|RPN stack and HP-32sii, some more "options"|
Message #5 Posted by Andrés C. Rodríguez (Argentina) on 29 Nov 2000, 7:40 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Jonathan Hanna
A 32 S II is a very nice option for you.
If the HP 41 or HP42S were still in production, they may have been better options for you, as more powerful models; alas they are long gone (except for the used and collector market...)
It is almost sure that you will LOVE 4-level stack RPN once used to it (as I and many others here do). Now, there may be an issue of future "pain" since 4-level stack RPN machines are regrettably headed for extintion. From this bizarre point of view, you may:
a) Avoid 4-level stack RPN, so not to miss in the future what you have not had yet. (Pessimistic view)
b) Hope HP will reintroduce 4-level stack machines in some future, at least as a user selectable mode of operation (Irreal view)
c) Embrace the 4-level stack cause, and keep posting about it (Romantic view)
d) Buy an HP 32 S II, learn and profit from it. Future will say, and as per the famous Keynes quote, "In the long term, we all will be dead" (Practical view)
e) Buy some used, mint condition, HP 42S; and never sleep again, because of fear to wear out or lose such a marvel (Collector view)
f) Buy a HP 48 and use an HP 41 emulator in top of it (Virtual view)
g) Buy two or more HP 32 S II now, so to have a backup if your main machine fails (Reassuring view)
h) Buy a HP 39/40, or similar current model, and lose forever the joy of 4-level stack RPN (HP view)
i) Buy another brand calculator ("I-can't-believe-I-am-writing-this" view)
Sorry if this is too much flaming, specially to welcome a new friend to this forum.