How did you discover SwissMicros?

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DA74254
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Re: How did you discover SwissMicros?

Post by DA74254 » Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:56 pm

akaTB wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:16 pm
DA74254 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:24 am
But, I'd still buy a DM41L (some time), and maybe (most probably) my disliking of the landscape will fade :)
Don't count on it.
Keyboard rearrangement on DM41 is an abominion. :!:
Walter wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:21 pm
akaTB wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:16 pm
Keyboard rearrangement on DM41 is an abominion. :!:
Signore Massimo, if you'd say "abomination" I'd say 1+. ;)
Ok, as a non-native English speaker, I had to google that abom-word-thingy ;)
Question; How would the "rearranged" keyboard be "bad/ugly" for me as I do not have any whatsoever experience with the original 41 and/or the landscape series?
All my calcs (exept the not-used non-rpn CC sized cheapo) are portrait and, based on my, not explainable, disliking of a landscape calc, why would I find the keyboard rearranged layout not good?
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Re: How did you discover SwissMicros?

Post by akaTB » Thu Mar 22, 2018 10:43 pm

DA74254 wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:56 pm
Question; How would the "rearranged" keyboard be "bad/ugly" for me as I do not have any whatsoever experience with the original 41 and/or the landscape series?
All my calcs (exept the not-used non-rpn CC sized cheapo) are portrait and, based on my, not explainable, disliking of a landscape calc, why would I find the keyboard rearranged layout not good?
Not being exposed to a true 41 could be indeed an advantage but, just to name one thing: try to use those arithmetic operator keys in the middle of the keyboard.
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Re: How did you discover SwissMicros?

Post by toml_12953 » Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:20 am

akaTB wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:34 pm
Walter wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:21 pm
akaTB wrote:
Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:16 pm
Keyboard rearrangement on DM41 is an abominion. :!:
Signore Massimo, if you'd say "abomination" I'd say 1+. ;)
Herr Walter, that's what I wanted to write (rather than say) but... fat fingers do what they want, sometimes at least. :roll:
I still say it's also an abominion. Hey, it must be a real word. I saw it on the Internet! :lol:
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Re: How did you discover SwissMicros?

Post by Krauts In Space » Thu Mar 29, 2018 2:46 pm

As a RPN nerd I frequently look in the internet if HP brings out new RPN calculators. Googleing for RPN some time ago I saw these SM CC calculators. Nice but it didn't feed my needs (and wants). Finally I found out that SM also offers the L-types - BINGO!
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Re: How did you discover SwissMicros?

Post by mcc » Thu Mar 29, 2018 7:02 pm

Hi,

for a longer time I was searching for a good and programmable calculator for my Android tablet. After trying quite a few emulators, which either
does not use the space on the screen very well (my tablet is a 7" one) or need to have the original calculator for legally owning a ROM image or
simply were better in design than usability I first came across the HP42s-page on wikipedia, which states something like "best calculator ever made".
Then -- via a wikpedia link list -- I found Thomas OpenSourced (YEAH!), free (YEAH!) and independently implemented (YEAH!) Free42, which solves
all my previous "problems" in one go. Together with the manual for the HP42s this was EXACTLY for what I have searched for.

Then -- I think it was while I am was surfing the net for HP42s programs I found that at HPmuseum.org -- a posting, that Michael and David were
prototyping a DM42L (the landscape version).

From then on I was checking for news around the DM42 regularly and in the moment the DM42L was changed for a DM42 (portrait version) the
DM42 mutated from a "oh,intersting" to a "I must have that"-item. ;)

I owned a RPN-calculator never before and only one programmable calculator (Casio FX602P) in total. But I know "kinda RPN" for playing around with LISP and RACKET.

I think RPN as a notation system has a comparable reputation as the vi/vim editor: As long as you don't have touched them you remain a victim of what other say about them: old-fashioned, old-school, steep learning curve, awkward and somehow quirky.

As soon you learned them you start to love them and finally you are thinking: "What the hell I did all the years before?" :)

Needless to say that I love RPN as I love vim...

Cheers!
Meino
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