Equipment Review: T.I. “Programmer”

By Val J. Golding

The Texas Instruments Programmer is a unique calculator which provides immediate conversions from, and 4-function calculations., Base 8 (Octal), Base 10 (Decimal) and Base  16 (Hexidecimal). It will also manipulate bits in Hex and Octal modes, with One’s and Two’s, compliments, logical and, or, not and exclusive or, as well as shift left and right functions.

Binary conversions are printed on the face, above the appropriate digits, and the machine performs floating point” negative balance arithmetic in decimal mode. It is simple and fast to operate and, to this writer, more than worth its weight in apples. This little gem is available at Advanced Campus Electronics, Computerland and J.K. Gill at $50 to $60.

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About the Author

Bill Martens

A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.