HP Calculators and Sex Appeal



#22

I've noticed something funny lately.

First some background -- I'm in my 40's and I'm doing a career change that has sent me back to school. (I'm also a long-time lurker and occasional contributor to this forum.) So I find myself around lots of undergraduates, who seem awfully young to me :)

Anyway, yesterday in lab I had my trusty HP-25 out, crunching some numbers. (I bought it about two years ago and now it's my "everyday" calculator.) One girl in class was really fascinated by it -- she had to carry it off to show the teacher. ("Look at this calculator! Check it out!") It's hard to know what the fascination was -- I think it had to do with the red LED display. She was definitely impressed by the FIX 2 display formatting, though.

I wouldn't have paid much attention to this but the same thing happened last semester -- same calc, different girl. So what is going on here?

Maybe it's the red LED display -- many younger people have never seen one. Or the overall shape and styling -- it's shorter but thicker than modern machines. Or maybe it's just the fact that someone in their class is using an antique -- it's older than they are.

So maybe I'm on to something here. So far, it hasn't gotten me any dates, but it definitely bears watching. (Maybe I should start carrying around one of my slide rules, too!)

Any thoughts? Has anyone else had a similar experience?

Edited: 15 June 2005, 3:27 a.m. after one or more responses were posted


#23

Well, it worked for me. I bought my girlfriend an HP-32E, and she married me. . .

Later, I bought her an HP-18C to replace the 32E, which had died. Unfortunately, it died not much later, and these days she gets by with a combination of algebraic four-bangers and SPSS.

Best,

--- Les

[http://www.lesbell.com.au]


#24

You got that effect with a 25 ?

Good Lord man! Do *not*, repeat do not carry a 41 in there. You might never get out. ;-)

Actually, you could share around a copy of V41 ... I've replaced the diabolical calc in Windows XP with a 41 and it certainly gives my desktop some added class, plus makes adding stuff up much less tedious.


#25

Thanks for the advice.

I suspect the "attractive effect" only works with a real calculator and not with a simulation.

I'm not sure how well a 41 would work. With its LCD it may look too much like a modern calculator to be interesting. Further studies are required, though.

(On my laptop I use a Javascript emulation of a 25-like calculator that I wrote myself. It has a few rough edges but works very well for me.)

- Mixhael

#26

Does she have a sister?

#27

Why not pick her up a 33S ? I really like mine.

You could also get her a 49G+. They are only $78 on Amazon.com right now. That is a great price.

#28

Yep - but it works the other way round too: few weeks ago I missed the train because the woman at the ticket counter used a HP14B.

IIRC, there once was a scientific paper "Mobile Phones as Lecking Devices", how men try to attract woman by using mobile phones - they hold the more communicative in higher esteem. Now, would you please - for the pure science and the cognizance of this forum's community - make a test: hold the HP25 to your ear and start a parley about trade or so, and (if possible) report the result here.

Ciao.....Mike <VBG>


#29

(Still NT!)


#30

Well, when I wrote the append I searched my Collins Englisch Dic., QuickDic, and Google for that word with little success. In the article it was described as similar behaviour as some birds collecting little white pebbles to lure females and other complex pairing rituals. I do not know if the expression "Lecking Device" was only used in that paper or if it is a standard technical term for any artifact with no other meaning than impressing the opposite sex.

So what you describe is quite normal, alas improbably that HP's product designer will pay attention to this side effect, or one day we show an HP-43GTI with Porsche's tremulous motorsound and more advertising stunts.

Ciao.....Mike

Edited: 16 June 2005, 5:53 a.m.


#31

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#32

Though I had no one fawn over me for a calculator, everytime someone sees me using a 48 or 49G+ I always get questions about it.

#33

My 1st guess is that the color of the led display match the color of her hair.

The 2nd is that 30% of the girls really are interested in older men, and of course, in his old things.

Pio


#34

Quote:
My 1st guess is that the color of the led display match the color of her hair.

Nope, brunettes all.

Quote:
The 2nd is that 30% of the girls really are interested in older men, and of course, in his old things.

I don't honestly think that romance is in the offing here, regardless of what I might like :) Just curiosity about the old guy's calculator.

Today in lab I was showing a couple of the ladies how to use their calculators. (Algebraic, formula entry.) I never knew there were so many wrong ways to enter a number in scientific notation.

Today our lab instructor put a slightly wrong formula up on the board. It took us a while to debug that one -- amazing what kind of mischief ensues when you leave out a zero...

- Michael

#35

Come on, Mr. Coyle! Put your phone number on the back of your HP-25! Okay, if you must bow to hipness, scribe your cell number instead.


#36

I don't know but when I bought my 25, I didn't anything about calculator. I bought it because it looked good. I like the color combination as well as the color they used for the key labeling. I still like that color scheme until now. I was very dissapointed when HP changed it for the 48GX.

#37

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Come on, Mr. Coyle! Put your phone number on the back of your HP-25! Okay, if you must bow to hipness, scribe your cell number instead.

I don't own a cell phone yet, I guess I'll just have to use my home phone and email address. (forum@hpmuseum...just kidding)

- Michael


#38

"... I don't own a cell phone yet, I guess I'll just have to use my home phone and email address. (forum@hpmuseum...just kidding)... "

Yipes! They'll never talk to you again!...

... (only solution: offer to solve their homework problems for them!)

#39

Try getting your slide rule out and see what happens...


#40

Is that a slide rule in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?


#41

Slide rules get longer when they are in use :-))

#42

Hi Gordon!

Interesting idea...I promise to give it all the consideration it deserves. :)

- Michael


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