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                            QL
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                       INTERNATIONAL

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                         ISSUE 121

                         MAY 1999

                                             MIKE KENNEALLY
                                             SK12 1LR
     
                         E-MAIL MIKEKENNEALLY1@COMPUSERVE.COM
                       WWW.GEOCITIES.COM/SILICONVALLEY/VISTA/4807/


ANY AND ALL SOFTWARE SENT TO THE CLUB/NEWSLETTER WILL BE TREATED
AS PUBLIC DOMAIN UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

HI ALL,

I AM BACK IN THE LAND OF THE LIVING JUST!, I HAVE JUST DELETED ALL
OF WHAT I HAD WRITTEN SO I SHALL WRITE IT AGAIN, GOES TO SHOW HOW MUCH
OUT OF PRACTICE I AM!

I DO APOLOGISE FOR NOT DOING YOUR NEWSLETTERS FOR THE LAST COUPLE
OF MONTHS.

I CONTRACTED THE ADULT VERSION OF CHICKEN POX, OR SHINGLES AS IT
IS MORE COMMONLY KNOWN. I HAD IT ALL DOWN THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF MY HEAD
AND FACE AND LOOKED SOMEWHAT LIKE THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.THE MAIN
PROBLEM WAS I ALSO HAD IT AT THE BACK OF MY LEFT EYE AND THE DOCTORS
WERE WORRIED ABOUT ME LOOSING THE SIGHT IN THAT EYE. SO NO COMPUTER
WORK OR DRIVING FOR ME, HAVING HAD TO REST MY ONLY GOOD EYE TO STOP ME
STRAINING IT.

BUT HERE I AM AGAIN, IF FOR ANY REASON I HAVE MISSED ANY OF YOUR
LETTERS I DO APOLOGISE BUT I HAVE 3 MONTHS TO CATCH UP ON AND I AM
COMPLETELY OUT OF TOUCH. SO SEND THEM TO ME AGAIN AND I SHALL INCLUDE
THEM NEXT TIME, ONE GOOD THING IS THOUGH, YOU LOT HAVE HAD A REST SO
YOU SHOULD HAVE PLENTY TO TELL ME TO BRING ME BACK UP TO SPEED!

IT DOES APPEAR AS IF I AM HAVING A FEW PROBLEMS WITH SOME OF YOUR
LETTERS SENT TO ME BY E-MAIL. I HAVE TRIED A NUMBER OF TIMES TO
TRANSFER THEM TO DISC WITHOUT ANY SUCCESS SOME OF IT GETS LEFT BEHIND
IN THE ORIGINAL LETTER IN THE FILE, IT APPEARS AS IF IT WILL LOAD
ONE(1) PAGE INTO QXL(THE NEWSLETTER IN XCHANGE)BUT NO MORE.ANYONE ANY
IDEAS?

THIS NEWSLETTER WILL PROBABLY BE ALL TO COCK SO MY APOLOGIES
BEFORE I START BUT I SHALL DO MY BEST.


 Dilwyn Jones ============   
Bangor,
Gwynedd.

GEAR: 

Black P100 PC with QPC, Canon BJ10sx printer; Toshiba T2400CS
laptop PC with QPC, HP Deskjet 320 printer; MinisQL with Super Gold
Card+Qubide; QL+Gold Card+RomDisq    


Darren Branagh and I went to the Hove Quanta Workshop end of
February. This was a lovely little weekend out though it ended badly
with Darren mssing his ferry back. Still, you got an extra day in Wales
out of it didn't you Darren? I promise I won't mention the sheep...   

FOR AN IRISHMAN SHEEP MAKE A CHANGE AS COWS DO FOR A ........

Tony Firshman brought a sample Q40 along with him. This is a cute
little board with a 68040 on it, 2 almost complete operating systems
(QDOS Classic by Mark Swift and SMSQ/E for Q40 by Tony Tebby) and a
complete implementation of Linux (by Richard Zidlicky).   The Q40 is
the first new native QL hardware since the Aurora, and those present
seemed to be drooling over it! Roy Wood and Tony Firshman gave a
sometimes amusing talk about it (e.g. Roy described one of the
operating systems progress as 'stable - it doesn't work at all').   In
all, QBranch, TF Services, Miracle Systems, Q-Celt Software, Geoff
Wicks, Bill Richardson, Enrico Tedeschi (author of Sinclair Archaelogy
and owner of Hove Books), Quanta, RWAP Software, Qubbesoft P/D, Jochen
Merz and several well known software authors were all present. There
was a day-long programme of talks and the workshop was quite well
attended - the venue was the Excelsior Hotel on Hove seafront.   

Software tidbits at the show: Jonathan Hudson was completing a
utility to allow transfer of files between QL and a Palm Pilot handheld
PDA (I think that stands for Personal Digital Assistant? Anyone know?).
Ron Dunnett had a Beta of a Phil Borman utility for decoding GIF files.
Rich Mellor had a route map of Ireland for his Q-Route program and also
had the latest set of updates for his SuperBASIC/SBASIC Reference
Guide.   

That's all I've got to say this time, you'll be glad to hear.
Dilwyn Jones



 INTERNET:dilwyn.jones@dj.softnet.co.uk Date: 13/05/99, 08:26 PM
Re:   QLToday V4i1     I am currently preparing V4i1 of QL Today. This
is a reminder to anyone who'd like to send in any news for publication
in our news pages.   Please note that, as mentioned in QL Today last
issue, publication date has moved forward 2 weeks, hence this later
than usual email!   Dilwyn Jones dilwyn.jones@dj.softnet.co.uk 

BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ANYWAY ITS A TIMELY REMINDER FOR THE NEXT
ISSUE.


 INTERNET:buck.gandc@cwcom.net, INTERNET:buck.gandc@cwcom.net
Date: 28/04/99, 14:59 PM  

Spike   Sorry for the delay in replying, as you can see, I now
have a new e-mail address. I haven't had access to a computer for about
a Month. I thought that you knew  the story but as you don't, here
goes.   In September '97 I was made redundant for the 3rd time in a
row, but given a new job with the same firm. In December '97 ( Although
we were not told until the middle of January '98 ) I got transferred to
another company. In June '98 I got made redundant again. I haven't
worked since.   We had already made our minds up that if I got made
redundant again that we would sell the house, buy a Motor home and sod
off to Europe.   

We had been looking at Motor homes all the time, and we already
had a small very old one. In March last year we saw one that we really
liked. The snag was that we had to order it before the 1st of April. So
we went  for it and ordered one. An Italian job called a Laika ( Named
after the first Russian dog in space ), it was supposed to be delivered
in October '98 but as it turned out didn't arrive until December. 

Meanwhile of course I had lost my job again. But I had used the
time to completely redecorate my house and get it on the market. It
didn't sell very quickly though and then we finally got a buyer from
Germany and it was all systems go. We were supposed to exchange
contracts on the first Wednesday in December and move out on the Friday
and straight into the van. We were all ready to go and the nice German
gentleman decided to change his mind, he came all the way from Germany
on the Wednesday just to say NO.  

YOU SHOULD HAVE GOT HIS ADDRESS AND PARKED THE VAN OUTSIDE HIS
HOUSE!(WITH A UNION FLAG ON IT!)

