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Friday
Feb202004

A BlogBirthday and Newtons

Well, today turns out to be my big one year BlogBirthday! Woo Hoo! :-)

Actually I am amazed that a year has gone by already and yet in other ways it seems like I've been doing this blogging thing for a long time now. I think that's a good sign. So, to all of those who have encouraged me in my blogging over the past year, thanks! :-)

In what seems to have marked the occasion, I had a nice chat with Sammy McLoughlin today. It turns out Sam had a spare Newton 130 round his flat in New York City he wasn't using anymore. Well, it all really started when I mentioned to Sam that I'd always wanted to own a Newton... that's when Sammy mentioned he had one collecting dust in his cupboard. Further, he was nearly adamant that I accept it in exchange for my little bit of web design work on the Palm Addict website. Okay, not adamant, but very much encouraging me to accept his Newton as a thank you. Wow, that Sammy is really a great guy. :-)

Well, not to be one passing up a great chance at some interesting handheld hardware, I of course said yes, and Sammy seemed very pleased to see his old Newt going to a good home. Now I just have to start doing a little research on what can be done with an old Newt 130. Already it seems to have a dead backup battery, but Sam says it runs fine otherwise.

My hard core Newt using friend Andy once told me to look for a 2000 or 2100 because the processor is so much faster, making the handwriting recognition much better, etc. Well, I guess for now the 130 will have to do -- but really I'm more curious than anything. I want to see what the user interface is like and how it compares to the Palm OS. Should be great fun exploring Sam's old Newton.

So, if you happen to be a Newt user and can point me to some good web resources, or have suggestions about Newt use, I'd love to hear from you. This is all new territory for me, so I welcome your wisdom. It's likely I won't become a hardcore user, but one never knows.

Have a great weekend all!

Reader Comments (1)

Thanks guys! I may be hitting you three up for advice in the future... we'll see. I'm going to focus on learning the OS in stock form first, then might branch out a bit to a Newton Keyboard and a serial cable to connect to one of my old time Macs here.

I'm really excited about this!! :-)
February 23, 2004 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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