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We at the London QL and QUANTA group would like to remind you that we are in existence, and we are meeting regularly from 2.00 TO 5.00 P.M, on the second Sunday of the month. With the exception of December and January, when we have a winter break, together with July and August, when we have a summer break.
The venue is the School Room which is the basement of the Borough Welsh Chapel, 90 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1.
The world of computing is constantly moving on. The QL has moved on too from the original black box marketed by Sinclair to an increasingly sophisticated machine, with numerous peripherals and a large range of software.
Developments began with the addition of floppy disk drives and expanded memory, followed by the extra speed of the Gold Card and Super Gold Card expansions, access to hard disk drives with QuBIDE and other media; as well as an emulator card to fit in a PC.
New software like SMSQ/E gives an improved operating system over QDOS, and the Pointer Environment and associated extensions have been available for a long time to give a Graphical User environment operated by mouse point and clicks. While providing an alternative to the original command line operating system, they co-exist with it, giving the advantages of both. A new Graphical Environment is being developed known as QDT, which gives features such as folders and icons that are now very familiar to all computer users.
Software emulation for PC systems are available, a popular one being QPC1 for Win 3.1 and QPC2 for WIN95/98 through to Windows XP and Windows 7. QPC2 allows users to run the emulator with fast PC's, or on a portable machine.
Software is being written to allow internet access with the QL. The minimum necessary hardware is likely to be QL+Gold Card+Serial port upgrade for a black box system. This will put the enhanced QL systems themselves back in touch with the world of computing and may lead on to many other new developments well into this new century.
Complete new hardware systems such as the earlier Q40 and now Q60 are also available. These machines can run QDOS Classic, SMSQ/E, and in addition Linux. Enhanced colour drivers are a part of SMSQ/E and give the modern high resolution colour displays, whilst the original 4 or 8 colours of the QL are still available for compatability.
This brief summary gives you an idea of what is taking place. We hope that you will wish to renew your interest in the QL, which has not been left behind as much as you may think! You can join us at London Group meetings. We welcome all types of original QL hardware and any software interest that you may have, as well as PC's, Mac's, Linux, Atari, etc, running QL emulators,
As a group we are well placed to be able to offer HELP with problems and advice on new purchases (and available freeware). We would welcome a reply even if you do not intend, at present, to come to The Borough venue meetings. If you have a connection to the internet, then email is the preferred method of communication.
If you do come along for even the occasional meeting we would welcome your ideas or suggestions. We are able to demonstrate many of the recent hardware and software innovations ourselves.
We also have a growing collection of donated items which range from hardware, software, to books and magazines, etc; that may just contain that certain something you are looking for. As this is changing all the time
Purchases are treated as donations to the Group, and go towards our running costs such as the hiring of the Venue.
Members of the London QL and QUANTA Group.
As the group organiser you can contact me, Malcolm Cadman, email: email@example.com QL
Members of the Group regularly contribute to the QL-Users Mailing List - firstname.lastname@example.org -
provided by Bruce Nicholls.
This is a good place to find contact with other users with an interest in the "QL World", and for advice on a wide range of computer usage.
London QL Group - Snapshots from our Meetings
London QL Group members, 2011 - Dave using MAC Portable with Wi-Fi for internet, Malcolm using Portable PC running QPC2 emulator, Dave and Ken in discussion.
London QL Group go 'flat', in 2012 ... flat screens, Dave using a Goldcard/Quibe QL in a PC casing, alongside an original black box QL with green screen.
Ken using a netbook PC, with Martin, background, in discussion. As well as Dave using MAC Portable with Wi-Fi for internet.
The London Group, October 2012, Dave exploring Debian Linux on the Raspberry pi, with a HDMI TV display and pi PCB shown housed in an opened up white casing.
Raspberry pi Foundation.
London Group - Download software
This version includes the new Perfection binary, together with a new
Configurator which has the TurboToolkit as a part of the binary, both are included in the Zip file.
This is to make the version compatible with as wide a range of QL systems as possible.
Please also look at the supplied Readme for contact details.
This enhanced version of Perfection takes advantage of the larger screens available with SMSQ/E and QPC2.
This distribution should be treated as an update only for current owners of Perfection.
Latest version 1.14 includes further bug fixes, and has better line editing features.
Together with the use of an additional library by Jonathon Hudson in order to work better on Q40/Q60 computer hardware.
Included is a new command - WMOV - to move and resize the main window, which takes advantage of the larger screens available with SMSQ/E and QPC2.
Byfleet Quanta Workshop in 2002
Top set - myself, and together with David Gilham and Dave Walker ( centre ) using a portable PC. Tony Firshman ( with open QL hardware ).
Lower set - from left, Ken Brickwood, Jochen Merz and Roy Wood ( in a colourful shirt ).
Digital photography by Martin Jonsen - London Group member.
London Quanta Workshop 2003
Held at its own venue the Borough Welsh Chapel, Southwark.
Digital photography by Martin Jonsen - London Group member.
Note, the alternative thinking on the 'T' shirt of Group member Ken Brickwood.
London & Surrey Quanta Workshop 2005
Sunday 25th September 2005, at Byfleet Village Hall, Surrey.
London & Surrey Quanta Workshop 2006
Sunday 5th November 2006, again held at the Byfleet Village Hall, Surrey.
No pictures available.
Hove Quanta Workshop 2007
Organised by Roy Wood (pictured right, seated).
London QL & Quanta Group table, with Group member David Gilham, pictured left.
QUANTA web site and Magazine
Subscribe to the QUANTA magazine - QUANTA Web link
QL Today website and Magazine
Subscribe to the magazine - QL Today - Quarterly publication, for the latest information and in depth reviews of the QL scene QL Today Web link
Links to QL related web sites
QDOS/SMSQ Norman Dunbar, Qdos/Smsq information
QL hardware and software Tony Firshman, featuring Minerva, QL RomDisq, superHermes
QL hardware and software Roy Wood, featuring Aurora, QPC2, QDT
QL hardware and software, as well as second user items, Rich Mellor, featuring QWord, lots of QL games, and more
QL Wiki - a current source of information on the Sinclair QL - hosted by Rich Mellor
Other related QL links
Product Design by Rick Dickinson,
featuring the Industrial Design of Sinclair Products, when he was the Senior Industrial Designer for Sinclair in the 1980's.
Rick designed the casings and features of the ZX81, ZX Spectrum and the Sinclair QL; as well as other Sinclair products such as the Pocket TV.
His web site also features recent modern product designs that he is working on.
New - 2009 - updated "Flickr" links to archive material related to the industrial product design and development of :
QL and beyond - ideas, sketches, models by Rick Dickinson.
ZX80. ZX81. Pocket TV - ideas, sketches, models by Rick Dickinson.
Sinclair Spectrum development - ideas, sketches, models by Rick Dickinson.
Pandora to Z88 - ideas, sketches, models by Rick Dickinson.
Gizmondo, BizGiz, & Widescreen - ideas, sketches, models by Rick Dickinson.
This site on line for 11 Years
Originally developed using a Risc OS Computer now maintained on a PC
All artwork and digital photography on this site is original (c) Malcolm Cadman 2010/11
(Except where separately acknowledged)
Malcolm Cadman, London SE8, UK
email comments to email@example.com
Last page update : April 2012