|Re: Why do we collect HP calculators|
Message #15 Posted by Howard Owen on 21 Aug 2007, 2:07 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by Stefan Vorkoetter
Well, I don't know about Asperger's. I'm borderline autistic, myself. 8)
Seriously, I collect calculators because I like to play with them. I'm a systems engineer and programmer, and I love computer systems and networks. Seeing how these earlier examples were set up is endlessly fascinating to me. Then too, I started computing on an HP-41C in 1982, so I have a good deal of nostalgia for that platform. Since it is a complete system, with networking and everything, the 41C combines my two motivations in one platform. The 71B does that too. And I love programming the 42S, 48gx and 50g, though I know mentioning those in the same breath is tantamount to heresy, or at least esthetically dubious. 8)
I sort of collect languages, too. I've always been like that, learning tons of computer languages whenever I had a spare moment, for no better reason than intrinsic fascination. Several of those languages turned out to be fairly lucrative and career enhancing, but once again, that's not why I learned them. I just love systems. That has made for a pretty enjoyable career so far.
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Edited: 21 Aug 2007, 2:08 p.m.