June 3rd, 2009
Tony Kan from My Apple Newton shared his page of free Newton eBooks available for download.
Kan converted many books (“an eclectic mix of spy and war thrillers, science fiction, fantasy and classics”) to the Newton’s easy-to-use eBook format:
Some of them are in the public domain and others are books that I own hardcopies of but they have been scanned so that I can read them conveniently on my Newton…However, be mindful that you should only download and keep the books that are still under copyright if you have already purchased a hardcopy in the past.
January 29th, 2009
[Update 3.8.09: Reader Ivan found an archived page with the correct links. Also check in the comments section for more links.]
Thanks to a reader, the almost-original Keyspan drivers page has been found.
Torner left a comment on my post about Tripp-Lite purchasing Keyspan. Keyspan makes (err, made) serial-to-USB adapters that us Newton fans use the heck out of, but after they were purchased their drivers download page disappeared.
The new Keyspan drivers page looks just like the old one, but with a new URL, and is much easier to use than Tripp-Lite’s version.
Good sleuthing, torner!
October 29th, 2008
Matt Howe, a Newton programmer I interviewed a few months back, has updated his Holidays package for 2009
You download the .pkg file at his site, sync it to your Newton, and your calendar will have U.S. and 10 other countries’ holiday dates for next year. I added it to my eMate and it works great – just open it up, select whichever country or set of holidays you want to addd, and presto, it’s done.
“All it does is insert the entries. Once done you can delete the pkg,” Matt says. “It does not remove the entries, nor check to see if they already exist. It is very simplistic, just a quick way to add holidays.”
You can download other fun Newton software projects from “Papa Duck’s” homepage.
February 29th, 2008
A big thanks to Matt Howe, who created a holiday package to upload to Newton’s Dates application.
There are 11 different categories of holidays, including Polish, Australian, and Canadian holidays.
Pretty handy if you want your MessagePad to remember when Boxing Day is. “Holidays” is a free download.
February 11th, 2008
The United Network of Newton Archives (or UNNA) is probably the perfect place to grab package software for your Newton.
But there are alternatives. Check out the Newton Package Downloader, a list maintained since 2001, for a not-so-organized list of packages available for your MessagePad. It’s arranged grid-like, and offers tons of software. But if you want something specific, you’ll have to do some searching. There’s no rhyme or reason to the site’s arrangement.
The other links “Ed” (as the site’s author calls himself) provides time out, meaning they may not be in operation anymore.
If the packages are downloading weird, you can check out this handy method for configuring your pre-OS X Mac to download the files correctly.
February 4th, 2008
Want to install a package on your MessagePad – like, say, an update to the Newton’s OS – but wondering how to get started?
I noticed that my Newton 110′s OS was still stuck at version 1.2. I knew Apple.com kept a comprehensive list of old software and driver downloads, so I started there first. This is a good starting page for Newton inquiries; it breaks down your MessagePad model, and leads you to its listing of Newton OS software. Here you’ll find updates, connection software (like the Newton Connection Kit and Utilities), modem drivers, and much more. Browsing through the listing, I found my OS 1.3 listing here:
I clicked on the “read me” file just to see what I was getting into. Then I clicked on the “MP_110_1.3_345333.sea.bin” file and the download started right away. More… »