An Interview with Noah Leon, the Creator Behind the ‘Love Notes to Newton’ Film Project 

Recently, I linked to (and backed) an Indiegogo project named Love Notes to Newton.

It’s by a guy named Noah Leon. Here’s his pitch:

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.

I spent some time with Noah to talk about his work and this project. Our interview is below.

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Kbase Article of the Week: Power Mac 9500 Series: Incompatible with Newton Toolkit »

I wonder how many people ever actually ran into this problem:

The Newton Toolkit v1.0.1 and v1.5.1 are not compatible with Power Macintosh 9500 computers. There is an updater available from online services and the Internet which updates the Newton Toolkit to a beta version of 1.5.2. Newton Toolkit is a Newton software development program available through Apple Programmers and Developers Association (APDA).

Apple Launches High School and Community College Development Curriculum »


Apple today launched a new app development curriculum designed for students who want to pursue careers in the fast-growing app economy. The curriculum is available as a free download today from Apple’s iBooks Store.

App Development with Swift is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators to teach students elements of app design using Swift, one of the world’s most popular programming languages. Students will learn to code and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology.

Like with other recent moves, Apple has used this to highlight its impact on the American economy:

“We’ve seen firsthand the impact that coding has on individuals and the US economy as a whole. The app economy and software development are among the fastest-growing job sectors in America and we’re thrilled to be providing educators and students with the tools to learn coding,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Community colleges play a critical role in helping students achieve their dreams, and we hope these courses will open doors for people of all ages and backgrounds to pursue what they love.”

Since its introduction, Swift Playgrounds has been downloaded one million times. Apple has 1,000 schools that will use the Everyone Can Code Curriculum this fall.

Twenty Years Ago, Apple Announced Newton Subsidiary »

Twenty years ago, Apple announced the creation of a subsidiary to run the Newton program:

The new company, to be named at a later date, will provide customers with market-driven products and technologies, based on the award-winning Newton operating system, in conjunction with its licensees, value-added resellers, and systems integrators.

The press release is complete with a quote from Dr. Gilbert F. Amelio, Apple’s Chairman and CEO:

Over the past year, we have seen the Newton Systems Group launch compelling products based on the Newton operating system. We believe that the time is right to establish the group as a focused entity. This decision allows the new subsidiary to pursue its business and create the marketing and operating strategies it needs to succeed.

This new company took over the Newton 2000 and eMate 300, and would later release the Newton 2100.

History can be unkind to these kind of things. Check out this bit:

“eMate 300 is part of Apple’s long-term strategy and vision for education technology, ” said Mike Lorion, vice president of Apple’s Education Division. “We will continue to aggressively market and support the product. We are looking forward to working closely with the Newton team on future versions of the eMate to continue to meet the unique requirements of educators and students.”

The eMate and MessagePad would be cancelled just ten months later in February 1998 by Steve Jobs.

Connected #143: Super Sleuthing »

This week on Connected:

Stephen has launched a membership, Apple wants people to switch from Android and future hardware is starting to leak. Then, a roundup of the services we use to keep our companies running smoothly.

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Screens 4.0 for macOS Launched »

Screens, my favorite VNC client for the Mac, has been updated to version 4.0.

The update brings the Mac app up to date with its iOS cousin, supporting features like Curtain Mode to hide your remote actions from a user who is physically with the controlled computer and one-click passwords.

Screens 4 includes drag-and-drop file sharing and Touch Bar support as well.

Screens is available on the Mac App Store, directly on the developer’s website and on Setapp.