Happy 40th Birthday, HP35



As I remember the date of the initial press release of the HP35 being 4 January, 1972, it seemed appropriate to wish the '35 a happy 40th birthday. Life was definitely different after this machine came into being.

Jake Schwartz


As Asian wisdom says, "The journey of a thousand mile begins with the first step." The HP-35 was that first step. Look where we are now!



I used an enjoyed all up through the 32SII, after that they lost me.


Good question!

HP, where are you?????

Regards, Joerg


"We" are in DIY heaven.


Apple changed the computer community FROM DIY to serious business.

Hewlett Packard tries to change the calculator community TO DIY???




Look where we are now!

Yes, look.

Surveying field work that used to take a three man crew a day to preform correctly is now done by one person in the field and two in the office (in the same time) but very often incorrectly because the automation has given anyone with a degree in computer-gamesmanship those office jobs and any unemployable relative can turn on the field computer. Simple but important things like turning multiple angles used to obtain an order of accuracy of one in 5000 for third order work was done with older equipment as a matter of course. It is still done to that level but totally automated with modern instruments operated roboticly by garbage like the carlson field computer. Results more than twenty times as fine are gotten using the old manual methods with the great new instruments. Mistakes are much more common now too. Since it is not absolutely necessary to have someone with experience and knowledge to do lay-out all the time; vacuum cleaners get sent to places they don't belong to do work they can't do.

The average office employee spends 25% of it's time goofing around on the internet. On the bright side: there are more arrogant twits than ever before in history who can pretend their data entry job at a terminal makes them a professional.
It used to be that employers had to have people who could think in lots of key positions. Now intelligence is concentrated in fewer positions and the merely connected or agreeable can be given a computer to do their "work", right or wrong.

If you are as old as me, you can remember how often a bill was wrong in the '70s: almost never. Now my AT&T bill for instance is wrong 10 months out of 12. This is because third rate hack bean counters with a secret handshake run things and let computers do the work because people are too expensive. How many times have you bought a computer or part that's screwed up from the factory? Or a program that's no good at all. How many people got saddled with Vista and then tried to replace it with Linux 11? How many of those would have gladly gone back to an abacus?

People used to think and take pride in their work. Now they hide in their cubicle checking their ebay bids over the the idiot filled porn pipe that is the internet.

The 41cx; now that is a computer.....


Your comments on surveying field work took me back to when I was working as a chainman in the 1970s. The minimum closing accuracy required legally on traverses was one in 5000, but our employers expected one in 10,000. Anything less than this meant we'd be sent back out to find the error. Distances were measured with a 200 foot steel tape pulled taught against the string of a suspended plumb bob. By today's standards, we chainman would be considered unskilled laborers, as most of the day's work consisted of cutting line with axes, but we very rarely failed to achieve the company's goal of accuracy. I'd like to think this was due to us taking pride in our work, but the reality was none of us wanted to go back and re-run an unsatisfactory traverse.
Everything is now electronic, and the reflectng prism has replaced the plumb bob held by a scruffy individual standing in a swamp surrounded by mosquitoes as his boots fill with water. Measuring a distance across a river is done in a fraction of a second with a laser beam. We did the same thing a lot slower by tying the end of the steel tape to a dog and persuading him to swim across for a biscuit.
Steel tapes did have one advantage, however. While working near an electric fence I was able to throw my end of it onto the wire and shock the instrument man who was holding the other end.


While working near an electric fence I was able to throw my end of it onto the wire and shock the instrument man who was holding the other end.

Nick; you've got a mean streak, don't you?

I'm not admitting any of my pranks here, because none are as good as yours.

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