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HP34C on tv commercial
Message #1 Posted by marais on 16 June 2004, 7:21 a.m.

The HP-34C can be seen for a split-second in the new EDF spot shown on french TV and cinema. The spot basically features how electric appliances accompany a young man throughout his life. The 34C evidently appears early in the spot, when the young man is in his 20s studying. Great commercial, great calculator.

      
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #2 Posted by J-F Garnier on 16 June 2004, 7:40 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by marais

I saw the spot, too. Are you sure it's a 34C? My guess was a HP-67...

J-F

            
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #3 Posted by Namir on 16 June 2004, 9:01 a.m.,
in response to message #2 by J-F Garnier

I remember seeing a French movie (while I lived in France in 1978) starring Jean-Louis Trintignant who was a statistician for an insurance company and used an HP-65 to calculate the probability that people around him would die what "seems" a natural death (I may be off on the plot ... it's been a while since 1978). The movie was certainly a big plug for the HP-65. It even had a nice closeup shot of the calculator. It made you want to go out an buy one. Of course in that year the HP-67 was being sold. I remember staying glued to the TV set.

                  
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #4 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 16 June 2004, 9:56 a.m.,
in response to message #3 by Namir

Is this the movie?

Massimo

                        
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #5 Posted by Namir on 16 June 2004, 5:37 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Massimo (Italy)

It sure is!!! THANK YOU!!!!

                              
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #6 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 16 June 2004, 5:54 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Namir

Fine!
The first one who finds it could Divx the relevant excerpts and make them available to others...ok?

Greetings,
Massimo

                                    
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #7 Posted by Namir on 19 June 2004, 9:27 p.m.,
in response to message #6 by Massimo (Italy)

That would be wonderful. I searched Amazon.fr and was unable to find it on DVD.

                                          
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #8 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 20 June 2004, 4:06 a.m.,
in response to message #7 by Namir

Alas, I couldn't find it here in Italy, either... Since it is a french/italian co-production it sounds funny.

Let's keep on trying!

Massimo

            
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #9 Posted by Antoine M. Couëtte on 16 June 2004, 1:06 p.m.,
in response to message #2 by J-F Garnier

June 16, 2004

Same for me, I saw the commercial ... and it looks like an HP67.

Antoine

( Hello JF :-))) !!! )

                  
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #10 Posted by marais on 16 June 2004, 1:50 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by Antoine M. Couëtte

Well, I admit not being 100% sure, but owning both the 67 and the 34, I am still pretty certain - if anybody can get a record of the spot and post a screenshot, we could solve the riddle.

      
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #11 Posted by Jérôme Grandjanny on 17 June 2004, 9:47 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by marais

I've found the clip at : http://pubsservice5.free.fr/EDF-La_vie.zip Unfortunately, it's a DivX movie and the screen-copy doesn't work, so I can't show you the photo. The HP calculator can be seen at second 21 from the beginning of the clip. It can't be a 34C because upper keys are black instead of grey. From the position of f and g keys and the presence of the PRGM/RUN switch, it's a 33E or 33C.

            
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #12 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 17 June 2004, 11:07 a.m.,
in response to message #11 by Jérôme Grandjanny

Thank you!
Massimo

            
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #13 Posted by marais on 28 June 2004, 2:11 p.m.,
in response to message #11 by Jérôme Grandjanny

I have a jpg image of the calc taken from the video, but I don't know how to post it here. It's definitely not a 65 or 67, that's for sure. Any ideas how I might publish the image?

                  
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #14 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 28 June 2004, 3:48 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by marais

Hello,

how big is the image, and how big is the video, supposed that it's an mpg file?

Maybe ask Dave?

Raymond

                        
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #15 Posted by marais on 28 June 2004, 4:33 p.m.,
in response to message #14 by Raymond Del Tondo

The Video is almost 6MB, the jpg is just 11k.

                              
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #16 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 28 June 2004, 5:03 p.m.,
in response to message #15 by marais

Hello,

so if you could send it (the video & jpg) to me via email? My account has room;-)

Many thanks in advance.

Regards,

Raymond

                                    
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #17 Posted by Veli-Pekka Nousiainen on 28 June 2004, 11:22 p.m.,
in response to message #16 by Raymond Del Tondo

Hello,

so if you could send it (the video & jpg) to me via email? My account has room;-)

Many thanks in advance.

