HP Handheld Users
9-10 September 2000
Los Angeles, California
Ramada Plaza Hotel (near LAX)
What? • When?
• Where? • Who? • How?
What was HHC 2000?
HHC 2000 was the 24th international HP Handheld Conference
of users of handheld computers and programmable calculators, especially
those made by Hewlett Packard. These conferences are two-day marathons
that are organized by, attended by, funded by, and produced by enthusiasts
of handheld programming, and are independent of Hewlett Packard and all
other companies. Tips, tricks, routines and software are freely shared
by all. The “Proceedings” not only contain the text of the well-prepared
talks, but also many other goodies collected during the preceding year.
The HP49G was introduced in the USA by Hewlett Packard at HHC 1999 in
Vancouver, Washington. Therefore, HHC 2000 was especially dedicated to
the HP49G from the users’ point of view. Those who owned an HP49G or any
other programmable handheld enjoyed the camaraderie, and learned a lot
“Goodies” for all attendees include various door
prizes (with a prize-per-attendee ratio of 153%!), a CD packed with
HP49G software, and many other surprises. All teachers who attended received
a large poster of the HP49G (keyboard and display), custom made for HHC
2000 for classroom use!
Here’s just one example of the kind of cool things available only at
HHC 2000. Since the new HP40G is only sold in Europe, and the new HP39G
is only sold in North America, some attendees took advange of the one-time-only
HHC 2000 HP39/40 Swap being arranged by Wlodek.
of “HHC” conferences and mini-conferences.
When was HHC 2000?
HHC 2000 was held on the weekend of September 9-10, 2000. There was the
traditional, informal gathering and no-host dinner on the previous evening
(Friday 8 September 2000) open to anyone (whether attending the conference
or not), as well as the traditional, informal gathering and no-host breakfast
on the following Monday morning.
Where was HHC 2000?
In Los Angeles, California, at the Ramada
Plaza Hotel* near Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Reasonably-priced
meals are available at “Chappies” restaurant in the hotel; most Conference
attendees ate there. The Saturday evening Conference Dinner was held, as
always, at a fine restaurant in the vicinity.
The Ramada Plaza Hotel is located at 5250 West El Segundo Boulevard
in Hawthorne (Los Angeles), California. Hotel accommodations include voice
mail, two-line telephones with speaker capabilities and data ports, complementary
cable TV, coffee makers, hair dryers, and ironing boards with irons.
Complimentary fresh fruit in the lobby. Parking is in the hotel parking
structure. Daily visitors should park under Chappies by entering
the small parking lot on El Segundo Boulevard, turning left, and entering
the underground garage by turning right as you head towards the freeway.
Waterfall outside of meeting room.
Meeting room entrance from third floor.
Chappies Restaurant entrance.
Who was at HHC 2000?
HHC 2000 Organizing Committee:
* Unfortunately unable to attend, due to sickness.
|Joseph K. Horn*
|Richard J. Nelson
||Cherry Hill NJ
||Newport Beach CA
Partial Speaker List:
All of the Organizing Committee members (see above); also Vern Lindsay,
Brian Walsh, Eric Smith, Dennis York, Marc Staps, Paul Hubbert, Gary Friedman,
Gilberto Urroz, and more!
of registered attendees.
How much did it cost to attend HHC 2000?
Conference: $60 per person in advance or at the door. All
attendees were asked to pre-register with Ted Kerber so we could get a
close head count, but there were many last-minute people, and that caused
grief and unexpected costs. [Note to selves for next year: handle pre-registration
Ramada Plaza Hotel: $69 plus 8% tax, single or double
(special "HHC 2000" rate). Many attendees doubled up to split their hotel
Why do people attend HP Handheld Conferences?
You want reasons? Here’s a baker’s dozen:
It’s fun! It’s cool! It’s awesome! It’s boss! It’s far out and solid! It’s
tubular! It’s tight! It’s outta sight! It’s nifty! It’s keen! It’s the
cat’s pajamas! It’s dandy! It’s a riot! It’s 23-skiddoo! It’s a blast!
It’s the happening place! It’s delightful! It’s delectable! It’s delicious!
And so on.
It’s cheaper than what you’d probably wind up doing that weekend otherwise!
Many of us have been doing this for many years and are old-time friends!
Meeting new friends with similar interests is a huge pleasure, especially
when they turn out to be as geeky and socially inept as you are, and are
proud of it!
To get the biggest, best-documented conference proceedings ever — hundreds
Everyone comes away from these conferences with useful new knowledge and
personal contacts, both of which are priceless!
Meet many of the Big Names of the comp.sys.hp48 newsgroup face to face
and chat all weekend with them!
Nobody has ever stated that they regretted going to one of these Conferences,
but many have bemoaned not going! Life is short! Seize the opportunity!
Win cool door prizes! (Last year one of the prizes
was a color HP Jornada! Jean-Yves Avenard won a stylish “HP Calculators”
Get secret “inside” information about HP products (past, present and future!)
and their competitors!
Start wild rumors and watch with sadistic glee as everybody takes you seriously!
It’s 48 solid hours of the highest mind-to-mind information transfer rate
physically possible! Most of us don’t even go to sleep Saturday night!
Learn how to pronounce Wlodek Mier-Jedrzejowicz’s name!