[NTLK] Questions from an apostate

joe kallo quietglow at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 10:13:24 EDT 2012

I'll say this (and I am trying to be brief as today is the first day of
NaNoWriMo and any excess keystrokes should be going into my word count for
the day. Hey, maybe my book needs a newtonlist...): I have been searching
for a replacement for my MP2100 since I stopped using it in ~2006.

I was third in line on iPad day, hoping that finally I'd have a
replacement. Over the next several months, it dawned on me that Apple's
design goals and monetary commitments had changed since the Newton days
(duh, I know) and that the iPad wasn't the new Newton, nor would it be.

The closest I've come to replacing my MP2100 is the Nexus 7 I have now. The
size is right, the flexibility of the software is right, and it runs
Einstein for the times when I REALLY miss the messagepad days -- it's
uncanny how newton-like it looks running Einstein. No handwriting
recognition, but there are several nice notepad apps which work like Notes
on the newt (albeit only in draw mode). It may be worth checking out. I'd
be happy to answer other questions about the device.


On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 8:04 AM, Lord Groundhog <LordGroundhog at gmail.com>wrote:

> ~~~ On 2012/11/01 05:52, Aron Hsiao at leapdragon at gmail.com wrote ~~~
> > Hi all,
> >
> >
> > I hope this post doesn't rankle, but I'm in need of help.
> >
> > I was a dedicated Newton user from the late '90s through the early '00s
> > and am now an iPhone 4/iPad 2 user.
> >
> > The problem is that I'm not satisfied with the software, despite being
> > thrilled with the hardware.
> >
> > ...                    especially when I recall that I stopped using the
> > Newton because I couldn't finish a backup any longer with NCU.
> >
> > But there must be others out there like me that see the Newton as a high
> > point in early mobile tech and that finds that the Newton did some
> > things really well that have yet to be duplicated today. So without
> > further ado, I'm posting to ask whether anyone has:
> > ...
> Hello Aron,
> We never knew each other -- I'm a late-comer to the Newton compared to you
> -- but I second James' "welcome back".
> I wonder if we're the best people to ask?  My guess is that you might get
> more helpful answers from those who've *stopped* using their Newtons.  I'm
> not sure how many of them still lurk here.  For example, you've perfectly
> described why my lowly Newton is more important to me than my MacBook and
> all my other computers and gadgets put together.  Essentially, the Newton
> has made me able to work faster and more efficiently with less effort, and
> I
> can use Newt in situations where my MacBook would be inappropriate.
> I'll skip a description of all the Newton features that draw me back to my
> MP2100s every time I consider an alternative, because you've already said
> it.
> All hardware/software choices = compromise + deciding what I can live
> without in order to have what I really need/want.  For me the Newton has
> meant the fewest compromises and the least amount of living without
> something I want.  I confess my Newtons and especially my carry-Newt
> approach being love-objects but they've earned that status.  Compared to my
> Newt, iPads and smart phones (as good as they are) feel like clever toys.
>  I
> like toys, but I work better with Newton.  (AND I have fun with it in
> off-hours.)
> >From what you've written, it sounds like you really need/want *not* to be
> carrying around a Newton again.  Good luck, and I hope someone here has
> better answers than I do.  Otherwise you just might end up "going green"
> again. :-)
> Shalom,
> Christian
> ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
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joseph kallo
quietglow at gmail.com

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