I was particularly startled to see a reference to “a rare example of a Casio fx7000, from 1985 – the world’s first handheld graphing calculator” – not least because I had another example of the same calculator sat on the desk beside me at that very moment, and it was quite a surprise to find it mentioned in such reverential terms.
So for any other retro geeks who may be reading this, feast your eyes on my trusty Casio fx-7000G. I got this for my 16th birthday back in 1989, and it has served me faithfully since then. As will be noted from the back, I haven’t got round to removing the various identifying stickers from my university days, including a “Coal not Dole” sticker from around 1992 (when the whole country went through a brief spasm of support for the last remnants of the mining industry, as a form of expiation for its destruction following the 1984-5 strike).
At some point in the late 90s, responses to this calculator tipped over from being “Wow, that’s a strange/interesting calculator” to “Golly, how long have you had that?” Could it be that it has now undergone a further transformation to “classic retro tech”?
To paraphrase A Mighty Wind, now it is very retro, but back in 1989 it was very… nowtro, if you will. 😉