Monday, December 3, 2007

Newton Storage History

Landon Dyer:

One afternoon Michael Culbert, the Newton technologist, came into my office to discuss battery contact bounce. I’d been nervous about the robustness of the storage system and had talked with him before about it, and now he confirmed my worst fears. Battery contact bounce is the jiggling of the power connectors when you toss a device onto a hard surface; the device can easily reset, and if the Newton was in the middle of a storage update, all the data would be lost. As I said, we’d been talking about doing transactions in the stores for a while, and Michael finally had a good argument for why they were going to be critical.

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