But what I find most striking is its keyboard, which lacks any kind of
overview! Did anyone actually enjoy working with this calculator?
Well, yes. Some people actually did! Here's a reader's response:
I've been having some trouble with my TI-68 (display gone funny),
and have been pottering about the web looking for info about
However, when I saw your piece on the TI-68, I felt it necessary
to defend it!
I think the first thing that strikes you about the TI-68 is "wow,
look at all the functions!". It's a good thing for 2 reasons, 1 -
it makes you look smart to have a calculator no-one else knows how
to use and 2 - no-one borrows it, because they don't know what to
do with it.
I have owned my TI-68 for 9 years, and it got me past the end of
school and all the way through my degree. Highlights for me
include the bit functions (I haven't seen a 2's complement button
on other calculators), the display having upper and lower case
letters (much more readable than all caps) and the ability to
store stuff in the memory, without actually looking like a
programmable calculator (handy for remembering a difficult formula
in an exam - the invigilators all go for the graphic calculators
and ask users to clear them, but not my TI-68 - they were probably
afraid of it :) ).
So to answer your question, yes I enjoy using the TI-68 very much!
If you dislike it so much, why don't you sell it to me? That
would save me the trouble of trying to repair mine (have to try
applying heat to the flexi connector between circuit and display -
wish me luck).
In summary, apart from your unkind comments re: the TI-68, you
have a very interesting site. I was interested to see the award
for school calculator go to Casio fx-82. There was a real
calculator war between the Casio fx-82C and the TI-30 at my school
(I was a TI-30 user - still working on original battery (12
years!)). Ahh the memories! Keep up the good work!