|Re: Where to buy HP calcs in 1974|
Message #40 Posted by Don Shepherd on 8 Mar 2008, 10:00 p.m.,
in response to message #39 by Ren
Hi Ren (and all).
No, I don't have a time travel machine that would allow me to go back to 1974 and buy cases of HP calculators. If I did have a time travel machine, I'd go to Churchill Downs and buy some winning tickets on 100-to-1 longshots!
I was just curious about where HP calculators were sold in the old days, and from these responses I am surprized that so many different types of stores (camera, department, jewelry, engineering supply, etc.) sold them, in addition to college bookstores.
As I said, my first HP was the 16c. I was a computer scientist at Goddard Space Flight Center in the Washington DC suburbs around 1983, and I got my 16c at the University of Maryland bookstore. Prior to that (or maybe after that, I can't remember exactly), I also got the TI equivalent of the 16c (minus the programming, of course), the TI Programmer I think it was called, and it could do conversions and logical operations in decimal, binary, octal, and hex. I can't remember where I bought that one, though. It died years ago.
Thanks to all who contributed here, this is fascinating stuff, and no, I don't have a basement full of NIB calculators!