Re: NTLK newt's fatal flaw

From: Dan Rowley (
Date: Fri Jan 07 2000 - 18:47:22 EST

>>> OTOH, it's very easy to do sockets in Java, so Ethernet syncing would,
>>> from a connection standpoint, be easy to implement.
>> The connection is made easily in LabVIEW too, but in case of the Newton
>> the protocol is the problem. I assume that Apple hided some essential
>> informations of e.g. the backup protocol somewhere in a proprietry code
>> piece, like a DLL or DIL.
> Oh, so you're planning on using the Newton's own Connection/Dock program?
> Wouldn't it be easier to write a new connection util to send the data
> rather than try to decode whatever Apple did? (Or is Connection
> documented somewhere...)

    There is a very specific protocol you need to follow if you want to talk
to the DOCK app, and in order to connect serially, you MUST use MNP. Some
of the parts of the DOCK protocol are documented, but most are not. The
desktop PDIL allows access to parts of the protocol, but not all. My 2
cents : stay away from DOCK.


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