Re: [NTLK] ATA Support (was: Connecting my Newton-Questions!)

From: Don Zahniser <>
Date: Tue Aug 12 2008 - 18:17:43 EDT

On Aug 12, 2008, at 3:40 PM, RAParker wrote:

> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Andy Taylor
>> Sent: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 11:38:45 AM
>> NEW QUESTION: Are there issues with 3.3 vs 5volt SmartMedia/
>> CompactFlash cards?
> What you're talking about requires ATA Support. Consider this stuff
> much later. ATA (with CF/SD/SM PCMCIA adapters) is reeeaalllyy
> sllllooooowww! Not for daily use, good for offline storage. You
> should buy yourself a couple of 20-32MB Linear Flash cards. They
> can be had sometimes for under $20. Linear Flash is Newton native
> and 20MB can be plenty of space for daily input, storage and speed.

In my trial of using ATA Support, I wasn't so much concerned at the
relative slowness of ATA, but with two other issues:

1) At least in my tests, the current drain for my MP2100 was doubled
when ATA Support was used, meaning shorter battery life;

2) When I tried to do a backup to an ATA partition, all I got was a
blank slip.

I was using a MMC card - don't know if that would affect these concerns.

  - Don

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