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23 Years of the Newton

It’s amazing how quickly the years flow by and that it’s been nearly 25 of them since the introduction of Apple’s Newton. Actually, it has been a full quarter century since John Scully, then CEO at Apple, was pitched the concept of a smaller, handheld device by Michael Tchao and decided to make it a reality. This week marks the 23rd anniversary of the MessagePad’s release on August 3rd, 1993, at MacWorld Expo in Boston, which Scully had initially previewed to press at CES in Chicago, back on May 29th of 1992. Crazier still, the release of the Newton came less than a decade after that of the Macintosh. Sadly, it never really got the chance to see its full potential.

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Compass 2 Stand for iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and Newton MessagePad

A few months ago I reviewed the Twelve South Compass 2 iPad stand for the 973rd issue of Small Dog Electronics’ Kibbles & Bytes newsletter:

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Meet the loyal Newton fans who keep the device alive and kicking

Many thanks to David Pierini over at Cult of Mac for interviewing me for this piece regarding those of us who have been helping preserve what bits of Apple’s Newton platform we can. I am honored to have helped carry the torch—from all those who came before, including Victor Rehorst—and be counted with the likes of Grant Hutchinson. Definitely worth the read and a gander at Grant’s amazing photos.

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On NewtonScript's Perform()

I’ve been playing with NewtonScript a bit in what little spare time I have, hence the previous posts on the subject. The eventual plan, of course, is to put together a few new packages for my MessagePad 2100, maybe even something useful to others, but in the meantime I just want to get comfortable with the language. For that, I’ve found playing with NEWT/0 to be the easiest, but, while the core is there, a number of the built-in functions are still missing.

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Environment Variables in NewtonScript and NEWT/0

To expand upon my previous post demonstrating how to access command line arguments (ARGV) in NewtonScript in NEWT/0, I’ll demonstrate how to access environment variables. Command line arguments are only the beginning for writing command line tools as you often need to access environment variables as well. In some situations, like running a script as a CGI in your favorite HTTP server software, environment variables are really your only way to receive input from the outside world.

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Command Line Arguments in NewtonScript and NEWT/0

Still being a daily Newton user as well as a developer, I’ve always wanted to learn NewtonScript. I’ve got a PowerMac 9500 that’s been configured for Newton OS development for quite some time and I’ve got a couple projects in mind, but I just never seem to get around it.

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tntk Command Line Newton Compiler

Yesterday, Eckhart Köppen announced that he’s started piecing together a command line Newton compiler named tntk, based on NEWT/0 & DCL:

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Patch 711000

Eckhart Köppen has released an improved Newton OS 2.1 patch addressing the Y2010 bug:

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Lessons Learned from the eMate

Scott Andress on the eMate and tomorrow’s rumored Apple tablet:

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'The Original Tablet'

John Gruber on the Newton’s downfall:

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Going Newton

Two weeks ago I commented that, “Sometimes I wonder just how ‘Newton’ I could go. Clear off my desk and leave only an eMate and Color StyleWriter 2200? Would love it.” Shortly there after I discovered that RetroChallenge would be kicking off their 2010 Winter Warm-Up at the start of January. How could I resist bringing a little extra green (I’d assume there will already be many a glow from green monochrome CRTs) to the challenge?

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'Beautiful Newton'

A gallery by Grant:

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'Enjoy your retirement, JE7420LHAYL'

Eckhart Köppen:

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Michael Tchao Rehired by Apple

The man who approached John Sculley on the company jet all those years ago, starting the Newton project, has been re-hired by Apple. He’ll be taking the position of Vice President of Product Marketing, working directly under Phil Schiller.

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Музей Apple Newton

A beautifully designed museum site for Apple Newtons in Russian. Especially excellent device photography as well.

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Newton SPIRITS

“A gorgeous, visual bible for Japanese Newton users.”

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'Newton Year 2010 Problem'

Eckhart Köppen chimed in this morning to further explain the issue that Newton OS 2.1 faces with the year 2010 and also noted that producing OS patches is, “less black magic than anticipated.”

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Nitch 3.0

This release of Eckhart Köppen’s GTD app for the Newton adds “Waiting” and “Someday” support.

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Roundup of Newton Developments in 2008

Tony Kan runs through all the major hardware & software news in Newton-land for this past year. There’s been steady, although slowing, progress since WWNC 2007’s news.

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11 Ways Newton is STILL better than iPhone

11. Your Newton is a “project” device. This is what originally drew me to the MessagePad. Setting up wifi and Bluetooth, sending and receiving e-mails, playing around with third-party apps and games, even syncing with OS X – the Newton gives you weekend projects that satisfy your inner DIY’er. The iPhone? Too easy.

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Packager 2.5

Free Mac OS X utility to set correct file type and creator for Newton package files. By default, any file with “.pkg” extension is associated with Mac OS X native installer. Now simply drop files or folders to Packager to associate all Newton packages with an application of your choice.

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Newton ATA Support Open Sourced

Paul Guyot to the NewtonTalk mailing list:

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State of the Newton Addendum

After posting yesterday morning’s State of the Newton in 10 Years Ago Today, I asked my fellow NewtonTalk members if there was anything glaringly obvious that I had missed. It was pointed out that I had somehow completely missed all the hardware folks.

