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by RWAP
Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: Prospective Members
Topic: Reviving Quanta
Replies: 32
Views: 16254

Re: Reviving Quanta

Sorry Rich! It's a real time chat room - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IRC It is the sort of thing which Quanta should use for their meetings, rather than telephone calls to the committee. However, the big issue for Quanta is the lack of attendance at recent workshops and AGMs - it would help if the...
by RWAP
Sat Jan 22, 2011 7:21 am
Forum: Prospective Members
Topic: Reviving Quanta
Replies: 32
Views: 16254

Re: Reviving Quanta

robheaton wrote:I have also toyed with the idea of setting up an IRC server channel for the QL, would anyone be interested in this??


What is an IRC server channel? Must be some internet tech that has passed me by, or maybe it's just not that popular?
by RWAP
Fri Jan 21, 2011 6:57 pm
Forum: Prospective Members
Topic: Reviving Quanta
Replies: 32
Views: 16254

Re: Reviving Quanta

vanpeebles wrote:http://www.youtube.com/user/QLPeet

The game is afoot!


I have now amended the QL Wiki to support links to Youtube videos - see
http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/i ... nt&lang=en
by RWAP
Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:04 pm
Forum: Prospective Members
Topic: Reviving Quanta
Replies: 32
Views: 16254

Re: Reviving Quanta

The QL fails to be widely known and is not a favourite with retro computer users, mainly because it always failed to find a niche in the market really. Sinclair tried to promote it as a business machine, but businesses found the microdrives too unreliable. Plenty of games and innovative software / h...
by RWAP
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:04 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Seen this on ebay, mega QL bundle
Replies: 7
Views: 2737

Re: Seen this on ebay, mega QL bundle

The modem is the fairly standard Tandata stack - I used to have several of those, but a few did go pop when I connected them. I have Minerva chips, centronics (parallel) interfaces and second hand disk drives (just no disk interfaces really). The Jan Jones original book is quite rare I have to admit...
by RWAP
Sun Jan 16, 2011 11:46 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Seen this on ebay, mega QL bundle
Replies: 7
Views: 2737

Re: Seen this on ebay, mega QL bundle

Maybe a group buy would be ok for people who want these for themselves, as a trader, it would not be of interest as there is no margin in it for me.

Apart from the Trump Card, I can probably supply most of the rest of the items - what are you interested in?
by RWAP
Fri Jan 14, 2011 8:25 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Hardware incompatibilities
Replies: 10
Views: 4037

Hardware incompatibilities

I was surprised today when trying to sort out a working disk system for a QL customer, by some of the apparent incompatibilities between QL hardware. Technology Research Limited disk interface (this has a built in parallel port as well as a disk interface - I did not get around to seeing if it had m...
by RWAP
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:50 am
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: QL Karate improved version
Replies: 8
Views: 3101

Re: QL Karate improved version

OK - I just did a quick check in q-emulator - unfortunately the screen is compressed in some way (probably something simple like RLE), so it means disassembling the code to find the screen storage area and format. A quick look at the code shows the screen clearing routine at +11150. Drawing routines...
by RWAP
Fri Jan 14, 2011 11:44 am
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: QL Karate improved version
Replies: 8
Views: 3101

Re: QL Karate improved version

It would be really good to release a version with improved graphics - unfortunately, without disassembling the original code (which was a real pain), I am not sure how / where the existing screen is stored (let alone the characters!). Hopefully the screen is simply stored as 32768 bytes at a certain...
by RWAP
Fri Jan 14, 2011 10:56 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Seen this on ebay, mega QL bundle
Replies: 7
Views: 2737

Re: Seen this on ebay, mega QL bundle

It is a good bundle, but unfortunately way overpriced - I will be surprised if the seller gets anywhere near that much for it all.

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