[NTLK] NewtonTalk Digest, Vol 32, Issue 15

Jeff Fischbach jmfischbach at gmail.com
Sat Aug 27 04:05:07 EDT 2016

It's the classic "chicken & egg" dilemma. But, I'm encouraged that anyone's
still here. I'm a mentor for teenaged programmers on a high school robotics
team. I like bringing in functioning retro tech, adapted as necessary, just
to give them perspective.

Is there anyone who might be able to copy a decent set of requisites
(wifi/ethernet, at the least), if I mailed a decent linear PCMCIA? (I was
kind of hoping to meet the famous "Frank", since I'm an avid
hiker/Geocacher, and we don't live horribly far from each other.)

On Aug 26, 2016 10:01 PM, "Vladislav Korotnev" <vladkorotnev at gmail.com>

>         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.
> iOS/Mac/Windows & Web developer
> Vaporwave/ambient producer, sound/video engineer
> Genjitsu Gadget Lab Member 001
> http://genjit.su
> 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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