We had no food, no clothes, no furniture; nothing. Well Gutted.
Fortunately they agreed to keep the van for 3 Months for us and
fortunately we just managed to sell the house in time. So now we have a
brand new Italian left hand drive Motor home and I have just got a
brand new Laptop and a mobile phone, we also have Global roaming access
to the Internet. (As yet untried )   If all goes well, we will be
leaving for Europe next Wednesday-ish, and if it still goes well you
may be hearing from me from France, Spain or wherever.   So, the reason
I wanted to unsubscribe from ql_users was because I no longer had a PC,
and now I still can't manage it because accessing the internet with a
mobile phone is going to be somewhat expensive.   If you are still in
contact with Mike let him know what's happening and if I get a chance I
will be in contact again. All of my QLs' are now hibernating in a
friends attic.   Regards   Graham Buck 
ex


WELL AT LEAST WE KNOW HE IS STILL AROUND AND IF ANYONE DOES HEAR
FROM HIM,LET HIM KNOW HE CAN STILL DROP US A LINE NOW AND AGAIN.THERE
IS NO POINT SENDING HIM THE NEWSLETTER BECAUSE AS HE SAYS IT CAN BE
RATHER EXPENSIVE.BUT I MIGHT JUST SEND HIM A LITTLE NOTE,WHICH HE MAY
PICK UP.

Tel/Fax 01248-35402341 Bro Emrys, Email
dilwyn.jones@dj.softnet.co.ukTal-y-bont, Bangor, Gwynedd. LL57 3YT
GEAR: Black P100 PC with QPC, Canon BJ10sx printer; Toshiba T2400CS
laptop PC with QPC, HP Deskjet 320 printer; MinisQL with Super Gold
Card+Qubide; QL+Gold Card+RomDisq


Dear all,

I've discussed the QL do planned for the Stockport area with Robin
Barker, Quanta chairman, he seemed amenable to the idea, but said it
would be discussed at the Quanta AGM end of April. So if you want a do,
turn up at the Walton Park Hotel in Clevedon near Bristol on Sunday
25th April to lobby the committee. Our do will, as Mike said, be in the
Stockport area, venue TBA.

WHY CAN'T THEY HAVE IT AS A JOINT VENTURE? WHY MUST THEY ALWAYS
TAKE OVER? THEY ARE NOT STILL FRIGHTENED OF LITTLE OLD US ARE THEY? AS
YET THIS HAS BEEN ON HOLD DUE TO MY ILLNESS BUT I SHALL TRY AND GET
ONTO IT NOW.ANY IDEA ON DATES AS YET, I KNOW YOU DID SAY SOMETIME IN
NOVEMBER.

Andrew Pratt - QL pictures. There was one on a QL Today cover
disk, which is very similar to the one on Tony Firshman's QL home page.
Most QL Web sites have pictures of QLs etc, just right click on these
pictures and choose the option to save from the pop up window which
appears. Not sure of the copyright situation in doing this, but many of
the pictures will be free to use and copied from elsewhere anyway. You
can safely use the one from the cover disk. Get in touch with me if you
want help on this. I'm trying to find time to set up my own web site
where I can place my old software etc, but trying to find time
translates as failing to find time at the moment. The Planet Sinclair
site in Norway has some good all-Sinclair material, not just QLs.

Here are some sample QL site URLs to play with. In case characters
get scrambled in the QL/PC conversion on its way to Mike, the ~ symbol
in the URLs is a tilde character.

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/5011/ (Beginners Club,
Italy)

http://www.q-v-d.demon.co.uk/smsqe.html (Bruce Nicholls)

http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/pub/aminet/info/www/dirs/aminet/misc/e-
mu/QDOS4amiga1.readme (Mark Swift/Rainer Kowllik Amiga emulator)

http://www.sinclair-research.co.uk (Need I say who?)

http://utopia.knoware.nl/stuurmn/sql.htm (Albert's Virtual
Computer Museum)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/6533/davideeng.htm
(Davide Sanatachiara's English Web site)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/4807/ (Club QL
International's Web site)

http://forums.bruin.net/cgi-bin/fbn/fbn.cgi/bruin.comp.sinclair.ql
(QL Forum on Bruin)

http://www.di-ren.demon.co.uk/ (Robin Barker's Di-Ren Web site)

http://directory.mozilla.org/Computers/Operating_Systems/Sinclair-
/QL/ (Open Directory - Computer Operating Systems)

http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/index2.htm (Planet Sinclair,
Norway)

http://www.qbranch.demon.co.uk/ (QBranch site)

http://www.j-m-s.com/smsq.htm (Jochen Merz Software)

http://www.firshman.demon.co.uk (TF Services site)

http://www.jrhudson.demon.co.uk (Jonathan Hudson's Dead Letter
Drop site)

http://www.betechdata.no/thomas/ql/index.html (Norwegian Sinclair
QL homepage)

http://wwwusers.imaginet.fr/~godefroy/english/frames.html (Thierry
Godefroy)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Pines/5865/ (Timothy
Swenson)

http://www.sectorsoftware.demon.co.uk (David Batty, Sector
Software)

http://hem1.passagen.se/baslista/ql.html
http://www.jamt.net/speccy.html http://www.cronsten.pp.se/ql.htm
(Michael Cronsten's QL Web sites in Sweden, includes loads of pictures
of QLs)

http://romblon.dbs.informatik.uni-muenchen.de/~krojer/ql/ (Franz
Krojer, Germany)

http://www.gm.fh-koeln.de/~it048/ (Stephan's Retrocomputing Site)

http://www.devili.iki.fi/pub/emulators/Sinclair/QL/ (Ancient File
library)

http://www.komkon.org/EMUL8/Macintosh/ql/index.html (John Stiles,
QL emulators on Macs)

http://www.itimpi.freeserve.co.uk (Dave Walker's home page)

http://www.ndirect.co.uk/~e.tedeschi/index.htm (Enrico Tedeschi's
Sinclair site, including QL)

http://users.cybercity.dk/~dko3588/index.html (Erling Jacobsen,
Denmark, web site for Xchange etc)

http://members.tripod.com/~FWDComputing/ (FWD Computing site, USA)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/9483/ (Jeremy Davis)

http://www.anit.es/pedro/ (Pedro Reina, Spain)

http://www.deuschle.de/qpc/index.html (Marcel Kilgus, Germany. QPC
support site)

http://rwap.webjump.com/ (RWAP Software)

http://www.heydon.org/kevan/collection/manufacturer-sinclair/
(Kevan Heydon collectors site)

http://www.adski.demon.co.uk/computer.htm (Adders Lair)

http://www.arrgh.demon.co.uk/hardware/ql/index.html
http://www.arrgh.co.uk/hardware/ql/index.html (Arrgh's Old Computers
sites)

http://www.triathlon98.com/PROGS/ (PROGS Web site, Belgium)

http://www.atari_computer.de/mjaap/computer/sinclair_QL.htm (M
Jaap site)

http://www.uni-mainz.de/~roklein/ql/ (Robert Klein, Germany - QL
FAQ etc)

http://www.info-point.co.uk/wnr/ (Bill Richardson)

http://www.telcom.es/camelot/sql.htm (Camelot old computers web
site, Spanish)

http://www.herrnsdorf.com/europro/linksmsq.html (E.C.Herrnsdorf)

http://www.hernsdorf.com/texts/qlintnet.txt (QL on the internet
article)

http://garbo.uwasa.fi/ql/pas.html (Garbo archive in Finland)

http://www.emulation.net/ql/ (QemuLator etc)

