we may have a small meeting in
the Boston area at Al's daughters house on Oct 9th although that has not been
decided for sure. We may schedule another show for the spring of 2006 in the
Boston area.
I know we all wish Al well, and it is very good that he is now no longer
wheelchair bound.

I hope I can come to a show in the spring of 2006.
Air fares from the UK to USA are well over double the cost of last year.
If they are still at that level in the spring, it will make it difficult
for me to come.

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[ql-users] Byfleet Quanta QL Workshop

2005-09-25 Thread Tony Firshman
Photos from the show:

http://firshman.co.uk/photos.htm
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Re: [ql-users] Advice

2005-09-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 16 Sep 2005 at 18:17:39, wolfgang mühlegger wrote:
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Marcel Kilgus schrieb:
 [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Using QPC on a PC I use dir dos1_ to see the content but I would like to
look into a folder so I try dir dos1_xx and it works but dir dos1_Program
Files does not.
Is there a trick or is it not possible?


 Use quotation marks.

 die dos1_program files

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  dir 'dos1_progra~1'

would work as well 
I thought of suggesting that too.

It was absolutely impossible for micro~11 and more as I got on one of
my systems (8-)#

Does my suggestion of

dos1_Program Files work too?


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Re: [ql-users] Advice

2005-09-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 16 Sep 2005 at 21:03:12, Marcel Kilgus wrote:
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[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 I tried dir dos1_Program Files but it does not work.

Because Tony did the quotes wrong. Always enclose the whole
expression.

dos1_program files

In DOS one usually uses c:\program files. While Tony's version might
actually work there (DOS command line parsing has ceased to amaze me a
long time ago), it looks damn weird.
Certainly does.  That is precisely what the TAB complete does under XP
DOS emulation.

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Re: [ql-users] date and time ?

2005-09-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 16 Sep 2005 at 22:17:18,  wrote:
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I have just switched psu in my Q40 and now the date is wrong. How do I set
it back ?
I wrote a program to do this - it should be on the utilities disk if
Qbranch supplied it.

However the date should not be affected by changing a PSU.  It is a
standalone battery powered module.
If you haven't run any clock setting utility, then maybe you have a
dodgy chip.  I think I have some left.

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Re: [ql-users] Advice

2005-09-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 16 Sep 2005 at 22:57:32, Marcel Kilgus wrote:
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Tony Firshman wrote:
In DOS one usually uses c:\program files. While Tony's version might
actually work there (DOS command line parsing has ceased to amaze me a
long time ago), it looks damn weird.
 Certainly does.  That is precisely what the TAB complete does under XP
 DOS emulation.

You actually mean it produces

c:\program files

?

Sorry, but that's hard to believe. Nonetheless I just checked NT4 SP6,
2000 SP4 and XP SP2. None of them showed this behaviour.
... and mine doesn't I find!

I was thinking of Linux, where it is perfectly valid.
I guess I assumed that the XP DOS emulation, which has copied the Linux
(Unix) TAB complete, used the same format.

I do most of my command line stuff under Linux, and rarely delve into
DOS nowadays.

sorry,

Tony


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Re: [ql-users] Advice

2005-09-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 16 Sep 2005 at 22:21:16, Robert Newson wrote:
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Robert Newson wrote:

...

Obviously I can't count...program is 7 characters...

... but where there are 10 up to 99, it takes the first 5 characters,
which can make an 8.3 listing damn difficult to read.
Happened with me - micro~11

What happens to VFAT with more than 99 files in a directory, all
beginning with the same letter and over 8 character names?  It falls
over I assume.

http://worldnews.com have a directory structure with maybe 35 million
files, all starting with the same letter (the article store)!
Linux copes admirably of course.

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Re: [ql-users] Re: date and time ?

2005-09-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 16 Sep 2005 at 22:31:02,  wrote:
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On 09/16/05, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

  Hi all

 I have just switched psu in my Q40 and now the date is wrong. How do I set
 it back ?


Oh well  I found my superbasic handbook and sdate did the trick :)
Ah - I forogt that.  The early SMSQ I used when building Q40s could not
update the clock.


My utility was mainly to start the clock.  The chip cpmes with a
disabled clock to save battery.

It is worth looking up the data on the clock chip.  If you are planning
to leave the Q40 off for any length of time, then stopping the clock
saves battery life.  It is Lithium, so once the battery is dead, it
needs a new chip.  Maybe there is a supplied utility.

From memory, there is a command in Q40 SMSQ to protect the date
(prot_date 1 maybe).
The protocol to change the clock is pretty complex, so couldn't happen
easily, unless SDATE was used by you or a program.

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[ql-users] Quanta website

2005-09-12 Thread Tony Firshman
Is there no-one working on the Quanta website?

I wanted to double check the details of the Byfleet Quanta workshop on
25 September - but not a mention of _any_ future shows, not even the
major QL show in Portsmouth coming up!

It is all old information, and it is a very bad advert for the group.
Even the AGM date is not mentioned, and that was announced recently.

I have also not had a reply to my emailshot request for an advert, so I
can only assume they are not involved or coming.
I am therefore calling the Byfleet show a QL Workshop


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[ql-users] Nasta

2005-09-06 Thread Tony Firshman
Both the addreses I have for Nasta are dead:

zeljko.nastasic AT zg DOT hetnet DOT hr
zeljko.nastasic AT zg DOT hinet DOT hr

Anyone have a current one?

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Re: [ql-users] Nasta

2005-09-06 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 6 Sep 2005 at 12:59:56,
=?windows-1253?B?UGhvZWJ1cyBSLiBEb2tvcyAo1u/f4u/yINEuIM30/Orv8ik=?=
wrote:
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Ôçí Tue, 06 Sep 2005 10:51:52 -0400,ï(ç) Romaldo Parodi
[EMAIL PROTECTED] Ýãñáøå:

 At 13.30 06/09/2005, you wrote:
 Both the addreses I have for Nasta are dead:

 zeljko.nastasic AT zg DOT hetnet DOT hr
 zeljko.nastasic AT zg DOT hinet DOT hr

 Anyone have a current one?

 I have this in my address book: zeljko.nastasic AT zg DOT htnet DOT hr
 Best regards.
 Romaldo Parodi


Yes, Tony added an e between the h and t ;-)
I didn't!  They were stored automatically in my address book I think, so
both existed at some time.
I reckon Nasta is to blame (8-)#

Anyway the htnet address seems to work, thanks (Well it hasn't bounced
yet!).

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Re: [ql-users] Sinclair Disk Drive?

2005-08-26 Thread Tony Firshman

On  Fri, 26 Aug 2005 at 09:52:07, Derek Stewart wrote:
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Alexander,

The floppy disk drive looks like it would fit onto the floppy disk 
expansion port of a Sinclair PC200, which is a totally different 
machine from the Sinclair QL.


The disk unit will only work with the computer in question, stay clear...

It is possibly a Miles Gordon disk drive for Spectrum - from SD1 :

http://www.robertp.net/Disciple/Manual/ManDisciple.htm

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[ql-users] Greek Rom

2005-08-24 Thread Tony Firshman
I have a Greek customer who's Gold Card does not work with his Greek
ROM.

ROM not recognised

It works fine with JS.  Is he right - did Miracle Systems (Mike
Tomlinson) not cater for the Greek ROM?

I know that he had to read in the ROM, and patch it before GC (and SGC)
could use it.

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Re: [ql-users] Lost messages [was Turbo]

2005-08-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 24 Aug 2005 at 12:17:09, P Witte wrote:
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I never saw the message jms1 was answering with his message below. In fact
this is the first message Ive seen since 18/08 from Duncan Neithercut. Is
this a symptom of a general problem or just local to me?
I have had them, so not a general problem.

Duncan Neithercut's last email here _was_ 18/08 ... but how does he come
into the picture?

Tony



Per


- Original Message -
From: jms1 [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: Fabrizio Diversi [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Cc: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2005 12:32 AM
Subject: Re: [ql-users] Turbo


 Thank you for pointing out the error.
 Should be alright now.
 John

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 Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2005 4:46 PM
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  Hello,
  maybe I am wrong, but the link to Trbot07_zip on the SQLUG web site is
  missing.
  I download the latest Turbo but i am not able to download TK ves 3.37.
 
  Many thanks and ciao.
 
  Fabrizio
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  To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
  Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2005 11:54 AM
  Subject: [ql-users] Turbo

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Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5

2005-08-08 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 6 Aug 2005 at 19:57:12, gwicks wrote:
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- Original Message - From: Tony Firshman
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To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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Subject: Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5


Downloading was thought up some years ago as a way of reducing costs,
and if I remember rightly came from members at an AGM. The magazine is
Quanta's biggest single expense. However savings would only be in
postage and not in printing. Obviously the printer has to make a living
and his only savings would be paper and ink costs,
 Why?  I don't understand the logic.  If you print fewer it must cost
 less.  With Quanta's print run (and quality) he is -not- using expensive
 plates.


His wage bill, the biggest cost in most companies, will remain the
same. As will his other overheads,
Indeed, but applying this logic would mean that evyryone would charge
the same for the manual part of  any job.  Quanta is not his only
living, and jobs are related also to time taken.

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Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5

2005-08-06 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 5 Aug 2005 at 19:50:08, gwicks wrote:
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- Original Message - From: Derek Stewart
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Thursday, August 04, 2005 10:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5


I would like the magazine kept the way it is now.

 Not sure about downloadable version,. this would mean non-subscribers
would have access to the magazine.

