|Re: No RPN calcs. anymore??|
Message #36 Posted by Valentin Albillo on 3 Oct 2003, 8:47 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Arun
"I wonder if HP realized what they're missing by ending production of RPN scientific calculators."
First, there's no "ending" at all, HP's releasing new scientific calculators with RPN and/or RPL modes right now.
Second, HP would miss *nothing* if they stopped dead production of RPN/RPL calculators altogether. Only a bunch of die-hards like us care at all about RPN, the 99.999% of people using a calculator couldn't care less about it, and it's not clear at all that they're "missing" anything and need to be "saved" from their error in not realizing just how superior RPN is, because to begin with, it actually isn't. The mere fact that you or me like it does not make it "superior" in the least.
That being so, HP is not a charity but a profit-driven organization, and if RPN calcs aren't economically profitable, which frankly they aren't, they're doing the right thing dropping them out of production. If it were your enterprise and your money, you'd do the same.
Anyway, you'll be able to sharpen your teeth with the new Kinpo ... erm, I mean HP, models. They'll calm your addiction for a while but think twice before introducing any children of yours to the joys of RPN: it's a crippling, blinding addiction for sure. Or would you prefer to be in the losing side of the Beta vs. VHS rage ? :-)
Best regards from V.