http://web.inter.nl.net/hcc/A.Jaw.Venema (QLay site, Jan Venema)

http://people.a2000.nl/jbredenb/index.html (Jan Bredenbeek's
homepage)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Bay/2602 (Richard Zidlicky,
uQLx emulator etc)

http://www.examina.net/eforenzi/personal.htm (Eros Forenzi, Italy)

http://alpha.gen.com/jmerz/smsq/qpc/qpc.htm (Jochen Merz, QPC
site)

http://www.mwn.net/infomac/app/q_emulator_lite_096.html (QemuLator
site)

http://www.dcs.port.ac.uk/~lesterc/ (Kit Lester's home page)

http://www.angelfire.com/il/dbaum (The Strange World Of Daniel
Baum, Israel)

http://www.pborman.freeserve.co.uk/ (Phil Borman's page)

http://rand.thn.htu.se/ (Johan Klockars pages, Sweden)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Park/4410/ (Hans Peter
Recktenwald)

http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/heights/1296 (Daniele
Terdina, Italy)

http://www.novanet.it/qitaly/ (Eros Forenzi, Q-Italy site)

http://www.airnet.net/boehm/ (NESQLUG site, USA)

http://users.aol.com/clubbbs/tsnug/ (Timex/Sinclair North American
User Groups)

http://members.aol.com/clubbbs/akahale.html (ZXir QLive Alive!
pages)

http://members.aol.com/clubbbs/catug/ (Chicago area Timex/Sinclair
User Group)

http://members.aol.com/KuElWien/index.htm (Club KuEL, Austria -
German/French, includes details of QL-PD-CDR)

http://members.tripod.com/hes_computing/hes1.html (John Rish, Home
Electronics Service, USA)

http://home.sol.no/~borretze/arvid.htm (Arvid Borretzen's site in
Norway)

http://www.home9999.demon.co.uk/ql.htm (Jack Mitchell's QL site)

http://www.uni-karlsruhe.de/~Thomas.Much/QL/ (Thomas Much web
site, Germany)

http://pages.vossnet.de/manpet/ql.htm (Manuel Petridis, Germany)

http://www.gm.fh-koeln.de/~it048/emulator/ql/ (Stephan Suberkrub
QL emulator site, Germany)

http://www.xs4all.nl/~wij2/ql.htm (Marco Vacquier's page)

http://www.xs4all.nl/~ljb/sinqlair.html (SinQLair site,
Netherlands)

http://www.hophop.com/ql (Giorgio Garabello's Italian QL page)

http://www.home.swipnet.se/~w-14406/emu/sinclair.html (QL,
emulators, tools, etc)

http://dialspace.dial.pipex.com/town/square/chriss/machines/intro-
s/ql.htm (Chris Stratford)

http://perso.club-internet.fr/ggenty/qlfr.htm (French QL page)

http://www.compulink.co.uk/~digby/Mapej.html (Mapej disk copying
service, incl. QL)

http://www.ellis-online.co.uk/sinclair/ql.html (Kev Ellis QL page)

http://www.dur.ac.uk/~ded1brh/Q-Route/index.html (Q-Route software
web site)

ftp://garbo.uwasa.fi/ql (Grabo archives at University of Vaasa,
Finland - Timo Salmi)

ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/systems/sinclair (Maya and Garbo mirror
site)

ftp://ftp.nvg.ntnu.no/pub/sinclair (All sinclair computers)

ftp://ftp.gui.uva.es/sinclair/ql (Luna site)

ftp://ftp.demon.co.uk/pub/qdos/  (Demon's FTP site)

news://news.ext.jussieu.fr/comp.sys.sinclair (Sinclair computers
newsgroup)

news://news.uni-stuttgart.de/maus.computer.ql.intl
(FidoNet/MausNet mirror of Intl.QL)

news://news.uni-stuttgart.de/maus.computer.ql.c (FidoNet/MausNet
mirror of Sinclair.C)

news://news.uni-stuttgart.de/maus.computer.ql.de  (MausNet mirror
of computer.ql.de)

IF THATS NOT ENOUGH TO FIND WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, THEN WHAT
IS!

Club QL Back Issues - I haven't had time to update the back issues
list, but all the newsletter files are available along with most of the
programs that went with them, I can supply them on floppy disk, or
small quantities as attachments by email if preferred. I hope to have
updated the main list by next issue. Spike (or whoever keeps the Club
QL Web site updated) would it be possible to add my details to the Web
site for anyone wanting back issues not on the Web site? Just a little
note to say 'other back issues available on disk or by email from
Dilwyn Jones, contact him via email at dilwyn.jones@dj.softnet.co.uk'

And also on the subject of back issues, there's a such a wealth of
information in the back issues over the years that it would be nice to
get an index compiled! Anyone prepared to volunteer - I'll donate a
free copy of my EasyBase database worth 15 pounds to anyone prepared to
volunteer to do this task! There's also a demo version of the program
which allows viewing etc but not saving which could be distributed with
the index as a front end if required.

IT HAS BEEN SUGGESTED ONCE OR TWICE BEFORE, I DID START IT ONCE
AND GAVE UP THROUGH LACK OF TIME. BUT MAYBE NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE IT
ANOTHER ATTEMPT, ANYONE WANT VOLUNTEER?

Been to Ireland on holiday start of April and met up with Hilary
O'Kelly and Darren Branagh, two local QL users in the area where I
stayed. Believe me, you may have seen Hilary's address as 'Laragh
Castle' in previous issues, he really does live in an admittedly small
castle! While Darren's place is a large bungalow incorporating a guest
house, ideal base for anyone contemplating a holiday in county Wicklow.
Thanks for the tour guide, Darren!

CAN HE FIT A CARAVAN IN THE GARDEN? JUST KIDDING, MARGARET WOULD
KILL ME IF I TOOK MY QL ON HOLIDAY WITH US!

Year 2000 bug. We're all aware of this. One we may not be aware of
is one which Darren told me about in Ireland. Some older software has
used the date 9/9/99 as a special flag to indicate a special purpose in
the date field of a database. Seeing this, the software assumes it's
not really a date, but a signal to do something else. Be wary of this
date when dealing with banks and other financial institutions!

MAYBE IT WILL PUT SOME MONEY BACK INTO MY ACCOUNT,IT WILL MAKE A
CHANGE FROM THE BANK ALWAYS ROBBING ME!


To:   "'MIKEKENNEALLY1@BIGFOOT.COM'",
INTERNET:MIKEKENNEALLY1@BIGFOOT.COM From: "Lee, Moon-hee",
INTERNET:underirc@soback.kornet21.net Date: 04/06/99, 10:09 PM Re:
Club QL       Andrew Pratt
(Strange address in Korean.
Am still learning it)
Equip: right now, one measly PC at work (get me out of here!)     

WHO IS THIS STRANGE FELLA IN KOREA,EVERY TIME HE WRITES HIS NAME
CHANGES,MUST BE THE KOREAN EQUIVALENT OF ALIASES!

Dear All, 

best wishes and get well quick to Mike. I was surprised to receive
an  email saying that he had had an eye(?) operation. I hope it wasn't
too  serious. ClubQL is currently my only source of QL news, apart from
occasional forays around the web sites, at the moment and I am missing
the  silence.

NICE TO KNOW I CAN BE USEFUL AND MISSED. THANKS.

