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This is a complicated question to ask. I have been using PCs ever since I can remember, and I have been getting a tad bit frustrated with the changes in the operating system and transferring information between PDAs, micromini computers, and regular desktop towers. Now with "most" computers information comes out of some sort of serial port, whether it be PS2, 9 pin D connector, USB, and on some computers firewire, and also on USB, version 1.1, and now 2.0, and I've heard there's one even faster than 2.0 and on some of my computers I still even have the parallel port to transfer information from computer to computer. When I have to program some of my controllers, like the model AXE4865, a 650 Amp 48-volt controller, I use a USB to a 9-pin D connector to my P2 laptop and shove a CD in the drive and I guess burn the parameters into Damon's play toy. I guess there is another controller that uses a hairball that you have to do the same thing to the Manzanita controller. The famous Rich Rudman who made the Rudman regulators and a lot of powerful controllers designed programmable controllers via RS-232 interface. One of my questions is, what computer or whose computer or what type of computer do I need to program my Vectrix?
Also while shopping I stopped in and saw another type of computer called the Apple. I'm not John D. Rockefeller, and I'm not Bill Gates, so I never could afford one. Anyway, Bill wouldn't want to buy one; he says it's inferior. Whereas Steve Jobs builds nice, nifty, powerful toys for most of us. Finally the cost of his computer dropped down to $599.00 for the MAC Mini. It's even smaller than the computers I build, called the mini ITX, which have just over 1gig processing speed and the new MAC Mini has 2.6 gig processing speed. It is small enough to make quasi-portable for it uses 18.5 volts, 6 Amp input, and you can use your own small portable monitor. It has a lot of USB ports, and my question here is can I program the hairball and Damon's Alltrax controller using the MAC mini? Or is the MacIntosh Mini another operating system?
Most editors, newspaper personnel, graphics people tend to use MACs for their graphics, and in order to post on VisforVoltage I hear it is a lot easier to do it on a MacIntosh system vs a PC; so I'm thinking of going the route of the MAC computer system and abandoning as much as I can the PC platform.
Third question: If it is different, I guess I should keep around an old P2 or P3 with Windows XP for burning controllers, right?
A little history of controllers below in quotes.
Manzanita Micro was formed by Rich Rudman and Joe Smalley. The two of them were roommates in college at the University of Idaho and became friends. Both had a love of racing and tinkering with high performance automobiles and also an affinity for things electronic. Manzanita Micro began as a floppy disk drive service company and grew into a small business which built timing systems for autocross and road racing. By the mid 1990s Rudman and Smalley found a hobby which melded their love of cars and electronics -- the electric vehicle.
After converting a Ford Fiesta and building his own 2,500 amp controller Joe went to work for the US Navy in Bremerton. Rich converted his own 1978 Ford Fiesta “Goldie” and then began doing contract circuit board design laying out plans for inverters and other medical and marine electronics. He also worked for Cruising Equipment in Seattle on the original E-Meter electric vehicle gauge.
As his experience with electric vehicles grew, Mr. Rudman became acquainted with Damon Crockett and they along with some other gentlemen founded DCP. While at DCP Rich worked on the powerful Raptor and T-Rex controllers. He also designed and built a working prototype BLDC drive system.
In his off time, Rich and his old friend Joe drag raced their Fiestas and also got into racing electric hydroplanes setting a few EV records. Rudman and Smalley saw the need for a powerful and flexible charger for electric vehicles and also a good battery management system for the ever popular new AGM batteries. DCP moved down to Oregon and later became Alltrax and Rich moved back to the Kitsap Peninsula where he had grown up. He and Joe finalized plans for their BMS system and flexible power factor corrected chargers and the “Rudman Regulators” and PFC line of chargers were brought to market.
Rich began working full time out of his garage building and marketing the new EV battery components. The PFC chargers could plug into any outlet and charge packs from 12 Volts up to 450. Charger power increased from 20 amps to 30, to 40 for the small boxes and up to 50 and even 75amps for the larger PFC-50.
Now a fourth question? I don't think Damon make his DCP-1200 and DCP-450 so where do I send my antique controllers back to get update to resistive control instead of Inductor and also to get working again since Massachusetts weather has destroyed controllers. All my EV's got DCP controllers and three of four are dead.