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(Washington Post)   The TI-84+ is an unstoppable juggernaut. one day we might have quantum computers in wristwatches and flying cars but, your great-grandchildren will still be learning algebra on the TI-84+   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 141
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2014-09-02 12:03:10 PM
You kids and your newfangled gadgets.  Call me when you can Fark using one of these:

www.vintage-computer.com
 
2014-09-02 12:05:21 PM
Oblig:
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-09-02 12:16:26 PM
Never cared for the TI series. Team HP48SX!
 
2014-09-02 12:20:18 PM
I have a TI-84+, and I had a TI-82.  Bought them both cheap at garage sales.  But I no longer use them.  I switched to a more environmentally friendly calculator:

i.ebayimg.com

Not mine, but the same model:  Pickett N200-T Pocket Trig.
 
2014-09-02 12:25:07 PM
img.fark.net
You've come a long way baby.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-09-02 12:31:06 PM
Reminds me I need a new battery for my HP calculator. When I played complicated room eating board wargames 20 years ago I had a program to help me calculate combats. Now it just kind of takes up sp... I wonder where it is?
 
2014-09-02 12:32:11 PM

SumJackass07: [img.fark.net image 281x424]
You've come a long way baby.


If they weren't so jaw-droppingly expensive, I'd buy one.

The littlebopper and I built a Pascaline out of LEGO one time, though, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.
 
2014-09-02 12:35:25 PM

Diogenes: You kids and your newfangled gadgets.  Call me when you can Fark using one of these:

[www.vintage-computer.com image 640x449]


What if I haul out my old monochrome LED '286 laptop that has Minix on it and use Lynx as a web browser?
 
2014-09-02 12:48:00 PM
Meh, I used mine for Dope Wars and to type in formulas for Calculus under the 'program' area, you know for referencing during a test.
 
2014-09-02 12:49:06 PM
One of the most compelling reasons to get the TI-83 Plus back in my day was that standardized tests allowed "calculators" but disallowed "computers", the difference being that anything with a QWERTY keyboard was considered a "computer".  The TI-92 was less powerful than the TI-83 Plus, but disallowed due to its keyboard.

I wonder how screen-only devices like iPhones fit into that equation. PDAs were just starting to come out when I graduated high school.  Get off my lawn.
 
2014-09-02 12:53:36 PM
Have a TI-35 on my desk right now so getting a kick...
 
2014-09-02 01:18:14 PM
Closest I got was this:

oldcomputers.net

Even figured out a program to help me with how many hexes were in a given radius out from a cell on
a hex map. It turns out it was a recursive calculus function that for the life of me I couldn't tell you today.

But,hey:  if it was good enough for Egon Spengler, its good enough for me.
 
2014-09-02 02:01:16 PM

That Guy What Stole the Bacon: Oblig:
[imgs.xkcd.com image 300x85]


what is this, a webcomic for ants?
 
2014-09-02 02:02:57 PM
They put all the features of this thing into a free smartphone app about 8 years ago.  Why anyone anywhere still buys one is beyond me.
 
2014-09-02 02:03:30 PM
I don't know what the calculator of the year 2030 will look like, but I know it will be called TI-84.
- Tony Hoare
 
2014-09-02 02:04:37 PM

hungryhungryhorus: They put all the features of this thing into a free smartphone app about 8 years ago.  Why anyone anywhere still buys one is beyond me.


Because 99% of schools don't allow you to use a cell phone.
 
2014-09-02 02:04:58 PM

hungryhungryhorus: They put all the features of this thing into a free smartphone app about 8 years ago.  Why anyone anywhere still buys one is beyond me.


Because they're mandated for classroom use.  Read TFA.
 
2014-09-02 02:06:07 PM

serial_crusher: One of the most compelling reasons to get the TI-83 Plus back in my day was that standardized tests allowed "calculators" but disallowed "computers", the difference being that anything with a QWERTY keyboard was considered a "computer".  The TI-92 was less powerful than the TI-83 Plus, but disallowed due to its keyboard.

I wonder how screen-only devices like iPhones fit into that equation. PDAs were just starting to come out when I graduated high school.  Get off my lawn.


Speaking from the point of view of someone who had an HP 85 Microcomputer in his house growing up...
YOU get off MY lawn!
 
2014-09-02 02:06:11 PM

hungryhungryhorus: They put all the features of this thing into a free smartphone app about 8 years ago.  Why anyone anywhere still buys one is beyond me.


People buy them because they have to .  They can't text or look up things on the internet, so teachers and professors will allow them to be used on tests
 
2014-09-02 02:07:07 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

I remember programming a quadratic formula program for this...good times...good times.
 
2014-09-02 02:09:11 PM
Garbage, it's all garbage. The only TI that matters is the TI-85.  Give me an updated TI-85!
 