 But I guess this has been thought out.


Thought out, but not yet worked out. There are two possibilities. One
is bulk emailing
... but not with the actual pdf, as that will increase the size a lot.
The files has to be encoded into ASCII. Simply give a URL.  Also users
can choose when to collect.  If you are on dialup, there is nothing more
annoying than 1mb at peak time!
 and the other is a closed section on the website. However no one on
the Quanta Committee has experience of either so we would have to have
external expertise.

Downloading was thought up some years ago as a way of reducing costs,
and if I remember rightly came from members at an AGM. The magazine is
Quanta's biggest single expense. However savings would only be in
postage and not in printing. Obviously the printer has to make a living
and his only savings would be paper and ink costs,
Why?  I don't understand the logic.  If you print fewer it must cost
less.  With Quanta's print run (and quality) he is -not- using expensive
plates.

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Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5

2005-08-04 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 4 Aug 2005 at 18:55:43, gwicks wrote:
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- Original Message - From: Tony Firshman
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 1:23 AM
Subject: Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5


 At the other end of the scale, this mag I put on my site for another
 church:
 http://allsaintsberkhamsted.org.uk/newsletter/2005/06/newsletter.pdf
 is 36 pages long and something under 1MB.


Thanks for this information. I have had a look at the file and this
together with Marcel's help has given me a good idea of how to keep PDF
file size small. My knowledge of PDF is much better than it was a week
ago and on Sunday I shall blind the Quanta committee with my technical
knowledge!

Just a pity there was scarcely any reactions from members about the
preference for A4 or A5,
I think you already know I prefer A5.

I make PDFs with Acrobat (not Acrobat Reader).  This makes an extra
'printer' called Acrobat Distiller.  This has a vast number of
options, including overall dpi, and compression options.

The above file uses:

75 dpi overall
Optimise for fast web checked.
Automatic compression for images above 75 dpi- quality minimum
Bicubic sampling down to 75 dpi

I think it might be possible to go lwer than 75dpi if there are no
photographs.

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Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5

2005-08-04 Thread Tony Firshman

On  Thu, 4 Aug 2005 at 22:28:58, Stephen wrote:
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In summary I can only see advantages in A4 if Quanta is serious about
 electronic publishing. If it is serious, then there is no choice. We
 have to go A4. However Quanta must still do its homework.


A5 please.

Can't really see why something as archaic as paper size affects 
electronic publishing.
I suspect it is because the A5 document 'prints' to pdf in A4 page sides 
- ie 1+36, 2+35 and so on.

It should be easy though not to print in that format for pdf.
 Anyway, can't read an electronic version in the loo, well, not easily 
anyway!
He he.  I remember dropping my newly bought Tandy 200 in the bath 
(remember those?  I still have it and replace batteries every year to 
preserve memory).  It worked fine after disassembly and drying in the 
airing cupboard.


Incidentally the Tandy was bought to do a job for a past QL owner.  He 
had clients who wanted to send sales data to base.  The Tandy is a Z88 
sized laptop, with a built in 300 baud acoustic modem.  A brilliant 
package in its day, and a -much- better keyboard than the Z88 (and even 
the QL).


Tony

(from the loo having got up in the middle of the night - easy with a 
laptop and wifi)




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Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5

2005-08-04 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 4 Aug 2005 at 22:38:14, Derek Stewart wrote:
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I would like the magazine kept the way it is now.

Not sure about downloadable version,. this would mean non-subscribers
would have access to the magazine.

But I guess this has been thought out.
With my home based website it is easy to arrange login.  It Quanta's ISP
provide a programming environment, then again, security would be easy.
Even better if they allow use of .htaccess files.

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Re: [ql-users] A4 or A5

2005-07-31 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 1 Aug 2005 at 01:18:54, Marcel Kilgus wrote:
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Basically PDFs can be very small to very large, even with the same
contents and mostly same quality, it all depends on the way the PDF is
generated (i.e. it can position every individual character on the page
or it can be satisfied with positioning whole lines, it can use data
compression or not etc). But page count is usually not a decisive
factor (unless the PDF is scanned graphics, in which case the white
space at top and bottom of each page can add up considerably).
Exactly.

I use max image resolution and no compression for the Berkhamsted
review that I compile every month.  The 30mb .pub file turns into
typically 400mb of PDF!  Overkill I know, but my printer can handle it!

At the other end of the scale, this mag I put on my site for another
church:
http://allsaintsberkhamsted.org.uk/newsletter/2005/06/newsletter.pdf
is 36 pages long and something under 1MB.

I think the 3mb talked about for Quanta is possibly the pdf for the
printer.  If it is for him, then it sounds far too small a file!  No
wonder quality is poor.

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Re: [ql-users] MDVs Versus FLPs

2005-07-18 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 18 Jul 2005 at 20:06:41, Roy wood wrote:
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If you have the serial lead working and are transferring to a Windows
machine you could use Jonathan Hudson's QTPI to send the files and the
Windows Hyperterminal to receive them. This would control the handshake
and, if you are transferring a lot of files, make it easier to get them
in the right place. Mind you I have never done this with a QL. I used
to do it using my old PSION organiser.

Exactly what I suggested in a previous email.

I sold QuaLsoft file transfer form 1988 precisely for this - using
xmodem.

qtpi zmodem is better.

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Re: [ql-users] MDVs Versus FLPs

2005-07-17 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 17 Jul 2005 at 13:16:23, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
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 Those who suggested a serial lead link from blackbox to PC direct or
to
 another blackbox - sounds great but where do I get the info on the
link
 cable, plugs, pinouts etc and do I need to write some software to
control it
 all? I once had two QL Aurora/SGC/QuBide rigs connected together via
the
 network sockets with a twisted pair (that's the cable - not my wife
and I
 !!) and although it was very slow, the results were positive. Is
 this the
 way to go?

 Once again, I plead for help. Now where are my back copies of
QLToday? -
 thanks for the comments Dilwyn.
Serial cables were also covered in Vol 7 Issue 1 (May/June 2002) page
28 of QL Today.

(So grateful to Brian Kemmett for the QL Today indexes to help find
these things!)

Once you have the correct cable, keep the baud rate low (4,800 or 9,600
baud maximum) to connect to PC. No extra software should be needed, but
you might need help with the PC side of things.
If you have Hermes, use 19200 (you will get a bit less than 14400
throughput).  With superHermes you can use 57,600.

Here's the basic wiring diagram from that QL Today. Best to use SER2
for QL to PC communication, as wiring is a bit easier since ser1 is
basically wired as though it was a modem. If you do use ser1, simply
swap pin 2 and 3 over, and swap pin 4 and 5 over.

QL  PCPCPC
SER2Signal  25pin9 pin
2 (TxD) RxD  32
3 (RxD) --- TxD   2   3
4 (DTR=RTS) -- CTS   5   8
5 (CTS) -- RTS   4   7
1 (GND) - GND  7   5
This is exactly right

Although ser2 pin 4 is shown in the QL manual as DTR, Tony Firshman
told me a while back it is more like an RTS signal as far as making
these cables is concerned.
Indeed it is.
You can then see that making up a serial cable is a simple matter of
cross connecting the relevant signals, i.e. RxD to TxD and vice versa,
and RTS to CTS and vice versa, and connecting the two ground signal
lines together.

As far as software is concerned you shouldn't need anything extra. On
the QL, just a COPY MDV1_filename TO SER2 should work (if you have
Toolkit 2 use COPY_H instead of the COPY command to force it to copy
the header). If you are copying to DOS or Windows you will need the
equivalent command from DOS command line on the PC (in Windows XP, go
to All Programs, Accessories, Command Prompt). In Windows XP anyway you
can get help on its copy command with the command COPY /? (the /?
switch telling it to print some help). From memory, I can't remember
the full command, but it's something like:

COPY COM1: C:\directory\filename
It is -much- better to use a comms program each end, and use a file
transfer protocol.  qtpi and zmodem are perfect the QL end.

I confess to being a bit of an idiot with serial links. Tony Firshman
swears there is nothing hard about the subject, but I always seem to
run into every problem possible when I try, so good luck.
(8-)#

It helps having sold the Astracom modem and QuaLsoft file transfer.
All my -hard- work was done by 1989!

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Re: [ql-users] QL Serial ports and null modem cables

2005-07-17 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 17 Jul 2005 at 15:39:53, Robert Newson wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

Dilwyn Jones wrote:

...
 I think (the article doesn't say this) that pin 6 of a QL serial port
plug is the one nearest the latching pin. It is not connected for the
purposes of these cables and file transfer, but I think it carries
+12v,  so might cause some damage to interfaces if wired wrongly,
although you  could test my assumption by using a tester to determine
which pin is  +12V since that will identify pin 6.
a vast amount snipped
*DTR would probably always be asserted by a PC as their serial ports
can usually handle input at any time; thus the RFF control line could
be looped to the +12 line (pin 6) so that the QL always thinks it can
send data.  The only vital line is the RFT control line - the QL _MUST_
be allowed to control the flow of data to the serial port otherwise
framing, or other errors will occur.
Yes indeed.  That was the problem with receive and the 8049.  It used to
get totally out of sync if it, for instance, had to make a sound, and
that was with correct RTS/CTS handshaking.


Is this a load of twaddle, or does it make any sense?
It is probably correct, but there is far too much for a poor mortal like
me to digest (especially this late).

Dilwyn's reply was 100% right, and doesn't add any more terms to try to
remember!

