|Hey, no fair bashing TI-59s that much! :-)|
Message #20 Posted by Gene on 25 Oct 2001, 11:14 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Vassilis Prevelakis
Hi. I tend to agree with much of what you've written about the TI-59 compared to the HP-41, etc.
But, I grew up as a TI calculator nut. I think it started because the TIs were affordable while the HPs were sky-high when I was in the 6th grade or so, and therefore the HPs were not available.
First calculator? TI's SR-16II, then an SR-51A, then a TI-58C, which broke so I returned it. :-)
Then, finally, I saw the light and got an HP-41C. The rest is history.
However, I still have an affection for old TI calculators and on my website have tried to save some of their past history for several years:
For several years, there were some applications that the TI-59 could do that the HP-67/97 just couldn't get to.
Primarily, this involved the fact that the TI-59 could handle 100 memories! while the HP-67/97 only 26, and it would do this for 1/3 to 1/2 the price.
However, you're right in that the TI's were made cheaply. It is VERY hard to find a TI-59 today that will still read and write magnetic cards.
Sometime or other, I hope to create a CD set much like Jake Schwartz's set that contains the TI PPC notes so they can be available like Jake has made the PPC Journals available.
If I only had the time...