Well one doesn't rule out the other, right ?
You are correct, and I was probably mistaken to suggest in all ways that the CF drive was superior to the Sdrive Max. A better way to put it was for my project this would not be a way I will likely go. For one thing, if I factor in the front panel Cartridge access, the Interface Board connectors/status LEDs, and the CF drive slot(s), there would be no where left to put the device and still see the LCD screen unless one wished to butcher the 1050 case, which I am really trying very hard to avoid if at all possible. Besides not being able to load ATX files, which doesn't interest me in the least (hey that's the truth ), the CF drive offers much faster access, and via the U1MB Loader much easier navigation and search (plus it's way easier for these old eyes to read stuff on the main screen instead of a tiny LCD display).
Edit: Don't get me wrong, I think the Sdrive Max is a very cool and extremely useful device. And probably the best floppy emulator you're ever going to see connected to the SIO port.
....but it's never bad to share ideas IMHO...I think your past projects benefited from some external ideas too ?
Share a way, and yes the 1088XEL (as well as this project) did benefit from others ideas, as well as troubleshooting help when I ran into problems on the XEL. But ultimately this is my project, which as I've pointed out before, is not being built to please anyone except for myself. It's my plan, my journey, which I've decided to allow other people to follow along as I go. Unfortunately I've noticed all too often on AA that people think that they have a free pass on telling others how to do things when projects like this are shared. Granted they probably think they are doing someone a favor, and/or pointing out something that was forgotten, but that is not always the case. Some people just think their ideas are better, and/or want it to be their way. Referring to that last sentence... I will admit that I have no tolerance for that way of thinking.
So let me outline the 1088XLD game plan as I see it.
- It is for the most part being built from proven 1088XEL technology.
- It is simply a repackaging of such.
- It is not about advancing said technology.
- At this point in time, the design is frozen, except for any minor updates that may be required to correct any inaccuracies that might have crept in.
- This is being done for my pleasure. Think of this as the ultimate maze style adventure game.
- This may or not actually get completed, may or may not become a public release.
- I reserve the right to take whatever path I desire, and/or to disagree with other people's suggestions.
The XEL was designed with a public release in mind, so it only made sense to allow a lot of public influence to determine the development direction. The XLD for lack of better words, is presently following a closed development path. This doesn't mean all suggestions are ignored, but it does mean that I decide if I like the suggestion and/or incorporate it.
By the way, CompactFlash is rather outdated isn't it ? This already seems like a retro-format to me now....time marches on....I'd need to buy a reader for CF for my Mac to transfer files....no SD card possibility ?
Hmm... Atari's could be considered outdated as well, or at the very least retro . Speaking of which, the IDE/CF technology existed for the Atari 8-Bit back in the day, thanks to a large degree to Bob Woolley's articles. So yes it is retro, but it's from the same era as the A8, so it only seems appropriate to use it. Food for thought, a 1450XLD really could have been built in this way.
There are SD adapters that'll work, but I prefer the CF cards for this specific application (IDE interfaced system) because for one, they just work a bit better and without some of the quirks that the adapter introduces. And secondly, although this may sound foolish, CF cards remind me of the data wafers from Star Trek (yes I know... very retro indeed). And last, but not insignificant, most of the adapters are not very ergonomic, requiring removal each and every time you wish to change the SD card .
Also: since I never worked with a 1088XEL I know little about Jon's CF-drive functions but I assume this is more like a harddisk than a floppy emulator?
Yes definitely a hard drive approach, implemented in a transparent non-invasive way. Meaning it does not require removal, does not take up the cartridge slot, SIO port, or any other normally used connection. In every sense it is truly the way it should be done, and mirrors modern systems in this regard. Almost identical to how the Incognito CF card works (edit: as well as the original Bob Woolley and early MYIDE hardware designs).
So that's my story .