|Re: The Complete Voyager|
Message #14 Posted by james (UK) on 29 May 2003, 5:28 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by Juergen (CH)
I take the true socialist view, everyone else should have one but I can have many (everyone is equal but some are more equal than others!)
I've only recently upgraded to an HP having used a Casio for years (doing very basic calcs) until the battery went. Of course the sensible option was to spend £1 or so on new batteries so I can considered that for at least a second then decided it was a good opportunity to get a new calculator.
When I was at school in the 70s and calculators were just becoming readily available HPs had an awesome reputation (the Rolls-Royce or Cadillac - I'm bilingual! - of calculators) but were way out of my reach. I eventually progressed to a TI-58 at University (don't mock too much - at least it has red leds) and then on to Casios at work because they were cheap.
Having now decided to get a new calculator I thought I would look at HP's current offerings but was disappointed - the move away from RPN, the loss of that unique HP look - cover the logo of the current machines and they could be any brand - the only potential buy being the 12C.
Fortunately I came across this site and started having a look at ebay - although some of the prices are steep, some aren't too bad and it does at least provide a ready source for people outside the States.
I don't see many HPs in junkshops, etc over here - it's possibly a sad reflection of the status of engineers in the UK as the great British engineers of the past came from artisan stock in the working classes so engineers have never had a high status here whereas in Europe they tended to come more from the middle/upper classes and have a higher status - witness the use of Ing as a title in Germany - it is interesting to note that on ebay excluding the USA the majority of HP-41s come from Germany! Probably explains a lot about the state of UK industry!!
Anyway, I got a lovely 41CV just over a month ago and am currently working my way through some of the manuals on the Museum CD - I picked up an X-Functions module recently so am presently working my way through Keith Jarett's X-Funct book.
Of course, paranoia set in when I started reading posts about problems people have with their 41s so of course a back-up one had to be purchased! Didn't hurt that the back-up one had a PPC rom stuffed in the back! Boy, are the office going to be pleased when I print out 500pages of manual from the CD!!
I also like the looks of the Voyager and a UK seller on ebay had a 12 on offer so that has been added to the fleet pending me finding (or saving up for!) a 15.
Of course, I also would like a red led model and am looking out for a 67 or 34C.
Anyway enough insanity from me and well done to anyone who has read this far!