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by Dave
Thu Jul 27, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

You're a bunch of recidivists!
by Dave
Thu Jul 27, 2017 2:07 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

Hehe. But first, write the first code to fetch and install then execute the virus. ;)
by Dave
Wed Jul 26, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

Indeed. Causes one minor problem, solves many. With the Issue 8 having internet connectivity, it would be easy for new software to do all kinds of online distribution, automatic or manual updates, have downloadable content larger than the QL could hold, do online registration. All in all, a much nic...
by Dave
Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:15 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

I'll explain why I decided to not include microdrives on the Issue 8: 1. If Sinclair redesigned the QL for a version 2 any time from late 1984 onwards it would have had a 3.5" floppy instead of microdrives. 2. Anyone who has microdrives and floppies or HDs uses microdrives barely at all. 3. 33 ...
by Dave
Tue Jul 25, 2017 8:27 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

The machine that has the SuperIO would have wifi and 10/100 ethernet and would not have the 8302/8049. I don't know if sernet would be supported by the hardware or not, but I don't think it would be as useful.
by Dave
Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:47 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

Silvester wrote:
Dave wrote:What IC is on the multiIO card on that?

W83787IF
W83758P


Excellent :)

It meets the PC97/98 standard, which means the code in SMSQ will run with very very little rework the 87307 which also meets the PC97/98 standard.
by Dave
Sat Jul 22, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

What IC is on the multiIO card on that?
by Dave
Fri Jul 21, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

I did find a 68681 that fits nicely on a Motorola bus and has a moderately rational design, but 3 byte FIFO, are you kidding me? How do you put an external FIFO on that thing?
by Dave
Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

Has anyone ever implemented a 16550 UART and software to use it on a QL before? The two designs I saw previously for external serials used a 6402 and a 68328. If code to use the 16550 register set/layout exists already, can someone point it out to me?
by Dave
Fri Jul 21, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 and WiFi
Replies: 26
Views: 1119

Re: Issue 8 and WiFi

I don't know. I can honestly say I have no fondness for microdrives. I was actually physically bullied over them as a teenager. The other kids were playing with their shiny new 3.5" drives in 1985 when I got my first QL from Dixon's. I think it's fair to say I equate microdrives with asbestos, ...

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