Apple, Newton, Technology

SNUG 16th Anniversary Meeting

I got an email today from Sir Izaac reminding me that today was the 16th anniversary meeting of the Stanford Newton User Group. I had completely forgotten about it. Man, has it been that long since the first SNUG meeting and seventeen years since I’ve owned a Newton?!? There are kids today who don’t even know that Apple once had a tablet-sized computer; next week at its Special Event, the company is rumored to be announcing the much anticipated tablet. Whether it’s called the new iBook, iSlate, iTablet, iPod book, or iPad, it’s set to change the game in the burgeoning netbook, e-reader, and portable computing marketplace. I for one have been wondering how people will hold and manipulate a device with a 10-inch screen. Will it come with a handle (see my mockup to the right), or will that void be left for the third-party case manufacturers to fill? I’ve dropped my iPhone a few times without any incident (knock on wood), but I shudder to think what would happen if I dropped the tablet!

iPod book mockup with handle

The saying, “Newton never dies, it just gets new batteries,” still holds today for some people. Sad to say, but for me, I’ve pretty much retired my Newtons. The eMate which functioned as my alarm clock had made way for my iPhone. My MP2100 is somewhere in a box right now. There’s one task remaining for me, and that’s patching the ROMs to fix the dreaded 2010 bug. I honestly didn’t think about 2010 when Apple cancelled the Newton back in 1998, and now it’s here. Time flies!

Despite the small turnout, we had a good time at the anniversary meeting. I’m testing some new video equipment, and, along with my usual photos, I shot some HD video footage during the meeting. Here’s a 5-minute clip of Flash, Mike, Gopi, and Sir Izaac talking about their membership in SNUG, the 2010 bug and the rumored Apple tablet. Enjoy!

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