Amazingly, I found my Newton that I had 'lost' at college. Put it in a drawer, then never saw it again. It ended up back at the house, but as I wondered why I hadn't used it more, the realization flooded back: I had no way of syncing this thing to any computer I had.
Its a MP2000 with the 2100 upgrade, all pretty much intact (but the 'rubberized' stuff on the plastic is wearing off), and I even have the dock-to-serial and fax modem with it, but alas, no serial cable or anything.
I had seen quite a few applications that I'd love to use, and would have made the Newt a little more useful to me (and not gotten it put in a drawer for a spell). But getting them on there was to be a problem. I've heard alot of methods of syncing without a serial cable: IR port, phone line, and even loading programs onto the flash cards.
My materials are a PCMCIA Modem, a PCMCIA ethernet card (newton can't use it yet), various empty flash cards (4MB, two 16MBs), and the dock-to-serial (and external fax modem).
My computers (of possible usefulness): PowerBook 180 (With a ZIP drive, internal modem, and some form of OS 7), PowerBook G3 Pismo (with cardslot, modem, IR, and OS 9), IBM Thinkpad 380ED (pcmcia modem, IR, windows 95).
So, are there any options that don't require me to go get a serial cable? I may be able to get one locally for free, but that's a very rare chance that I can put nearly zero weight on, and spending on something as small as this isn't an option right now.
And two other questions: 1) How can I clean/shine a used screen? 2) What are some of the most useful apps for Newton today? I remember an alternate 'dashboard' that looked quite nice, and some mail apps and whatnot that would be useful. Any info would be appreciated!
iMac G3 600mhz, PowerMac G4 GigE DP 500Mhz, TiBook G4 1Ghz, PowerBook Pismo G4 500Mhz, PowerBook 180, MessagePad 2000 (2100 upgrade)