2014-09-02 02:11:16 PM
TI-8x calculators were how you learned to program crappy games while ignoring a lecture about geometry or whatever.
 
2014-09-02 02:14:58 PM

MrEricSir: TI-8x calculators were how you learned to program crappy games while ignoring a lecture about geometry or whatever.


myself, i created a ballistics calculator whilst ignoring the geometry lectures. it didn't work great and i never could get windage calculations to work right...
 
2014-09-02 02:20:12 PM

MrEricSir: TI-8x calculators were how you learned to program crappy games while ignoring a lecture about geometry or whatever.


Yep, that's exactly what my son did with his. Once he asked me for a hand with a programming question, and I noticed the TI-84+ hardware specs for the first time...

It's nearly the same as my 2nd personal computer: A 1978-vintage Cromemco Z2 with Z80A CPU and 48K ram. About the same quality graphics, too! The calculator doesn't have a 90K NorthStar floppy drive, though, and could really use one.

/Kid was seriously impressed when he learned I already knew how to write assembler code for it without even cracking the book. :)
 
2014-09-02 02:20:46 PM

buttery_shame_cave: That Guy What Stole the Bacon: Oblig:
[imgs.xkcd.com image 300x85]

what is this, a webcomic for ants?


Is that what you want, webcomics for ants? BECAUSE THAT'S HOW YOU GET WEBCOMICS FOR ANTS.
 
2014-09-02 02:23:49 PM

maverickzy: Garbage, it's all garbage. The only TI that matters is the TI-85.  Give me an updated TI-85!


I use a TI-85 emulator as a calculator on my phone.
 
2014-09-02 02:25:19 PM

Russ1642: maverickzy: Garbage, it's all garbage. The only TI that matters is the TI-85.  Give me an updated TI-85!

I use a TI-85 emulator as a calculator on my phone.


Which one?  I had one, but it became non-functional.  I'm trying to find a new one that's usable.
 
2014-09-02 02:26:53 PM

dennysgod: I remember programming a quadratic formula program for this...good times...good times.


Yep, that is what we used in Algebra and Calculus back in High School.

Eventually settled on a HP 48GX for my every-day work.
 
2014-09-02 02:30:37 PM

Ambitwistor: I don't know what the calculator of the year 2030 will look like, but I know it will be called TI-84.
- Tony Hoare


I bet he knows what people like. Follows trends and opens his...mind to new possibilities. Possibly does this service for them at reasonable rates, though might give the information away for free. Definitely has herpes.
 
2014-09-02 02:33:10 PM
Give me a casio graphing scientific, none of that damn reverse polish notation for me
 
2014-09-02 02:39:05 PM
I have a couple of TI-84s, sitting on a shelf, gathering dust, the batteries long since burnt out on them.
 
2014-09-02 02:39:50 PM
I loved my old Texas Instrument TI -51-II.

You could do math, plus you could also play melodies if you held it next to an AM radio.
 
2014-09-02 02:41:16 PM
And it would still cost over $100, even though a super computer would cost $39.
 
2014-09-02 02:41:25 PM
HP15C, no fancy pants graphing calculators for me.  That is what graph paper is for.

/Kids are using a TI30 something.  They don't allow/need graphing calculators yet.  Have to see when they will use them.
//Had an original TI30, LED display.
////Remove your self from my lawn.
 
2014-09-02 02:47:16 PM

loonatic112358: none of that damn reverse polish notation for me


I have worked RPN for so long, I feel like an idiot when I have to work through calcs with a standard calculator.
I'll usually default to excel if a computer is near


:(
 
2014-09-02 02:48:17 PM

dennysgod: [upload.wikimedia.org image 440x760]

I remember programming a quadratic formula program for this...good times...good times.


Still using one of those today.
 
2014-09-02 02:50:18 PM

HeadLever: loonatic112358: none of that damn reverse polish notation for me

I have worked RPN for so long, I feel like an idiot when I have to work through calcs with a standard calculator.
I'll usually default to excel if a computer is near


:(


What I liked was being able to type out the entire equation as it was written and then running it to see the results.

I usually got away with using my own calculator on tests since I could claim I wasn't used to using the TI
 
2014-09-02 02:54:22 PM
Yay for monopolies!
 
2014-09-02 02:57:07 PM
Algebra?  Graphing?  Pencil, paper, graph paper, and that grey stuff between your ears.  Oh it helps to have a math teacher who can actually teach math as well but a decent text book can work in a pinch.  Never understood the need for a calculator in anything less than college level math classes because without knowing how to actually do the math a calculator isn't going to help you learn anything except how to use a calculator.
 
