Voyager Question for Valentin Albillo



#13

Valentin,
I enjoy reading your posts about the Voyager's. I was wondering if you had a website that contains some of the things you have written about them. I'd like to read more, but it gets frustrating searching through all the archives trying to find things.

Sounds like you own at least a few. I was wondering if you have encountered any problems with them? My 11c has been reliable so far and is in perfect condition, but it's almost 20 years old so I'm sure it's days are numbered. Thanks.

Edited: 20 Nov 2003, 12:01 p.m.


#14

Hi, Brian:

Brian posted:

"Valentin, I enjoy reading your posts about the Voyager's."

Well, thank you very much, I'm glad you do.

"I was wondering if you had a website that contains some of the things you have written about them. I'd like to read more, but it gets frustrating searching through all the archives trying to
find things."

I've been thinking about creating a web site to make publicly available the *hundreds* of programs, articles, quality photographs, historic-PPC-times letters, and tons and tons and tons of materials I do have, mainly related to HP (75%) and SHARP handhelds (25%). I would really love to share all of this with interested people, specially as most of it is absolutely unpublished elsewhere.

However, there are two serious problems to overcome: first of all, documenting and preparing all of this in web form will take a lot of effort, scanning, retyping, testing, etc. I don't have so much free time at the moment to do it. Nevertheless, a great deal of it is already in web form and could be published right now but then we're stuck with problem two, namely I don't have enough free web space to host all of this. My computer chess site has only 5 Mb or so free space available, and the rest of my sites are also smallish. I would need some kind people to freely host my materials, and that would take a sizable number of megabytes. So far I've had no offers, so this web project may take a long while to get the green light, if ever.

Meanwhile, you just might be interested in some of my articles [all of them do include a program, full documentation and examples] that are already available on the web, namely:

HP Voyager Series:

Long Live the HP-11C!

Long Live the HP-12C!

HP-12C Tried & Tricky Trigonometrics

HP-12C's Serendipitous Solver

Long Live the HP-15C!

HP-15C Nth-degree Polynomial Fitting

Long Live the Advantage ROM!

Other HP handhelds:

HP-41/42 Othello/Reversi Game

HP-67 Chess Playing Program

Packing Long Integers for the HP 71B (Assembler)

A short, HP-related tale, in memoriam of Sir Isaac Newton

Time Voyager

A chess-related program (TP source code included)

Mater: A simple Mate-Searching Program

There are also a sizable number of postings from mine to this very Forum and some of them do include routines and 'challenges' for Voyagers and other models. I don't have them available so you'll need to search the Archives if interested.


Sounds like you own at least a few. I was wondering if you have encountered any problems with them? My 11c has been
reliable so far and is in perfect condition, but it's almost 20 years old so I'm sure it's days are numbered.

I own a respectable number of Voyagers, indeed (though not nearly as many as Patrick), from a couple HP-10C to five HP-15C. All of them I like in their own way. Were it easily available and relatively cheap, the HP-10C would be the absolutely ideal simple-yet-powerful RPN calculator for everyone to always have one at hand, from housewives to examinees.

As for problems, I've *never*, ever had even the slightest hint of a problem or malfunction with any of the Voyagers I've used. The best example is the first one I got, a USA-made HP-11C presented to me by my close friend Fernando del Rey 23+ years ago. I've used this machine endlessly, it's been with me while I was with the Foreign Legion at the Sahara Desert, it's stood all kinds of rough conditions, yet not only does it work flawlessly, but it even looks like new ! And only 3 battery changes in those 23+ years, the third set still going strong ! :-)

Your 11C has its days numbered, but everyone and everything does, from the Universe to the humblest bacteria. I'd bet that 10-15 years from now your 11C will be absolutely fine and dandy, if properly taken care of as I'm sure you do.

Best regards from V.


#15

Valentin Albillo wrote: "... five HP-15C."

Is by any change a slight possibility for me to get one.
You may answer in a private e-mail - just DROP_NOSPAM. # VPN #


#16

Sorry, VPN, but I don't intend to sell any of my handhelds, much less the Voyagers. I'm too attached to them ... :-)

Anyway, thanks for the offering (and interest) and

Best regards from V.


#17

What is your exact address and do you have a burglar alarm? (-; PS: Is there anyone to donate a HP-15C to me? # VPN #

#18

n/t


#19

Hi, Gene

If you mean my "Bridge-It" game program for the HP-12C, it's included in the "Long Live the HP-12C!" article mentioned (and linked) in my original post.

Else, please specify what game are you referring to.

Thanks and best regards from V.

#20

Hello Valentín:

We met in a few meetings of Madrid PPC members, about twenty years ago. You may even remember.

Quote:
I would need some kind people to freely host my materials, and that would take a sizable number of megabytes.

I have 20-25 MB of spare web space that perhaps you could use. You can contact me at fulano@hispavista.com. This address is already flooded with spam, but I will pick out your reply.


#21

Hello, Rafael:

Thanks a lot for your kind and generous offer, but the problem is 20-25 Mb is probably insufficient to hold the main parts together.

I could, of course, distribute the load between several sites, but that would generate an inordinate amount of extra bookkeeping and administration work for me, keeping track of what is where, plus it would be a mess for visitors having to deal with a number of quite different links to access the various materials. The graphic materials in particular (scans and photographs) take the lion's share.

So, for the moment being, I prefer to try and find a single site with enough room (100 Mb or so, initially) before commiting to splitting it all amongst smaller sites. Anyway, if I can't find any such hosting within a reasonable time lapse (several months), I might as well accept your offer if it still holds by then.

Again, thanks a lot and best regards from V.


#22

Mmm, do you think those 20-25 MB plus 50 MB of ftp space would suffice? 20 MB for html pages (mainly text and light images) is plenty of space, if heavier items were in a linked ftp directory.


#23

Hi, Rafael:

Thanks again, Rafael, but I'd prefer to have everything available at a single, web site. I've dealt with ftp servers in the recent past to distribute some files related to my other hobbies, and it was always an administrative chore, plus many users did have problems with proxies, firewalls, and the like, so I'm somewhat wary of using them. Classifying and converting all materials to web format is already too much work, so I am reluctant of anything that could introduce extra, administrative or maintenance work.

Perhaps I'll be able to get a large account (100 Mb) eventually, next year, and so most of it will see the light.

Anyway, thank you very much for your kind offering and

Best regards from V.


#24

Ok, I didn't think it was difficult to use the ftp space from web pages, and I suddenly remembered that I have those 50 MB sleeping from when I joined my current ISP...

Anyway, don't forget to announce when your site is finally up.

Saludos,
RM.


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