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Re: [ql-users] MDVs Versus FLPs

2005-07-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 15 Jul 2005 at 23:52:48, John Gilpin wrote:
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Here's one for the hardware boffins out there:

Like Geoff W, I am attempting to transfer some programmes and data from
Microdrives to the hard drive on my PC (running QPC2 V3.3)

Q 1 Am I correct in saying that the most straight forward way of doing this
is to first of all make a copy of the Microdrive into Ram1_ using the
command format Ram1_mdv1_ - see Tony F's recent email (and was there a
typo in there? QPAC2 'format ram1_md1_'?)
Is that what I typed!  Of course it was worng.

Assuming that this is all correct in principle, I need a QL with working
microdrives and a floppy interface.

I have 3 working black box QLs:

QL1 has the MC68008 chip removed and a Super Gold Card plugged in with a
twin HD floppy drive as flp1_ and flp2_. The microdrives will not read or
write on this QL (I'm not saying that they are faulty, just that they won't
work with the SGC set-up - see below)

QL2  3 have all the chips in and all the MDVs work ( read write and format)
with nothing plugged into the expansion ports. BUT they do not have any
Floppy facilities, and I have tried both a basic floppy controller (without
additional memory on board) and a 768K Trump Card on both machines and on
QL2, the MDVs continue to work but the Floppies both return a Not Found
error while on QL3, the floppy drives both work and the MDVs do not.

Q 2 Can anyone suggest a solution to my problems? - I suppose I could
network two machines using the MDVs on one, the ram on either and the
floppies on the other.

Q 3. Could this be a power shortage problem when I plug in the expansion
cards and if so is there a way round it? I have a number of expansion cards
of various types from SGC to simple additional memory and Floppy controllers
with/without memory.

I have already spent numerous hours tinkering and getting nowhere. Any
offers please?

Your QL1 statement is confusing.  You imply the mdvs work without flp,
but don't say. I'm not saying they are faulty!

Also describe completely what happens with mdvs on -all- machines.
ie do they spin at all, and does the spinning sound smooth.
It is all a bit vague.

BTW often the roller on mdvs rides up and touches the case top.

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Re: [ql-users] MDVs Versus FLPs

2005-07-16 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 16 Jul 2005 at 22:06:46, John Gilpin wrote:
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- Original Message -
From: Tony Firshman [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2005 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [ql-users] MDVs Versus FLPs


Sorry Tony, that is a bit vague. What I am saying is that on QL1 nothing
works with the MC68008 removed unless I add the SGC
Of course it won't work without 68008!
Put the 68008 and try mdvs.

then, with or without
the floppies plugged into the SGC, the MDVs dont work.


 Could it be that the
SGC is stopping the MDVs working? Should I remove the SGC and replace the
MC68008 and then try the MDVs again?
Yes indeed, but I doubt if that will make -any- difference.
 I could suggest many options but
thought that someone may be able to suggest a solution from previous
experience or more knowledge of the hardware than I have before I give up in
disgust!!

Those who suggested a serial lead link from blackbox to PC direct or to
another blackbox - sounds great but where do I get the info on the link
cable, plugs, pinouts etc and do I need to write some software to control it
all? I once had two QL Aurora/SGC/QuBide rigs connected together via the
network sockets with a twisted pair (that's the cable - not my wife and I
!!) and although it was very slow, the results were positive. Is this the
way to go?

Once again, I plead for help. Now where are my back copies of QLToday? -
thanks for the comments Dilwyn.


 Also describe completely what happens with mdvs on -all- machines.
 ie do they spin at all, and does the spinning sound smooth.
 It is all a bit vague.

On all machines, the MDVs spin, the LEDs glow and with some cartridges they
sound smoother than with other cartridges.(the smoother sounding ones
produce the quickest and most consistent results.) None of the rollers
appear to be higher up the spindle than any others. I have even tried
plugging one or two extra ZX Mdvs into the expansion slot on the RH end of
the QL - under the reset button - and although they seem to respond as MDV3_
and MDV4_ in that the spindles run by the sound of things but like the
original MDVs they dont produce any output in terms of DIR, WSTAT, FORMAT
etc.

I am -sure- SGC is a red herring.
If you are -sure- the mdv3/4 are working, then it may well be the 8302.
The -12V flying leads with 22k series resistance are going to the two
mdv data lines.  Check non-working mdv machines have this.


Also if mdv1 spins, but not mdv2, then it is -not- necessarily mdv2
faulty, as enable signal is passed from mdv1 to mdv2.

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Re: R: [ql-users] Free to a good home - the saga continues

2005-07-13 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 13 Jul 2005 at 23:41:53, Davide Santachiara wrote:
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Maybe that could be a good excuse to attend a new QL meeting sometimes next
year?
Absolutely.  The last Italian meeting was superb.

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Re: [ql-users] Microdrives

2005-07-13 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 13 Jul 2005 at 13:07:28, gwicks wrote:
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3: I have just had a telephone call from a person who abandoned the QL
many years ago, but who has now discovered a load of microdrive
cartridges that he suspects may contain interesting material. I gave
him the statutory warning that after this time the cartridges may not
be readable. I then realised that I might have to refresh my memory
about recovering data from corrupt microdrives when I look at them for
him.
I find Qpac2 format ram1_md1_ a brilliant command.
For those who haven't discovered it, it does a fast sector by sector
image read of a microdrive.  Any files with bad sectors have * appended.
One copies good files to another ram disk, and keep repeating.  So
often, bad sectors become good after a time.

After a couple of still years I have had several requests from people
for help in transferring files from the QL to a PC this year. Many of
these people are elderly, have only used simple QLs for simple purposes
but want their old QL files to be available to their family after the
deaths. I suspect we shall see more cases like this in the next few
years,

I find there are still many original QL users.  They often have lived
in their own bubble and hadn't realised anything was still going on.

I still get a steady trickle of QL repairs.

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Re: [ql-users] Free to a good home - the saga continues

2005-07-02 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 2 Jul 2005 at 08:36:47, Wolfgang Lenerz wrote:
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On 1 Jan 1997 at 0:14, Norman Dunbar wrote:

 First of all, apologies to those who wrote in requesting my bits of free
 kit. I have not forgotten you. I've been incredibly busy (honest) with
 work and somewhat delayed in getting sorted out with who gets what.

 If you can bear with me for a while, I'm being forced to visit Tuscany
 for a fortnight, then I promise to sort things out when I get back.

 Thanks.

forced to visit Tuscany??
I -know- he was joking.
Mind you , if not, I would happily volunteer to suffer for him (8-)#
I have never been to Florence.

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-23 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 23 Jun 2005 at 09:22:54, Darren Branagh wrote:
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That reminds me of a story in RTE TV here in Ireland many years ago.

Similar Situation, but it was the bloke who wrote up the autocue for the
newsreaders who was a little disgruntled. In one news story about a post
office robbery the newsreader read the autocue:-

and the postmistress was held at gunpoint by two men, each carrying sawn
off shitguns
At least he had the excuse that the letters were neighbouring (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-23 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 24 Jun 2005 at 00:40:56, Roy wood wrote:
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In message [EMAIL PROTECTED], Darren
Branagh [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes

That reminds me of a story in RTE TV here in Ireland many years ago.

Similar Situation, but it was the bloke who wrote up the autocue for the
newsreaders who was a little disgruntled. In one news story about a post
office robbery the newsreader read the autocue:-

and the postmistress was held at gunpoint by two men, each carrying sawn
off shitguns
Before I lived here in Brighton I had to come down for a series of
shows in the Brighton Centre. We stayed in a hotel called 'The Old Ship
Hotel'
In the lobby was one of those board which have letters stuck into
velvet slots so you can spell out various messages. On the day I was
sitting in lobby I noticed it read 'The Old Ship Hotel welcomes'. I
casually wandered over and removed the 'p' from Ship and replaced it
with the 't' from 'Hotel'. I then replaced that 't' with the 'l' and
sat down. It took over an hour of visitors giggling and snorting before
the receptionist noticed what I had done.
And that left a spare pee - but that is another story (8-)#

Heard of the silent P as in swimming pool?

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-22 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 21 Jun 2005 at 23:21:54, Roy wood wrote:
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In message [EMAIL PROTECTED]
.tesco.net, Dilwyn Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes
Yes, you're right about rong, I missed that.

Somewhere along the line, mine must have learned SHURE. I'll have to
work out how to remove it now!
It is a microphone.
.. and a record stylus

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-22 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 22 Jun 2005 at 00:06:05, David Tubbs wrote:
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At 23:41 21/06/2005 +0100, you wrote:

Yes Dilwyn,

It would be useful to know how to delete words from the Pee Sea Dicshunary
witch ar noo longer reqwired. Let me know of your progress.

John Gilpin
Dicslectic Treshur er! (my Spell Checker has just offered Thrasher)

Put it write, just edit your custom dick.

TOOLSOptionsSpellGramDicksEdit
'modify' in XP

Brilliant, David.  I knew it was possible but thought I had to get at
custom.dic directly.

I must find a list of common American-English spellings and update.  I
have the American version.

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-22 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 22 Jun 2005 at 08:55:49, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
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 Grrr. Who made the English language so difficult???
 Because it is so difficult and some of us take the trouble to learn it
 correctly we don't mangle it like our cousins across the pond -
 especially their leader.
Natural evolution of language is probably listed in a dictionary
somewhere under his name :-)

Won't be long before some versions of English are classed as separate
languages I suppose, since there are significant differences (not just
accents) between English as spoken on the various continents.

