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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 11:54am | IP Logged Quote jimbotron

Maximite Colour has been featured on the 8 Bit Guy Youtube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQA8lowEKOo&t=5s


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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 1:09pm | IP Logged Quote Gizmo

How cool is that!!!!!!

Great review to. Thanks to all those who emailed him suggesting he have a look at a Maximite.

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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 1:13pm | IP Logged Quote MicroBlocks

Yep, it was about time. :)


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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 4:16pm | IP Logged Quote Grogster

Great stuff!!!

I'm actually a subscriber to him, but I have not checked any of my sub's vids for a while - Christmas and all that got in the way.

We need to send him a MicroMite+ or MicroMite Extreme unit to play with. Great as the CMM is, it is several years old now, and the MMBASIC for the MM+ series(and even the MM2) is far more advanced then the CMM MMBASIC.

Not to speak negatively of his video - it was FANTASTIC to see a bigger channel like his, talk about the MM.

NOW perhaps Dave of EEVBLOG fame?........

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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 4:42pm | IP Logged Quote Geoffg

He did a great job.

I can understand why he focused on the Maximite - he came from a Commodore 64 background and the Maximite is close to that while the Micromite is more a controller, which he acknowledged is not his forte.

Despite being a few years old the Maximite is still great as a BASIC computer like the TRS-80, etc.

I have plans to upgrade the Maximite with features from the Micromite including integers, constants, etc but it is a long term goal (DOS MMBasic was a step on that road).

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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 4:59pm | IP Logged Quote Gizmo

Grogster wrote:
NOW perhaps Dave of EEVBLOG fame?........


That would be risky

Couple weeks ago Dave did one of his mail bag posts, someone had sent him a servo controller and motor built around a cheap 3 phase model airplane motor and a encoder. Basically you end up with a 1kW+ servo motor for under $200! Brilliant, a cheap servo motor option ( like for CNC, like stepper motors but faster and better ). Problem was, Dave had no idea what it was, and really mocked it. He wondered why the encoder was needed! I was yelling at the screen "Dave, its a servo motor!"

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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 5:14pm | IP Logged Quote Grogster

Maybe not then......

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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 8:10pm | IP Logged Quote MicroBlocks

Grogster wrote:

We need to send him a MicroMite+ or MicroMite Extreme unit to play with. Great as the CMM is, it is several years old now, and the MMBASIC for the MM+ series(and even the MM2) is far more advanced then the CMM MMBASIC.

I still think the Maximite Color is a beter alternative for 80's style desktop computer, hence a good candiate to use instead of an old 8-bit system.
VGA, Keyboard is easy to use and for games you have SPRITES!
It could profit from some of the statements/functions that were added to the uMite but not to the Maximite.

The uMite is much better for embedded projects. Especially because of the LCD support.

The 8-bit guy is probably not so interested in embedded systems (32 bit:) )


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I have plans to upgrade the Maximite with features from the Micromite including integers, constants, etc but it is a long term goal (DOS MMBasic was a step on that road).

Geoff


Yes please, can't wait
My Maximite has been running 24/7 (apart from the odd power blackout) for three plus years now. It just works... Would love to see support for a humidity sensor.

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Posted: 11 January 2018 at 10:18pm | IP Logged Quote robert.rozee

the video was a great showcase

Geoffg wrote:

I have plans to upgrade the Maximite with features from the Micromite including integers, constants, etc but it is a long term goal (DOS MMBasic was a step on that road)


one of the major innovations with the micromite (in my opinion!) was having basic programs running directly from flash. is this something that may be on the maximite horizon? is it something that can be done when the running program is sitting on an SD card?

i'd love to see a low-cost maximite kitset available, using a far cheaper case than the original, and a 1455 replacing the pic32's onboard USB port. but then, could this ever be cheaper than a RPi running mmbasic?


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Geoffg wrote:
I have plans to upgrade the Maximite with features from the Micromite including integers, constants, etc but it is a long term goal (DOS MMBasic was a step on that road).

Geoff

That are good news! Includes that CFunctions also? That would be a step to get new life into the Maximites I think.
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Posted: 12 January 2018 at 2:01am | IP Logged Quote Geoffg

robert.rozee wrote:
one of the major innovations with the micromite (in my opinion!) was having basic programs running directly from flash. is this something that may be on the maximite horizon? is it something that can be done when the running program is sitting on an SD card?

I am not sure about running from flash. The MX170/470's flash has a high endurance but the chip used in the Maximite can only take 1000 write cycles. Maybe the program could be transferred to flash after debugging but that just makes everything more complicated.

Running a program from the SD card is also problematic. Speed would be the issue there.

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