|Re: Hypothetical calculator with USB ports|
Message #22 Posted by Howard Owen on 3 Aug 2009, 7:54 p.m.,
in response to message #20 by Jake Schwartz
I would say that the hoopla is because of all the significant extensions to the 41 programming language which the 42 provided ..
Yes! The 42S represented the highest level RPN keystroke programming ever reached. I view the 32S as a step backward, jettisoning alpha, matrices and much else. But the 32S is the line that went forward.
I recognize that what I want is to turn back the clock. The Pioneer series represented a turning away from calculator-as-computer. The 41C was the last complete calculator/computer system HP produced. The later 48 machines pushed a lot of the systems features back onto the PC. And of course, the rise of the PC is why the Pioneer series made the turn toward calculator-as-appliance.
What I want is the history that never happened. You know that history, the one where the PC never came to dominate general purpose computing. I want the machine that was produced by 20 years of development of calculator-as-computer beyond the 41C. In my dreams, this machine's RPN keystroke programming would be advanced in surprising and original ways, but it would have followed the sign posts past the 42S on its way to fantasy modernity.
I'll never get that, of course. So what I'll settle for, if I get the chance, is a RPN machine at least as capable as the 42S, using similar or identical keystroke programming (but feel free to improve that) and with I/O so I can store and load programs. A large memory that can store lots of these programs, which I'll undoubtedly crib from my fellow enthusiasts, or write myself, would be nice too. A faster processor would be fine, but that's less important to me than battery life. Simple.
I just don't get why HP doesn't wave a wand and create my dream machine.
Edited: 3 Aug 2009, 7:59 p.m.