February 14, 2002
Turned on. Tuned in.
Don’t you just love it when someone proves a point through sheer pluck and attitude? More specifically, someone demonstrates that a seemingly dead and abandoned technology can be dragged kicking and screaming into the present. What the heck am I yammering on about? Please direct your attention to the inaugural release of Eric Schneck’s iTunes Plug-in for Newton.
“One of the key features of Newton is that it never dies — it just gets new batteries. If you use iTunes and Newton, there is no reason for not using them together. With [the] plug-in for iTunes installed, you will be able to simply dock and transfer your favourite music directly from the music library on your Mac. Simple as that.”
Ok, it’s not quite as simple as that. You still need to use multiple high-capacity flash cards or else wait for the release Paul Guyot’s ATA Support to get a decent amount of storage space. And Eckhart Köppen’s current iteration of the MAD Max player is still a bit rough around the edges. But remember, this ain’t some pocket-sized, scroll-wheeling, gigabyte-storing, FireWire-connected iPod, sonny. This is a full-on, pant seam-splitting, lo-fi hardware hack of love. Get over it.
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