The PPC CD-ROM Set: A Work in Progress

Updated December 20, 2014

Introducing PPC DVD Version 2.15 (A slight update from 2.14):

In the "PPC CD3" section:

Now with 270 HP-41 scannable barcode/program files (totaling 1199 pages) from the first 42 British HPCC's Datafile Newsletter Issues from Vol. 1 - Vol. 7 (1982 - 1988), plus

The comprehensive 5-way index of HPCC's Datafile Newsletter Issues covering Vol. 1 - Vol. 10 (with over 1700 entries)

 

In the "PPC CD4" section:

The 351 pages of conference materials from are included, as well as corresponding updates to the Conference Index (now with 941 entries)

In the "PPC CD1" section:

The 47-page 1977 PPC Member Handbook #1 has been included in its entirety,

rather than just the few starting and ending pages as before

In the "PPC CD3" portion: From the Datafile "Jump Table",

links (center below) to the issues and bookmark (on left) to the Datafile index:

From the issues, links to the program index and/or program files:

A typical program index with links to individual program/barcode files:

A sample program/barcode file:

The Datafile index, covering volumes 1-10 with 1707 items

Index has separate sorts by Issue, Title, Author, Document Type and Device Model:

In the "PPC CD4" portion, the HHC2014 proceedings have been added:

The current DVD contents:

  • PPC CD1: 65 Notes/PPC Journal/PPC Calculator Journal/ Plus 1,353 Scannable HP-41 program/barcode files

  • PPC CD2: PPC ROM Manual / Computer Journal of PPC / CHHU Chronicle/ HPX Exchange / HP65 Key Note / HP Key Notes / HP Journal Articles

  • PPC CD3: Handheld and Portable Computer Club's 31 Years of Datafile 1982-2012 (189 issues)

    • Now including 270 Scannable HP-41 program/barcode files from Volumes 1 through 7 (42 issues)

    • Also including the HPCC Datafile Index for Volumes 1-10: An index of 1707 entries in the first 10 years' 66 issues indexed five ways (by issue, item title, author, document type and calculator model)

  • PPC CD4: Australian Newsletters & Handhelds Conference Proceedings 1979-2014    

    • Including The Conference Index: An index of all 941 entries in all 39 conferences indexed five ways (by conference, item title, author, document type and calculator model)

    • Including an archive of the HP Solve Newsletter, issues 1 to 33 (2008-2013)

    • Also including the HP Solve Newsletter Index: An index of all 300 entries in the 33 issues indexed five ways (by issue, item title, author, document type and calculator model)

This DVD, combining all 4 previous PPC CDs is available for $25.00 plus shipping for

non HPCC members or $23.00 plus shipping for HPCC members

($1.50 in U.S. or Canada; $2.50 elsewhere)

As always, for each disk sold, $5.00 will be sent to the British HPCC group to

support their continued efforts (with over $1740. generated to date)


The "PPC CD4" portion of the disk includes 12,610 pages of scanned Australian calculator newsletters and 39

sets of proceedings from calculator conferences.

 

 

The PPC CD#4 was first presented at the HHC2003 Calculator Conference in Newport Beach, California in September. Four different sets of newsletters from the various Australian calculator groups (PPC Melbourne, HPHH Melbourne, CHHU Sydney) are included here. This includes the complete set of 17 editions of the PPC Technical Notes, PPC's premiere journal of advanced HP41 programming applications. Thanks to Graham Fraser, long-time officer in the PPC Melbourne group, we now have issues 1,2,8 and 10 of PPPM Inc. & CHHU Sydney.

This portion of the disk includes the conference proceedings (along with any printed supplementary material obtained at the conferences) from 38 English-language HP calculator conferences up to 2013. It starts with the first one in Santa Clara, California in 1979 (featuring the newly-introduced HP41C) and ends with HHC2013 from Fort Collins, Colorado. 

To obtain info on videotape from HP conferences going back to 1986, click here.

