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Hi all,
Maybe I go off a little bit, and please don't beat me to death for this. I had a Casio calculator I bought at Target 19 years ago, don't remember the price. Probably $10 at that time, and it helped me thru my college years, many exams, quizzes, EIT, BS, MS, comprehensive exam, PE....and it still worked fine. I only realized that it was outlawed when I wanted to take the SE few years ago.
I bought a new Casio per spec, didn't like it much. Bought the HP per spec, didn't like it either and gave it away to a friend...and don't know the logic why my basic, non programable, 19 year old, $10 Target calculator was outlawed. Still don't.
I hardly use calculator for any complex calculation any more. Spreadsheets, MathCAD, proprietary programs like SAP, StaadPro...are great, but still love my old beat up calculator, back from the time struggling between school, work, saving nickel and dimes for books...
Thanks to you all for keeping this thread alive to date. Just check recently, my calculator has a crack on the back now. Probably it's time for it to retire for good. It's gonna be on the top shelf in my closet at home.
Don't we engineers reminisce on good old time and good old thing sometimes?

>>> Daryl Richardson <h.d.richardson(--nospam--at)> 5/14/2008 3:51 PM >>>
        It's hard to even find a retail hardware store or lumber dealer that knows what the basic products are any more.  Some time ago I went into one of these "one stop carry all" stores to get some Sono Tube for my own sun deck project.  The clerk didn't know what it was so he went and got his supervisor.  The supervisor didn't know much more; his response was "Why don't you try Revie?  They sell saunas."
H. Daryl Richardson
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Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 1:53 PM
Subject: RE: Damaged Calculator

Although I am perhaps younger than most on the list, I can sympathize with you. I was raised around a machine shop environment. He was a tool and die maker. I would regularly tag along with my dad on his daily trips to the hardware store. What a collection of tools we now have. How sad it is to see what the local hardware shop has today as compared to yesteryear. My dad could/can fix ANYTHING (except an lcd).
Does anyone here remember the days when one could go down to the hardware store an get a new tube for the television? I don't, but my coworker loves to tell that story.
-----Original Message-----
From: G Vishwanath [mailto:gvshwnth(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 9:15 PM
To: steel steel; misc misc; seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re:Damaged Calculator

Thanks to all who responded with suggestions, and expressions of sympathy and thanks also to all those who were frankly amused by my desire to repair something so inexpensive when a new one could be obtained at perhaps lesser cost.
Put me down as an eccentric fellow.
My mind, heart and soul simply rebels at the thought of casting away a perfectly good calculator whose limbs, brain, heart and soul are in perfect condition even after this act of dare devilry. Only the face is scarred.
Economy is a fetish with me. I am a fellow who does not allow his family to throw away the old tube of toothpaste when they find it difficult extract any more out of it. I use a pair of pliers or tongs and squeeze out two or three more helpings before I reluctantly cast away the old tube. Cranks like me get some weird pleasure out of all this.
Incidentally, the  mail to Calculated Industries customer service center that I had reproduced in my previous mail bounced. So now getting it repaired is out of question.
I will use it to adorn my office show case or perhaps as a good paper weight.