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Questions and Answers (applies to all RPL machines) As I read through the questions and answers section of the HP48 owner's manual, I found some ommisions so I am proposing this addendum to address these. Comments and additions from others would be welcome. A: Support, Batteries, and Service ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS Q: When I press the backspace key I sometimes get an error message. A: When you press the backspace key with nothing on the command line, it performs the Drop function. Drop is a function so it requires an argument from the stack and returns no result -- thereby clearing the bottom item from the stack. So when you perform the Drop function without an argument on the stack, technically you are committing an error. Q: But sometimes I just press the backspace key out of habit before starting a new calculation. A: That isn't necessary in RPN(L). Q: Yes, but I want to anyway and what harm does it do? A: Well, it is an error to call a function without an argument, isn't it? If you really want to clear things out, press right-shift CLR, this clears the stack without returning an error when the stack is empty. Q: Why does backspace give an error if CLR doesn't? Why not just have neither one give an error? A: Because Drop is a function and functions require arguments while CLR is a command and commands don't require arguments. Q: Are you insane? A: This is a perfectly consistent approach, you're just not smart enough to appreciate it. Q: How come you can't edit equations in the Equation Writer application? A: It's an equation *writer*, not an equation *editor*. Q: Why are half the algebra functions in the Algebra menu and half in the Equation Writer? To get anything useful done I spend hours going back and forth. A: The Equation Writer isn't really done yet, it will be completed in the HP48SX's successor. Q: Will there be an upgrade option? A: No. Q: Why not? A: The same 178,000 inveterate geeks account for over 70% of our sales. If we started an upgrade plan, our dealer channel would evaporate overnight like the morning dew. Q: Whenever I store a number, it disappears just before I was about use it and then I have to leave the menu I was going to use to recall it again. A: This is normal. It is part of the HP48's elegantly consistent approach to handling functions. The STO function takes two arguments including the number to be stored. Q: Is there going to be another owner's manual? In spite of its size, this one seems oddly incomplete. A: A more complete manual was considered but dropped. Partially due to expense but mostly because market research shows that prospective buyers of pocket calculators would find a 4 volume 3600 page manual unsettling. Various geek organizations provide more detailed technical information, support, and pointless speculation about the HP48. Jeff Brown Steinmetz & Brown, Ltd. 2675 University Ave St Paul MN 55114 USA +1 612 646 2478

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- hp01a (HP-01A)
- hp6s (HP6S)
- hp6ssolar (HP6S Solar)
- hp8s (HP8s)
- hp9g (HP9G)
- hp9s (HP9S)
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- hp10bii (HP10BII)
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- hp10s (HP10s)
- hp11c (HP-11C)
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- hp12cpa (HP12CPA)
- hp12cpt (HP12CPt)
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- hp17bii+ (HP17BII+)
- hp18c (HP-18C)
- hp19b (HP-19B)
- hp19bii (HP19BII)
- hp19bii+ (HP19BII+)
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- hp21s (HP-21S)
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- hp25a (HP-25A)
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- hp28c (HP-28C)
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- hp31e (HP-31E)
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- hp32s (HP-32S)
- hp32sii (HP32SII)
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- hp38c (HP-38C)
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- hp97s (HP-97S)
- hp100lx (HP100LX)
- hp100lx2mb (HP100LX2MB)

General

- Bibliography and addresses
- HP48S* \-notation
- HP Handheld Users' Conferences
- Date of introduction
- Evolution chart
- Various feature summaries
- Information file overview
- Information summary
- HP Journal articles
- Displaying 7-segment letters
- LIF file formats
- Product numbers llist
- Names and code names
- Math problems
- Jeff Brown's additional Q&A
- RPN introduction
- Serial numbers
- Series summaries
- Solver comparison
- Blank template
- A timeline of the "firsts"
- Timing tests
- HP48SX virus
- "wall of fame."
- Wlodek Mier-Jedrzejowicz articles

Craig's Articles

- Anatomy of an Application
- An ApLet for the 38G
- The Collect-94 Development System (PDF) Datafile, Vol 11 No 3
- The Collect-94 Language (PDF) Datafile, Vol 11 No 5
- Day Number Routines Using Integer Arithmetic
- Freyja - An Emacs for the HP95LX (PDF) Datafile, Vol 11 No1
- Gotos on the HP48SX (PDF) Datafile, Vol 10 No 8
- The HP-94: A Posthumous Review
- The HP-94 Story - Audax Corporation (PDF) Datafile, Vol 11 No 6
- Initial Impressions of the Aurora FN 1000 Financial Manager
- An Inside View of HHUC-95
- Notes on the CHIP Meeting
- Notes on the 1992 HP Handheld User's Conference
- A Phase-of-the-Moon Program for the 32SII
- Some Thoughts on the HP-95LX
- Other Article List

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