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Are You Guys Familiar With The ipads Old Father?

Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by Ultrimate, Jul 27, 2010.

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    Oh yea, the Newton.. That was during the day when everybody had to have a Palm Pilot.. HP and Dell had there version but I forgot what they were called :confused:
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    Newton predated the PalmPilot by three years. The Newton was much larger than organizers like the Casio B.O.S.S. And the Sharp Wizard, and the one thing it had that was really different was handwriting recognition. But that didn't work well, and the Newton died a quick death.

    The Pilot was so successful because of Graffiti, which allowed you to "write" but didn't require anywhere near the memory and processing power that handwriting recognition does.

    If you have an Android phone you can install Graffiti from the Market, for free.
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    Funny. I had the Dell one and I forget what it was called too.

    When the Newton came out, I remember thinking "Man! That thing is huge! Who wants to carry that in their pocket?". Look at us now...carrying around something even bigger, LOL.

    I also wanted a Toshiba Libretto soooo badly when they came out back circa 1998, but never bought it. A co-worker had one...jealous.
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    I loved my Newton! I still have it. I actually used it for a couple years... :)

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    Dell Axim

    I too still have a Newton,neat hardware/software way ahead of its time.

    Libretto are neat but have a keyboard so not really the same thing at all?

    I am fairly sure the first true pocket PC was the HP 95LX which was a true 100% IBM XT in a tiny case.
    I still have one of those and an 200Lx.

    Atari Portfolio was another early machine.

    Oh the good old days.
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    "Atari Portfolio was another early machine."


    Atari had a tablet? Where was I?
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    Atari was the shizzle for a while :)
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    No
    The portfolio was a mini PC looking thing.
    It was an amazing little machine.

    I just got off on that tangent going down memory lane with someone elses inclusion of the Libretto.
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    Now you got me thinking of my first computer, the Commodore 64.... You got remember those. They were actually pretty decent for it's time
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    I have both a Newton 100 and a Newton 2100. The 2100 was a wonderful tablet - there was an awful lot of potential there -- Apple was absolutely crazy for ditching the Newton. They've made up with the iPad but what a lost opportunity.
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    The Newton was great, but VERY expensive for the time and what it could do. I always thought it was a much better size than all the mini palm and pocket pc offerings that came along later.

    BTW the Dell was very late in the pocket PC game.
    My first was the Palm-sized PC in 1998
    I was playing MP3s on it 3 years before the word iPod came into the English language. Of course, I could only fit 2-3 CDs on it :)
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    I was a long time Palm user myself.
    They lost me though when they dragged on so long with the Treo.
    I loved the Treo but could not keep waiting so I got Crackberried!

    No of course it is the iPhone all the way for me.

    Ed
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    I started out with a Palm V. Was very jealous of the Vx, which had a huge 8MB memory vs my paltry 2mb. The PDAs really died when normal phones ( not even smart phones) could store just as much.

    The Palm + Phone devices gave way to blackberry's and that eventually led to the iPhone. A lot of success comes from timing the market as well as having good tech.
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    My favorite ipad "father" was the Compaq tc1000 from 2002. I carried one of the for 4-5 years. Finally, the 1gHz transmeta processor just couldnt keep up with modern software and web content. It was a fantastic note-taking tablet that served me well in school and meetings at work.

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    Yeah, talking about old computers got me thinking as well,

    I had the Atari 2600, but my first real computer with keyboard was the Commodore 64, but brother mainly used it, it really sprung inspiration for him he was on it 24/7, and became manic with computers after that, today he is become a software engineer making mega $$$$$.

    So lesson to be learned, get ur kid a good computer early.
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    Amen to that!! My son is only 22 months old and already has an iPad. He's amazing!! Knows where all his learning apps are and how find all his baby einstein videos! He's sitting on his mat beside me as I type this learning how to spell!!

    I bet there's more processing power in the iPad than the original ENIAC!!! Heck even my Magic Trackpad prolly has more power than that... :p

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    Actually the Newton was quite popular...the problem was it was very expensive and niche...Apple was ready to really ramp it up and make it more mainstream when Jobs stepped in and cancelled the device.
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    I remember I got my Newton when they first came out. I remember it clearly because it was the day of the OJ chase. I was trying to set it up in front of the TV next to my front window, I was watching the NBA championship and they broke in with the bronco chase.

    Unfortunately the bronco chase wasn't enough distraction from the utter frustration of trying to get the Newton to understand my handwriting. I wanted to throw, chuck, heave, my Newton out the window. I was on a third floor and it would have been certain death for the little thing. I hated it so much. If it worked it would have been such a dream.
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    I wonder if that started Jobs' hate against the stylus.

    I think the stylus can be beneficial but the device and the apps need to be really joined @ the hip to work. Penultimate for instance. Is like writing on paper. They did a good job of integrating stylus and the app which takes great advantage of the platform.

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