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by stephen_usher
Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: QDOS-GCC How to run the binaries?
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: QDOS-GCC How to run the binaries?

PS. Ignore the Perl script. If there are no instructions, it's unlikely the code could be read and understood, even by the authour! Perl is a 'WORN' language. Write Once Read Never! :D Bah! That depends upon the programmer. Some write Perl which looks like line noise, others as a clear, structured ...
by stephen_usher
Sun Jan 20, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: The M-ICE mouse and Pointer environment?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

Re: The M-ICE mouse and Pointer environment?

Yes, (M)ICE first appeared in 85 according to the copyright and was the first WIMP interface. I seem to remember the other systems turned up some years later. The interface is very rudumentary. There's no scrolling and no double-clicking, merely using different buttons. There are no windows as such ...
by stephen_usher
Sun Jan 20, 2019 6:35 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: The M-ICE mouse and Pointer environment?
Replies: 6
Views: 420

The M-ICE mouse and Pointer environment?

I know it's unlikely but can the Pointer Environment use the mouse connected to the Eidersoft M-ice dongle?

It would be dead handy if it did, given that's what I have.
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by stephen_usher
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:14 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Re: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Does anyone have a pointer to a source for a suitable replacement foam/felt for Microdrive cartridges? I'm using these https://www.ebay.com/itm/8-Track-Tape-Replacement-Felt-Pads/252762966703 - I've refelted over 60 cartridges now and so far they are holding up nicely. My only issue is the shipping...
by stephen_usher
Tue Jan 08, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: The QL and the 16 bit revolution.
Replies: 1
Views: 307

The QL and the 16 bit revolution.

It's well known that the QL played quite a big role in the development of the Commodore Amiga's operating system as Metacomco was contracted to create AmigaDOS 1.0 and did so on QLs using their BCPL compiler. (It was a recreation of Tripos, an OS written in BCPL which originated in Cambridge.) Howev...
by stephen_usher
Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:55 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?
Replies: 5
Views: 416

Current availability of replacement Microdrive faam/felt?

Does anyone have a pointer to a source for a suitable replacement foam/felt for Microdrive cartridges?

Some time ago I obtained some 8 track self-adhesive felt but it wasn't dense enough so that when it was cut into the required 4mm x 2mm x 4mm block it just fell apart.
by stephen_usher
Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: The Off-Topic Section
Topic: QL Jokes
Replies: 19
Views: 1416

Re: QL Jokes

There once was a man called Tebby,
Who's OS was not at all heavy.
Its toolkit was weak,
So he gave it a tweek,
And made everyone quite happy.
by stephen_usher
Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:14 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Q68 speed vs 680X0
Replies: 40
Views: 2905

Re: Q68 speed vs 680X0

On an Atari TT030 (30MHz 68030) it takes 127 seconds. Unfortunately SMSQ/E doesn't run in fast RAM so I can't test it with the uncontended EDO RAM only the slow RAM shared with the video sub-system. Hi Stephen, Are you using QVME in the TT030? No, just the Atari SMSQ/E downloaded from the developme...
by stephen_usher
Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:29 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Q68 speed vs 680X0
Replies: 40
Views: 2905

Re: Q68 speed vs 680X0

On an Atari TT030 (30MHz 68030) it takes 127 seconds.

Unfortunately SMSQ/E doesn't run in fast RAM so I can't test it with the uncontended EDO RAM only the slow RAM shared with the video sub-system.
by stephen_usher
Mon Nov 19, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: SGC successor brainstorming
Replies: 81
Views: 6178

Re: SGC successor brainstorming

So, replacing the video completely should mean that there's no need to directly access the QL memory at all. Not memory as storage, but memory mapped I/O. The QL's address and data bus would still be there and access in the internal QL register area, so keyboard, speaker, network and microdrives ca...

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