ScuzzBlog: Diaries February 2021

Entry 10th February 2021: Post 2: Casio fx-82c - Oozing through the years.

Casio fx-82c - Oozing through the years.

Interestingly I know the full history of this calculator. The
scientific calculator Casio fx-82c was with me from November 1989
all the way up until today. She was in my bag that I carried to
work each day and I was always careful to put her in last on top
of my Tupperware sandwich box.

From 1989 she was in Christchurch Dorset at an architects practice
at Avonbank Studio and then the Malt House. From 1991 to 1992 she
was in my studio during my brief time setting up my own practice.
From 1993 to 1994 she was at an architects practice at Brandon in
Bournemouth. Then from 1994 to 1996 in Fareham at an architects
practice. From 1996 to 2000 at a practice in Bournemouth and then
from 2000 to 2012 at Trinity in Bournemouth. From 2012 to 2014
we finish the journey at another architectural office in Dorset.

During that time she has been called into duty to undertake a
million calculations for structure, drainage, thermal, sound and
light. Plus all the figures needed to work out finances, tender
bids and contract sums and interim and final payments. I doubt
there was a day I didn't need to use the calculator. The little
sticky on the calculator was an aid to me working out inverts
on drains.

AND YET .... in all that time I do not recall changing the
batteries. Up until today I didn't even know she had the AA
style of battery. I thought she had coin types. The calculator
has no obvious battery compartment or indication of how to change
the things. So when I opened her up today I was a little shocked.

Poor thing. She cleaned up OK but sadly wasn't working. Now that
I know how to get in I will have another go and see if I can get
her working again. She really has done her tour of duty and I
guess is a credit to Casio that so many buildings have their
drainage, structure, heating etc working properly. Hopefully.

Interestingly my calculator before this one was a Commodore. Not
the one shown but the second. That took me through college and
so is a little more neglected.

Casio fx-82c - Oozing through the years.

This was my first Commodore. Purchased
in 1976 and I believe may still have the
original batteries inside. Can't open it

Commodore 9R-25 using a MOS MPS 7545

Four decades of finger grime. I guess
I could clean her.. Nah !!

Not sure I ever had the adaptor

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