Newton Web Server


[Ian] sent in this Newton web server. [The page is served by the newton, I doubt it'll handle our load] Apparently there’s still a good following for the handy message pads. (I really wanted a 120 when they came out) This one’s running newton personal data sharing to deliver its web interface.

Comments

  1. Barry says:

    Yep, we killed it. On a side note, I have a 2100 and a 160 on my shelf. Both are still pretty usable as pda’s. Just a tad too big to carry around. I’ll stick to my Zaurus.

  2. wii-ds says:

    So somebody actualy stiil has a working Newton?

  3. BlackBelt/NL says:

    cool, it’s nice too see some old hardware used like this.
    Thow i woudn’t trade it for my aser n311 any time soon

  4. acidx says:

    I still have mine (MP2000) and use everyday to take notes, manage my contacts and agenda at the university. I’ve yet to see something as intuititve and non-battery-intensive device as this one.

  5. markie says:

    >So somebody actualy stiil has a working Newton?

    I do, although that’s an eMate but it was on hackaday before:

    http://www.hackaday.com/2006/07/25/wireless-emate/

    I do have a low-powered webserver, a Mac but not a Newton… a Mac LC475 (33MHz!) running on NetBSD

    you can find ‘er here:

    http://mark.is-a-geek.org/

    (let’s see how long this holds…) :D

  6. Max Kelley says:

    Mark, has elsie been on hackaday before?

    We should come up with a hackaday-proof Newton cluster. :)

  7. NewPerfection says:

    I also have a working Newton 120, it’s great. Not enough internal memory and I don’t have a memory card though, so I can’t fit much in the way of notes on it. However, for something as old as it is, it’s awesome. It does some things (such as handwriting recognition) better than most new PDA’s and micro computers.

  8. Should have set up a mirror or something, I mean really.

  9. Alan says:

    Great to see this old tech being used and not being chucked in the garbage.

    This does not have enough power, we need to get a C-64 cluster going!

  10. olav says:

    a couple of C64 or 128’s clustred or in GRID would be nice …

  11. >Mark, has elsie been on hackaday before?

    No, I don’t think she has… but I’m quite surprised she still handles the traffic coming from a link in the comments but I’m pretty sure she won’t be able to handle traffic coming from a post itself… ^_^

    >Great to see this old tech being used and not being chucked in the garbage.

    Indeed :-) I saved my LC (elsie) from the trash and she’s running as a webserver for almost 2 years now…

    >This does not have enough power, we need to get a C-64 cluster going!

    Well, I still need to find the time to cluster these old Sun Ultras, just for fun and experience (5x 170Mhz + a 200MHz masternode (all 64-bit btw) isn’t gonna break a speedrecord, but it doesn’t break the bank either :-))

    http://geektechnique.org/images/731.jpg

  12. jerrod says:

    I kinda feel sorry fr the poor newton, shot down by millions of hits all at the same time, from rss reader auto up dating, by the way this was digged too. there should be a law against DOSing a home connection like that, the poor guy problem has his isp on the phone yellling at him for hosting a web site, and violating his contract. i know it is cool and all to be on hackaday, but i might be a alittle upset if woke up and my connection was down and my server was fried.

  13. jerrod says:

    I kinda feel sorry fr the poor newton, shot down by
    millions of hits
    all at the same time, from rss reader auto up dating, by the way this
    was digged too. there should be a law against DOSing a home connection
    like that, the poor guy problem has his isp on the phone yellling at
    him for hosting a web site, and violating his contract. i know it is
    cool and all to be on hackaday, but i might be a alittle upset if
    woke up and my connection was down and my server was fried.
    maybe next time somthing like this is posted you could hav someone mirror it? or link to google’s cache of the site? or may be just hold off on the direct link for a day or 2?

  14. Hey mark, I’m interested in the emate, so if I have a computer that it can share a connection with, can it do some minor web browsing?

  15. Doctor Colu says:

    Atari 8-bits are being used as servers too, but that for another hack-A-Day.

    Yeh I still have my Newtons, though I must admit I have kinda gotten away from the need for having a computer in my hand at all times. Nowdays I can survive between my Mac at home and my Dell at work. :) But I did try the Newton webserver for a while, and found it fairly fun. As you can see in the picture on my link the Newton has a very small footprint and takes up little power. Great device.

  16. markie says:

    >so if I have a computer that it can share a connection with, can it do some minor web browsing?

    yes you can, if you make a serial connection and use the machine you connect to as a router… something like this:

    http://www.0x1.org/d/stuff/newton/ppp/index.html

    …or of course, you can make your Newton wireless :-)

    In case of an eMate, don’t expect too much of the webbrowsing, it’s possible with Newt’s Scape but it’s still a 25MHz machine. You could compare it with a Palm III or V but in a bigger package with a keyboard and with a bigger screen. Personally I prefer to use it as a terminal. I gave an eMate away to someone who uses it to type notes and such for hours and hours on an end (with a new made batterypack you can get 24+ hours of performance out of a fully charged eMate) and email it to himself when he’s done.

  17. welcome to year 2000. Anything newton has been around for a long time, face it. Why don’t you put some of Eckhart Köppen’s newton stuff on hackaday? While we’re talking about installing software as being a hack, why not put me on here for installing Tiger Server on a supported machine. That’s über cool according to this standard.

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