|Re: HP 33s vs HP 32sii|
Message #13 Posted by Howard Owen on 22 Nov 2005, 10:53 p.m.,
in response to message #12 by ECL
I guess it's a little bit heartening to hear the competition has vulnerabilities that don't relate to something (i.e. lack of RPN) that most of the world sees as a strength. I only find it a "little bit" heartening, because I'm pretty sure HP won't try to exploit those weaknesses.
But I agree that the 33S is a pleasant machine in many ways. Ergonomic design, in terms of how the machines were used by the technical customers, used to be one hallmark of HP quality. Oddly enough, I find the 33S to have the same kind of usability some of my favorite old machines do. I can find things quickly on that weird looking keyboard. If this is due more to the layout of the 32SII, which the 33S did change a bit, then at least the changes haven't screwed things up too badly. And in at least one respect, the large menu and motion keys at the top, the 33S layout is an improvement on the 32SII. I've written elsewhere that the chevron design and the enter key relocation and shrinking became non-issues quicker than I might have guessed, although the latter change took more time to get used to than the former.
But I'm still interested in what a newly minted RPN machine would look like. Thinking about this appeals to me on several levels. First, it's a fun intellectual exercise to see what people in this community think is good about RPN, and what could be improved. It helps me examine and modify my own thinking on the subject. I'm particularly delighted to have engaged an RPL head or two in the discussion. Cross-pollination of ideas always yields interesting hybrids, and sometimes even unique insights. Second, the ideas developed could help me develop calculator software, which I intend to do at some point, after I make the "YATZ grand tour" through my collection. And finally, and most speculatively, maybe HP is reading this forum, and maybe one or two of the ideas kicked around here will make it into a real machine someday. That last is unlikely, but the first two points also makes the possibility unnecessary for me to count the activity as worthwhile.