No. it doesn’t make much sense. Which is why the cartoonist Garry Trudeau coined this apt (or inept) bit of idiocy to lampoon the original hand-held Newton computer’s difficulty in deciphering handwriting.
After several years of supporting people and their computers, I have found that like the comic, human expectations and technological capabilities rarely coincide. I started Egg Freckles as a way to share my experiences with people and technology.
Who are you?
My name is Thomas Brand. I dropped out of art school and spent some time behind the Genius Bar. Today I am a system administrator at MIT. When I am not writing about technology, I am running marathons for charity.
Why an Apple Newton?
Apple’s dud from the 90’s may not seem like a exciting theme for a technology website, but the Newton still has a lot to teach us.
- Newton OS is a document centric operating system that values your data over your apps. When you boot a Newton the first thing you see is the last note you were viewing, not a screen full of application icons the way most computers work today.
- The Newton’s handwriting recognition got better and some say matches offerings made by Microsoft more than a decade later.
- Despite being a device developed before its time, the Newton is still beloved and supported by a small community of dedicated users. Thanks to their efforts, advancements such as wireless networking made there way onto the Newton long after Apple turned off the lights.
The small print?