|but what if its not the same ?|
Message #11 Posted by Norm on 3 Apr 2003, 12:05 a.m.,
in response to message #10 by db(martinez,california)
Well, in addition to the 6-button special that is
in fact being remanufactured,
my vote is that they should re-manufacture the HP-34C.
The HP-34C is on-par with something Biblical, like, handed down thru the clouds to Moses.
MEANWHILE, about that re-manufacture, as a topic,
they do re-manufacture gadgets from time-to-time,
but the remanufactured version is often strikingly
inferior to the original. So, what if its not the same ?
I bought one of those "Mattel Football" games that
has been remanufactured. Despite obviously higher
complexity, they changed the display all around,
maintaining outward appearances but different by design.
The original used real LED's, dirt-cheap little
segments to represent the game.
The new one (presumably since there aren't any more LED's)
is actually based upon an LCD. There are continuously
illuminated "backlighting" red LED's. The LCD ports
thru an obviously tiny fraction of that energy, by
letting a bit of light thru where the LED's were supposed
For all that stinkin' foolin' around, they could've just
remanufactured the genuine item. BUT NOOOO they had to
build it with an LCD, because presumably they could just download the computer file to "NIPPON CUSTOM LCD FACTORY" by using the internet, and be real lazy, and not figure out how to actually build anything.
So, it really doesn't act quite the same. And on my unit,
if you rub your finger over the plastic, it will temporarily
"erase" the whole display due to static charge having
an overwhelming effect on the LCD.
For these reasons, if you want one of those 6-button
Mattel Classic Calculators, you'd be well-advised to go
seek an original. Mr. Grubby Enron MoneyBux can't even
replicate his own recipe for success in this and many other situations.