[NTLK] Newton Connection Tools 1.1

Dan dan at dbdigitalweb.com
Sun Sep 30 02:49:19 EDT 2018

He might be bitter, and while I can understand it, some of us knew it wouldn't go well even if he didn't go the donation route.

There was two BIG problems.  First he crippled it in a huge way.  No time-limited testing available, rather you just had to take his word for it.  If I remember right you could do a couple of things but no restore no real data transfer or checking to see if the software would do what you wanted.  And let's be honest here, with a platform that has been discontinued for about a 10 years when this software was released?  People were crossing their eyes.  And secondly, his only payment method was western union transfer.  In the day of paypal and several other methods, the only one was western union to Argentina?  Don't get me wrong I am sure he wasn't out to scam anyone, but not many are going to take that leap.

You add them together and I am sure that equaled almost ZERO sales, not to mention this is a small community anyway, so he went the donation route and gave up on it.  What I don't understand is why he didn't just release the software.  Sure he says out of respect for those who bought it, but to be honest if I HAD bought it and now could use it with ALL of my newtons instead of the one or two I purchased licenses for?  I would be kissing his feet, not be angry.

Again it is his work and he can do what he wants with it, but it is a shame regardless.


On 9/29/2018 6:02 AM, Forrest Buffenmyer wrote:
> He actually sounds bitter to me about the whole project. And, I suppose that is his right.
> Not that it is helping anyone.
> Mahalo,
> Forrest
> Sent from my iPad Pro 9.7"
>> 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

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