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MessagePad 120 – it didn't suck

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Newton MessagePad 120 - card-release tab

The MessagePad 120, like all of its Newtonian brethren from the OMP to the MessagePad 2100, had a 5/12V PCMCIA Type II slot. Ejecting a PCMCIA card — as per normal at the time — was a mechanical affair, accomplished by pushing a knurled tab.

Newton MessagePad 120 - PCMCIA card

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The MessagePad 120 was hardly a multimedia device, so a 2MB PCMCIA card would hold a hefty number of items. Non-bundled applications, as The Dude might say, would "abide" on a PCMCIA card.

Newton MessagePad 120 - port cover

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A snug li'l rubber cover protected both the MessagePad 120's power-adapter port and its...

Newton MessagePad 120 - serial port

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...standard Appleonian round, eight-pin, mini-DIN serial port, which supported RS422/LocalTalk connections.

Newton MessagePad 120 - on-off switch

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Just to make things difficult — and cheap — Apple didn't put a simple on/off switch on the MessagePad 120, but instead used a "slide-to-start" spring-loaded number. Although I would have preferred a simpler set-up that could have sensed when startup had occurred, I could have lived with this pusher if it had been a bit more positive in its response.

Newton MessagePad 120 - identification tag

Ah, the FCC-compliance notification. Some aspects of electronic devices do remain essentially the same, even after 15-plus years.

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