[SATLUG] Re: mobile devices with linux

KC kcoriginal at yahoo.com
Thu Jul 31 02:06:16 CDT 2008

Not an Apple history list?!


--- On Tue, 7/29/08, pixelnate at gmail.com <pixelnate at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: pixelnate at gmail.com <pixelnate at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Re: mobile devices with linux
> To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
> Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 10:23 PM
> On Tue, 2008-07-29 at 14:53 -0700, KC wrote:
> > I HAD forgotten about the Newton, though. Another
> awesome product that was ahead of it's time. I was
> really inspired by those, though I never was in a position
> to buy one. There was a LONG gap between the Newton and
> whatever came next, huh?
> > 
> I was only able to purchase one a couple of years after it
> was
> discontinued. They were hella expensive when new. They were
> game
> changing devices that El Capitan killed when he was brought
> back into
> the fold. He has made *many* good decisions since returning
> to Apple,
> but killing the Newton was not one of them. Contrary to
> what he says,
> the stylus is not dead and handwriting recognition (the
> good kind like
> on the Newton, not all attempts since) is the killer app.
> Crappy
> onscreen keyboards are a major step backwards from natural
> handwriting.
> > What DID come next? Palm and Windows CE?
> Palm actually. They were a Newton developer. The original
> Graffiti was a
> Newton app. Palm struck out with their own device to combat
> the Newton
> with a pocket-size device. The Apple engineers had a
> pocket-sized device
> ready to produce, but the bonehead managers refused to
> believe that
> people wanted one. Palm made millions on the idea, and
> Apple continued
> to struggle until Steve came back. He killed the Newton
> partially to
> stop Apple hemorrhaging money, partially because it
> wasn't his idea. He
> *hated* Amelio and it was under his tenure that the Newton
> lived.
> There's more to the story, but this is a linux list,
> not an Apple
> history list.
> ~Nate
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