Re: [NTLK] Newton paging solutions?

From: Dale Steele (
Date: Sun Jun 23 2002 - 01:02:00 EDT

On the off chance that someone might want to see what at least some
of these cards looked like, you can take a peek here and then check out the
first couple of links on the page. You will also see some other odd
and/or old newton gear that I picked up a while back.


p.s not too boring here as we have fireworks going off in the
neighborhood as i type!

>There are two answers for this. A short answer:
>There are no current paging options available for the
>And the long answer:
>The Newton dates back to ancient times when the epoch
>of IT enlightenment was nothing more than a faint
>glimmer in a geek's eye. The coming of the Newton
>heralded an awakening of sorts. Corporate dogma that
>previously shunned anything that had a blinking light,
>began to see that perhaps money can be made by selling
>things that HAVE blinking lights in them! A cottage
>industry sprang up, seemingly overnight, to sell
>things that modified or enhanced the way in which
>these blinking lights would operate. These
>enhancements were thinly veiled attempts to "mimic"
>interoperability. Basically, big business believed
>that if they could shoe-horn a ton of technology into
>as small a space as possible and then throw an equal
>ton of money at it, then "they will come". "They" of
>course, being the geek-droids. Geek wanna-be's who
>actually believed that this sudden infusion of
>technology and the marketting hype would allow them to
>be more productive. Un-beknownst to them, real geeks
>were already doing this with even more ancient
>technology (my Tandy 100 connected through a custom
>serial buffer to a text pager gave me computer access
>to my pager as far back as the mid 80's...I
>incorporated a "car-phone...called such becuase they
>still weren't portable" and a 12V GellCell motorcycle
>battery and gave a friend of mine 24h access to their
>corporate network!)
>Alas, though this infusion of pseudo-technology wasn't
>to last. Funds dried up and the actual productivity
>gains anticipated just didn't materialize. It is with
>fond remberance that I invoke the names of those
>paging companies who are no longer with us. Who,
>reading this email, is not familiar with at least ONE
>of these greats:
>Ardis; the first of the wireless gods who tamed the
>Newton cousing called "Envoy"
>DTS; fully supported a wireless newton with the RAM
>system, competitor to Ardis, using the AllPoints card
>Wynd; The early developer of the software that all
>other Newton operators used.
>MobileComm and the Motorola Flex PC card pager
>AllPoints PC card two way communicator with the
>distinctive "gold" antenna
>Socket. Receive pages on the built in screen or on you
>Motorla C100 CDPD for seamless twoway capabilities...
>It is with a heavy heart that those who initially
>embraced the coming technology, soon abandoned it for
>the new promise. Enhanced single purpose
>communicators...Blackberry's, Palm V's, and the now
>ubiquitous Motorola two-way pager, that spends 99% of
>its time out of range and can only function as a
>simple beeper! The days of Ricochette are gone, and
>with it, the supporting technology of the ancient
>ones. Such is the burden that we, the protectors of
>that which is pure, must endure...color screens and
>seemless synching may be a dream for us, be we are
>stalwarts, and our task is to protect the maligned,
>the misunderstood, the Newton!!
>And yay, though I walk through the valley of the
>shadow of "Palm" I shall fear no "grafitti"
>Ed (on a boring saturday night)
>web/gadget guru
>(btw, I did say it was a long answer, didn't I?)
>--- Steven Rogers <> wrote:
>> Greetings List,
>> I will be recieving a MP2100 on Wednesday and
>> want to know if there are any
>> options to use it as a pager. I am not familiar
>> with the protocols involved
>> with paging and do not know if it was only supported
>> by a specific company
>> before Apple had discontinued the Newton or if the
>> Newton itself can be
> > supported on many different paging networks.
>> Thank you for any info you have on this,
>> Steven
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