[NTLK] Give Up Smart Phone

Morgan Aldridge morgant at makkintosshu.com
Fri Apr 28 23:00:04 EDT 2017

On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 19:29 Noah Leon <moosefuel at gmail.com> wrote:

> Just had a musing, I wonder if it would be crazy to give up my iPhone and
> iPad for a few months and try to do all that stuff from my Newt. It could
> be a pretty interesting challenge for me, since I use my iPad, iPhone,
> i-whatever to do all my contracts and spreadsheets. I wonder what software
> one could use to do all that stuff on Newt.

I had wanted to do this a number of years ago and wish I had actually given
it a go.

Back then, I still had email working on my MessagePad 2100 because my ISP
didn't require SSL. I could figure something out to get email working
without SSL, but my email volume is such that the Newton really couldn't
handle it and--sadly--it's a requirement for my work as a consultant.

However, I'll tell you a dirty little secret: I'm running the majority of
the financial side of my consulting business off my Newton. I've used
PocketMoney for my personal finances for years, so just kept using it to
track my business accounts (plus an "account" that I duplicate business
expenses that make it into my personal accounts, for proper tracking &
later reimbursement). I also use TimeReporter to track all my hours &

While I could print invoices from TimeReporter and mail them to my clients,
I neither have a printer nor feel my clients would feel that was
appropriate from an IT consultant. Also, TimeReporter's invoicing isn't
data that's saved, so it really requires a hard copy (sad). So, I have a
Blinksale account that I do my invoicing in (I run reports in TimeReporter
which gets re-entered, but what goes on the invoice isn't 1:1 with my notes
from my time tracking anyway, so it's not terrible).

I had hoped to have already tossed together something in NewtonScript to
improve the import/export, but I just haven't had the time. Someday.

So, I say go for it!

Oh, and on the phone side of things, when I went independent I decided not
to get a cell phone and have been just sticking with VoIP on my iPad (plus
I have a VoIP phone on my office desk), so there are options to stay
digital and keep a landline. :)


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