Scott Hanselman

Microsoft's Newton? Project Origami

February 28, '06 Comments [5] Posted in Gaming | Bugs
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Origami_1I loved my Apple Newton. I bought it on opening day. Don Box ordered one (from me) immediately.

When I read his blog, I am sometimes reminded of my first encounter with Scott Hanselman. On one particular week, Apple decided to ship a revolutionary new platform, the Newton. I had to have one, so I drove down to Incredible Universe (a consumer electronics mini-chain whose assets were eventually bought out by Fry's Electronics).
 
An extremely young but enthusiastic and bright guy sold me my Newton. Even at this point in my career, I had already acquired the recruiting bug, so I set off to hire him.
My partner and I interviewed him at an all-night coffee shop after work. He blew us both away - this guy was destined to jump into the fray.
 
I honestly don't remember why didn't start working together - maybe he wasn't ready to have a job (he likely wanted to learn to drive first). [Don Box]

I'm totally stoked to see it coming back, except reincarnated as a tiny TabletPC. Video here. Speculation here. Prototype photos hereConfusion here.

Not quite a phone, not quite a giant remote control, not quite a TabetPC, not quit a PSP, but all those things as more. This may be the "hackable" PSP that I've always wanted.

More importantly, where do I order it? And what young person will sell Don Box his?

About Scott

Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006 4:02:15 AM UTC
Be patient, young man... much awaits later this week.

I have a MessagePad 130 in my desk drawer, which was my second Newton... backlit baby, yeah!
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:04:16 AM UTC
If it's an OQO that I can actually afford, three thumbs up.

http://www.oqo.com/hardware/photos/photo02.html

If it's yet another crazy-ass portable device that isn't a tiny PC (and isn't a phone), then it's dead before it has even arrived.
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 7:06:08 AM UTC
Also-- why *beige*? What marketing genius greenlighted that?

Haven't we spent a lifetime trying to get away from the beige box already? COLOR, PEOPLE, FOR GOD'S SAKE, COLOR!
Tuesday, February 28, 2006 2:34:34 PM UTC
"I honestly don't remember why didn't start working together"

Well? Inquiring minds want to know!
Matt T.
Friday, March 10, 2006 7:30:37 AM UTC
Nokia have a similar device on the market, a mini tablet running Linux

http://www.dualbotic.com/dasBlog/SearchView.aspx?q=770
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