|HP-41CV - A Walk Down Memory Lane |
Message #1 Posted by Tom Lewis on 17 Mar 2013, 5:23 p.m.
This is my first post so hello. I am not an engineer or a mathematician but I still love HP RPN calculators as I grew up with them. My dad was an MIT graduate with a degree in math. Through most of my youth I remember him using his HP-41CV to solve math problems from his MIT calendar or during tax season as he always did his own. He would write programs for it and even sent one in to Technology Review which was published eons ago (it was for calculating fuel mileage at each fill-up..he would always find ways to involve math in his life).
I was a UNIX sys admin years ago but have been in technology sales for quite a while now. I use my HP-49G from time to time but to be honest I don't use it for anything besides basic math since most of our work is done in Excel. I want to downsize my bag as I have taken out the HP-49G and my iPad but I still want a calculator as I am old school and find it annoying to type on my laptop keyboard and emulators on my iPhone annoy me as I make too many typing mistakes on the little screen.
I was going to get a new HP calculator..either the HP-30b, HP-17bii+ or the HP-35s depending on what felt right in my hands. As it turns out I can't find any in local stores so I started to do a bit of research thinking I could save some money buying a used one. One thing lead to another and I started to look at the HP-32s which I had all through high school and college as well as the HP-41CV. It was fun thinking of my original HP but looking at the eBay ads for the HP-41CV really tugged at my heart as I always think of my dad when I see it.
If you can't tell yet he isn't around anymore, been ~4 years now. I know it is silly paying anywhere from 2x to 5x the cost of a new calculator but I can't help obsessing on the HP-41CV. I think it would be fun to think of him every time I need to perform a quick calculation.
Am I crazy? If I get a decent one from eBay should I expect it to work another 10-20 years (I know nothing is guaranteed)? I am not a sentimental person but I am having a hard time getting away from the HP-41CV.
Edited: 17 Mar 2013, 5:25 p.m.