Argh--my old faithful HP16C is failing!

Curious Marc curiousmarc3 at
Sat Dec 23 23:14:55 CST 2017

By the way, on the Mac, a very excellent emulation of the Voyager series including the 16C and the 15C with a weird pseudo French name: "nonpareil-16C"

Highly recommended, works as beautifully as it looks. I did not find a good emulation on the PC. There is one that had a good demo but costs $20, and I was never able to buy it, their buying site has a bug.



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Reply-To: Chuck Guzis <cclist at>, "cctalk at" <cctalk at>
Date: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 8:05 PM
To: "cctalk at" <cctalk at>
Subject: Re: OT: Argh--my old faithful HP16C is failing!


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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