Re: [NTLK] New Newts!!

From: James Mackey (
Date: Sun Jun 23 2002 - 13:14:25 EDT

I agree, to a point. The Newt has vastly superior HWR, and I firmly believe
that technology should adapt itself to people, not the other way around.
Graffiti blows. The Newton screen is magnificent. It is superior for viewing
my entire month's schedule at a glance. And I can view far more cells of a
spreadsheet than I can on my 3" Palm 515 screen. And protected memory is
great. But there is just something beautiful about being able to sync my
Palm with an Excel spreadsheet, which I can edit, review, and print from my
laptop. With the Newt, I had a technologically superior calendar and date
book, and that's about it.

It would be nice to have current medical texts such as the Washington Manual
(which is keyword searchable on Palm). Yeah, I guess you could use Newton
Press and type several hundred pages, or copy and paste for the rest of your
life. But paying Franklin $50 for an immediate download is tremendously
simple by comparison.

I had the Newt in my pocket for about 6 months, and I realized that IF I
could find the software I wanted, I was still stuck quoting information from
1998. I'd pay someone $430 for Caduceus ERG, because that would at least be
something I could use daily, but nobody seems to know where to find it.

You can no longer buy it here:

I guess I feel like an Xbox owner upon its release. So much potential but
nothing to do. Don't get me wrong. I still love the Newt, but it's primarily
a hobby at this point.


>From: Sushi <>
>To: "Newton Talk List" <>
>Subject: Re: [NTLK] New Newts!!
>Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 00:40:04 +0900
> >On 6/23/02 @ 11:15 PM, James Mackey wrote:
> >
> >Oh, well I must be mistaken. Please give me the URL
> >for the a current drug database such as LexiDrugs or
> >ePocrates. Oh wait, they don't write it for Newt OS
> >anymore.
>Negative knowledge about these.
>Could be some work a rounds available...don't know.
> >Well how about a conduit for Documents to Go?
>While I have no need to import pdf type documents into the Newt, others
>on this list have solutions.
> >Ok, then I'll settle for a Palm OS emulator. No?
>What do you need the emulator for?
>Chances are, there is a similar app available for the Newton -- in most
>cases. Sure there are exceptions.
>Who knows, maybe someday there will be a Palm emulator for the Newt.
> >Maybe an EZ Show card, or the equivalent,
> >so I can give presentations?
>Got an EZ Card.
>Can create my own presentations using Point Pro. Then using an EZ Show
>Card display them on a TV or monitor.
>There is also a method to export your PP (non animated) slides to you
>In my case, I use my digital camera for PP presentations.
>...however, in the future, I may just give it a shot again. It's been a
>while since I did this. IIRC, you used PP 95 for this feature.
>The last that I knew, a handheld Pocket PC would not run Pocket PP. You
>need one with a keyboard to use Pocket PP. And, oh by the way, you
>cannot create or edit slides using Pocket PP. So for the most part, this
>is a very limited capability for the palm sized Pocket PC devices.
>Now let's go the other way:
>- What about real handwriting recognition? Crapfitti -- forget it. And
>the Pocket PC -- nope not there by a long shot. Both have screens that
>are too small and the interface is terrible on the Pocket PC.
> - A true pen interface (okay, I'll give Palm some points here, but the
>Pocket PC is still a desktop interface crammed into a handheld).
>- How about data relationships/linking not available in any other
>platform out there?
>- Limited voice recognition? Yeah, it is extremely limited.
>- Being a server?
>- Being able to read Word and Excel don't be too quick to
>jump in here. I said read. Not have on your device. Reading a Word
>document on the Newt is a whole different experience than on a limited
>sized display Pocket PC or Palm system. Same goes for Excel.
>- Being able to experience a loss of all power for extended periods of
>time, while experiencing no loss of data or apps. In my personal case,
>my extended period was slightly over two years.
>- While the device is on, have the batteries inadvertently be ejected
>with no loss of data. Note, don't try this with a Palm unless you want
>to loose your data and you have a good back up.
>- Being able to connect to your network via Ethernet (10 Base-T). Copy
>files. print documents, sync files, etc. Currently, some in the
>community are very close to having this capability with the Newt via
>- Being able to use your device as a full time Fax in receive and send
>- Having two completely different apps, being able to share and use the
>same data at the same time. Seamlessly.
>- Serve as an emergency light. I used to think my Palm has a strong
>backlight. Then I used it side by side with my Newt. There is no
>comparison. The Newt backlight is much much brighter, has more uniform
>illumination and clearer.
>I could go on, but it's late and I think that you get the point.
>Bottom line, as I stated in my first comments, if the Newt does what you
>need it to do then it is by no means obsolete. Just because there is
>something newer doesn't always mean better.
>BTW, try using a Palm or Pocket PC as a knee board while flying. Doesn't
>work very well compared to a Newt.
>Anyhow, please don't assume others are stupid and delusional just because
>they like the Newt and it fills their needs. While it may not fill your
>needs, others are perfectly happy with what they have. And who knows,
>some may even want to buy a new one for whatever their personal reason.
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