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GMx

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Icon 4 posted August 29, 2002 11:22      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
A man found the perfect PDA. It wasn't a Palm, Visor or Clie. Wired has the story.
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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2002 11:26      Profile for kygeek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I still havent found one I like. Just give me a good old lil paper notebook and pencil. [Smile]
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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2002 11:49            Edit/Delete Post 
Even though I love my Palm VII, I wouldn't mind having a Newton (an MP2100, say). It's an important piece of the history of computing, the history of PDAs, and the history of Apple.

All I'd have to do would be to figure out how to make it communicate with a Linux box. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2002 13:09      Profile for Chris Moss     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
quote:
Originally posted by Erbo:
Even though I love my Palm VII, I wouldn't mind having a Newton (an MP2100, say).

I had an eMate once; used it for word processing when travelling (OK, e-mail and news too - InkSpot rules!) It had a 24 hour in-use battery life and the nicest keyboard to type on ever. The small keys got me prepared for the PB2400c that came next. I would still use it for that job, except the battery won't take a charge any more. The whole principle of the NewtonOS took a little getting used to, but it made excellent sense for a machine of that type. It was another document-centric system (for example, anything you could write on it could be e-mailed, you didn't have to do it in an e-mail client) and reminded me of another great but lost technology, OpenDoc. How I loved my Cyberdog - once it was tweaked so it was stable!

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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2002 16:26      Profile for DigitalBill   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I've been a Newton user since the first MP100...

Though sync problems have since retired my trusty MP2100, it holds a place of honor on my desk and remains powered up to remind me of annual events like birthdays... (it actually takes 3 PDAs and a Desktop calendar to get me to remember a birthday...)

Andy Ihnatko once said the Newton MP2100 "is within a 7-iron of being perfect" and I agree... I used it for years to manage my business, when I worked on a desktop all day and needed a computer to take to clients offices to take notes and do quotes, the Newt was just the thing, with a little word processor and spreadsheet, i could do whatever I needed...

Though I've since migrated to Palms, I've never been as comfortable or fast with them as I was with Newtbert™.

< speculation >
Apple may be heading back this way... though they'll not admit it... and it is almost an Urban Computer Legend that Apple will make a PDA again... I think that the signs are that Apple is getting ready for it. If you look at OS X 10.2 Jaguar, you see Inkwell handwriting recognition (almost useless on a desktop computer, IMHO), Rendezvous zero-config networking, Bluetooth, and 802.11... build a Webpad that can run the core of OS X and you've got Newton 2002! Microsoft keeps taking swings at the webpad idea (latest being Mira) and there are lots of *nix version too, but Apple can deliver... they started it with Newton, they can do something that will knock your sox off!
< /speculation >

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Newtons still rock!

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Icon 1 posted August 29, 2002 16:31      Profile for GMx     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I posted a link to a New York Times story that said the same thing, except that Apple was thinking of adding a cell phone into the equation. Steve dismissed their question of whether they were coming out with another PDA, but he always does that before they come out with something new.
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me still like me message pad 110
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Icon 1 posted August 30, 2002 09:35            Edit/Delete Post 
I understand that the later versions of the Newton OS have an "Easter egg" in them where you write the phrase "Egg freckles" somewhere, and it pops up a Doonesbury cartoon. That comes from the well-known Doonesbury strip series about Mike's struggles with his PDA:

(writes) "I am writing a test sentence."

BEEP! "Siam fighting atomic sentry."

(writes) "I am writing a test sentence."

BEEP! "Ian is riding a taste sensation."

(writes) "I am writing a test sentence!"

BEEP! "I am writing a test sentence!"

(writes) "Catching on?"

BEEP! "Egg freckles?"

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Icon 1 posted August 30, 2002 18:03      Profile for Tut-an-Geek   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
yeah, i have that comic on my wall [Wink]
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