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  1. netcat

    netcat Member

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    yeah i'm leaning toward retro styling too now
    to match the vintage hardware
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  2. Kev2442

    Kev2442 Still French

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    Seing my early 2000's CRT next to my PC case made me wonder...
    How well would a two-tone off-white/black case look like ?
    Something along the lines of white lid and back, with black (or maybe a very dark gray) buttons, bezel and keyboard frame ?

    ...Yes, that could be named the PETra. :D
     
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  3. FBnil

    FBnil Waterfox > firefox

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    Horrible wordplay... but A for effort.
     
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  4. oskda

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    I adore C64, but the color I really like in C64 isn't cream or pale cream (in C64c), but dark chocolate/brown like in original C64 keyboard :)

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    I think this DARK CHOCOLATE/BROWN color is so cool. Old but so cool :)

    It is also similar to original HP-48SX, a very popular "pocket computer" (sold as advanced calculator, but really a pocket computer):
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    I don't like pale cream: it is messy (it gets dirty easily), no discreet, and no elegant. It is old but no cool, simply old in my opinion :(

    Dark chocolate/brown is the opposite: hard-wearing, discreet, elegant :) and, contrary to black, it is a color with personality :) It is old but cool at the same time :)

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    Transparent has no personality, usually it feels cheap, and worse: transparent color in a machine with a lot of LEDs from keyboard and powerful LEDs in other parts is really annoying, I would say it could be really irritating :)

    On any case, 1st case run is transparent, so I suppose you can get it.
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    My other option is really DARK grey, Charcoal:

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    I think it is much cooler than simply black.
     
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  5. klapse

    klapse Central Scrutinizer

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    Hard to argue with that picture.

    [EDIT] I'll add that dark grey makes a visual association with Thinkpads, which should make it look more worth the price to some potential buyers.
     
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  6. ClockworkCoder

    ClockworkCoder Chaotic Neutral

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    Because it doesn't argue back? :p

    Seriously though, it's got a classic sophistication in that kind of dark grey. I do prefer understated.
     
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  7. Silent-Hunter

    Silent-Hunter Advanced Member

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    My dad has one of those, it's awesome.
     
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  8. Akko

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    I managed to snag an HP-48G on eBay for a low price a few years ago. My dad has one and I had been looking for years because it's so awesome. When it arrived it turned out it was professionally upgraded to even more RAM XD
     
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  9. oskda

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    It is really awesome: it was sold as "Advanced Scientific Calculator", and it was, but it is a real pocket computer: you can program it in user RPL language, system RPL language (even more powerful) and machine-code or assembly language programming directly its Saturn CPU, an strange" CPU (used in a lot of HP products since HP-71b) with 4-bit memory access but addressing directly 512 KB (when most 8 bit CPU can't only address 64 kB), and with some 64-bit wide registers (where most 8-bit computers only have 8 or 16 bit registers) and 20-bit address registers :O

    Even RPL language is special: some mix of LISP capabilities and a very advanced Forth.

    It had 2 expansion slots for RAM/ROM memory cards (in original 48SX model and in 48GX model), and I/O by serial wire and infrared.

    It was a very capable pocket computer (and real personal computer, when other pocket computes limited to BASIC language), with powerful capabilities and a very long battery life (even it uses 3 standard AAA batteries).

    The sad part is that latest models (from HP-49 to 50) totally lost its great hardware quality (they were poorly designed in hard and manufactured by Chinese contractor).
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    A good purchase :)

    I own a complete collection of HP-48 models/cards/printer/cables... My favorite calculator of all time (really a pocket computer where you can program even in assembly).

    Usually I use HP-48 emulator as calculator in PC and smartphone, and I hope to use that emulator in Pyra.
     
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  10. Akko

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    Yes, definitely. Especially for the price! I just love RPN calculators. Takes some getting used to, but it's really handy. I keep my HP-48 at home though and got a Swissmicros DM15 that I keep in my backpack. Way smaller and less valuable ^^
     
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