|Re: Hypothetically - How would you flash a 35s?|
Message #21 Posted by Martin Pinckney on 18 Jan 2010, 2:53 p.m.,
in response to message #19 by Bill (Smithville, NJ)
I know this thread is mostly in jest, but to use a pen plotter as described would entail a lot of work to reprogram it to for the required motions. To begin with, the normal up and down range of motion of the pens is probably not sufficient for the task.
I recall watching these things work, processing AutoCAD drawings, and they often exhibited seemingly very odd behavior. For instance, it might write some text, drawing the outline of the characters, then go and draw lines for 15 minutes, then come back and fill in the outline of the characters. Surely this was caused by AutoCAD, not the plotter itself. But it caused me to wonder what strange algorithm might be used.
In any event, by the time you figured out how to program the plotter, wrote a program to translate characters in a program listing into correct pen motions corresponding to the calculator's keys, made the physical modifications to the plotter, debugged it ... well, you get the idea.
Still, there are stranger things folks spend time on. Like responding to inane comments in a calculator geek forum...