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Subject: Re: Calculator plugin for recorder is underway.
From: Mat Holton (mathew.holton_at_surface-inspection.com)
Date: 2004-04-27


I like all the 'mad' plugins, it's fun and interesting to see what people come up with
(I see my snake2 plugin hasn't been added yet...only joking, it's a bit rubbish)

I even like the Talkbox functionalty - not just usefull for blind people, also good for
using Rockbox in the car.

I do, however, agree that we should find a new 'home' for Rockbox as I'm sure my Archie
will die completly very soon...

Keep it up with the calculator plugin - it's fun and it may even prove to be usefull someday!

-----Original Message-----From: Neon John <johngd_at_bellsouth.net>To: Rockbox development <rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se>Sent: 27/04/2004 05:20Subject: Re: Calculator plugin for recorder is underway.I may have missed the answer to this as I've been turbo-nuking list content

lately, hoping the talkbox thing will just go away...

What is the purpose of this hack and what use would it be? I can't see how

this would have any use without a touch screen or keyboard. Even with a

whippy-kewl input scheme, why? Maybe I'm just a nerd but I carry a PDA and a

cellphone, both of which have calculators built in. I have an HP-48 and an

HP-97 on my desk plus HP emulators on my laptop. Somehow it just doesn't seem

at all intuitive to grab for my jukebox to compute a cosine.

I wonder if I'm the only one sitting over here on the sidelines with growing

alarm at what RockBox is turning into. Since the first of the year it seems

like RockBox has moved from being the best AUDIO player available to a growing

blivit of clever but of questionable utility hacks. I admire the hacks for

the achievements but I just can't see the utility of playing black and white

movies on a postage stamp screen or trying to use a keyless calculator or....

I suppose that if I were blind I'd be excited about talkbox but I'm not and

I'm not. I sure wish it was a plugin so it could be easily removed by people

who don't want it. (maybe it is - I haven't had time to follow the massive

traffic on the subject.)

I was really hoping all these resources would have been spent finding a

suitable new platform for RockBox so that we could break the Archos ties that

bind. My offer to buy new hardware for a developer or two still stands, if the

core team can pick some out.

Grumblin' John

On Mon, 26 Apr 2004 15:30:35 -0400, Tom Norris <kaboofa_at_weakmind.org> wrote:

>BlueChip wrote:

>> If you were after feedback about what people wanted (otherwise why would

>> you have posted)...

>> brackets, square root, sin, cos, tan, factorial!, hex, dec, oct, bin,

>> multiple memories

>I want to get addition and multiplication done first.(pre-baby stage)

>But the system I'm writing for it *should* be flexable enough to add

>squareroot, trig functions (sin, cos, tan, atan, etc), factorial, and

>base conversions.

---

John De Armond

johngdDONTYOUDARE_at_bellsouth.net

http://bellsouthpwp.net/j/o/johngd/

Cleveland, Occupied TN

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