|A sad story|
Message #1 Posted by Juan_J on 24 Mar 2003, 4:52 p.m.
after a month spent in the hospital and seeing doctors, i found it should be good to write here.
on march 1st, i was robbed and shot four times, three on my right leg and one on my left wrist. i lost my laptop, an hp-42s and an hp-71b (complete with 128k ram, a math rom, a 41 translator and an owner´s manual.) from then on i´ve been recovering (and mourning the loss of both calculators, i must confess.)
now i am feeling better, still ten days away from being able to use my left hand; my leg will take longer since the nerves have to "rewire" (and in the meantime i am re-learning to walk.) i just have my right hand to type and found that typing á la dennis is good when only one hand is available; i might say it´s comfortable even :-)
during my recovery i´ve spent quite a good time with the hp-67 math and stat pac and ported some programs to my 41s. in the process i have remembered the good old days of programming when your code had to be efficient, not fancy, and when you stated the problem, worked the solution and then refined the user interface, not the other way around as it is common these days. among others, i ported the polynomial approximation and the factorial, permutation and combination programs. i will be happy to share these.
as a forum frequent reader, and being the museum one of my favorite sites, i wanted to share these terrible moments, which i am trying to leave behind.
Dave: you can delete this post if you think it is not appropriate here. to all the rest: take care.