Cheap imitation of AVRFreaks.net

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One of the "other brands" of microcontrollers is apparently envious of AVRFreaks.net and has launched a cheap imitation:
http://www.freegeeks.net/modules...

[Note the "Lagacy" [sic] section :) ]

An excerpt from one of the launch documents:

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When you look at the site, you'll see that it is not branded as a Freescale site. This is because it is hosted and run by an independent entity. This allows for a more relaxed appearance and more informal rules for hosting material prepared by third parties and forum members.

It sure sounds like they are trying to copy the Atmel/AVRFreaks approach, even down to the various sections of the site and the look & feel of the boards.

Lee

You can put lipstick on a pig, but it is still a pig.

I've never met a pig I didn't like, as long as you have some salt and pepper.

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It may not be envy. Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery.

- John

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:evil: Hmmmm don't like being referred to as an OLD TIMER just because I still use HC11 :twisted: I think they may get some mail from yours truly, will have to register though. Bob Gardner is an old timer too if I well remember! :D

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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The similar look & feel isn't unique; I suspect that phpBB2 has something to do with this.

I've noticed that many online forums have improved their look & feel, as more webmasters adopt phpBB2.

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The software used to do these forums is probably open source. Anyway there are
MANY websites with similar look and feel. Check out this one for gentoo linux:

http://forums.gentoo.org/

As you can see, they are probably using the same web s/w.

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.....there are more this kind`a looking sites than you can imagine...
i know a few from where i`m typi`n.....
http://forum.izatech.ro/
http://forum.itbox.ro/
http://www.musical.as.ro/forum/index.php

..... some imitation? or you mean the content ..??

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This is not spam so don't go to my site. Now that's out of the way, I just happened to be having a look at my statistics and notice that there seemed to have been 167 links to my site from here, so I thought I would have a look and see why.

So some info on freegeeks;

No 1, it is not a freescale site, it is mine. :)
What was the inspiration, hmmmm, no comment. :wink:
What s/w does it use, phpNuke (with phpBB forum) hence look and feel (due to the fact that I had zero web building experience I went for a standard (free) package). :D

Best Regards
freegeek

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js wrote:
:evil: Hmmmm don't like being referred to as an OLD TIMER just because I still use HC11 :twisted: I think they may get some mail from yours truly, will have to register though. Bob Gardner is an old timer too if I well remember! :D

John, sorry for the "old timer" thing, suggestions for an alternative tag line are welcome. :D

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Dear freegeek,

You will find quite a lot of "Old Timers" on this site, all the ones that were on the HC11, HC05 Motorola lists that got fed up with Motorola's arrogance and unwillingness to give us what we want and need! An old commercial here in Australia would say "When you are on a good thing, stick to it", but when the voice of the commercial got the chop, he went to another brand and his commercial went from the above to "When you find something better, switch to it" :D

We saw the light and switched to something better! By the way no offence taken, I feel priviledged to have been a part of the digital revolution for the past 25 years or so. I ask: would it have been so hard for Motorola to have pin compatible devices for the HC11 and HC05 range with the HC12 and HC08? Atmel, Microchip and others seem to be able to keep their clients by having newer devices that are almost, if not entirely, pin and code compatible with the ones they replace and mostly at a cheaper price.

It has been enlightening and liberating to switch away fron the Von Newman architecture after more than 20 years..OK I better go and take my senility pills now... :)

John Samperi

Ampertronics Pty. Ltd.

www.ampertronics.com.au

* Electronic Design * Custom Products * Contract Assembly

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I don't consider myself an "old-timer"... perhaps "mid-timer", maybe.... But I've also used the 68hc11 and 68hc16, especially right before working with AVRs.

My suggestion would be to drop the "old timers" bit, and also change your spelling of "Lagacy" to "Legacy". :wink: