The Simpsons 'Newton' Reference (macTV)

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    from what i've seen, that handwriting recognition shown there was pretty accurate :rolleyes:
  3. macrumors 65816

    Apr 10, 2003
    can't watch it here at work, but newton handwriting recognition varies depending on which OS you're using - in os 2, it works like a charm. scary really... once you give it some time, and correct it when it's wrong for the first couple of weeks, it's scary good at telling the difference between scribbles that sometimes *I* can't even tell what I was trying to write...
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2004
    I have Newton devices and they're pretty great

    MessagePads from 1995 on had the Newton OS 2, and it's pretty great. There are two modes actually: cursive and print. Cursive depends on dictionary, but it is quite good, and it learns along the way. Print is just jotting down letters separately. Works good, and the Newton OS makes it very easy to correct things. I have a MessagePad 130 and MessagePad 2000. The 130 is a tad slow, but it's still a wonderful device. It's a bit large by today's standard, but I actually like the size - at least the width. It's a lot like writing in your journal or dayplanner. The 2000 is fast and has very accurate writing. It's a great device, but I don't like the rubber coating and it's a tad too big. I like the 130 better - it's also designed my Jonathan Ive, I believe.
  5. macrumors 68030


    May 7, 2002
    2 Much Infinite Loops
    i wish i had experienced the "newton era".

    if Apple had the technology then, what is holding them from using it now?
  6. sjk
    macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2003
    One joke about Newton's handwriting recognition I always remember was:

    Q: How many Newton programmers does it take to change a lightbulb?
    A: Farm.

    [Google search for "how many Newton programers" matches a single site with another longer variation]

    Me, too. I pretty much viewed Apple from a distance then, being mostly preoccupied with Unix-related stuff. Revolutionary and flawed, what I've read about the soup concept (its object-oriented databases) sounds particular interesting.

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