Re: [NTLK] Quote of the day!

From: Ed Kummel <>
Date: Thu Jul 12 2007 - 18:26:17 EDT

I love the Newton because $.Jobs hates it (well, there are other reasons...such as the ones below...) and because the Newton represents the biggest mistake that $J has ever made. And by continually using the Newton, I can give $J a virtual slap in the face which allows me the smug comfort of being a better man than him, because even though he obviously must recognize the Newton for it's unique attributes, his own ego prevents him from embracing it as one of his "blessed" consumer devices. ;-)
  Oh yeah...and it works...reliably.
  web/gadget guru
Lord Groundhog <> wrote:
  ~~~ On 2007/07/11 20:17, Jon Glass at wrote ~~~

> So, while maybe the Newton doesn't come off in a head-to-head in
> individual features, it certainly competes at a holistic level--and it
> tends to win for me, and many others. I use a Palm, because I need the
> software, I use T9 on my cell phone, because it's better than the
> multi-tab (or shudder--my first phone--press and hold!). I will/would
> use the onscreen keyboard or thumb board of the iPhone and Treo,
> simply because this is the only way to interact with these devices,
> but my vote will always be for the Newton--always. And so, yes, it
> wins. ;-)

Jon, that's pretty much exactly what I would have said, if I could have
figured it out first. That integration of "good-enough" individual features
into an outstanding final performance is the thing that amazed me about the
Newton from the first time I saw it and tried it; what you called " the best
balance of all those characteristics". And I suppose that's why I carry my
Newt around even when my laptop stays home, and even when I don't intend to
do anything more than idly knock some ideas around on the screen, or even
just doodle. The Newt is somehow so human and natural in its approach to
data-entry (and that extends to data-handling and all the rest).

HWR that works leaves me amazed all over again every time I do it. It's not
that I want to rubbish other things, but that balance you talked about means
I'm holding in my hand a thing that doesn't make a fuss and doesn't leave me
fussing. It just works. I write, just like I've been doing since 1954, and
Newt turns it into text


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łAny sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a NewtonPad.˛
-- What Arthur C. Clarke meant to say
(With thanks to Chod Lang)

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(and unlike my paper diaries, notebooks, etc., Newt lets me find what I
wrote as quick as blink). Awesome!

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