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One of the side effects of the flood that struck Colorado the week before HHC 2013 was that I had to move a lot of stuff out of my mother's basement. My stuff was high enough off the floor to avoid damage, and among that stuff was this picture from a photo shoot for the University of Colorado College of Engineering student magazine some thirty-plus years ago. One of the pictures from the set ran on the final page of an issue (the page usually reserved for a joke or other funny item) with the caption "I told the professor I didn't need to use the computer!"

Click Here.

I wish I could say that all of the calculators in the picture were mine but alas no. And that's not an 01 on my wrist (alas again).


edited to fix link


Edited: 4 Nov 2013, 3:06 p.m. after one or more responses were posted

Tripod seems to prevent using their images from "foreign" sites.

Try it now.

Wow! Nice calculator collection ... Texas Instruments, HP, Casio and is this a Sharp PC-1300 on the right of your right hand?

Close. It's a PC-1300S. That one is mine, and it was another of the things that turned up when going through the basement. And it still works. I hope to have some photos and a write-up on it soon.

Added some text and a couple of photos.

Great! I can't wait to see the pictures and detailed story of your Sharp PC-1300S...

Sharp, which is unfortunately in trouble these days, was a very innovative company who scored quite a number of "firsts" during the early days of the electronic calculators and BASIC pocket PCs: first hand help calculator (EL-8), first CMOS calculator (EL-801), first LCD calculator (EL-805), first BASIC pocket PC (PC-1211)...

I have a few old Sharps, I love their design and build quality (they all work fine 30 to 40 years later).

The PC-1300/S is on my whish list but it seems to be a rare and expensive beast :-(