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by Peter
Fri May 17, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Internet and the QL
Replies: 29
Views: 1184

Re: Internet and the QL

I don't think he plans to emulate a full ZX8302, only provide keyboard / sound from what I've read above. Serial function is to be provided by a new serial device (so that offloads responsibility of that to a new driver and DUART chip). When I asked if keyboard, sound and SER need new drivers, the ...
by Peter
Fri May 17, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Internet and the QL
Replies: 29
Views: 1184

Re: Internet and the QL

Doesn't that mean you need completely new software drivers for keyboard, sound and SER? No. It will emulate the 8302 register behavior, but with a new back-end. USB keyboards and mice. I'm getting strong comments to include a proper sound chip also. Serial will be handed off to a DUART. So really, ...
by Peter
Wed May 15, 2019 8:22 pm
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: Internet and the QL
Replies: 29
Views: 1184

Re: Internet and the QL

As an aside, the processor on the ESP32, the ESP32-D0WD, is the microcontroller I am likely using to replace the 8302/8049. That will bring USB keyboard and mouse support, sound, two serial ports supporting speeds over 2Mb/sec, I2C and SPI. The only limitation is that it will probably be attached t...
by Peter
Wed May 15, 2019 7:31 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QL Network Protocol(s)
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: QL Network Protocol(s)

Peter, Glad you like it, but I not sure it's worthy of some kind of 'announcement' - I'm sure people looking for such a solution will find it via this thread. Hi Jason, it was pure luck that I saw it. Looking two weeks later, I'd have missed it. Also I wouldn't have searched for it, unless I was aw...
by Peter
Mon May 13, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General QL Chat
Topic: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?
Replies: 18
Views: 766

Re: What makes the OS for QL any better, different, unique ?

ql_freak wrote:Neither the original Macintosh nor the Atari ST have had any Multitasking at all, not even cooperative Multitasking.

Yes of course. Thank you for reminding me. There was cooperative multitasking for the Mac, but it took until 1987 for the add-on, and until 1991 until integration into the OS.
by Peter
Mon May 13, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QL Network Protocol(s)
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: QL Network Protocol(s)

This provides an inexpensive (~15 GBP) route to adding SD storage to the QL, with some limitations. (i,e, it is a serial device, not a directory device). Still, some may find it useful. I find this a cool idea! The performance is much better than over the serial port. A memory-saving idea, especial...
by Peter
Sun May 05, 2019 2:52 pm
Forum: Software & Programming
Topic: QL game programming videos on YouTube
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: QL game programming videos on YouTube

Good find, Tobias! Thank you very much! Do you have any contact to Keith?
by Peter
Fri May 03, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: QL Network Protocol(s)
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: QL Network Protocol(s)

All the Hardware-based QL compatibles (bar probably the ST QVME card) have a electrically compatible Network port, including the QXL, Aurora (if I'm not mistaken) and Q68 [...] The Q40 and Q60 also lack the QL network port. At design time I saw ethernet as the way to go, plus I did not expect someo...
by Peter
Thu May 02, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 discussions...
Replies: 98
Views: 4394

Re: Issue 8 discussions...

Thank you very much Derek, and please do not feel like the Q68 costs too much. Let's proceed with caution: I don't think Dave was meaning this. In any case, I'm sure all of us recognize the full worth of Derek's efforts. I also do not think Dave means the Q68 is too expensive. But announcing to sel...
by Peter
Thu May 02, 2019 11:49 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Issue 8 discussions...
Replies: 98
Views: 4394

Re: Issue 8 discussions...

The other part is that although this board will cost 4-5x more than the Q68 to produce (it's huge and has a LOT of parts - very Old Tech) I want the price on it to be much lower. I think Dave made a cost estimate what the Q68 would take him to produce. Dave is a parts purchasing expert with a lot o...