[NTLK] Newton USB Dongle

Dennis Swaney romad at mac.com
Sun Feb 5 14:19:48 EST 2017

I think you meant to write: "...unscrupulous."

"scrupulous" means:

1. (of a person or process) diligent, thorough, and extremely attentive to

2. very concerned to avoid doing wrong.

Dennis B. Swaney

"I think, therefore I Mac"

On Sun, Feb 5, 2017 at 10:14 AM, Jeff Sheldon <jeffsheldon at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've had problems with the Prolific chipset in many applications. IMHO,
> it's a cheap product cloned the world over and the drivers aren't well
> maintained. FTDI is the way to go.
> Adriano is scrupulous. 11 years ago, he privately pushed me to provide
> details on adapters I was creating for the community to interface with iPod
> devices and a homebrew keyboard using the internal port. He even wanted me
> to store my progress on his personal storage space. When I resisted, he
> backed down and suggested I contact Daniel Padilla to help with the
> software side. After some back-and-forth, Daniel stopped responding. It
> seemed strange. Unexpectedly, Adriano and Daniel released new products
> based on the idea, though far less capable.  It watered down the idea and I
> shelved my Newton, then dropped off the list for some time, also hiving up
> on my 2100 PCB mapping project (for the sake of creating minimized designs).
> If the community needs a USB solution, what would be the preference?
> Internal card with port, Interconnect to USB end, or RS422 to USB? Seems
> like the last--which people are talking about here--is the easiest and
> cheapest solution. All three are doable, though those JAE ports are hard to
> find.
> -Jeff
> > On Feb 5, 2017, at 06:47, Jake Bordens <jake at allaboutjake.com> wrote:
> >
> > I recently purchased a FDTI serial cable for use in Mac OS Sierra and it
> worked without drivers.. I had a prolific-chipset cable but the driver was
> causing my machine to crash, so I decided to get the FDTI since it was more
> compatible, and apparently did not need drivers (though I do a lot of
> tinkering so its possible I had a driver installed for another device.
> >
> > I find it suspicious that it doesn’t show up as a USB device with a
> PID/VID in the profiler… that would indicate that it isn’t even showing up
> on the USB bus.  However silly, maybe try a different USB cable, sometimes
> cheap USB cables are charge-only. I’ve gotten bitten by that before.
> >
> > Side note, I would like to acquire one of these “Adriano” dongles, if
> anyone has a stash of them and is willing to part with one. Would make
> development a little easier. My guess is that they are rare, and folks
> don’t want to part with them, and for that I’d understand.
> >
> >
> >
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