Friday, January 31, 2003

I got the keyboard working connected to the third serial port!

Now I can think about disguising it as a screen cover connected to the internal connector with a flat cable.
About the folding keyboard, Ao Loo has found me a cheap Palm StowAway. It should be here in a week or so. We'll have it working soon, so start thinking about getting one! Remember that we're working with the Palm III keyboard, not the new ones for Palm V, etc..

The Newton is not the only platform who was left by its parents. The MSX is a very popular 8-bit computer launched in the beginning of the 80's and abandoned in the beginning of the 90's. It was also a platform, and hardware was built by many manufacturers as Sony, Yamaha, Philips, Panasonic, etc.
Its users where mainly concentrated in Japan, Europe and Latin-America, and they have been keeping the platform alive for another 10 years developing Hardware and software by themselves. Now, after 10 years, the company with the rights to do so wants to reintroduce it.
A lecture by the father of the MSX
The history of the official MSX Magazine Look at the years!
The users manifesto about the MSX revival

It's a sad read, and it looks like we are following the same path with the Newton.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Here is a nice article that has some relations to the Newton. Looks like Gaston Bastiaens has been busy after he left Apple. Bastiaens was the Vice President and General Manager of PIE at the time the Newton was launched, and has a good part of responsibility about what the Newton is, and isn't.

Monday, January 27, 2003

Not many new things lately. Time for reviewing one of those rare pages about the Newton. Think you've read everything about the Newt? Try this:
PDAs: a study in contrasts

Enfour is active again about Newton things. Tracey Northcott is offering the Newton Language Kit for Japanese localization.