|Re: [WP 34S] Another newborn|
Message #9 Posted by Egan Ford on 20 Oct 2011, 11:47 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by Walter B
I do not know enough of HP's history to argue that one way or the other. My gut tells me that HP created products to make money, not to fill a missing personal need with no intent to monetize it. IOW, I think your argument is irrelevant. Unless you are only suggesting that once named, the name sticks.
And also HP was baptized HP since they made products for H & P, wasn't it?
I think the 34S is more inline with the history of Wozniak and the Apple I. Woz just wanted to make himself a computer, and then shared that with a broader community by making it open source (or free with source). Both the ROM source and the schematic for the Apple I is published in the Apple I manual.
Again, what started this thread was my followup to a statement that suggested adding letters. WP is already a mouthful since 'W', at least in English, is 3 syllables. My suggestion was to rename the letters and keep it at two. CS was the only thing I could think of that would embody the work of Marcus and others, and at the same time hint at the target audience in the same way 'scientific' is used. I would have love to have said, "Community Scientific, by the community for the community", but when less than half of the community cannot even be bothered to vote for a keyboard layout, it's clearly, "not of the community", but still for the community. To suggest, back to your original statement, that the 34S was made for W & P is a mischaracterization given the volume of support, testing, reaction to input, non-WP contributors, etc... And, I think "CS" is more inline with other projects such as OpenRPN and Free42.
Lastly, and again, I really do not have an issue with the current name, I never did. And you are clearly keen on not changing it, and that's fine too.
Hint: Follow up with, we are not going to change it and that's final. :-)