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PART I: Introduction

A) General

1) What is this document?

This document used to be a FAQ related to common questions and issues about Newton Message Pad hardware, software and sources. It is now a huge database of knowledge, including questions you would dare to ask and answers you even ignored. It is by no means a simple newbie only tool, but it includes useful links and can also be used as a bookmark directory.

2) Where do I find the latest version?

The FAQ is traditionally updated once per month. Because it's a huge document with plenty of links and because it reflects a large part of the Newtledge (Gregory J. Wayman) there are always changes to make.

The plain text version of this FAQ is automatically posted monthly on comp.sys.newton.misc, comp.answers and news.answers. The latest text version should be available on MIT FTP and on mirrors. For example, you can find the latest version a couple of days later on the web at

It's now been quite a long time that the HTML version of the FAQ is sent to popular Newton site webmasters who wanted to mirror the FAQ. But the webmasters have more or less time to upload the latest version to their website. The consequence is that some copies on the web have incorrect or outdated information about several points.

Since September 2001 the FAQ is automatically posted and some mirrors are automatically updated just after the new version is released.

Mark Rollins compiled the November 2000 release to a Newton Book:

Additionally, the old archives are saved on Kallisys FTP:

B) Sources and special thanks

1) Where can I find other Newton FAQs?

a) General FAQs:
b) Specialized FAQs:

2) FAQs in other languages

3) Special thanks to:

First, the Newton Community for its spirit. Also, I'd [PG] like to thank Laura, Steve Weyer and Peter Rand for their support. I also want to thank Robert Sexton for his work (allowing me to complete mine), David Arnold for his complete site for developers, and Rich Lindsay (This Old Newt) for his helpful links. Finally, this FAQ wouldn't have reached this achievement without comments, suggestions, additions and corrections from many Newton Users (more than 20!).

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