|Re: Modules for HP41|
Message #12 Posted by Luis Sisamon on 2 July 2002, 11:24 a.m.,
in response to message #11 by Ellis Easley
First, thank for all the answers. I think now I have a better understanding of what I do not know 8-)
Maybe my first question should be if there is any difference between the contents of a module and a user program. If not it should be possible to load the module contents (card reader, serial-HP-IL, wand,...) in the RAM memory. Or, if if there is any reasonable posibility of manufacturing modules, you could use them to store libraries of routines. I think, this in fact should have been my first question.
Regarding property issues, I thought HP has donated this ROM contents some time after discontinuing the HP41 series, maybe I am wrong (correct me if this is the case).
Finally, regarding the mercenary idea, I do not think this would be very profitable. High prices are commanded by collectors and I do not believe people would pay "collector" prices for items that can be produced today... maybe I am wrong people can be weird sometimes.
Certainly there could be a certain market for producing modules for some of the hobbysts here. I would be happy to be able use a customised module service if available, and probably there is more people like me who would enjoy their machines more if they had this option.
I think this could somehow compensate the people who are working on this; the money they could make would certainly not compensate their skills, time and effort but could be certainly a sweetener (this would depend on the incremental cost of producing a module being not so high).