Re: [NTLK] A most amazing device..

From: Paul Curtis <>
Date: Wed May 24 2006 - 09:56:58 EDT

I finally got to read this, too funny. It's reminding me of my 4 year-old
daughter's Optiplex GX1, this thing does the opposite though-boots without
the cd-rom, then I go to bios to set, then shows up... I added ram, it
doesn't boot at all, I leave it overnight come back the next day and it
boots with no changes...

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Ed Kummel
Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 12:29 PM
Subject: [NTLK] A most amazing device..

Allow me to regale you with a story of woe that has a happy ending.
  In a previous posting, I stated how I replaced my newts one at a time as
they each succumbed to irreparable issues (pc card not functioning and sever
jaggies) and how now I'm running a Newt I purchased on eBay that I'm quite
pleased with.
  Well. This *new* replacement newt is bone stock, and missing one of the
door clippys. So, I decided, last night, that I was going to perform my
crystal upgrade to boost it's speed ( and
replace the missing door clippy. This would require opening my jaggie
inflicted Newt to scavenge for parts (those 5mhz crystals are getting hard
to find)
  So after removing the parts from the *old* newt (at this point, what
newton ISN'T old?) and >>>cracking<<<open my replacement newt, I soldered
the crystal in place (those old crystals are a pain to remove) and fired up
my booted and life was good.
  I replaced the door clippy and closed up the newt, happy with the way
things turned out...
  The is until I found out that none of the packages on my memory cards were
loading....hmmm, the crystal is awfully close to that u6 that the
chip that controls the slots? Did I damage something? I didn't use my Weller
soldering iron (still boxed up from my move a year ago) so I use my butane
soldering iron...that shouldn't be a problem! Now I'm panicking...OK...let's
try several things..several back to back reboots, and the last resort cold backups are on memory cards...if this doesn't work, then I won't
even have my data anymore!
  Well...that didn't work...
  So, I popped out the memory cards, removed the battery pack and went to
bed...luckily my Blackberry has a built in alarm clock!
  The next morning as I was getting ready to leave...the thoughts of
purchasing yet ANOTHER replacement newt conjured up thoughts that perhaps
this is an omen that I should finally leave the newton platform and embrace
something else? Not a pleasant thought, but one that needed thinking given
the circumstances...I dreaded this thought and pushed it from my mind..
  As a last resort, I entered my computer room and picked up my now injured
newt. Reinserted the battery pack and booted it up...Since this is now a
virgin newt (I cold booted it last night) it booted quickly. I went through
the calibration and haphazardly inserted one of my memory cards...
  Well, guess what? the Newt started to read the card and loaded the
packages. Thinking that this fluke only included the one slot, I inserted my
second memory card and it too loaded up it's packages. My newt was
resurrected...Somehow, it had "repaired" its self and come back from the
barely living!
  OK, this is going to get geeky here, but this reminds me of a Star Trek
TNG episode where Data gets infected by a computer invasion that acts like a
computer virus on an abandoned high-tech planet. The "virus" causes data to
shut down. During this down time, Data's positronic brain reboots to a
default mode and when he is restarted, he loads his neural net with a backed
up copy of his customizations and memory...
  How like the Newton this is! For something that was abandoned by Apple
over 10 years ago, the concept is futuristic even to the minds of the amazed
Enterprise crew 300 years in the future!
  This is truly a most amazing device.
  Long live the Newt...Keep the green!
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