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Transform, live right now.

Postby Chr$ » Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:09 pm

Transform of Beckenham, best know for their mdv storage boxes and the odd bit of QL software - are still going! Nowadays it's websites for celebrity chefs and selling stuff on QVC:

https://www.transformeurope.com/index.html

The main man Colin Hughes presents a jazz radio program - right now! Wednesdays, 8pm to 10pm UK time, here:

https://www.strawberryjazz.com/


Collector of original and some newer QL related computers, accessories and software even though I don't understand how any of them work.
Original BBQL's: 3x German, 1x UK model (plus quite a bit of other old stuff)
Custom AT cased QL system with Gold Card, Qimi mouse, Hermes and MFM HDD
PC with QXLII card installed
Q68 also present

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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby RWAP » Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:45 pm

Thanks - I have reached out to Colin about the QL software and making it freeware.


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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby Chr$ » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:07 pm

RWAP wrote:Thanks - I have reached out to Colin about the QL software and making it freeware.

I've got a Transform mdv here that unfortunately doesn't work called QL-Organiser. There are mostly very small files on the mdv and it seems most of the important ones (code files) have corruption. This is an example of the contents of one of the small files:

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FINDN:
LOCAL A$(20)
CLS
PRINT"FIND:";
TRAP INPUT A$
OP:
FIND (A$)
WHILE NOT EOF
I%=DISP(-1,A$)
IF I%=13
NEXT
FIND (A$)
ELSEIF I%=1
CLOSE
RETURN
ELSEIF I%=66
BACK
ELSEIF I%=76
LAST
ELSEIF I%=70
FIRST
ELSEIF I%=85
UD:
ELSEIF I%=80
PR:
ELSEIF I%=68
DE:
ELSEIF I%=72
CLS
I%=COUNT
PRINT "RECORDS:";I%
VIEW(2,"FIRST LAST BACK UPDATE PRINT DELETE")
ENDIF
ENDWH
CLOSE
BEEP 200,200


Some kind of search routine? But for what?


Collector of original and some newer QL related computers, accessories and software even though I don't understand how any of them work.
Original BBQL's: 3x German, 1x UK model (plus quite a bit of other old stuff)
Custom AT cased QL system with Gold Card, Qimi mouse, Hermes and MFM HDD
PC with QXLII card installed
Q68 also present

Ask me about near NOS re-felted good quality Microdrive Carts - many available.
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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby Chr$ » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:07 pm

Chr$ wrote:Transform of Beckenham, best known for their mdv storage boxes and the odd bit of QL software - are still going! Nowadays it's websites for celebrity chefs and selling stuff on QVC:

https://www.transformeurope.com/index.html

The main man Colin Hughes presents a jazz radio program - right now! Wednesdays, 8pm to 10pm UK time, here:

https://www.strawberryjazz.com/


Collector of original and some newer QL related computers, accessories and software even though I don't understand how any of them work.
Original BBQL's: 3x German, 1x UK model (plus quite a bit of other old stuff)
Custom AT cased QL system with Gold Card, Qimi mouse, Hermes and MFM HDD
PC with QXLII card installed
Q68 also present

Ask me about near NOS re-felted good quality Microdrive Carts - many available.
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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby tofro » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:28 pm

Chr$ wrote:
RWAP wrote:Thanks - I have reached out to Colin about the QL software and making it freeware.

I've got a Transform mdv here that unfortunately doesn't work called QL-Organiser. There are mostly very small files on the mdv and it seems most of the important ones (code files) have corruption. This is an example of the contents of one of the small files:

...

Some kind of search routine? But for what?



Thats definitely the Psion Organiser's OPL language - Nothing for the QL.


ʎɐqǝ ɯoɹɟ ǝq oʇ ƃuᴉoƃ ʇou sᴉ pɹɐoqʎǝʞ ʇxǝu ʎɯ 'ɹɐǝp ɥO
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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby vanpeebles » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:37 pm

Hold on! Could this be the software to connect a psion organiser II, to a QL??


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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby Chr$ » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:39 pm

tofro wrote:

Thats definitely the Psion Organiser's OPL language - Nothing for the QL.

Thanks. So these could be some kind of QL<>Psion Organiser connectivity applications. Interesting. Here is a full list of the mdv content:

[list=]boot
clone*
names_pro_org
pr_pro_org
ptr_pro_org
findn_pro_org
de_pro_org
ud_pro_org
pm_pro_org*
cr_pro_org
add_pro_org
ed_pro_org
opb_pro_org
opa_pro_org
opc_pro_org
boot_obj*
boot_flp
boot_mdv
Qlib_ext*
dir [/list]

* suffix for the corrupt ones.


Collector of original and some newer QL related computers, accessories and software even though I don't understand how any of them work.
Original BBQL's: 3x German, 1x UK model (plus quite a bit of other old stuff)
Custom AT cased QL system with Gold Card, Qimi mouse, Hermes and MFM HDD
PC with QXLII card installed
Q68 also present

Ask me about near NOS re-felted good quality Microdrive Carts - many available.
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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby Chr$ » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:39 pm

vanpeebles wrote:Hold on! Could this be the software to connect a psion organiser II, to a QL??

Posted at the same time. Looks like it doesn't it.


Collector of original and some newer QL related computers, accessories and software even though I don't understand how any of them work.
Original BBQL's: 3x German, 1x UK model (plus quite a bit of other old stuff)
Custom AT cased QL system with Gold Card, Qimi mouse, Hermes and MFM HDD
PC with QXLII card installed
Q68 also present

Ask me about near NOS re-felted good quality Microdrive Carts - many available.
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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby vanpeebles » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:41 pm

You might have to try a few times to recover them, I’ve always wanted to try the psion connected to the ql.


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Re: Transform, live right now.

Postby Chr$ » Wed Aug 05, 2020 9:43 pm

vanpeebles wrote:You might have to try a few times to recover them, I’ve always wanted to try the psion connected to the ql.

I will try multiple times and generate a few images. If Colin allows them to become PD (hope so, it's not like there is any commercial life in them) I'll share all the images.


Collector of original and some newer QL related computers, accessories and software even though I don't understand how any of them work.
Original BBQL's: 3x German, 1x UK model (plus quite a bit of other old stuff)
Custom AT cased QL system with Gold Card, Qimi mouse, Hermes and MFM HDD
PC with QXLII card installed
Q68 also present

Ask me about near NOS re-felted good quality Microdrive Carts - many available.

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