|Re: Picture of the new HP 12c platinum|
Message #23 Posted by Gene on 17 Oct 2005, 12:46 p.m.,
in response to message #22 by bill platt
Again, I just don't think you understand what HP has done with this "upgrade".
There is now an HP12c with algebraic mode. Big deal to you? But perhaps not to the great masses in the real estate and finance world who have so far stayed away from the 12c because of RPN (yes, such people exist).
If you "make it better", then you would break all existing programs that are out there for the HP12c. Yes, finance guys program this machine. Take a look at the HP12c platinum solutions book and you'll see lots of programs for it. People in industry and real estate use programs. Start messing around with keycodes much and these will break.
My only guess is that you just speak from a lack of knowledge. Since you appear not to be a finance guy, then you just don't know.
And, if you aren't a finance guy, why would you care what HP did?
They now have an HP12c built on current technology that has RPN and algebraic modes, 4 times the program memory, more space for cash flows, and on this "upgrade" from the original 12c platinum, the algebraic mode has parentheses too.
This appears to be the method to make these changes with the least amount of splash to existing users and the least amount of breaking of existing programs.
A BIG reason the finance people still buy the 12c is because they already know how to use it. If it does what they want, why buy another machine? Why should they buy something that is different even if improved?
Given that HP appears to have tried to kill off the 12c several times in the past, unsuccessully, finance users have spoken. With the HP12c platinum, HP now has a chance to reach people in these industries who would never buy an RPN model.
As to the location of the parentheses and backspace, I can't address that. HP didn't ask my advice. :-)
But, you still don't seem to understand how dominant the 12c is and has been.
It may have outsold ALL other HP calculators combined over its lifetime. Change it to make its usual users learn a new way to use it? Why take that risk? If they want to upgrade, let them buy the 17bII+.
And, your electronic snobbery shows in the betamax comment.
HP will laugh all the way to the bank while you give it a sneer. Who comes out the winner? :-)