|If I were in your shoes ...|
Message #8 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 11 July 2003, 4:24 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Paul Brogger
Assuming you're serious, here's a serious answer. You must take either an HP-15C or an HP-11C, period. Why ?
- they are extremely small and thin and lightweight, so they won't be a burden to carry
- their batteries last so long you could go round the world and back on foot, several times, and they would still work fine, so no need for a charger or even backup batteries
- they are the finest pure calculators HP ever made (or anyone for that matter), you won't find anything approaching their quality or performance anytime, anywhere (hi, Sarah Brightman!)
- they have the most contrasty, solid-black, best LCD displays HP ever made. All segments are thick and black, and easily read even in very poor light conditions. No straining your eyes to try and see what's on the display.
- they're also beautiful and look incredibly solid and classy. I've yet to find any intelligent woman or man who doesn't feel attracted to them on first sight.
- you can write no-nonsense programs for them that might appeal to your intended companion. For instance, you might easily program a random dice generator, to play some game requiring dice without the risk of losing them out in the wilderness. Or a lotto number generator. Or a calories calculator. Or a biorythm calculator that will provide for much interesting conversation on the subject, etc.
- and last but not least, they're guaranteed to stand to any adverse climatic conditions, no matter how adverse. In my own experience, I had an HP-11C with me at all times for one year in the Sahara desert (extreme hot and cold, sand, dust, etc) while in the military and not only did it survive, but it's the mintest HP-11C in my collection.
Matter of fact, you're far more likely to fail yourself than your HP-11C/15C are.
There you are. Best regards from V.