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The PC-104 standard though getting old, still has an active presence in industrial control. ARM micro-controllers continue to get faster and more powerful with speeds up to 600 MHz and 1MB of on chip memory. We've been asked to look into the possibility of replacing some of the low end x86 boards with processors such as the RT1062.

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If it's not one thing it's another. About 10 days ago PayPal decided to change something and our orders were getting rejected. Some persistent customers tried every browser they could, different credit cards, and nothing got through. Calls into PayPal did not help much, and A2hosting was out of their depth as well. Luckily Kym from ozEworks got us back up.

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Sometimes you want to monitor a running ARM BASIC board. Now a PC can do it for a while, but sometimes it goes to sleep, sometimes Microsoft tries to update it, sometimes who knows. So an alternative would be to use a more predictable device, such as a Raspberry Pi. They are cheap, very low power and predictable.

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Tod W is one of Coridium's long time users, going back to the days of the Parallax BASIC stamp replacement called the ARMexpress. Over the years he has made invaluable contributions to the BASIC tools, both pushing for floating point addition, then writing the library for the same. Even in the early days, he was not content with our BASIC tools, using Notepad++ and AutoHotKey to add features. His use of Notepad++ predated its integration into our tools, as I was stubornly holding onto earlier editors, even as they blue-screened newer versions of Windows.

Not content with some limitations of BASICtools, Tod began taking our Tcl sources and expanding them to his liking. Some of those features we liked and were inspired (i.e. plagiarized) to add them back into the stock BASICtools (bubble help, command scrolling, others I can't recall).

Tod has taken the time to document his Extended BASIC tools (EBT) and with the testing of Olzeke has decided it is time to release it.

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The custom design of an LPC54016 we just completed, has been built, debugged, and delivered to the customer. A new trend is for serial peripherals to be combined and then configured in software. This is true of the LPC54016 which has Flexcomms that can be used as UARTs, I2Cs, SPIs and some for I2S.

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