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I have completed the pseudo-scientific exam, v3.14, and am now Certified Extreme Geek! Feels great to finally have some acknowledgment!
That test was pretty awesome. I loved that the first question was "programmed a calculator in math class". That was my livelihood in highschool. Not only would I make up and program my own games, I would transfer them to other students' calculators. I would also program in the equations and formulas to solve math/science problems for tests. It might be considered cheating, but I figured that if I knew the problems and equations well enough to write a program in my calculator to solve them, then that was good enough.
Alas, I only scored a 29%, but I'm alright with that.
I remember Chemistry, my freshman year of college ... they wouldn't let us use calculators "because they were too hard to get and too expensive for some students to afford". So we had to use slide rules. I wish I still had that old multi scale bamboo slide rule.
I had a HP 41c in highschool ( mid 80's 81-85)
the RPN made others CRAZY with the " where is the equals button" i loved it
About 1972 I rode my motorcycle across two southern states to Houston, TX overnight to arrive in time for an FCC First Class Radiotelephone license exam. I had a nixie-tube "calculator" but they would not allow their use! I also had a slide rule but it had to be inspected and approved to make sure it did not have any "special purpose" scales...
A couple of years later I got my first RPN with real scientific functions - it was like magic!
Distribution: Debian Wheezy/Jessie/Sid, Linux Mint DE
Originally Posted by John VV
i still have one ( not counting the radial one on my watch )
but i was really the first gen. to NOT use them
started HS in 1981
how many "young folk" today would call a slide rule "TOO HARD" or "Too complicated"
now the hp41 is on my opensuse install
Since my iPhone broke I am back on the ordinary undestructable Nokia phone-only and the HP 11C back in my shirt pocket. I have a newer one (I think it is the 42S) but I don't like it as much.
When I was in Accra, Ghana in a shop selling equipment for surveyors they had 3 brand new Castell slide rules for sale. Unfortunately they asked $50 for one. I could bargain the price down to $35, but not lower. For $25 I would have bought it.
I am glad to hear there are people older than I using Linux without trouble. I finally got Mint 15 MATE loaded (blowing up VISTA along the way, but no loss) and am now working my way through a couple of tutorials. When there are problems with Mint, however, it seems a knowledge of the command line is necessary, at least enough to understand the people who are trying to help me