bitwiseshiftleft wrote:Too true. I think they've improved slightly (16MHz M68k, 256k ram and 2MB flash in the TI-89, sez Wikipedia), but not exponentially.
My favorite TI exploit was a TI-86 program which ran continuously in the background (like one of those old DOS TSR programs...). It made it so that if you tried to clear the memory, it would write "Mem cleared. Defaults set." and dim the screen, but not actually clear anything. Very useful for gaming after math tests.
that doesn't 'run continuously'. It was a hook.
also, I LIKE those calculators, especially the 84+s. Man, there was no better way to ease into a programming hobby in this day and age. I could really get a creative foot in the door there, eventually moving on to z80 assembly.
I don't care what Munroe thinks (he got the specs wrong), TI's made some good calculators. They don't radically change the formula to often so College Board can be comfortable with the same stuff year after year after year. I bet you those calculators are really cheap in bulk, though. I doubt schools pay $110 per calculator, but even so, they're that expensive for regular consumers cause people ideally are only going to buy it once.