Love Notes to Newton

Quick Euro-Trip

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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Love Notes to Newton

The Undiscovered Country

“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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Love Notes to Newton

Original Artwork for Indiegogo Tees by Frank Orlando

Our campaign ran on the backs of these shirts by illustrator and creative director Frank Orlando. We will still be selling them! Stay tuned for an updated purchase page. From the original description:

$25 USD + Shipping – Retro ❤️ Newt T-Shirt
Choose your Newton and show off your retro roots with this stylish tee with vintage flare. This 100% Cotton preshrunk shirt is double-stitched. It’s vintage but stylish. Created with love by illustrator (and Newton fan) Frank Orlando of orlandomedia.ca . Black-on-green or white-on-purple.

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Love Notes to Newton

A Film Coming February 27th, 2018

This is a film about a little green computer and the people who love it.

Newton was the first mass-produced touchscreen handheld computer made by Apple. It only lasted a few years on the market (1993 to 1998), but that wasn’t because it sucked! A large community of people still love Newton, and this film is an homage to the little device(s) by the people who still remember and even still use one.

We have just finished a crowdfunding campaign which raised almost $7000 USD among a little over 100 fans.

Top countries were USA at $3498, 50 contributions, Canada at $2716, 32 contributions, Germany at $248, and the UK then Hong Kong at $171 and $125 respectively.Japan, Mexico, India, Spain, France, Italy, Australia,

So what does this mean? It means we’re making a film! We are now beginning production with hopes to deliver the final film to backers in February, 2018.

More to come.

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