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Added: July 1st 2009 | Last updated: Dec 12th 2010 (Content), June 4th 2017 (Broken Links & Formatting fixed)
Event announcement pages (pre event)
Lucerne, December 30th 2009 – 2009 was the year of the 25th anniversary of breaking innovations in personal computing. Early 1984 two milestones were unfolded on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Europe was first with the launch of the 32-bit multitasking/multiwindowing Sinclair QL. 12 days later America saw the launch of the 32-bit GUI/multiwindowing Apple Macintosh. They both entered the field to compete with IBM's PC.
While the Mac did it in the long run and is a mainstream product in the present and future, the QL went into dust. Before leaving the field, the QL inspired many experts and influenced today's products in one way or another. Most prominent example is Linux, where its creator Linus Torvalds was a QL hacker back in the 80s. To learn more about all that please follow the full 25th anniversary story.
On July 1st 2009 it was announced here that the 25th anniversary of the QL & Mac will be celebrated with an international 2 days show in autumn 2009. The event was promoted in mailings-lists, news-groups, specialist magazines, YouTube and even on the radio.
Click on picture above to watch the teaser videos promoting the "QL & Mac are 25" show (offsite-link).
The Verkehrshaus in Lucerne is the Swiss Transport Museum (offsite-link).
Click on picture above to watch the highlights of the "QL & Mac are 25" show (offsite-link).
All sessions have been filmed with a Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ7 camera. The raw video footage needed some brush up (both audio and video noise reduction, audio volume increase) and a final cut. This took much more human and processing time than expected. All session videos have now been uploaded to YouTube for public audience. Enjoy more than 5 hours of video footage!
Click on picture above to watch all videos of the "QL & Mac are 25" show (offsite-link).
|ID||What||Speaker||Downloads and Streaming
|Saturday Oct 31st 2009|
|Welcome & Keynote
This was much more than just welcome. Like a time traveller Urs has been introducing the QL community, the Verkehrshaus, the city of Lucerne, 1959, 1969, 1979, Sir Clive Sinclair, the early 80's in micro computing and finally 1984 - the year of the QL and Macintosh's launch - in particular. In introductory keynotes by "VIP" Steve Jobs and Sir Clive Sinclair spread the word. Then Urs gave details on the event. Finally there was an outlook what's up NeXT for Apple, Sinclair, Microsoft and the QL community.
|Urs König & "VIP"|| or
3 playlists as used in the session (offsite-link).
|Apple Mac OS X, "The Mac "died" nine years ago!"
A talk on the origins of the Mac, the NeXT and how they came together. Another topic is "How to become a Mac Indie developer?" covering Mailplane, the Mac OS X application which brings Gmail to your Mac desktop.
|Ruben Bakker|| or
Playlist used in the session (offsite-link).
|Sinclair QL, "the Mac that never was..."
The story of how things started, developed, got launched and what happened to the innovations and innovators of both the QL and Mac.
|Urs König|| or
Playlist "The QL story" related to the session (offsite-link).
|AmigaOS4.1, "still improving..."
A session covering the updated OS of another 68k-computer from the 80's, the AMIGA.
|Anton Preinsack|| or
|Sunday Nov 1st 2009|
|"The Quantum Leap innovation & design process in retrospective..."
Instead of the projected session covering the highs and lows of the Sinclair QL design and development process and its premature launch in 1984, we showed on screen the 2009 BBC docudrama Micro Men which covered not only the QL's but also the history of the Sinclair ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, C5 and the Acorn BBC and Electron micro computers.
|Alexander Armstrong as Sir Clive Sinclair, Martin Freeman as Chris Curry||
Playlist "Micro Men" which in facts is what the session was all about (offsite-link).
|Launchpad, "the complete desktop GUI for QDOS/SMSQ"
A session demoing Launchpad and other QL applications on both Q-emuLator (Windows, Mac OS) and QPC2 (Windows).
|Windows 7, "what the world got on Oct 22nd 2009?"
Presentation and live demo of the brand-new Microsoft Windows 7 by an experienced early adopter. Covering both user experience and technical issues.
|Markus Limacher|| or
|SMSQ/E and QPC, "the core of the virtual QL environment..."
A session covering SMSQ/E and QPC2, their sources (hot spots), development tools & process (including a live compilation of the OS) and future prospects.
|Marcel Kilgus|| or
The systems are listed in the table below. Once again photos of the exhibition are accessible here (set 2).
|ID||Machine||Year launched||On display|
|1||Apple III||1980||complete system consisting of computer with floppy disk drive and screen, hard disk drive|
|2||Sinclair ZX81||1981||system consisting of computer, screen, software, guides and books|
|3||Sinclair ZX Spectrum||1982||complete system consisting of computer, interface one, microdrive storage system, screen, software, guides and books|
|4||Commodore 64 (C64)||1982||system consisting of computer, tape recorder, floppy disk drive, guides and books|
|5||Sinclair QL rare bits and pieces||1983,1984||Sinclair ZX-83 prototype pcb (iss 2), Sinclair ROM-Dongle - the infamous unsightly kludge, Sinclair QL uncut pcb (iss 5), GST 68K-OS alternative OS add-on card|
|6||Sinclair QL||1984||one of the last QL's made in the UK (build standard D16)|
|7||Apple Macintosh||1984||one of the few still existing in Switzerland|
|8||ICL One Per Desk (OPD)||1984||complete system consisting of computer, screen, software, guides and books|
|9||Sinclair QL (German edition)||1985||complete system consisting of computer (build standard SG18), Sinclair badged floppy disk drive, screen, printer, software and guides, some books|
|10||Apple Macintosh Plus (German edition)||1986||complete system consisting of computer with floppy disk drive and screen, printer and software|
|11||CST Thor 21||1987||core unit only|
|12||CST Thor XVI||1987||complete system consisting of computer with floppy disk drive, screen and software|
|13||ATARI ST||1985||complete system consisting of computer with floppy disk drive, screen, software, guides and books|
|14||Commodore AMIGA||1985||complete system consisting of computer with floppy disk drive, screen, guides and books|
|15||Cambridge Z88||1987||complete system consisting of computer and user guide|
|16||Apple Macintosh Portable||1989||core unit only|
Click on picture above to watch videos of some of software played with in the software workshops of the "QL & Mac are 25" show (offsite-link).
Overall I must say that I'm very happy with the happening.
BTW: On June 5th 2010 there was the 2010 international QL show in Prottes, Austria (near Vienna)! There's a QL shows picture gallery of many more QL shows from the 80's until today.
Click on picture above to watch the video made by Anton Preinsack of the "2010 international QL show" (offsite-link).
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