If you’ve ever
had to take apart the QL and disconnected the LED wires, you may well find
yourself cursing how on earth they go back together if you didn’t remember to
make a note before removing them.
Well, Cristian on QL Forum has come up with a neat little diagram showing which order the LEDs are re-inserted. I’ll reproduce the diagram here, but the original is available from my site at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/docs/hardware/index.html (scroll down the page to the LEDs section).
provided a wiring diagram for making a SER2 (UK connector) to DB9 adaptor lead.
The diagram is available from the same page. Scroll down the page to “Sermouse
– SER2 Adaptor”
I’ve issued an
update to my Sync program, which allows you to synchronise files across two drives.
If you have been updating media on a laptop, for example, then on getting home
you need to ensure that the latest versionsof each file are updated to be the
same on both computers.
program was written in BASIC and published as a listing in Quanta magazine some
The new version
is pointer driven and compiled with Qliberator. It requires Window Manager 2.
This new version can copy files both ways, or just one way if you prefer. Two way synchronisation takes longer but ensures that both drives contain the latest copies of each file. You can opt to process sub-directories if you wish to.
Dave Park has
been discussing his replacement QL motherboard project on QL Forum recently.
The aim was to
create a new motherboard which is largely compatible with the original QL
motherboard, but with a few improvements built in. Dave has been working with
Aurora designer Nasta on this project.
fairly scant at the moment, with much general discussion as to what people
would like to see in this project. At the beginning of May, Dave committed
himself to producing an initial batch of 100 motherboards when the tiem comes
Martin Head has
been tinkering with a new directory device driver that supports longer
filenames (up to 72 characters), by adding a path to the start of any file name
provided by the operating system, on a per job basis.
So each job
could have a LFN1_ device pointing at a different directory on the same storage
This is just a
proof of concept at the time of writing (Martin announced it on 3rd May 2019 on QL Forum)
This is a screen shot from QPC2 showing DIR with and without the added path:
that he has got QPAC2 to recognise the LFN device.
Andrei Tenu has
released QL Commander v2.0. This is a new version of the same program
originally released last year via QL Forum.
describes it as “an orthodox file manager (OFM), inspired by the Norton Commander
that was widely used in late ‘80s and during the 1990’s on PCs. QLC provides a
text-based user interface for managing files on top of QDOS, on expanded QLs.”
has a dual window display, letting you see the list of files from two devices
at once and is text-based and keyboard controlled, although the author states
that “mouse functionality is panned to be integrated” at some point.
An 18 page PDF
manual is supplied.
run both in QDOS and SMSQE. In QDOS it will run in mode 4. In SMSQ/E it can be
configured to run in all modes, including high res and 8 bit colour and high
uncompressed mode 4/8 512×256 pixel graphics and text files can be viewed from
within the program.
The program can copy multiple files and/or directories, including subdirectories (tree copy and delete). It can also use a copy of QDOS Unzip to unzip a zip file.
has uploaded the latest version of the ZEsarUX multi-emulation system for Unix
system. It emulates various Sinclair systems, including MK14, ZX80/81, Spectrum,
QL and Z88, plus various other compatibles and related systems. ZEsarUX source
code and binaries are distributed under GNU GPL license.
German ZX meeting a few months ago, too, a new EasyMenu was created by Marcel
Kilgus, fixing a small bug that resulted in long startup time on the Q68.
Marcel doesn’t think that the bug has other ill effects, but updating certainly
will not do any harm:
Download the full
Easyptr package, including the new Easymenu 4.11, from Marcel Kilgus’s website