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Vectris
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Posted: 15 Feb 2014
11:11 GMT
Total Posts: 375
So today I was hit with a huge wave of nostalgia for the good 'ol days of TI-84s and CalcG. To be honest, I forgot the name of this site and I had to spend 10 minutes on google trying to find the place. That means no one will probably see this for a long time, but I still want to put this out there.

I'm curious how you guys are all doing. I know I was only a small part of the community for a short time, but our mutual love for calculators brought us all together. I should point out that my username used to be calcproductions. Some of you may at least know me by that name, or my ridiculously awesome avatar designed with MS paint.

For those that are comfortable sharing, I think it would be cool to see where we are all at in our lives now, if anyone still does anything interesting with their TI-calculator (insert dirty joke), and what effect it had on their early years.

As you could discover from my super old, crappy website linked on my profile, my real name is Daniel. I joined CalcG as a sophomore in high school and was a senior when it died. Now I am a senior in college at Clemson University, graduating in May. Thanks to an internship with Amazon.com this past summer, I received an offer to go back to them full-time after I graduate. I accepted it and will be moving to Seattle, WA to work for them as a software developer.

I have not used my TI-84 in the past several years for anything other than tax returns; but I greatly enjoyed the nostalgia trip I got by looking back at my TI-BASIC projects. The craziest thing is that TI-BASIC was the language that started it all for me. It was the first programming language I ever learned and it was what got me hooked on coding. It was introduced to me my freshman year of high school by a friend. He taught me how to use the "Disp" command and fool around with variables. Extremely intrigued, I took to the internet and TI manual to learn more. Though BASIC is extremely limited, it aroused in me an interest that I carried through high school where I took a course on Visual Basic. To keep a long story short, the passion stirred by programming on the TI-series calculators has brought me to where I am today, about to graduate with a degree in Computer Science and a promising career ahead. In school I'm currently doing kernel-level development for Linux and 2D game design with the SDL library.

So what cool things are you guys up to?

I hope you have all found similar successes and are enjoying life. I'll probably check back from month-to-month to see if anyone replies. It was encouraging to see the latest post was last September, so maybe there's still some life around here :)

Take care.
Barrett
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Posted: 17 Feb 2014
18:52 GMT
Total Posts: 1675
Graduated school in 2012 and started working at Google a year and a half ago.

I don't do much with calculators anymore but I check on this site every once in a while.

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chickendude
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Posted: 24 May 2014
07:18 GMT
Total Posts: 15
I still pull out my old 83/+ and work on games for it from time to time. It's sorta a way to relax when i feel stressed and i don't think i'll ever really get over it. I haven't finished much but i've got quite a few projects that are pretty far along. It's kinda strange to think that it's been close to 15 years now, but i love working in assembly with these comparatively simple devices, for some reason i find it much more rewarding writing my own code from scratch and knowing exactly what's going on than pulling code and libraries from all over to write code on these super computers today. I'll be really bummed out when graphing calculators finally bite the dust and the small public that could enjoy my games disappears. The z80's got a special place in my heart.
allynfolksjr
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Posted: 17 Jun 2014
20:01 GMT
Total Posts: 1892
I still do calculator things every once in a while!
zkostik
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Posted: 2 Jul 2014
05:15 GMT
Total Posts: 2486
Hah, was waiting for food to warm up in microwave and got hit with nostalgia (or maybe it was microwaves). Good to see that you guys are still around and doing well. I'm also extremely glad that Barrett still keeps the site online. I don't do much programming anymore unless it for my personal needs (mainly scripting and Java). I sort of went back to my techie roots and do more hardware and work as systems administrator at NIH. I remember when my wife was taking some math for her radiology/sono degree I gave her my TI-89 and when she asked how to use it, I felt like a total noob. It still felt good to use it, made me want to put some of our old games on it but I have no idea where the link cable is after all these years. I think most of you guys have my email which hasn't changed forever so hit me up if anything comes up :).

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tifreak8x
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Posted: 11 Jul 2014
08:59 GMT
Total Posts: 419
Oh hey, posts! :D

I'm still quite active with things calculator related, actually just published my 60th file to ticalc.org (I guess I should post some of those files over to here, but I don't think we have a section for the CSE). It's still fun and relaxing to kick back with the calculator to make it do things, though I guess for some of you guys, who program as a profession, even that might not really be fun anymore.

Good to see some of the older members are checking in now and again.

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john777
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Posted: 15 Feb 2015
10:02 GMT
Total Posts: 289
Are bumps okay for nostalgia? :) I'm not really doing much with calculators anymore, but I am getting into coding a little with python for bioinformatics. I am a graduate student now at Michigan State in Microbiology so I fell a ways away from math a while ago. But I also think it is interesting to see where we have all gone and to see how Ti-basic started some of us off. I would surely not be as comfortable diving into my recent segway into python if I had not had the little bit of coding I had with my Ti-84. I've found it really fun to actually learn how to use the terminal too. Also, have you guys seen those color Ti-84s now?

Edit: I used to have some sort of Tangent line avatar. I must have lost it somtime ago. I'll see if I have it around.





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