[NTLK] NewtonTalk Digest, Vol 18, Issue 8

Michael Sheflin sheflinm at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 16:50:11 EDT 2015

lol.  Well, I think screwed would have to involve some level of either
necessity or even desire.  I was unaware of its existence before today.  I
bid on a Newton Keyboard and didn't realize it wouldn't natively connect to
the 2100.  It'll connect to the 120 though.

NewtonSales still sells them, and apparently a USB dongle also that I guess
they've made.  But after a round of emails I don't know how much they cost,
and I suspect my sarcastic response about buying it for $5 (since there was
no response to my price inquiry) will end that.  But I'd also guess it's
more than the $50 one on eBay.  I also found one that was offered on
NewtonTalk about 4 years ago for $15.

I suspect the key here will be patience - or payment.  If money were no
object there are options.  Or we can break out the shovels and try to find
the Palm stratum.  (I still have a lot of Palms (and Visors and Clies)
btw.  I was big into them as a kid.)


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> Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 12:10:16 -0600
> From: Andrei Chichak <newton at chichak.ca>
> To: newtontalk at newtontalk.net
> Subject: Re: [NTLK] Newton Dongle
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> You?re basically screwed. The interconnect plug piece is not available, so
> there is no aftermarket. Early production 2Ks came with dongles and cables,
> but in the later devices they were left out, so there SHOULD be a bunch
> sitting in drawers. But I suspect a lot of them are sitting in the landfill
> at the Palm Pilot and cassette deck level.
> Efforts have been made (and are ongoing) to use the internal connector for
> some sort of port, but the user base is too small to do anything that would
> recoup one?s costs, even if a group was to agree on what they would want it
> to do. Plus they would have to be willing to take the back off of their 15
> year old piece of history, then there is the software pieces to write.

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