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ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Posted by Jason Malinowski on 1 April 2009, 23:50 GMT

PRESS RELEASE: ticalc.org, the world's leading community site for Texas Instruments Graphing Calculators, announced today that it has revolutionized the graphing calculator world by bringing the latest Web 2.0 technologies right to student's calculators.

"No more should students be bored out of their minds in a math class," CEO Magnus Hagander declared in a press conference. "Now, they can network with their friends right from the comfort of their desk."

At the center of these innovations is a brand new JavaScript engine, called "V80", designed to run on a graphing calculator. Using the latest in dynamic optimization and metaprogramming techniques, the engine can intelligently convert JavaScript directly to Z80 assembly code better than any human being could. "We're proud of this new engine," Magnus said. "With it we can run JavaScript hundreds of times faster than any other browser on any computing platform." These patented technologies have already been licensed to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter for inclusion into their servers for even faster browsing. ticalc.org is also working with Texas Instruments to port their existing operating systems to this new framework. "We expect that the calculators should run three million times than the older TI operating systems."

Leveraging this technology, ticalc.org opened the ticalc.org App Store which lets users download programs to their calculators for just 99 cents. The new social networking application, currently in beta, lets users share their latest TI-BASIC programs and favorite math equations with just a few button presses. Other calculator users in the same room can then comment on the programs, and further share them with their friends. An interesting, but controversial feature is the Exams section of the application, which let people post answers to the exam while they are taking it. "Teachers may not like it at first," explained Michael Vincent, Vice President of Teacher Relations at ticalc.org. "But once they realize that they can comment on people's shared answers, and also share videos and pictures explaining where their solutions went wrong, teachers will love the new technology as it lets them interact more directly with students while they are taking tests. By leveraging the synergy of students sharing ideas and involving teachers in the test-taking process, everyone comes out ahead."

But not all of the new technologies are fun and games. ticalc.org also released C3, which is the code-name for Calculator Compute Cloud. Students who now need to perform large computations in class no longer need to find a computer. Now, they can simply write TI-BASIC code, which will be distributed to thousands of calculators across the globe. "With C3, students and teachers can get work done faster than before," explained Joey Gannon, the designer of the new system. "This is proving especially popular among universities, who have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into old and outdated computing clusters. Now with C3, they just have to buy a few calculators and watch their computations fly." With C3, researchers have already found intelligent life through the SETI program, found a solution to world hunger, and computed the last digit of pi. "It's humbling to know your technology has had such a positive impact on the world," Joey said, wiping a tear from his eye.

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This is an amazing development
Duncan Smith Account Info
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We've had this system in development for several years now. If you've noticed that we've been low on news articles, surveys, and so forth, it's because we've been working on this.

It's worth the wait! We're confident that you'll really enjoy working with a real solution to real problems created by real people in the calculator community. No mysteries behind closed doors! If you have a problem with V80 or C3 or the ticalc.org App Store, we've got real human beings who actually answer email in a reasonable amount of time(*) to help you.

(*) Subject to availability, due to midterms and so forth.

Reply to this comment    1 April 2009, 23:57 GMT

Re: This is an amazing development
TheMathMaker Account Info

How can a person get a hold of material to make their own v80?

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 00:10 GMT

Re: This is an amazing development
sumarth  Account Info

april fools!
ticalc would never open a store because the programmers are the visitors
and not the ticalc hired programmers
and you expected the rest to fool us?
amusing

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 01:21 GMT

Re: Re: This is an amazing development
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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The point is to make you laugh. Nobody expects you to be fooled, fool.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:09 GMT


Quiet, n00b
Duncan Smith Account Info
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What are you talking about? You're just a new staff member, we haven't told you all the secret projects we've been up to.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:37 GMT


Re: Re: This is an amazing development
Duncan Smith Account Info
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The point isn't to make money for ticalc.org; the purpose of the ticalc.org App Store is to allow programmers to make money. Apple takes 30% of the revenue from their App Store; we plan to charge rather less than that.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:36 GMT


Re: This is an amazing development
andrew hudson Account Info

Hide Fake News?

