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Daryl,
Relax.
Look at Richard's comments in a lighter vein and it is a different message.
Greg

----- Original Message -----
From: "Daryl Richardson" <h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)shaw.ca>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Thursday, January 17, 2002 2:49 PM
Subject: Re: Warning to HP Calculator Users


> Richard,
>
> I disagree that HP is to blame themselves!
>
> The main reason that I just bought a new HP 7400c scanner AND a new HP
> 1220c printer is BECAUSE my HP 97 calculator which I got second hand in
> 1980 is still going strong.  If these pieces of equipment provide the
> same number of working hours of service as the HP 97 they will outlive
> my need for them.
>
> Regards,
>
> H. Daryl Richardson
>
> richard lewis wrote:
> >
> > Looks to me that the real blame here for the demise of the HP calculator
> > is HP themselves.  They shouldn't have made such a reliable calculator!
> > Look at all the 41's, 67's, etc. still working today, on only marginal
> > battery replacement!  I still use my trusty 15C, which is my first and
> > only HP, and I can count on one hand the number of times I have replaced
> > the batteries in almost 20 years.  HP needed to make poorer equipment
> > that would have forced us to buy more and more of them over the years.
> > After all, how many of us would like to be driving around in the very
> > first car we ever purchased?  No, it's HP's fault.  They should have
> > changed the package up more, using shiny new blue colors and styles that
> > would have demanded we buy a new one just to seem hip!  Maybe someone
> > could develop an after market cover for the HP 41 like they have for
cell
> > phones so that it would come into style again?
> >
> > I think another here problem is that the government did not step in and
> > regulate HP years ago, slap some environmental upgrade restrictions on
> > them, and require that there products expire after 5 years of use.  I
> > recently went looking to purchase a freezer.  When I asked the salesman
> > what the expected life of an appliance was he said it depended on when
it
> > was made.  If you bought one before 1979 it would last 25 years or more.
> > After 1979 you could only expect it to last 10-15 years because
> > government energy regulations brought the quality down.  Let's see,
price
> > goes up for regulations, life goes down.  That makes sense!
> >
> > Ah, American innovation!  Who would have thought we would build
something
> > so good and that would last so long?
> >
> > Rich
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