Regards,

Raymond XXX nope: VPN

                                    
Re: HP34C on tv commercial
Message #18 Posted by marais on 29 June 2004, 4:14 a.m.,
in response to message #16 by Raymond Del Tondo

Raymond, I just sent you the image. I have yet to find a way to transfer the video; it's huge (6MB). Will you make the image available to the community, so we can answer the question once and for all which model was featured?

Regards Andreas

                                          
HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #19 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 29 June 2004, 7:13 a.m.,
in response to message #18 by marais

Hi Andreas,

thanks for the picture.

It's an HP-33 (E or C) . This can only be distinguished if seen from the front.

It can be viewed here: http://rdelt.bei.t-online.de/jpgs/hppub.jpg

For the video: You could slice it into two or three pieces
with WinZip or ARJ, then send me the pieces one at a time.

Regards,

Raymond

For the other pictures, an online comparison between
the displays of the SX,G(X), and 49,
all in the same type of machine,
please refer to the following article:
http://www.hpmuseum.org/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/hpmuseum/archv014.cgi?read=56518

                                                
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #20 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 29 June 2004, 7:55 a.m.,
in response to message #19 by Raymond Del Tondo

Why not just taking it here? :-)

BTW: it is already zipped.

Massimo

                                                      
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #21 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 29 June 2004, 2:46 p.m.,
in response to message #20 by Massimo (Italy)

Many thanks for the link. Unfortunately, after about 10 seconds, the movie gets stuck, but the movie time counter still walks to the right. Anyone else having this effect?

Regards,

Raymond

                                                            
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #22 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 29 June 2004, 3:09 p.m.,
in response to message #21 by Raymond Del Tondo

It could be a codec problem.
Do you have a recent Divx release?

The Spice appears around 20" in the movie.

Massimo

                                                                  
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #23 Posted by Raymond Del Tondo on 29 June 2004, 9:55 p.m.,
in response to message #22 by Massimo (Italy)

Hi,

and thanks for the codec hint. I downloaded DivX 5.11 and now it works fine.

Never thought that a video would run for ten seconds
with a wron codec...

Raymond

                                                                        
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #24 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 30 June 2004, 1:28 a.m.,
in response to message #23 by Raymond Del Tondo

Glad you can see it now.
This actually is a little OT but (on the same PC) I've seen (no pun intended) some videos fine using one reader while another gave only audio rendering and a third nothing at all.

;-)

Massimo

                                                      
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #25 Posted by marais on 29 June 2004, 3:53 p.m.,
in response to message #20 by Massimo (Italy)

Mine's an avi file; I suppose that's the same quality as divx?

                                                            
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #26 Posted by Massimo (Italy) on 29 June 2004, 7:07 p.m.,
in response to message #25 by marais

Divx files have an .avi extension...

Use an editor and look at the beginning of your file: do you see "vidsdivx" and "DX50" strings?

Massimo

                                                
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #27 Posted by BatteryBoy on 29 June 2004, 11:03 a.m.,
in response to message #19 by Raymond Del Tondo

Yes,

as the 34c has three shifts (f, g, h), and this one only has the f and g.

                                                
Re: HP33E/C on tv commercial
Message #28 Posted by David Smith on 29 June 2004, 12:23 p.m.,
in response to message #19 by Raymond Del Tondo

Notice that the power cord is fake... it does not go where it should. Or mayby the battery contacts were corroded and somebody soldered the cord directly to the circuit board... and added internal filter and regulation circuitry.

      
HP-12C(?) in recent news photo regarding Enron
Message #29 Posted by Karl Schneider on 18 June 2004, 1:51 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by marais

A news photo from 2000 of Enron's energy trading center in Houston accompanied an article that ran in the June 15, 2004 edition of the (Portland) Oregonian. A blond, bespectacled trader in the foreground of the photo has a Voyager-series HP calc in front of him. I would suspect that it is a 12C, given its availability and the (ahem) "business" work being performed in the center.

The credit for the photo is Phillippe Diederich of Getty Images. The article is by Richard A. Oppel of the New York Times News Service.

The content of the article is more interesting than the image of the HP calc...


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