|Re: Finally! For the first time on the Internet!|
Message #39 Posted by Eric Smith on 30 June 2005, 8:35 p.m.,
in response to message #38 by Mike T.
The photo realistic panels look stunning - but in use I did find the more synthetic front panels much easier to read.
The long term plan is to use the "synthetic" style by default for all the calculators.
The ones that are using photographs are doing so thanks to the generosity of the MoHPC curator, Dave Hicks.
As I get synthetic faces for more models, I will drop the corresponding photographs from the package, but I'll keep the KML files that work with the photographs, and provide instructions for users that want to download them from the MoHPC web site.
Any chance of including the HP10C, just to complete the set!
I have two HP-10C calculators. One is old and beat up, and I don't mind dumping the ROM from that one, but I can't find it right now. The other is near-mint. That would still be OK, except that it's the old-style Voyager where the display and electronics are separate from the keyboard, and wrapped in what I assume to be antistatic tape. I've had some of those apart in the past, but it's a pain, and I don't want to do that to a pristine calculator. Also, it's much more difficult to probe the necessary IC leads on that style.
A friend opened up his 10C (also in excellent condition), and his is also of the old-style construction.
If anyone has a new-style 10C (single board with keyboard and chips) and is willing to make it available, I'd be happy to dump the ROMs. This involves removing the rubber feet and four screws, and attaching clips to four leads of an IC, but no permanent modification or damage.