[NTLK] NewtonTalk Digest, Vol 26, Issue 6

"Piotrowski Paweł (Newton)" newton at indigi.co.uk
Tue Feb 9 14:24:46 EST 2016


OT

Guys, could you take care about subjects? It making mess in topic tree….


Thank you
Pawel


On 9 Feb 2016, at 03:53, David Arnold <davida at pobox.com> wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> 
>> On 6 Feb 2016, at 20:43, Mark Crutch <mark.crutch at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> <…>
> 
>> How about making it a short cable that stops at the USB-serial bridge,
>> terminating with a USB type B socket? That way users could source their own
>> type A to type B cable (I'll bet that most of us have one or two kicking
>> around from old printers), letting them choose a length that's appropriate
>> for their setup.
> 
> I did consider this: either a type B or perhaps a Micro B.
> 
> Pros:
> Maybe cheaper (type-B socket vs. cable and type-A plug)
> You can choose the length of the cable
> Cons:
> You’re back to needing a dongle again
> You need to either have or obtain a suitable cable
> 
> The “need to have cable + dongle” downside was the overwhelming thing for me.
> 
>> One other idea might be to break it down entirely into two detachable leads
>> and an FTDI dongle in the middle. Have USB type B on one side of the
>> dongle, and an Apple Serial mini-DIN on the other. That way the
>> interconnect leads could be used to connect to a third-party USB-to-Apple
>> Serial adaptor, or the dongle could be used with an Apple Serial lead to
>> connect other Newtons to a modern machine. Of course this assumes that the
>> serial signal from the interconnect port is electrically compatible with
>> Apple Serial ports. Anyone wanting an all-in-one cable can fix the leads in
>> place with a bit of glue or electrical tape ;)
> 
> The Interconnect signals match old-style Apple serial exactly.
> 
> Pros:
> Supports OMP-MP130 Newtons
> Very flexible
> Cons:
> More expensive to make
> Requires carrying/not-losing two cables plus a dongle
> MP2k+ / eMate300 only
> Tape (yuck)
> 
> Again, for me, the real win is having a single thing to connect my Newt.
> 
> Happy to hear what others think here?
> 
> 
> 
> d
> 
> 
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