Message #3 Posted by Pierre Brial on 11 Oct 2003, 1:02 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by James M. Prange
Thank you James for your clear answer.
As to the HP-48, I balance between love and hatred.
Love for its astounding capability to handle mathematical objects, like matrix, sums, equations. I usually don't like to do matrix calculation, but with this calc it is a true pleasure.
Hatred for programing. Before then I've done a lot of programs in RPN for HP-41, HP-32sII, algebric for TI-59, Basic and machine language with Sharps, so I wrongly believed I could handle easily any other calcs. But Hp-48 is hard nut. Very powerfull indeed, but there is few simple solutions for simple problems, and it is far from intuitive.
I understand better why long-time users of HP-41, 42, 15 prefer to keep their good old calcs.
But on the other hand, there is many many user of the HP-48 and you can find a lot of programs on the net. So some people do really succeed to program it.
I suppose I'm too much rusted with old programming way....
All the best