The most widely used second language in the world...
Indeed it is.
There are more English speakers in China and the Far East than in the UK
and America combined I think.

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-22 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 22 Jun 2005 at 09:01:58, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
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 but there is one word I don't recognise:

CEMISE

Anyone know if it's a valid word? Means nothing to me! Will probably be
on my mind all day now until I get home to look in a dictionary.
Only almost an acronym I think:
common management information service element
Maybe it was meant to be Chemise (woman's loose fitting shirt)

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-22 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 22 Jun 2005 at 20:21:57, gwicks wrote:
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I once made two lovely mistakes in a document I wrote about a salary
agreement for my trade union. It was in the pre-WP days but a spell checker
would not have helped.

Problems of staffing not caused by bad management appeared as Problems of
staffing not caused by bed management

and

Improved starting points for probation officers appeared as Improved
starting pints for probation officers.

My favourite was a disgruntled secretary who was used as a typist in
Ford KD operations in the late 60s.

We produced charts with Shipping Date

These were typed by her as Shitting Date and not spotted.
We were -sure- she did it intentionally - t is an awful long way from p.

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Re: [ql-users] Spelin'

2005-06-21 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 21 Jun 2005 at 21:30:28, Robert Newson wrote:
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COLIN PARSONS wrote:

...
 Its letter perfect awl the weigh
 My chequer tolled me sew!

 John Taylor
  I may be being pedantic, but how about the missing apostrophe in
it's,  it's miss-spelt with out it!!

But it's also rite to spell it's its.
Exactly.

It's is short for It is - in the possessive one uses 'its' normally.
Quite illogical of course.

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[ql-users] QL Eindhoven

2005-06-18 Thread Tony Firshman
Hallo from the internet connection at the Eindhoven meeting (courtesy of 
Sjef vdm)


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Re: [ql-users] QL Eindhoven

2005-06-18 Thread Tony Firshman
Here are photos from the show, uploaded via the internet connection:

http://firshman.co.uk/photos.htm
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Re: [ql-users] Not recognised message II

2005-06-14 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 13 Jun 2005 at 22:11:50,
=?windows-1253?B?UGhvZWJ1cyBSLiBEb2tvcyAo1u/f4u/yINEuIM30/Orv8ik=?=
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P.S. As you say the machine was out of service for a while... if it was
taken apart and the Minerva board was left outside in contact with the
sunlight (and the protective label off) it may well have been erased
partially... that will make SURE it won't work.
Unlikely.  I have -never- known my labels come off.  When I reprogram
the chips, it is a devil of a job getting the label off.

I can lend you a Minerva/freeQDOS v.2.00 for you to check (that is only
the EPROM) but you will have to change the jumpers on your Aurora for
it  to work first.

Tony


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Re: [ql-users] Not recognised message II

2005-06-13 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 13 Jun 2005 at 21:13:20, extdgl42 wrote:
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I would've been interested in the monitor advertised here recently, if
it were in
the US. However I have a problem which a replacement monitor, whether
an actual
Sinclair or other (QLers here in Oak Ridge may make the Walterman
adapter for using
a non-Sinclair monitor) would only partly solve:

A year ago, or whenever it was, the QL worked. The 3.5 drives didn't
behave entirely
right, wouldn't format a diskette e.g., but for the most part things worked.

At some point I took the platform out of service--something to do with
the 3.5's
I believe, or maybe it was a guess of there being problems with the
batteries. I
eventually replaced both the square red battery on the SGC and three-
layer battery
on the end of the long wires under the hood off I believe it's the Minerva.

When I finally fired the QL up again, the first time or two I got the
whir from
the microdrives, the one LED on the black box that still had juice lit
I believe,
the 3.5 drives had one LED come on  stay on (flp1_ I believe) and the other
flickered on  off for quite some time.

The monitor, an old Acorn RGB-III, always had a loose part (the knobs
that stick
out the front  their base) which had to be poked (with a pencil, certainly
not a screwdriver!) to get it to come on. Eventually I had it on in one
startup,
and got only black  white stripes overlaid with the message QL ROM ...
not recognized / Please contact Miracle Systems.
This does not tie up with your statement below about no LEDs lighting
up!

This could well be a problem with Minerva.  You presumably removed
Minerva to replace the NiCad?
Havce you replaced it correctly?
Have you broken any of the pins?

Phoebus said off-list this most likely was a problem between the SGC
card and its
socket--a bent pin and/or bad seating. So I popped the hood, saw no
bent pins, and
re-seated it. It seemed to jump into the socket.
More likely a problem with the ROM (Minerva).

The monitor gave out; I substituted a monochrome I had, put the hood
back, and fired
up. Now there is no whir from the microdrives, no LED lighting on the
black box,
If there is no LED lit on the QL, then you either have a dead power
supply or no 5V on the board.  The power LED is the left hand one.
Is that lit?  The leads for that are red to nearest to back of QL and
black in next socket.  Order of lack leads is not important.
From back - red/black/white/black/grey

Your old monitor may well have zapped the 8301.

no LEDs on the 3.5 drives, and again the not recognized message (the
monitor does come up).
What do you mean by The monitor does not come up?
 The modem when turned on at this point does show the first
two LEDs. The printer is live.

So, Phoebus, while I can't say you were wrong, I don't know what _is_
going on.
I've never heard of these sorts of symptoms before.

 SGC, 4MB, 2 x 3.5, Falkenberg, Minerva, USR 14.4, Hermes, no HDD /
 Aurora / etc.--near/half original Black Box.
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Re: [ql-users] QL on Stick

2005-05-23 Thread Tony Firshman

On  Mon, 23 May 2005 at 10:05:42, Darren Branagh wrote:
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Yes, you're missing something!! :-) We where talking of getting a mounded
case made in the shape of a QL. Could be done, but for 100 or so units,
would cost the earth.

The sticky label idea wouldn't work - they'd wear off in about 5 mins of
throwing them about, and the stick is not square, its tapered and slightly
rounded at the ends - a label would crease and look awful.

We can print directly onto the stick, the same way promotional pens and
keyrings are done, and it looks great. But it's a minimum order of 100.
I reckon that a QL printed on the stick is a lot better than nothing at 
all.  How about a white stick, with a black QL printed on as large as is 
feasible.  The lettering of the keys (and the Sinclair and  QL) 
would simply be the white case plastic showing through.


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Re: [ql-users] Digital Precision Software/Undelete

2005-05-21 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 21 May 2005 at 19:22:48, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
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The tediousness of keeping backups (e.g. copy QXL.WIN to a CD-RW on a
PC a couple of time a month) is so much easier than trying to undelete
files on a QL.
Exactly.

I use a 6.4GB hard disk with (maybe) 24 partitions on my Aurora/qubide
based BBS system.
I then increment the partition number daily on my backup program.
I could be more sophisticated, and keep 1 month backups too.

This has been running mainly unattended since the late nineties.
Mind you I have had no file problems at all since moving to Mplane.

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Re: [ql-users] Software behaving badly

2005-05-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 19 May 2005 at 16:34:10, Darren Branagh wrote:
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Secondly, if I buy 100, I can get them printed with a logo of our choice, so
I could get them with a QUANTA logo on, on maybe Sinclair in the famous
block font. Makes the thing a touch more personal I think.
How about an image of a QL?  It is roughly the right shape with the
cover.

This is the big question. Of the people on this list for instance, how many
would buy one?
Me

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Re: [ql-users] New email address and address

2005-05-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 19 May 2005 at 21:15:35, Malcolm Cadman wrote:
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In message [EMAIL PROTECTED], Darren 
Branagh [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes

-Original Message-
From: Dilwyn Jones [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
dbranaghATcmsperipheralsDOTcom
I'm one of the ones who used the O2 address. I thought the other one
was a work email address.
And that's fine, but as I said I only check it very infrequently.
For a speedy response use the the work email.
Dilwyn, can you put this change in the next QL Today?
OK.
The other option is to actually ban Darren from ever changing his email 
address again ... :-)
oneandone.co.uk sells uk domains. (ie something@qcelt.co.uk) for £1.99 
a year.  .com costs £8.99 a year.

No good for you, Darren,  of course, but I wonder if a similar company 
sells .ie domains?  I am sure there must be.

All you do then is direct that address to any email you want.
Tony

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Re: [ql-users] New email address and address

2005-05-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 20 May 2005 at 09:46:58, Darren Branagh wrote:
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The other option is to actually ban Darren from ever changing his email
address again ... :-)
oneandone.co.uk sells uk domains. (ie something@qcelt.co.uk) for £1.99
a year.  .com costs £8.99 a year.

No good for you, Darren,  of course, but I wonder if a similar company
sells .ie domains?  I am sure there must be.

All .ie domains have to registered with the government, and cost a hell of a
lot more than 8.99!!  I think I paid several hundred euro when setting up
www.wwc.ie for use with the Wicklow Web centre when it was open.

All you do then is direct that address to any email you want.

Sure. This is what I did when I had the business.
.com would be OK.

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Re: [ql-users] QL on Stick

2005-05-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 20 May 2005 at 11:28:26, David Tubbs wrote:
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At 11:11 20/05/2005 +0100, you wrote:

I see it as covering the whole visible part when in the computer.
Wouldn't it look good if it looked like a QL stuck in the slot (8-)#

While thoughts are on packaging rather than content (is that not the
time consuming bit) surely it should be a 3D miniature of the QL,
removing the mdv end to reveal the USB con'.
That is the sort of thing, but are users willing to pay more for the
packaging that the product? A special moulding would be expensive to
tool.

