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The HP-12C turns 30, Goes Limited Edition

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by dplatnyc
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I remember being given one on the first day of my first real job, in the financial economics group at Goldman Sachs, almost exactly twenty-five years ago.  I was warned, "Don't lose it.  These things are like gold here!"

I remember being given one on the first day of my first real job, in the financial economics group at Goldman Sachs, almost exactly twenty-five years ago.  I was warned, "Don't lose it.  These things are like gold here!"

by Tuzz
‎09-01-2011 08:03 AM - edited ‎09-01-2011 08:06 AM

As a young Test and Measurement Sales rep for HP in 1981, I purchased a 12C as soon as they became available.  I still have and use that original 12C today.  What a legacy the 12C is to the Spirit of what Bill and Dave were all about.  I'm still a  member of the hp family after the 2007 early retiree program.  Today I sell hp as an hp business partner. I look back with pride on the company Bill and Dave built each time I press the keys of my trusty 12C.  Hoping we can bring back that "Spirit of a Startup" now!

by trevor1964
on ‎09-07-2011 07:21 AM

What do you mean 30 years ago?  Mine is sat right here in front of me and I use it every working day!  I use it so much when my daughter hands me her 'normal' calculator I can't perform the simplest of calculations on hers!  MIne's got to be 20+ years old now.  I remember I lost my first one back in the '80s and I was so lost without it so when one of my then colleagues needed a fax machine for his home office I swapped my fax machine for 'his' 12C...yep I've got an iphone, goodness knows how many email addresses, am on LinkedIn, Twitter and surrounded by all the usual guff that we seem to think is so important these days but my 12C is the absolute number 1 must for me and I quite literally could not to my job without it.  If ever there was a poll in the financial markets of the most influential inventions over the last 50 years then for me the 12C would be number 1.  I can still make money without a computer,  not so sure I could without my 12C and certainly don't want to find out.  Hands off, it's mine!!!

by unclebill
on ‎09-14-2011 09:08 AM

 

Got mine in '83 and I think only changed the batteries once or twice. Is that possible? Won a leather case in a 12-C class and wondered if HP will be selling any accessories? Interested in the anniversary edition but can't seem to find what the improvements might be. Thanks.

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