by Richard Nelson
26 September 2001
“Goodies” for all attendees
included various door prizes, a CD packed with
programs and documents for HP programmable calculators, and many other
surprises. One lucky winner went home with the
What was the Theme of “HHC 2001: A Handheld Odyssey”?
In the same way, the scope of “HHC 2001: A Handheld Odyssey” ranges from early calculation devices, through the history of HP Handheld Calculators, and into the future of handheld computational devices. Papers and presentations were given regarding many things within this rather broad scope.
Most of the attendees have a long history of working with HP’s programmable RPN calculators. Some of the people involved in the development of these devices attended and shared their insights and stories. Since many of us have now used HP calculators for more than 25 years, nostalgia for the good old days was the main topic.
But what of the future? Recent HP calculators have been intended for the educational market, rather than the traditional technical professional market. Should we just stock up in case our favorite machine is discontinued? Might something new be developed that would appeal to the traditional market?
The HP49G is the current flagship of the HP calculator line. What is its status? What interesting things have users been doing with it? How have the ROM upgrades worked out?
And what about Xpander? This ambitious project was apparently canceled. But the software, which could run on certain Windows CE machines, was made available for a free download. There was an actual Xpander prototype at the conference.
Does ACO really now stand for the Appliance and Calculator Operation? If so, what sort of appliances is HP thinking about? If memory serves, at the fabled conference in Corvallis in 1981, an HP designer remarked that not many people would not travel across the country to learn more about their toaster. Will we travel to a conference about future HP appliances?
Table of all “HHC” conferences and mini-conferences so far.
How much did it cost to attend HHC 2001?
Four Points Sheraton Hotel: Single or double: $89 per night (Fri-Sun) plus 11.5% tax.
Table of all attendees.
|Paul Hubbert||Chicago IL||Facilities; Finances|
|Ron Johnson||Chicago IL||Registration;
Chicago Contact Man
|Richard J. Nelson||Valencia CA||Speakers; Proceedings|
|Jake Schwartz||Cherry Hill NJ||Videotaping|