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    An Antiquitated Calculator

    Just watching something on TV about aircraft development and on this newsreel footage a guy whipped out a slide rule and started using it.
    Anyone remember slide rules? Anyone still got theirs?
    No idea what happened to mine, I had it since high school. I suppose an ex wife is trying to explain to her grandkids wtf it is.
    And the end of the fight is a tombstone white with the name of the late deceased,
    And the epitaph drear: "A Fool lies here who tried to hustle the East.

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    Still got mine - and use it !!!

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    Yep
    I used to have one in my school days
    They were surprisingly accurate

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    Unlike a calculator they work when wet !!
    On thinking about it I have a Circular one somewhere - three discs of plastic with little windows in the top one - could never get my head around that one !!

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    Cue Happyman, Tetters, Norton, Blackgang, G2bh.....

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    Slide rule? never come across one of they boyo... Unless they are abacuses.... Funnily enough you still see the odd Chinese old dear with one laying around.

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    Speaking of antiquated stuff, anyone ever have one of these?



    Or these?



    Or these.



    But surely one of these.


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    Slide rule and second phone from the top. I'll now go get my "old fart" badge and wear it with pride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Yep
    I used to have one in my school days
    They were surprisingly accurate
    They had logarithmic tables on them, it was a quick way of using a "log book".
    They were as accurate as the user.

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    I still have my TI30 calculator - must be 30 years old. Haven't used it much since i got a solar powered one.

    But still count on my fingers and toes.

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    I still have a Casio calculator that I got for Christmas in 1986. It does metric conversions and everything. The only problem is that it is only solar powered so will not work without a light source.

    But anyway.........what sort of parents give you a calculator as your main present?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Brown
    Cue Happyman, Tetters, Norton, Blackgang, G2bh.....
    Slide on this


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    Yeah, yeah, yeah... The Beatles were still singing that the last time I used a slide rule... I still have an old round E6-B pilots calculator around here somewhere in case the batteries go dead in my portable GPS / Nav computer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug View Post
    Speaking of antiquated stuff, anyone ever have one of these?



    Or these?



    Or these.



    But surely one of these.

    The top one was the up- market thing when I had my first mobile phone.
    Mine had a normal type domestic phone with the dialling touch pad on the battery box - Mobira
    Second one down was known as the 'Talking Brick" but was as heavy as two bloody bricks - Motorola I think !


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    no, threw mine away years ago

    I remember using a neat mechanical calculator when I was working in an actuarial office. It had a handle on the side, you just turned it around the same as times as the numeral, then shifted it on a carriage, and turned the number of times the "tens",then shifted it along again etc etc

    worked well...Marchant calculator

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    All the kids in school in Singapore (ok not those who go to fancy International Schools like yours no doubt did PanamaHat) have to learn how to use the abacus as part of their maths lessons. Probably will be about as useful in adult life as learning to play 3 blind mice on the recorder was for me.

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    On my first trip to HK in '92 all the stall holders were using them at the Mongkok early morning produce market. They used to shake them to attract customers' attention to their fruit and veg and you could hear them all over the 'hood.

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    Bloody hell !
    the design office I worked in had one at every drawing board !
    The temperature test bed for Concorde- the project that kept the company running- was designed accompanied by a deafening rattle of these buggers !!

    ( Test bed was basically an oven that could contain a Concorde and calibrate the expansion of each component ! )

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    Where was that Hap?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mad_dog View Post
    Slide rule? never come across one of they boyo... Unless they are abacuses.... Funnily enough you still see the odd Chinese old dear with one laying around.
    Rather ironic. When the last computer dies off - the abacuse will live another day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beano View Post
    Where was that Hap?
    Hebron and Melock -Cheltenham - Design Consultants - mid 60's

    Was a contractor there doing the Hydraulic calibration circuits on the f*ckin thing !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by patsycat
    But still count on my fingers and toes.
    I can get to 21 with my fly open

    Quote Originally Posted by Happyman
    The top one was the up- market thing when I had my first mobile phone
    Yea that was like my first mobil too, had a battery in a camera bag thing damn near as big as a car battery..

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    Slide rulers were used during my whole education period.

    Electronic calculators came into existence only after my last exams. But I am not too nostalgic about slide rulers. Calculators do a good job now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackgang
    I can get to 21 with my fly open
    Have you got a couple of fingers or toes missing? If not...............

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