[NTLK] CNET UK: Newton vs iPhone

J.M. Heinrichs minicapt1 at mac.com
Sat Nov 28 03:30:33 EST 2009

Lists of Personal Finance stuff for iPhone:
1. http://financialsoft.about.com/od/pdasoftware/tp/iPhone_Apps_Personal_Finance.htm
2. http://www.moneyunder30.com/best-15-financial-iphone-apps

3. Check with the iTunes Store 'Personal Finance': 150+ choices

Or roll your own with a program like "HanDBase", which incidentally originated on the Newton:
4. http://www.ddhsoftware.com/handbase_iPhone.html?plat=iPhone

J.M. Heinrichs
 minicapt1 at mac.com

On 28 Nov 09, at 0:12, Jon Glass wrote:

> On Sat, Nov 28, 2009 at 12:13 AM, Ryan Vetter
> <physicalconstants at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>> The iPhone screen is nice.
>> I did also find that article to be entertaining.  Sure, the Newton can approach the functionality of the iPhone for communications, but it becomes unwieldly.  All those cards sticking out...
> The thing is, there was no iPhone in the 90s. When I needed it, the
> Newton came on stage. At the time, laptops were huge and unwieldy, and
> expensive as all get out--I couldn't afford one. I found a $400 MP120
> on AOL, from a fellow forum member, and for the next 2+ years, it
> became my on-the-road computer. It was my contact database as I
> traveled to meetings, allowed email (I was receiving over 20 emails a
> day on AOL, and my wife an equal amount. I used the Newton, together
> with my StyleWriterII to write and print letters and envelopes (using
> just the built-in Notepad). I was able to send and receive faxes, and
> I still say that the best fax machine I ever used was my Newton. I did
> all this stuff in the middle-late 90s, when there was nothing else out
> there that could do this.
> I think that the point of this article, other than being just a fun
> exercise, is to simply remind people that there would be no iPhone
> without the Newton. I'll be honest. Today, between my MSI WindMac and
> Palm, I no longer need my Newton. If the iPhone could allow me to
> write and print letters, maybe it could replace the Newton and my
> computer, but I don't know.... If it could, it would only be walking
> the path that the Newton beat in the jungle. ;-) But honestly, my
> needs have grown, and the hardware has gone in different directions. I
> really doubt that I could do today what I did back then, travel with
> just a handheld for months on end.
> I may try though. Next year, I will be traveling the States for 6
> months.... It may be worth just seeing what I could do. Does anybody
> think an iPod Touch could do it? I _really_ need to print, fax not so
> much any more, but printing is essential.
> Oh, and I need to keep track of my expenses and income for tax
> purposes. Is there even anything like that on the iPhone? I hear about
> tons of silly apps, but no expense software.
> -- 
> -Jon Glass
> Krakow, Poland
> <jonglass at usa.net>
> "I don't believe in philosophies. I believe in fundamentals." --Jack Nicklaus
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