[FoRK] Any HP calculator geeks out there? (... wp-34s)
Joseph S. Barrera III
j3 at barrera.org
Thu Oct 4 17:52:23 PDT 2012
Besides me, I mean.
My dad worked at HP when I was a kid and got one of the very first HP-35
calculators. He would also bring home the big programmable calculators
like the 9825, upon which I first learned how to program. My dad's
friend up the street owned an HP-65 which I lusted after. One day a
co-worker of his visited and brought his HP-67 which I lusted after even
In high school, I worked at the horse stables down the road, literally
shoveling horse shit and piling it higher and deeper, to earn the money
for an HP-29C and then later an HP-41C.
I subscribed to Richard J. Nelson's PPC newsletter and loved the
hypothetical future calculator designs that people would come up with. I
don't know where I put my PPC back issues so I can't post any of them here.
After grad school, after I started earning some money, I bought an old
HP-67 from this newfangled site called "e-bay", and then proceeded to
collect the rest of all the calculators HP made.
I've watched HP lose its way in calculator design. The older calculators
were easy to program -- even if the code resembled assembly. The newer
calculators used a higher level language which was much harder to
program on the fly.
Just recently I've become aware of the WP-34s effort. This actually
takes an existing HP calculator (HP-20B or HP-30B) and reprograms it to
be an ideal scientific (NB: not graphing) calculator. I find this very
awesome. It takes those hypothetical calculator designs and turns them
If you are wondering, why not just write a WP-34s emulator and run it on
your iPhone or Android phone... well, you are probably missing the point.
Sent from my HP 9100A
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