Joscelyn FLORES adds:
Purchasing my FP-6000 has been an adventure by itself. It all started in fact, when I
purchased the FP-200 in October 1983. I loved this computer, and
programmed it a lot during the following two years. During this period, I
projected to write a book for it. However, Casio's first french
distributor for computers, Métrologie and its "popcorn micro"
division did a terrible job, resulting in weak sales.
Casio then decided to
pick Lansay to do sales and servicing. I kept bugging Lansay's sales
director for numerous months to obtain technical information. Oh, and in
the meantime, I also purchased my FP-1100 there.
One day, Lansay decided to stop the Casio distribution altogether. I made them
an offer to buy back their stock, but they decided it was too small and
sold everything to a fleamarket broker in Montreuil, near Paris. I
succeeded in tracking this guy back less than a week later and offered to
buy him the lot, in which there was the FP-6000S I was longing for.
Only thing, there was no operating system with it. Which led me to write to
Casio Europe (in Netherlands at that time), asking for one. A week later,
I received the two-disk package, along with a bill for 350 forint (a
fortune for my pockets). I explained how and why I needed the OS, and that
I could not afford it. Casio's manager kindly offered me the cost. phew :)
Over the following years, I managed to track down lots of technical information
and Service Manuals. Unfortunately no other specific software other than
the ones produced by Casio itself.