|Re: Wouldn't it be the time...|
Message #5 Posted by Maximilian Hohmann on 18 Nov 2006, 12:29 p.m.,
in response to message #4 by Olivier TREGER
I told you: they don't care.
And I can even understand it (at least a little bit): Not long ago, I browsed through a 1978 HP-catalogue. Of its 500+ pages, less than 10 were about pocket calculators, and this was the time, when they produced their best ones...
In a previous life, I worked in the field of microwave imaging and we used mainly HP equipment (the core component being the magnificient 8510 microwave vector network analyzer). The tiniest bit of hardware, like adapters or attenuators, that we employed cost more than all pocket calculators together, that HP produced at that time! They never were a "calculator company", but a manufacturer of scientific and medical instruments, who _also_ made some calculators.
The second and sadder reason for their dis-interest in old calculators is the fact that the company does not longer exist in its orignal form. I know a few people who used to work at HP in Germany, and whenever I ask them "Are you still with HP?", they reply: "I don't know! Yesterday, we called ourselves Agilent, but today, I really don't know, I haven't read my mail yet!"
You cannot expect much interest in tradition from a company, that is unsure of its current status and even more of its future.