Make fun of Apple’s Newton MessagePad all you want, but the proto-PDA introduced by Apple in the early 90s managed to gather some rather tenacious followers. Current users of the then-revolutionary, now-exceedingly-bulky personal digital assistants were afraid that a date handling bug would render the devices useless beginning early next year. However, fear no more: a developer has come to the rescue with a patch for the Newton’s OS that lets the device handle dates in 2010 and beyond.
I loved my Newton. The MessagePad 2000 was an awesome little machine, capable of replacing a laptop much more effectively than the much-smaller iPhone will ever do. And the handwriting recognition and “assistant” feature are still state of the art.