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1995\01\26@094912 by RICHARD GARATH HINCE

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Hi, my name is Richard Hince; currently I'm doing my PhD, which is in the field
of computerised human movement analysis, at the University of Wales
Aberystwyth. I've had an interest in electronics since I knew it existed, which
was when I was about 8 years old. I started messing about with computer
hardware systems just after Babbage; I've always enjoyed building systems but
a) I can't afford to buy a full-blown ICE and b) I'm getting fed up with
building development systems / environments myself. So I was more than pleased
to discover the PIC chips, and in particular the 16C84, which is by far the
easiest way to develop small applications. My imagination's doing overtime at
the moment, and our department is also considering the introduction of the PIC
devices into a course on embedded systems & microcontrollers.

Re. Lou Sortman's misgivings about David Tait's programmer: I constructed this
about a week ago and I've been using it constantly since then. I'm pleased to
report that it functions wonderfully, but of course it does tie up the parallel
port. I'm working on an alternative to this, which may or may not become a
reality, and won't tie up the port. In the meantime I would only say that for a
few quid (dollars, marks, or whatever) you can't POSSIBLY go wrong with it (and
by the way, real programmers never need to print their source code!). Thanks
for your great effort, David.

Richard

1995\01\26@111006 by Lou Sortman

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> Re. Lou Sortman's misgivings about David Tait's programmer: I constructed this
> about a week ago and I've been using it constantly since then. I'm pleased to
> report that it functions wonderfully, but of course it does tie up the paralle
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> port. I'm working on an alternative to this, which may or may not become a
> reality, and won't tie up the port. In the meantime I would only say that for
a
> few quid (dollars, marks, or whatever) you can't POSSIBLY go wrong with it (an
d

Sorry if I came off as criticizing Mr. Tait's programmer.  I have no doubt that
it is a good design.  I wouldn't even consider building it, otherwise.

The parallel port is the best way if you are going for cheap and easy
(two of the plusses of his programmer).  If you happen to have two or three
such ports on your computer, it doesn't obviate printing.  Of course, the vast
majority of projects which people design for PCs need the parallel interface
too.  I've seen some schemes which offer some sort of port multiplying, but
they have never caught on.  Oh well, this is getting sort of far off charter
for this list, so I'll shut up now...

> by the way, real programmers never need to print their source code!).

I guess I'm not a real programmer, then.  ;-)

> Thanks for your great effort, David.

Yes.  Thanks.

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