[NTLK] Newly acquired eMate

Gregg McFarland dolbie at gmail.com
Wed May 22 14:37:03 EDT 2013

Greetings to the list. I am a very new member and I am eager to learn
much more about this platform.
I first got a Newton 130 back in 1999 from my boss when he upgraded to
something else. I used it a little but never really completely adopted
it because it was still a company owned piece of hardware. I
eventually gave it back to him and it is probably sitting in some
surplus storage area collecting dust.
I found a Newton 2000 at the Dayton Hamvention flea market a few years
ago. It had the power supply with it but I could never get it to power
on. It was sold again at the same flea market a couple years later.
Whoever got it was happy enough to get the power supply for the couple
of dollars I sold the bundle for.
The first eMate I ever saw was at a friend's house in the Fall of
1997. She was a teacher at the time and had the eMate at her house for
some reason. I spent some time messing with it and I pleaded with her
to accidentally loose track of it for me (only half joking). That
never happened.
Fast forward to this past weekend for the 2013 Dayton Hamvention flea
market again where I came across a mint condition eMate with power
supply. I talked the seller down to a dozen or so dollars and I was
the happy owner I a new Apple toy.
I am hoping to find a way to move packages onto the eMate through my
MBP (10.7). I have some older laptops but each one of those is having
problems. My G3 Lombard is not seeing my Keyspan USB-Serial adapter
after installing the drivers. I have a PB 3400 but I discovered
tonight that its keyboard is not working. I also have a Lenovo
R61(running XP) but I can't find drivers for the Keyspan adapter for
I think the eMate would make a great little packet radio terminal but
I need to be able to talk to it first. It needs the date patch at the
very least and then a good serial terminal program.
Can anyone offer any ideas on how I can talk with the new member of my

Gregg McFarland
Keep Calm and NewtON!

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