We Mincey folks have our family vices; faults visible to one and all. And a few less visible unless you read Boomer regularly. Then we bare all to the world, including our affliction to calculator collecting.
Sure, there is the family photo collection, a desire to devote some hard earned disposable income to the ponies whiskey certainly isn’t a vice, and bourbon is what the gods give to mankind to keep us somewhat subservient, and we have more than our fair share of digital poker games.
Calculators? I have my share; probably your share, too.
Here’s one that is not plastic, and an excellent calculator if you are into algebraic expressions. Chalk for the Mac has been around awhile and it may be the oddest looking Mac calculator you’ve ever seen. If you like calculators, use multiple calculators, or have a penchant for collecting calculators, and have an understanding of complexes, quaternions, matrices, lists, fractions, powers, expressions, primes, primality tests, and unambiguous graphs, you’ll like Chalk.
You can’t do this on the Mac’s built-in Calculator.
Chalk handles different bit representations, interprets unsigned integers as, 1) float, 2) roll, 3) shift, and because it supports uncertainty, you can create some cool unambiguous graphs.
Your Mac, or rather, macOS High Sierra, has a built-in Core Data library and Chalk uses that to display sets of constraints for equalities and inequalities– calculation speak– and that allows it to determine 2D areas.
It is unlikely you’ll bump into another Mac user with a more geeky looking calculator than Chalk.
That means it isn’t really for the faint of math-heart, not good for newbies to math, per se, but has a place in any Mac calculator collection, and is great for those moving into algebra or trig. Oddly enough, Chalk is from a Mac developer who doesn’t bother with the niceties in Apple certification so you’ll have to jump through a hoop or two to get it to run on your Mac, but it’s hard to beat free. And math.