CES aftermath :-)
dave at larou.com
Wed Jan 11 19:45:07 MST 2017
As always, I want to thank Richard, the rest of the committee and the HP
folks (especially Tim) for all their time and effort to make the
conferences a reality. I really enjoy them and would continue to even
if HP exited the calculator market.
Personally, I would hate to see money prevent Richard or Tim from being
able to attend. I'd be happy to help subsidize their travel and I
suspect many other members would too. This could take the form of a
higher conference fee or just direct donations.
On 1/11/2017 12:21 PM, Richard J. Nelson wrote:
> Hello HHCers,
> Happy New year to all.
> Gunther is correct and Richard is also correct. Please let me clarify.
> During the last 5 or 6+ years the large number of justifications I had
> to attend CES have disappeared. One of the major ones is the fact
> that HP (calculators) hasn’t had a booth. See the attachment ( I hope
> it comes through, email me if you are interested) for a series of
> photos of the HP booths from 2004 to 2010. The list of reasons to
> attend has shrunk to near zero. Catching up on some of my interests –
> the primary reason for most attendance – is one of the two remaining
> reasons to attend. The other is seeing old friends from around the world.
> While my list of reasons to attend CES (after more than 40 CES’s) have
> declined the reasons to not attend has superseded it. I had to rent a
> car to drive to Las Vegas for 2016 because the day before my old 1995
> Chevy just up and died (no power steering). I sold it to a teenager
> for $20. When I got back I bought a used car (2014). Registration
> and insurance is based on the year of the vehicle and I enjoyed very
> low costs for the Chevy. Now my costs – all due in January have
> GREATLY increased, especially insurance. Being retired on a fixed
> income – meaning that every penny you will spend for the rest of your
> life is in your hand – I decided to be conservative (I hate debt) and
> not spend the money to attend CES. It was a difficult decision and I
> had to ignore many of the news reports of what was to be seen just to
> keep the “stress” to a minimum.
> Regarding HHC 2017. Cost is also an issue for me and the HHC’s along
> with CES travel is a strain on my retired discretionary spending. The
> HHC Committee does a GREAT job and they make it happen. My sincere
> thanks to them. Richard is right in that the interest in calculator
> computation is declining and we had a wakeup call at HHC 2016. Check
> the videos for some of HPs comments and read my Committee report
> attached. I hope it to arrives. If not, email me and I will find
> another way to make it available.
> Now is the time to discuss HHC 2017’s location. We have the resources
> for one last HHC. Creating these resources as described in the
> Finance Report was caused by the HP changes a few years ago. *Let’s
> now make a list of HHC suggested locations. Gene says Nashville is
> always a possibility.*
> X < > Y,
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