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Title: Warning to HP Calculator Users
I can't resist sharing my story.  When my husband (then boyfriend) first introduce me to HP calulators, we were at the local JC, and I thought he was joking (his family is Polish).  He loaned me his pre-15C for my last two years at SLO once I was converted.
I purchased my longed for 41CV right after I graduated from Cal Poly and have used it for the last 20 years, having sent it in for repairs once-keypad was wearing out.  After deciding not to send in the 41 a second time, I just recently got a 48GX, which will probably last at least the next 15-20 years since we do so much on spreadsheets and with software now.  I think I am covered, although it sounds like a good idea to pick up an extra one just to be safe.

Joyce Fuss, SE
Senior Structural Engineer
Lionakis Beaumont Design Group, Inc.
1919 19th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 558-1900, ext. 264
Fax: (916) 558-1925

-----Original Message-----
From: Adair, Joel [mailto:JAdair(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2002 9:55 AM
To: SEAINT List Server (E-mail)
Subject: Warning to HP Calculator Users

If many of you are like me, you've been using an HP RPN calculator since your freshmen-level statics class or even before that.  Over the weekend, I discovered that those of us who depend on our HP calculators may have a potential crisis on our hands -- HP may be ending its calculator development division.  You can read about it here:
HP is the only producer of RPN calculators.  I don't know about you, but my brain only works in RPN!  The switch from RPN to a regular algebraic calculator would probably be more painful to me than the switch from ASD to LRFD (a change that I'm currently undertaking).

-- Joel

Joel Adair, EIT
Halff Associates, Inc.
E-mail: jadair(--nospam--at)