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ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Posted by Nick on 17 July 2006, 21:50 GMT

Hello! I was the news editor of ticalc.org between 1998 (I think) and August 2000. Old people may remember me and, ahem, this.

I'm here to talk about the recent tenth anniversary that ticalc.org had. Beyond the news post, there were no celebrations on the site proper.

But we had something else in mind...

This picture is of eight ticalc.org staff members, myself included, who met in the Bay Area several weeks ago. Clockwise from top left: Joey Gannon, Andy Selle, Eric Sun, Nick Disabato, Magnus Hagander, Isaac Salpeter, Nathan Haines, Phil Genera.

We started organizing this many months ago - picking the metro area, figuring out where everybody was, briefly catching up. And it actually happened. I drove across the Bay Bridge in Andy Selle's car, eight of us ate a great dinner in Palo Alto - we even went to the Computer History Museum, and geeked out over some of the hardware.

I don't know what the other staff members think, but I personally never believed that this would happen. Prior to this, I had met only two staff members (Chris and Phil), and two other big TI people (Dan Koester, Adam Berlinksky-Schine), in person. I imagined that I would cross paths with some more of them, but only spottily - I'd run into [single person] in [city] and we'd have [meal] together. Nothing like this - nothing that would last an entire weekend.

And in retrospect, I'm still flatly astonished that it took place. We spent a lot of time talking about the future directions of ticalc.org in a really broad, Big Things sense. And we're all pretty excited at the plans we've set forth: some big features are going to be in the works that will update the site a bit more.

We are immensely grateful for the ten years you've spent visiting us, and we hope to provide many more of the same quality you've come to expect.

Update (Joey):

Keep an eye on the ticalc.org front page over the next few days, as we will soon be listing the autographed TI-82 pictured above on eBay. Don't miss out on your chance to own a piece of ticalc.org history! Also, check out the rest of nickd's photos from the event.

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Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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The reunion was absolutely one of the coolest things I have ever been to. How amazing to bring together such a great group of people. I feel very privileged to have been a part of it.

Reply to this comment    17 July 2006, 21:59 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Ranman  Account Info

What a great idea!

Maybe this will become a Ticalc tradition.

Reply to this comment    17 July 2006, 23:28 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Ranman  Account Info

Hey I just saw that picture of the ZX-81... so cool! I still have mine. ;)

Did you happen to see a Commodore SX-64 in the line up? I still have one of those too. It was a portable version of the C-64.

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 01:55 GMT


Great Idea
Chipmaster  Account Info

Wow, that's so cool. I know that various calculator groups have tried to meet unsuccessfully in the past, so I understand how hard it must have been to put this together. I knew there was going to be something big for the 10th anniversary. =D

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 02:14 GMT


Re: Great Idea
Person Dude  Account Info

Does anyone know who the first member of TICalc was?
I am 63300.

Reply to this comment    20 July 2006, 18:45 GMT


Re: Re: Great Idea
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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^^ See the link.

I'm not really sure how Andy got to be the first to sign up when the new accounts system was implemented. But, that's the case nonetheless.

Reply to this comment    20 July 2006, 19:01 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Tyler C  Account Info
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Wow, didnt some of you have to travel across the Ocean for this to happen?

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 00:26 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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Magnus did, yes. He was already headed this way, though.

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 00:43 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
KermMartian  Account Info
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Wow, this is incredibly awesome! Nice job, guys.

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 02:14 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
KermMartian  Account Info
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Hallo, past Kerm.

Reply to this comment    19 October 2009, 19:43 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Patrick Stone  Account Info
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Unfortunately, I couldn't make it. Hopefully next time it will be a little closer to home (instead of the opposite side of the country). All in all, I am glad you guys had such a great time. Too bad the file archive section of ticalc.org went unrepresented. Jason and I will have to be sure to hit you guys up next time.

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 08:59 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Jason Malinowski  Account Info
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Well, Joey represented us. :-)

Anyways I plan on being there for the 15th. ;-)

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 22:42 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Kevin Kofler Account Info
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Magnus even got there from Sweden, so cut the excuses. ;-)

Reply to this comment    19 July 2006, 00:18 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Patrick Stone  Account Info
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Yes, but he was already on his way over here anyway (in fact, he was on his way to basically the same place in Cali). California is on the other side of the country for me. If I was already going there, sure I would have made it. But vacation is hard to come by at work and it isn't like I could have just drove a couple of hours to meet. So, these are valid excuses. Oh well, like Jason said, I am planning on making the 15th.

Reply to this comment    20 July 2006, 08:51 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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Uh, that's only really true if you consider Toronto a part of California... That's where I was heading, apart from this. I just extended the trip a bit...

(Yeah, yeah, late response, but I've been on vacation for several weeks)

Reply to this comment    14 August 2006, 22:28 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
elfprince13 Account Info
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have you guys gotten Jon's email yet?

Reply to this comment    19 July 2006, 01:57 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Matthew Baron  Account Info

Really cool guys! We will be looking out for that autographed 82 on ebay!

Reply to this comment    17 July 2006, 22:27 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
calkfreak83  Account Info
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Magnus looks like my uncle haha..

Reply to this comment    17 July 2006, 23:24 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
James Montelongo Account Info
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OMG, it's Save by the Bell's Screech. Can we have the most nerdy poll?

Awesome guys, ya'll the ones that brang this whole thing together, Thanks!

Reply to this comment    17 July 2006, 23:25 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
calkfreak83  Account Info
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Wow.. that didn't sound country hick at all..

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 02:33 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
jhamm Account Info

i want the calculator, but i don't have any money. Anyway, the ticalc staff must establish a ticalc mecca, where all ticalculator people can have a pilgrimage to a great building to have a jolly geek time and discuss calculators. I'm thinking the mecca could be in texas, where the texas instruments headquarters are which i have seen with my own waking eyes, which makes me awesome (at that time i was in a nongeek car, and we didn't get to stop there which made me mad.) May the integrals bless ticalc.org!!!!!!!

Reply to this comment    18 July 2006, 02:37 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Staff Members Meet for Tenth Anniversary
Daniel Wojnar  Account Info

does anyone know how much it was actually sold for?

Reply to this comment    17 August 2006, 18:31 GMT

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