Re: [NTLK] key shortcut on Frank's web page

From: Jon Glass <>
Date: Mon May 22 2006 - 10:58:04 EDT

On 5/22/06, James Fraser <> wrote:
> [laughs his usual loud, stupid-sounding laugh]
> Don't tell me: there were just *one* of these things ever made...and it's
> slowly circling the globe.

LOL! I've often wondered that myself!

> >and charging my Newtons, that is. I don't know if it's because my
> >power supply is too powerful (the 2k model)
> I "assume" that you've had a chance to try it out with an earlier model
> Newton?

Oh, no, that's not my problem. I'm trying to get it to work with a
model even older than the 130--a 120, running OS 2. Ok, I've also
tried on my 2100, but neither worked, either with the Freekey
software, or without. :-(

My fear is that my 2100 power supply may be too powerful for the
FreeKey, the one that charges your Newton. I only have the one for my
2100. Frank's site, I don't think, mentioned power for this thing.

> >getting my keyboard (and Apple Pro II model) to work with this thing.
> I assume that the Pro is a USB keyboard, yes? Is there an adapter between
> the keyboard and the FreeKey?

Actually, no, it's an older, ADB keyboard, which the FreeKey is
supposed to support natively. It's a honkin' big keyboard, with
beautiful, tactile keys, but it's ADB, not USB.

> >:-( It makes a great Newton stand, however. :-)
> Yeah, it's pretty cool the way that it docks with the MP. I just wish that
> the designer had stuck around long enough to produce a Mark II model that
> worked decently in landscape mode. Speaking as a horrible
> anal-retentive-type person, I can't believe that the designer overlooked
> that function.

Unfortunately, the Freekey was made back in the days of 1.x, when the
Newton didn't do landscape, so I doubt he could foresee this coming in
the future. Just about everything back then was made for Newtons in
Portrait mode, as that was all that existed...

> Although I, for one, found Mr. Gruendel's FreeKey landscape mode "hack"
> hugely entertaining.

Must come up with one myself. ;-) In a slightly different vein, you
can remove the electronics from the stand of this thing, and use them
with some other stand that allows for landscape, or for work with the
2100. I had it working with this stand of mine.

(sadly, no photos of them working together, just the stand and the
Newton--also, notice _my_ lack of foresight, in that I made it too
short for the 2100! There is a hole drilled for the stylus, which fits
with a 1X0 series Newton, but disappears under the 2K series

 -Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland
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