blog – Love Notes to Newton http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media A film about a little green computer and the people who love it. Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:33:04 +0000 en-CA hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/02/cropped-web-avatar-32x32.png blog – Love Notes to Newton http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media 32 32 123548022 The Film’s Delay, in Numbers (It’s Still Coming!) http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/the-films-delay-in-numbers-its-still-coming/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/the-films-delay-in-numbers-its-still-coming/#respond Sat, 07 Apr 2018 13:03:29 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=807 Dear backers,

A big thank you to everyone for your patience leading up to the completion of Love Notes to Newton.

It is still in progress, the film will be done as soon as I can make it. Right now I have a fairly good beginning, a fairly good end, but the stuff in the middle could be edited much better, and I’m currently combing through the footage to make it so.

Just to give you an idea of some of the numbers I’m working with:

  • I have 44 interviews altogether
  • I have 43 hours and 59 minutes of interview footage (not including b-roll)
  • Out of the 44 interviews,
    • 28 were done by me on location,
    • 3 are self-submissions
    • 6 are Skype or FaceTime interviews,
    • 7 were hired out to other videographers to save money and time

I am really excited about the quality of footage and I want to make sure I take my time and do it justice. Like most people in the Newton community, having a job and a mortgage sometimes delays passion-projects, but they get done. I’ll update you with an E.T.A. as soon as I get closer to a polished product, but I’m shooting for May, with a few test viewings before that to identify any problems or errors.

For fun, I’ve attached some images from Walter Smith’s collection of the “original” Newton from May, 1988 (note the 8-10-inch screen, like a bulky version of the latest iPad). By this starting point, the Newton will actually be thirty years old in May of this year. Crazy, right?

 

 

Keep the green,

noah

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Delayed release, but still on it’s way! http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/delayed-release-but-still-on-its-way/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/delayed-release-but-still-on-its-way/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 02:05:56 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=784 Hi everyone!

It has been my pleasure to be funded by such amazing people to make this project. The film is well underway in post-production, and there are a few amazing scenes on my timeline, but there is also a lot of chaos which hasn’t been sorted out yet.

Originally I had hoped to release the film tomorrow, marking and important important day in history of the Newton. Although I have made a lot of progress,  I don’t want to release a half finished project. We all remember what happened to the Newton–or maybe we don’t!–The Newton included some really wonderful breakthrough technology, which was not quite ready upon release, and didn’t quite deliver on the promise. Subsequently it became much better, but in my case I would like to try and get it right with version 1.0.

I appreciate your patience, some of the reasons for the delay are:

  • I have had to balance my time between this passion project and paid work (I’m sure you can relate),
  • The scope of this film grew far beyond what I had foreseen, as a result I have many, many hours of interviews to deal with (this is a really good thing!),
  • I want this to be a real, quality film which is polished and enjoyable to watch. Even if you want to share it with someone who knows nothing about the Newt.

The thing that I am most sad about is that I won’t be able to honor the memory of the Newton on the day that it was canceled. However, I know that when you do see the film, it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, today marks the 20th anniversary of the Newton’s cancellation, but not death. My Newton is still functioning, and if you have one, I would encourage you to commemorate the day by dusting it off and having a healthy dose of nostalgia.

Thanks for your patience, keep the green,

noah

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Watch the Preview http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/watch-the-preview/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/watch-the-preview/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:43:39 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=570

The Apple Newton was beloved by almost everybody who had one. It came from an R&D group hidden deep within Apple Computer and was developed by people who believed it was the next big leap in computers. In one sense it was the legendary device which coined the term “PDA” in the early nineties, and in the other sense it was a devastating failure which arrived before its time. But something happened after the funeral, Newton lived on, and grassroots support sprang up.

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Quick Euro-Trip http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/500-2/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/500-2/#comments Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:11:12 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=500 Hi all Newton lovers, time for an update.

I recently made the trip to Düsseldorf and Paris to conduct some interviews with some of the most influential members from the Newton community. I landed in Germany and met up with Matthias Melcher, who actively works on Einstein (and has many other projects in various stages of completion, Einstein is the Newton OS 2 emulator developed primarily by Paul Guyot). Next, Matthias and I rode the Autobahn at high speed in his Tesla to meet partway (in Osnabrück, where) with Frank Gruendel of pda-soft.de, who has actively been a part of the Newton community in many ways including repairing and making guides to repair some common ailments of the Newt. 

Next, I took the overnight bus to Paris (don’t ever do this, take the train!) and joined up with Sylvain Pilet and Cédric Sartout. We didn’t just practice my French, but did a whirlwind tour of Paris using the Michelin Guide on PCMCIA, followed by an interview. Paweł Piotrowski and his wife joined us incredibly from Edinburgh and we had a get-together of Newton fans at a local restaurant where we were joined by Paul Guyot (the influential guy behind the Einstein emulator and the World Wide Newton Conferences), who I had the pleasure of interviewing the following day.

To save money Matthias and his wife were kind enough to host me at their house, and I was able to get a cheap room and save a little budget in Paris by staying at a hostel. At this stage I have a lot of material for the film. I’m not finished yet, but I know already that some great material will end up “on the cutting room floor” which makes me think that there will be an extended version of the film and/or bonus features or some sort of podcast to get the material out there. However, there are some people I have not had a chance to get to yet, so the filming continues. More to come as this takes shape. It was a huge pleasure to spend time with these fans.

