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(CNN)   Texas Instruments to lay off 1,700, say people just aren't buying as many calculators as they used to for some reason, and sales of the TI-99 have plummeted since those Commodore upstarts entered the market   (money.cnn.com) divider line 34
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2012-11-14 09:37:31 PM
What if they opened up Javelin sales to the public? Would that help?
 
2012-11-14 09:55:28 PM
TI-83 plus? More like TI-1700 minus!

/god what a racket they have

imgs.xkcd.com
 
2012-11-14 10:22:35 PM
i228.photobucket.com
F*ckers
 
2012-11-14 11:13:40 PM
If only there were some calculation they could have made to predict this.
 
2012-11-14 11:22:18 PM
Playing Snake on my TI-83 got me through my junior year of high school.
 
2012-11-14 11:23:24 PM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: TI-83 plus? More like TI-1700 minus!

/god what a racket they have

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x211]


You can rip my TI-85 from my cold, dead hands. Those calculators were the first portable computers for engineers and scientists. Just a tool to carry you over until you got the big guns. And in some cases, they're still handy.

I'm not sure if the reverse notation HP vs TI war is still on, but here's my opinion: fark YOU, HP.
 
2012-11-14 11:39:11 PM
I can use a TI-89 with my eyes closed. I bought it partially because I was tired of dealing with imaginary numbers on the 83, and partially because I'm a whore to newer faster better.
The best thing about it? Bought it for 20 bucks off of eBay 3 years ago. I then sold my old trusty 83+ for 50.
 
2012-11-14 11:51:00 PM
My first TI, wish I still had it.
www.vintagecalculators.com
 
2012-11-14 11:55:49 PM
 
2012-11-14 11:57:33 PM

NewportBarGuy: What if they opened up Javelin sales to the public? Would that help?


You're about 15 years late. My dad's been making that sort of stuff under the Raytheon label for years.

Anyone know a good graphing calc app for Android tablets?
 
2012-11-14 11:58:35 PM
www.thevoiceofreason.com
 
2012-11-14 11:59:35 PM
Did they say a prayer and quote the Bible and blame it on Obama?

.
 
2012-11-15 12:00:33 AM

Lsherm: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: TI-83 plus? More like TI-1700 minus!

/god what a racket they have

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x211]

You can rip my TI-85 from my cold, dead hands. Those calculators were the first portable computers for engineers and scientists. Just a tool to carry you over until you got the big guns. And in some cases, they're still handy.

I'm not sure if the reverse notation HP vs TI war is still on, but here's my opinion: fark YOU, HP.


The HP calculator division is still going strong. Plenty of use for these things still.

h20426.www2.hp.com
 
2012-11-15 12:03:50 AM
I still have my TI-81. Much of its functionality has been replaced by the RealCalc app I have on my Android. However, were I to go back to university, I doubt professors would let me use my phone for tests.
 
2012-11-15 12:17:35 AM
skipped the ti-82, got the ti-85 and later the ti-89. the 89 did some crazy shiat for math class i guess.. but then everyone went back to ti-83 plus and i didn't understand it.
 
2012-11-15 12:24:30 AM
Anybody else play Drug Wars on their TI-82 back in the day? They tried to ban it from our high school because of over protective parents but everyone still passed it around, fun game.
 
2012-11-15 12:38:50 AM
Hope they keep the TI-TINA team, best free SPICE simulator around
 
2012-11-15 12:44:50 AM
My first TI-82 lasted maybe.... 14 years. My current Ti-83 is around six years old. Just don't need to be constantly buying calculators.
 
2012-11-15 12:53:18 AM
No doubt they have to lay everyone off because I haven't had to replace my calculator since I bought their first solar-powered scientific calculator, the TI-30 SLR in 1982. Thanks to the solar power, I haven't even had to replace batteries. I spilled a cup of coffee on it a couple of weeks ago and thought that was finally the end, but I rinsed it, let it dry out for a couple of days and apart from a couple of keys sticking for a little while, it's still working fine.

In other news, my calculator is thirty farking years old. Jebus.

The only "game" you could play on that thing was typing "5318008" and turning it upside down.
 
2012-11-15 01:07:30 AM
I hate the Cowboys, but them Texans know how to make instruments. My TI-34 is still running after 20 years - and still more convenient than my PC's calculator.

www.datamath.org 

oh, and:

5318008
 
2012-11-15 01:25:52 AM
The TI-85 I got as a birthday present when I turned 17 is running strong and I use almost everyday.

\currently 32
\\electrical engineer
\\\never understood the bassackwardness of reverse polish notation.
 
2012-11-15 02:14:04 AM
I have an hp 48gx. It was designed to survive a 2 meter drop onto concrete. Apparently back in the day at trade shows, the hp people would walk up to the ti booth and slam some calculators into the wall and invite ti to do the same. I had several friend drive over them with cars and they still worked.

I think mine still has joust and Pacman on it.

