Toolkit II – The sequel

As any QL owner will know, the Toolkit 2 from QJUMP/Tony Tebby was THE toolkit without which a QL was almost unusable, arguably its contents should have been in the ROM from the start. And I always thought it was quite a shame that such an important toolkit hasn’t been updated in two decades. This… Read More »

QMake released for free

This has been a long time in the making, actually I wanted to do this many years ago, but the day is finally here: QMake is here for everybody to enjoy. QMake is a “make” tool which basically takes a linker file as input, collects all files that make up the executable and assembles any where… Read More »

German Minerva-ROM

Since changing from MGG to the Minerva ROM a few decades ago I’ve never used an unmodified Minerva ROM, I always used one where the German keyboard tables were patched into the binary somehow (by Jochen Hassler I think). This changed when I installed the QL-SD interface in my QL as it comes with a… Read More »

Of mice and men (but mostly mice)

Mice for the QL always have been kind of a problem. In the age that predated USB by two decades there was simply not the one mouse standard to rule them all. Every system did pretty much its own thing and getting a mouse that actually worked wasn’t that easy to begin with. In fact… Read More »

New QPC2, DISA and more

Every year I take the birthday of my daughter as an incentive to get stuff out of the door. So this year I present to you: QPC2 v4.05 This is mostly a bugfix release. It includes the latest SMSQ/E 3.28. One option was added that instead of a fixed resolution it can use the maximum… Read More »

HomeMatic: Gehäuse/Verstärker für HM-OU-CM-PCB

English: HomeMatic home automation articles will be in German as this system is mainly used there. Den Anfang meiner (zumindest geplanten) HomeMatic Serie macht ein bereits älterer Aufschrieb über den Bau eines Gehäuses für den HM-OU-CM-PCB. Als Ausgangs-Basis dient ein bei Pollin erhältliche “Tragbarer Aktiv-Lautsprecher PULSE”. Anders als bei Pollin üblich ist das Ding auch… Read More »

QMovie v2.00

In my last post I lied that regarding the QMovie player “I’m done here”. OK, to my defense, even I didn’t know that I’m not done yet. So today I present to you QMovie v2.0: The details and downloads are on a dedicated QMovie page.

QMovie SMSQ/E movie player

This has been superseded by QMovie v2 QMovie is a quick&dirty full colour movie player including sound for QPC. I really didn’t have the time to write this, but sometimes an idea latches itself into my head and I can’t let go until I have done something about it. So the target for this was… Read More »

Wrapping stdcall functions in Node FFI

A colleague of mine needed help wrapping some C DLLs for NodeJS. He’s using the Node FFI API for the wrapping, which unfortunately is a little light on documentation. The problem was that by default Node FFI wraps cdecl functions and there is no mention of stdcall anywhere. In fact the consensus on the net… Read More »

HTTPS everywhere

Out of the blue my hosting provider finally offers one SSL certificate for free to use with my site. I’ve been using StartSSL certificates for my home servers for a long time now, but on the shared hosting servers I couldn’t just install my certificates and I felt the prices for regular ones are a… Read More »