Re: [NTLK] IrDA Not Need Slowdown?

From: SteveCraft <>
Date: Wed Dec 17 2008 - 11:47:48 EST

That's pretty frustrating, but thanks for the info. I bought a very cheap
USB IrDA thing and it didn't work because of Vista incompatibility. I found
something with better drivers and thought that I could get it to emulate a
COM port, from there I could use NCU with "serial port COM7" on the Windoze
side and "connect via IrDA" on the Newton side.

But if it won't work, it won't work. You saved me a few bucks. Thanks!

Right now, I connect my Newts and eMates to a Mac Powerbook 3400c via
serial. It works fine. That Mac can connect to other Windows boxes via FTP.
Because Windows machines are my primary systems, I'd rather eliminate the
Mac as the "middleman". I have found Bluetooth to be more work than I want
to deal with (and will have a few working like-new PICO cards up for sale
soon). Since IrDA is not going to work, I'll get deeper into WiFi and see
that that gets me.

Thanks again.


-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Frank Gruendel
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 6:28 AM
Subject: Re: [NTLK] IrDA Not Need Slowdown?

> It is true that if you can do IrDA on a Windows XP or Vista
> machine, then slowdown.exe is not needed like it is with a
> direct serial port, right?

You wouldn't need slowdown.exe if your Newton were able to talk to
the Windows IrDA, which unfortunately it isn't. There used to be
a software called BackTalk or some such that allows communication
between Newtons and Palm Pilots. Not sure if this would be of any
help with Newton - Windows communication, but I cannot remember
anyone ever mentioning this here. So don't get your hopes up too
much. But never stop trying. Considering that serial ports are
dying out, you would be this year's Newton here if you succeeded :-)


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