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 23:53 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Curt Liechty  Account Info

What a hoot!!

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 00:03 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Brandon Wilson  Account Info
(Web Page)

You're a hoot, that's what you are.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 02:42 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Joey Gannon  Account Info
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With a capital H.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 13:46 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
CajunLuke Account Info
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Does C3 use the awesome Grunt networking protocol?

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 00:37 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
elfprince13 Account Info
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its actually an extension of Kerm's CN2 protocol.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:02 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
(Web Page)

So it crashes and is needlessly complicated, yet has 800 pages of poorly phrased documentatino?

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:10 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
KermMartian  Account Info
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Har de har har.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2009, 02:26 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Willman722 Account Info

Did you even try to make this sound real? This is the worst April Fool's I have ever seen on Ticalc.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 00:44 GMT

Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Brandon Wilson  Account Info
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The real name of the site is "ticalc.org", not "Ticalc", you insensitive clod!

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 02:41 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
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Clod.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:10 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Person Dude Account Info

Its not supposed to sound real. It's April Fools!

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 14:06 GMT

Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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Wow that was one april fools joke this year x.x, I guess everyone is just busy this year. I barely even got time to make one on my own site this year so it ended up with something else than what I planned. Illusiat 13 is not an april fools joke, though.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 03:09 GMT


Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
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er... i suck so much at typing tonight... I meant to say "Wow that was one *late* april fools joke this year x.x"

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 03:10 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
(Web Page)

Better than a stupid music video.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 04:09 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
noahbaby94  Account Info
(Web Page)

Unitedti beat everyone though.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 17:44 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
(Web Page)

The problem is that nobody actually goes to UTI.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 20:56 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
(Web Page)

yet it got the second highest non-spam post rate in the entire english TI community (after Cemetech)

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 22:02 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
KermMartian  Account Info
(Web Page)

Our post rate has gotten higher, but so has the spam post rate (user-generated, not bot generated). :(

Reply to this comment    3 April 2009, 02:27 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
(Web Page)

Well, cemetech rocks!

Reply to this comment    3 April 2009, 03:20 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
(Web Page)

Well there isn't that much spam to be honest (at least, compared to Revsoft and Omnimaga, altough on the later it's all contained in one single section that is invisible to guests, doesn't raise post count and is closed every summer)

Reply to this comment    3 April 2009, 20:17 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Nikky Southerland  Account Info
(Web Page)

That isn't saying much.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2009, 03:19 GMT


Q/Q
Duncan Smith Account Info
(Web Page)

Quality over quantity, you mean? Not so much.

Reply to this comment    3 April 2009, 19:50 GMT

Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Person Dude Account Info

When it got past noon, I started to wonder if you guys decided to not do anything this year.

Reply to this comment    2 April 2009, 14:08 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Matt M Account Info

I agree, there still wasn't anything when I checked around early evening, I didn't see this until April 2nd...

Reply to this comment    4 April 2009, 22:51 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Travis Evans Account Info
(Web Page)

I think this was one of my favorite past jokes (see web page). I really like some of the link targets--that makes it pretty funny.

Reply to this comment    5 April 2009, 19:37 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Kevin Ouellet Account Info
(Web Page)

my favourite was the Voyage 400 one, but that one was funny too, especially how it had an HP ad XD

Reply to this comment    7 April 2009, 06:37 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
Travis Evans Account Info
(Web Page)

That HP ad actually came from an earlier AF joke where ticalc.org claimed it had to start carrying banner ads to pay for running the site (web page link). That was so long ago that I never actually saw it, I think (that was long before I had regular Web access).

Reply to this comment    7 April 2009, 21:36 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ticalc.org Announces Web 2.0 Revolution for the Handheld Calculator
The_One_Guy  Account Info

I just followed that link, and I have to say, that that had to have been the best. I've seen so many sites that have actually come to that; it's a shame that whatever was once there is now lost forever.

Reply to this comment    11 April 2009, 01:06 GMT

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