Re: [NTLK] Dear Steve Jobs... (your help is needed)

From: SteveC <>
Date: Fri Feb 13 2009 - 10:59:12 EST

Actually, I believe is Jobs was in full command, then any effort get
somewhere near zero response from Apple (unless there was a good level of
media buzz about our needs). This actually might be a good time to do such a

If I recall correctly, Apple tends to drop the hammer on folks that mess
with or want to mess with their source. I think there is kind of a loophole
around that however - Steve Wozniak gave away parts of either Apple II
firmware or maybe something from Integer BASIC. I don't remember the details
(a Google search for 5 minutes didn't help me remember right) but it was
recent(ish) and Apple turned a blind eye to it.

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Paul Braun
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: [NTLK] Dear Steve Jobs... (your help is needed)

M. Horvat wrote:
>> I would like to suggest writing a letter to Steve Jobs and ask him
>> to help us keeping the Newton alive after 2010.
> YES! This is EXACTLY what I've been waiting for since I started using
> my Newton. But I think it would be also useful to get the source
> code/documentation/whatever to fix this bug in 1.x machines too (if
> it even exists... I'm not sure). There are a lot of 1.x Newtons being
> used, I'm sure, and if _their_ 2010 bug isn't fixed, this means that
> around 30% of all Newtons around the world will be unusable. And we
> certainly don't want that.

I hate to throw a damper on anyone's enthusiasm, but Jobs won't get the
letter. He's on a 6-month leave of absence due to health reasons. Most
analysts feel that he is gravely ill and most likely won't return.

Your best bet is to hope that there is still someone from the Newton
team around who can champion the cause.

Paul Braun
Valparaiso, IN
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