|Searching for a modern solution|
Message #1 Posted by Mark Storkamp on 4 Sept 2011, 1:54 p.m.
Lately I've been prototyping some molded polyurethane items. I've programmed my trusty 41CX to prompt me for various dimensions and mixture information, then using the I/R printer it prints out the amount of prepolymer and curative I need to weigh out.
I've now handed the process on to others, but I'm still making the printouts for them. I'm not about to let them take my 41. That's lead me to thinking about what is currently available in the market place to do the same task.
Where they are set up it is not convenient to put a computer, and even then, there's a lot more effort involved in making a program for them to run. I can't think of anything that comes natively with Windows anymore that allows for programming. At least QBASIC or GWBASIC allowed for quick and dirty custom apps. For the printout, most every printer is sheet fed, so you need to print an entire page just for a couple of numbers. Not very efficient.
I think I've decided on the 30b, since it has has alpha prompts and messages. It's just that awkward <shift>-hold-<(> sequence for the R/S function that is a bit off-putting. They'll have to write the number down themselves too I guess. - What I would really like to do is have the calculator connect directly to the scale and set the amount that needs to be poured, something that may have been possible with the right accessories on the 41.
With the predicted demise of the desktop in favor of tablets and iDevices, it's only going to get worse for folks doing something other than email and browsing. Can you even connect a 50g to an iPad? Consider what special versions of software and hardware ports are required to flash a 34s.
The 41 is over 30 years old, and who would have thought at the time that in 30 years nothing else would have come along to expand on its concepts. Enough ranting, but if anyone has any other suggestions I'd like to hear them.