Reflections on 2006



#9

Since the new year is almost here, I started looking back on this year. It’s been a pretty good year for me. Probably not as good as some others, but I’m pleased, especially with my limited budget.

First is a purchase of a lot of HP calculators that included two HP-42S, a HP-42CX with survey module, a HP-71B with 32M memory module, a HP-48GX, HP-48, HP-19BII, HP-12C, and most were with manuals. All for $280. What really topped it off, was the seller found a mint HP-15C and included it in the package.

Second was finally acquiring the soft leather HP cases for the HP-42S, HP-15C and HP-19BII. Each one was acquired with a different calculator – HP-17BII, HP-12C and HP-28S. The leather cases really dress up the calculators, and look great when I pull out the 15C or 42S in a meeting. Really impresses everyone.

Third was getting a HP-17BII. I’ve really started playing around with the solver on it and the 19BII. Very impressive. I would make the 17BII my standard calculator, if it only had all the Trig functions.

I finally gave up on learning RPL and sold all my HP-48 and 49 models. I did keep the HP-28S, since I like the clamshell design.

On non-calculator, but HP related – After several years, finally acquired the Omnibook 300, 425, and 430 series of laptops. Still looking for a 530 model. It took several years because I refused to pay the prices that they were going far. Got each of them for less than $40 each. The OB430 has been a lot of fun. I have it running DOS, WIN 3.1, Linux, CPM, and emulating the old TRS-80 computers.

On non-calculator, non-HP, totally off-topic - I attended seven “Midnight Rambles” at Levon Helm’s studio barn/home. For you youngsters, Levon was the drummer and one of the lead singers for the group “The Band” from the 60’s and 70’s. They were Bob Dylan’s band when he went electric in the sixties. Just went to the December 23rd ramble and it was fantastic. Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys live music. The ramble is in his living room, and the back row seats are only 30 feet from the music.

It’s been a very good year.

How was your year?

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Bill


#10

2006 was the year I bought my first HP calc (a 50g).
It was a long wait (I'm 38) but worth it.
I can't really remember much else ;)

#11

Hi, all;

Cannot help telling 'No complaints at all.' Not a 'all dreams came true' reference, instead a 'Murphy's Law did not prevail'...

Cheers.

Luiz (Brazil)

#12

Looking forward to 2007, HP will be celebrating 35 years since the HP-35 was rolled out. The HHC meeting, which will honor this special anniversary, will be a special one in San Diego, California, at HP's calculator division offices. The month will be in September. It will be a very interesting meeting, so I encourage you to save for airfare and hotel to attend. If you have to sell a few collectibles, my guess it will be worth doing so to attend.

Namir


#13

I am actually going to come this time!

I will start saving my money for the expensive hotel costs.... SD is not cheap!

Les

#14

Hi, Namir --

Quote:
Looking forward to 2007, HP will be celebrating 35 years since the HP-35 was rolled out. The HHC meeting, which will honor this special anniversary, will be a special one in San Diego, California, at HP's calculator division offices. The month will be in September.

I just might make plans to attend this one. Not too far away, got some family there, and a few items to sell. I also might be able to further "enlighten" HP about the HP-33S, having publicly analyzed certain aspects including a few bugs (three of which have been fixed).

-- KS


#15

Yes, I hope to see lots of people at HHC2007.

There will also be a special HHC2007 in London to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the HP35.

Remember, if you don't snore too much (or if you can stand a bit of snoring), you can always double up on rooms to reduce the cost quite a bit!

On a separate note, does anyone have a concise write-up of all unfixed HP33S bugs?


#16

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On a separate note, does anyone have a concise write-up of all unfixed HP33S bugs?


Gene,

Recently Karl Schneider compiled a list of most known HP-33S bugs, some of them already fixed:

http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:P2xnpdYPLLgJ:www.hpmuseum.org/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/hpmuseum/forum.cgi%3Fread%3D104145+site:hpmuseum.org+HP-33S+failures&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1

Regards,

Gerson.


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