It’s 2010 and I’m in Love With a Calculator From 1984

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  1. LOL!!

    You just proved you’re a geek baby. Look at that screenshot…only a geek is up at 6:44 AM playing with thier calculator apps:)

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on January 1st, 2010 5:31 pm:

    You’re right. The sad thing is that I was playing with it even earlier before I took the screenshot. LOL 🙂

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    hatingtherainNo Gravatar reply on January 1st, 2010 5:43 pm:

    You’re incredibly HOT for a geek 🙂

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on January 1st, 2010 5:49 pm:

    You are the hot one sweetheart. 🙂

  2. TK_MNo Gravatar says:

    Have you considered the Calculator Collecting ring? Sadly HPs are VERY collectable…there’s something about the RPN that warms the cockles of the inner geek heart ir seems. Possibly to do with being able to visualise the registers being loaded with the values first and then you do the operands on the values, the results beinf stored on the stacks.

    The iPhone itself is in danger of becoming a tell-tale geek sign, due to all the apps you can download for it. I even heard of one being developed for locksmiths who have to open safes…

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on January 2nd, 2010 9:59 am:

    I personally know two other people that own the 11c. Both of them are still using it and would easily buy a new one if HP would reissue.

    I had no idea there was such a thing as a “calculator collecting ring.” My geekiness, however, doesn’t quite reach that far. LOL 🙂

    The one thing I truly hate about the iPhone app is the horrible click noise they programmed into it when you push the buttons. I know I can turn it off, but I like a “click” when I push the buttons; if only they’d change it to sound like the click sound of the texting keyboard or even slightly more muffled. Then it would be perfect. 🙂

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  3. It’s the little joys in life. Apparently VERY little. 🙂

    You know you could also go on this other technology– it’s called Ebay– and likely find yourself a replacement calculator of that very same model for not too many dineros? 🙂

    My dad is one of you calculator people. He’s insisted to me many times that this or that calculator is “collectible.” I understand where HatingtheRain is coming from.

    But happy new year to you! And let’s hope we don’t have any alien invasions this year.

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on January 4th, 2010 5:46 pm:

    Jenn of Many Cabbages? LOL 🙂

    Unfortunately, this is one of those “collectible” calculators and ebay is too expensive. I’ve found a few in nice shape, but they were over $200. Your dad seems cool, I bet he and I would get along great. LOL 🙂

    With the new iPhone app, I am somewhat satisfied, but it’s just not the same as the real one.

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  4. John SullivanNo Gravatar says:

    How I can enjoy reading about a calculator is beyond me but I did.Good to see you back in action. Those first few comments reminded me of Benny and Kelly 😛 LOL
    So their story ended well what about yours ? Happy New Year William

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on January 5th, 2010 6:40 am:

    Hi John! Always good to see you. I’ve been working on a few “secret” projects that take up a lot of my time so I haven’t been updating like I should.

    Also, hatingtherain has changed the course of my blogging persona quite a bit (we’ve actually been together longer than Benny and Kelly). A lot of what made this blog interesting was reports of me flirting with super-hot girls and looking like a dufus. I can’t really do that anymore without getting myself into hot water. 🙂

    But, I’m not complaining (look at her! she’s totally hot!). 🙂

    Anyway, it just goes to show: if you have no shame about looking like a dufus, you can hit the jackpot like I did with HTR.

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  5. Theresa111No Gravatar says:

    What makes this so special? It looks rather confusing to me and that’s most likely because I usually add and subtract. Well .. sometimes I get daring and multiply or divide. Truly, though, what in the world does it do and why do you need something so complicated, unless you’re a rocket scientist. 🙂

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on January 8th, 2010 5:38 am:

    Funny that you mention “rocket scientist” because when I first bought this calculator I was literally working with a bunch of rocket scientists at a company called American Automated Engineering. That’s where I found out about it.

    They were all using this calculator because it made complex calculations much easier to perform. If you look closely, you will notice there is no “=” button. That’s because there is a totally different concept of how to input numbers and perform calculations. For instance, with a regular calculator you push the following buttons:

    1 + 1 =

    and it displays the answer: 2

    But with the 11c it goes like this:

    1 ENTER, 1 ENTER +

    and it displays the answer: 2

    I know it seems kind of backwards and a little insane, but when you’re doing complicated formulas it really makes sense. It also follows the general structure of calculations when writing computer code.

    Anyway, once you get used to this reverse notation on a calculator it feels very awkward to use a standard calculator.

    I hope that kind of makes sense. 🙂

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  6. Theresa111No Gravatar says:

    I worked in accounting departments for years and it make perfect sense. I think you might want to purchase one more and hold it in abeyance … just in case you ever need it. Thank you for the intelligent answer that even a Fly Girl can understand. I use that term loosely, but it helps to emphasize how “technically brainy” I am … Not! 😀

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  7. cncNo Gravatar says:

    “When will the future get here? Trust me, the future is now.” – great words !!!!
    Men are so funny from our side ) if i ask about BD presents – i ask for shoes, perfume, not high-tech stuffs )

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  8. zach olneyNo Gravatar says:

    coolest blog post about a calculator ever. I have seen one of these before.

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  9. JimmyNo Gravatar says:

    I actually have this calculator and have been using it for 20 years or so.

    Great post!


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  10. Great words the future is now but will never become i added the last bit lol
    love the blog thanks

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    I actually have this calculator and have been using it for 20 years or so.

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  12. Koh ChangNo Gravatar says:

    I also used to use this old calculator. This means I am old like you. ha ha ha.

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  13. JamisonNo Gravatar says:

    OK, so I’m old, and yes, I had this one too.

    But maybe I’m a little weird but I hated it. Not even sure I could use it any more.

    By the way, does anyone remember what it cost when it first came out?


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  14. CharlesNo Gravatar says:

    Yep, I had this one as well. The one I had before this was from 1975. I paid $275 for it! It had the same functionality as a $19.95 calculator today. Wish I still had it (along with my Osbourne “portable” computer complete with 2 5.25″ floppy drives (and 128k RAM). Actually wrote some pretty cool programs on it.

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    William McCammentNo Gravatar reply on June 16th, 2011 5:37 pm:

    I remember having an IBM PC with a 10mb hard drive (not 10 gigabyte… 10 megabyte) and thinking, “Man, I’m NEVER going to fill that up!” 🙂

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  15. debbiepNo Gravatar says:

    your not the only one who love that calculator and if you want to buy one on ebay the cheapest your going to get it is $101.00

    gotta pay for quality

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  16. Hi William

    You know something? Back in my days in advertizing, I actually OWNED one of those trusty lil critters. It “lived” until 2004. That’s when I found myself forced to upgrade to the ‘very impressive’ (in its day) HP-48SX.

    I still have it!

    Yes, I know, I know… I need to get out more 🙂

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