In the final analysis, it becomes a matter of personal preference. Do you want gear that is legacy equipment. That is, original TI gear designed for the original TI system? Or, do you want a system that bears no real resemblance to a legacy TI system? Your choice!
Actually, that's kinda why I'm building up two seperate systems. I love the portability of the original TIPI design, but I'm rather attached and partial to my P-Box and am trying to keep it 'somewhat' original looking.
To each his own. I have a bit of everything. You never know what test cases will require which hardware to troubleshoot.
Don't alienate previous hardware - Marc and Tim have great points above.
I love your enthusiasm for the 4A; however, please don't put down previous projects, because this community keeps building upon previous work. It's all building off of a foundation, and everyone adds according to their gifts and talents and continues to refine it. The foundational stuff is just as useful and important.
Ouch, this hurts. It was really not my intention to put any legacy hardware down in the original post. I'm truly sorry it came off this way. I was inquiring for others opinions, but I guess I should explain where I'm coming from (only as it pertains to me). I'll give an example; when I bought a SAMS card, it was not because I hated the 32K card, it was for the expectation of greater capabilities, supporting the community and the fact that I like new toys. In doing so, the 32K card became redundant, so it now sits in a drawer... with no ill feelings towards it.
In my PC days, I went through CGA, EGA, VGA, SVGA, etc. all for the greater capabilities, each prior card became redundant and ended up in a drawer, eventually I felt buried in old cards that were no longer of any use (to me).
I like my RS-232 cards, especially the HDX modded one and what it's done for me. I've had a blast with it, but when I add the new card to my system, it'll take up a slot and along with it's extra capabilities, it'll duplicate the capabilities of some existing hardware. To use both devices would require different copies of software doing essentially the same thing. It's not being negative against any vintage hardware, it'll just the reality of adding some new features to my P-Box.
I think Omega's comment about redundancy might have been taken out of context (JMO). We don't know what devices will be available 3-5 years from now, but we do know what works for each of us today. What each of us use may change depending on our likes/dislikes and some capabilities will surely become redundant if we consider new devices. It doesn't mean anything is better/worse than the other. What is truly amazing to me is all the options that are available! Just enjoy what makes the most sense for you and gives you the most enjoyment. That's what it's all about, at least that's my .02 worth.
Thank you, I don't feel totally misunderstood now, and on top of that, you phrased it way more eloquently than I.
I've always loved that there are so many ways to expand the TI. You can have 10 TI'ers in a room and easily have 15 opinions on ways to expand them. Some of the guys here have multiple systems themselves, each expanded differently.