I have found employment in Korea and though it is still officially
temporary, I seem to be doing alright. I am in the process of becoming
an  analyst on the Korean economy. The up side is that I am getting
paid to  create a web page. The downside is that I have to use a PC and
Word/Explorer in particular. The computer I am currently using has a
Korean  version of Windows95, which basically means I have to guess
where the  commands and functions are and what they mean. Eventually I
will have a  Western version of Windows installed. At such a time,
hopefully at not too  a distant future, I will download Netscape and
get on with the job of  writing the web pages...

FROM WHAT THE NEWS AND PAPERS HAVE BEEN SAYING OVER THE LAST 12
MONTHS YOU MUST HAVE A FAIRLY EASY JOB, THE WHOLE EASTERN(JAPAN,KOREA
ETC)HAS TAKEN A NOSE DIVE,RATHER LIKE A JAP KAMI-KAZE PILOT.THE NUMBER
OF KOREAN AND JAPANESE FIRMS SHUTTING UP SHOP OVER HERE SEEMS TO BEAR
THIS OUT.

Dilwyn mentioned a book(?) called 'Sinclair Archaelogy.' Well, I
didn't  think the QL was that old... (nor the Big C himself) Dilwyn, as
an avid  book reader, can you please write a few words about this
book.. Thanks. Western books are expensive here and once settled
properly I will  probably use Amazon and BOL (has anyone used this
service yet) to order  books.      As with most young couples, buying a
flat has thrown us into a deep pool  of debt. Though we are swimming as
fast as possible to the side, we seem to  remain in the centre... (Did
I mention there is a whirlpool [called  financial crisis] as well??)
If things go well, I will be back in Blighty during July while the visa
is sorted out. Apart from final packing (yes, my QL will be going), I
hope  to purchase a better portable Apple. I am aiming for a G3, and
luckily  Apple have just brought out some new models. This will
hopefully mean that  second hand prices will fall again. The Q-emuLator
should be pretty  impressive on a G3 and I am already drooling at the
prospect.     Hopefully, with money coming in I will also be able to
purchase all that  software that I haven't, but really wanted to, buy
over the last couple of  years. Oh, how do I explain all this to the
Mrs?? Easy, its all  homebuilding!!     With a computer at work and a
QL at home, I should be able to give  Paragraph a go. I am really
looking forward to trying a new QL DP  programme...    As to the Y2K
problem, apparently the sun is going to me its most active  over the
next year or so. The energy thrown out of the Sun-spots at this  time
often causes electrical equipment to go haywire. AT most risk are
satellites. Next comes power generation, telephone equipment and
electrical  equipment in general. Things could be quite interesting!
(Personally, I  think the doomsayers are over-doing it a bit).     I
haven't used my QL for quite a time and rea


HERE ENDETH THE LESSON FROM ANDREW,AS I EXPLAINED BEFORE I AM
LOSING TEXT FROM LETTERS, PERHAPS HE CAN SEND THE NEXT NEWSLETTER FROM
WHERE THIS LEFT OFF UNLESS SOMEONE HAS ANY IDEAS?

 *!   Martin Wheatley Flat 3, 45 Canterbury Grove London  SE27 ONX
0181 761 4069  martinw@wheatleym.freeserve.co.uk   PC running PC
Xchange and Q-Emulator     

Hi everyone,

Andrew Pratt wrote   >Any information about the Acorn/Sinclair
competition and the history of >the British computer industry would be
appreciated.    I seem to remember coming across a site on all this
awhile back  I don't have the address but it's probably worth doing a
search   Andrew also asked   >I would also like >to have a picture of a
QL on the site. Does anyone know where I can get >a digitised picture
of a QL (JPEG format)??   I seem to remember Andy has one up on the
ClubQL page  (its hard to tell with that background  :-)

Terry Williams wrote   >I  have visited the QL International  page
on the WWW and wonder what I >must do  to make a copy of  it to my hard
disk  and how long this would >take    (ie  cost?). I have printed out
some pages on line, of various >items, but this takes an age before the
printer even wakes up after the >menu "PRINTING  TO SPOOLER" comes  on
so I  dread to think  how long it >would take to print out all the QL
INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE.   

>YOU  COULD ALWAYS DO WHAT I DO AND  DOWNLOAD TO DISC AND THEN
PRINT OUT >OFF LINE, SPIKE IS THE ONE WHO SET THE PAGE UP SO HE IS THE
ONE TO GIVE >INFO ON HOW TO  USE IT.  HE CAN  WRITE IN  AND TELL  US
ALL,  CAN'T YOU >SPIKE?

It's nothing to do with the Web page or spike it's finding the
options in the software that is being used to access it As far as I
know noone on this list uses AOL software - Mike is probably  nearest
with Compuserve. The complication is that you are using Win 3.1
software and so don't have the right click menu available that some of
us are used to.  You should be  able to find a menu option to save the
page.  In the case of the ClubQL page you have an index page and a
number of links from it each of which is a newsletter.  You shouldn't
need to actually go to these links.   Assuming you are using some
variation on Netscape or Internet Explorer if you move the mouse over a
link, hold down the shift button and click the mouse it should save the
file that the link represents to your hard disc. Set your download
directory in the Options first so you know where the files will be
>TRY  CHANGING YOUR SERVER TO ONE OF  THE FREE ONES,ie FREESERVE AND
THE >LIKE.   I would agree with that.  You still have to pay the
telephone charges of  course but unless you've a special reason to stay
with AOL go for a free one. The snag is most of the providers only
supply Win 95 + software.  It's quite possible to assemble your own Win
3.1 Internet progs - its what most of us did to start with and then
configure them to connect to any of the ISPs However there is an easier
way.  Malcolm Cadman, Ql user but not on this  newsletter has told me
about Breathe Net which is a free service that provides a CD with Win
3.1 setup on it as well as the normal Win 95 There are a lot of their
CDs about as they have gone out with a lot of computer mags Terry - if
you did need one of these CDs I find I have one so e-mail me.

JC wrote   >Paul McPherson mentions software licences (among other
things).  What >I've been told is that these are often
"non-transferable", which makes >buying and selling some 2nd-hand
software "illegal", or have I got the >wrong end of th

AND HERE YET AGAIN ENDETH THE LESSON, I HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE WHAT
THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Mike    

I am now on the net using a PC Windows 3.1 !!! which my son in law
has now bequeathed to me, having upgraded to  Windows 98 with all the
bells and whistles, for his Open University Course. I sent you a disk
in January with my QL119 contribution but have not as yet received it
back, so I wonder if you got it?   I have also sent you a Feburary disk
with a contribution (QL120) and also my (QL119) contribution repeated
for you to use if you did not get the QL119 disk in January.

I have just visited your WWW site and read the QL119 mag but did
not see my bit there, so I presume you did not receive it,.pity that,
because I put a 10 note in it!!   As you will notice, my Email address
is WTCWILLIAM@AOL.com but I may be moving to VIRGIN later this month as
my other son in law tells me it is going free in April.   I have sent
this message to both your addresses in case onre does not get through.

DON'T FORGET TO SEND YOUR NEW ADDRESS IF YOU DO CHANGE PROVIDERS.

