TI-83 Plus vs. HP 20B, HP 35S, HP 40G



#10

No, we are not talking about complex numbers - it's much more important.

A TI-83 Plus saved recently a life!

When a mugger attacked and shot at Middle Tennessee State University student Elizabeth Pittenger after a class last Thursday evening, a TI-83 Plus graphing calculator in her purse helped to stop the bullet. Pittenger had borrowed the calculator from a friend for a personal finance exam.

"The calculator was the first thing the bullet hit. It looks like it went in long ways," said Pittenger, 22, a senior psychology major scheduled to graduate in December. Pittenger added that when she called her sorority sister, Mandy Morgan the calculator’s owner, she said "Your calculator took a bullet for me."

Source: TI Press Release

Regards,
Joerg


#11

Joerg, thanks for that! Nice news clip, too. Lucky girl!

BTW, I'm currently having a mugger in my back yard shoot at one of my old 12Cs, which I borrowed from three (!) friends. Hopefully HP will hear about it and replace it with a nice 50G for all four of us ;-)

#12

Glad that Elizabeth is OK. Did they catch the mugger? The mugger should take a bullet longways!

#13

Interesting story! One never knows when a calculator will be needed. :-)

HP should offer to replace the TI with the choice of a 50G or 40GS.

Regards,

John

#14

If it was a HP-48GX with 2 RAM cards in the bullet would have bounced back and killed the attacker and still be in perfect working condition :)


#15

Quote:
If it was a HP-48GX with 2 RAM cards in the bullet would have bounced back ...
... reflected by the repellent force of RPL, as a frequent contributor of this forum once used to say ;-)

#16

Walter:

You wrote:

Quote:
... reflected by the repellent force of RPL, as a frequent contributor of this forum once used to say ;-)

Amen to that! Last year one of my New Year's resolutions was that I would learn to program in RPL before I die. I have been working on it but success is doubtful. Do you suppose I can live to 120? or 200? or even longer if required?

Palmer


#17

Palmer,

Quote:
Last year one of my New Year's resolutions was that I would learn to program in RPL before I die. I have been working on it but success is doubtful. Do you suppose I can live to 120? or 200? or even longer if required?

I have (had?) a similar project: in a wave of unbased optimism, I bought a 50G last summer. Printed the full manual, so you see I was full of good will. In fact, after computing 1 integral very fast and nicely, but with high user input effort (both aspects exceeding by far what I know in RPN), that device went onto the shelf and me into frustration. BTW, I quoted Valentin above. Hope he's well.

Ceterum censeo: HP, launch a 43s (RPN, naturally).

Walter

#18

I was lucky. I worked with a co-worker in the 80's that was single (lots of disposable income) and always had to have the latest HP calculator on the day it came out. He would sell me his "old" HP calculators at a heavy discount when he bought the next model. From 1987 to 1990 I went from my HP-11C (bought to replace my intermittent HP-25) to a HP-28C, a HP-28S and finally to my current HP-48SX. Going from the key-step programmable HP's to RPL on the HP-28C was a steep learning curve. Luckily I was young and had much more spare time than I do now.


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