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7 hours ago, TomXP411 said:

I basically (no pun intended) gave up on embedded BASICs and decided to start seeing what I can do with Circuit Python and MicroPython on those embedded systems. I'm starting to cotton to the idea of a MicroPython computer, formed around an MCU board like the Teensy or Pi Pico, with some sort of video display on a second chip - probably a second MCU driving a VGA connector. One of my thoughts is a dual Teensy setup: one teensy acting as a terminal, with an SPI interface to the second Teensy, which would be running the actual operating system and deal with the peripheral devices. Not unlike the Commander and VERA, come to think of it, but I'm going to point more solidly at MSX systems or the Commodore 128's 80-column setup. Or even the Apple I (for those of us who have watched David's latest video.)

I think that's a great idea. If I were to work on a BASIC RPi, it wouldn't be BASIC v2. But there is so much in the world I really like the idea of having variety, like the various platforms back in the day.

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22 hours ago, TomXP411 said:

I basically (no pun intended) gave up on embedded BASICs and decided to start seeing what I can do with Circuit Python and MicroPython on those embedded systems. I'm starting to cotton to the idea of a MicroPython computer, formed around an MCU board like the Teensy or Pi Pico, with some sort of video display on a second chip - probably a second MCU driving a VGA connector.

I'm happy to hear this! I actually also decided to do a similar thing with two chips, though I wish to stick with BASIC (it gives me pleasant nostalgia). I'm also still deciding what chips to use, but anyway they would be MCUs for the sake of simlicity of developing. But along with outputting to VGA I also want a second chip to drive an 80x4 character LCD to make my thing more like portable PC from 80s. And I think it should be able to run from several AA batteries. When outputting to VGA I intend to emulate graphical terminal, so along with text I would have some slow primitive monochrome graphics for whatever reason.

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On 7/29/2021 at 7:44 PM, Scott Robison said:

That's exactly what I want to do with xenon. Alas, my employer(s) don't care about my interesting hobbies. 🙂 But I agree, there is nothing wrong with an enhanced BASIC v2. Do I want to write everything in it? No. But it's fun!

As others have said, some people work on retro cars. Some people practice retro writing (calligraphy). Some people work on finding and restoring antique (retro) furniture. There is nothing wrong with embracing a retro experience in whatever interests you, and I like the X16. I like the MEGA 65. I'd love to find a C64 or C128 or C128D or Apple II or Sinclair or or or or at the local thrift stores.

I was thinking yesterday that as much fun as it is to have my Pi 3B+ setup now as a bare metal CBM machine, the PI really needs a bare metal BASIC-like experience. Something that is just "instant" on and you don't have to think about linux or whatever. Maybe someone has already done it and I just haven't found it because I haven't been looking. Still, I think it would be great to have a native BASIC for PI that allows you to peek and poke and sys and etc. Not as bare as BASIC v2 of course, but ... anyway, yet another project idea to work on and no where near enough hours in the day to accomplish even a fraction of them.

Order up an Allwinner H3 based Orange Pi, visit basicengine dot org, and download the BASIC NG firmware. Write the firmware to a microSD card and BAM!! A bare metal Pi device running a BASIC interpreter 🙂 

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5 hours ago, painintheworld said:

Order up an Allwinner H3 based Orange Pi, visit basicengine dot org, and download the BASIC NG firmware. Write the firmware to a microSD card and BAM!! A bare metal Pi device running a BASIC interpreter 🙂 

What fun is that? I want to create, not just use someone else's solution! 🙂

But I also don't have enough hours in the day.

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On 8/26/2021 at 10:03 AM, Scott Robison said:

What fun is that? I want to create, not just use someone else's solution! 🙂

But I also don't have enough hours in the day.

It is an extremely fun little device 🙂 I wish I had the ability to create one from scratch, but I do not 😞 If you can find a dirt cheap H3 device (prices have gone up from $10 to $35 over the last year +) I’d wager you’d have some fun fiddling about with it.

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