I investigated a case for RomDisq, but it was not affordable in small
quantities.  Tooling cost was too high.  ... and then we were talking
hundreds.

I think the best we can hope for is a printed QL image.
If it is large enough, then it might look like a QL with rounded edges.

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Re: [ql-users] QL on Stick

2005-05-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 20 May 2005 at 11:49:05, Darren Branagh wrote:
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That would be lovely, a real 3D shaped USB Stick with the microdrives being
the USB plug cover cap.

I can probably get those purpose made, but at a 100 print run, expect to pay
about 2,000 quid each at least!!
Exactly.  The tooling cost of the real QL case was, I think, £30,000 in
the 80s.

(we did one in the shape and colour of a human finger last month - the
fingernail removed to show the USB connector - very classy!) I think the
print run for those was about 25,000 units, was for a US Telecoms company.
Mind you if there is tooling for a rectangular case, then that might be
cost effective.  Isn't the tooling the really expensive bit?

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Re: [ql-users] Undelete

2005-05-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 20 May 2005 at 18:47:48, wolfgang mühlegger wrote:
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David Tubbs schrieb:


.
 A very fine HEX editor for Windows at http://www.kibria.de


just one question: why not a QL HEX editor??
There was one provided with the Astracom original terminal software -
patcher I think.

The terminal software was unbelievable - patcher was needed as the
address book etc was in the actual 'C' program code.
One even had to append the NULL character!

This program was partly what inspired QuaLsoft Terminal.

Tony

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Re: [ql-users] Quanta AGM 2005

2005-05-10 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 9 May 2005 at 23:14:35, Roy wood wrote:
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In message [EMAIL PROTECTED], Tony Firshman 
[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes
I have at last got around to getting the show photos on line:
http://firshman.co.uk/showphotos/Quanta-agm2005/
I need help with a couple of names.
Well that was Barbara not Julia!
Whoops - of course it is.
sorry,
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Re: [ql-users] Quanta AGM 2005

2005-05-09 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 9 May 2005 at 00:11:02, John Southern wrote:
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On Monday 09 May 2005 00:04, Tony Firshman wrote:
 I need help with a couple of names.

Unknown.  I am forgetting names in my old age.  Help -- Roy Kempton?
Thanks.

There is another:

http://firshman.co.uk/showphotos/Quanta-agm2005/pages/IMG_2724.htm

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Re: [ql-users] Quanta AGM 2005

2005-05-09 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 9 May 2005 at 21:12:10, hitchies wrote:
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Re:
I have an address label he gave me in an old diary at home, but that's in
Wicklow 200 miles from here while the house his being done up.. :-((
Darren
... and quite a few have told me it is John Moody
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[ql-users] Quanta AGM 2005

2005-05-08 Thread Tony Firshman
I have at last got around to getting the show photos on line:
http://firshman.co.uk/showphotos/Quanta-agm2005/
I need help with a couple of names.
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Re: [ql-users] www.kilgus.net updated

2005-05-04 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 3 May 2005 at 21:32:37, Timothy Swenson wrote:
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On Tue, 3 May 2005 20:46:37 +0100, Dilwyn Jones
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
 National Minimum Wage is pretty normal wages unless you happen to
work  for national organisations paying national pay rates (public
bodies  basically)!

National pay rates?  Man, not in the US.  We have folks in some parts
of the US working for the my company, doing basically the same job at
half of what I make.  Some areas have a very high cost of living (SF,
LA, etc) and some areas have a very low cost of living (rural America).

Never heard of such a thing a National pay rates.  Boy, does that sound
foreign. :-)
That is a national -minimum- wage of £4.85 ph (increasing to £5.05 in
October) for 22 yr plus.

.. and that is all.

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Re: [ql-users] Spellcheck....

2005-05-04 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 4 May 2005 at 17:08:28, Darren Branagh wrote:
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Hi All,

This appealed to my funny side.

If you type QLers into MS Word or Outlook, and have the spell checker
installed, it will automatically underline it in a red wavy line as usual,
which indicates a misspelled or unknown word.

Right-clicking on it produces a list of possible corrections as usual..

...But the first word it suggests is Queers

- Is Bill Gates trying to tell us something? 8-)#
Mine is much more sensible 'no spelling suggestions'

(8-)#
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Re: [ql-users] Turbo v4g21

2005-05-02 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 2 May 2005 at 06:10:12,  wrote:
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 snip
I have not tried Turbo on a lower machine than AM Rom plus trump card.
You mean AH don't you (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Perfection

2005-04-26 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 25 Apr 2005 at 22:36:03, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
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Darren Branagh wrote:
 Completely off topic - and I'll probably get flamed to death for it,
but..

 Is he [Freddy] still mad into cars?
Cars were not discussed...I was only on the phone for about 2 hours
IIRC ;-)

 And whats he doing for a living?  Still accountancy?
Yes, but a fairly specialised branch.

 Does he still eat enough to fuel a small African country?
I can't imagine him not doing so somehow , if past experience is
anything to go by ;-)

He appeared once at Eindhoven looking slim.  He had been told by his
doctor to change his habits.  He was wearing a suit that seemed twice as
big as him.



For anyone not knowing Freddy, he was one of the few who could Stuart
Honeyball of Miracle Systems Ltd a good run for his money in an eating
competition. I'll never forget the after-show meal at one of the old
Leyland shows when we went with David Batty (Sector Software) and John
Norton and Peter Jefferies (the team behind Taskmaster, Flashback etc)
and after stirring John into a heated discussion about something
(Freddy was good at drawing peopel into heated debate) we soon realised
that some very hot chillies discreetly ordered from the waiter had
found their way mysteriously into John's curry. I won't forget how
John's face descended into terror...
In the 'good' old days on one Enidhoven trip, we couldn't believe the
amount of Eindhoven motel breakfast srambled egg and bacon he had piled
up - it was like a football.  What was even more staggering was that he
went back for more!  At a 6:30am breakfast in Cap de Nuit in Brussels,
he had three omelettes.  He gave the 'rabbit food' (three salads) to us.

He also talked to excess - but all good stuff.

Once at a QL mailing session in Paddington he parked in a car park just
the other side of the canal - only a few minutes walk.  He was out of
breath.  He needed a lift back, and in convoy on the return a car got
between us.  I could see him in my rear view mirror overtaking on the
wrong side of a keep left sign.  Ben (3 yrs) was a passenger.
Freddy said he reached 70 mph - and it certainly looked like it.  Ben
talked about the 'racing car' for weeks.

He had a fairly ordinary looking Mazda ZX I think - well not ordinary
looking, but certainly not flashy and didn't look as fast as it was.  He
proudly talked of a journey back from Dover.  He -averaged- over 100 mph
for the whole journey.   On the M2 (or was it M20) he was travelling
over 150 most of the way, and left a few police cars in his wake.  
or so he said, and I think I believe him after the Paddington (and
Leyland show car park) experience.  Dilwyn saw the Leyland one I think.

I remember a trip in my car from Dover when we had to meet trains, and I
averaged something really silly, but nowhere near Freddy!

He was unique - probably still is.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-26 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 26 Apr 2005 at 19:19:08, P Witte wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

David Tubbs writes:


 You, Per, don't convince me you have not solved someone else's problem
 with taking top payscale. Never done work for local community, or worked
 for a charity ?

Im not sure I catch your drift, but Ive spent most of my working life in
unwaged positions, in so-called ideal communities. If I didnt believe in
what I do I would be a rather sad monkey. You either need to believe in what
you do or get paid (lucky are those who have it both ways ;) Therefore I
understand the nature of the contribution a number of people in the QL
community make to keep it all ticking over and that is why it irkes me when
people appear to rubbish those efforts. Sheer ignorance, of course. The way
I see it, it works the other way round too: Either you contribute, or you
pay. If for valid reasons you are not able to do either, you appreciate.
In the old days, QL work used to be my living, and a good one.

For the last 6 years at least, I have stayed because I have made many
good friends.  I don't make money or even do it for free.  It actually
costs me money to stay with the QL.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 09:44:43, SMSQ - Jochen Merz wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])


I'm on Tony's mailshot, or so I thought, but I never saw it! :-(
  You are.
  His announcement was on the JMS .gif image linked to from the
emailshot.

Thanks Tony,

 makes one wonder if that is read at all... maybe we should,
if it is a show invitation, just put the show and the date in...?
... better expand the text to give such details.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 12:27:52, Jeremy Taffel wrote:
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 His announcement was on the JMS .gif image linked to from the emailshot.


It's quite likely that the email client stripped the .gif image out.
It was not attached - it was simply a link.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 12:51:50, COLIN PARSONS wrote:
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Neither did I! Put things in plain text if you want things to be read!!
Too many worms are installed by clicking on links.
On spam yes.

What makes you think that my emails (and QL traders) are going to do
that sort of thing?
 Use Text only and no HTML, if you really want things to be read!!

It was text only.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 13:23:02, David Tubbs wrote:
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At 12:51 24/04/2005 +0100, you wrote:
It was not attached - it was simply a link.

Tony
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A link is only as good as the authoring !