All the best  
Terry Wliiiams    






Terry Williams                        27/03//99

                               Email    WTCWilliam@aol.com


GEAR:  2 JS  QLs, 1JM  QL,SGC,GC,TRUMPCARD,TWIN ED  DRIVES,TWIN HD
DRIVES,TWIN DD DRIVES, QMIMI  MOUSE,14"  GOLD  STAR  COLOUR  MONITOR  ,
9"SONY TRITRON  MONITOR, 12" FERGUSON GREEN  MONITOR, SPECTRUM 48K WITH
TELETEXT  ADAPTOR, Fountain PC, Windows 3.1, CD Drive, HD Drive, modem,
sound card etc          

                     QL 121

Hi! Mike and Friends

Thanks Mike for the missing  disk with  QL 119  & QL  120 on  it !!
Where do you eat?,  what with  the dining  room table  covered with
disks and stuff?, Like us with a tray on your lap watching the news
on the Telly?

CORRECT TERRY,AND CHASING THE PEAS AROUND THE CARPET.

Talking  of the Telly, does any one out there know any thing of the
technical  details of ' ON TV ' transmitting?. Does it use the same
carrier frequencies  as the  existing analogue  channels and  is it
somehow integrated with them, as it's supposed to use your existing
aerial? or has  it got a  carrier frequency of  some multiple which
would allow reception of a new range of channels? 

I have not been into the ins and outs of TV since the 1950's when I
built my one and only, from ex-government bits and pieces. I called
at Comet yesterday and enquired about the possibilities of our area
reception, but found that they still working at it!

MIKE:  I got your Emails OK, is not there a lot gobble-de-gook with
it for just  a few words of  text? the list of  all the members you
sent it  to , and  all the interminable  paths it takes  to get any
where! Amazing! I am still playing about with it and learning a bit
more   every  time  (I  hope)!.  Is  there  any  way  to  cut  this
gobble-de-gook  out  and  only  print  the  nitty  gritty?  (always
provided it is worth printing?) It would save a lot of my expensive
ink!.

WELL THERE IS WITH THE PROVIDER I USE, COMPUSERVE.YOU CAN GET IT TO
DO  AWAY WITH ALL THE HEADERS AND FOOTERS AND JUST DISPLAY THE TEXT
ONLY. I SUPPOSE IT ALL DEPENDS ON WHO YOU USE AS TO WHAT YOU GET.

TTFN  Terry


Mike: I have not received my QL119? (last months disk) back as yet.
Are you in trouble with PC  again?.  I  will  add  my  last  months
contribution once more  on this disk  as well as  this one (QL120?)
and you can use it or delete it as you like.

I am  happy to report that  my problems with logging  on to the NET
are  now over!!. After contacting BT  and receiving the report that
my  line was OK I received a further call from them at 18.20 on the
following  Saturday and the engineer said he had just 'tweeked it a
bit', and since then I have only failed a couple of times to log on
even though I have all the family gear connected including an extra
phone in the modem socket!! Amazing!!

AMAZING  WHAT A LITTLE 'TWEEK'  WILL DO.ASK MY WIFE  WE HAVE 3 KIDS
BECAUSE OF IT!

I have visited the  QL International   page on  the WWW  and wonder
what I  must do to make a  copy of it to my  hard disk and how long
this would take   (ie   cost?). I  have printed  out some  pages on
line, of various  items, but this  takes an age  before the printer
even  wakes up after the  menu "PRINTING TO SPOOLER"  comes on so I
dread to  think how  long it  would take  to print  out all  the QL
INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE.

THE COST  WOULD BE NEGLIGABLE IF YOU  FIRST DOWNLOAD IT TO DISC,BUT
AS THIS HAS BEEN GONE INTO BY MARTIN I SHALL LEAVE IT THERE.

TTFN  Terry


#!                            Martin Burke,
                                       
                              29th March, 1999.
                   

Dear Mike and Friends,

JM version + Trump 768 + HermesLite + twin HD & ED 3.5"
drives, JS + Gold Card, Philips CM8833 colour monitor (under
repair) and its Tandy twin, 8056 printer, Epson RX80 F/T, and
Brother HR10 daisy-wheel printer; PSION3a, Z88.

Thanks to  ?(WHO)  for the suggestion that it might be the JS
rom causing some trouble but it seems to work as I expect it to
other than via QPAC2.  Are you sure that the JS rom sometimes
creates new dates when copying or is it more complex?  As I recall
it, my old JM rom would give a new - current system - date to any
files in RAM that I renamed but files on floppy were left with
their old dates.

Caution is often called for in these matters.  Andrew quoted
a sentence from me.  On reading this I suddenly realised at how
daft - and dangerous - it was.  I used the phrase "copying a backup
disk".  This may not be possible: at least in certain circumstances
the "copying" process has differences to the "backup" one.  This is
certainly true for QPAC and I find it worrying that it has taken me
so many years to find out.  On many occasions the differences are
irrelevant but not knowing they exist leaves room for confusion and
worse.

WELL COME ON THEN TELL US WHAT THEY ARE, DON'T LEAVE US IN
THE DARK.

Dilwyn: I think you are right about PDA standing for
"personal digital assistant" though I suspect there are variations
on the theme.


Yours,                

Martin Burke.
                                
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J.C.Marcus

15-2-99

GEAR: Aurora + SGC, Minerva 1.97/SMSQ/E, Hermes, Qubide/100M ZIP
DRIVE, 2xHD, CUB 653, Epson LQ500; JS QL with GC and 2xDD

Hello Again All,

Well, some interesting letters in QL118 & 119.  I found the one
about the "Y2K bug" very informative, but possibly a bit too optimistic
(and obviously USA-centric).  I know that very few companies down here
have even started looking into this problem, never mind all the
countries of the developing world etc.  From what I can understand, it
is not necessarily just a matter of sorting out your system, but also
making sure that the guy next door, who happens to be supplying your
company, also does the same.  Since most of our raw materials come from
"poorer" countries, that may not have the resources to throw at this
problem, who knows?  I guess we'll find out soon enough.  

Also, no mention was made of the mobile phone network, which
according to some, might also fail- or is/will this just be used by the
telecommunication companies to get us to upgrade to newer systems?
Cynical?  Well, one has to be....

YOUR NOT ON YOUR OWN IN THAT KIND OF THINKING JC.

Frank Merrison:- It seems that the PE/QPAC2 has definitely become
the number one contentious issue of the moment.  As far as multitasking
is concerned, every computer in fact has to multitask - i.e. carry out
various tasks in the background - e.g. RAM refreshes, updating screen,
polling i/o etc., etc.  It is really us, the USERS that have the
problem multitasking!  I really don't think that we were designed to do
more than one thing (properly) at a time!  Even so, if you have a large
screen (Aurora, QXL etc.), or want to run programs in the background
(e.g. comms, spoolers, number-crunching), or want to keep several
often-used programs available in the background, or as "Buttons", the
PE/QPAC2 definitely does help you control your "personal computer" (in
small letters) environment.

However, if you are happy with your present set-up, and it serves
you well, there is really no need to change - except of course that we
are a curious lot, and if we see someone doing something a little
differently, generally want to know why!  

YES AND THE PERSON WHO IS USING IT IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE, THAT HE
DOESN'T WANT TO LET YOU INTO HIS 'LITTLE SECRETS'SO YOU ARE STILL NO
BETTER OFF.

The main problem with the PE/QPAC2, of course, is sorting out your
"boot" program - what to include and HOW to achieve the optimum set up
for yourself.  There are some example boot programs on the QPAC2 disc,
and the PD program "QPACer" (Qubbesoft PD and Quanta library, I
believe)(AND CLUBQL) helps set up a boot for the PE/QPAC1/2.  The
QPACer documentation is worth looking at in any case, as it has some
simple explanations of the PE keywords etc. (as far as I can remember!)
The best way of getting to grips with the PE, really, is to use a
simple boot at first, and then add to it as you go on/get to see the
light (do I sound like some sort of religious nut - if so I'll stop
here).