The HP 12g is used by about all CPAs that know their stuff and had been in production since the early 80s. When they upgraded the innards they had to slow it down because if it went too fast the users didn't trust it.
 
2012-11-15 03:26:49 AM
I lost my girlfiend's (now wife) TI calculator in college. I bought her a new one, but still almost lost her over it, so im getting a kick.

/ oddly we have never had to graph any lines since college. go figure.
 
2012-11-15 03:56:27 AM
In '99 I got a TI-92 and upgraded it to a 92+. A few years later I bought the Voyage-200. Great little machines. Those little suckers do calculus and stuff.
 
2012-11-15 07:48:31 AM

Lsherm: ThatGuyFromTheInternet: TI-83 plus? More like TI-1700 minus!

/god what a racket they have

[imgs.xkcd.com image 740x211]

You can rip my TI-85 from my cold, dead hands. Those calculators were the first portable computers for engineers and scientists. Just a tool to carry you over until you got the big guns. And in some cases, they're still handy.

I'm not sure if the reverse notation HP vs TI war is still on, but here's my opinion: fark YOU, HP.


I agree, I like my TI-86, but that XKCD strip raises a valid question. Display and hardware technology has improved so much, that they ought to be able to either sell much better calculators at that price, OR at the very least sell the same ones for much, much cheaper.
 
2012-11-15 07:58:39 AM
casio fx-4000p.

i wasn't smart enough for any calculator mentioned previously.
 
2012-11-15 09:00:31 AM
Link

Article on why TI calculators are still expensive. Basically some AP exams and SATs only allow certain calculators, TI calculators being one of them. So the device may cost next to nothing to produce now but since they are one of the few calculators you can use, TI keeps the cost high because they know you have to buy theirs.

Now I understand why my parents were so pissed when they had to buy one for me.

Still have my TI-86 from 98. Keeping it for my kids, and their kids, and their kids.....
 
2012-11-15 09:15:59 AM
Got an HP-28C in '87 and I still use it on occasion. A lot easier than powering up a PC.Cool graphing
 
2012-11-15 09:34:42 AM

teto85: In '99 I got a TI-92 and upgraded it to a 92+. A few years later I bought the Voyage-200. Great little machines. Those little suckers do calculus and stuff.


I had the 92 and it was an amazing calculator. I still have it but the screen is a bit messed up. Calc was a lot easier with that thing.
 
2012-11-15 09:34:46 AM
I have a TI-86 in my desk drawer accumulating dust. I don't think I've used it/replaced the batteries since I graduated college in 2007. Come to think of it now I kind of want to put some new batteries in and see what the hell is in the memory from back then. Its become sort of a nerd time capsule.

Now days pretty much any simple arithmetic I need to do I use my iphone, and anything more complicated usually can be done in excel. Beyond that anything more advanced there'd probably be justification for my company to buy me Matlab or something, but lets face it not all engineers are doing crazy ass maths in the real world.

Even in college, the calculator was a bullshiat tool. Many of my higher level classes had exams that were open book and/or allowed one sheet of paper with anything you wanted to write on it. 95% of the difficulty was figuring out how to solve a problem and derive the necessary equations. A calculator only came in for the plug-and-chug part at the end and was useful only for making mistakes in typing numbers in and coming up with the wrong numerical answer although you pretty much knew how to solve the problem (just had too fat of fingers or were in too much of a rush to type in the numbers correctly on a keypad, such a critical skill)

\chemical engineer
 
2012-11-15 11:08:57 AM
Fark TI and their quaint little toys.

H-P 12c Platinum FTW!!!

/actually loved my TI-34 and TI-83 back in school
//all depends on what your field is
///CFP exam in 25 hours and 22 minutes
////hold me
 
2012-11-15 12:11:21 PM

Faps_in_the_kitchen: Link

Article on why TI calculators are still expensive. Basically some AP exams and SATs only allow certain calculators, TI calculators being one of them. So the device may cost next to nothing to produce now but since they are one of the few calculators you can use, TI keeps the cost high because they know you have to buy theirs.

Now I understand why my parents were so pissed when they had to buy one for me.

Still have my TI-86 from 98. Keeping it for my kids, and their kids, and their kids.....


My kid's school wants him to buy one fo those for Ap Chem and I was like no farking way am I getting a technological dinosaur like this piece of shiat and paying the same price for it as a knock-off iPad

Now I see what's really going on. Seems to me there might be a booming market for calculator rental or online re-sale site
 
2012-11-15 12:32:23 PM
I have two kids in high school, therefore had to get two TI-84+ Silvers. Half-price off Craig's List FTW.

I never went on to higher math in college, so they get a kick out of showing off to me. "Good for you", I say. "Since you're so good at using it, then there's really no reason for you to get anything but an A".

/They hate it when I do that.
 
2012-11-15 12:57:01 PM
Hey, I bought a TI-99 this quarter. I did my part.
 
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