|28C, other bits.|
Message #1 Posted by koyote on 30 Apr 2002, 4:25 a.m.
New to this forum, here goes:
Well, I've been collecting (in a lowbrow and low budget sort of way) various handhelds since my first TRS-80 PC1. I really am more of an oddball user, though- I tend to carry my machines around and subject them to things like -gasp- keypressing. ;)
So, I'm "back" in college. (Why is it that just because I'm 31 and an undergrad it is assumed that I'm "back" in school instead of having spent 12 valuable years living before finding a desire to go?) I've recently acquired- been strong armed into buying, actually- a ti89. Very nice machine for some things, though I grew up on tandy/sharp keyboards and shifting constantly to type letters is incredibly annoying.
I also recently acquired an hp-28c. Guess which gets used more? This 28 is fantastic! Granted- plotting is painfully slow, and a lot of calculations take entire seconds. This has already generated a few laughs from people the age of the calc. RPL is a joy compared to tibasic, or tandy basic for that matter. I think the elisp warped my brain.
For current purposes, I think a lot of what I need can still be covered by this wonderful beast- though I can't imagine what hp was thinking not allowing for external data storage.
So, is it worth tracking down a 28s?- even with a 48gx (I'd be tempted to trade the 89 on a gx with printer or some other addons) I think the 28 would see plenty of daily use. And, how do I find more manuals without insane ebay prices? I saw 4 manuals go for over $50 a couple days ago! (I've got stats, users guide, and ref.)