TI calculator collection



(For non-English speakers: wan·na·be also wan·na·bee (wn-b, wôn-) Informal
1. One who aspires to a role or position.
2. One who imitates the behavior, customs, or dress of an admired person or group.
3. A product designed to imitate the qualities or characteristics of something.
Wishing or aspiring to be; would-be.



The article's subject -- TI's angst over teenage hackers "repurposing" their TI-83's -- gives a good indication of how capable and well-supported is that platform for customization.

It would be great if HP supported enhancement of the HP-10bII (is that the new one with the reprogramming capability?) as well as TI has the TI-83/84. (Excepting TI's apps signature requirements, that is.)

Heck, I haven't paid any attention of late -- maybe HP does support development well?


I think you mean the 20b.

You can download a toolchain, source, compiler and documentation for creating your own system on the 20b.




Sorry... I hadn't even read the article when I posted the link... my bad. I was referring to a modern TI calculator collection as compared to a "real" collection of calculators.

I didn't mean to disparage their repurposing efforts.

BTW: Life is good today. Finally added an HP-10 to my collection.


No apology required. It was interesting and on topic anyway!

But where does this "my bad" expression come from, anyway? I see that more and more and it isn't coming from non-native writers--it seems to be a "thing."


Bill, that's been around for several years now. It's short for "am I bad!". One uses it after one has goofed up somehow. I personally don't like it, but many people use it.


Apparently, the phrase has been around a while, but became popularized in the 1995 movie Clueless with Alicia Silverstone.


I don't think I've seen that movie....

Silverstone...is she the one from "Married with Children?"

You don't have to answer. I am truly clueless:-)


Hi, Bill;

The actress from Married with Children may be Applegate; Silverstone (Alicia) is probably well remembered from this movie or this other one.


Luiz (Brazil)

Edited: 18 Nov 2009, 7:25 p.m.



No wonder I got 'em confused. They are both compounds of good stuff with ordinary stuff:

Apple of mine eye
Silver bells...


Bill, anyone over the age of 50 is clueless these days. If you consider the first name Carly, who do you think of? Me, it's Carly Simon. My tutor students, it's "iCarly." This forum, I guess it's Ms. Fiorina.


Can you tell I have an 18-year-old daughter? I've "learned" all sorts of expressions.

Last weekend, I was visiting my son for the KU/Nebraska (American) football game. I asked some of his friends what they call students who work extra hard and even study ahead. They were unaware of any term for them! "Nerd" was the best they could do.

In "my day", those students were called "gunners". It was a very useful description, since I was competing with pre-med, and then other medical students. Sometimes, even I was a "gunner"....


I've never heard "gunner" used with that meaning. I was an EE undergrad from 1970 to 74, and an EE grad student in 1980. Maybe I predate that, or maybe it never was used at Georgia Tech.


I've heard "gunner" for that.

And the participial phrase, "he's gunning for Summa Cum Laude" or such.


When I was working with EEs they tended to divide themselves into two camps: analog or digital. Except for some of the older ones, who considered themselves either "Wave Heads" or "60-cycle Boys." And the latter was not a sexist term, since there were almost no female engineers back then.

One of the wave heads used to go around saying "All you need to be a digital engineer is two toes." I could never quite get him to understand that you only need one... toe.


When I was working with EEs they tended to divide themselves into two camps: analog or digital. Except for some of the older ones, who considered themselves either "Wave Heads" or "60-cycle Boys." And the latter was not a sexist term, since there were almost no female engineers back then..

I was an AeroE working with both analog and digital EE's. I grouped them all together as "twidgets".

Americans seem to go through phases where we seize upon certain words and use them to death. Two current examples: awesome and sweet.


And usually what is being thusly described is neither truly awesome nor literally sweet.



Of course, it's a generational thing. In my day, things were "far out" and "groovy." I'm sure my parents felt the same way about those words as I feel about awesome and sweet!


I hate "kewl".


Growing up in the 60's and 70's everything was "far out". I hated it when mom would mock us and say "cool in". I can still hear her today. ;)


odd, my mom thought "cool" was pretty cool in 1958,
groovy was never cool but "surfs up" could survive for
surfers and other idiots. We greesers in LA just did "runs"
to parties at far reaches. difference between West and East
coast kids.


Am I missing something here? Did I drop into the middle of a conversation?


Cold are the hands of time that creep along relentlessly, destroying slowly but without pity that which yesterday was young. Alone our memories resist this disintegration and grow more lovely with the passing years.

Edited: 7 Dec 2009, 4:58 p.m.


Thanks Eric
Your prose is magnamous, yet this was a continuation of
another thread, guess Dave wants to headline me
although i did not start this clueless thread
or make up it's title, yet it is appropo.


Alas, I can't take credit for the prose. It's from the 1942 film "Palm Beach Story", written and directed by Preston Sturges, and considered to by one of the best of the classic screwball comedies. The line is uttered by the "Wienie King" (Robert Dudley), who immediately follows it with "Hah! That's hard to say with false teeth!"


If you are a native English speaker and feels like this, guess what's going on our poor foreign, non-native English perceiving brain cells...

Luiz (somewhere else)


Am I missing something here? Did I drop into the middle of a conversation?

I think so.


I believe that this is the continuation of a previous thread:




"Awesome" migrated from SoCal surfer slang to the mainstream at least 25 years ago, along with "gnarly", "tubular" (via Valley-speak, if memory serves), and a bunch of other fun words ("egregious" was a favorite for some reason).

If "awesome" is "new", you guys are older than I thought. :-)


Most noticed last weekend while visiting college: "That's sick." (Meaning "great".) Was a bit confusing to me, but I get it now. "That calculator is sick!"....
I don't think I'm going to use that one.

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