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I want my Newton Life back

Submitted by Roland on Tue, 2009-07-14 11:24

I want my "Newton Life" back. I want the ability to print and take notes and have it all tied automatically together on a device designed for casual on the go note taking. Much as I love laptops and agree with Danah Boyd's sentiments in I want my cyborg life, laptops are too disruptive in a way that taking notes with a pen or a Newton is not. Time is on my side. It's going to happen whether Apple does it or not. The hegemony of keyboards will fall and be replaced with an array of input methods including keyboards and printing and whatever makes sense in the context of where one is now. And the "tyranny" of the file system and 40 year old Unix technology (much as I love them too) will go the way of the dodo eventually as well.

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I know what you mean Roland ... I went out and purchased a used Messagepad 2100 to tinker with, and Apple really had something with that user interface & the use of "soups" as datastores, etc. I've been toying with the idea of building a workalike mobile UI, but just haven't had the time to give it a serious try.

Maybe with that new Viliv X70 I just ordered ...

 

it's not a newton

it still has the hegemony of the filesystem and unix

and it's not nearly as convenient as entering stuff on the newton was!

Hi Roland

You aren't alone, far from it.

There is still a large community of Newton Users who have developed for it and given it new life.

Wifi, Bluetooth, new desktop synchronization software to suit OS X and Vista have all been written.  The only thing we haven't been able to do is write a pdf reader!

Check it out. You can still enjoy the Newton experience in this modern technological environment.

Cheers

Genghis

unfortunately my newton 2000 no longer works and i want something that's officially supported (although i love the energy and enthusiasm and the stuff the newton community is doing)

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