The Newton Museum closes shop, auctions off collection

Some people look at devices like the Apple Newton and dismiss them as poorly designed, outdated crapware; we, on the other hand, get just a little giddy everytime we see people giving love to Apple's doomed PDA, whether by modding them to perform new functions or assembling a thorough collection of the handhelds and their related accesories. Well The Newton Museum has been fulfulling this latter task admirably by displaying their impressive collection of Newtons and peripherals, but as Boing Boing's Xeni Jardin (fresh off her victory as Sexiest Geek of 2005) reports, the museum is unfortunately closing its virtual doors after seven years. The public's loss, however, could be one lucky person's gain, as the museums entire collection is up for sale on eBay. This motherload of all things Newton contains 13 of the PDAs (some still boxed) including at least one of every model manufactured, seemingly every peripheral and piece of software ever released for the platform, and various developer kits and manuals for the hardcore fan. We'd love to see whoever wins this auction network all of the Newtons into a grid to create the world's most powerful palmtop supercomputer unable to perform satisfactory handwriting recognition.

[Via Boing Boing]