|TI-30 Manual Humor from 1976|
Message #1 Posted by Ben Salinas on 16 Nov 2003, 11:49 p.m.
No, this post is not glorifying the 1976 TI-30.
I was actually discussing HP calculators with a friend just right now, and I was telling him about the "click" which I have never felt. I then realized, well maybe the TI-30 that I took from my grandmother's house has that same click, so I took it out, and tried punching a few buttons.
It most definitely does not have the click (even pressing a button for an instant will cause it to register 2 or 3 presses) I took the manual out of its incredibley ugly case in order to find the date it was made. I started reading, and one of its features reads:
"Algebraic mode of entry allows you to enter mathematical sequences in the same order that they are algebraically stated"
This is quite obviously a stab at RPN (as by 76, HP had a good many calculators out).
I read on and found this:
"Disposable battery power source provides independence from AC power supplies. You can take weeks of computing power with you wherever you go by simply carrying a few spare batteries."
This is obviously a stab at the rechargeable batteries of the HP's of the time. I showed this to my friend (who perfers his TI's) and he was amazed.
I just found it interesting the ways that companies can make a bad feature sound good.