Re: [NTLK] Goodbye

From: Goodwin, Greg P. <>
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 09:54:38 EST

From: Jack Mottram

Well, I'm probably still in the honeymoon period when it comes to the
Newton (I only started using one last March) but it has very quickly
become indispensible, and I use it daily, and pretty heavily - a
surprise to me, as I bought one to tinker with as a treat for my 30th
birthday, being a fan of, as others on the list obviously are,
obsolete/esoteric technology in general, beyond the Newton.



The Honeymoon period on any retro device is wonderful. I have tinkered
with many (Atari 8-bit, Atari ST/TT, Amiga, Dreamcast, Newton, Zaurus
5600). The Honeymoon stage is where you love it, and you are happy with
basics. Then you get to know a bit more, and you say "Well, wouldn't it
be great if it could do this..." And some things can be done, some
partially, some can but other things do it better, and some can't be
done at all. Then you start to get discouraged.

At which point you either work to change it, or accept it for what it
is. Usually the latter is met with a certain amount of love and
respect, but at the same time, you are looking for other solutions and
you realize what you accepted is not that solution. Or you ask yourself
if what the thing your accepted device couldn't do is really something
you NEED to do. (Like Javascript on the Newton, Atari ST, ect...) :)

I am starting to realize that I got WAAYYY overboard with the Newton,
when really the Newton fills a basic need... to take down messages to
later send to a computer, printer, or fax.

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