|Announced Release Dates in the Calc World, Back in the Day|
Message #10 Posted by Dan M (Vermont, USA) on 7 July 2006, 11:25 a.m.,
in response to message #4 by Geir Isene
Not that it really matters, but here is some info from a 1979 Texas Instruments Supply Company catalog that I pulled out of the local trash bin the other day:
Page 2: TI-99/4 Home Computer "AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER"
Page 3: Electronic Digital Thermostat "AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER"
Much later pages:
Business Card(tm) calculator "AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER"
Slimline TI-35(tm) calculator "AVAILABLE IN DECEMBER"
Super Stumpers(tm) Grades 4-5-6 for Speak & Spell(tm) "AVAILABLE IN OCTOBER"
Super Stumpers(tm) Grades 7-8 for Speak & Spell(tm) "AVAILABLE IN NOVEMBER"
Yeah, and all of these are asterisked to note in fine print "Current estimated manufacturers availability in limited quantities."
Again, not that it really matters, but calculator release dates used to be announced in advance. If I were in charge, I wouldn't do it that way these days for the reasons Gene has pretty clearly pointed out.
ObHPCalc -- The only way I would buy an HP-xxx whatever is if they gave it to me. I have a 49G+ that is very nice but too big and too cumbersome to do simple calculations, which is what I usually want a calculator to do for me.