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Full Name (family, given): Vieira, Luiz Cláudio
Location: Brazil (Minas Gerais)
Entered: 19 Dec 2001, 6:06 a.m.
PLEASE, I`M ABOUT TO PLACE MY PERSONAL PAGE IN A SITE. I`D LIKE HAVING YOU WALKING AROUND THERE AS SOON AS IT IS IN THE AIR. I`M POSTING ITS ADDRESS SOON.
My first contact with the HewPack world was in 1976, when I could see, touch, use but understand an HP21. I was intrigued with that, but... "What? I'm gonna be a Doctor, I don't care for this." A couple of years later and I was there again, now trying to understand (Physician mind...) why didn't that Philips Tape Recorder play tapes. A world of wonders was opened to me at the moment I saw all those tiny, funny, colored stuffs built inside it. "Physician? Naa, I won't have time for this...". In 1989, in Petrópolis - RJ - Brazil, I concluded all disciplines for Electrical Engineer and in 1990 I finally got my "diploma" (certificate).
At the time I was trying to be an engineer, I met many brainy people who helped me a lot. At the coffee, in between classes, I was often requested as doubt-solver and programs writer, HewPack calcs only. I was (proudly) known as Mr. HP.
My first calculator was a TI57 (50 program steps, 10 -maybe 8?- memory registers), no longer with me. My first HewPack was a 41C, still with me, in pieces; later I got a 15C (wonderful stand-alone calc...). A few after that, I got a 16C, a 41CX (halfnutt), a card reader, a 41CV (fullnut, recently revived, thanks to many tips given by contributors at the HP Museum), a peripheral printer, a wand and another card reader. All in the same day! I still have all of them and they are working fine, thanks!
In order of appearance, the family grown with: 28S, 48SX, new 41CV (halfnut), 25 (gifted), 48G (later traded with a new 48G+) and a 49G. My glorious moment happened when my book "Da HP41 para a HP48" (from the HP41 to the HP48) was published in January, 1995. I was only known about Wickes' "HP41/HP48 Transitions" at the time I was writing my book. I didn't read Wickes' book yet
I have added to the calcs and peripheral devices some 41's ROM (navigation, X-Functions, X-I/O), publications and manuals. I promised Mr. Hicks to send my book's PDF files to be added to the Museum CD Pack, but I didn't carry that out till now. The chapters are almost ready, appendices and index are not. I`m adding a scan of the front cover in here.
I have no particular hobbies, I like reading, studying, developing (HW, low-level SW, C, C++, TCL/TK, RPL, and starting to delve into Kylix). I'm 40 Y.O., divorced, and have a 10 Y.O. daughter (Stella), that finds the calculators "...ugly, dad!". By now I teach Computer Science, Electronics, Math and Telecomm in one educational institute and in an University recently founded.
This Bios is not yet completed...
Edited: 30 July 2003, 8:00 p.m.
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