Re: NTLK 56k modem string? Fast access? Best browser? Java Script? Expired certificates?

From: Steve Weyer (
Date: Mon Jan 03 2000 - 09:16:12 EST

>Date: Sun, 02 Jan 2000 05:37:33 GMT
>From: "Drew Loker" <>
>Hello. I was hoping somebody might know some of these answers.

Bill Davis answered most of these but I thought I'd add my $0.02.

>1. I have a 28k modem that access the Net on my Newton just fine, but a
>little slow. At home I regulary get 48-52k connections depending on which
>computer/modem I am using. I have used the 56k modem on my Newton and it it
>connects and seems faster. Is there a place I can look that might have a
>better driver for my modem? I have 2 56k modems. One is a Motorola Mobile
>Surfer. The other is a really generic 56k modem that gets REALLY good
>connections (occasionaly a 53k).
>2. BTW, can the newton even access at 56k? First, is there any way to tell
>how fast of a connection I have? I have tied the Modem SPeed Test page, but
>it requries a Java Script compatible browser.
>3. I am currently using NetHopper. I know it is no longer supported. Is
>Newts Cape better than the last version of NetHopper? Are their any other

you'd have to be more specific about what you mean by "better" --
it depends a lot on what kinds of sites and pages you browse mostly,
and what features/user interface you like/need

besides Newt's Cape (see my URL) there's LunaSuite.
(you could also probably run Lynx via a terminal emulator)

>4. Are their any solutions for dealing with sites with Java Script?

not directly. (I've periodically looked into adding JavaScript support to
Newt's Cape,
and although parts of it look easy, there are enough messy details to make
the effort prohibitive)

one approach (that I doubt would become widespread) is for sites to have
hybrid pages
that support both JavaScript AND NewtonScript -- for example:
(addtotal, clocks, Europe/Asia maps, Ellie's CountDown, Pico Fermi Bagels,

>5. Are the expired certificates a problem?

no -- since none of the browsers support SSL (secure socket layer). ;-)
another messy implementation (from both technical and legal standpoints)...

NewtDevEnv, Newt's Cape, Sloup, Crypto,...

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