Ok, here's my dilemma:
1. I have a BS2, Javlin, and a BOE for each.
2. I haven't worked on a uP project in about 4-5 years, rusty
3. I had no idea the Propeller was such a bad mamma jamma of a product, I don't remember reading about it until yesterday
4. I have two project ideas at the moment
--a. Digital Clock project - inspired by there not being any cool affordable digital clocks on the market and my girlfriend hating hearing an analog clock ticking in the bathroom. If I don't have a clock near the shower in the morning, I zone out, waste time and hot water, and end up late for work, lol!
----i. either LED dot matrix display or large cool looking LED segment modules (Sure 6432 board, Tim did some killer work on this)
----ii. use a cool RTC & calendar board http://www.futurlec.com/Mini_DS1307.shtml (thanks Sam)
----iii. assuming basic i/o routines for getters and setters for clock and calendar
----iv. assuming writing logic to scan dot matrix display or output to BCD-to-7-seg chips
----v. some cryolite and cement for enclosure (I always build the enclosure, you have to make it clear to show off the awesomeness of the components )
--b. Aquarium Environment Monitor project
----i. A/D to interface with Temp, pH, and ORP probes
----ii. Ethernet interface to send probe data back to PC for logging
----iii. Maybe have RTC on board and storage to continue logging if link to PC lost
----iv. Assuming logic to write to storage, read from storage, getters/setters for RTC and Ethernet
----v. Assuming logic to calibrate the probes, you have to buy calibration solution to get them set up out of box
----vi. Inspired by this controller, it rocks but is expensive www.neptunesys.com/~clp/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemi d=40 If i put the $ into Propeller parts, kit/ide etc. then it can be used for other projects in the future.
So... with all that background info, would you all scrap the BS2 and Javlin and climb the learning curve with the Propeller (seeing as that being the future) or just stick with the tried and true? I browsed around the OBEX, amazing how much code is in there already! Sticking with OOP is always a preference, kinda drift away from that playing with the BS2.
For all you people out there in your teens and early twenties, YOU ARE SO LUCKY!!! I would have killed for this kind of stuff when I was 18 and had all the time in the world to mess with this. Being 33 sucks regarding not having free time!!! LOL
My first uP project ever was with the Z80 and an 8255 PPI, reading two A/D chips for temperature and voltage and sending that formated data to a 2x16 Optrex LCD Dot Matrix display. That was in 1995 and I think the BS1 and BS2 were just coming out of the gate. Anyway, I'm digressing, any comments/suggestions would be great!