[NTLK] Cry for help! My Lady Newton is ill. Very, VERY ill.
kosmicdollop at saber.net
Wed Nov 14 02:16:38 EST 2018
Yeah, looks like you’ve got a paper weight Newt.
Is any of the memory on a card (or more)?
If so, perhaps someone on list would be willing to pull it into their Newt and then grab as much as possible into a format OSX can handle.
If not, I can try to figure out how to connect my 2100 to my Mac, OS 10.9. If successful I’d be willing to help.
> I’m not really sure what happened, so I’ll describe the symptoms. The “patient” is my MP2000U.
> For about a little over a week, I noticed that the on/off switch would “hesitate” when I would turn Newt on or off, and stopped operating the backlight altogether. On Thursday morning, I pushed the switch. Nothing. A lot of pushing, a lot of nothing. The batteries were only 3 days old but I figured I’d try fresh ones anyway, just in case. Nothing. Plugged it into the mains. More nothing. (BTW, I only own and use genuine Newton adaptors. I’d give Newti filet steak and poutine if she wanted it, but she’s never asked.)
> Unplugged Newt and removed the batteries, and left her overnight. Friday, tried again. Nothing. Every kind of nothing. I've now repeated that over the weekend. Lots more nothing.
> What, if anything, can I do? I’ll admit it and save everyone the trouble of telling me what an idiot I’ve been: I’ve been careless about backing her up because she’s been so reliable, and there is nothing currently in existence or on the horizon that I can see replacing her. Also, if I need a genuine excuse, I started having trouble getting a connection to work through my Keyspan and NCX, somewhere around OSX 10.5 or 10.6. I never did figure out how to get it working again as I upgraded OSX.
> My life revolves around Lady Newton, from work to recreation. I do my planning and my social life in Dates and Names, and my listening, thinking, and dreaming in Notes, all augmented by jaw-droppingly wonderful software from Silverware and Five Speed Software and a few other goodies. That’s in addition to all my working life being scheduled on Newt.
> Now I’m stranded. Work and non-work alike are in limbo, all because of a switch. I used to be able to switch to a backup MP2100 but I gave it to someone who was in trouble because of an accident with their own, and it isn’t possible to borrow it back now even if that were appropriate. I know I have some important work meetings coming up as the year draws to a close, but I don’t have all the details I need because I can’t turn on Newti.
> That’s everything I can think of that might be diagnostically relevant. Feel free to ask questions, make suggestions, and so on. I don’t deny I’m going through something like withdrawal and grieving, rolled into one, but it’s also a practical problem that at my age, the grey cells aren’t anything like as reliable as the green circuits.
> Thanks in advance.
> ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
> "I had to go back and transcribe all of my speech notes from my Newton, which is what I usually use for giving speeches from, because I wasn't sure I was going to be able to read it in this light, so I had to transcribe the notes onto paper. Unfortunately, my Newton is better at reading my handwriting than I am. So, there may be a pause while I try and decipher what I've written."
> -- Douglas Adams
> (With thanks to Chod Lang)
> ~~~ ~~~ ~~~
> Get MUGged and love it: http://www.oxmug.org/
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via cable from low-power MacBook lacking wireless devices,
hence radiating no deadly EMR connectivity: see RadiateNot.Me;
plus powered by non-radiating coaxial DC cable from utility shed
where wall wart* EMR is indetectably far away
*standard Apple shielded power supply = less emissions
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