[NTLK] NewtonTalk Digest, Vol 32, Issue 15

Vladislav Korotnev vladkorotnev at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 01:01:48 EDT 2016

	To put it simpler:
	You have a Newton and e.g. a WiFi network. You want to use the network to install packages on the Newton so you buy a WiFi card. But it turns out you need to install drivers for it and you don’t have a cable. Which means you have to install them using your WiFi. But to use your WiFi you need to install them. But to install them you need to use your WiFi. But to use your WiFi… 
	Bootstrap cards are cards preloaded with those common drivers (most of the time, NIE and WiFi/Bluetooth/ATA drivers) so you could get out of this loop by loading the drivers from the bootstrap card, connecting your Newt to your WiFi and installing them to your Newt permanently. After you do that you don’t need to load them from the card anymore, so you return it to the original owner.
	Simple as that :)

// Ak.R.

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On 26 Aug 2016, at 23:21 , L.W. Brown <lwb at mac.com> wrote:

> That much even I say  ;-]
> A rough-but-ready translation: an insertable “card" with certain software on it that you need to install, but that also needs to be available during boot-up so that non-original-but-still-necessary functions can be performed; having that software on an inserted card during boot-up allows the functions to be completed during boot-up, and then allows the function-programs to be installed more permanently on the Newt after boot-up.
> Usually boot-strap cards were loaned among members of our little community, but it’s been a while, so none may be left...
> L.W. Brown
> LwBrown at Mail.com
>> On Aug 26, 2016, at 10:51 AM, Michael Sheflin <sheflinm at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm even later to the game.  What's a bootstrap card?
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