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My old 12C'
Message #1 Posted by Mike Barlow on 3 Nov 2000, 2:16 p.m.

Not sure who gets this message, but a sad thing happened to me today. My HP12C finally quit. I kinda figured it was coming and was prepared. I had fresh batteries. The first set since it was new. The calculator was purchased in 1985 (Spring) and has never needed replacement batteries. WOW - over 15 ears of pretty heavy use on the same set. Truly amazing even for this great machine.

One of my favorite things about it is watching peers try & use it. Once they learn, they end up with an HP product, but the initial look on their faces is priceless.

Re: My old 12C'
Message #2 Posted by db on 4 Nov 2000, 10:42 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Mike Barlow

mike; i assume that this is your first post here. welcome aboard. i think that your 15 years may be in a several way tie for the battery life record. and yes, we all love thoes "its broke / wheres the = key" lines. i'll share with you my favorite type of reaction to my old hp. im in a meeting with some clients engineer and or the (dim the lights) architect, and i pull out my 41 to numericly show someone why we can't build this object as the plans say (in three dimentional space anyway). someone invariably says something like "my professor had one of thoes" and i go from "that complaining bastard" to "the old sage" without having to give up any more than one or two hundredths of a foot, and no dollars. someone usually wants to put away his palm pilot and use the 41, so i take off the baggie and let him use it as long as he wants. why not. math, unlike autocad, will always give everyone the same answer.

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