|Comments from a beta-tester|
Message #28 Posted by Gene on 2 Apr 2002, 8:27 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Dave Hicks
Had the pleasure of being a beta-tester for this unit. Comments below.
1) Was glad to see the influence of Bill Wickes, whom HP brought back in to manage the product. It was evident that he had listened to HP's customers with the dismissal of the dismal rubber keys on one of HP's latest, sad outings in calculators.
2) The processing speed of this unit is just amazing. The old HP41 could do LBL 01 + GTO 01 with about 1000 loops per minute. The HP-67C (the unit I tested) clocks in at about 40,000.
3) As a concession to the sad state of the educational market, a secondary algebraic AOS mode is built in. The user must consciously activate it by pressing the keys CTCH first. Then the FIRE function. As I understand it, this is some sort of internal joke within Bill's team.
4) Since Bill designed it, he included a couple of bugs that were easy to find. By storing the system flag for a low battery indicator in register 01, pressing and holding the SIN key, the + key, and the ENTER key while reading in a magnetic card, the system will overwrite the default OS with whatever is on the card. Bill was kind enough to slip me a special card (that I will make available soon) that activates the unique 802-11cx wireless internet hookup that HP marketing made them remove from the documentation at the last minute. I was able to run a linux derived browser and access the HP museum site using the 67c (the HP museum site is the default home page).
That's all for now. Glad someone at HP has their head screwed on properly. At least this wasn't some shade of frozen animal whatever.