Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Aug 2012 12:48 UTC
In the News "We all know about the gadgets that get showered with constant praise - the icons, the segment leaders, and the game changers. Tech history will never forget the Altair 8800, the Walkman, the BlackBerry, and the iPhone. But people do forget - and quickly - about the devices that failed to change the world: the great ideas doomed by mediocre execution, the gadgets that arrived before the market was really ready, or the technologies that found their stride just as the world was pivoting to something else." I was a heavy user of BeOS, Zip drives, and MiniDisc (I was an MD user up until about 2 years ago). I'm starting to see a pattern here.
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RE[3]: Comment by drcouzelis
by whartung on Mon 27th Aug 2012 17:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis"
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But the fact that calculators like the TI-83 are still the same price and still the same form factor and still "required" for math classes makes me mad. It's been well over a decade! I just can't see it as anything other than milking a business model on an outdated product.

What I find sad is that the $10 Casio Scientific calculators with their nice screens, solar powered, eleventy zillion functions, etc. have absolutely NO programmability. Zero. You're lucky if they have 1 memory slot.

Case in point:

Seriously? 1 MEMORY?? Couldn't add in 4 K of RAM and simple keyboard programming/macro facility for another $0.27?

Instead, it's either this for $10 or a $100-150 device with 128K of RAM, USB dongle, WI-FI and Joystick ports.

The closest we have today in philosophy of a pure programmable calculator is the HP-35s, but its $50.

Just want a calculator, I don't want to model the weather or port a SNES emulator to the thing.

Oh, and don't get me started on somehow adding Time/Value/Money facilities to a calculator makes it now worth +$30 since it's a "business calculator" now... Please...

Edited 2012-08-27 17:20 UTC

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