2014-09-02 03:02:16 PM

Memoryalpha: Algebra?  Graphing?  Pencil, paper, graph paper, and that grey stuff between your ears.  Oh it helps to have a math teacher who can actually teach math as well but a decent text book can work in a pinch.  Never understood the need for a calculator in anything less than college level math classes because without knowing how to actually do the math a calculator isn't going to help you learn anything except how to use a calculator.


Math classes still teach you how to do stuff by hand before the calculator.
 
2014-09-02 03:03:16 PM
I'm so hardcore , I do all my math on an abacus
 
2014-09-02 03:03:23 PM

serial_crusher: One of the most compelling reasons to get the TI-83 Plus back in my day was that standardized tests allowed "calculators" but disallowed "computers", the difference being that anything with a QWERTY keyboard was considered a "computer".


Hence the TI-89. Basically a TI-92 Plus in a standard calculator form factor. OFC, they eventually caught on, and TI-89s are banned from the ACT and FE.

serial_crusher: The TI-92 was less powerful than the TI-83 Plus, but disallowed due to its keyboard.


I wouldn't say that. The TI-92 had a 10 MHz 68K processor, while the 83 Plus was a 6 MHz Z80. Also, the 89/92 series has AMS, with a bunch of features that the 83/84 don't have like direct algebraic evaluation (or have very limited capabilities for, although I'm sure someone has written a program for more advanced stuff). About the only thing the 83+ had that the 92 didn't was flash memory storage (and that was fixed with the 92+, which came out a year before the 83+ anyway).

serial_crusher: I wonder how screen-only devices like iPhones fit into that equation.


colonel0sanders already addressed this, but being internet capable, they probably get a "LOL HELL NO", even if someone showed up with one running an TI-8x emulator.
 
2014-09-02 03:05:54 PM

MrEricSir: TI-8x calculators were how you learned to program crappy games while ignoring a lecture about geometry or whatever.


Yep. My best friend and I both had TI-86s for our sophomore and junior year high school math classes (trig and algebra II, as I recall). We competed to see who could program the best game. My masterpiece was a 2-player spaceship dual where each player could move his "ship" along the bottom or top of the screen and try to fire at his opponent, with both players seemingly able to move and fire in real time. My friend, who was obsessed with the newly released Final Fantasy 7 (as was I), wrote an RPG with an over-world map, first-person perspective interior maps, random enemy encounters, turn-based animated battles, a final boss, Easter eggs, and an ending FMV. His game and all associated files took the entire storage space available on the calculator. It was breathtaking, it really was.

His game was so good that I bought a PC data-link cable just to be able to save it. They next day when I brought the cable to school, our math teacher informed us that part of the class involved writing some BS quadratic formula program or something -- likely a program that we had already built for ourselves on our own weeks prior -- and my friend was going to have to free up some storage space. I asked the teacher to let us back up the game files on his classroom PC. The a-hole teacher said "No". He thought we'd give his computer a virus or something... And so it was lost forever. Once I got back home, I used the data-link to download a Galaga clone or Drug Wars or something, and we spent the rest of the school year and the next playing games in class, rather than writing them.

Neither of us had any formal training in programming, but we taught ourselves how to use counters, make algorithms and modular subprograms that were accessed from a main program, do frame-by-frame animation, etc. All in the Ti-86's very limited BASIC. It firmly established the GOTO command as the most useful programming tool in my mind, such that when I took an actual programming class in college and was forced to NEVER use it, I gave up on programming and majored in psychology. (Don't facepalm for me. I've done it enough for the both of us.)

End CSB.
 
2014-09-02 03:08:31 PM
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2014-09-02 03:11:06 PM
Subby, you seemed to have misspelled HP-48

As a bonus, unlike with the TI-84 it will be the *same* HP-48 your great grandpappy used.  It might be on the second set of batteries though

jscustom.theoldcomputer.com
 
2014-09-02 03:11:46 PM
I had a hideously expensive TI-something back in 1979/80.  I knew how to use a slide-rule, but dad was an engineer and wanted me to have the best and latest.  On the very first problem of my college Calculus final, it died.

Good times.
 
2014-09-02 03:11:50 PM
The first thing I learned to program.
 
2014-09-02 03:12:02 PM
I have 3 graphing calculators: a TI 85, TI Inspire (with the TI-84 swappable program card), and a TI Inspire CX CAS. The CX CAS is one of my favorite gadgets, and easy to program on.

technabob.com
 
2014-09-02 03:12:08 PM
had ever damn one hp and ti!
/ just bought batteries last night for this beauty though :-)
img.fark.net
/love it!
 
2014-09-02 03:13:25 PM
Oblig:

imgs.xkcd.com

Never bought a TI calculator.
Although I did buy this one because it had a color screen in 1995 which I thought was pretty awesome.

ecx.images-amazon.com
Still have it somewhere.

Somehow I managed to graduate high school without taking anything more than pre-algebra. I got more use out of a business math class than anything dealing with numbers and letters.
 
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