[NTLK] John Sculley: The Newton was two decades ahead of its time
newtonphoenix at mindspring.com
Thu May 24 14:40:51 EDT 2012
The Pen Computing series of magazines is also available elsewhere
(somewhere?) on UNNA, I believe.
It was a great series of articles about the Newton. I remember that
during that time (mid 1990s) I was using a Sharp Zaurus ZR-5800, which
did some things much better than the Newton (and many things not as
well, like HWR). I was only a spectator to the Newton then, although I
did manage to "test drive" one for a day or so. It was a lot heavier
and not at all like the Zaurus that I was used to, which was like a
very small laptop--clamshell design, touchscreen on top, actual
keyboard (not just membrane style) below.
He writes with such enthusiasm...I believe that, if the series had had
a larger subscriber base, the Newton would have done so much better. I
remember that's why I wanted to try it in the first place.
The last several articles, when he discusses the discontinuation of
the Newton, felt to me like he'd lost a very close friend. The
enthusiasm was gone, and he even says that in the last regular issue,
#26, from February 1999.
You should not be apologetic for sharing things like this with the
rest of us...there's always the good chance that a new reader had not
seen that collection before...and thanks to you, now they have.
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On May 24, 2012, at 10:24 AM, Norman Keen wrote:
> In the early days, I used to read Pen Computing magazine, and David
> MacNeill on the Newton. You can see his Newton Notes Archives athttp://www.pencomputing.com/Newton/
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