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  1.    #1  
    Looks like the calculator uses British Imperial rather than American Imperial which is amusing because Handspring is a US company.

    To see this in action, punch in 13.2 gallons and convert it to litres. It will say 60 instead of 50. You get 60 with british imperial conversion, and 50 with american imperial.

    The calculator needs a toggle to select what kind of Imperial conversion factor to use.

    I found this out because I knew for a fact that my car's gas tank was 50 litres, and 13.2 US gallons, and was confused why I was getting 60 until I looked up some conversion factors.

    So be careful on using conversion factors for cooking too!

    God, I hate imperial. It has already ruined 1 space probe.
  2. #2  
    On both my Prism and VDX, I entered 13.2, then tapped "gal", then "l" and I got 49.9674355488, which I find fairly close to 50, not 60! :-)

    --Bob
  3. #3  
    Originally posted by rewilson
    On both my Prism and VDX, I entered 13.2, then tapped "gal", then "l" and I got 49.9674355488, which I find fairly close to 50, not 60! :-)

    --Bob

    Stranger cause when I do the exact same thing on my VDX it yields 60.008388 My desktop machine subsequently confirmed my suspicion that such answer is in fact closer to 60 than to 50 <lol>.

    Ok ... so I suspected that it was because I had entered Canada or similar in prefs for the Visor; but on checking - nope, format prefs is preset to: United States.
    Calculator version 3.0H Am running Palm OS 3.1H3

    Anyone got an explanation that adds up ????
  4. #4  
    I just tried this on my platinum and got 49.96 lit. Sorry I can't help.
    "We are the people are parents warned us about."

    <b>Clark Fralick</b>
  5. #5  
    I get 49.967 on my Prism. Calc v3.5H, OS 3.5.2H1.2

    My guess is they "fixed" it in a later release. It'll be interesting to see whether they inflict American Imperial on the rest of the world.
  6. #6  
    MY Plat, vrs 3.5.2h2(IN ROM!) is at 50.

    BUT My ROM for my Plat Vrs 3.5.2h(IN ROM!) gives 60!

    WEIRD!


    -miradu2000
    m i r a d u 2000 NOT mirandu2000!
  7. #7  
    Originally posted by cfralick
    I just tried this on my platinum and got 49.96 lit. Sorry I can't help.
    Mine too

    yeah, i wrote that ...
  8. #8  
    Calculator (version 3.5H on my VPL) allows you to edit/delete/create the Views (read conversion tables) that are available via the pick list in the Advanced Calculator screen.
    taken from my VPL User Guide...
    1. From the Advanced Calculator screen, tap the Menu icon .
    2. Tap Program, and then tap Export.
    3. Tap the pick list and select the view you want to modify.
    4. Tap Export and then tap OK.
    5. Tap Done.
    6. In Memo Pad, open the memo containing the definition you
    selected in step 3.
    7. Modify the definition, and then tap Done.
    8. From the Advanced Calculator screen, tap the Menu icon .
    9. Tap Program, and then tap Import.
    10. Tap the pick list and select the view you modified.
    11. Tap Import.
    12. Tap Replace to change an existing definition, or tap Add to create
    an additional definition.
    13. Tap OK, and then tap Done.
    As I need both the US and British Imperials I created 2 view definitions, imported them both

    Here are the 2 definitions I used:
    Code:
    Calculator Volume-US
    tsp	Conv  0  768
    oz	Conv  0  128
    cup	Conv  0  16
    pt	Conv  0  8
    qt	Conv  0  4
    gal	Conv  0  1
    tbsp	Conv  0  256
    ml	Conv  0  3,785.411784
    l	Conv  0  3.785411784
    in	Conv  0  231
    ft	Conv  0  0.13368055555556
    m	Conv  0  0.003785411784
    Code:
    Calculator Volume-UK
    tsp	Conv  0  909.218000000
    oz	Conv  0  160
    cup	Conv  0  19.2151988
    pt	Conv  0  8
    qt	Conv  0  4
    gal	Conv  0  1
    tbsp	Conv  0  303.072666667
    ml	Conv  0  4546.099
    l	Conv  0  4.546099
    in	Conv  0  277.419432792
    ft	Conv  0  0.160543653
    m	Conv  0  0.00454609
    Points to note:
    1. I couldn't find a way to rename a view within Calculator so you'll need to export, amend in memo pad, import, then delete
    2. View names cannot have spaces in them
    3. You can create views of the same name(!!!!)
    4. Definitions in memopad must be categorised as Calculator
  9. #9  
    Can't help you either - My Visor Prism converts 13.2 gallons into 49.9674355488 litres.
    Tan Kit Hoong,
    Star Publications (M) Ltd
    <img src="http://thestar.com.my/tech/images/thestar_140x45.gif">
  10. #10  
    Speaking of calculators, has anyone seen a review of the Handspring v. 3.0 calculator vs. the PowerOne Finance or Scientific calculators? Are the functions the same, but just a few more options for calculating, display and exporting the results to memo? How about a comparison chart for the two?
  11.    #11  
    Curiouser and curiouser..

    If one hard resets one's Visor and sets United States as the first country then the calculator is set for US Imperial.. but if one sets Canada as the first country the calculator is set for British Imperial.

    However, if one changes the country AFTER the initial hard reset, one cannot automatically change the calculator's preferences as it's a sticky item.

    So that's how to fix it.. Hard reset and start as USA if you're in North America.
  12.    #12  
    Found a better solution for most people.. me so smart.

    Set locale in prefs to 'United States'.

    Delete HSAdvCalcDB in your launcher App menu.

    Run the Calculator

    Set your locale to whatever you please.

    The calculator is set to use US Imperial now.

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