NTLK New newton user questions

From: NewtonMP (newtonmp@mindspring.com)
Date: Fri Aug 04 2000 - 05:09:56 CDT

Hello fellow Newtontalkers,

I've been reading the list for a few weeks now, thinking about getting a
Newton, and I just bought an MP21OO last week. I had an MP100 several years
ago. and it is impressive how far the operating system and hardware have
come. I already use a Japanese PDA for most of my "Personal Information
Management" needs. I bought the Newton primarily because my main PDA cannot
do English handwriting recognition --I wanted to be able to write e-mails
and take notes in English.

Thus, the most important thing to me is to have the HWR as accurate as
possible. I've been doing a lot of writing in order to get used to it and to
train the Newton to my handwriting. I still have some problems, though, and
I wonder if you could give me some tips (I've already seen Hardy Macia's tip
page -- are there any other good pages out there?). In particular I have
trouble with apostrophes. Words like: I've I'm don't doesn't and the like
very rarely come out properly. Especially if I'm writing in cursive. I've
also been frustrated since the recognizer will fairly often choose words
that don't exist in preference to those in the dictionary. I am tempted to
have it only use words in the dictionary. Do many people do this? Or is it
too limiting?

As I said before, I need to be able to use the Newton for notes (both
in-class notes and notes about books I read) so I need to use a fairly large
vocabulary, and need to write a large amount in a short amount of time. Is
there a limit to the number of words you can add to the dictionary? I
don't mind taking a long time to train it as long as I am sure it will
improve. I've heard that if you correct the Newton by tapping a
mis-recognized word it will gradually improve, but what about when you use
the typewriter or letter by letter options? As I said, I don't mind putting
in the time for training, but I want to be sure what I am doing will make a

 Also, speaking of note taking, what are the best notepad enhancements out
there? Are there any made with college note taking in mind?

On a different note, I have been having a problem when resetting the Newton.
If I push the reset button with my modem card (a TDK 2814) in the slot, the
Newton will sort of "die"-- it will power down and not come back on again.
Pushing the power button or reset button has no effect. It won't come back
on for minutes, and I'm still not sure what exactly makes it come back to
life since I try a variety of button combinations. Any ideas about what
could cause this? It seems to reset with no problems if there are other
cards in the slots. I guess I can just try to avoid resetting with the modem
inserted, but it is a bit worrying. Sorry for all the questions, but thanks
in advance.

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