BREAKING NEWS: Newer Tech Closes Down

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Roger Kasten Jr. of Newer Technology has dropped us a note informing us that Newer Technology has laid off its staff and will likely file for bankruptcy early next year. Here is the first part of the note confirming the bad news:

WICHITA, KS, USA – December 29, 2000 – Newer Technology, the technology leader in Apple [NASDAQ: AAPL] Macintosh CPU upgrades, sent notice to employees alerting them that their services were no longer required. The letter also indicated that a shareholder meeting would be held on January 8th to vote on the issue of filing bankruptcy.

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, here is a list of what they’ve done (also thanks to Roger):

  • Attention (4MB Extended Memory Card),
  • Concentration (first LIM/EMS 4.0 Memory Card to hold 32MB ? switchless setup),
  • Multiplication (4MB-16MB Extended Memory Card ? switchless setup),
  • Industry’s first 4MB, 8MB, 16MB, 32MB, 64MB and 128MB SIMMs & DIMMs
  • World’s first Memory Cards for the Apple Portable
  • World’s first PowerBook Memory Modules (used by Apple during Comdex rollout)
  • World’s first color PowerBook screen upgrade
  • World’s first Amiga notebook computer
  • PowerClip (Eddy Award winner)
  • PowerPump (combination 68K/PowerPC CPU Accelerator)
  • First to ship PowerPC 604e CPU upgrades
  • World’s only PowerPC CPU Upgrades for the PowerBook 500 series
  • World’s first PowerPC CPU Upgrades for the PowerBook 1400 series
  • World’s first PowerPC G3 CPU Upgrades for 7300-9600 series
  • World’s first PowerPC G4 CPU Upgrades for 7300-9600 series
  • World’s first PowerPC G3 CPU Upgrades for the 6100, 7100 & 8100 series
  • World’s first iMac PowerPC G3 CPU Upgrades
  • World’s first iMac PowerPC G4 CPU Upgrades
  • World’s first G3 CPU Upgrades for the PowerBook G3s

The note is pretty big, but a good read that gives you an idea of the immense talent and comraderie at one of the few Macintosh upgrade-card shops around. We didn’t think Roger would mind if we posted his note here, so here it is. We’re definitely sad to see Newer Tech go, which definitely has been a pillar in the Macintosh community for many years now. (I still remember wanting to buy a PowerClip!) Best of luck and best wishes to Roger and everyone at the company. We’ll post more information as we get it. -drwill

What do you think of Newer Tech closing down? I’m personally distraught to see it end. Share your best wishes and favorite Newer Tech gadgets below.

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