|Re: Our Military and the 41|
Message #6 Posted by Spice_Man on 15 Mar 2003, 2:44 p.m.,
in response to message #5 by Dave Mabry
Why do I have doubts? Because:
1. Why can't the "f_'ed up" printers mentioned in the ad be repaired or replaced?
2. Why use 20 year old calculators to do such mission-critical tasks? There are much better and more modern solutions. (e.g. laptops, palmtops, pda's, or even current TI calculators etc, with a whole slew of portable printing solutions)
3. If an HP 41 is actually being used, why not use the wired 82143A printers, which are more readily available (at least in the used/antiquated equipment marketplace)?
4. If an HP 82240A/B infrared printer must be used, why not acquire the 48G series (or many of the pioneer series) with built-in infrared ports as the driver for these printers?
I will admit that it is within the realm of possibilities that the poster of the ad is completely honest, that some equipment provided by our USAF is so "f_'ed up" that a soldier must rely on whatever antiquated equipment he can personally obtain outside the Air Force to aid him in doing weights and balances calculations for a critical airborne refueling system known as the KC130.