|Wish list for the 33SII (long)|
Message #1 Posted by Bill P on 24 May 2004, 11:52 p.m.
First, let me say that I love my 33S. It is the best scientific available, and I find it very useful. That said, we all know it needs some improvement
Here is what I think the 33SII, if there ever is such a beast, should include.
1. Fix the bugs from the 33S
2. Fix the display
3. Allow GTO.Label Line number to be used as a program instruction.
4. Allow indirect addressing of registers beyond 33, dynamically allocated, of course.
5. Allow use of left, right and insertion in the equation editor.
6. Add FC? (do if flag is clear) as a test in the flags menu.
7. Move the unit conversions (not including the rect, polar conversions) to their own menu, say a shifted function of the Display key, call it CONV. Also, add the unit conversions we have come to expect from simpler scientifics like the Sharp EL-506 series. While we're at it, add a few things to the CONST menu, like the number of meters in an AU(astronomical unit) and the number of kilograms in a Solar Mass.
7. Add bit manipulation functions like AND, OR, NOT, and XOR where the unit conversions are now.
8. Add numerical differentiation.
9. Allow more operations that make sense in context but currently don't work, like squaring a binary integer and taking the square root of a complex number.
10. Keep the color scheme and the aluminum bezel, but can I hear you all say *Go back to the rectangular key layout*? Thank you.
11. There's still room for three more commands where the conversions were. I'm sure we can dream up something to put there. For instance, many would like to see matrix manipulaion as a standard functionality.
Well, that's what I want. I don't think most of these changes would take much to implement, with the exceptions being the key layout and posibly matrix operations. But, even if they just did 3, 4, 5, and 6, we would have a very powerful calculator that could easily take advantage of 32K or 64K of memory.
Honestly, I don't think we would need more labels if we could GTO to line numbers. I like being able to run programs with only two keystrokes. And if we could indirectly address registers up to the limits of memory, we could write our own matrix manipulation routines, even complex ones.
As far as key placement goes, those of us who use 48's know how to use the SPACE key on it, and can make the transition easily. Also, the new position of the R/S key is good when in SOLVE mode.
All in all, it wouldn't take much to turn the good 33S into a great 33SII.
Does anyone have any other entries for the wish list? :-)