Well all PDA's with the exception of two Newton 2100's are gone. Sold both the hp Jornada and Handspring Visor on eBay. It's remarkable, that neither of these devices could compete with the capability of the Newton. Input using Palm graffiti was miserably slow. Success was only achieved through the use of a Stowaway keyboard. It was impossible to input text into the Jornada. Handwriting recognition was very poor at best. Had high hopes for the Jornada but ended up very disappointed. It has an impressive colorful screen, but no real functionality.
Still have the Handspring Visor version of the Targus stowaway keyboard. It's a pretty slick device. Thought it would be nice to convert it to work with the Newton. Raised the question on firstname.lastname@example.org and received a wealth of information. Andy put me on to dev.newtontalk.net/~dpadilla/newtondose.htm. This is Daniel Padilla's site. In it he provides a great wiring diagram an offers his "alfa" driver to anyone interested. He and I have passed several emails. Daniel provided key information, as follows:
"The Visor version uses TTL level signals, you cannot use it with the regular serial port of your Newton as found on the serial dongle, the SER-001 or the interconnect-DB9 cable.
The only way would be using the other serial port available at the interconnect. If you have a interconnect connector, I can send you some wiring diagram and a modified driver."
"The palm portable keyboard needs a couple of actions to start working First, it needs to be powered. And then, the handshake pin needs to be raised, lowered and raised again. When extracting power from a serial port, you usually get it from the handshaking pins of the computer. But the regular newton serial port has both handshaking signals combined at the HSKo pin. And I had to use that pin for for handshaking. So I got the power from the TDX+ pin."
"The connector of the MP2000, MP2100 and emate is called Newton Interconnect port. It has audio in-out, power in-out and two serial ports. The serial dongle, SER-001 and interconnect-DB9 cable provide access to the first serial port which has RS-232 levels. To use your Visor keyboard, you'll need to access the second serial port, that uses TTL level signals, with a interconnect connector. The easier way to get an Interconnect connector is destroying a serial dongle. I think it would be easier to buy a Palm stowaway, that are going for 20 US$ these days at amazon.com."
It does not seem practical to attempt to convert the Visor version on the stowaway. Will just sell it on eBay and maybe get a Newton keyboard. Not sure it is really needed since text entry is so easy.
Have made major progress on www.my-list.com. The video portion is complete with the accept ion of the functionality to inactivate or delete a authorized share. Worked the entire weekend attempting to finish. Almost made it. Have been just two burned out to look at the code the past couple of day. However, am refreshed and ready to finish. Look forward to others using my-list and getting their comments.
I LOVE MY NEWTON. Have totally switched all PDA services to a MessagePad 2100. Actually purchased a second unit on eBay. This second unit was purchased for only $81. It arrived in surprisingly good shape. Unlike the first unit. This one had a screen cover, and port cover. It also contained all the information from the previous user. With the exception of a scuffed screen. It is great working order. It is now my primary unit. With all the time spent on my-list, there was none left over for coding a notes reader for the G4. It's a promise.....to start this project this weekend. Continue to read almost every post on www.newtontalk.net. It is a great resource. As a new Newton owner, have learned ton's from this net.
In the past couple of days two daring soles have logged into www.my-list.com. Their effort is very much appreciated. From the system logs it appears they had no problems. That's encouraging. The video portion of www.my-list.com is almost done. There are only four functional items to code.
Successfully downloaded a Notes Soup from the MessagePad 2100. It was easy to do using NewtSync. The download is an XML file of everything in Notes. In reviewing this file it looks to be organized such that each entry has two elements. The one defines its location and the second contains the actual text. Since the development tools have been installed, double clicking the file opens it in the Property List Editor. This gives a clear view of the Soup and the ability to copy and paste entries into other applications. However, it would be much more elegant to have an application which could read and display the contents of the soup in the same format as on the Newton. It should also have the capability of exporting a text file of data in the same format. So here is a new project. The intention is to write it as an OS X Cocoa application. Will start simple and expand it as needs are identified. NewtSync provides Developer Documents that will really be helpful in this effort.
Received the Keyspan USB Serial Adapter today. It included a CD with instructions and drivers. Had previously downloaded and installed the drivers from the Keyspan. However, when the adapter was plugged into the USB port the "Keyspan Serial Assistant " could not find the serial ports. Uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled those provided with the adapter. The provided driver was an earlier version. It asked for a system restart after installation. The "Keyspan Serial Assistant" immediately found the serial ports. Attached dongle, serial cable, and serial adapter ... started "NewTen" selected NewtSync.pkg to install, clicked the Synchronize button and nothing. Tapped the Dock icon on the Newton, selected connect via serial, and tapped connect. MAGIC NewtSync installed on the Newton. Started "NewtSync " on G4 and Newton and synced Names and Clock. Also downloaded the contents of the Newton Soup. What is a soup? It created a file on my desktop that turned out to be an XML file of what looks like the Names from the Newton. Will have to investigate this a little further. This was just too easy. Have many questions, like how to move data from Newton Notes to the G4. That 's another venture for another day . . . now to create an eBay listing to sell one Jornada and Handspring.
Ordered a Keyspan USB Twin Serial Adapter from MicrowareHouse. It hasn't arrived so still have not connected the Newton and G4. Found the MassagePad 2100 manual at MessagePad 2100 User's Manual. What an amazing machine. Working through the manual revealed capabilities still only wishful thinking on a Palm and Windows CE devices. The Newton is truly a marvel of innovation.
Work continues on www.my-list.com. Much of it was on behind the scenes stuff. However, did add functionality for users to edit any of their registration information. This includes changing user name and password. Have reached a point were the end of the Video section is in sight. Then again it could be the proverbial train at the end of the tunnel. Did get an unsolicited volunteer, Sandy, to input about 20 VCR's. Her effort resulted in only one comment. That was, “it's a pain to have to convert 211 minutes to hours and minutes”. Never thought of that as an irratent. Should revise the input screen to accept either hours and minutes or total minutes and let the system do the conversion.