In the meantime, back to my day-job, but the editing in earnest will have to begin soon in order to get the film finished by the end of February.

As always, any feedback or concerns or critique are welcome.

 

(Some images courtesy of Paweł Piotrowski)

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3rd Party Interviews http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/3rd-party-interviews/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/3rd-party-interviews/#respond Tue, 19 Sep 2017 14:26:22 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=390 I was fortunate enough to have Logan of Snorkel.nz conduct an interview with Tony Kan in Christchurch recently, and Tuomas of Kuutiomedia.com in Finland conduct an interview with Eckhart Koppen of 40hz.org (author of the completely essential year 2010 patch). I will try and find others who can help me with

interviews. If you are interested in participating in the film, please don’t be modest (you can only make the film better by participating!) we will find a videographer to make it happen.

 

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Self-Interviews http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/self-interviews/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/self-interviews/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:27:13 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=392 Simon Bell was creative enough to volunteer to shoot his own interview with his wife, who was a TV producer, using an iPhone. Initial tests have been really great, and with good lighting, a steady camera, reasonably good composition and good audio, it’s really hard to see that the video was shot using a lowly iPhone. Self-interviews can be submitted here, all that I ask is that you record good audio (since sound is half the picture, to quote Steven Spielberg), perhaps using a mic similar to this one. If you need financial help to get a hold of one of these mics or a similar one, let me know. It’s much cheaper than flying, and mailing one with return postage to you is probably not worth the time, money and effort! Contact me if you are interested and I will come up with some questions you can answer, or answer any questions you may have.

 

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Shirts Update http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/shirts-update/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/shirts-update/#comments Sun, 17 Sep 2017 14:27:28 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=393

All the shirts have been mailed out. Thank you to the backers who chose a shirt, the rest of your crowdfunding “perk” is still of course in progress (the film). Please don’t be afraid to post pictures or messages to social media about the shirt to promote the film, I recommend using the hashtag #iLoveNewton and posting a self-photo. One more note: a small percentage of the shirts may have a defect of being slightly blotchy, this is a problem with how they were printed. If you suspect this is you, please just contact me and I will send you a replacement.

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The Undiscovered Country http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/the-undiscovered-country/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/the-undiscovered-country/#respond Sat, 16 Sep 2017 14:20:42 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=371

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants” – Isaac Newton

One thing I didn’t anticipate was how willing some of the original development
team of Newton and Newton OS would be to sit down and talk with me. As a result, half of the film is actually going to contain quite a lot of the history and philosophy of the Newt. I have uncovered a lot that was news to me (though not necessarily to anyone well-versed in Newton lore), for example, the Newton was originally meant to be a large slate-type device which would have a lot of advanced technology (and even a subwoofer) and cost $6000-8000 (in ’90s money!). That makes the iPhone X look like a steal. However, I don’t want to forget the original purpose of the film: to celebrate what came after the demise of the Newton team at Apple and the people involved today…

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Trip to Dusseldorf, Germany, and Paris, France http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/trip-to-dusseldorf-germany-and-paris-france/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/trip-to-dusseldorf-germany-and-paris-france/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 14:33:54 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=389 On September 25th I’m departing for a whirlwind trip to Dusseldorf to meet certain well-known active Newtontalk.net community members there, then heading to Paris for the 28 and 29tth for the same reason. If anyone is in those areas and willing to meet up with me, let me know. I’ll also be heading back to the Bay Area on October 23rd until the 29th, and spending the 30th in Seattle. Not exactly a vacation, this is all the time I could afford. I also have connections in Vancouver and possibly Phoenix, and will be spending time in Calgary and New York very soon.

 

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Interviewees (so far) http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/interviewees-so-far/ http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/interviewees-so-far/#comments Thu, 03 Aug 2017 02:49:22 +0000 http://lovenotestonewton.moosefuel.media/?p=323 Love Notes to Newton is a film about Newton, but it’s really a film about people. Here are some of the amazing people who have participated so far.

Steve Capps, programmer of much of the Newton UI (as well as Mac OS and Lisa).

 

Wally Cherwinski, Apple Fan, Ottawa Canada.

Sir iZaac, Newton fan extraordinaire and former member of Stanford Newton Users Group.

Anna Cipollone

 

 

Sandy Benett, COO at Newton, Inc. before it was absorbed back into Apple under Steve Jobs.

Larry Yaeger, creator of the Newton’s Printed handwriting recognizer, “Rosetta” (or is it “Mondello”?).

Tao Flaherty

James Joaquin, Developer Relations at Apple during the Newton project, marketing guru and Venture Capitalist.

Harry McKracken, Technologist and former editor at PC World.

Bob Carls Dudney, Newton fan and former avid user.

Andrei Chichak, Engineer and hardware developer for Newton.

Adam Tow, Newton developer and organizer of the Apple Campus protest when Newton was cancelled.

Eckhart Koppen, Tampere, Finland, creator of many pieces of Newton software, most notably the Year 2010 fix (and maybe one day the Year 2026 fix!)

Tony Kahn, Christchurch New Zealand, author of myapplenewton.blogspot.com

Cédrick Sartout and Sylvain Pilet, Newton enthusiasts

Walter Smith, developer of NewtonScript

Pawel Pietrowski

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