From: Dave on 30 Oct 2006 13:37
Every serious gadget user should get a PDA and run linux on it, which,
with XCas, X48, Free42, Nonpareil, and TiEmu, has all the math
computing capability he needs. But converting to Linux is much harder
than converting to RPN. It requires technical background to install
Linux especially on a PDA, and the learning curve is steep without
assistance. Perhaps one can get a Japanese Sharp Zaurus with Linux
preinstalled and 64MB RAM and 6GB hard drive. Or, if I'm dreaming, why
not spend $1500 and get an ultra portable Fujitsu Lifebook Tablet PC,
then spend another $1000-$2000 and get Mathematica or Maple. But
seriously, a PDA with Linux and XCas is most power for the money, and
all software are free if one takes the trouble to learn how to get them
working. I'm using the Pocket PC version of XCas, which seems to have
some numerical computations broken.
> Xcas works also on a wince device from a SD card where
> Linux is installed, I should be able to release a new ARM
> binary version of xcas (new interface)
> before the end of the year. If you have a large enough SD
> card, you can install a complete debian system, I could
> even run arm gdb on the arm version of xcas. I could not
> compile xcas on my arm device however because of lack
> of RAM.
From: Jean-Yves Avenard on 30 Oct 2006 19:08
> Well, Finland is Just 2 hours ahead of GMT, and I am 6 hours behind
> GMT, not in USA, so ... my HP49g+ says 8 Hours difference.... not 18
And there are also people located outside of Finland and south America...
Taiwan is in the same time zone as Australia
From: mdr1024 on 30 Oct 2006 20:06
Jean-Yves Avenard wrote:
> mdr1024(a)gmail.com wrote:
> > Except for the TI-81, that was the biggest POS TI ever created, along
> > with all its derivatives (83,84).
> Tie TI83 and 84 are really calculators IMO, they suit their market and
> audience perfectly.
> They wouldn't sell so many of those machines if it was a *POS* ... They
> sell more 83/84 than any HP machines or other TI calculators combined.
I suppose we will have to agree to disagree. The TI-82 was just a
dumbed-down version of the TI-85. It was released after the TI-85
(which I suspect was a cheap knock-off of the HP48), and has almost
identical hardware as the TI-85 (6 MHz Z80, 28K RAM), with the
exception of the lower-resolution display.
The reason TI sells so many of this series because it the teachers are
telling the students that they have to buy them. I should know. When I
was 13 years old, I was told I needed a TI-82 for class, but I wasn't
inclined to buy it, which, compared to its predecesor, is a step
*backwards*, so I got a TI-85 instead. I would have gotten an HP48S ,
but even that cost too much for a 13 year old.
BTW, nice to see that someone of your stature still contributes to this
group. I don't recall ever seeing any TI-Calc engineers contributing to
From: Joel Kolstad on 31 Oct 2006 12:33
<mdr1024(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
> BTW, nice to see that someone of your stature still contributes to this
> group. I don't recall ever seeing any TI-Calc engineers contributing to
> the community.
I've always had the impression that the folks who worked on HP calculators in
general were a lot more passionate about their jobs than most people. Back
when HP development was in Corvallis, Oregon, look at all the "extras" put out
by the employees -- Ray Depew's books (he did lots of the software on it),
Preston Brown's Casino 48 card (he did much of the hardware design), Bill
Wicke's books (project manager), etc.
JYA is cut from the same cloth, I expect.
From: duenodemonte on 31 Oct 2006 12:43
Jean-Yves Avenard ha escrito:
> duenodemonte(a)gmail.com wrote:
> > Well, Finland is Just 2 hours ahead of GMT, and I am 6 hours behind
> > GMT, not in USA, so ... my HP49g+ says 8 Hours difference.... not 18
> > .....
> And there are also people located outside of Finland and south America...
> Taiwan is in the same time zone as Australia
So VPN you are now in Australia. I do understand now.