[NTLK] MP 2X00: A new kind of Duracell battery?
newton_phoenix at mindspring.com
Sat Aug 28 14:26:59 PDT 2021
I agree with Dan, the only consideration should be size. I have found that the Amazon ones I mentioned fit well. I have been using them for about 2 years now and have no complaints. They are of the Enerloop technology; for under $18US (last I checked) you received 8 to a package. This allows you to keep 4 on the charger at all times—when the Newt’s batteries run low, swap them out. Always a fresh set available!
Also to echo Dan, Nick’s SoftCharge is a kind of godsend. It allows you to properly calibrate the Newt’s battery meter, which eliminates false readings. This is a problem without the app, as it does not show a full charge accurately and the battery level will be shown at say 25%, and then suddenly the unit will go dead.
Yes, this recent T-Mobile hack has caused mush distress. While the details and implications are too much for here, let’s just say that there is some hand-wringing over apps sharing even the limited information that Apple allows, and how that could have been compromised. I could not help but think of the Newton and its soups, over and over, and I agree with your assessment. Such a data structure could never exist now. One hack and you would have everything.
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> On Aug 28, 2021, at 12:33 PM, Dan <dan at dbdigitalweb.com> wrote:
> Yes I agree those packages are amazing. And I also agree Apple really dropped the ball. The sad thing is there won't ever be anything like the Newton again with apps able to share everything. Too much of a security risk these days. So much power for the user, but the 'bad actors' will slip something in there in half a second.
> These days they keep locking them down more and more taking away functionality for that reason. It also comes down to most users are, well, click before they think. Same way with passwords, even after all these years you see leaked password lists what ones are at the top? Letmein, password, etc. Many (if not most) people are security disasters. No matter how much you train them, they keep doing what they shouldn't and never learn.
>> On 8/28/2021 11:39 AM, lordgroundhog at gmail.com wrote:
>> 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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