Journal, Technology

February 2004 SNUG Meeting

Following Vienna’s performance at Borders, I went to my monthly SNUG meeting. The usual crowd was there, including Kevin Smith, who was having some problems getting his Newton to connect to his Mac. We tried a number of techniques to no avail, including using a Keyspan USB-to-Serial adapter and Kevin’s Ethernet card. We could not get Newton Connection Utilities to see Kevin’s Newton in Classic mode on his PowerBook.

I was about to give up when I thought about using a wireless card. Fortunately, Greg had brought his dLink 802.11 PC Card. We created an ad-hoc wireless network with his laptop, configured Hiroshi Noguchi’s excellent 802.11b Newton driver, and fired up the NCU. Lo and behold, the Newton saw Kevin’s PowerBook and we were good to go!

Even Flash was in the fixing mood, getting his eMate’s password reset so he could log back into the computer!

Glen showed everyone his new iPod mini that he bought for his girlfriend. The device is quite small and cute. Ah, what the Newton could have been had it not been cancelled 5 years ago!

In other news, Dave Strom tells me that Adrian Tomine has released issue 9 of Optic Nerve. It’s the first part of a three-part story. I hope that means issues 10 and 11 are going to be coming out soon! I love Tomine’s work, but he really needs to crank up his delivery time on his comics!

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