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Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby dinox » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:02 pm

I’ve been meaning to join for ages!

I got my first QL in the late 80s. I’d been hankering after one since they first came out but it was too expensive for me until they dropped in price. I soon upgraded the memory from 128k to 500k with a trump card within a few years.

The programming language was the real interest for me. Superbasic still seems very powerful even today. The mathematical and graphic functions were particularly good for the time. I wrote various programs but the largest was a palaeographic program to reposition the Earth’s ancient plates. This produced a good animation of plate movements over the last 200 million years. It enabled the production of videos and a “flip animation” for my 1994 book. But time moves on and in the late 90s and early 21st century the old QL started to gather dust.

More recently I wanted to use these palaeographic animations on my web site and the 3rd edition of my book in 2011. I found the easiest way was to use an emulator. I now have Q-emulator running an upgraded version of my main program connected to a “cloud” storage device. It has generated about 500 GBytes of diagrams so far and I have upgraded the program so these are viewable on Google Earth. This is obviously a vast improvement on the old 1990s version. I’m still upgrading it as I think of new functions to add.

I still think Superbasic is a great programming language and the ability to store the information to hard disk directly through the emulator makes it even more powerful. I still get stuck on a few programming problems so hopefully other members will be able to help me out as they occur. Also I think it would be interesting to write a program to connect directly to the internet. Q-emulator can obviously do that since it runs email/web programs but how do you connect directly though Superbasic? It should be possible to generate web pages within a program and upload them directly to the internet. There are still a lot of reasons to be interested in the old QL!

Stephen


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby vanpeebles » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:10 pm

Welcome to the forum! :D That all sounds very clever! :)


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby NormanDunbar » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:05 pm

Welcome!

Your book and website sound interesting, to me anyway! Do you have links?


Cheers,
Norm.


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby robheaton » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:20 pm

Welcome to the Forum!

Ellesmere Port...
Always good to find another QL user in the North West!


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby Derek_Stewart » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:35 am

Hi,

I live in Runcorn, not far from Ellesmere Port.

Maybe have to arrange a get together, at a place with enough facilities for using QLs


Regards,

Derek
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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby XorA » Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:43 am

Derek_Stewart wrote:Hi,

I live in Runcorn, not far from Ellesmere Port.

Maybe have to arrange a get together, at a place with enough facilities for using QLs


QLForum 2017 NW meetup coming soon?


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby Cristian » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:24 pm

dinox wrote:the largest was a palaeographic program to reposition the Earth’s ancient plates. This produced a good animation of plate movements over the last 200 million years.

:o


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby dinox » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:36 pm

NormanDunbar wrote:Welcome!

Your book and website sound interesting, to me anyway! Do you have links?


Cheers,
Norm.


Sure. I describe an old version of my QL program here: http://www.dinox.org/eeprog.html

And there is a link to my book at the bottom.


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Re: Hello from Ellesmere Port.

Postby dinox » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:43 pm

Derek_Stewart wrote:Hi,

I live in Runcorn, not far from Ellesmere Port.

Maybe have to arrange a get together, at a place with enough facilities for using QLs


Sounds good. My "QL" now runs on a small notebook pc so I can take it anywhere. Probably be the new year now though after we get all the xmas visiting out of the way.



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