[NTLK] Finding a new feature!

Lord Groundhog LordGroundhog at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 05:53:30 EDT 2011

~~~ On 2011/07/06 03:08, Rod Lavington at rodlavo at gmail.com wrote ~~~

> Hi All!
> No matter how long I have used a Newton over the years, its always a delight
> to discover a "new" feature (well, new to me!).
> After correcting something with the on screen keyboard today,
> I accidentally tapped the keyboard icon rather than the close icon.  To my
> surprise up popped some options for different types of keyboards (numerical
> etc).  Man, this is such a brilliant piece of kit!
> *Shakes fist at Apple for discontinuing the Newton*
> Seeya
> Rod!

Thanks Rod.  I almost never use the keyboard so didn't know this one either.

I wonder who put the myopia powwder in everybody's coffee at Apple?  How did
they never see that they had a *brilliant* idea, had already turned it into
this *amazing* device called the Newton, and were only waiting for the
technology to catch up so they could make something even more astonishing?
Instead, the technology finally has caught up with the idea only to find the
idea has been pushed aside.

I think I'm reaching the point where I can't let myself think about this too
much anymore.  The decision to leaave behind the Newton tells me that Apple
has not only opted to focus on populist devices (arguably a good thing) but
to turn their back on a what I think will turn out to be the most versatile
electronic workhorse anyone has ever produced.


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            -- ref.:  Arthur C. Clarke

(With thanks to Chod Lang)

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