|Re: Hp-50G- is it RPN "native"?|
Message #8 Posted by Bruce Bergman on 21 July 2007, 7:12 p.m.,
in response to message #7 by Scott Blakely
HP *really* did an awesome job with the units conversion functionality in the 48/49/50 family. I haven't seen a better implementation of that since it first came out in the late 80's. As with the example given above, you enter a value, then the units, and then convert to the other unit you want. You can even do math on the units (like taking cm and making cm2 or that kind of thing). You won't be disappointed, I think.
As for programs, I'd say 70%-80% of the 48/49 programs will run on the 50. Where you have to be careful are compiled SysRPL programs and libraries, or where certain SYSEVALs are used -- those are all different per machine. User RPL programs will run with almost no problem though. Out of about 30 programs I found on the web for the 48/49 family, all but 3-4 worked fine on the 50. The ones I had problems with, I *really* had problems with (like locking up the calc, erasing memory, etc). As long as you're careful, and make backups from time to time, you can try just about anything.
James M. Prange (Michigan), who posts on this board, probably knows more about the 49/50 family than anyone I've ever met. Every post of his is comprehensive, enlightening and rock solid accurate. He can probably tell you exactly what to watch out for when considering 48/49 programs to run on the 50. He's truly a guru of this calc.
Edited: 21 July 2007, 7:15 p.m.