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I've Been Hacked!
This site has been attacked - why? Who knows - and caused me no end of problems. I have therefore had to disable self-registration of new users on this site. Sorry. See Registration below for details of how you can still register to contribute.
I've also upgraded the software to the very latest version.
Non-Believers Giving Aid
In light of recent tragedies, this is taking top priority on the site. It can also be found in the charitable section below. Please help by making a donation. Also, see this blog rant for more details.
Click the image to link to a web site run by The Richard Dawkins Foundation which allows you to make donations to various disaster funds without religious nonsense getting in the way. The full 100% of your donation goes to the fund.
To save you hunting down the links to the actual content of the site, I'm putting them here at the top where it is easy to find.
- The Wiki playground a place to test your editing etc before diving into the main area.
These are links to specific topics about the Wiki itself, not its contents.
And finally, charitable stuff you may be interested in taking a quick look at and possibly helping people less well off that we are. Or indeed, chickens!
The Other QL Wiki
This is not the only QL Wiki in the entire world. Rich Mellor has one with lots of information on the QL in general, some of the characters and software available - past and present. The link is http://www.rwapadventures.com/ql_wiki/. Check it out.
Welcome to QDOSMSQ.Dunbar-it.co.uk the new home of the web site formerly known as QDOS Internals.
This website intends to be the definitive on-line location for all known information about the internal workings of the QDOS and SMSQ/E operating systems for the good old Sinclair QL Computer and derivatives.
The site is able to be read by anyone but only updated by registered users.
I started a web site many years ago. It was called QDOS Internals and on it I started to document everything I knew or could find out about the inner workings of QDOS. That web site underwent long periods of not much happening at all as work and 'life' took up most of my waking hours.
I converted the web site to a Wiki - you are reading it now - and opened it up to all and sundry after I had converted a fair amount of the old HTML pages to the text format used by the Wiki.
However, one of my registered users has excelled at writing documentation and has filled many pages on this Wiki. That user is George Gwilt and I would like to publicly thank him for helping out with the documentation.
Hopefully more users will add to the site and indeed, I hope to get time to add a lot more myself as well. I don't intend to leave everything to George to write for me!
Registration has been disabled . As of first April 2013, registration has been disabled on this web site, there is no longer a link on the login page to allow you to register.
You can still read the pages without registering, but only registered users can contribute or update the site.
This unfortunately had to be done as I came under attack from a bot of some kind, which simply kept on registering new users in a loop. This used up all my bandwidth and disk space allowance.
If you wish to register, email me at on the QL Users list and I'll set up a username and a default password for you. Once you login, you can change the password to something secure!
Enter the QDOS/SMSQ Site
Click here to enter the site. Alternatively, click on the Qdosmsq link in the contents panel to the left of the page. You can also click on the 'QL' image littered about this page!
Read my blog
I have a blog now - like most of the rest of the on-line world. You can join in the fun by clicking here if you wish to.
It is not QDOSMSQ specific, you'll find lots of stuff there eventually. Some of it wholesome, some of it offensive. I can rant on almost any subject for quite some time when the mood takes me. Sometimes I'm even right!
Linux Musings and Ramblings
I quite like Linux, I certainly prefer it to Windows that's for sure. To this end and especially after Windows ate my Linux root partition just after Christmas 2007, I decided that my Laptop would be totally Linux - and so it is. It is now running OpenSuse 11.1 and in my opinion, this is the finest version of Linux yet.
The one program I do use under Windows, QPC, now runs perfectly under Linux/Wine 1.0, however, it cannot access QDOS floppy discs natively. Under Windows it uses direct sector access (I'm told this by Marcel) which is not going to work on Linux under Wine. What to do?
In a fit of madness one day, I decided to read a lot and see if I could figure out exactly how to make a QDOS Floppy disc system run natively on Linux. It will be read only to start with but you never know.
Enter the Linux Site
Click here to enter the Linux portion of my Web site. Alternatively, click on the Linux link in the contents panel to the left of the page. I'm not saying it will be pretty inside, but hey, these are the ramblings of a mad man!
Non-Believers Giving Aid
Click the image to link to a web site run by Richard Dawkins and which allows you to make donations to various disaster funds without religious nonsense getting in the way. The full 100% of your donation goes to the fund.
Having kept a chicken for a while I'm quite disgusted at two things in the poultry business:
- The pitiful payments the farmers get per bird.
- The conditions of the inmates.
It shouldn't have to be that way. (And my mother used to work on a battery farm and I used to help out - so I do know what I'm on about!)
Not everyone can afford free range chickens - even I find them quite expensive - but there are alternatives to the mass produced 'rubbish' we get sold by the major supermarkets. Buy chickens that are farm assured etc rather than “two for a fiver”. They taste far better.
Click the image below to add your name to Hugh's campaign to rid the land of this nonsense.