[NTLK] Damn You Auto Correct! - Funny iPhone Fails and Autocorrect Horror Stories

Andrew Scott Beals andrew.beals at gmail.com
Sun Apr 3 19:57:34 EDT 2011

On Apr 3, 2011, at 4:12 PM, Grant Hutchinson wrote:

> On Mar 26, 2011, at 6:17 PM, andrew.beals at gmail.com wrote:
>> Yet now its merely funny but for the newt, it helped to kill the  
>> platform.
> Seriously?

Seriously.  The thing was nearly the cost of a laptop.  However, it was pocketable (if you have big pockets) and it did everything I asked a laptop for at the time — save for playing DVDs.  I was going to get one, but SWMBO declared that I had to get a ThinkPad instead.

To others: Yes, Android has a problem with autocorrect as well.

My "wad" typo was the result of using too-small of a screen keyboard (not to mention that I feel that it takes up too much screen acreage in terms of usability) for my big hands.  Note that I also left out a comma after "but".  I could blame that on the screen keyboard, but I think I'll just blame it on type-ahead.  

People who actually saw it recognize their handwriting *got* it.  That includes everyone here.

> Questionable ink to text translation did not "help kill the Newton" at  
> all.
> While it certainly provided a lot of jokes at the platform's expense  
> when the Newton was first released, it wasn't a primary cause of its  
> downfall. The HWR in NOS 2.0 still kicks the ass of most current  
> technologies. It was one of the platform's strongest points, in my  
> opinion.

Dude.  Public perception.  A decade after it got Steved, the public still remembers it for stuff like "egg freckles".

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