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ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Posted by Michael on 21 June 2006, 00:35 GMT

On June 21, 1996, ticalc.org was unveiled to the public. That was exactly ten years ago, and now on June 21, 2006, we are pleased and amazed to celebrate ten years of operation! It is astonishing to imagine that this site could exist for an entire decade. It is only with the fantastic support of our visitors, the many programmers, TI calculator users, students, and teachers worldwide that our continued existence is possible. Without your support, we would have never reached this amazing milestone. Also, we must remember all of our current and past staff who have worked so hard and diligently to create and maintain ticalc.org over the years.

Special thanks also goes to Texas Instruments. Without the creation and continued development of their graphing calculator products, this website would not be possible.

We look forward to another decade of serving the TI calculator community and hope that it is as fantastic and enriching as this past one has been!

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Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
calcguru13 Account Info

10 years is really stable on the web, its quite an accomplishment! ...Imagine, in 10 years we could come back and this site could still be here. I'd like to thank the staff and community for the good work! Without ticalc.org, I might have to find a new homepage, and be BORED online!!! *gasps, heart attack*

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 00:40 GMT

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tdavis07  Account Info
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though I may not be here a lot anymore, I did enjoy the stuff I did here when I was new. It really helped my interest in calc programming. I have also through here discovered some other great sites and have made some really good friends. Thanks ticalc.org, you are truley the best.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 00:44 GMT

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KermMartian  Account Info
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Thanks for everything, guys. You're a bastion of the community, and without you, I wouldn't have had the inspiration (cough stats cough) to keep going. I hope you stick around for the rest of my calculator programming career and beyond!

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 05:41 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
burntfuse  Account Info
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Yeah, 10 years is a lot, I've seen (and sometimes been a part of) programming groups that last for maybe a year or two and suddenly die for lack of interest. That's not going to happen here!

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 18:53 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Ranman  Account Info

10 years... Wow! Has it been that long?

I began frequenting the Ticalc website about 9 years ago. Ticalc played a significant role in renewing my interest in programming -- which is now my job in "real" life.

Reply to this comment    22 June 2006, 02:17 GMT


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markgm Account Info

It's amazing how little has change with TI calcs over the last 10 years, but how much has change with me! I was 16 I joined this site back in 1996, just starting precalc! 10 years later I'm out of school and working, though I still have my trusty pile of TI calcs nearby. When I throw my username in google groups it still pulls up all of the old topics from the TI listservs.

Things were a lot easier when our problems were how to build a cheaper graphlink and the issue with nested goto statements slowing things down to a crawl!

I hope to see how much things progress in our world in the next 10 years. I wished I could have been more a part of this site as it grew, and I think part of that is because of the impact math has had on my life.

Thanks for a great site!

Reply to this comment    24 June 2006, 02:53 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Matthew Baron  Account Info

ticalc.org has inspired many calculator programmers
and is a wonderful gathering for all who enjoy learning and thinking about programming.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 01:01 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Coolv  Account Info
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Happy birthday, ticalc!

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 17:58 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
burntfuse  Account Info
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>ticalc.org has inspired many calculator programmers

That definitely includes me. I was only screwing around with some crappy BASIC geometry programs I wrote on my 86 until a friend told me about ticalc.org. After that, I got much better at programming, learned assembly, downloaded and enjoyed many others' programs, and eventually started uploading my own.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 18:55 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Andy Janata  Account Info
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It seems to me a lot of the people that were quite active here even just a few years ago have gone away... For example, this is the ~4th post but the first by someone with a user ID < 50,000 (news article itself exluded).

I for one am interested in rough statistics of the age of the accounts that do the most posting (or even lurking, if you can do that). I think it would be pretty interesting to look at.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 01:33 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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Hey now... some us aren't lurkers, we just didn't take the time to verify our accounts and post!

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 03:23 GMT

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Drantin Account Info

Some of us visit every couple of weeks...

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 06:27 GMT

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elfprince13 Account Info
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Ive been around for a year and a half now. :p I just post when I see something to reply to.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 12:03 GMT

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Andy Janata  Account Info
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Yeah, the account verification is what kept me from making that the first post. :(

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 12:23 GMT


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Person Dude  Account Info

I had to verify my account 2 days ago... so I was fit to go. I post to anything and everything.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 13:31 GMT


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Zarel  Account Info
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Um... That would make you a lurker.

Like me! I think ticalc.org's account verification thing is excessive, though.

Reply to this comment    22 June 2006, 17:39 GMT

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burntfuse  Account Info
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>It seems to me a lot of the people that were quite
>active here even just a few years ago have gone away...

How true. I was once bored and looked at everyone's user ID in an article, and noticed I was the oldest one there. I've been around since December 2002, and I'd expect more people like no_one_2000 who used to be here all the time to still be active.

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 18:57 GMT


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CajunLuke  Account Info
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I've been around since about October-November 2001, even though I post irregularly. Being a TA at a summer camp really cuts down on my time :).

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 21:55 GMT


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joelt Account Info
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Wow, am I really that much of an old-timer (user ID of around 12000)? I can't remember quite when I joined; I think it was about 6 years ago or so. I got my TI-86 for my 13th birthday on 9/9/99.

Since then, the character of the community, IMHO, has changed drastically. It used to be there was a small core group of programmers who did most of the amazing things, and then assorted other people who wrote Ax+B equation solvers. Now, that core group seems to have mostly moved on and not been replaced, and there's a lot more casual interest in TI's. Then again, I haven't been very active in a couple of years, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.

What really drove me away was all the flame wars in the 68k community -- the _nostub programmers vs. the kernel programmers. It just kept getting worse, and I finally decided I had better things to do than hear the same flames posted and reposted incessantly.

Reply to this comment    24 June 2006, 21:08 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
Exbzurg Account Info

w00t...

...lets recant on all the ticalc traditions...

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 01:41 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary
CajunLuke  Account Info
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PYRAMID!!!

Reply to this comment    21 June 2006, 21:58 GMT


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burntfuse  Account Info
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Reply to this comment    22 June 2006, 15:01 GMT


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Zarel  Account Info
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120d

Reply to this comment    22 June 2006, 17:40 GMT

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