|Re: HP calculator - pure RPN only|
Message #7 Posted by Walter B on 12 Oct 2008, 7:20 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by hpnut
As said here in this forum several times: The tasks we used calculators for in the Seventies and early Eighties are taken over by PCs for long. The "ecological niche" calculators live in shrinked to areas where PCs are too expensive (student's bags), not allowed (exams), too heavy or too big or too sensible (some field applications, becoming less with time). To make things more complicated, there appeared a new species (i.e. PDAs) in between. Thus, for any calc manufacturer, it seems to be wise not to split up the market furthermore, especially when talking about an "exotic" OS like RPN.
Looking at it the other way round: If anybody creates a scientific calc, he simply can't afford to drop a major fraction of its potential customers by excluding so called algebraic mode. So the best you'll get is both modes (A + RPN).
And if RPN is still as superior as we think here (me too), it will draw many RPNers by its sheer presence in such calculators. IMHO, you won't get new RPN afficionados (incl. your son) by force, though you may be right in your opinion. Same as in politics, but that's O.T.
Ceterum censeo: HP, launch a 43s.
Edited: 12 Oct 2008, 7:23 a.m.