[NTLK] I miss the Newton

Jeff Sheldon jeffsheldon at gmail.com
Fri Mar 15 16:56:58 EDT 2019

Doctor Clu,

You bring up an interesting aspect in the development of the Newton.
The folks of Magic Cap, mostly ex-Apple, were building their device
with network-connectedness in mind and make that same distinction
about the Newton being primarily off-grid here:


They make a strong claim about how, as their product objectives and
designs progressed, Sculley popped in and took copious notes in order
to fold choice elements into the Newton design.  Quite a read for
anyone interested in digital assistant design of the time.


On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 1:00 PM Doctor Clu <drclu at swbell.net> wrote:
> I wanted to thank all commented in the “I miss the Newton” thread.   I am just going to say that one thing that hit me the most was how some equated and treasured the Newton as an experience apart from the regular internet.
> I’m coming to value this more and more as I realize that internet traffic is more and more tracked by the right and wrong people.  The Newton was a product of the time it came out, a time when the internet was not as connected.  The Newton did and does operate on it’s own, reaching out to computers and network when it needs to, but that is not always needed.
> Ultimately I think what makes the Newton fun is it contains your own personal universe on the go.
> Just some thoughts and thanks for the comments made a week or so back.
> Doctor Clu
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