1. Track out of pocket expenses: I record expenses in Pocket$ and at the end
of the month generate a summary, which I save in Notes and also transfer to Quicken
on my Mac.
2. To Do List: Before the Newton, I never kept a To Do list and I regularly forgot things. I still forget things, but I have my Newton to remind me.
3. Notes: I jot down notes on all sorts of things, including random ideas, shopping lists, reminders (with alarms), minutes of meetings, bug reports, software registration codes, expense reports, my running log, etc.
4. Address/Phone Book: Newton Names is the most extensive address book I've ever had, including multiple (typed) phone numbers per person, birthdays, email addresses, home page URLs, ICQ numbers, signs of the zodiac, etc.
5. Calendar: All the meetings I want to (or have to) attend are recorded in Newton Dates with reminders, as needed. The Dates program also shows me birthdays that I shouldn't forget. My Newton calendar and To Do list are synchronized with the ClockWork day planner program on my Mac.
6. Calculator: I have a convenient scientific calculator on my Newton for the occasions when I need one.
7. Games: I'm not much of a games person, but I do play Backgammon and Chess on my Newton occasionally, winning the former and losing the latter.
8. Movies: I always have the current list of Pittsburgh movies and show times with me in Paperback format on my Newton.
9. Books: I always have a book to read on my Newton, usually one of the many literary classics that have been reformatted as a Newton Book from an existing digital version. And since I have plenty of storage, I carry several documents for reference purposes.
10. Alarm Clock: Oh, yeah, I almost forgot, my Newton wakes me up every morning with an increasingly insistent chime.
|Some people use a Newton for email and web browsing, but I haven't done that. Others use a Newton for word processing, but I haven't done that either. My desktop computers both at work and at home are more suitable for these sorts of things. I really do treat my Newton as a PDA rather than as a general purpose computer.|
Newton backup programs only claim to support flash memory cards up to 4MB and trying to backup a larger card is likely to result in errors. I have a 20MB Pretec flash memory card which I have sometimes successfully backed up using the following strategy.
Insofar as possible, I store all my personal data on the 4MB internal store which NCU can backup without problems. I also keep original copies of all non-builtin packages on my Mac. It is therefore not necessary to backup packages at all. Not backing up packages greatly reduces backup time and if only packages are stored on the external card then it doesn't need to be backed up.
If it is necessary to store original data on the external card, it may be possible to backup the card by telling NCU not to backup packages on the card. One thing to note is that doing a backup of the internal store to an external memory card puts a large amount of non-package data on the card that will be backed up when the card is backed up, even with package backup turned off. To reduce the size of this "card backup" data, turn off package backup when backing up the internal store to the external card if you plan on later backing up the card.
Some people have reported fewer problems with backup when they do full rather than incremental backups.
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Last updated on 16 June 1998.