use, prices, other-brand rpn


1) my 41 never even came out of the case at work yesterday. the first time since the early 90's.

2) people have been commenting on outrageous ebay prices for a while now. i just read something that will help to put that in context. in 1997 the loincloth that kirk douglas wore in the film "sparticus" was auctioned off at sothebys for $2990.00. that price makes a $2300.00 hp65 or a $170.00 hp32sii look like a good use of ones money. and a more hygenic use too.

3) i have been playing with an "allegro" lately. it's a windows ce based coke bottle shaped touch screen handheld. the program this one uses has three "calculators" in it. one is an aos basic calc. another is a specialized curve geometry calculator. the last is the "scientific", it is rpn with an hp style 4 level stack (all visible), replicating t reg, last x and all. it has 4 memories and all 6 trig functions but no p-r. the programmer was a bit unclear on the concept; it converts from D.dddd to dms but not back again and the arithmetic functions are all shifted, but it's rpn and i guess they would not have put it in there if they didn't think that people expected it.


Please forgive me for saying so, but anyone who pays $3000 for a piece of dirty underwear should have his/her head examined. It makes no sense absolutely; looking at it, you can't tell it was worn by Douglas -- which would be the prime reason for buying it. I might as well cut a dish rag and claim it's a tampon that Queen Victoria discarded.

A $2300 HP-65 is okay if (a) money is no object and (b) it is in good working condition. After all, allowing for inflation, the $800 price tag it had originally would amount to much more than a mere $2300.

Paying $170 for a HP-32SII is also okay. It's a useful machine and the price is not too outrageous.

As you can see, I'm not a collector of things. 8^(


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