|Re: training manuals|
Message #6 Posted by Les Bell [Sydney] on 21 Feb 2005, 5:25 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by bill platt
I believe so, Bill, and they've done great work there. However, the "breakthrough" is the realisation by someone at HP that this would be A Good Thing, and the decision to support it.
I guess there isn't the same need for the Users Library, since independent web sites provide instant availability of programs these days. But good basic documentation is vital, and I'm sure the success of the 48's was hurt by the documentation, which is even typeset in the same font as the turn-of-the-century maths schoolbooks we had back in the sixties.
Back in the eighties, the duty-free stores at Singapore Airport used to sell HP calcs, and I would surprise the sales people there by asking to see, not the calculator, but the manuals for the calculators. After all, you'd never guess what lurks beneath the surface of a 41 by looking at the keyboard!
From memory, that's where I picked up my 41CV, 41CX and 16C. And I've been careful to keep their manuals in good condition, in a prime spot on the bookshelf. They're almost as pleasurable to own as the calculators themselves.
--- Les Bell