Actually, it may be nostalgic for some of us. I was a TI-59 user at the time and was really looking forward to the release of the 88.toml_12953 wrote: ↑Wed Aug 25, 2021 11:56 am
Wait. Let me check the date again...Nope, it's not April 1st. Why would anyone remake that old thing (with algebraic logic, no less!) I can think of two reasons not to make it.
Of course 2 wouldn't be valid if 1 wasn't true since us fans of old calculators don't care about the fact that our collections aren't as capable as what's available today. To us, the old machines such as the TI-59, Sinclair Cambridge Programmable and the Casio Pro fx-1 have a soul that's missing from today's crop. That's why I was hoping for a 100% functional clone of the HP-41CX including all the expandability but made with modern parts and construction techniques. The method of holding connections together using the case halves seems ridiculous to me and it hasn't really held up well over time.
- It's not nostalgic for anyone since it was never sold.
It isn't very powerful compared to what we already have.
A couple good candidates for remake might be the HP-65 and -67, though they'd only be worth it if they included mag card readers.
I wouldn't expect SM to make them, though, since they're after a different market than us nostalgia buffs/collectors.
The demise of the 88 made me make the jump to HP and I don't regret that for a moment. But it would be interesting to see what might have been if the price was right.
But it would have very limited utility without the solid state software modules which were probably never produced and I doubt there is enough demand to reproduce them or develop new ones.
Interesting idea, though...