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Original Sinclair QL boxed Microdrive cartridge.

Title: QL Expert

Estimated Rarity (1 - 10): 10

Publisher/Author: Compware/Francesco Balena

Original Media Name: COMPWARE (with added odd character at the start).

Notes: Nothing to do with becoming a QL Expert, this is in fact an expert system shell, which from what I gather falls under the realm of (early) AI and is a computerised system that emulates the decision making of a human. Quite interesting, there is more info on the general subject on wikipedia!

I have the rarity set to 10 because I've never seen another and it was unknown on the QL wiki until now (10/9/23). The original cartridge has tape over a broken off write-protect tab, so I cannot be sure if the contents are 100% original.

I have the A4 printed manual but no box/packaging etc. The README_DOC file on the cartridge is dated 13/12/1987 and contains errata that concern the printed manual, which is dated 7/12/1987.

Visible Files on Media: BOOT (72 bytes), JMBOOT (21 bytes), EXPERT (61,538 bytes), EXPERT_BIN (1,592 bytes), EXPERT_HOB (22,874 bytes), EXPERT_DAT (332 bytes), INSTALL (3,944bytes), BACKUP (1,715bytes), CAR_EXP (1,511 bytes), HUMAN_EXP (417 bytes), QLCON_EXP (2,247 bytes), README_DOC (2,337 bytes).

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Page on QL Wiki: https://qlwiki.qlforum.co.uk/doku.php?id=qlwiki:ql_expert

A PDF manual is available here: https://sinclairql.speccy.org/archivo/docs/prog/QL_Expert.pdf

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