JMS from your site leads to a blind alley.
It doesn't - tried it just now.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 14:17:25, David Tubbs wrote:
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At 14:11 24/04/2005 +0100, you wrote:

 JMS from your site leads to a blind alley.
It doesn't - tried it just now.

Tony


Same as before, Jochen has given another address for the QL relevant site.

I give the correct link.  All Jochen does is then link (from his top
page) to German and English versions.


Where is this blind alley you talk about?

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 16:01:56, Jeremy Taffel wrote:
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However, the main point is, that unless the body of the text in an
email  tells me  why I'm supposed to click on a link, then I'm unlikely
to.  I receive too many to follow random links without knowing why.
Something as simple as Follow this link for Jochen Mertz' special
offers would probably have done the trick.
I will be pedantic in the next mailing (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 09:38:54,
=?windows-1253?B?UGhvZWJ1cyBSLiBEb2tvcyAo1u/f4u/yINEuIM30/Orv8ik=?=
wrote:
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On Sun, 24 Apr 2005 09:16:00 -0400, COLIN PARSONS
[EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:



 Neither did I! Put things in plain text if you want things to be read!!
 Too many worms are installed by clicking on links.
 On spam yes.
  What makes you think that my emails (and QL traders) are going to do
 that sort of thing?
 Use Text only and no HTML, if you really want things to be read!!
  It was text only.

 Then a link would't  work!

It would if the text is written in the proper way. We had that
discussion  here years ago (Tony made me revisit the RFC and of course
he was right)...

Most mailers will render sentences beginning with http://...; to a
link  (but only the first line if the link is too long as to be word-
wrapped)
You mean, of course, short enough NOT to be word-wrapped, and all the
links I use are.
 and ALL mailers will display a link if the text has been written
enclosed  into a URL:  construct

So all mailers will make a link out of this: URL: http://blablah and
some mailers will even do

URL: http://blahblah, but not all... :-)
Yes indeed.  I remember the exchange well.
Unfortunately damned MS Outback does not know how to handle this
construct. Ben (my son) keeps complaining when I send him such links.
Because of this, I changed the emailshot to include both.  That looked
too confusing so I reverted to unadorned.

Jochen, Jeremy - I will make it clear that these links should be
followed in the next emailshot.  I hope even Colin will not see them as
worm links (8-)#

He is quite right about the danger of following links in spam emails.
It is very easy to obscure the real destination.  On one spam, the link
looked OK.  Of course I would not follow it, but looking at the raw text
(yes it was html) the hidden link in the href was linking to the
attached file.

I am afraid I even junk the xmas cards from QL people - Basil Lee was a
master at sending these.  He sent .jpg attachments with no text.  I
rejected this.  He was, it seems, quite annoyed.  Nothing I said could
convince him that it was -very- easy for worm/virus writers to hijack
address books.

In any case, what is the point of electronic cards?  One cannot
successfully print them, and the -whole- point of Xmas cards is to
clutter the living room.

However rest assured that worm writers could never devise a QL emailshot
(8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 17:15:58, David Tubbs wrote:
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At 17:01 24/04/2005 +0200, you wrote:

It *WAS* text only.


By definition a gif is not plain text
It was a text link to a .gif.

I also don't have any attachments.

The email was plain text (for the third time)!

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 14:43:09, David Tubbs wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

At 14:23 24/04/2005 +0100, you wrote:

Where is this blind alley you talk about?

Tony

Very simply that site has NO QPC or SMSQ material.
You are dead right.

Jochen - you should restore the link to the actual QL site
http://smsq.j-m-s.com/
from
http://j-m-s.com/

This latter one always used to link to a QL site - at least when I
started my website.

David - I have altered my website.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 21:04:33, SMSQ - Jochen Merz wrote:
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 Not an ad.  This is the link to you on my website.
 When I started it (in 1996 I think) j-m-s.com -was- your QL link surely.

Surely??? No, impossible. I did not own a website in 1996.
My first emails date back Dec, 1997.
My first website was brought up in 1998, because I remember
I got Frontpage 98 (original!) from my provider when I
opened the website there, and had j-m-s.com registered through
them.
... then 1998?

It certainly worked for the QL when I first put it there.

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[ql-users] Broken Links

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 20:04:00, David Tubbs wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

At 20:51 24/04/2005 +0200, Jochen wrote:

Well, it seems that the link to Thierry's website is broken,
(will remove it, unless somebody has a working, but ...
what has this to do with links to MY ad from QL 2004's mailshot
last year? (at least that was the subject of the last 30+
emails or so).

I have already pointed out the fatuity of the SUBJECT, I demurred to
effect a change.

Earlier I raised the point of both those ineffective links, the choice
of  yourself and Tony to ignore the Godfory one.
I sorted out the question addressed to me.
Why do you want me to respond to the one addressed to Jochen?



If anybody has a working link to Thierry's site, please mail it to me.
... and you now have the working Thierry one.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 20:16:36, Jeremy Taffel wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])


ess to change any settings.

I don't work in local government, just the UKs largest defence
contractor.  All the IT  is outsourced.  The contract specifies the
levels of support received. It also has the conflicitng requirements of
standardising profiles, despite the fact that some of us use laptops,
and others don't.  Net result, no-one can customise Windows to his
needs.  Every time I log on, for example, the calculator has reverted
to the simple form, despite the fact that I always need the scientific
functions. AND, email defaults to html, even tho we are only allowed to
send each other plain text! If I'm going to need to run an application
other than office, (mathcad, for example) when out of the office, I
have to start the program at work , to grab a licence off the server,
and then put it into suspend, because no-one is allowed his own
licence. Everything runs so slowly because almost all the files come
over the network, instead of being stored on the local hard drive, and
although I work in Stevenage, I can't fill in my timesheet if a server
in Maidstone goes down!
I still do most of my serious computing from home!
I hope the same principal does not apply at time of war - sorry defence
(8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Broken Links

2005-04-24 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 24 Apr 2005 at 20:39:24, David Tubbs wrote:
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PS Is the vocal welcome announcement  new or just that sound is on  my m/c ?
It has been there for a long long time.
... so long I expect my voice is now different (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-23 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 23 Apr 2005 at 00:53:37, Jeremy Taffel wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

SMSQ - Jochen Merz wrote:

 We cut QPC as a special offer to 49 EUR last year (this
 is about 33 pounds - the price region you talk about) ...
 did we get hundreds and thousands of sales? No!

 Where did you advertise this? I didn't know about it.


 It was sent out by email to the newsgroups, advertised
 by TF's mailshot, placed on my website AND we spent a
 lot of money sending out some hundred real letters ...
 together with advertising QL 2004.

 That was one of the largest and most expensive mailings
 for the last 2 or 3 years, and the result was
 as described ... :-(

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I'm on Tony's mailshot, or so I thought, but I never saw it! :-(
You are.

His announcement was on the JMS .gif image linked to from the emailshot.

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Re: [ql-users] Perfection

2005-04-21 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 21 Apr 2005 at 13:28:01, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
(ref:
[EMAIL PROTECTED])

I have a contact number for Freddy, but he has asked that it is not
passed on, so I will pass on messages to him rather than pass on his
phone number.
Brilliant.  Ask him if he wants to go on the QL mailing list.
It would be totally undisclosed.

 Some time ago, I was also in email contact with Leon Heller, Quanta
founder, and he said he may take an interest if his commitments allow
nearer the time. Wouldn't it be great if we could have a few such
distinguished guests from the QL's past attending this event!
He would have come to the AGM, but was in Paris.
He didn't emigrate to France after all, and lives near Brighton.

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Re: [ql-users] Just an idea for a new Product.....

2005-04-20 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 20 Apr 2005 at 12:01:43, P Witte wrote:
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Sorry you were feeling unwell on Sunday. It didnt appear to affect your
performance as an attentive and entertaining host!
It did - there was a complete lack of puns on both social evenings (8-)#
He even apologised for it at a pub!
They were much missed.

I am sure he will make up for it on the Spanish trip.
I gather Jochen also caught the bug.  I must say I feel a mite sniffy
and achy today, but I seem to have fought it off.

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Re: [ql-users] Phil Jordan

2005-04-18 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 18 Apr 2005 at 13:30:29, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
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Is anyone in contact with Phil Jordan? I think he may have left an item
behind at the Hove Quanta AGM yesterday, I seem to have one more CD
coming home than I thought I should have.

The last email address I have for him seems to be returning mails undelivered.

I have philipl A T jordanplj DOT freeserve DOT co DOT uk

I have:

023 9237 0574

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Re: [ql-users] Phil Jordan

2005-04-18 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Mon, 18 Apr 2005 at 15:33:01, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
(ref:
[EMAIL PROTECTED])

 The last email address I have for him seems to be returning mails
 undelivered.

 I have philipl A T jordanplj DOT freeserve DOT co DOT uk
That's the one I was using.

 I have:

 023 9237 0574
Thanks, I'll try that number tonight.
Can you plse tell me the new one.

Phil has just joined the large band who forget to tell people of change
of address.

Odd this isn't it - we wouldn't forget to circulate new telephone
numbers.

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[ql-users] Users using wrong address

2005-04-14 Thread Tony Firshman
Many people are using
ql-users-q-v-d.com@lists.q-v-d.com

to send mail to the group.

The address should be [EMAIL PROTECTED]

All mail to anything else goes into my WPB.
It is messing up the nice mailing list area that Turnpike creates.

Bruce - I was told by one person that the wrong address is in the
instructions.

