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

Grant Hutchinson splorp at mac.com
Wed Apr 6 16:13:03 EDT 2011

On Apr 3, 2011, at 5:57 PM, Andrew Scott Beals 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.

There were no laptops available in the same price range as the Newton  
in the mid to late 90s. Between 1993 and 1998, the various MessagePad  
models retailed from $500 to $1000. In 1998, there was no such thing  
as a sub-$1000 laptop. Period.

> 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.

DVD-ROM drives weren't even available in laptops until late 1997.  
There were certainly not commonplace when the Newton was still shipping.

>> 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".

Sure the public remembers those things, but you just contradicted your  
own response. The Newton was "Steved" ... not killed by public  



Grant Hutchinson
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