[NTLK] NewtonTalk Digest, Vol 38, Issue 2

Mike mdsf001 at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 18:50:57 EST 2017


It was a pleasure meeting up to discuss our passion for the Newt. It 
felt great to talk to someone who recognizes the cutting edge brilliance 
of this often maligned platform. After that delicious poutine (thank 
you, once again) I spent hours trying to get my Newts (2100, 110, 100) 
to connect to my modern day Mac and PC in order to load the Leatherneck 
software we spoke of. That’s the application Booz-Allen had written for 
the US Military. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a stable connection 
(PC)or a connection at all(Mac) and am going to have to dig out my old 
Mac (PowerPC) and try again. I even tried it on my Note3/Einstein to no 
avail (I kept getting ‘package not recognized error’ – I believe it was 
written for NOS 1.x).

Hehe…glad you picked up on my frustration I still feel to this day and 
my ruminations of where portable technology would be today had the 
Newtonbeen allowed to flourish and progress. As many have mentioned on 
this forum, their Newt could do things some of today’s device are still 
incapable of doing. I like to think of the 5 or 6 years after the Newt’s 
demise as a sort of technological dark ages for handhelds.

I believe what made it so special was how far ahead it was of all other 
devices on the market at the time and the promise it held to those who 
were pioneering new solutions. Your film project will capture that 
energy, hope and awe we had for the device and am looking forward to 
unpacking and dusting off whatever items, paraphernalia, devices I have 
to share.

By the way, the wonderful piece of software that allowed one to make 
forms on the Newt itself was called TransForm (one of my all time 
favorites that works across all Newton devices).

Thank you, once again for wanting to share our common love of this 
undying platform.




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Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2017 09:20:02 -0500
From: Noah Leon<moosefuel at gmail.com>
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Subject: [NTLK] Update on Love Letter to Newton (film)
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Yesterday I had the pleasure to meet with Mike from the Newtontalk list. We
live near each other in the greater Montreal area. We met at the "Le
Poutine Bar" and we both ordered "Le Sainte-Rose" Poutine, which was

Mike brought an Original MessagePad (or was it a 100?), Einstein running on
a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a Cassiopeia WindowsCE device as conversation
pieces, whereas I brought my battered and well-used MessagePad 2000.

Right away I noticed that he kept his Newt in pristine condition. Mine is
missing the port door, the coating is rubbing off, and the screen door is
taped back on, hi-lighting our different personalities!

There were no cameras rolling this time, but the stuff we talked about and
Mike's passion for the Newton and extensive experience with using the newt
convinced me even more that this is going to be a worthwhile film project,
and that if everyone has as much to say as Mike about his life with Newton,
there's really something here.

I can especially identify with Mike's palpable frustration over the
cancellation of Newton, and Apple's decision to absorb it and make it
disappear. I think that's a wound most of us Newt users carry.

More to come.


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