Paul McPherson mentions software licences (among other things).
What I've been told is that these are often "non-transferable", which
makes buying and selling some 2nd-hand software "illegal", or have I
got the wrong end of the stick here.  I wonder if anyone has any
comments on the subject.

FROM WHAT I CAN GATHER,IF YOU SELL THE SOFTWARE,YOU MUST
SELL/TRANSFER THE LICENSE THAT GOES WITH IT.THEREBY RELINQUISHING YOUR
RIGHTS.

Mike:- your list of QL bits and pieces has given me an idea (for
which I MOST definitely retain the Copyright - never mind what anyone
says!)  You should stick it all on a board (painted BLACK, of course)
and sell the resulting "Work Of Art" to the nearest gallery for a
couple of K (at least).  That way you might be able to afford to buy a
decent computer for once and all......

Bye for now,

JC  


Andrew Halliwell

Gear: SuperGold card QL with Minerva 1.97, QubIDE, Star 24
pin printer + lots of nice free software (Fileinfo, etc).

And now... A 486sx running Linux. (It's a PC that *ISN'T* a
Potential Catastrophy... :)

NOW WHERE HAVE I HEARD THAT BEFORE?
 
Well.... I didn't manage to write in last month, and this
month, I might be too late. Work, holidays, laziness, etc...

Well... New things...
I will admit not having messed with the ol' faithful for a
few weeks.John kindly gave me an old 486, which I promptly
did what I always said I'd do, and formatted the harddrive
and installed Linux. I've been playing with that a lot since.
Installing, uninstalling and recompiling it.

 AND YOU THINK IT WON'T CRASH!

Anyone thinking of moving over to linux in favour of M$
rubbish? I strongly recommend the SuSE distribution. It
contains several programs that make it extremely easy to
install and configure Linux.

Oh.... If you DO want to try Linux, but don't want to get rid
of all your M$ Winblows software, it is possible (and infact,
quite easy) to set it up to give you alternative OSs at
startup, using a program called LILO. (LInux LOader).

A new version of MicroEmacs has been put up on Thierrys page,
as has another further debugged version of Paragraph (The
wordprocessor for Prowess). It's not stable yet, but seems to
be improving (Not that I have Prowess to try it with).

I HAVE THE OLD MICROEMACS,CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT IT DOES AND
HOW ITS USED?

And now...On with the show....
Only one little thing to say on QL116....

(Yes,yes, I know I'm being pedantic... It's a hobby, OK?)

Martin Wheatly said a couple of months ago....
"Possibly as a consequence of this turning down of permission
Tony Firshman has made the 1.89 version of Aurora freely
downloadable"

If only... :)
I wish I could download a hardware addon like Aurora, but
StarTrek
transporter technology is very primative at the moment. You
did, of course,mean Minerva....

On to QL117 Dilwyn said about Frank Davies... 
"As to Frank Davies, he and I have managed to tread on each
other's toes once or twice too. Frank is a busy guy, he and
his wife sell products for 3 or 4 different computers and in
my experience he's reasonable if asked politely (that WASN'T
a dig at you BTW)."

Unfortunately, that wasn't how he came across on the list. He
basically blew his top. (All I did was ask "Why just not
release the ROMs for emulator use instead of insisting people
ask?") and he replied by accusing me of being rude, said it
was none of my business, and then went into a long rant which
implied that I condoned software piracy. Not exactly polite,
that, is it?

All he had to say was that he'd paid for it.
(Although that was pretty obvious from the outset). I tried
to point out that it is quite possible to sell the ROMS *AND*
release the code, but to no avail.

Anyway. That argument ended a couple of months ago, so that's
the last I'll say on it.

LIKE EVERYONE ELSE SPIKE,HE HAS TO MAKE A LIVING WHEN ALL
SAID AND DONE.PUT YOURSELF IN HIS PLACE.

Hmmmmm...
Unfortunately, apart from saying "Ooops" to my comment on
Q-Emulator being Freeware when it's actually Shareware,
there's not much more to add this month...

Still... It beat Mr Wheatleys post for length...:)

Happy New Year.

Thanks for the latest edition Mike, much appreciated, not
taken it all in yet but no doubt will over the weekend, that
is if I don't get dragged out as the weather is so nice here
today [Saturday] hopefully you are getting the same.
What is the trouble you keep having your end, is it just the
pc playing up, as keep seeing comments made by others about
you and your computer, perhaps those who are moaning should
treat you to a new model!!!!!

NICE THOUGHT MATE,ANY TAKERS?

Regards,
Tony@Borehamwood.




                                      FRANK MERRISON,             
                                      26-2-1999

GEAR includes 3 x JM QL's: Gold Card: DMP: Epson Stylus 800
printer:
2 x HD disc drives. 486 DX33 & Knee deep in paper & problems!

Mike I have just spent some time tidying up some of my discs. This
led me to going through some  back issues where I noticed that there
have been an occasional question asked by a member. At the time I was
so certain that someone  would jump at the chance of explaining the
problem that I did nothing about it myself.

YOU KNOW SOMETHING FRANK,I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK EXACTLY THE
SAME AS YOU.

As an example; in QL118  Colin asked about the method of changing
fonts and their size using the ESC P2 drivers. In a fit of  energy I
sorted out my manual and looked up the codes to use. My first reaction
was one of slight horror because there was little in the way of
explanation as to how these were used. I thought of taking the easy way
out and sending Colin a photo-copy and letting him see if he could
follow just what to do. Lo! and behold! (and other old fashioned rude
words) another member gave all this info in the next issue - QL119_doc.

In the previous issue - QL118 - you (Mike) wrote that you had four
u/s QLs. What do you mean by ..."2 with no keyboards"?.... Do you mean
that they have "Taken up their beds and walked" or they don't work? How
on earth did you break the pins off the interface plug? Thats a nice
little job soldering in a new one. 

I HAVE 2 QL'S WITH NO KEYBOARDS,ie NO TOPS.PEOPLE HAVE BORROWED
THEM OVER TIME AND NEVER RETURNED THEM.I HAVE ONE WITH A SCHON
INTERFACE THAT HAS COME APART AND YOU KNOW ME,I DON'T KNOW HOW TO PUT
IT BACK TOGETHER AGAIN.AND THE FINAL ONE I LENT TO MY NEPHEW FOR HIS
COLLEGE WORK AND HE BROKE ONE OF THE PINS IN THE EXPANSION
SLOT.THEREFORE 4 QL'S IN BITS.

If the keyboards are still around and they don't work it is
sometimes possible to cut about a 1/4" off the ends of the membrane
where it usually cracks when it gets bent on fitting it into the slots.
Even fitting a new membrane is simple if you go carefully. Regarding
the other usual faults I have found two main reasons for failure both
easily cured. No1 is dirty pins on the removeable chips. Don't take
them right out of the sockets as they can be damaged trying  to align
the pins when refitting. Just ease them up in their holders and press
them home again. Do this a couple of times and the corrosion is cleaned
off. No2 is a damaged chip due to the reason given last month -
switching on or off a printer or monitor with the QL on line. 