PPC, formerly the HP65 Users Club, was formed in June of 1974 to support user-exchange of information related to Hewlett-Packard

Personal Programmable Calculators. PPC published a newsletter, originally called 65 NOTES; later later the PPC Journal or the PPC Calculator Journal, roughly 8 to 10 times per year from 1974 through 1987. It also produced the PPC Computer Journal, covering HP 70-series and 80-series computers, published in parallel with the PPC Calculator Journal from 1982 through 1984 (and then both calculator and computer coverage was merged back into the PPC Journal starting in 1985).

CHHU, the Club of Hewlett-Packard Handheld Users, started in 1984 and published the CHHU Chronicle between 1984 and 1986.

Also, HPX, the Handheld Program Exchange, picked up after CHHU ceased operation and published the HPX Exchange between 1987 and 1990.

The above newsletters comprise around 6000 pages of valuable material covering all aspects of HP handhelds from the HP35 up to the HP28S.


The "CD1" and "CD2" portions of the PPC DVD contain all of the pages of the above newsletters plus:

Below is the breakdown of the disks' contents:

The CD1 portion consisting of 65 NOTES/PPC Calculator Journals Volume 1 through Volume 14 (the end) plus all the Chicago-area CHIP group newsletters 1991 to end of publication in 2005 and the Philadelphia-area PAHHC handout lead articles from 1992 to May, 2000 (5000+ pages) Now also includes 5,844 new pages from Jackie Woldering's 1,353 program/barcode files

The CD2 portion consisting of the PPC ROM Manual; PPC ROM Pocket Guide; PPC Pocket Hex Table; PPC Computer Journal; CHHU Chronicle; HPX Exchange, HP65 Key Note, HP Key Notes & relevant HP Journal articles from 32 issues ranging from 1968 to 1996. (2000+ pages)

All files are in the pdf format and thus these disks require Adobe Acrobat Reader version 3 or higher.


Complete chart of costs: 
PPC DVD Disk (combining CDs 1 to 4) Cost per disk:
If Non HPCC Member: $25.00
If HPCC Member: $23.00
Ship within U.S./Canada: $1.50 shipping
Ship outside U.S./Canada: $2.50 shipping

 

Send a check to:

Jake Schwartz

135 Saxby Terrace

Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003-4606

USA

Now accepting Paypal as well    For Paypal, please use "jakes@pahhc.org" as the destination.

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Sorry - I'm not equipped to directly accept credit cards. Also be advised that my bank charges me around $15-20. to convert checks drawn in foreign currency.

Feel free to contact me via email at jakes@pahhc.org or by phone at 856-751-1310 (evenings, weekends) for additional information.


What the disk is and what it is not....

The disk is a reference tool, with all pages scanned images in Adobe Acrobat format. Navigation buttons within each newsletter will provide movement from page to page, issue to issue, volume to volume and from any issue in any volume to any other. All indexes which were provided in the pages of the newsletters are included. Some of them have their entries hyperlinked to the referenced articles. Pages of text and diagrams will print approximately as cleanly as the originally scanned pages, and may be viewed within Acrobat Reader magnified up to 800 percent of original. All issues which start with a table of contents on page one have this T.O.C. hyperlinked to the articles themselves.

The disk is not a single-source search mechanism to find information on subjects entered by the user. This would require indexing all the material (which would be perhaps a lifetime project since type fonts, sizes and printing quality varies from article to article and page to page, causing OCR software to choke). They also are not a library of downloadable software. The listings are there, and you may therefore key them in. Also, it is likely that the supplied barcode for many of the programs in the issues will not print of high enough quality to be scanned with an HP41 wand. (Increasing the resolution above 300dpi to achieve this would reduce the amount of material which would fit on the disks.) On the other hand, the barcode pages from the PPC ROM Manual, recently added to the disks, were added at 600 dpi, and thus should scan in reasonably well.


For additional information about the London's Handheld and Portable Computer Club, check out

http://www.hpcc.org on the web.

If you are interested in obtaining HP Calculator user manuals on CD, be sure to check out

Dave Hicks' DVD set from the HP Calculator Museum

For additional information / archive CD exclusively on the HP41 , check out Warren Furlow's

The HP41C Calculator Page

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