Version 1.06 of the SMSQ/E and SBASIC guide is now available to download from my website at http://www.dilwyn.me.uk/docs/ebooks/index.html . The manual may be read online (HTML file) or downloaded in a variety of formats (including eBook formats) from that page. The SMSQ/E operating system sources and binaries are available to download free of charge from Wolfgang Lenerz’s site at http://www.wlenerz.com/smsqe/
We’ve already brought you news of Johan Engdahl’s QL wifi interface:
Back in November, Johan sent the following news about it to the “Sinclair QL For Everyone” group on Facebook:
“For those of you that has bought my QLwifi adapter, for QL as well as ZX Spectrum 128K/IF1, and for those of you that has not yet done so 🙂
“To ease your life with the adapter I´m in the progress of coding server and client applications for easy file transfer to/from your machine and other useful stuff.
“To be able to support both Linux and Windows, for the server part, I´m coding portable C++ code, which will work on both platforms.
“I´m hoping that first release would be available around X-mas / New Year.
“Files for Linux and Windows will be binaries ready to run, for ZX it´ll be TAP and for QL it´ll be MDV image.”
Johan has also announced he can supply 3D printed aftermarket QL riser legs (QL feet!) at €5 per pair of feet plus postage and packing, and also he’s created a 3D model of the MDV collar which, according to Sinclair, is a mandatory modification and is supposed to go under the rightmost screw on MDV2 to prevent the lid from touching the microdrive thus misaligning the head. He provided the .STL file to download from the Sinclair QL For Everyone group on Facebook.
I’ve set up a QL page of my own on Facebook. What I hope to do is provide snippets of news, links to useful QL blogs and websites and so on.
It’s called simply DJ’s Sinclair QL Pages. Find it on Facebook by searching for djsinclairql or go to fb.me/djsinclairql or https://www.facebook.com/djsinclairql/ If you like the page, click on Like so that the likes spread via newsfeeds and increase awareness of the page and the QL in general.
Marjus Dettweiller in Switzerland reports that with the availability of FX CAST, a cycle accurate 68000 CPU and cycle accurate chipset for the FPGA based MISTer system (information and download at http://atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=34554 – emulates Atari ST/STFM only, no STE functionality and no blitter), it is now known that the Atari version of SMSQ/E works on it. DD disk read/write is via .MSA disk image.
OQTopus is a freeware software to manage local networks on QPC2. It
is based on the IP_Net, IP_Router and IP_Ping extensions from Martin
Head. Giorgio Garabello has written an article about it, available to
read at http://www.hunggartorino.it/ql/discovering-oqtopus-the-new-
Martin Head has written a small utility for QPC2 that allows you to ‘ping’ another PC (or the the one you are working on) and get a response from up to 10 QPC2’s that are running the ‘ping server’ on that PC.
For further information, check out this thread on QL Forum where you can also download the software itself and some example programs in BASIC:
Norman Dunbar has released an update to his Qstripper software for Windows and Linux, which converts QL word processing files to PDF, HTML, text and DocBook XML formats. Released under GNU General Public License version 2.0, Qstripper is available ot download for various platforms in 32 bit and 64 bit formats from Sourceforge
Simone Voltolini has put together a massive collection of over 250 free QL games and shared it via Dropbox/Facebook.
Most of the games are already available from websites such as mine, but it is so convenient to have them all available in a single large download (about 12MB in size)
A patched version of the Fleet Tactical Command II Demo, this patch allows you to play the game in QPC2. It also allows you to play a Network game between two copies of QPC2 either on the same PC, or two PCs connected over a local area network. It is supplied as two small QXL.WIN files in FTCIIDemo.zip which act as FLP1 & 2. There are two documents supplied. Operate, is a tidied up version of the Operate text file supplied with the FTCIIDemo. Fleet Tactical Command II for QPC2, is notes on using the patched version, updating the full version, and instructions for using IPVirtPrint, which is a Virtual Text Only Printer for use with FTCII, where the game’s print output can be displayed in a Windows program outside of QPC2. This patched version is the work of Martin Head. Along with IPVirtPrint, it may be downloaded from