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Topic: B&D HandyPop-n-Serve (14 msgs / 304 lines)
1) From: Slinkster
Any thoughts on using a HP50/1440w popper as a roaster?  I picked one up 
at thrift on the weekend, for a quarter.  It heats up, it blows.  The 
lid is perhaps too well-ventilated but that can be remedied.
In the roasting department, those of you with a Caffe Rosto may be 
interested to know that it is possible to produce a passable roast 
without the lid gasket.  I did so today quite by accident, the beans 
look and smell fine and I'm sure the cup will be as well.
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2) From: Ira
At 02:42 PM 8/17/2009, you wrote:
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Use it for Pop Corn, it's the best roaster for that I've ever used, 
mostly because it's the least messy.  I'm not sure it would work for 
coffee as it seems to rely on the popping to agitate the beans. When 
I pop corn in it I always move it around by hand to try and get all 
the beans hot before any of them start popping. causes the popping to 
finish faster and the pop corn comes out better.
Ira
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3) From: raymanowen
When I was considering the Great Leap Forward from the air poppers, I was
going to put a SC/TO together. Got a nice SC-8 on eBay, but the Sunpentowns
were going for nearly full retail.
My first batch of popcorn in the Stir Crazy instantly convinced me not to
use it for any part of a roaster.
A cup of organic pop corn from Vitamin Cottage, a couple oz EVOO, an ounce
of C12H22O11 sugar, 1/4 oz salt, optional 1/4 oz Lecithin, and let 'er rip.
8-qt top full of Kettle Corn. Don't use fake sugar, probably won't
caramelize. I use raw organic sugar, not that it's necessary.
Smells just like the stuff at the circus or carnival and fabulous taste by
itself. Not good with coffee!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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4) From: Robert Yoder
What is an HP50?  Google gets me Hewlett-Packard.
Happy Popping,
robert yoder
 
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5) From: Robert Yoder
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6) From: raymanowen
For $406.85, tax included, and a 12-week lead time after we got our tax
refund in 1973, I dealt with H-P in the Tech Center and replaced my log-log
Post Versalog. Like Prof. Dubbert said, the HP-35 gave errors in 9 decimal
places. Then the programmable 45 came out with a lot of double function keys
the 35 had as singles. Same price, but the 35 had all the transcendental
functions I needed.
The HP-50 is a B&D Handy Pop-n-Serve popper. Wonder if it's like the W-B
continuous feed air popper that was almost useless for roasting? It was my
serious starter after the original Melitta Aroma Roast in the 70's but
melted down after about three roasts. My fault.
Cheers, Mabuhay RayO, aka Opa!
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7) From: Phil Palmintere
Ah... but did you know in the field you could easily upgrade an HP35 to a
45?  My college roommate charged ten or twenty bucks a pop, IIRC.  As you
might imagine, this was not an advertised feature.  
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8) From: Bob Hazen
Memory lane, here we go....
I bought an HP-25 back in 1975 when I started college.  What?  No equals 
key????  RPN, the guy said.  Take it home he said, try it over the weekend 
and if you're not hooked bring it back.  Still have it.  Even though RPN 
seems to be going away, they are still the best for me.  I use a well-worn, 
battle-scarred HP-15C at work.  Just bought a new HP-35s to try out.  It's a 
throwback to the HP-35 of which you talk.  It was about $50 or roughly 2.5% 
of your 1973 expenditure considering inflation.  Figured I'd best get a 
backup in case they quit making RPNs altogether.
Bob
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9) From: Bonnie Polkinghorn
Genuinely OT:
Couldn't you run a program on the HP calculator up close to your stereo
speakers and have the tune of the program come out, like beep beep beeeeep
beeeeeep beeep beeeeeep?  Why do I remember that?  RPN, yah, now I remember
that, too.
-Bonnie
On Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 10:07 PM, Bob Hazen  wrote:
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10) From: Ira
At 10:07 PM 8/18/2009, you wrote:
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My first was a 45 in 70 or 71 followed by a 41 with card reader which 
I still have, then a 10C and a 15C and a few recently acquired 12Cs 
just to make sure I can find one and never run out. Plus all the DOS 
Clipper software I ever wrote included the RPN calculator I wrote. I 
really want a 16C, but they're really hard to come by.
Ira
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11) From: raymanowen
Another reference to the B&D HP-50: (Not the H-P graphing calculator)
"It has been experimentally determined that the fan, motor and heater
assembly of a Black & Decker "Handy Pop 'N Serve" model HP-50 hot air
popcorn popper can be adapted for use as the hot air forcing means.
Sterilization time is in part a function of the temperature and the air
velocity. A combination of chamber temperature and air velocity was chosen
that allows sterilization within three minutes or less. It has been
determined that at a chamber temperature of about 325° F. (163° C.),
instruments were sterilized within about two minutes when such a blower
assembly was operated at its maximum designed operational speed."
RPN is The Way!! Was tempted to get a 4-function calculator to stop the math
errors with the logarithms in the Versalog  The register stack was a
natural. I think it was three high in the 35. Batteries Plus has the battery
pack for them.
eBay has a lot of HP calculators like the HP-55, that look identical to the
HP-35. (35 keys) EGAD, what nostalgia! Even have chargers, if they work!
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, aka Opa!
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12) From: Karl Schendel
raymanowen wrote:
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Gah... RPN was a SOS (Sack of Sh*!).  :-)
I had a TI SR-51 in college (SR-11 in high school) specifically
because I thought RPN was bollocks.  I feel the same way about
car transmissions;  I shouldn't have to do the shifting because
the car *ought* to be able to do it better.  I shouldn't have
to mentally parse and stack an expression, the calculator
should be doing it!  I felt sorry for all the poor slobs
who were stuck with the HP calculators and had to do most of
the real work, while the silicon cruised along easy street...
Karl
PS Yay!  a good opinionated argument with no right or wrong,
that I can sink my teeth into! :-)
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13) From: raymanowen
" I really want a 16C, but they're really hard to come by."
I've seen H-P 16C emulators , under H-P 16C
calculators. The 16C's are scarce, but the emulator should work.
Just for grins, I've tried to emulate my roasting actions with a BASIC
ladder program. I hate most programming but was a little successful with
Fortran. Last time I ran Fortran, I had to submit the program on punch
cards.
Instead of defining pi, I derived it with a neat subroutine having no
endpoint. After 99 iterations, the 370 at UCD dumped me. With a BASIC or
Fortran emulator for this thing, maybe I could write "Ray's roasting CD or
flash ROM."  Probably take a whole can of bug spray to get it done.
The flash card adapter for Karen's embroidery digitizer is just staring at
me, and she has some blanks in her sewing stash. We should work a deal- I'll
use one of her flash cards and reader, and she can embroider on one of my
coffee cozy quilts when it's finished.
The scale of the wall hanging coffee quilts was getting out of hand.
Actually, I'd see some neat fabric just before the Eagle flew over. By the
time I'd remember after the Eagle fly-over, the fabric was gone or I'd check
the rong blasted fabric store.`
HP
Coffee
Cheers, Mabuhay -RayO, akaOpa!
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On Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 1:05 AM, Ira  wrote:
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14) From: Allon Stern
On Aug 19, 2009, at 9:01 PM, Karl Schendel wrote:
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Hmph, I'll bet you like little endian too.
s.c.f.t.h.i.
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allon
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