[NTLK] Dongle destroyer

Grant Hutchinson grant at splorp.com
Mon Apr 11 15:44:16 PDT 2022

> On Apr 11, 2022, at 3:08 PM, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:
>> The Newton Interconnect port requires an adapter (also known as a dongle destroyer?) 
> Since Grant has always known more about Newtons than I ever will, I've
> briefly contemplated not writing this post at all. Being the
> self-opinionated nitpicker that I am, though, I decided to write it anyway.
> Obviously, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this...
> Wasn't the dongle destroyer something that was made in order to connect your
> Newton without that stupid dongle? I dimly remember a standard Mini-Din
> serial port installed next to the Newton's Interconnect Port that's
> internally connected by a couple of thin wires soldered to the mainboard?
> Puzzled...

Be puzzled no longer ... you are correct.

I mistyped “dongle destroyer” when I meant to type “dongle” only.

I’ve been updating several parts of the Newton FAQ, in particular those related to the Newton Interconnect port, and obviously had the “destroyer” on my mind.

Now that I think about it, the “dongle” itself could be considered a “port destroyer” because of the strain it places on that part of a Newton.



Grant Hutchinson
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