[NTLK] Interesting alt.rec bug

From: Josh Burker <newt_talk_at_mac.com>
Date: Mon Jul 09 2007 - 01:29:31 EDT

Last Christmas I took my MessagePad 2100 on the road with me to Maine
as a means of checking my email and scraping RSS feeds. Normally I
use my MessagePad as an NPDS server. I thought the Newton would be an
ideal traveling partner. I was hampered by Hiroshi's unwillingness to
register his 802.11b driver.

Around the same time I started using the Newton heavily for taking
Notes. I installed Paul Guyot's alt.rec and changed my Newton's
handwriting recognition from cursive to printing, which is required
by alt.rec.

Note on Newton Handwriting Technology in Newton Notes

Subsequently, I noticed a strange "stutter" in Notes when I used the
on-screen keyboard: when I typed letters, more often then not the
Newton would keep the keyboard's key depressed and replay the
"keydown" sound, but not type extra characters. However, it made
Notes pretty much unusable on my NPDS server if I were trying to
modify index.html, for example.

Today I tried to modify my NPDS server's home page and the stutter
became unbearable. I worried about my PCMCIA flash memory card going
bad. I tried to remember what I had monkeyed with last on the
MessagePad. I froze alt.rec and rebooted, then changed the
handwriting recognition back to cursive. I opened Notes and the on-
screen keyboard and banged out my normal type-testing phrase: "The
quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog." No stutter. Problem solved.


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