You need a working QL in which you test ALL the removeable chips
from your non-working machines. Throw away the dud ones and you should
have enough good spares  to get at least a couple of your machines "on
the road" again. Tony will sell you replacements for the duds. Have you
taken the u/s QLs to your local workshop? This type of repair is going
on at most London meetings.

THE ONLY PERSON I HAVE SEEN REPAIRING QL'S AT MANCHESTER IS JOHN
SOUTHERN,MAYBE IF I GET ON MY KNEES AND PLEAD WITH HIM,HE MAY
JUST.......

You also said that one of your machines had a Schoen interface "in
bits" Does this refer to the QL or the Interface? Is the interface the
QL or the actual keyboard not working?

Have fun!!!!                          Frank Merrison.



Terry     Williams          
27/01//99
                                            WTCWilliam@aol.com

                     QL 119?

Hi! Mike and Friends

I think  I had better throw my hat  in!!. I have missed the last
two  months due to  being busy taking  Marian back and  fore to the
doctor, hospital, dentist, and chiropodist, not to mention the Xmas
school holidays with Sam, my grandson, ordering me about. Marian is
now on insulin  injections so we  have to keep  regular meal times,
and  do blood tests at various times. Things have calmed down a bit
now.

I'M GLAD SHE'S FEELING BETTER MATE,HOPE YOU PUT IN YOUR BILL FOR
ALL THE TAXI RIDES!

It's been a mad on the  computer  front  as  well!.  Barrie,  my
son-in-law is  taking  an  open  university  course  and  has  just
upgraded  to a  PC with  all the  bells and  whistles and  a 17inch
monitor. He has  bequeathed his Windows   3.1 machine to  me! It is
complete with  cd drive  and modem  so I  am  now  on the  net! and
learning to surf!!. It is quite an old machine, all of 5 years!!!
Only an 80 meg Pentium. I am now on AOL and sending Email etc to
the family, but am finding it a pain to log on, it only works first
time occasionally,the  message  'No  carrier  found  trying  second
number' and it ploughs on and dials the same numbers again!! mostly
to no avail. It sometimes  takes  15  or  even  more  tries  before
getting AOL!!

TRY CHANGING  YOUR SERVER TO  ONE OF THE  FREE ONES,ie FREESERVE
AND THE LIKE.

Barrie tells me that he had no trouble.
In  desperation I  put the  whole box  of tricks  in the  car on
Sunday  and took it over to my daughters place in Amondsbury, tried
it there.  Success!! it worked faultlessly!!.  Brought it back home
and  it took 12 attempts to log on. Rang BT and told them the sorry
tale,  they tested my line and said it was OK!!! but they would get
their expert in another dept to scratch his head!!. Still waiting.
It  does not seem to make any  difference whether it is the only
Item plugged in,  or several phones  and an answer  machine, it can
sometime work first time or take umpteen tries.
If anyone has any ideas I will be grateful to hear them!!

MIKE:  I have been meaningto  ask for some time,  "Is OK to send
you  HD disks instead or in preference of DD disks?" I suspect that
as you use a PC, you now have only one HD drive.

NO PROBLEM MATE,IT READS BOTH HD AND DD OR YOU COULD EVEN E-MAIL
IT TO ME NOW!

Must run to the post or I will miss the 28 th once more!! 

TTFN Terry

              -------------------------------


#!                            Martin Burke,
                                       
                              20th February, 1999.
                   

Dear Mike and Friends,

JM version + Trump 768 + HermesLite + twin HD & ED 3.5"
drives, JS + Gold Card, Philips CM8833 colour monitor (under
repair) and its Tandy twin, 8056 printer, Epson RX80 F/T, and
Brother HR10 daisy-wheel printer; PSION3a, Z88.

I still agree with Frank: how do we QUANTIfy the concepts,
uses and usage of QPACII?  I have rarely used it since being able
to: it has a number of features - especially the listing/ordering
of directories - that it is wonderful to have immediate access to.
But being able to use those facilities without meeting
complications is unusual.  Most of the complications may not matter
much of the time.  But it would be helpful if in the manual they
were clearly indicated.  I was a little surprised that each time I
did a directory of flp1_ I got a new "button/frame" for it at the
top of the screen each time.  If this meant that each directory was
now available without the disk, that has uses.  But it did not seem
to work like that.  I do not want to re-read the manual each time
something like this happens.  It might not be too bad if there was
a full and complete index leading to sections where all the
ramifications could be identified.  But it does not seem to work
like that. 

 WHEN DOES ANYTHING WORK AS YOU REALLY WANT IT TO.I THINK THE
BIGGEST PROBLEM I HAVE WITH IT IS WHEN YOU ACCESS WIN1,OR FLP1 AND
IT LEAVES YOU WITH A BOX ON THE SCREEN.OK,ITS HANDY HAVING IT THERE
TO RE-OPEN THE FILES BUT SOMETIMES I THINK IT LOOKS PRETTY
CLUTTERED.BEFORE ANYONE SAYS IT,I KNOW YOU CAN GO INTO RJOB AND
REMOVE IT.

QPACII almost certainly has advantages for the "technician"
but those same facilities can obscure its usefulness to others.  I
- like many others - do not want to "learn about QPACII", I merely
want to use some of its facilities.  That certainly involves some
learning but diversion is not wanted.  I want to know how to use
QPACII to do the things I want: I do not want to learn about
facilities I have no use for and I do not want to plough through
verbiage, trying and failing to make sense of it.

TRY ASKING A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT IT TO DO AND MAYHAP
SOMEONE WILL ANSWER IT.

It worries me that Mike has found so many people combining
arrogance and stupidity.  People who drive motor vehicles are not
reequired to understand the third law of thermodynamics.  The
vehicle is a means of transportation.  For me the QL is rarley a
plaything and while I have some interests in the mechanics of it,
for me the importance is getting the mundane work done.  

I THINK THIS IS TRUE OF MOST USERS OF ANY COMPUTER MARTIN,AS
FOR THERMODYNAMICS,YOU'D BE BUGGERED WITHOUT THE SPARK PLUGS!

Yours,                

Martin Burke.
                                
#!

                                               P. McPHERSON,
YOUR Ref No: QLCI/120                             
                                                                 
Fraternal Greetings Everybody,

Current equipment: JM QL with Gold Card, Cumana disk drives and an
Amstrad DMP3160 printer.

I received my copy of issue 119 as per usual, attenpted to load it
and once again into Xchange and Quill only to come up with an "i/o
incomplete" message, Perfection would not load QLCI-119 either. This is
something that has happened several times of late, a problem that never
used to occur, and ia one that does not happen with any other files
old, or new. When I have looked at the discs themselves, very few
sectors seem to have been used in saving the issues of QLCI  and I
occasionally get the first few lines of the document which indicates a
saving problem to me, but as you all know I am no expert. Could this
problem be the result of Mikes upgrading?

I WOULDN'T HAVE THOUGHT SO MATE,AS YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT SEEMS
TO BE HAVING THE PROBLEM.I CAN READ YOUR DISCS,I CAN SAVE TO YOUR DISCS
AND RELOAD FROM YOUR DISCS.HAS ANYONE GOT ANY IDEAS AS TO WHAT MIGHT BE
CAUSING THIS? DOES HIS DRIVE NEED CLEANING,RE-ALIGNING OR WHAT?

