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Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby drenehtsral » Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:36 pm UTC

I saw this comic: http://xkcd.com/347/ and though, "Hey, what's with all of this TI calculator bias..." I went through school having to translate all of the calculator programs from the crazy-moon-language of TI to something sane (like RPN for the HP48gx). And now in comics too?

Well, to start a proper holy war (and thumb my nose at you TI folks...), while you all were playing Breakout, I had built a transfer cable to load stuff I had downloaded from various usenet groups and install it on my calculator, and thus was able to play Civilization instead of being stuck with breakout. Muhahahahaha! (yes, somebody with _WAY_ too much time on their hands ported Civilization to the 48GX).

The civilization game can be downloaded here: http://www.holgerweihe.net/hp48/hp48.htm It is in French, but if you know Civ (or French) well enough it hardly matters.

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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby nvrzoso » Tue Dec 16, 2008 7:22 pm UTC

Most school courses which have to do with graphing revolve around the TI, thus its popularity. Once you learn how to use the TI, in and out, why would you switch to a new format?
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby qbg » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:39 pm UTC

HP makes calculators?

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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby roc314 » Tue Dec 16, 2008 10:47 pm UTC

Are HP calculators still using Reverse Polish Notation?

As long as they do that, I don't think they'll ever catch on to the extent of TIs. Most people don't have the time or inclination to learn a new format for their calculator.
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby Berengal » Wed Dec 17, 2008 2:00 am UTC

I personally always found postfix (and prefix) superior to infix, for the minute I first learned of them. I parse infix better than postfix, but I do prefix better than I do infix now (thanks to programming, where everything is prefix... mostly)
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby Osha » Mon Dec 22, 2008 8:16 pm UTC

roc314 wrote:Are HP calculators still using Reverse Polish Notation?

As long as they do that, I don't think they'll ever catch on to the extent of TIs. Most people don't have the time or inclination to learn a new format for their calculator.


My HP50-g has the option of RPN, but by default isn't set to it. That said lots of the more esoteric functions just seem designed with RPN mode in mind.
Also, the HP50-G is way cooler than an equivalently priced TI calculator. I mean come on! It has an SD-card slot (No more worrying about kilobytes, I have a gig on my calculator), and a beeper, and the only reason it has a stupid infrared port instead of an awesome one is people were worried about cheating. And you can set it to RPN and watch people squirm when they borrow it :twisted:
That said, the documentation is totally inadequate.

@drenehtsral, Civilisation is indeed impressive, but let's not be so fast as to discount the TI-86's Dragon Warrior!
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby hotaru » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:20 am UTC

drenehtsral wrote:Well, to start a proper holy war (and thumb my nose at you TI folks...), while you all were playing Breakout, I had built a transfer cable to load stuff I had downloaded from various usenet groups and install it on my calculator, and thus was able to play Civilization instead of being stuck with breakout.

and while you were playing games, i was running CP/M on my TI-83+.
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby yohanleafheart » Tue Dec 23, 2008 7:15 pm UTC

Berengal wrote:I personally always found postfix (and prefix) superior to infix, for the minute I first learned of them. I parse infix better than postfix, but I do prefix better than I do infix now (thanks to programming, where everything is prefix... mostly)


Indeed, same for me. I learned postfix basically for the HP 48 I was using at college. In fact, I don't know about US and other countries, but here in Brazil it is rare to see anything except an HP.
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby headprogrammingczar » Wed Dec 24, 2008 1:34 am UTC

hotaru wrote:
drenehtsral wrote:Well, to start a proper holy war (and thumb my nose at you TI folks...), while you all were playing Breakout, I had built a transfer cable to load stuff I had downloaded from various usenet groups and install it on my calculator, and thus was able to play Civilization instead of being stuck with breakout.

and while you were playing games, i was running CP/M hardcoding 3D graphics on my TI-83+.

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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby pyroman » Wed Jan 21, 2009 7:16 am UTC

I've got you beat. I was living the glory days with my good ol' palm m130. Could do all sorts of cool stuff with that thing. Plus more importantly it had risk. :D Too bad it doesn't seem to want to charge anymore. :? maybe one of these days I'll take it apart again.
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby MrFrothy » Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:01 am UTC

I have an m130 too!
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby pyroman » Sun Jan 25, 2009 7:07 am UTC

MrFrothy wrote:I have an m130 too!
hi-five!


woot! *internet hi five*
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby Emu* » Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:26 pm UTC

Had a V, cracked the screen. Then bought a Vx off ebay plus hardcase and folding laptop-style keyboard for about £25. That got stolen. Then I bought an E2, which I used til I got a Samsung i600 WinMo phone with qwerty and wifi. Now I have a Blackberry Curve 8320 and I have to say



Calculators SUCK! :lol:
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby quintopia » Tue Feb 03, 2009 8:10 am UTC

and i don't understand why the fact that someone (um, many people) wrote Breakout clones for TI calcs means "Breakout reference = TI bias"
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Re: Why no HP calculator jokes?

Postby CPesyna » Sat Feb 28, 2009 6:12 am UTC

The HP50g is absolutely godlike and I take comfort in the complete superiority it represents. It is the pinnacle of engineering, art, Western thought and human kind. The engineers at HP plucked it and its included faux-leather carrying case from the realm of the gods, and in so doing gave physical form to the Platonic ideal of the calculator. Its 9.5 megabyte, 887 page user's guide was penned by monks and inspired by a choir of heavenly muses. All hail the glorious HP50g.
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