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Re: [ql-users] Hove Workshop

2005-04-13 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 13 Apr 2005 at 01:47:52, P Witte wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

Tony Firshman writes:

 Two day shows are dead loss for me.  It simply means I am less busy for
 two days.  Most people seem to come on the second day (like you John).

You always seem to manage to be busy enough ;) Personally, I think the
duration needs to be in some kind of proportion to the time it takes to
travel. QL2004 was just a wee bit too short

 I would always rather a one day show with socialising at the end.

Problem is, at the end most people are busy getting home. I dont suppose
therell be an aftermath on Sunday? I cant make Saturday..
Did my follow-up emailshot not arrive?

I got the show info from the Quanta website, and was -sure- when I first
looked it said a two day show.

It is not - it is Sunday 17th only.

Sorry for the confusion.

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Re: [ql-users] TobaQQo [OT]

2005-04-13 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 13 Apr 2005 at 15:06:22, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
(ref:
[EMAIL PROTECTED])

  x 50g packets of Drum or Samson for 5 euro per packet or less (about 40%
  of
  the UK price). Let me know off-list.
 
  TIA,
 
  Per
 

 Why don't you check URL:http://www.yesmoke.ch/?

 (Saved me a bundle ;-) )
 Ffibys
Save even more...don't smoQue ;-))

My wife stopped smoQuing about 15 years ago. She is now even more anti
smoquing than a non-smoquer like me.

A few years ago when I worked in broadcasting, I had to install a
replacement sound mixer in a video editing suite. The guy who normally
worked in there was a very heavy smoker, I was nearly ill when I saw
the insides of the old sound mixer.

I wonder if Tony Firshman has any such experiences repairing QLs
(there...back on topic quite easily!)
Indeed yes.  One can smell a QL used by smokers.

There is a lot of rot talked about the physical dependence.

All one needs is a good incentive - like meeting Sarah who I knew would
not tolerate a smoker.
I gave up overnight, and she didn't even guess.

I will never forget Phoebus (you see I can spell it!) with a headache on
the way back from Orlando.  He was very good and only smoked when we
stopped.  He though stuck his head out of the window (while driving)
with a smoke, and said Ah that is better
Amazing.

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Re: [ql-users] Hove Workshop

2005-04-10 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 9 Apr 2005 at 20:16:04, Roy wood wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

In message [EMAIL PROTECTED], John Hall ql-
[EMAIL PROTECTED] writes
Re. the flyer for Hove, what (if anything) is happening on Saturday
16th?
Nothing is planned as such but Jochen, Bernd and Marcel will arrive on
Saturday so I could arrange a meal of some kind. Need to know how many
people would like to attend a meal so I can book.
I can only come one day - so Sunday is probably best.

If I arrive Saturday late afternoon, can I park a full sleeping bag in
your conservatory overnight please, Roy?

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Re: [ql-users] Hove Workshop

2005-04-10 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 10 Apr 2005 at 15:04:33, John Hall wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

Roy Wood wrote:

 Re. the flyer for Hove, what (if anything) is happening on Saturday
 16th?
 Nothing is planned as such but Jochen, Bernd and Marcel will arrive
 on Saturday so I could arrange a meal of some kind. Need to know how
 many people would like to attend a meal so I can book.

Ah, that's what I thought - Tony's reference to April 16/17 made me
wonder if I'd missed something :-)

My plan is to stop the night en route so I won't around for the meal
but I should be at the venue bright and early on Sunday morning...
Ah sorry.  I was looking at a very advance notice.  I hadn't realised it
is a one day show.  I will email an addendum.

It has always been two days in the past (and QL2005 is two days isn't
it?).

Two day shows are dead loss for me.  It simply means I am less busy for
two days.  Most people seem to come on the second day (like you John).

I would always rather a one day show with socialising at the end.

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Re: [ql-users] Hove Workshop

2005-04-10 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sun, 10 Apr 2005 at 19:47:50, Tony Firshman wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

On  Sun, 10 Apr 2005 at 15:04:33, John Hall wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

Roy Wood wrote:

 Re. the flyer for Hove, what (if anything) is happening on Saturday
 16th?
 Nothing is planned as such but Jochen, Bernd and Marcel will arrive
 on Saturday so I could arrange a meal of some kind. Need to know how
 many people would like to attend a meal so I can book.

Ah, that's what I thought - Tony's reference to April 16/17 made me
wonder if I'd missed something :-)

My plan is to stop the night en route so I won't around for the meal
but I should be at the venue bright and early on Sunday morning...
Ah sorry.  I was looking at a very advance notice.  I hadn't realised it
is a one day show.  I will email an addendum.
I just realised.  I actually got the information a few days ago, if I
recall correctly, from the Quanta website.  I see they now have removed
Saturday.

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Re: [ql-users] Fw: RE:Quanta AGM

2005-03-31 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 31 Mar 2005 at 23:26:45, Jeremy Taffel wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

I was one of the many that resigned my Quanta membership in protest to
mis-use of honoraria back in the mists of time (about 1990 I think).

... and don't forget the very large amounts of money (£9000 per annum I
think) that were paid at the start to one of the founder's family
members.
It was IQLUG then.  This resulted in an AGM coup at Swindon.

Dangerous territory.

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Re: [ql-users] Re: QPC-On-a-Stick

2005-03-30 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 30 Mar 2005 at 11:56:12, you () wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
2.64])

Glad to see someone is using more reliable technology than CD-ROMS.
I've just recently bought a Hi-Minidisc recorder and have configured
QPC2 to run on it.  The big advantage over memory sticks is the cost of
the recordable discs.  £4.99 (from Amazon.co.uk) for a massive 1Gb or
around 50p for 270Mb with existing 80 minute discs.  And you have
portable high quality sound too (better than MP3).  I'm hoping to write
a article for QL-Today about it.  The trickiest part of configuring
QPC2 to run on portable media is telling QPC2 the root directory of the
device you've just plugged in 'cause it will be different on each PC
you use.  Ken Bain is right about lack of documentation on DOS
directories.  I didn't know aboout the 'dot backslash', I'll have to
give it a try.
This is the worng address therefore it goes in my WPB.

The correct address for ql-users is [EMAIL PROTECTED]

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Re: [ql-users] Re: QPC-On-a-Stick

2005-03-30 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 30 Mar 2005 at 13:37:11, Tony Firshman wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

On  Wed, 30 Mar 2005 at 11:56:12, you () wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
2.64])

snip
This is the worng address therefore it goes in my WPB.

The correct address for ql-users is [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sorry - this was meant to be a private email to Simon Balderson,
who ended up above as () as he has not set his attribution!

He sent, incorrectly, to ql-users-q-v-d.com@lists.q-v-d.com so it ends
up outside the mailing list area I have (ie in my WPB!).

Correct address is [EMAIL PROTECTED] .

It is a pity that other addresses work, Bruce.

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Re: [ql-users] QPC on a Stick

2005-03-30 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 30 Mar 2005 at 15:11:11, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
(ref:
[EMAIL PROTECTED])


 No, forward slashes are never used on DOS/Windows. .\ is current
 directory, but it should be redundant as everything defaults to the
 current directory anyway.
Ah, sorry, it must be web page editors etc which use ./
I can never remember which is which.
Unix and Linux.
Websites are mainly run under Unix/Linux, hence the forward slash (/) in
URLs.

The \ from windows is a real hassle, as backslash is a standard
programming escape character (in perl and others).

Windows paths used  in say perl have to be:

c:\\path\\filename

c:\path\filename would get parsed as c:pathfilename

A real pain.
... but that is how I can remember it (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] QL-PC Fileserver

2005-03-18 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 18 Mar 2005 at 21:03:56, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])
Sernet should work on standard QL as long as you have the STX and SRX 
split serial ports - which means you need either SMSQ/E or H P 
Recktenwald's serial port extensions (SimSer). May have to use a low 
baud rate, 9,600 or lower, don't think 19,200 stands a chance on a QL. 
Obviously, for sernet, you have to have QDOS and/or SMSQ/E at both ends.

Serial cabling - refer to the Serial QL article, volume 7 issue 1 page 
28 of QL Today - cablign details from Tony Firshman so should work! 
(i.e. not from me!)
It will work.  It is the same pinout advised in 1988 for QuaLsoft file 
transfer, and worked for Roy Wood at Byfleet a few years ago.

(assuming the serial port hardware is OK - it often isn't.
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Re: [ql-users] Q40 and bogus SAME game

2005-03-12 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 12 Mar 2005 at 18:27:50, Dilwyn Jones wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

 My mouse is finally back on my Q40, thanks everyone.

 I tried, using SMSQ/E 3.09 (homebuilt), to run the game SAME
 (available from http://www.dilwyn.uk6.net/games/ )
 and I have two problems:

  - The custom animated mouse pointer is bogus: the arrow is fine,
 but its background is full black or transparent.
  - Running the game corrupt the memory, and leaving the game crash
 the system. (if sysmon is running at launch time, it immediatly
 complains!)

 I'm running the Q40 with High-Colour display, large screen.
 Cache is usually set to copyback (but same test with serialized does
 not change any things (aside slower move of windows).

 Is there a newer, fixed, version of SAME ?
 (and using more colour too ???)
The author is Frank-Guido Dibowski, if anyone knows of his whereabouts.
He
produced a number of pointer driven games for the QL a few years ago,
and I think he also participated in the QL PD-CDR. He has a QL website
(no software downloads though) at:

http://cips02.physik.uni-bonn.de/~dibowski/

The email address on his website is:

Dibowski AT cip DOT physik DOT uni-bonn.de
I have
uzsr37 AT uni-bonn DOT de

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Re: [ql-users] Suggestions on a postcard ....

