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Andy_I
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Andy_I   2/23/2011 5:10:07 PM
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Now where can I get the switch and keys on my HP-35 repaired? There was a day when HP used to do this. But about 10 years ago I looked into it (being an HP employee) but couldn't find anything. I think it was one of those things Carly Fiorina and corporate management thought they could shed to make people think it was just a computer company. RPN rules!!

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Rick.Giles   2/23/2011 4:50:59 PM
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I wish HP would learn this lesson. Some of their best built and functional calculators were made in the early '80s by HP. With the exception of the 12C (which is still in production after 27+ years!), they tend to totally change their line every few years. This wouldnít be bad, except they donít always keep the positive features of earlier models and their quality has gone way down hill. I assume that they are trying to make them cheaper to compete with TI. My HP 35s feels like its ready to break, at any moment, after just 2 years. My HP 41CX is still being used after 27 years! My HP 32Sii is still going strong after 19 years! My HP 34C is still working after 30 years! The TI EL-531W has felt like it will break every time I hit a key since I bought it a year ago. (Yea, it was cheap, only about $15, but still not worth the price.) Frankly, as an engineer, I would rather pay the premium that HP used to command to get back the quality and features of those earlier calculators. When you find these gems on EBAY, you often pay more for them now, used and scratched, they when they were new!! Hey HP, PLEASE RE-ISSUE SOME OF YOUR EARLY MODELS!!! THEY ARE/WERE GREAT!!

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antiquus   2/23/2011 4:20:42 PM
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Yep. My better half bought one in college in '78 or '79. As others have suggested, it was LED instead of LCD, but the keyboard layout was quite recognizable.

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El Bee   2/23/2011 3:53:34 PM
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"You Know You're An Engineer If..." ...You've ever tried to repair a five dollar radio.

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Robert.MacLachlan   2/23/2011 1:16:49 PM
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I think they kept the TI-30 designation after the change to LCD. It was already a standard by then. I have a TI-30 simulator on my android phone now (realcalc) with a few tasteful upgrades, but the same look.

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martinm_de   2/23/2011 9:12:11 AM
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Sharp PC 1401 Basic-enabled calculator still available at ebay for the conaisseurs bought in 1985, it now has its 4th or 5th battery set , so one every 5 years. Still working.

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Bellhop   2/22/2011 8:22:17 PM
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What about all of those LED alarm clocks? I noticed that a new one was constructed with modules strikingly similar to my old one from the 1970s - right down to the PMOS LSI chip!

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DeviceGuy   2/22/2011 7:59:48 PM
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How do you define "high-tech"? Not only have carbon-zinc dry cells had little exterior changes, but the internal workings have also been virtually unchanged for roughly 100 years. I suppose they're no longer considered "high tech" but that also points to the relative transitory nature of that term. No doubt many would no longer consider the Walkman high-tech, though it was 30 years ago.

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dxevc   2/22/2011 11:05:07 AM
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I onw and use an old HP21C bought in 1986.

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prabhakar_deosthali   2/22/2011 9:54:15 AM
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I bought a SEIKO automatic wrist watch in Chicago in 1979. Till date this watch is working perfectly and needed no maintenance except may be some cleaning and greasing by my local watch repairer. About ten years back, when there was too m uch of a craze for digital watches I bought one digital watch and kept my Seiko in a drawer. That digital watch lasted for only about three years and I switched back to my old Seiko which started functioning at the flick of my wrist. My hat off to Seiko for such as masterpiece of engineering which has lasted almost my active life-time. All these mechanical watches are in fashion again. They have lasted the test of TIME!

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