HP-65 trivia - Printable Version +- HP Forums (https://www.hpmuseum.org/forum) +-- Forum: HP Calculators (and very old HP Computers) (/forum-3.html) +--- Forum: General Forum (/forum-4.html) +--- Thread: HP-65 trivia (/thread-3153.html) HP-65 trivia - Don Shepherd - 02-20-2015 01:48 PM The HP-65 does base conversions between decimal and octal only. Convert octal 11 to decimal, and it becomes 9, of course. What other number will also convert to decimal 9? RE: HP-65 trivia - Gene - 02-20-2015 02:17 PM In octal or another base? 10 base 9 does. (and yes a big :-) here!) Hope you are doing well Don! RE: HP-65 trivia - Don Shepherd - 02-20-2015 03:34 PM (02-20-2015 02:17 PM)Gene Wrote:  In octal or another base? 10 base 9 does. (and yes a big :-) here!) Hope you are doing well Don! Hey Gene, Nashville man, good to hear. It's cold up here in Looeyville, but I suppose it's the same in Nashville with this crazy winter weather. If you do octal --> decimal on the HP-65, 11 gives 9. What other number would give 9 on an octal --> decimal conversion? RE: HP-65 trivia - Gerson W. Barbosa - 02-20-2015 05:35 PM (02-20-2015 03:34 PM)Don Shepherd Wrote:  If you do octal --> decimal on the HP-65, 11 gives 9. What other number would give 9 on an octal --> decimal conversion? 9, per a special HP-65 "feature" you mentioned here a few years ago. Gerson. RE: HP-65 trivia - Don Shepherd - 02-20-2015 06:02 PM (02-20-2015 05:35 PM)Gerson W. Barbosa Wrote:   (02-20-2015 03:34 PM)Don Shepherd Wrote:  If you do octal --> decimal on the HP-65, 11 gives 9. What other number would give 9 on an octal --> decimal conversion? 9, per a special HP-65 "feature" you mentioned here a few years ago. Gerson. Yes, you remembered that Gerson. I still marvel over that "feature" and have wondered now and then how that happened. RE: HP-65 trivia - Thomas Radtke - 02-20-2015 06:52 PM Can it be that simply there wasn't enough space left for an error handling? RE: HP-65 trivia - Tugdual - 02-20-2015 06:56 PM Quote:As an additional feature, the "octal to decimal" conversion will accept non-octal arguments containing the digits 8 or 9. A non-octal number such as 998 will be interpreted as (9x82) + (9x8) + 8 = 656. I would have expected 1220. Seriously, this is a bit misleading, probably the reason why later on the 35s the use of a suffix like 'h' or 'o' was made mandatory to the detriment of a certain ease of use. I remember the prime was also quite painful. I wish I had had a 16c. RE: HP-65 trivia - Don Shepherd - 02-20-2015 07:14 PM (02-20-2015 06:52 PM)Thomas Radtke Wrote:  Can it be that simply there wasn't enough space left for an error handling? That's probably the most likely explanation, Thomas. The 65 has no alpha display capability, so normal error messages are not possible. Instead, the display blinks when an error such as divide by 0 or square root of a negative number occurs. It would have required more microcode to check an "octal" number for erroneous digits 8 or 9, and they probably just didn't have the space. So they documented it and called it a "feature." RE: HP-65 trivia - Tugdual - 02-20-2015 07:43 PM RE: HP-65 trivia - Massimo Gnerucci - 02-20-2015 07:47 PM (02-20-2015 06:56 PM)Tugdual Wrote:  Quote:As an additional feature, the "octal to decimal" conversion will accept non-octal arguments containing the digits 8 or 9. A non-octal number such as 998 will be interpreted as (9x82) + (9x8) + 8 = 656. I would have expected 1220. Seriously, this is a bit misleading, probably the reason why later on the 35s the use of a suffix like 'h' or 'o' was made mandatory to the detriment of a certain ease of use. I remember the prime was also quite painful. I wish I had had a 16c. The 41C had the same OCT and DEC feature but, at least, handles exceptions and throws a DATA ERROR. RE: HP-65 trivia - Thomas Klemm - 02-20-2015 08:09 PM (02-20-2015 06:56 PM)Tugdual Wrote:  I would have expected 1220. How would you end up with this result? 998o [f-1] [→OCT] 656d [f] [→OCT] 1220o Cheers Thomas RE: HP-65 trivia - Tugdual - 02-20-2015 08:15 PM (02-20-2015 08:09 PM)Thomas Klemm Wrote:  How would you end up with this result? 998o [f-1] [→OCT] 656d [f] [→OCT] 1220o Oh so you mean the calculator is converting but doesn't actually have a different base system? I would have expected 998o ENTER↑ 1220o RE: HP-65 trivia - Thomas Klemm - 02-20-2015 09:19 PM (02-20-2015 08:15 PM)Tugdual Wrote:  Oh so you mean the calculator is converting but doesn't actually have a different base system? It's like using these two programs: 998 →DEC →OCT Code: ```00 { 36-Byte Prgm }             00 { 35-Byte Prgm }   01>LBL "->DEC"                  01>LBL "->OCT"        02 STO 00                       02 STO 00             03 -2                           03 2                  04 X<>Y                         04 X<>Y               05>LBL 00                       05>LBL 00             06 8                            06 10                 07 X<>Y                         07 X<>Y               08 10                           08 8                  09 ÷                            09 ÷                  10 IP                           10 IP                 11 X=0?                         11 X=0?               12 GTO 01                       12 GTO 01             13 Rv                           13 Rv                 14 ×                            14 ×                  15 Rv                           15 Rv                 16 ×                            16 ×                  17 STO+ 00                      17 STO+ 00            18 Rv                           18 Rv                 19 GTO 00                       19 GTO 00             20>LBL 01                       20>LBL 01             21 RCL 00                       21 RCL 00             22 END                          22 END``` Cheers Thomas