OT: Argh--my old faithful HP16C is failing!
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Wed Dec 6 22:05:27 CST 2017
On 12/06/2017 07:30 PM, Paul Berger via cctalk wrote:
> You are welcome glad it is going again it is the very best programmers
> calculator ever made. Mine is just a little newer than yours and still
> going strong. I bought mine new when taking a 370 assembler course.
I bought mine when my TI Programmer died. I did not like that
calculator--small LED digits that did a poor job of hex displaying. The
thing ate batteries for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
For a time, I was involved in systems with long word length (60
(octal)/64 bit (hex)); when we started writing for the ETA 10, that
little calculator earned its keep--48-bit *bit* addresses, with indices
in bit, byte, halfword (32 bit) and 64-bit words. Calculating addresses
by hand was "interesting" and the HP16C made it so much easier.
The little thing has stayed on my desk ever since. I can't say that
I've used the programmable feature more than a couple of times. I doubt
that many bit-banging programmers have, either.
It's a shame that HP discontinued it.
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