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by stephen_usher
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:53 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Comparing Sinclair QL to Commodore 64
Replies: 25
Views: 633

Re: Comparing Sinclair QL to Commodore 64

The Amiga OS is too 1950's and Unixy for my taste. Erm, no interactive terminals in the 1950s, merely paper tape, punched cards and (in one case) telephone dials for input. :) Interactive sessions didn't arrive until the mid 60s. (Member of pedants anonymous... or would be if that weren't an oxymor...
by stephen_usher
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:38 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Can we learn from Amiga OS?
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: Can we learn from Amiga OS?

I don't have the info at hand I'm afraid, I read it years (decades?) ago. AmigaDOS was indeed a re-implementation of TripOS, which was developed in Cambridge and written in BCPL. As I understand it Commodore and Metacommco didn't have the rights to the original implementation and so copied it functi...
by stephen_usher
Sun Mar 22, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Can we learn from Amiga OS?
Replies: 27
Views: 905

Re: Can we learn from Amiga OS?

Of course, if we are talking about the history of the Amiga we have to remember that the first (pre-release) version of AmigaDOS was written in BCPL by Metacommco (I believe on QLs). Similarly, the pre-release version of Atari TOS was written by Metacommco in C, maybe QLs again? With respect of C's ...
by stephen_usher
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: The Off-Topic Section
Topic: Today I Received...
Replies: 199
Views: 18874

Re: Today I Received...

The software in question is at https://www.synaxus.de/index.php/en/traceminer/tm-40 and the company is Synaxus. They apparently registered the Trade Mark "TraceMiner" back in 2013. If they are looking to take money off me for "legal costs" they can go seduce themselves! IN my wo...
by stephen_usher
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:43 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: MDV re-felting
Replies: 5
Views: 532

Re: MDV re-felting

I did a lot of research into this many years ago. The only hard and fast rules are that the surface needs to be non-abrasive, and it can't be a plastic or static-generating material. Scotch tape, when rubbed by a fast moving plastic strip, creates a static charge which induces crackles into the rec...
by stephen_usher
Thu Feb 27, 2020 10:37 pm
Forum: The Off-Topic Section
Topic: Today I Received...
Replies: 199
Views: 18874

Re: Today I Received...

It says the speccy next is out of stock on the web site - so they must have flown off the shelves. They are charging quite a lot for RTC and the few addons that appear to be included in the more expensive version - If the board layout hasn't changed that much, I don't think the addtioanal component...
by stephen_usher
Wed Feb 26, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: The Off-Topic Section
Topic: Today I Received...
Replies: 199
Views: 18874

Re: Today I Received...

A pretty good haul today! b878eb2c-7519-48b4-907f-67ffe6f453f7.jpg *SNAP!* :-) Well, I've had mine for a while. I picked up the BBC B+ 128K from the work rubbish pile back in around 1997 and bought the "Toastrack" a couple of years ago off eBay. I finally got around to fixing the Beeb las...
by stephen_usher
Fri Feb 07, 2020 10:54 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: What to do ...?
Replies: 10
Views: 736

Re: What to do ...?

Tricky. It very much depend upon how many machine you can keep. If it were me I'd use this priority list: 1) The machine(s) I use most often. 2) The most unusual/rare items. 3) The one best example of each type (which you can play with, not just horde). From what you list, on the ZX Spectrum front, ...
by stephen_usher
Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:51 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Floppy Disk Drive Options?
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: Floppy Disk Drive Options?

What may be interesting is a twin drive case/PSU with one floppy and space for a Gotek in the other slot. Maximum flexibility then for data transfer. (Even better if they were switchable DS0/1 externally to swap them between flp1_ and flp2_ :-) )
by stephen_usher
Thu Feb 06, 2020 5:48 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: vDrive QL, Dilwyn's vDrive Images, and Running Games
Replies: 17
Views: 1143

Re: vDrive QL, Dilwyn's vDrive Images, and Running Games

Instead of a real floppy drive you could buy a Gotek unit with the "Flashfloppy" firmware installed.

With various interface cables the one unit could be used with most/all of your other machines as well.