All I know for sure is that the problem is extremely frustrating
and leaves me a couple of months behind everybody else when it comes to
the latest QL news, views and scandal! Can anybody suggest a cure
before I end up completely bald, whimpering in the corner of my living
room and foaming at the mouth!

Anyway, Mike I have enclosed a couple of formatted discs, can you
let me have issue 119 on one and issue 120 on the other? Thanks in
anticipation.

I MEAN,WHEN YOU SEND ME ANOTHER DISC FOR BOTH ISSUES,THEY MUST
BOTH LOAD OR YOU WOULD KEEP SENDING ME DISCS FOR THE SAME ISSUES OVER
AND OVER AGAIN.

                  BEST WISHES 
                      PAUL



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J.C.Marcus

I KNOW THAT YOU LIKE ME TO PUT THIS ON YOUR RETURN ADDRESS,BUT OUR
POSTMAN HAVEN'T GOT A CLUE THAT IN REALITY ITS NORTHERN SPAIN!

15-2-99

GEAR: Aurora + SGC, Minerva 1.97/SMSQ/E, Hermes, Qubide/100M ZIP
DRIVE, 2xHD, CUB 653, Epson LQ500; JS QL with GC and 2xDD

Hello Again All,

Well, some interesting letters in QL118 & 119.  I found the one
about the "Y2K bug" very informative, but possibly a bit too optimistic
(and obviously USA-centric).  I know that very few companies down here
have even started looking into this problem, never mind all the
countries of the developing world etc.  From what I can understand, it
is not necessarily just a matter of sorting out your system, but also
making sure that the guy next door, who happens to be supplying your
company, also does the same.  Since most of our raw materials come from
"poorer" countries, that may not have the resources to throw at this
problem, who knows?  I guess we'll find out soon enough.  Also, no
mention was made of the mobile phone network, which according to some,
might also fail- or is/will this just be used by the telecommunication
companies to get us to upgrade to newer systems?  Cynical?  Well, one
has to be....

WHY NOT?,THEY DID IT WITH COMPUTERS!

Frank Merrison:- It seems that the PE/QPAC2 has definitely become
the number one contentious issue of the moment.  As far as multitasking
is concerned, every computer in fact has to multitask - i.e. carry out
various tasks in the background - e.g. RAM refreshes, updating screen,
polling i/o etc., etc.  It is really us, the USERS that have the
problem multitasking!  I really don't think that we were designed to do
more than one thing (properly) at a time!  Even so, if you have a large
screen (Aurora, QXL etc.), or want to run programs in the background
(e.g. comms, spoolers, number-crunching), or want to keep several
often-used programs available in the background, or as "Buttons", the
PE/QPAC2 definitely does help you control your "personal computer" (in
small letters) environment.

However, if you are happy with your present set-up, and it serves
you well, there is really no need to change - except of course that we
are a curious lot, and if we see someone doing something a little
differently, we generally want to know why!  

The main problem with the PE/QPAC2, of course, is sorting out your
"boot" program - what to include and HOW to achieve the optimum set up
for yourself.  There are some example boot programs on the QPAC2 disc,
and the PD program "QPACer" (Qubbesoft PD and Quanta library, I
believe) helps set up a boot for the PE/QPAC1/2.  The QPACer
documentation is worth looking at in any case, as it has some simple
explanations of the PE keywords etc. (as far as I can remember!)  The
best way of getting to grips with the PE, really, is to use a simple
boot at first, and then add to it as you go on/get to see the light (do
I sound like some sort of religious nut - if so I'll stop here).

NO MATE,YOU CARRY ON.I WAS JUST BEGINNING TO UNDERSTAND IT.JUST
REMEMBER CLUBQL HAD QPACER FIRST!

Paul McPherson mentions software licences (among other things).
What I've been told is that these are often "non-transferable", which
makes buying and selling some 2nd-hand software "illegal", or have I
got the wrong end of the stick here.  I wonder if anyone has any
comments on the subject.

Mike:- your list of QL bits and pieces has given me an idea (for
which I MOST definitely retain the Copyright - never mind what anyone
says!)  You should stick it all on a board (painted BLACK, of course)
and sell the resulting "Work Of Art" to the nearest gallery for a
couple of K (at least).  That way you might be able to afford to buy a
decent computer for once and all......

HA BLOODY HA!,BUT THERE AGAIN NOT A BAD IDEA.I HAVE JUST READ IN
THE PAPER TODAY OF A 21 YEAR OLD GIRL/WOMAN IN THE TOWN NEXT TO
ME,GOING INTO PHOTO BOOTHS IN SHOPS.STRIPPING OFF WHILE PHOTOS ARE
TAKEN,ENLARGING THEM AND SELLING THEM TO CRAZY AMERICANS FOR `2000
APIECE AS WORKS OF ART,SO THE IDEA ISN'T SO DAFT AFTER ALL.A QL HAS TO
LOOK BETTER THAN MY BODY!

Bye for now,

JC  
      !#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#!#
                                               P. McPHERSON,
                                               29th March 1999.
                                                                 
Fraternal Greetings Everybody,

Current equipment: JM QL with Gold Card, Cumana disk drives and an
Amstrad DMP3160 printer.

AHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhgh!
            (= VERY LOUD SCREAM OF FRUSTRATION!)

I got my recopied issue 119 and 120 and once again was unable to
load them via Quill, Xchange, Perfection or my (pretty old) version of
Unzip. Quill and Xchange keep giving me an "i/o incomplete" message,
Perfection will not entertain them at all and Unzip won't unzip!  The
discs themselves were OK, after trying everything I could think of to
try and load QLCI, I gave up and reformatted them and saved a 1600 word
document onto both and was able to reload them without any problems
whatsoever, so I don't think the discs or my drives are the problem.
Having said that, I am at a complete loss as to why I can no longer
load my copies of QLCI, a problem I have had now for around about 4-5
months.

It's an extremely frustrating problem which has left me 3 months
behind all the QL related news and gossip and pulling my hair out at
the roots. Can anybody suggest a cure (for the QLCIs not the hair)
before I end up being a complete gibbering idiot!

Now for another problem that someone may be able to help me with.
As you know that amongst other things, I am a diabetic, which has began
to seriously affect my vision over the last year, which in turn has
made photography impossible and using my QL difficult despite four
pairs of different strength glasses and two magifying glasses. 

I use Xchange a lot, but as other users will know, the "Display
Width" has been disabled. Does anybody know of a bit of code or a patch
that will restore this function so that it will slightly increase the
size of the text appearing on my TV screen? Why was it ever disabled in
the first place and can Perfection also be tweaked in a similar way to
provide larger sized screen text? I would be eternally greatful for any
help or advice on this one!

I have enclosed a three more formatted discs, Mike can you let me
have issue 119, issue 120 and issue 121 on the other. If there is any
room can you also let me have a copy of the Unzip program that you are
using these days, just in case mine is no longer up to the job anymore.
Thanks!

I DON'T USE ANY ZIP PROGS WHEN I SEND THEM OUT ON DISC MATE,ONLY
WHEN I SEND OUT BACK ISSUES.SO I SHALL UNZIP THEM FOR YOU.
                  BEST WISHES 
                      PAUL
I DON'T KNOW IF I HAVE SENT THESE OUT ALREADY OR NOT,BUT I HAVE
FOUND THEM ON MY HARD DRIVE AS QL121 SO I SHALL SEND THEM OUT AND WAIT
FOR YOUR REACTIONS.

MIKE.

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