"so will work with a TV or any small screen of your choice"
Do you think that i could have used the Maximite for my coffee maker instead? And only use expansion cards for the I/O? I had some problems controlling the LCD that i will use (http://www.pcbheaven.com/exppages/Reverse-Engineering_an_LCD_Display).
I always feel a little uncomfortable programming in higher level languages (such as basic for example), and this is why i have an arduino deep in the top shelve for about 2 years now. I must get over with this "defect" i think... and start programming in C and Basic. Wonderful things are out there to work with.