2005-03-11 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Wed, 9 Mar 2005 at 21:04:32, Wolfgang Uhlig wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

 I do thinging too.
 The last was Brahms German Requiem concert in Cambridge (8-)#

Oh yeah, denn es wird die Posaune schallen und die Toten werden
auferstehen!
I hope they don't because of hearing you sing ;))
Brahm's might (8-)#

The dead will rise up at the sound of the 'trombone' (Posaune)

That is a quote from the Requiem, but we have it as the 'last trumpet'
in the English translation.  That is probably correct as the trombone
was only invented in the 17th century I think.
It is all from the bible of course.

We sung it in German (of course) but I only have a sketchy knowledge of
the meaning.

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Re: [ql-users] uQLx package?

2005-03-11 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Thu, 10 Mar 2005 at 17:43:08, Michael Grunditz wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

It is a shame that one can not do apt get install uqlx in debian.
Well
apt-get, but I know what you mean.

That is a superb utility isn't it.
How can one apt-cache search for 'ql'?  Is there a 'whole word'
option?

... not that it will find anything of course (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Suggestions on a postcard ....

2005-03-11 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 11 Mar 2005 at 11:29:06, Wolfgang Uhlig wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

Am Fri, 11 Mar 2005 10:22:10 + hat Tony Firshman
[EMAIL PROTECTED]  geschrieben:
 I hope they don't because of hearing you sing ;))
 Brahm's might (8-)#
May be, but perhaps he would do what we call turn over in his grave
in  German ;)
Yep - we have turn in his grave too.

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Re: [ql-users] EasyPtr

2005-03-09 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 8 Mar 2005 at 14:06:05, Dave P wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])



On Tue, 8 Mar 2005, Roy wood wrote:

 Could be worse - could be Jochen and almost anything electrical. He is
 the only person I know whose washing machine has a software fault.

No, he isn't. :)

My washer would sometimes stop mid-cycle, and the LCD would display
##2##2##2##2##2isread

The repairman who fixed it under warranty said the on-board
microcontroller had a faulty EPROM, and that he would have to get a
replacement. I offered, and he accepted, for me to download the image, and
flash a 27512 I happened to have laying around. This gave me opportunities
for abuse... (and saved him a trip ;)

My washer now freaks the missus out by saying Hi Jimi instead of Door
Open on the display when she opens the lid (which she's not likely to see
as the lid obscures the LCD, but she noticed after a couple of months.
She's convinced Sears are tracking her laundry habits ;)
He he.
It is the same size as Minerva.  How about porting that.
It should write clean code (8-)#

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Re: [ql-users] Serial setting of Q40

2005-03-09 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Tue, 8 Mar 2005 at 08:36:41, Phoebus R. Dokos wrote:
(ref: [EMAIL PROTECTED])

On Tue, 08 Mar 2005 07:33:16 +0100, Jérôme Grimbert  jerome.grimbert
@atosorigin.com wrote:

 Hello everyone,

 Yesterday, I tried smsq/e 3.09 on my Q40 (which was just laying there
since... oh, so much things to do, so little time...)
 A (long) time ago, I did play with the daughter card of the Q40...
during this manipulation, I might very well have removed the serial
lines (well, at least, the HDD and FLP port still works fine), as well
as changed IRQ/... .

 So, does any one have a complete description of the recommended
setting   for the jumpers (all of them, there is quite a few) on that
card, for   Q40 SMSQ/E ?
 (aka: if any Q40 owner has it opened and could just have a look at
its   interface card ?

Actually that doesn't work that way. There are many different I/O cards
available for the Q40 so for jumper nos and positions you should refer
to  your IO card manual.

In general the appropriate settings (that is if you only have two
serial  ports and only one IDE channel and one Parport... cause there
are other  cards with multiple serial ports (I have four ser, two par,
4 IDE disks, 1  FDD) are:

Port   BaseIrq Extra Setting (If 
available)
   

Ser1 (PC:COM1) 0x3F8   4
Ser2 (PC:COM2) 0x2F8   3
Par  (PC:LPT1) 0x378   7   SPP
Nope. Parallel is the only one we had to cobble.
Q40 cannot read the IRQ so it -must- be left unconnected - ie under
software control with no IRQ.
All the others were absolutely standard settings - ie as supplied.

The remaining ports are:

Ser3 (PC:COM3) 0x3E8   4
Ser4 (PC:COM4) 0x2E8   3
Par2 (PC:LPT2) 0x278   5   SPP

Now if you have a network card and you expect it to work under Q40
Linux,  make sure that Parallel port 2 is set to something OTHER than
IRQ 5 as you  will run into trouble (although configurable ;-)
As I said, IRQ must be unset.
The reason is that it is not latched - ie arrives as a brief pulse.
The Q40 cannot handle this.   Peter said he had no room to fit in the
code in the logic chips.

... unless things have changed since we I built the Q40s?
I don't think so, as DD went straight to Q60.

IDE channel addresses are:

IDE0   0x1F0   14
IDE1   0x1F8   15

 I'm missing my mouse (BTW, the mouse should be on PC/AT position, not
MS   one, right ?)

Nope, mouse should be MS. PC Mouse doesn't work (at least on my Q40).

The Q40 will not boot without an I/O card, but I seem to recall it will
boot OK with any old jumper settings if the card is connected.
It is a while back now, so could be wrong.

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[ql-users] QL on offer

2005-03-06 Thread Tony Firshman
I received the following from Alan Hodgson

alan AT outsite DOT freeserve DOT co DOT uk

Hi there,
I am in the middle of sorting out my house and have a load of Ql
stuff that hasn't been used for quite a while.
There are 2 complete Qls (with manuals) transformers etc. - one of
which needs a membrane, a monitor, original printer, expanderam, disk
interface and drive, toolkit plug-in and nearly 40 microdrives - some
with original software.I don't know if these would be any good to you
or anyone else, I don't want anything for them, but they would have to
be collected from my home (South Yorkshire). If they are of use, please
 reply to thisemail address and we can make arrangements.
Cheers,

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[ql-users] Message for John Southern

2005-02-28 Thread Tony Firshman
Have you had any of my emails in the last few weeks (including a .zip of
the forms)?

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Re: [ql-users] Fred Toussi

2005-02-19 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Sat, 19 Feb 2005 at 01:07:14, extdgl42 wrote:
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 ...snip...
+Reminds me of a favorite story from work years ago (I think this is
+what's being talked about): I had a particularly important mod due
+yesterday. I tried several times to jump into coding without
+success, getting caught in tangles of logic, both sensible and
+coding. I stepped back, took a day or so to write a page and
+a half of structured English, and then the code, less than
+half a page, fell together from that.
Yes indeed. There was a systems analyst in Kodak who used to write her
instructions (to programmers and us users) in pseudo programming
language.  According to the programmers, it made their work -very- easy.

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Re: [ql-users] Fred Toussi

2005-02-18 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 18 Feb 2005 at 14:50:13, James Hunkins wrote:
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:) That story sounds all too true.  I have actually seen some very fast
Java but unfortunately, that is more the exception than the norm.  It
is very easy to program poor Java code and it can bog down big time.
The nice thing with C is that it tends to enforce proper use of
structures and better programming habits.  Java leaves it up to the
individual programmer and software architect to know what they are
doing - not always a good idea (to be nice).
... but C and java do not enforce layout.

Python has no { }  at all.  The program structure is governed totally by
indentation.

I -always- indent religiously (C and perl) - it helps readability (and
the hunt for the missing } in the middle of code!)
 so I was quite happy with this, and python is fast.
Worldnews now tend towards python (with loads of C and some perl)

I would -love- a language that enforced -documentation- (8-)#

I keep quoting Lau's brilliant superHermes documentation, but it is
worth repeating.

The sH _asm was vast, but is mainly documentation.
He wrote giant introductions, where he had a dialogue (with himself) on
how to approach basic logic, listing out -all- his thoughts.
Brilliant.  Not only does a future programmer know what he did ('cos it
is there) but what he rejected.

Even the version number code was seamlessly integrated, but simply
un-commenting one allocation line in the middle of comment.

; blah bvlah blooggles
; blah blah and blah and
version = 3.05
; and balh blah blah blah

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[ql-users] Fred Toussi

2005-02-17 Thread Tony Firshman
This is what Fred Toussi (Text87) is doing nowadays:
http://hsqldb.sourceforge.net/

his email is there on the developer's page.

Nice that 'sql' has a 'ql' in it (8-)#

I gather Jochen is supporting this project in some way.

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Re: R: [ql-users] QPC2 v3.30

2005-02-11 Thread Tony Firshman
On  Fri, 11 Feb 2005 at 14:46:07, Marcel Kilgus wrote:
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Davide Santachiara wrote:
 Sorry if I am a bit late but I went a few days in Barcelona and now
 I am back with some three hundred message to read...

Ah, I already wondered what took you so long :-)

 The speed increase on my Intel Centrino 1,6 Mhz notebook is
 impressive. Here are the figures:

Now imagine how fast it'd be in a 1,6 GigaHz notebook instead of just
1,6 Mhz ;-)
I have a faster 4MHz Amstrad 1640 (8-)#
It had 128k of extra memory - a whole QLs worth.

... how times have changed.

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