[NTLK] Newton Connection Tools 1.1

Forrest Buffenmyer newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Sat Sep 29 06:02:26 EDT 2018

I agree with Dennis. I think that was a cold and harsh response.

My belief has been that the author of a software title has the right to do with it as he/she will—make it available for free, or shareware, or charge for it. I also prefer software that is full-featured and I can try it before I buy, with the understanding that after a period of time it will expire and no longer function.

Of course, the issue with Newton software is its age, and that most development has stopped; and the companies/individuals that created it are no longer in existence, or in the case of our late friend Hardy Macie, deceased.

I understand that Mr. Galuzzi has time and effort invested in his work, and he has not even come close to recouping that investment. I get that.

What I don’t understand is what purpose it serves to refuse to release it for the good of the “amazing [Newton] community.” He has already admitted that he is no longer going to be selling it, so making it available for free to others would seem to me to be a great way to give back to that community.

He mentions that it would take some work to get NCT to work with Windows 10, but he doesn’t have the time to go ahead with that. I’m certain there are individuals here on NTLK that could probably accomplish that...if he would allow them to work on it.

It takes all kinds of people to make up a world. But—compare his response and actions with Mr. Macie, and others who have donated their efforts, like Steve Weyer and Newt’s Cape.

He actually sounds bitter to me about the whole project. And, I suppose that is his right.

Not that it is helping anyone.


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> On Sep 28, 2018, at 8:19 AM, Dennis Swaney <romad at nvwisp.com> wrote:
> Boiling down the replies to Gordon, the impression I received was that Andy
> basically is saying "Screw you!" to Windows users. I'm a Mac user but I
> feel that attitude is totally uncalled for.
> Sincerely,
> Dennis B. Swaney
> "I think, therefore I Mac"
>> On Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 12:27 AM, Gordon Stuart <id4 at aapt.net.au> wrote:
>> Hi Dan. Thanks for the link - unfortunately the link to the file on this
>> page is dead.
>> I emailed Andy Galluzzi and asked if he was able to provide the file and
>> his
>> reply is as follows:
>> Hello Gordon,
>> Thanks for your interest.
>> I'm afraid I'm not supporting Newton Connection Tools any more.
>> There is no other place I've put the software.
>> There is an issue with the hosting and they are unable to bring down the
>> web
>> site, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
>> Best regards,
>> Andy
>> On 13 April I sent another email:
>> Hi Andy
>> Thank you for replying.
>> I don't know whether this is asking too much - I love the Newton and just
>> wish to see it survive.
>> I know you made this program's use as donation ware to UNNA - would it be
>> OK
>> if I ask if anyone on NewtonTalk has a copy?
>> As for activation could this be handed over to someone on UNNA - I would
>> even be happy to provide my time to administer this if no one wants to do
>> this.
>> Thank you for your consideration
>> Gordon
>> Hi Reply was as follows:
>> Hello Gordon.
>> You are right, this software was donation ware to UNNA, because I was in
>> love with the Newton as well and wanted to give back something to this
>> amazing Newton community. But looking at it now, I believe that doing it
>> donation ware to UNNA was a mistake. It would have been better to use the
>> money to improve the product and have it updated by now. NCT needs some
>> changes and updates to run on Windows 10 and I don't have the time to spend
>> on it. Neither do I want to share it for free. I'm sorry, Gordon. This was
>> a
>> passionate project, but it has no way paid for its development.
>> I don't event believe that we could be able to create a Kickstarter or
>> Indiegogo campaign  to raise money to update it and start selling it again.
>> It's a wonderful product with an amazing number of features, from local
>> disk
>> package scanning, installation of remote packages, package inspection and
>> NewtonScript extraction, installation pipe, remote keyboard and COM
>> interface so you can use it from any language on Windows. It also has tools
>> that allows it to intercept Windows serial port and decode Newton
>> connection
>> or even Newton Toolkit.
>> I deeply appreciate the effort made by those who paid or donate for the
>> product, and that's the reason I'll never release it for free.
>> But there is also a huge development for Newton in Mac, and I understand
>> that it's mostly free, including Einstein emulator.
>> I believe that if you are serious about Newton, you'll better use a Mac for
>> it.
>> I don't have a Newton Connection Tools setup at hand, I have to search for
>> it. But anyway, I can't provide you a license, because I can't support it.
>> I'm sorry I can't help you more.
>> Have a nice day,
>> Andy
>> I was going to try to pursue this further but circumstances at the time
>> prevented me from doing so.
>> There there may be an opportunity for the members to assist UNNA to bring
>> back this software - I would be willing to help where I can.
>> Gordon
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