|Re: How rare is it really?|
Message #9 Posted by Vieira, Luiz C. (Brazil) on 5 July 2003, 1:53 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by jimc
I tend to look at this not as a shirtpocket 41, but rather like my old 21 Pumpkin. Fairly basic, but excellent for quick and dirty's.
I know you are not comparing, just relating one to another. Your post just called my attention to the fact that I'd compare the HP10C to a sophisticated HP25C or a low-resourced HP33C with LCD display, because the HP10C is programmable and the HP21 is not.
Sophisticated HP25C because the HP10C adds few enhancements you may use or not: memory check, mantissa, dot/comma selection for radix mark, self test, amongst others. I mentioned a low-resourced HP33C because the HP10C does not have subroutine calls, neither available in the HP25C.
And the HP10C available RAM is composed of shared 70 steps/ten registers memory plus nine permanently available program steps (bytes), which is physically less than what the HP25C has, but if you manage to take advantage over the "automatic movable partition", you can do things with the HP10C you cannot do with an HP25C or 33C: store nine or ten different numbers in memory registers, create programs with more than 49 steps and some unique combinations.
I must confess I'm almost getting to a point that any additional calculator to the ones I have will be greedy possession. Not that I have all models available, instead I own the ones I consider the most significant tools for the job, and oppositely to Norm, I prefer LCD to LED's.
I repeat, I'm no calculator's collector, I rather collect data. I wrote all of this about the HP10C by heart. I do not own one of them and I would not like to, actually, because I'd not use it. I cannot think of having an extraordinary original HP calculator (not a Kimpo-clone) in my possession and not allow it to do what it does better: serve as a top-tech, sophisticated state-of-the-art personal computing device.
I must thank to some contributors, guys I have in great consideration. They helped me a lot in adding some important units to the ones I own. I'm currently taking some spare time (when I have some) to read the HP71B documentation; not that I intend developing sophisticated BASIC programs, but I intend to understand and use it as deep as I can so I'll be able to help HP71B owners if there is no expert available when questions about it start new threads. And I'm waiting for an HP75 to be delivered so I can do the same with it.
I would not feel O.K. with myself if I could only look at these calculators trough glass "shields". I have absolutely nothing against those who keep them this way; I myself would not be able to.
Wow! I wrote too much (whatelse is new...) and I explored subjects ahead of the original thread. If you think this post must be removed, I'll use 12345 for password. (but I'll keep a copy of it in my HD).
P.S. - Valentin, have you already written "Long Live the HP10C!"? I think "she" is the one "who" deserves better.
Edited: 5 July 2003, 3:40 a.m.