|HP Calculators and Sex Appeal|
Message #1 Posted by Michael F. Coyle on 15 June 2005, 12:30 a.m.
I've noticed something funny lately.
First some background -- I'm in my 40's and I'm doing a career change that has sent me back to school. (I'm also a long-time lurker and occasional contributor to this forum.) So I find myself around lots of undergraduates, who seem awfully young to me :)
Anyway, yesterday in lab I had my trusty HP-25 out, crunching some numbers. (I bought it about two years ago and now it's my "everyday" calculator.) One girl in class was really fascinated by it -- she had to carry it off to show the teacher. ("Look at this calculator! Check it out!") It's hard to know what the fascination was -- I think it had to do with the red LED display. She was definitely impressed by the FIX 2 display formatting, though.
I wouldn't have paid much attention to this but the same thing happened last semester -- same calc, different girl. So what is going on here?
Maybe it's the red LED display -- many younger people have never seen one. Or the overall shape and styling -- it's shorter but thicker than modern machines. Or maybe it's just the fact that someone in their class is using an antique -- it's older than they are.
So maybe I'm on to something here. So far, it hasn't gotten me any dates, but it definitely bears watching. (Maybe I should start carrying around one of my slide rules, too!)
Any thoughts? Has anyone else had a similar experience?
Edited: 15 June 2005, 3:27 a.m. after one or more responses were posted