[NTLK] MP 2X00: A new kind of Duracell battery?

lordgroundhog at gmail.com lordgroundhog at gmail.com
Sat Aug 28 08:39:37 PDT 2021

Thanks Alan -- that's reassuring.  

Unlike you and perhaps some others, Lady Newton (MP2000u) is nearly indispensable for me:  my life became much more ragged around the edges when she was too ill to keep me organized (huge thanks again to "doctor" Frank Gruendel from both of us), and so much of my work actually depends on Names, Notes, and Dates to get done properly.  

If anyone hasn't tried them yet, I highly recommend adding certain apes to your Newton's functionality:  four from SilverWARE (MoreInfo, Affiliate Plus, Unlimited Folders, Unlimited To Dos), and that Swiss Army Knife for Newtons, SBM Utilities (but don't use the corkscrew!).  There are some others but these five are endlessly useful and work like they're native to NOS.

As for leisure, one of my favourite things to do if I'm not reading is to open a Note and start writing to see what's on my mind.  

I spend about 3-4 hours with the Lady most days and if she had a brighter screen (my eyes are nearly 70 years old) it might be even more, but even as she is, we spend *a lot* of quality time together.  

No one here is likely to be surprised to see me saying that I think the Newton was the real way forward for personal computing, and while not wanting to point a finger at anyone, I believe Apple missed the boat when they cancelled the Newton project.  There would be no shame in admitting they made a mistake and doing a 180°, but I suppose that's too much to expect in a commercial context.  



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"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."

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From my Note 3

-----Original Message-----
From: Alan Grassia <alan.grassia at gmail.com>
To: Newton Talk <newtontalk at newtontalk.net>
Sent: Fri, 27 Aug 2021 13:48
Subject: Re: [NTLK] MP 2X00: A new kind of Duracell battery?

Hello Christian, Forrest, and  Newton Friends,

I have started using the Duracell Optimum batteries in my OMP and MP2000.  Why?  Isn't your Little Green Friend worth it?  : )

My Newtons are more for show and occasional trips to the local Apple Store to impress the 'kids' now than anything else.  The batteries last for months with the Newtons in standby mode  For any tinkering, I just plug in my eMate and I'm off and running.

As for next gen battery tech, I'm sure Duracell has a crack marketing team already on it, but if they want, they can by Optimum+ from me for about $1M. 

Alan Grassia
OMP, MP 2000, MP 2100, eMate 300
Website: http://blog.smartphonefanatics.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanmgrassia
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alangrassia

On 8/25/21, 5:02 AM, "NewtonTalk on behalf of Forrest" <newtontalk-bounces at newtontalk.net on behalf of newton_phoenix at mindspring.com> wrote:


    That’s easy. Either Super, Mega or Ultra—Optimum.

    I would think it would start with Super and go through each, in turn.

    Great to see a response from you, although like me these days, I know you are always lurking.


    Sent from my T-Mobile iPhone 11

    > On Aug 24, 2021, at 11:43 AM, lordgroundhog at gmail.com wrote:
    > Lately I've been mostly using Duracell Ultra AA cells in my battery sled.  Now I see they have a new version, called "Optimum", with a lot of advertising yada-yada about "up to 200% extra life" and "extra power".  
    > I'm currently getting 2-1/2 to 3 weeks out of a set of Ultras, depending on backlight use.   Does anyone know from testing if these are worth the extra cost?  
    > Bonus question:  If these new ones are supposed to be "Optimum", what will Duracell call the next improvement or breakthrough in battery technology?  What's more optimal than optimum?  Is there something better than optimum?  Will the next battery improvement mean batteries cost more than my Commandante coffee grinder?  
    > Shalom,
    > Christian
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    > Any sufficiently advanced technology 
    > will be indistinguishable 
    > from a Newton. 
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