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Old 27th Nov 2020, 5:28 pm   #21
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There is still quite an active QL user community as well based out of the qlforum.co.uk including quite a few native Italian speakers.

In terms of the hardware there are different machines around (about six board revisions I believe) and there is also at least on the continent a build with different serial port connectors. It continued to be developed into machines such as the CSR THOR.

There is also a range of improved ROM's as the dongle Andrew refers to was rapidly substituted with larger onboard ROMs. We were lucky enough to get an early pre-release machine under an NDA to develop the adventure writing software on. I often tell the tale of sitting on the train back from Cambridge with a giant Jiffy bag eyeing lots of others with the same unable to talk to each other as we had all just signed the NDA...

I was very impressed with even that early OS as it provided a very professional interface to write to and multitasking support.

That original is long lost but, I have a working one with an SD card based Hard Drive emulator making it quite usable - and one of the Microdrives still works to reliably load and save - once you re-felt the cartridges - DO NOT USE ONE UNTIL YOU DO...

https://youtu.be/bzRc6S7cCHk
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Old 27th Nov 2020, 8:03 pm   #22
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We were lucky enough to get an early pre-release machine under an NDA to develop the adventure writing software on. I often tell the tale of sitting on the train back from Cambridge with a giant Jiffy bag eyeing lots of others with the same unable to talk to each other as we had all just signed the NDA...

Reminds me of a bar-room dialog after a 1980s IBM presentation.

"Have you signed the NDA?"

"I'm not allowed to answer your question"

"OK, me neither, but what do you think about the new 4381 upgrades?"
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Old 27th Nov 2020, 8:38 pm   #23
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Despite two requests to stay on topic this thread has wandered off topic again.

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