Early HHC2007 conference report / tidbits



#18

70 total attendees, 65 non-HP attendees. Biggest attendance at a conference in YEARS!

HP provided lunch and dinner on Saturday and lunch on Sunday.

Cyrille was voted best speaker for his talk. Don Shepherd gave a very good talk about the nSpire. Other speakers can be found here:

Conference program (which changed, but more or less was like this)

Everyone received at least one door prize (someone actually walked away with a very rare TI 1200 calculator) and two gifts from HP.

Two auctions of rare goodies was held, one of which I won.

Each attendee received a special edition 16 month HP Calculator calendar in their conference proceedings folder.

Jake video recorded everything - except the NDA stuff.

Sunday night, several attendees gathered at the Elephant Bar restaurant for hours and then continued talking in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn.

One of the attendees missed Saturday morning because his wife went into labor, giving birth around 7-8am. Fortunately :-) he was able to drop by Saturday afternoon to register and get his goodies...with his wife's blessing!

Speaking of wives, there were 3 non-HP female attendees this year, 2 more than the previous year. I call that an important percent change!

Hopefully some of you who registered but were unable to attend can do so next year. Stay tuned for more non-NDA info about the conference past and conference future.


#19

Can anyone post Mr. Owens presentation on the MLDL2000 and the Hepax (How to). It would be nice to review this.


#20

MLDL2000 and HEPAX presentation

This is mostly Meindert's work, with a couple of additional slides for my HEPAX how-to.

Regards,
Howard


#21

Howard,

Thanks for doing the presentation. Maybe it would be good to make the paper about your HEPAX how-to public as well, that really explains how to do it!

Meindert


#22

Maybe I misunderstood, but I thought there shall be a CD or DVD with all the HHC papers and presentations on it (except the NDA stuff of course). When will it be released? For those of us who live far away from San Diego this would be very much appreciated: so we may read at least what was going on.


#23

Jake Schwartz puts together a DVD of the proceedings (edited to remove NDA type stuff), but that usually takes several months due to life events, etc.

I'm sure he will post a link here when it is ready.

As far as printed proceedings, not every talk had associated paper handouts, so that may be tougher to gather.

#24

Quote:
70 total attendees, 65 non-HP attendees. Biggest attendance at a conference in YEARS!

I think you'll find that there were 65 1/2 non-HP attendees.

Congratulations to Katie and Tim.

:-)

#25

For what it's worth, the conference group photo is posted on the HHC2007 web site at http://holyjoe.net/hhc2007/ . Another nine people appeared after the photo was taken.

A detailed conference report is being prepared and will be posted as soon as it is completed.

Jake Schwartz


#26

Hi Jake,

thanks for posting the photo. Looks like a very cheerful crowd! For us who could not attend: Who's who? Can you add the names e.g. from left to right? Thanks in advance!


#27

In some cases, no.

For he first time in memory, we had 2 attendees who were adamant that their name not be used on any lists made public.

Not sure if the fear is terrorists or the government, but ...

If their Nass get out, it won't be my doing, but it goes against my view ova community


#28

Quote:
In some cases, no.

Gene, I'd be perfectly satisfied when you omit just *some* names ;) This will allow for putting faces to well known names for those members of this forum who couldn't spend the money for travelling half around the globe for a weekend, though a very valuable one.

Well, and whoever doesn't want to show up named in public, which is a perfectly rightful wish for sure, shall be vigilant (and modest) enough not to be group-photographed. Else I'd not reckon that "adamant" but something else :)

Edited: 8 Oct 2007, 5:12 a.m.

#29

>Each attendee received a special edition 16 month HP Calculator calendar in their conference proceedings folder.

Along with the printed proceedings and calendar, I want to add that each conference folder also included some very, very generous media items as follows:
1) Museum of HP Calculators 2-DVD set (Ver. 6.00) - Thanks Dave!!
2) HP Calculator Archive CD (i.e. entire copy of hpcalc.org) - Thanks Eric!!
3) 24 Years of Datafile 1982-2005 CD (HPCC UK) - Thanks Wlodek, Bruce, Hugh, et al !!)

Additionally, when HP handed out the free 35S's, they also gave each attendee an "HP Invent" logoed unisex watch (for some reason the HP watch I received was an old LED display jobbie with a bunch of tiny little buttons ;-). The 35S and watch were really nice gestures on HP's part. Thanks Sam, Cyrille, Wing, and Amy!!

And of course, a BIG THANK YOU to the HHC2007 committee members: Richard, Jake, Gene, Wlodek, and Joe!! Joe wasn't able to attend due to a serious medical condition he is fighting, so please keep him in your prayers - he certainly needs them right now. Thanks guys for all your hard work. We'll never know the extra effort you put into making this another highly-enjoyable conference.

I think one of my favorite aspects of these conferences are meeting and talking with friends that have traveled from other countries to attend. You know it cost them plenty of time and money to be there! We have been enrichened by your presence. Thanks for coming! It's really nice to be able to put a face with the names we see here often (that goes for everyone).

There are lots of other good things to mention, but I just wanted to say thank you to some pretty special people.

Matt

Edited: 8 Oct 2007, 1:17 p.m. after one or more responses were posted


#30

I seem to remember reading somewhere that there would be a programming challenge. If there was one as part of the conference, what was the problem?

How many original HP-35's made it? (All versions?) Does the freebie 35s have the "Commemorating 35 Years" (or whatever) on it?

(I'm calculating how much jealousy I should work up.) (If these answers are already available, please point me in some general direction . . . )

Edited: 8 Oct 2007, 1:54 p.m.


#31

Quote:
I seem to remember reading somewhere that there would be a programming challenge. If there was one as part of the conference, what was the problem?

On the 35S ONLY,

1. Accept as input an integer from 1 to 9,999,999,999 in which no digit is a zero.

2. Sort the digits of the integer into increasing order and display the result as one integer.

3. No external program initiation.

4. Restore original calculator state.

Example, for input of 9991188, return 1188999


Quote:
How many original HP-35's made it? (All versions?)

I don't think there was a count. Some are being held in the posted photo.

Quote:
Does the freebie 35s have the "Commemorating 35 Years" (or whatever) on it?
Sadly, no.

#32

> How many original HP-35's made it? (All versions?) Does the freebie 35s have the "Commemorating 35 Years" (or whatever) on it?

I counted at least eleven HP35A models there. The machines HP gave out were the "regular" 35S units, not the commemorative ones which went to only a select few people, as I recall.

Jake Schwartz


#33

Seems like they had the "select few" attending the conference!

Whatever -- I'd better not indulge in "glass 1/8 empty" rumination. Sounds like it was fun.

Thanks for the info.

#34

Quote:
I seem to remember reading somewhere that there would be a programming challenge. If there was one as part of the conference, what was the problem?

There is a nice write-up of the evaluation of the programming challenge submissions (but not the listings themselves -- dang it! that the 35s doesn't have IR printer output) by Gene W. in Richard Nelson's Conference Report posted at the HHC website:

http://holyjoe.net/hhc2007/Final_HHC2007_Conference_Report_R2.pdf


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