[NTLK] Followup eMate memory upgrade boards

Forrest newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Thu Aug 30 02:22:01 EDT 2018


Thanks for the explanation, which I myself believe is unnecessary. Your motives and ethics are way above reproach, in my humble opinion.

You are one of a few beacons of light for those that have enjoyed Newton use over the years, and for those that are still fortunate to be able to do so. I’m proud to say that our business transactions—the few that we have had—have always been completed with the utmost professionalism. I am certain I am not alone in that regard.

Having read your emails over the years and heard your discussions in “Love Notes to Newton”, I’d relish the opportunity to sit down with you, light up a cigar, have a few drinks and discuss all things Newton. Much of what you’d say might well be over my head, but no matter.

Thanks for being a part of the Newton community.


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On Aug 29, 2018, at 6:37 PM, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:

>> How about accepting donations now? I'd really like to see you go forward
> with this. 
>> If I didn't make this clear enough earlier: my intention is to fund your
> research, 
>> not buy a product. I expect nothing other in return than you continuing
> with what 
>> you do now (albeit investing less of your own money).
> Again, thanks for the offer.
> My problem with donations is that deep in my heart I feel I do not deserve
> any. I'm lucky enough to have a job that feeds the family quite well. I even
> could (although I wouldn't) afford paying 600 bucks for five prototype
> boards. 
> However...
> The very night my offspring was born, I decided to stop using a single cent
> of the income that feeds the family on my... err... hobbies. Ever since that
> day, everything that has the word "Newton" or "eMate" in it had to pay for
> itself. Surprisingly, this has worked out quite well over the last two
> decades. But occasionally it required taking risks. Like spending money on
> making a board that you are unlikely to sell more than 20 times at most. Or
> buying a huge box of memory cards of which you know you'll need at least a
> decade to resell them all.
> In a nutshell, everything related to the Newton part of my life can only
> take place after I have saved enough money to buy what I need. That's what
> made me so angry when I found out these boards were too thick. If Beta
> Layout had insisted on payment, this would have set me back a couple of
> weeks. Demand for Newton repairs, battery rebuilds and Newton hardware sales
> is not so big that I could compensate such a loss at short notice.
> That being said: If people really WANT to donate, it might be unfair to keep
> them from doing it! After all, there's still that "Donate" button, somewhat
> hidden at the bottom of my web site's start page:
> <https://www.pda-soft.de/english.html>
> But, again: Please be ABSOLUTELY aware that you will not donate because I'm
> poor. On the contrary: Your money will end up with someone who is
> comparatively well off. Someone whose projects only take so long because he
> keeps his regular income away from the Newton part of his life.
> Frank
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