[NTLK] Einstein on M1

Alan Grassia alan.grassia at gmail.com
Fri Mar 19 14:40:58 PDT 2021

Thanks Frank for that very important safety tip!

I’ve added it to my MP2000 Notes as a reminder. 

MP2000, MP2100 

Sent from my Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max

> On Mar 19, 2021, at 2:33 PM, NewtonTalk <newtontalk at pda-soft.de> wrote:
>> I downloaded NewtTest from https://www.pda-soft.de/newttest.html and
> installed it on my MessagePad 2000.
>> When I launch NewtTest app and tap 'i' > About I get NewtTest 1.0 - not
> 1.1i shown in your screen captures.
>> I also don't see 'Test Type: Speed'.
> I did that on purpose. The speed test writes to the Newton's Flash RAM.
> Very, very fast, and hence very, very often.
> Flash RAM chips have a limited number of write cycles before they become
> unreliable. That's the same problem as that with the old Cisco PCMCIA memory
> cards that started acting up on you out of the blue because they had
> previously been used in a router.
> During normal Newton use you will never get even close to the maximum number
> of write cycles, even if you're putting your Newton to (normal) use 24/7 for
> the rest of your life. Neither will there be a problem if you start the test
> on a real Newton and stop it as soon as you know what you wanted to know.
> But if you started this test and forgot to stop it, thus running it for a
> very long time, you might eventually kill the mainboard. 
> As someone mentioned, the updated version is part of Einstein and hence
> available on GitHub. Einstein is the only scenario I'd recommend using it
> in, because Einstein will not actually stress the Newton's hardware. If you
> feel you absolutely MUST run it on a real Newton, make sure to stop it as
> soon as possible.
> Frank
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