|Re: Just a question|
Message #10 Posted by Ellis Easley on 22 July 2002, 5:24 a.m.,
in response to message #9 by Jonathan Busby
I don't know what happened to "jorge" but between him and "Hiroshi Ito", I'm all revved up to expand my 48G's RAM so I can use MetaKernel! That's what I like about the Forum - it gives me ideas to try out on my calculators.
BTW, I've been wondering what the message is in the graphics that flash very briefly on the screens of the 39G and the 49G when they are reset. Finally, I used my PC Cam to take a video of it so I could look at a still frame. It says "Powered by The [???]Meta Kernel" (I can't make out the three symbols before Meta Kernel). So, I guess I'm already using MetaKernel in those calculators. The 49G FAQ suggests that it is only software that makes the 49G any faster than the 48G (which seems to be part of what MetaKernel does for the 48G).
After staring at the screens through a bunch of reboots, I think the three letters might be "MDC". Maybe that is a combination of the initials of the programmers? (their names and pictures can be displayed by pressing some additional keys [F2, F3, APPS, VAR, HIST, <sqr root>, SIN, COS] from the test screen [ON-F4]) Or a corporation whose name I should recognise? I had been expecting a "J" for Jean-Yves, who seems to be the main guy behind MetaKernel, or an "A" for his last name. Also I see that the graphics says "ver. 3.00". Jean-Yves 48 MetaKernel page (from about 2000) refers to a possible "MetaKernel 3.00" for the 48GX - that must be what went into the 49G after HP hired him. Also the 49G flashes a credit for the CAS before the one for MetaKernel, which the 39G does not. I wonder if the 40G does, since it contains CAS? The 49G also displays a "crossword" with the names of the developers plus "vger" and "aco" when you exucute "RULES"; when you press "EEX" from the test screen you see a picture of a 49G prototype; and there is a Tetris game you can start by entering "HpMad" (including quotes) on an entry line, such as in the MODE setting screen. Apparently there is another Tetris game, invoked by typing MINEISBETTER at a certain spot, in the ROMs after 1.18 (the last production release ROM). I learned most of this in the 49G FAQ from hpcalc.org.