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10 Years Ago Today

For an ever decreasing number of us, today is an important day: ten years ago Apple discontinued the Newton.

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Daily Dose of Newton

Thomas Brand is at it again! This time he’s announced NewtonTips, a feed of Newton-related tips powered by Twitter. Complete with Mac OS X Dashboard Widget and all.

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Casual Newton Wednesday

Thomas Brand has updated [his] Newton Blog to even further emulate the Newton OS 2.1 experience by applying the Apple Casual font to his Tweets section.

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Connect360 Updated for Fall 2007 Dashboard Update

Nullriver’s always been quick to support upgrades to Connect360 whenever Microsoft releases an update to the Xbox 360 Dashboard, and this time is no exception. On Tuesday, they released the Fall 2007 Dashboard Update, yesterday I touched on my initial impressions of said update, and sometime thereafter Nullriver released Connect360 3.2.

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Newton Serial Terminal Using a MacBook Pro as a Keyboard

I frequently find myself whipping out my Newton MessagePad 2100, it’s mini-DIN-8-to-Interconnect dongle, and DB-9-to-mini-DIN-8 cable for quick administration of various routers, firewalls, and switches via their console ports using the excellent PT100 terminal emulation software. Last night I was faced with an interesting new hurdle while using this toolset to configure a new-to-me Intel Express 530T switch: how does one use keys that don’t exist on the Newton’s software keyboard—such as ctrl, esc, and the up/down arrows—without plugging in a Newton keyboard? Most of the devices I have dealt with have been strictly command line interfaces so I had not yet run into this issue.

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iPhone Select, Copy, and Paste Proposal

John Gruber has gone and posted a discourse on bringing copy & paste functionality to the iPhone. In response to his article, I’d like to describe what I feel another good, Newton-inspired solution would be.

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Don't Buy a Stash Card for Your Newton

I’ve been thinking a lot about sliming down the “stuff” in my life recently—for years, actually—and after having included some photos in the The Items We Carry flickr pool I decided I should start with the crap in my pockets.

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WWNC 2007 Roundup

I was not fortunate enough to make it to this year’s WWNC in Tokyo, Japan, but the announcements to the NewtonTalk mailing list this morning blew me away. The entire Newton community will benefit greatly from the work that everyone put into their projects this year, so those of us unable to make the trek to Japan need not have worried that they’d miss out at all!

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iPhone Today (or Ratatouille Instead)

Today’s the day everybody’s been waiting for! Yup, we’re little more that twelve hours away from the release of Apple’s new iPhone! Some are queueing up for them already, some will be ordering online, and others yet are prepping to rejoice over the impending flop.

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NCX Updated to Version 1.1

Earlier this week, Simon Bell announced the version 1.1 release of his Newton Connection for Mac OS X app on the NewtonTalk mailing list.

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UNNA Takeover

On Monday, Victor Rehorst, list-dad for the NewtonTalk mailing list and founder of the United Network of Newton Archives announced that Grant Hutchinson would be taking over the roll of list-dad, ”... very very soon.” While he was at it, Victor stated that “Someone needs to take unna.org, now.”

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On The Possibility of the Mac Tablet

Update: Wow, I’m really kicking myself right now!
The following is a rough post that I wrote on January 7th, but held of posting for a little spit and polish. Unfortunately, I never got a chance to clean it up last night (I was planning to do it somewhat Chandan-style and actually provide a little description of the technology behind it, including comparisons between iChat & Starfire). Well, with Steve Jobs’ announcement of the iPhone — which, honestly, I was extremely skeptical about — you can really see why I should really have just made it live. Doh!

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Newton Connection for Mac OS X

Simon Bell, developer of some excellent Newton software such as Mail V, has released a pre-beta of his previously-unannounced Newton Connection for Mac OS X software (or “NCX”, for short). It’s basically the Mac OS X functional (and visual, although modernized) equivalent of Apple’s Newton Connection Utilities which ran on Mac OS 9.x and earlier.

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Newton X Press Web Site Now Online

J. Tyler Nichols recently discussed his plans to develop a Newton Press (the not-entirely-stable-or-exactly-adhering-to-standards application used to create books for the Newton OS) replacement on the NewtonTalk mailing list. Today he’s announced that the web site is live, so Newton X Press has officially been announced to the world.

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Solution to Frequent Restarting Problem with Newton & BlueTooth

Thanks to a post by Giulio on the NewtonTalk mailing list, my Newton MessagePad 2100 with Blunt and a Pico Card is entirely stable. Transferring notes from the Newton to my MacBook Pro has been extremely fast and very reliable (although you can only send one note at a time).

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Newton BlueTooth Progress Report

I don’t receive packages from overseas very often, so I’m not as good at estimating shipping times as well as Adriano obviously is… my Pico Card arrived today. I don’t think the timing could have been any better! (Is it odd that the first thing that comes to mind to say is, “Happy, happy, joy, joy!”? Ren & Stimpy has stained my generation.)

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