|Re: 24K ROM PROGRAMMABLE MODULE FOR HP-41C HP-41CV HP-41CX|
Message #3 Posted by Diego Diaz on 23 Mar 2008, 11:08 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by Raymond Del Tondo
Hi Gileno, Raymond
Quite a while ago here at the MoHPC forum we had a rather peculiar "character" named Don, from Down Under (Aurtralia), who claimed he can build a Clonix too.
He created a real nasty atmosfere and David Hicks was forced to modify the "Editing rules" for the posts in the forum, thus affecting all of us. (Archives tell the whole story)
He mailed me privately several times asking for details regarding the construction of the Clonix, and was really upset as I never replied his mail nor his post in this forum either.
Geir Isene tried to get a "Clonix" from him but I don't think he finally got the module in the end... Geir? did you manage to get it?
Building a Clonix is a really easy project, in fact some users have mailed me privately in order to build their own Clonix for their own use, and even a NoVRAM. I've helped all of them and, as far as I know, they all managed to end up with a functional module.
All the info regarding Clonix technical specs, PCB, part list, even the software I wrote and lots of pictures of its internals and diagrams are available on-line at no cost.
Clonix was based on a previous design from John Ioannidis, and I honoured his (and a very long list of people's) job in every single copy of my programs I sell, but haven't see my name mentioned regarding this device. And I have never asked Mr. Ioannidis for help to develop my Clonix.
If someone can make any profit based on my job it's ok for me (as far as he gives the appropriate credit), if someone needs my help to build a Clonix for his own is ok for me too, I've never asked a single cent for that. But I won't spent my time to help someother make his business.
Everyone is free to buy whatever he likes to whomever he likes. And I certainly believe in free market as the best way to put everything and everyone in the place it/he deserves.
Now, for your question Gileno:
No, it's not "better" than Clonix. It's more likely either a 'Clone' of a Clonix, or a resold Clonix from those I trade some years ago. Those claimed "eight" 4K pages are not all into the PIC's Flash ROM... only six in the PIC... (24K in total) ;-)
By the way, a new Clonix-41D ("D" stands for "double") with 12x4K will see the ligth as I get a reasonably priced USB PIC programmer. It will be the companion for the too long awaited NoV-64.
In the meantime anyone can get a real Clonix quite cheaper than the one in the auction and with the adapter for re-programming!... or even better: can build it by himself and enjoy a lot!! ;-)
Best wishes from the Canary Islands.
PS. I've spent far more time writing this post than the "subject" deserves, so I won't make any further comments on the issue.